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‘In Stockwin’s hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world’ – Guardian

Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all the danger of tempest and battle he goes through, he comes to admire the skills and courage of the seamen – taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor.

Based on dramatic real events, it is classic storytelling at its very best, rich with action with exceptional characters and a page-turning narrative.


What readers are saying about KYDD

‘A cracking good read’ – 5 stars

‘A first-class job’ – 5 stars

‘A terrific book’ – 5 stars

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

On Sale: 11th December 2009

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781848947351


As an O'Brien groupie myself, I began to read suspiciously... I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast... Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi on "the legendary crack frigate Artemis".
Christina Hardyment, Independent
Stockwin weaves a fast- paced tale that brings a whiff of the sea and gunpowder. Recommended.
gripping...Rich in action and full of interesting characters, this thrilling novel leaves you in awe of the 18th- century seaman.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
impressively full of life. I was soon turning over the pages indecently fast.
Independent Friday Review