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I always enjoy hearing from readers and will respond as soon as I can, usually within 48 hours. I can be contacted at this email or by snail-mail to Julian Stockwin, c/o Pawlyn & Co, 6 Costly St, Ivybridge, DEVON, PL21 0DB. My professional contacts are listed below. If you wish to add public material or a comment please go to the end of the page or blog concerned.
My literary agent is:

Ms Isobel Dixon
Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
Ground Floor
15 Highbury Place
+44 (0)20 73870842

Kydd Series
My UK publisher is:
Oliver Johnson
Hodder & Stoughton
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
+44 (0)20 3122 6000

My publicist is:
Myrto Kalavrezou
Hodder & Stoughton
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
+44 (0)20 3122 6000

The Silk Tree and The Powder of Death
My publisher is:
Susie Dunlop
Allison & Busby
12 Fitzroy Mews
My publicist is:
Susie Dunlop
Allison & Busby
12 Fitzroy Mews
Stockwin’s Maritime Miscellany
My UK publisher is:
Carey Smith
Ebury Press
20 Vauxhall Bridge Road

51 Comments on “Contacts”

  1. Can you tell me if I have subscribed for the next set sent email back in Oct 2018 did you receive it.

  2. Immensely enjoy your Kydd series! I have sailed with many Sailors and Officers that came up through the “Hawse” and, for the most part, found them to be excellent and knowledgeable shipmates. There are fewer “Hawsepipe” Officers today due to fewer ships and abundance of Academies. I am an academy grad, but have sailed in the focsul as well as longshored throughout my 40+ years at sea. Again excellent reading and am looking forward to the next adventure! Thank You!
    Capt. M.D. Buzzard

  3. Any news on Tyger and Inferno’s release to the US audible market. It can’t take this long! Looking forward to listening to these and the books that come after.

  4. Big Jules…once again serendipity strikes. Several years ago my wife and booked a cruise out of Southampton to New Orleans and had a few extra days in the UK before the cruise. I’d contacted you about visiting Nelson’s Victory in the Dockyard in Portsmouth. You very kindly offered some pointers as to what to see and assured me that even though Victory was undergoing refurbishment, it was still accessible and worth the visit. It most assuredly was! Now, we are booked on another cruise out of Barcelona to Miami with one of the stops at Gibraltar. We’ve never been there and I’m looking forward t6o seeing as much as I can during our short stay there. Your “Seven Picks” for this month includes “Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History”. While it won’t be available here in the U.S. until next March, I was able to secure a UK edition via Amazon with a 10 day delivery to here in the Atlanta area. Having read the history of the Gibraltar siege will be very helpful to me when we stop there in November. Thanks so much for great Kydd adventures as well as “Powder” and “Silk”. Dave Porter – Doraville GA USA

  5. Julian, I am the one who observed that the last few books were all Renzi and no Kydd. I have just finished Persephone. 74 pages of sea time and 317 pages of Barbara Cartland bodice ripper and dandy dressing. Thrilling !!! I am looking forward to The Baltic Trader as it looks as though Kydd is back where he belongs, at sea. I hope it doesn’t take him 200 pages to say goodbye to Persephone. I am a fan. Ken.

  6. This is a copy of a post I placed on Facebook.
    I have read and very much enjoyed all the Kydd books to date but I have not yet purchased Inferno or Persephone as I think it wrong for an Ebook to cost more than the Hardback version, I have no objection to the author making a living from his labours but I think £12.99 is just too much. I am currently reading M C Muer,s series of books and at £2.69 are much better value. I look forward to the Kydd books coming down in price as they inevitably will.

    • Delighted you’re enjoying my Kydd tales. I do not have control over the pricing of my books but as far as I’m aware the Ebooks cost less than the hardbacks. The Ebook of INFERNO is £12.99 , the hardback at the moment is £13.26 on Amazon. PERSEPHONE is not yet available – out in May this year. The Ebook for PERSEPHONE is £12.99 against the RRP of the hardback of £18.99, which will no doubt be discounted.

      • One of the greatest pleasures in life is a hardback book. To be a Kydd book is just the cherry on the cake. Nowdays a hardback is regularly £20 or £25 pounds. I have no issue with the cost. If a problem, support your library!

  7. For some reason, after publishing the entire Kydd series in audiobook format on the U.S. Audible site, both Tyger and Inferno are not licensed for sale in the U.S. Very disappointing. Do you have any insight into why a publisher would throw away the entire lucrative U.S. audiobook market like this?

    • I do apologise for this. My agent is actively working to rectify the matter but sometimes overseas rights deals take quite some time. Will certainly announce it widely when they are available.

