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5th Dawlish Chronicles Novel in October 2016

Monday 10th October 2016

The manuscript of "Britannia's Amazon" now in final proofing and is due for publication in late October 2016. Watch this space for further information!

"Steam, Steel and Strife" - a growing archive

Friday 5th August 2016

New history articles are added weekly. Click on the "Conflict" button above to access over 100 articles for 1700-1930 period.

The weekly Dawlish Chronicles Blog

Sunday 17th July 2016

This blog is an entertaining and authoritative on-line history magazine. Click on the link in the central panel to reach the latest article.

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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.

The first four Dawlish novels are, "Britannia's Wolf","Britannia's Reach",  "Britannia's Shark" and "Britannia's Spartan". They are available from Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle formats.

Click on "Books" bar above to learn more about their plots and to see some sample reviews.They are consistently scoring an average of 4.5 Stars out of 5 Maximum on Amazon reviews. 

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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.

Read an interview with Antoine by journalist Eva La Gassé, to see video interviews,  to listen to an interview by novelist Seymour Hamilton, or learn about Antoine's approach to writing by clicking "Interview" button below...

Author: Antoine Vanner

Nicholas Dawlish

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" above 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.

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Antoine Vanners Bookshelf

Why not have a look at Antoine's short 5 star recommendations of books readers will enjoy


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