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Signals of Distress - Jim Crace
Set in the early 19th century, this novel tells of the effects on a small kelping village when two ships caught in violent storms are forced to discharge their very different cargoes onto their beaches.
Nelson's Daughter - Miranda Hearn
Alongside his brilliant naval career, Lady Hamilton was Nelson's other great obsession, and this intimate portrait of their love affair illustrates how England's most celebrated admiral was captivated by this vivacious, strong-minded and passionate woman.
The Trafalgar Connection - Gillian Kaye
The Hadleigh family, at their home on the edge of Romney Marsh, anxiously await news of their eldest son, Robert, serving as a midshipman on board the Victory under the command of Lord Nelson.
Man of War - Alexander Kent
Antigua, 1817, and Adam Bolitho is fortunate to be offered the seventy-four gun Athena, and as flag captain to Vice-Admiral Sir Graham Bethune once more follows his destiny to the Caribbean
The Sea, The Sea - Iris Murdoch
When director, playwright and actor Charles retires from his glittering London world to become a hermit, it is to the sea that he turns.
Far Side of the World - Patrick O'Brian
Jack Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade.
Star of the Sea : Farewell to Old Ireland - Joseph O'Connor
Winter 1847, the Star of the Sea sets sail from Ireland for New York. But a killer is stalking the decks, hungry for vengeance.
Barracuda 945 - Patrick Robinson
A blood-bath in Hebron ends with the murder of two SAS sergeants and the disappearance of an SAS major.
Kydd - Julian Stockwin
Thomas Paine Kydd, a wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang, to be part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William.
Losing Nelson - Barry Unsworth
Unsworth's novel is the story of Charles Cleasby, an obsessive Nelson fan, who re-fights great naval battles on the billiard table in his London basement.