  8. 15 Weeks ago I was introduced to Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi via your extremely well written “Kydd Series”. I was given 14 books starting from when Kydd was press ganged into HMS service in “Kydd” and his travels through to “Caribbee”. I will admit it has been hard to put down each book so hence the 14 week interval to read all 14 books. I am now currently awaiting my copies of “Pasha” and “Tyger”. Then will have to wait until October for the newest book ‘Inferno” to be released.
    Thanking you for a great read. Cheers Brett

  9. Julian: Thanks and thanks again. The Kydd novels have been a fun discovery for me. As a big fan of the genre I’ve spent a lot of time with the characters created by O’Brien, Forester, Kent, Pope, Lambdin, and yourself. Is it “just not done” to have characters created by one author encounter characters created by another? I would imagine Kydd and Boletho or Hornblower would get along “famously” (perhaps not so with Alan Lewrie 😦 ). Just thought I’d ask. By the way, when can we expect the next book?

    Thanks again.


    • Hi, Pete – personally I don’t like the idea of having a fictional character created by another author meeting one of my fictional characters – and there may be copyright issues. Pleased to hear you’re enjoying my Kydd tales! The next book is INFERNO, out in October.

      • It was funny to read Pete’s comment about fictional characters from one author meeting other characters from a different author. Just recently I was kicking around the same idea of sorts. Frigates under the command of Kydd, Aubrey, Hornblower and Lewrie to name some, in a squadron dedicated to bring “confusion to the French.” I can’t imagine the copyright headaches, the different style of the authors involved and how it could all work. Stranger things have happened however and since it is fantasy I can still contemplate it:) Looking forward to the next book, as always and a toast and bumper to our man Kydd.

        PS I did sail with a real admiral named Kidd in the sixties. His dad was also an admiral and is listed as the first causualty at Pearl Harbor. He was in the ward room of USS Arizona which took the first hit from a Japanese plane.

  10. Dear Julian,

    Just finished reading ‘Tyger’ and consider it your best so far, given the different settings – at home, in the Arctic and on the Prussian coast. The final scenes as Tyger limped into safe harbour were poignant and very moving. I had a tear in my eye. I’m not a sailor and some of the descriptions go over my head. But this does not impair my enjoyment one iota.

    Long may Sir Thomas Kydd fight the good fight!

    Kind regards,

    Neil Snowdon

  11. Dear Mr Stockwin
    I have become addicted to your first class adventure series Kydd, having first discovered the first book of the publication in my local library two years ago, I have just finished “Tenacious ” and now look forward to reading the following adventure ” Command ” with much enthusiasm . Having read many historical sea going adventure works I am bound to say how much I am enjoying your excellent work in producing such authentic publications.
    Thank you so much for the enjoyment that your work gives me
    Kind regards Derek Foster

  12. Hi Julian,
    I’ve read a couple of your Kydd books before but just picked up The Silk Tree from our local library.
    I wasn’t sure when I read the narrative as it wasn’t another Kydd book but pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It was one of those books I didn’t want to put down.
    How clever to write an adventure story about The Silk Route.

    Rod Tillyer

  13. i always wonder if you authors get in touch at all or even friends or friendly rivals. for instance, are you ever in touch with one of other favorite authors, bernard cornwell. btw im really hooked on the kydd series which i just discovered a couple of months ago.. am already on quarterdeck. im having a blast with these.

    • Delighted to hear you’re ‘hooked’ on the Kydd series. Authors always enjoy chatting with other authors when circumstances allow but I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Bernard Cornwell as yet.

      • Hello, Jules! Your Kydd series is about to cross time-lines with Richard Sharpe. I noticed that you have crossed historical characters already…Beresford, for instance. Having finished “Pasha”, I pulled down CS Forester to re-read Hornblower in order of publication. Bingo! In the first few pages, Captain Hornblower ponders the wreck of “Admiral” Popham’s career among the shoals of Spanish politics and the Spanish Empire in the Americas.

  14. I have just read the latest book Pasha, in your Kydd series. I completed the series in the last three months, getting two at a time from my local library. I just love stories about sailing ships and the British Navy, many places mentioned in your books are familiar to me as Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight were home territory as a child. I was born at Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire during the war and lived in that general area until the age of fourteen when my family emigrated to Canada and unfortunately many miles from the sea. My Grandfather was a Chief Petty Officer in the British Navy from World War 1 through to the end of World War 11 and my Father was a Petty Officer during World War 11. My Grandfather entertained us as children telling tales about his adventures in the Navy, including being on one of the escort ships when the then Prince of Wales (later the abdicated Edward VIII) visited India and Japan in 1923 I believe. Thank you so much for a terrific series. I am looking forward to reading your newest book “The Silk Tree”.

