Julian Stockwin

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

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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A SEA OF GOLD  Historical fiction, 400 pages Hodder, Nov 2018  KYDD 21.  After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane.  So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin.  The French fleet is massing in the Basque Roads in a near impregnatable position. The Admiralty orders Cochrane to command an attack, to the chagrin of more senior officers who object to being overlooked and Cochrane's reputation for daring. Cochrane insists that his new friend, Kydd, is in the forefront of the assault armada, a motley collection of rocket, bomb and fire ships that will set the anchorage ablaze - this despite Kydd's almost pathological fear of fire.  The fallout from what follows will see Kydd financially ruined, with only his former shipmates, his oldest friend of all, Nicholas Renzi, and the whisper of hidden Spanish treasure promising the sea of gold that he needs to save himself.

A SEA OF GOLD

Historical fiction, 400 pages
Hodder, Nov 2018

KYDD 21. After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane.

So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin.

The French fleet is massing in the Basque Roads in a near impregnatable position. The Admiralty orders Cochrane to command an attack, to the chagrin of more senior officers who object to being overlooked and Cochrane's reputation for daring. Cochrane insists that his new friend, Kydd, is in the forefront of the assault armada, a motley collection of rocket, bomb and fire ships that will set the anchorage ablaze - this despite Kydd's almost pathological fear of fire.

The fallout from what follows will see Kydd financially ruined, with only his former shipmates, his oldest friend of all, Nicholas Renzi, and the whisper of hidden Spanish treasure promising the sea of gold that he needs to save himself.

INFERNO  Historical fiction, 435 pages Hodder & Stoughton, June 2018  KYDD 20. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is thrust into the midst of the Peninsula War when Napoleon signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain.

INFERNO

Historical fiction, 435 pages
Hodder & Stoughton, June 2018

KYDD 20. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is thrust into the midst of the Peninsula War when Napoleon signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain.

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.

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.