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What Did Carlisle & Holbrooke Look Like?

Many of us have a mental image of the characters in the books that we read. I asked my friend Bob Payne to create pictures of the two main characters in the Carlisle & Holbrooke naval adventures, principally so that … Continue reading

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Quarterdeck Magazine Spring Edition

The latest Quarterdeck magazine is now available for free download. It’s packed with news about nautical writing and on page 21 you can read a review of Perilous Shore by the editor of the magazine, George Jepson. On page 8, … Continue reading

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The Seventh book in the Carlisle & Holbrooke Naval Adventures

I’m delighted to let you know that the seventh in the Carlisle & Holbrooke series of naval adventures has now been published. Rocks and Shoals takes Edward Carlisle to Quebec in 1759 and the battle that will seal the fate … Continue reading

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Aggie Weston: The Victorian Sailor’s Philanthropist

Antoine Vanner, who writes the nautical fiction series ‘The Dawlish Chronicles’ set in the Victorian era, invited me to contribute a story to his blog, Here it is in case you missed it on Facebook and Twitter. Guest Blog by … Continue reading

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Colonial Post Captain is a Best Seller!

I’m happy to report that ‘The Colonial Post Captain’ is in the Amazon UK Best Seller List (#24) for Historical Fiction. In good company with Bernard Cornwell and Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s been there for a few weeks now. Let’s … Continue reading

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Quarterdeck Magazine Winter 2020

Quarterdeck magazine is a must for anyone interested in maritime literature and art. The winter edition includes an article that I wrote describing the development of the first purpose-built landing craft for the Royal Navy in 1758. Among the other … Continue reading

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Perilous Shore

I’m delighted to tell you that the sixth of the Carlisle & Holbrooke series of naval adventures, Perilous Shore, is now available on Amazon. In Perilous Shore, Holbrooke’s sloop Kestrel is attached to the Inshore Squadron of the Channel Fleet … Continue reading

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Audio Books

Click on the appropriate button below for a free sample of the prologue to The Colonial Post-Captain and or The Leeward Islands Squadron. To purchase Audio Books, follow the link below.

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The Sad Fate of Admiral Byng

If you subscribe to the U.S. Naval Institute’s excellent magazine Naval History, you’ll be able to read an article that I wrote on the trial and execution of Admiral Byng. I’ve set the affair into the context of the navy, … Continue reading

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Quarterdeck Magazine Summer 2019

Quarterdeck magazine is a must for anyone interested in maritime literature and art. The summer edition includes a preview of The Cursed Fortress on page 29 and reviews of Philip K. Allan’s The Turning of the Tide (page 24) and … Continue reading

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