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Why I Admire Admiral Saumarez

Posted on: 01/11/2017 with tags: author blog, English History, fiction, historical fiction, Julian Stockwin, Thomas Kydd, 19th Century, Napoleonic Wars

Author Julian Stockwin on a unsung hero of the Napoleonic naval war. In the course of writing the Kydd series I’ve researched many real-life naval personages,  a number of whom I’ve included in the books, part of the rich naval heritage that is the backdrop to those fascinating times. Julian Stockwin outside HMS Victory, Saumarez’s flagship during the Baltic campaign. Of course Horatio Nelson has appeared in several titles in the series, along with ‘Black Dick’ Howe, Cuthbert Collingwood, Home R…

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On the trail of the Second Battle of Copenhagen

Posted on: 29/09/2016 with tags: historical fiction, Inferno, Julian Stockwin, European

My latest book in the Kydd Series is Inferno, published October 6. Mention of the Battle of Copenhagen brings to mind Horatio Nelson famously disobeying Sir Hyde Parker’s order to withdraw by holding a telescope to his blind eye to look at the signals from Parker. But there was a second battle of Copenhagen six years later that generates controversy to this day – did the British commit a War Crime by their bombardment of a neutral country and subsequent seizure of their entire Navy? The phrase ‘…

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A guest blog from author Julian Stockwin

Posted on: 03/04/2014 with tags: Britain, British History, eBooks, historical fiction, history, Julian Stockwin, Napoleon, Napoleonic wars, seafaring, Thomas Kydd

I’m really delighted that Hodder is launching the first of four special 3-ebook bundles of the Kydd series today. Looking back over the past thirteen years that I have been writing these books one of the aspects that gives me special pleasure is the bond that has developed between my two main characters, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi. Kydd is a young wigmaker having a quiet ale with his friends in the local pub in Guildford when his life is about to change forever. He is taken by the pres…

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Christmas at Sea by Julian Stockwin

Posted on: 23/12/2013 with tags: caribbee, christmas, Julian Stockwin, maritime, Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas ashore is a jolly time of fun and festivities where families and friends get together to eat and drink and exchange gifts. But having a number of salty Yuletides under my belt I know it can be a poignant time for seafarers and their loved ones.  Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem ‘Christmas at Sea’, although perhaps a little OTT in terms of Victorian sentimentality, brings home the sadness of separation at this time. Christmas at Sea The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;…

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