Julian Stockwin’s THE SILK TREE is published in paperback today by Allison & Busby. There will be a LoveReading competition during the publication with copies of the book as prizes.
THE SILK TREE is a standalone novel which depicts the dramatic story of 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 out of China to the west. ‘Conn Iggulden meets Robert Harris’.
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. He later worked for NATO on the strategic deployment of merchant shipping.
Stockwin is currently writing another KYDD novel for Hodder and another standalone, THE CRAKYS OF WAR, for Allison & Busby.
Praise for THE SILK TREE:
‘Julian Stockwin takes this tale and turns it into a fascinating story, full of colour and incident.’ – Historical Novel Society
‘This is a page-turning historical fiction of the first order written with great brio and opening the reader’s eyes to a world that, as the author says, ‘we in the 21st century can only wonder at.’ – The Good Book Guide
‘A non-stop, action packed adventure from 549 AD spanning the fascinating Roman and Chinese empires … The simple descriptive detailing eloquently brings the background to life; Julian Stockwin has the gift of allowing the reader to see lands for the first time through the eyes of Nicander and Marius. THE SILK TREE is an entertaining, enjoyable read and one you can gallop through in an easy sitting.’ – Liz Robinson, LoveReading