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Julian Stockwin

Agent:  Carole Blake

Biography: Author of the Thomas Kydd novels, a series that will become at least 21 volumes as Kydd rises through the decks and his adventures take him around the world.  Atmospheric, page-turning narrative, rich with action and great characterisation.  Published in many countries around the world, this is the first series to highlight the common seaman in the greatest age of fighting sail. 

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 deployment of merchant shipping.

THE SILK TREE, a standalone historical novel which tells the dramatic story of how the secret of silk was brought from China to the West, is published by Allison & Busby

'Forrester, Kent, Pope, O'Brian all wrote outstanding tales around their commissioned heroes. From a unique starting point, Stockwin has become another member of the band of great naval fiction writers who have achieved the highest standards of storytelling.' - Firetrench Reviews

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THE POWDER OF DEATH Historical fiction, 384 pages Allison & Busby, August 2016 The dramatic re-discovery of gunpower after it was deliberately hidden for centuries. Adventure story based on facts.

THE POWDER OF DEATH

Historical fiction, 384 pages
Allison & Busby, August 2016

The dramatic re-discovery of gunpower after it was deliberately hidden for centuries. Adventure story based on facts.

THE SILK TREE Historical fiction, 350 pages Allison & Busby, November 2014 Dramatic novel about a pivotal point in history where a secret was stolen that changed the world forever. Global stakes, high personal risk, and atmospheric story-telling combine to tell of the quest to bring the closely-guarded secret of silk production from China to the West

THE SILK TREE

Historical fiction, 350 pages
Allison & Busby, November 2014

Dramatic novel about a pivotal point in history where a secret was stolen that changed the world forever. Global stakes, high personal risk, and atmospheric story-telling combine to tell of the quest to bring the closely-guarded secret of silk production from China to the West

INFERNO Historical fiction, 435 pages Hodder & Stoughton, October 2016 KYDD 17. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle...

INFERNO

Historical fiction, 435 pages
Hodder & Stoughton, October 2016

KYDD 17. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe.

In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle...

KYDD Historical fiction, 448 pages Hodder & Stoughton, October 2004 KYDD 1. Thomas Kydd, a wigmaker's son, is forced into a harsh, unforgiving world when he is press-ganged into the navy. Life below decks in the 18th century is hard, but he comes to love it as he learns the ways of the sea, and forms friendships with other men, both pressed and volunteers.

KYDD

Historical fiction, 448 pages
Hodder & Stoughton, October 2004

KYDD 1. Thomas Kydd, a wigmaker's son, is forced into a harsh, unforgiving world when he is press-ganged into the navy. Life below decks in the 18th century is hard, but he comes to love it as he learns the ways of the sea, and forms friendships with other men, both pressed and volunteers.