HNF Log Book December 2010
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Last month I was privileged to get an interview with David Donachie on the launch of his new novel in the Pearce series 'Blown off Course'.
There are no new naval fiction titles due out this month.
Brief information is given below with links to the full website articles.
Recent Latest Release Articles
This month articles have appeared about the following books which have been published or are available for pre-order
Blown off Course (Hardcover) by David Donachie
It is now available in the UK and will be released in the US on 15 February 2011.
Honor Bound (Hardcover) by Robert N. Macomber
It is due for release in May 2011 worldwide
Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at C. Northcote Parkinson.
Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993) was born in the north of England. In 1929 he won an Exhibition to study history at Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge. As an undergraduate, Parkinson developed an interest in naval history, which he pursued when the Pellew family gave him access to family papers at the recently established National Maritime Museum. The papers formed the basis of his first book, Edward Pellew, Viscount Exmouth, Admiral of the Red. In 1934, then enrolled as a graduate student at King's College London, he wrote his Ph.D. thesis on Trade and War in the Eastern Seas, 1803-1810, which was awarded the Julian Corbett Prize in Naval History for 1935.
He pursued a distinguished worldwide academic career and first became known for "Parkinson's Law," which states that work expands to fill the time allotted to it. Parkinson wrote many books concentrated on British politics and economics. His first fictional effort, a "biography" of Horatio Hornblower, met with considerable acclaim and led directly to his historic naval fiction series about Richard Delancey. It is based on the life of a Guernseyman and brings Channel Islands influence to the genre.
Books with a release date this month
I am not aware of any scheduled for December.
Author Interviews Last Month
David Donachie, author of Blown Off Course
Among the questions asked were:
The Pearce series takes place within a relatively short time period when compared with other naval fiction series. Has this caused any particular problems or provided any surprises when writing it?
How far into the future have you planned the adventures of Pearce and the Pelicans?
A review of M. Keis Men of Honor
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