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Astrodene's Historic Naval Fiction Log Book - Your regular update of what's new in nautical literature set in the Age of Sail

January 2016

Happy New Year to you all.

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with Lee Henschel Jr. about his novel The Sailing Master, the first of a new series.

January is a quiet month for new releases although some country specific editions are coming out and there is news of recent releases.

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:


HMS Prometheus

Alaric Bond has just released the latest book in the Fighting Sail series, HMS Prometheus, which is now available in paperback and ebook formats worldwide.

A Hard, Cruel Shore

The latest Alan Lewrie novel by Dewey Lambdin titled A Hard, Cruel Shore, is now available for pre-order in hardcover worldwide. It will be released on 2 February 2016.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at Michael Molloy

Michael MolloyMichael John Molloy (1940- ) is a writer of children's books and a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper. He lives in London, England, with his wife and children. He is the author of The Witch Trade, The Time Witches, Wild West Witches, amongst others and has finished two books for Disney. He has writen a Young Adult HNF based series about Peter Raven.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month


The Perils of Command

The Perils of Command by David Donachie (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 19 January 2016

Non Fiction

The U.S. Navy: A Concise History

The U.S. Navy: A Concise History by Craig L. Symonds (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 28 January 2016

A listing of books to be released in the future is available via the Releases Calendar
Author Interviews Last Month
Lee Henschel Jr.

Lee Henschel Jr., author of The Sailing Master

Among the questions asked were:

The book is the first in a proposed series. What are your future plans for it?

What intrigues you about the period in which the book is set?

Read the Interview

Book Reviews
HMS Prometheus

David Hayes reviews HMS Prometheus by Alaric Bond

Read the Review

Modern Era
For those interested in nautical literature set in a later period - What's new on the web site this month
Britannia's Spartan

Antoine Vanner has just released the next book in The Dawlish Chronicles, Britannia's Spartan. It is now available in paperback and ebook versions worldwide.

Other Books and Authors
I often find authors and books to be added to the site and whilst I try and include books in latest releases I do not always spot them in time. This section includes books and authors that have recently been found and may be of interest.
The Sailing Master

The Sailing Master by Lee Henschel Jr.

The Seasick Admiral: Nelson and the Health of the Navy

The Seasick Admiral: Nelson and the Health of the Navy by Kevin Brown

Revolutionary Privateers

Revolutionary Privateers by Brad Koch


Blackadder by John Keir Cross. This 1950's book for young adults is now back in print.

Other News

For those that remember the film HMS Defiant (UK)/Damn the Defiant (US), the book it is based on Mutiny is now back in print and is also available as an ebook.

Weymouth Leviathan

The inaugural Weymouth Leviathan, a Maritime Literary Festival held in Weymouth, Dorset, UK, will take place next year over two days, 12 & 13 March.

There are many speakers appearing on a wide range of nautical subjects and among them are a number of Naval Fiction authors including Antoine Vanner (on Hazard in Nautical Fiction: Facets of Fear and Courage), J. D. Davies (on Samuel Pepys and Charles II’s Navy), Julian Stockwin (on The Real Jack Tar) and Richard Woodman (on The Making of a Sea Officer in Fact and Fiction).

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