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Blockade of Brest - New Book

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:29 am
by Andrew Bamford
I wanted to take the opportunity to use the new forum to announce the publication of the first of what I hope will be a number of naval titles in the "From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815" book series that I edit for Helion & Co.

Far Distant Ships, by Quintin Barry, is an operational study of the Royal Navy's Channel Fleet and its blockade of Brest in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and is now available to order: ... -1815.html

Other naval titles already in the pipeline for the series over the next two or three years include a study of Army-Navy cooperation during the American Revolutionary Wars, a biographical dictionary of Royal Navy officers during the Seven Years War, and an operational study of the naval elements of the War of Jenkins Ear/War of the Austrian Succession. I would be very happy to hear of other proposals for prospective titles if any of the contributors to this site and forum have aspirations to see their work in print - I can be contacted at

Re: Blockade of Brest - New Book

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:14 pm
by Navclio
Will the "operational study of the naval elements of the War of Jenkins Ear/War of the Austrian Succession" cover all naval operations, or just the subset of British naval operations? Even if only the latter, will it correct the mostly inadvertent but nevertheless real errors by British naval officers and subsequent British naval history writers and historians about the French and Spanish, concerning their strength, casualties, intentions, etc.?

Re: Blockade of Brest - New Book

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:35 am
by Andrew Bamford
The 1740s title is still in the conceptual stage at the moment, so until I get more details from the prospective author the honest answer to those questions, at least so far as focus and sources are concerned, is "I don't know"! We'd be looking at a late-2019 release for that one, so I'll be able to give more details closer to the time. Certainly it will be a big-picture operational narrative, much like the Brest book, which means that there's certainly scope within the series for me to commission further, more specialised/focussed titles on naval operations in the 1740s to complement it. The latter, I'm sure, would be more to the taste of many of the followers of this site, but at the moment I'm still actively searching for additional authors to write on naval topics and so far no-one has come forward to offer a proposal for an in-depth study of, say, Cartagena 1741 or Toulon 1744: I'd love it if someone did, mind you!

Blockade of Brest New Book

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:58 am
by Jerryxibo
Everyone really needs to get this book So much great information, and its beautifully designed - full of treasures