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July 2010

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with Michael Aye following the launch of his new novel in the Fighting Anthonys series 'Seahorse'.

There are 2 brand new naval fiction titles out this month together with a new non-fiction title.

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


In the King's Name

In the King's Name (Hardcover) by Alexander Kent

It is due for release in February 2011

Non Fiction

John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail

John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail (Hardcover) by Tim McGrath was recently released

Featured Author

Each month I will provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This months we will look at Alaric Bond.

Alaric BondAlaric Bond is one of the new talents in naval fiction.

He was born in Surrey and is the son of Geoffrey Bond a well known writer of novels and biographies as well as several screenplays, contributions to BBC Radio drama (including Mrs Dale’s Diary!) and "Luck of the Legion" for the Eagle comic.

Alaric has been writing professionally for over twenty years with work covering broadcast comedy (commissioned to BBC Light Entertainment for 3 years), periodicals, children's stories, television and the stage. He is also a regular contributor to nautical magazines and newsletters.

His 'Fighting Sail' series of books, the latest of which True Colours was recently released, features several principal characters, including Midshipman Thomas King and a seaman named Flint, and is intended to differ from others in that it will not follow one principal character throughout his career.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month


The Price of Glory

The Price of Glory by Seth Hunter (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 8 July 2010

Tongues of Serpents

Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 13 July 2010

Non Fiction

First Rate

First Rate: The Greatest Warships of the Age of Sail by Rif Winfield (Hardcover - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 30 July 2010

Author Interviews Last Month


Michael Aye, author of Seahorse

Among the questions asked were:

Where did your interest in the sea originate?

What drew you to write Naval Fiction set in the Age of Sail?

Read more

Book Reviews

False Colors

A review of Alex Beecroft's False Colors by David Hayes

Read the review.

True Colours

A review of Alaric Bond's True Colors by David Hayes

Read the review.

The Sallee Rovers

A review of M. Kei's The Sallee Rovers by David Hayes

Read the review

and a review by Nan Hawthorne

Read the review. Originally published in That's All She Read


A review of Julian Stockwin's Victory

Read the review


Other News

  The first edition of a regular column I will be writing for Chronicles The eMagazine of History, talking about authors and books in the genre, appeared this month. You can sign up for Chronicles at

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