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BookPick: Light Upon the Waters

This splendid coffee-table book is a commemoration of the 500 years of recorded history of the Corporation of Trinity House. It is sumptuously illustrated with over 300 images and has the royal seal of approval with a Preface by HRH The Princess Royal and a Foreword by Duke of Edinburgh. The book is also the […]

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The Bearded Mariner

A recent newspaper piece about me rather flatteringly began: ‘If ever an author epitomised the lure of the sea and the sagas it can serve up Julian Stockwin is your man. He has a mariner’s beard, charming becalmed persona… Beards and the mariner have a long association. Ferdinand Magellan sported one when he circumnavigated the […]

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Building an Age of Fighting Sail Reference Library, Part 2

It’s a question I’m quite often asked – what books do I suggest would be useful to acquire in order to learn more about the period I write about. It was hard to make a selection from the vast range of wonderful titles out there, so I’ve decided it warranted two blog posts – here’s […]

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Stuff a Stockwin in Santa’s Sack!

A book is always a great Christmas present (especially if it’s signed) and I now have 17 titles in print for you to choose from! The latest are Pasha and The Silk Tree. The Kydd series, in order, is: Kydd Artemis Seaflower Mutiny Quarterdeck Tenacious Command The Admiral’s Daughter Treachery (The Privateer’s Revenge in the […]

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Pasha – Julian Stockwin

Originally posted on S.J.A. Turney's Books & More:
I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is to be back at sea once again with Captain Thomas Kydd. Though the majority of my reading is of novels set in the ancient world or at most in the high medieval era, every now…

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BookPick: Sunk by Stukas, Survived at Salerno; Abandon Ship!

When I’ve any spare time for leisure reading I greatly enjoy memoirs by Old Salts and was particularly engaged by Sunk by Stukas, Survived at Salerno and the follow-on volume Abandon Ship! This is a rare and delightful naval autobiography which in two volumes spans the war years and the atom age to follow. It […]

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COMMAND: the watershed book

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. In this book, newly commissioned Commander Kydd is thrilled at his first command, a little brig sloop called Teazer – but when peace is declared he finds himself on the beach Watershed book In […]

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BookPick: Lord Nelson’s Swords

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Regular readers of my blog may recall an earlier post mentioning that Sim Comfort would be bringing out a book on Nelson’s swords. I’ve just heard from Sim that the book will be released mid-March. He’s set up to take […]

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Welcome!

Hi there and welcome to my blog! I’ll be regularly posting about my writing life, books, things I enjoy, places Kathy and I visit on location research, events, people we meet – and more… I hope it gives you an insight into both me and my fictional hero Thomas Kydd. As well, I think I […]

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