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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

October 2013

It is a quiet month for news, however in the UK we can look forward to the release of Julian Stockwin's latest in the Kydd series, Caribbee.

Brief information is given below with links to the full website articles.

Featured Author

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

Jan NeedleJan Needle was born in Portsmouth on the south coast of England and moved to the north west when he was 20 to join the Daily Herald. At 25 he left full-time journalism and took a degree in drama at Manchester University, where he started writing plays for stage and radio, then short stories and later novels.

In later years he made a living with journalism, radio and television drama, stage plays, and novel-writing, at first for children and later for adults too. He has also written books and essays of dramatic criticism.

He wrote the 'Sea Officer William Bentley' series which will shortly be re=released for kindle and has just released a new short story ahead of a proposed series, The Devil's Luck.

Books with a release date this month

First editions or first paperback releases this month



Caribbee by Julian Stockwin (Hardcover - UK)

It is due for release on 24 October 2013

Non Fiction

The Birth of the Royal Marines: 1664-1802

The Birth of the Royal Marines: 1664-1802 by Britt Zerbe (Hardcover - US)

It is due for release on 15 October 2013

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

Book Reviews

Turn a Blind Eye

David Hayes reviews Turn a Blind Eye by Alaric Bond

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Admiralty Orders

David Hayes reviews Admiralty Orders by M. C. Muir

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Bloody Rain: Murder, Madness & the Monsoon

David Hayes reviews Bloody Rain: Murder, Madness & the Monsoon by Rick Spilman

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