From the Marco Polo to the #CuttySark, this beautiful new book captures the clipper ship era.

The Most Dramatic Era in the History of Sail, Brought Vividly to Life

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In the era of commercial sail, clipper ships were the ultimate expression of speed and grace. Racing out to the gold fields of America and Australia, and breaking speed records carrying tea back from China, the ships combined beauty with breathtaking performance.

From mutinies, rivalries and the Cutty Sark’s longest voyage via the inspirational story of Captain Mary Patten and her battle with Cape Horn, Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail brings this unique era vividly back to life, recounting thrilling descriptions of the most dramatic races, beautifully illustrated with the finest paintings and illustrations.

First-hand accounts, newspaper reports and log entries add exciting eyewitness detail, while the exquisite images bring home the sheer elegance of these racehorses of the sea.

Read a few sample pages from this beautiful celebration of these racehorses of the sea.

What’s your favourite maritime classic? Tell us for your chance to WIN the first four books in the Adlard Coles Maritime Classics series

20,000 Leagues Under the SeaThis week we are proud to launch our brand new series celebrating the best of maritime writing (both fiction and non-fiction) over the centuries – the Adlard Coles Maritime Classics.

The first batch includes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Sea Wolf alongside Mutiny On Board HMS Bounty and South by Sir Ernest Shackleton. Next year we will publish Robinson Crusoe and Lord Jim. Each book contains an exclusive Foreword from a notable writer, sailor or adventurer, such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls.

 

But what’s your favourite? Is it on this list? Or is there another one you’d like to see us publish? Leave us a comment and tell us why.

  • Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
  • The Swiss Family Robinson (Johann David Wyss)
  • Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  • Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
  • The Sea Wolf (Jack London)
  • Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad)
  • The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  • To Have and Have Not (Ernest Hemingway)
  • Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K Jerome)
  • Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome)
  • The Riddle of the Sands (Erskine Childers)
  • The Pirate (Sir Walter Scott)
  • The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (Edgar Allen Poe)
  • Two Years Before the Mast (Richard Henry Dana)

WIN! To be in with a chance of winning a complete set of the first four books in the Adlard Coles Maritime Classics series, visit our Facebook page and tell us which classic you would like to see us publish next – whether it’s on the list or not.

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Up to 30% off Adlard Coles Nautical Books

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Get ready for Cowes week with up to 30% discount off all Adlard Coles Nautical books

We have a wealth of fantastic books from Bailey Boat Cat, the adventurous boat cat who is making waves with his new book; to the stunning Boat Cookbook, which features over 80 delicious recipes for making that perfect meal onboard. As the world’s largest nautical publisher, we are sure to have a book for you. Offer runs until 9th August 2014.

Bestselling Author Nick Ward to ‘Sail’ around the Isle of Wight by Bike!

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Bestselling author Nick Ward is taking on a new challenge on the 22nd August. To raise money for a charity close to his heart, Nick will ‘sail’ around the Isle of Wight by Bike to raise money for Smile4Wessex.

He will cycle 100km around the Isle of Wight to say thank you to Wessex Neurological Unit who gave him the precious gift of life back in 1971.

The Smile4Wessex Appeal aims to support the work of the Wessex Neurological Centre (WNC) by raising funds for projects that:

  • Improve the quality of care and range of treatments offered to patients of the WNC
  • Improve the quality of facilities provided at the WNC (for patients, staff and relatives)
  • Further research into neurological conditions that will have a direct bearing on patient care, or further the understanding of such conditions and their future treatment

To find out more about Nick’s challenge and to support him visit the Smile4Wessex website.

Discover how Emma Bamford went to sea and came back an author

A book about sailing, written at sea by Emma Bamford

All too often, when you are sailing, the wind and tide seem to be against you. At first, it seemed that way with my writing.

Shortly before I left my job at the Independent newspaper to go sailing, in the summer of 2010, a colleague suggested there might be a book idea in my upcoming trip and put me in touch with an agent.

I’d always loved books, and even tried writing a novel and a book about dating in London but was rejected by publishers and agents for both.

The agent, it emerged, wanted an update of Lucy Irvine’s raunchy Castaway. ‘Not likely,’ I thought, but I saved his email address anyway, in case I came up with a better idea.

After that, having adventures – sailing into the heart of the Borneo jungle, anchoring amid beautiful coral gardens, crossing oceans and visiting remote islands peopled only by hunter-gatherer tribesmen – absorbed me so completely that writing a book was furthest from my mind.

Fast-forward a couple of years and you’ll find me finally starting to write, stretched out in the cockpit of a sailing yacht anchored in Malaysia. Each morning, before it got too hot, I dug out my diaries and expanded on them, amazed at how easily the words flowed.

Perhaps they flowed too easily because the agent hated the 10,000 words I sent him, saying I’d ‘never get a publisher interested’.

Luckily, he was wrong. ‘Send me everything you’ve got,’ said Adlard Coles’s commissioning editor, Liz Multon. I did – and she turned me down, but kindly offered to read my manuscript again if I felt like re-writing it.

When I got her email I was living in a marina in St Petersburg, Florida, waiting for a new engine to be fitted to a 40ft Choate I was helping to deliver from Texas to St Lucia. I had time to kill, so I parked myself in the Captain’s Lounge, pencil in hand, and re-did the whole thing. Six months later I got an email from Liz saying Adlard Coles would be publishing Casting Off.

It’s been a whirlwind but now my beautiful paperback is here and I am officially an author – with my own website, Facebook page, Twitter account and appearances at literary events.

Proof that perseverance in whatever you do – whether it’s following a dream or simply tacking your way into a headwind – works. Keep at it, and you’ll get there.

 

Our guest blogger today is Emma Bamford, author of Casting Off. Read a few pages from her fantastic new book.

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Adventures of a Feline Afloat

Choo Choo & Martha are so excited to get their paws on their copies of Bailey Boat Cat. That they have kindly sent us here at Adlard Coles Nautical towers pictures of them reading the book.

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Publishing today Bailey Boat Cat is a fantastic book which reveals the adventures that Bailey gets up to aboard his boat Nocturne. Where he loves nothing more than gazing wistfully out of portholes, lounging on the sun deck wearing his cat lifejacket, climbing the mast and generally fulfilling his important boat-cat duties – and blogging about them at baileyboatcat.com.

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Check out the Bailey Boat Cat Map, to see other cats reading their copies of the book.

To get your cat on the Bailey Boat Cat Map, please send us pictures of your cat reading Bailey Boat Cat to adlardcoles@bloomsbury.com

Real Food for Hungry Sailors

For anyone with a tiny galley kitchen and an appetite for fresh, gorgeous food, there’s good news: no more bland cooking.

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These fabulous and easy recipes, all made with minimum fuss and maximum flavour, will allow you to spoil yourself in harbour, keep things simple at sea, and make delicious meals and snacks in advance – not to mention rustle up a mean rum punch. And with its handy ideas on setting up the galley, a lazy guide to filleting mackerel and tips for hosting the perfect beach barbecue, The Boat Cookbook is the must-have guide for sailors and seaside-lovers alike.

Fiona Sims shares her own tried-and-tested onboard classics, along with recipe contributions from top chefs including Chris Galvin and Angela Hartnett, as well as from sailing legends such as Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and Dee Caffari.

Inspired by the sea and happy times on the water, The Boat Cookbook promises fresh, mouthwatering galley grub that can be prepared almost as quickly as it will be devoured by your eager crew.

With or without a boat, Fiona’s book is a delicious treat‘ Michel Roux Jr

Sample a few recipes from this fantastic book.

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The Boat Cookbook
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