A powerful debut exploring the dark side of Cornwall – the wrecking and the drowned sailors – where poverty drove villagers to dark deeds…Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorvoren, Cornwall. And as the sea washes the bodies of the drowned onto the beach, it also brings treasures: barrels of liquor, exotic fruit, the chance to lift a fine pair of boots from a corpse, maybe even a jewel or two.When, after a fierce storm, Mary Blight rescues a man half-dead from the sea, she ignores the whispers of her neighbours and carries him home to nurse better. Gideon Stone is a Methodist minister from Newlyn, a married man.

Touched by Mary’s sacrifice and horrified by the superstitions and pagan beliefs the villagers cling to, Gideon sets out to … More

A fascinating journey through more than 5,000 years of seafaring history in this essential guide to the most impressive seafaring tales, explorers, and maritime environments. For more than 5,000 years, the seas have challenged, rewarded, and punished the brave sailors who set forth to explore it. This history of the seas and sailing tells the remarkable story of those individuals – whether they lived to tell the tale themselves or not.

From the early Polynesian seafarers and the first full circumnavigations of the globe, to explorers picking their way through the … More

Ireland, 16th Century. A time of strife, invasion & adventure …From Ireland’s wild west coast, a true leader emerges – Granuaile, the pirate queen …mother, lover, seafarer & chieftain. A true story of bravery on the high seas, of battles, of love, loss & leadership.

Follow the astounding and sometimes tragic tale of Ireland’s own Queen of Storms brought to stunning life in this beautiful … More

Over the last couple of decades an ideological battle has raged over the political legacy & cultural symbolism of the “golden age” pirates who roamed the seas between the Caribbean Islands & the Indian Ocean from 1690 to 1725. They are depicted as romanticized villains on the one hand, & as genuine social rebels on the other.

They are depicted as romanticized villains on the one hand, and as genuine social rebels on the other. Life Under … More