Thought we’d have a little bit of fun with this one! For a chance to win a copy of Tyger, The Silk Tree & Stockwin’s Maritime Miscellany (plus a mystery prize) email me with a response to this question (in not more than 100 words)
Imagine you’re in a room with a visitor from an alien world. He asks you what you like to read and you decide to tell him about Julian Stockwin — what do you say?
Please include your postal address. Contest open worldwide. Deadline: November 30. Winner will be the entry judged the most apt and original.
- ‘Having joined the British Royal Navy when only fifteen, Julian Stockwin’s adept nautical know-how shows in his novels. We are treated to travel alongside the sailors and experience life on a fighting-sail vessel. The combat scenes, with their elements of surprise, heroism, and horror, have an authenticity about them. These, combined with the political intrigue, particularly in the Baltic Sea countries, and the descriptions of societal norms of that period make this a truly interesting historical novel. It is the sixteenth instalment in the Kydd series… and this reviewer believes that this is one of the best Kydd books thus far. Highly recommended.’
Historical Novel Society
The Silk Tree
- ‘Much of the story in The Silk Tree turns on circumstance and chance as well as the wild good luck that is seldom seen outside of far fetched adventure stories. It is a testament to the quality of the writing that the reader’s credulity or patience is never taxed and Nicander and Marius do end up in Seres but not in the manner that they had planned. Now all they have to do is uncover the secret and bring it home…
If you like books that are full of the names and legends of far away places, histories of cultures that are rarely mentioned today and impossible tales of derring-do than this is certainly the novel for you. The travels and travails that Nicander and Marius go through are tough and unrelenting but they never give up and never give in. Their journeys are legendary but their trials are rewarded in the end. What is really rewarding is that the characters are fully fleshed out and there is a lot of humour in the book. The Silk Tree is an enjoyable, adventurous romp and time spent in the company of Nicander and Marius is no trial at all.’
Stockwin’s Maritime Miscellany: A Ditty Bag of Wonders From the Golden Age of Sail
- ‘This book is a delight and a labour of love. The author has been involved with the sea all of his life, serving in the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. Through his working life and his more recent career as a writer, he has collected a huge amount of information. From this fund of knowledge, he has selected a collection of facts and anecdotes, details of events and museums, insights into the life of seaman during the golden period of sail. The diversity of information and the fascinating explanations of the background to commonly used words and phrases, such as high and dry and first rate, will appeal to a very wide readership.’