Julian Stockwin Books

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Julian Stockwin is a British author who writes historical fiction. Born in 1944 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Stockwin discovered his passion for the sea at a young age. According to his mother, the author was a precocious toddler who approached every sailor he saw on the street.

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Order of Thomas Kydd Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Kydd 2001 Description / Buy
2 Artemis 2002 Description / Buy
3 Seaflower 2003 Description / Buy
4 Mutiny 2003 Description / Buy
5 Quarterdeck 2003 Description / Buy
6 Tenacious 2005 Description / Buy
7 Command 2006 Description / Buy
8 The Admiral's Daughter 2007 Description / Buy
9 Treachery / The Privateer's Revenge 2008 Description / Buy
10 Invasion 2009 Description / Buy
11 Victory 2010 Description / Buy
12 Conquest 2011 Description / Buy
13 Betrayal 2012 Description / Buy
14 Caribbee 2013 Description / Buy
15 Pasha 2014 Description / Buy
16 Tyger 2015 Description / Buy
17 Inferno 2016 Description / Buy
18 Persephone 2017 Description / Buy
19 The Baltic Prize 2017 Description / Buy
20 The Iberian Flame 2018 Description / Buy
21 A Sea of Gold 2019 Description / Buy
22 To the Eastern Seas 2019 Description / Buy
23 Balkan Glory 2020 Description / Buy
24 Thunderer 2021 Description / Buy
25 Yankee Mission 2022 Description / Buy
26 Sea of Treason 2023 Description / Buy
27 Admiral 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Julian Stockwin Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Silk Tree 2014 Description / Buy
2 The Powder of Death 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Julian Stockwin Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany: A Ditty Bag of Wonders from the Golden Age of Sail 2009 Description / Buy
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Because no other person in his family was connected to the sea, Stockwin became enamored with his uncle Tom Clay, a veteran seaman. Clay took Stockwin on his ship and showed him the ropes.

Additionally, the author read every book about the sea he could find. Although the thought of being on a ship in a great storm frightened him, Stockwin couldn’t wait to venture out and experience a true adventure on the sea.

Unfortunately, even though he won a scholarship to an English grammar school, his obsession with water wreaked havoc on his studies. Stockwin’s father thought that sending him to the ‘Indefatigable’ at fourteen would quench his curiosity.

After all, the sea training school was pretty tough. But Stockwin thrived. He spent eight years in the Royal Australian Navy, during which he saw his fair share of storms. His naval career took Stockwin to various countries around the world.

The author was on board Melbourne during the Voyager collision. By the time his Navy days ended, Stockwin had a juicy collection of adventures under his belt. Determined to acquire the education he missed, the author pursued Far Eastern Studies and Psychology at the University of Tasmania.

Stockwin’s fascination with psychology surprised his friends and family. The things he saw at sea piqued his interest in the subject. He went so far as to teach and then practice psychology. After meeting Kathy, moving to Hong Kong, and dabbling in cross-cultural psychology, the author pivoted into computers and software development.

By 1990, Stockwin had returned to the UK. A large project forced him to re-evaluate his priorities. After tolerating a high-pressure environment for several years, Kathy made a recommendation. She told him to write about the sea.

The author doesn’t know if he would have given publishing a serious go if Kathy hadn’t pushed him. She had seen his potential. Despite his doubts, Stockwin took a part-time teaching job and dedicated his free time to writing.

He decided to prioritize stories about ordinary men on the front lines, the kind who walked the deck and serviced the canons. The people barking orders from behind the scenes did not appeal to him.

His personal experiences in the Navy are vital to his success. Readers have commended the author for the small details that litter his stories, such as the voices one hears on a pitch-black night, the smells that assault sailors when they step on land after months at sea, the ferocity with which a storm shakes a ship, etc.

Best Julian Stockwin Books

The author has commended Kathy for using her skills as an editor to polish his writing. She helped Stockwin find his voice. They work together to make his publishing dreams a reality. Stockwin’s best books include:

Kydd: Thomas Kydd is a young wigmaker struggling to make his way through the world when he‘s press-ganged. England needs seamen to man its fighting ships. Despite his deficiencies, Kydd is expected to find his footing as a member of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William before the worst comes to pass and war comes knocking.

He will quickly learn the harsh realities of life aboard an old and rotting ship. Danger waits around every corner. Some of his colleagues are nobodies, just like Kydd. Others (like Nicholas Renzi) have secrets. They will all play a vital role in Kydd’s destiny.

Artemis: Thomas Kydd and Nicolas Renzi have changed. They are not the wide-eyed amateurs who boarded the Royal William. Kydd and Renzi are capable seamen on the Artemis. Their goal is to sail the 18th-century crack frigate to the fabled Far East.

The perilous undertaking will test the pair mentally and physically. But Kydd’s will is unshakable. Nothing will stop the Artemis from reaching its destination, not even mutiny, or so he thinks.

Kydd is put to the test when he receives an urgent message from home. The message in question threatens to cut his career short.

When Does The Next Julian Stockwin book come out?

The next book by Julian Stockwin is Admiral and will be released on October, 10th 2024. It is the newest book in the Thomas Kydd Series.


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