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99th Anniversary of Death of Admiral Sir Nicholas Dawlish

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.

"Britannia's Eventide" - free-to-download short story set in 1914

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.

5th Dawlish Chronicles Novel published!

Saturday 5th November 2016

"Britannia's Amazon", the fifth book in the Dawlish Chronicles series, is now available in paperback and in Kindle versions!

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Britannia's Amazon - the fifth book of the Dawlish Chronicles, is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

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1882: Florence Dawlish stands at the quayside in Portsmouth and watches the Royal Navy’s newest cruiser, HMS Leonidas, departing under command of her husband Nicholas. Months of separation lie ahead, quiet months which she plans to fill with charitable works.

But an unexpected incident brings Florence into brutal contact with the squalid underside of complacent Victorian society. With her personal loyalties challenged to the limit, and conscious that her persistence in seeking justice may damage her ambitious husband’s career, not to mention the possibility of prison for herself, Florence is drawn ever deeper into a maelstrom of corruption and violence.  The enemies she faces are merciless and vicious, their identities protected by guile, power and influence.

Britannia’s Amazon plays out in a world of extreme wealth and limitless poverty, marriages of American heiresses to British aristocracy and children starving in foul garrets, crusading journalists and hideously disfigured match-girls, arrogant aesthetes and ineffectual benevolence.

This volume includes as a bonus the long short-story Britannia’s Eye, which gives a new – and susprising – insight to Nicholas Dawlish’s childhood. It tells of his relationship with his uncle, a naval officer forced through ill health  to retire early, and of the secrets that this man brought with him to an early grave.

Britannia's Spartan - the fourth book of the Dawlish Chronicles, is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

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1882 and Captain Nicholas Dawlish RN has just taken command of the Royal Navy’s newest cruiser, HMS Leonidas. Her voyage to the Far East is to be a peaceful venture, a test of this innovative vessel’s engines and boilers.

Dawlish has no forewarning of the nightmare of riot, treachery, massacre and battle he and his crew will encounter.

A new balance of power is emerging in the Far East. Imperial China, weak and corrupt, is challenged by a rapidly modernising Japan, while Russia threatens from the north. They all need to control Korea, a kingdom frozen in time and reluctant to emerge from centuries of isolation.

Dawlish finds himself a critical player in a complex political powder keg. He must take account of a weak Korean king and his shrewd queen, of murderous palace intrigue, of a powerbroker who seems more American than Chinese and a Japanese naval captain whom he will come to despise and admire in equal measure. And he will have no one to turn to for guidance…

Britannia's Shark - the third of the Dawlish Chronicles , was published in December 2014 and is available in paperback and Kindle formats. 

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  It’s April 1881, a year since Commander Nicholas Dawlish returned from the brutal campaign in Paraguay detailed in Britannia’s Reach.  A personal tragedy has drawn him yet closer to his beloved wife Florence and in its aftermath they welcome the opportunity to combine his duty to observe trials of a new weapon in the Adriatic with an idyllic holiday together. Neither suspects that they are about to be drawn into a nightmare…

Daring and initiative have already bought Dawlish rapid advancement in the Royal Navy and he hungers for more.  But can the price be too high, not just for himself but for the woman he loves?



Britannia's Reach is the second book of the Dawlish Chronicles

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In 1880, on a broad river in the heart of South America, a flotilla of paddle steamers thrashes slowly upstream, laden with troops, horses and artillery, intent on conquest and revenge.

Ahead lies a commercial empire that was wrested from a British consortium in a bloody revolution. Now the investors are determined to recoup their losses and are funding a vicious war to do so.

Nicholas Dawlish, an ambitious British naval officer, is playing a leading role in the expedition.  But as brutal land and river battles mark its progress upriver, and as both sides inflict and endure ever greater suffering, stalemate threatens.

And Dawlish finds himself forced to make a terrible ethical choice if he is to return to Britain with some shreds of integrity remaining…

And Dawlish was introduced in Britannia's Wolf

If you haven't yet read Britannia's Wolf, the first of the Dawlish Chronicles, in which Nicholas Dawlish first appears, you will find details below (and for purchase click on the cover image):

1877 and the Russo-Turkish War is reaching its climax.

A Russian victory will pose a threat to Britain’s strategic interests. To protect them an ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, is assigned to the Ottoman Navy to ravage Russian supply-lines in the Black Sea. In the depths of a savage winter, as Turkish forces face defeat on all fronts, Dawlish confronts enemy ironclads, Cossack lances and merciless Kurdish irregulars, and finds himself a pawn in the rivalry of the Sultan’s half-brothers for control of the collapsing empire. And in the midst of this chaos, unwillingly and unexpectedly, Dawlish finds himself drawn to a woman whom he believes he should not love.
Neither for his own sake, nor for hers…

The reviews of Britannia's Wolf have been very positive, and some samples are below:

On 25th July 2013 "Westsail" filed a review on Amazon.com, entitled " Ironclads and Steam Power in a Great Work of Nautical Fiction " Click here to read it.

And here’s a review posted on Amazon.com by Linda Collison, herself a maritime-adventure novelist and best known – and uniquely – for her female protagonist, Patricia MacPherson, who embarks on a medical career at sea in “Barbados Bound” and “The Surgeon’s Mate” .

Click here for her review: http://dawlishchronicles.com/linda-collinson-review

And below here to read an independent review on the Historic Naval Fiction website:


Click below for a review on the amazon.com website from a reader in the United States which is entitled:

The British Navy cruises on steam, not sails, in this Victorian-era series

There's also a very detailed and compehensive review from "Seaweed", a knowledgable British reader. Click below to read it:

 Seaweed's Review


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