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.

Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty

The Sea Wolf South

Free Nautical book giveaway!


How’s that for a pile of books?

And how would you like to win some of them?

The sun is out, so are the daffodils, and next week the clocks go forward. Spring fever has reached the Adlard Coles Nautical office, and we’re having a giveaway.

Up for grabs are books from across the entire Adlard Coles list, from old favourites to new releases, practical sailing books to funny bunkside reads. Everything’s there, from Brendan Hall’s inspirational and gripping Team Spirit to perennial favourite Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen by Mary Blewitt.

We’re going to be giving away at least one of these books every day until they’re gone.

To be in with a chance, we want you to tell us, in a sentence, your favourite place to sail to, and why.

Simple. The best, most interesting, most unique, funniest, etc, etc will get a book. And to begin with, we’ll let the first few winners pick which book they want from the pile.

You can enter in a variety of ways:
– Leave your comment here
– Post a comment on our Facebook page
– Tweet your answer @ReedsNautical (and please retweet the competition!)

We reserve the right to reproduce the winning entries on social media.

Win £100 worth of Books in our Name Our Book Competition

For the first time ever here at Adlard Coles Nautical we are letting you the readers pick the title of a forthcoming book by author Justin Tyers. This is a sequel to his fantastic book Phoenix from the Ashes.

Title 1 Title 2 Title 3

To pick your favourite title, simply visit the Adlard Coles Nautical Facebook page and select the like button on the title of your choice. The title with the most likes will be the winner.

All entries will be placed in a free prize draw and a winner will be selected at random, for the chance to win £100 worth of Adlard Coles Nautical books.

Competition ends 28th February 2014

*Please note that these are not the final images for the book cover.