Sunday 23rd April 2017
The audacious amphibious raid on Zeebrugge on St. George's Day 1918 saw the death of Sir Nicholas Dawlish in a manner he would have found wholly appropriate. Click on the "Dawlish" bar above to learn more.
Monday 10th April 2017
Click on yellow text above to find out how to get this short-story that details a critical turning point in the life of Nicholas Dawlish.
Saturday 5th November 2016
"Britannia's Amazon", the fifth book in the Dawlish Chronicles series, is now available in paperback and in Kindle versions!
Welcome to the Adventure
Nicholas Dawlish is a British naval officer as the British Empire reaches its apogee in the late Victorian period. The Age of Sail is dying slowly and Dawlish is building his career in the new era of steam, ironclads, heavy guns and torpedoes that is replacing it.
Antoine Vanner writes historical naval fiction. He previously spent many years in the international oil industry and also travelled extensively on a private basis.
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Tthe action in this novel runs in parallel in time with the action of "Britannia’s Spartan", and concentrates on the adventures of Nicholas Dawlish’s wife Florence while she is at home in Britain while he and his cruiser are in Korean waters. Dedicated to the welfare of seaman’s families, and especially to those of her husband’s crew, Florence intends to spend the months of separation caring for them. But a chance encounter is to plunge her into the maelstrom of vice, cruelty and espionage that is the corrupt underside of complacent Late-Victorian society. And if Florence is to survive - and to save innocent victims- she must face evil head-on, deal with conflicts of loyalty and employ guile as her most powerful weapon
This latest volume also includes the long short-story "Britannia’s Eye", which casts a new light on Nicholas Dawlish’s relationship with his uncle, an invalided naval officer who made him his heir. But Nicholas was never to know - or even guess - the truth about what his uncle had really been…
The four earlier Dawlish novels are, "Britannia's Wolf","Britannia's Reach", "Britannia's Shark" and "Britannia's Spartan". They can be read as standalone books, or in chronological sequence. All are available from Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle formats.
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In Audiobook format also...
Britannia's Wolf is also available as an audio-book. It's been read by the distinguished American actor David Doersch. If you haven't previously ordered an audio-book from audible.com you can download it without cost as part of a 30-Day Free Trial. You can listen on your Smart Phone, Tablet or MP3 Player. Click here details.
And the Weekly Blog...
Antoine Vanner blogs weekly - and often more frequently - on naval and more general history and personalities in the period 1700-1918. Topics include naval warfare in the Age of Fighting Sail, the transition from Sail to Steam, international rivalries, dramatic happenings and little known events that have helped shape the world we live in. The topics are never predictable but always entertaining. In this blog Antoine draws heavily on information he has come across during his researchs for the Dawlish Chronicles but which may not be directly used in the books themselves. It is however too good to let to go to waste - and hence the blog! Many of the older postings (dozens of them!) can be accessed by clicking on "Conflict" on the bar above or go to the latest blog by clicking on the image.
To see video interviews with Antoine Vanner about his approach to writing click on the "Interview" button below. There are also links to audio and text interviews.
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A Life of Service and Adventure
Admiral Sir Nicholas Dawlish is probably best remembered today for leaving retirement in 1914, at the request of his friend and sometime rival Lord Fisher, to assume responsibility for Unconventional Naval Operations.
His imaginative filling of that role, and his death at the age of seventy two on the Zeebrugge Mole, where he fell in a hail of machine-gun fire on St.George's Day 1918, (making him the oldest serving officer to fall in action in either World War), ended an illustrious career in a manner which he would have found wholly appropriate...
Click on "Learn More" below to read about Dawlish's life and click on "Steam, Steel and Strife" button below to learn about the world he lived in, its challenges, its personalities, its crises and its weapons. There are also dozens of articles about the "Age of Fighting Sail 1700-1837" as well as the early 20th Century.Read More Steam Steel and Strife