  15. Bought “Pasha” last Wednesday evening; finished a day later. I’ve been reading the Kindle versions, so “Pasha” is the first new release. Yes, at least four or five times I have missed subway stops as I read!

    Biggest problem: I’ll have to wait a year or so for the next novel.

    Incidentally, Kydd’s assignment to “Constellation” well handled. I would have involved Kydd in the fight with “L’Insurgente”, and that would have been a mistake. Your description of Thomas Truxton fits with a biography I read. One small geographic mistake: “Constellation” was built in Baltimore, on the Patapsco River. She would not have sailed from the Patuxent. However, I’ve a hunch that the mention of the Patuxent was a wink to someone you met from the US Navy: Patuxent Naval Air Station, still in operation, was the base for several test pilots who flew in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs.

    Having read the series in one shot, I think that the novels have novels have become stronger and the characters — especially Renzi — have become deeper.

    I am sending the Kydd novels to my Dad: 93 years old, joinecd the US Navy Reserves at 15 (under-age, but nobody was checking in 1936), went on active duty in late 1940 or 1941, ended the war as Aviation Machinist Mate First Class (with several hash marks for long service). I want him to read Kydd’s experience in a hurricane because he worked a flight deck during Typhoon Cobra in 1944. Swept off his feet and nearly off the deck, but got a hand on the tail wheel assembly of a dive bomber, then locked his arms — like Kydd forward on “Trajan”, except that Dad’s escort carrier was oil-drive, steel-hulled, and 10,000 tons. “Trajan” would have been about 2,000 tons.

    What drew me, instantly, to your books was that you demonstrate how difficult it was to keep a sailing ship afloat. How they managed to fight is a puzzle! Or amazing. I understood that about 90% of the time (or more) seamanship was first in every sailor’s mind.

    Until the next Kydd, I’ll be re-reading Hornblower. (And yes, amusing to brush Jane Austen and William Wordsworth!). Hats off to Stirk and Doud, Lt Clinton and Lt Bowden.


    John Welch

    • Great to hear you’re enjoying my Kydd tales! Please pass on my respects to your father from one Old Salt to another… Best wishes, Julian. p.s. river name is being corrected for reprints, one of those publishing gremlins that very occasionally find their way in…

  16. Hi Julian

    Are you doing any book signings in the Southampton or Bournemouth areas any time soon?

    Kindest regards


  17. Any chance of Kydd crossing paths with Thomas Cochrane? Both have similar styles and lead by example. Kydd climbing into the rigging during a gale tp inspire his men in Teazer, Cochrane doing the same on his French prize enroute to Minorca. Or Marryat perhaps?

    • I enjoy bringing in real-life historical personages into the books at times, Harry – but you’ll have to keep reading the series to see whether this includes Cochrane…

  18. Sea Scout, US Navy, retired Merchant Seaman. At last a view of the RN from Able Seamen and the men that inhabit the foc’s’le. Up through the hawse (as I did) and with Renzi. Just finished book 8, great! but please don’t make Kydd too much of a gentleman, as I believe his true love awaits him on a hulk at Sheerness. Just one more comment: Your treatment of the Nore Mutiny was superb. Much insight again, from the jacks before the mast as opposed to those who live in the great cabins back aft. Thank You HTS

  19. Hi sorry to trouble you but was wondering if you received my payment for pasha collectors edition please my son done it on his PayPal Daniel.if you could kindly let me know be appreciated as not had confirmation many thanks.really enjoying the books

  20. Dear Julian,

    I recently caught the end of an old Antiques Roadshow television programme with Michael Aspel. Someone had bought in some old bellows which they said where used in the navy at the end of the 19th Century to sound their presence during foggy weather conditions.

    Were they in fact used during Kydd’s time ?

    I guess they could only be used when you were confident their were no empty ships near by

    Kind regards

    Paul Astbury

    • Not having seen the item hard to say for sure but there were devices used to sound the alarm during fog in Kydd’s day – a bit like an organ with a brass reed. In fact I mention one in my book CONQUEST, used in quite another way!

  21. I have read all the Kydd series and enjoyed them all. Just would like to add my voice to those above about the links to nautical sites on old web site. First time on the new site and was looking for the links. Would be really great to see them here. Looking forward to the latest book in October.

  22. I miss the links on the old website. I hope that somehow these can be resurrected and made available once again.

    I’m a fan of your novels from Texas and the golden era of sail and the links to this information will be sorely missed.

  23. I lke the new website and am sorry to see the demise of The Bosun’s Chronicles/Olla Podrida. I wish the new site had saved, or perhaps could in the future include, many of the things on the old site: the links to so many nautical sites, the articles, photos, etc., and the archive of The Bosuns’ Chronicles/Olla Podrida newsletters.

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