McBooks Press signs new nonfiction book from Age of Sail master Julian Stockwin

McBooks Press will publish Julian Stockwin’s new nonfiction work, Stockwin’s Guide to Nelson’s England, in Fall 2025. Brittany Stoner acquired World English rights from Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. McBooks Press publishes the foremost British and American authors in nautical fiction and is an imprint of Globe Pequot, the trade division of Rowman & Littlefield.

Written for the nautical fiction reader or the naval history aficionado, this traveler’s companion is the perfect guide to the must-see Georgian naval locations in the United Kingdom, from historic ships to monuments to museums. Travelers and armchair sailors alike will delight in walking in the historic footsteps of Admiral Horatio Nelson and tracing the fictional journey of Julian Stockwin’s beloved series hero Thomas Kydd.

“We are fortunate in Great Britain to have many attractions celebrating Nelson’s life and times. I’m delighted that this guide is to be published by McBooks Press, giving readers an enriched appreciation of England’s greatest hero,” says Julian.

“I fell in love with naval fiction at a young age, and it is an honor to now have the opportunity to work with one of the genre’s greatest writers,” says Brittany. “I look forward to helping readers take a deeper dive into the rich history of Nelson’s world.”

Isobel adds: “Julian Stockwin is a master storyteller, the world’s greatest living writer of maritime historical fiction, and it’s a great pleasure to have in prospect such fascinating sights and journeys with this book—enriched with Julian’s great treasure store of experience—as our guide.”

Stockwin is a master of naval fiction set during the Age of Sail, with over half a million copies sold in his Thomas Kydd series. At fourteen, he went to TS Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the British Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, the Antarctic, and the South Seas. Retired as a lieutenant commander, he lives in Devon, England, with his wife and literary partner, Kathy. He is currently at work on Admiral, the next volume in the Kydd series. A number of his titles have been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese. He has also written two standalone historical novels, The Silk Tree and The Powder of Death, and a nonfiction work, Stockwin’s Maritime Miscellany.

Praise for the Kydd series

“Very readable and enjoyable. I recommend that you go out, beg, borrow or buy, and enjoy.”
—Bernard Cornwell

“The preeminent living historical naval fiction writer on either side of the Atlantic.”
Quarterdeck: Maritime Literature & Art Review

“Stockwin, a career navy man, writes of the nautical life with vivid authority.”Kirkus Review

“A master teller of grand historical fiction tales. Pick one, any one, and you will be highly entertained… He writes brilliantly, bringing wonderful characters to life.”

“In his hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world.”
The Guardian