‘The brightest star in the firmament of today's nautical fiction.’ — George Jepson
PERSEPHONE, the eighteenth novel in Julian Stockwin's KYDD series, is published today in paperback by Hodder & Stoughton.
Thomas Kydd once again takes to the seas in the latest instalment of the heart-pounding, critically acclaimed series which has been published in seven countries including France, Japan and Russia.
Set in November 1807, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family’s evacuation in the face of Napoleon’s ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral’s daughter from his past. However, Kydd soon becomes aware that Persephone has another suitor and he decides to throw himself into the only thing that still matters: The Royal Navy.
About the Author
At 14 Stockwin joined a tough sea-training school, followed by the Royal Navy, transferring to the Royal Australian Navy when his family emigrated. He saw active service in the Far East, the Antarctic, the South Seas and Vietnam, and was on board the Melbourne at the time of its disastrous peace time collision with the Voyager. Later he worked for NATO on the strategic development of merchant shipping.
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Praise for Julian Stockwin and the KYDD series
‘I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast’ — The Independent
‘His vantage point of a common sailor gives the nautical novel a fresh twist. In [Stockwin’s] hands … the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world.’ — The Guardian
‘As a historical fiction writer you have to keep your history in proper shape while combining it with a narrative that someone actually wants to read. Score two out of two for Julian Stockwin...It is engrossing.’ — The Daily Mail
'Stockwin’s eye for authentic detail is faultless.’ — Pennant
‘From the very first novel KYDD Stockwin climbed the dizzy heights of the bestseller lists and has stayed there ever since.’ — Craig Cabell, Book Collector and Magazine
'Stockwin writes brilliantly, bringing wonderful characters to life in a wholly realistic setting exploring history and times in thoroughly researched detail.’ — Alan Eggleston, Booksville