Born in 1944, Julian Stockwin soon developed a love for the sea in his home town of Basingstoke. Having an uncle, Tom Clay, who was a seaman in square-rigged ships and had sailed around Cape Horn in the Cutty Sark, the sea was in his blood. Stockwin joined the Royal Navy at 15 and transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and served for eight years. Later in his career, he joined the Royal Navy Reserve. He was honoured with an MBE and retired as Lt Commander. Since his retirement and return to the UK, he has written historical action-adventure fiction, naturally focusing around the sea. The Kydd series has been a phenomenal success, and has recently been followed by the publication of a standalone novel, The Silk Tree.
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