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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

November 2013

Last month I was privileged to get an interview with Jay Worrall to mark the launch of his new novel in the Charles Edgemont series A Sea Unto Itself.

There are several brand new naval fiction titles out together with some paperback edition 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 which have been published or are available for pre-order


A Sea Unto Itself

After a break of several years author Jay Worrall has just released a new novel in his Charles Edgemont series, A Sea Unto Itself. It is now available in paperback and for kindle download worldwide.

A Divided Command

Author David Donachie's new novel, A Divided Command, will be released in hardcover in the UK on 25 November 2013 and in the US on 15 March 2014.

Merriman and the French Invasion

Author Roger Burnage has just released the second book of The Merriman Chronicles, Merriman and the French Invasion. It is available for Kindle download worldwide.

USS Lexington and the HMS Lady Susan

Over the past few weeks author David C. Perry has released a trilogy of short stories in the Brigantine Lexington Series ahead of a proposed new novel. Set during the American Revolutionary War they are available worldwide for kindle download.

Non Fiction

 Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812

Tim Voelcker's new book, Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812, is now available in hardcover worldwide.


Rob Mundle's new book, Cook, will be available for kindle download worldwide on 1 November 2013.

The New England Mariner Tradition

Robert A. Geake has released a new book, The New England Mariner Tradition: Old Salts, Superstitions, Shanties and Shipwrecks. It is now available in paperback worldwide.

Featured Author

Each month I provide a short bio of one of the authors on the site. This month we will look at Jan Vlachos Westcott

Jan Vlachos Westcott (1912- ) wrote a number of books mainly romances based around Scotland or set in the Elizabethan period.

She wrote one romance which was also historic naval fiction based around the Revolutionary war.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month



Caribbee by Julian Stockwin (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 1 November 2013

The King's Chameleon

The King's Chameleon by Richard Woodman (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 1 November 2013

A Divided Command

A Divided Command by David Donachie (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 25 November 2013

A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles by David Donachie (Paperback - UK)

It is due for release on 25 November 2013

Non Fiction


Cook by Rob Mundle (Kindle - Worldwide)

It is due for release on 1 November 2013

A listing of books to be released in the future is available via the Releases Calendar

Author Interviews Last Month

A Sea Unto Itself

Jay Worrall, author of A Sea Unto Itself

Among the questions asked were:

What can you tell us about A Sea Unto Itself without spoiling the plot for the readers?

It has been a few years since there has been a Charles Edgemont novel. What can you tell us about that and the future of the series?

Read more

Book Reviews

A Love of Adventure

David Hayes reviews A Love of Adventure by Joan Druett

Read the review.

Remember the Raisin

David Hayes reviews Remember the Raisin by Michael Aye

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
Sailor in the Desert David Gunn's new book is a biography of a sailor aboard an armed RN sloop that spent much of it's time under sail. Of interest is the fact that all this took place during the First World War. Sailor in the Desert has just been published in hardcover and is available worldwide.
Donitz, U-Boats, Convoys

Some recent ME non-fiction releases

Donitz, U-Boats, Convoys: The British Version of His Memoirs from the Admiralty's Secret Anti-Submarine Reports by Jak P Mallman Showell

Diving Stations: The Story of Captain George Hunt and the Ultor by Peter Dornan

Grey Wolves: The U-Boat War 1939-1945 by Philip Kaplan

Naval Firepower: Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era by Norman Friedman

Fight for the Sea: Naval Adventures from the Second World War by John Frayn Turner

Hunter Killers by Iain Ballantyne

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