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May 2011

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with Linda Collison on the launch of her new novel 'Surgeon's Mate'.

Linda's novel has just been released but there is only 1 paperback edition release coming up 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


Surgeon's Mate

Surgeon's Mate (Paperback) by Linda Collison

Is now available worldwide

Non Fiction

The Sea Painter's World

The Sea Painter's World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010 (Hardcover) by Geoff Hunt

It is due for release on 1 September 2011

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at Cyrus Townsend Brady.

cyrus_bradyCyrus Townsend Brady (1861 - 1920), a U.S. Naval Academy graduate (1883), was a journalist, historian and adventure writer. He was also ordained by the Protestant Episcopal Church and was chaplain of the First Pennsylvania Volunteers at the time of the Spanish-American War. He is best known by his historical novels (many of which are not nautically based).

His books are mainly out of print and information on them is hard to come by. Some are based in the early period of steam and some are part romantic novels. Also some novels are marked as being in the 'Boys of the Service Series' which is sometimes classed as children's literature.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month



The Pursuit by Peter Smalley (Paperback - UK)

It is due for release on 5 May 2011

Non Fiction

HMS Victory - First-Rate

HMS Victory - First-Rate by Jonathan Eastland & Iain Ballantyne (Paperback - US)

It is due for release on 15 May 2011

Author Interviews Last Month

Surgeon's Mate

Linda Collison, author of Surgeon's Mate

Among the questions asked were:

Your concept of a Naval Fiction series with younger female readers in mind is unique. How did you reach this decision?

What's next in the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series?

Read more

Book Reviews

The Mountain of Gold

A review of The Mountain of Gold by J. D. Davies

Read the review.

The Reaper

A review of The Reaper by Michael Aye

Read the review.

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