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"Britannia's Wolf" in Audio-Book Format

Saturday 14th November 2015

Britannia's Wold is due for availability as an audio-book in near future. "Proof Listening" is completed.

"Steam, Steel and Strife" - a growing archive

Saturday 14th November 2015

New history articles are added weekly. Click on the "Conflict" button above to access some 100 articles.

Next Dawlish Chronicles Adventure due Q4 2015

Friday 13th November 2015

The 4th book in the series is now ready for final revision and will be published in December 2015. Watch this space for news!

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Welcome to the Adventure

Nicholas Dawlish is a British naval officer as the British Empire reaches its apogee in the late Victorian period. The Age of Sail is dying slowly and Dawlish is building his career in the new era of steam, ironclads, heavy guns and torpedoes that is replacing it.

Antoine Vanner writes historical naval fiction. He previously spent many years in the international oil industry and also travelled extensively on a private basis.

The first three Dawlish novels are, "Britannia's Wolf","Britannia's Reach" and "Britannia's Shark". They are available from Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle formats.

Click on "Books" bar above to learn more about their plots and to see some sample reviews.They are consistently scoring an average of 4.5 Stars out of 5 Maximum on Amazon reviews. 

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Antoine Vanner blogs weekly - and often more frequently - on naval and more general history and personalities in the period 1700-1918. Topics include naval warfare in the Age of Fighting Sail, the transition from Sail to Steam, international rivalries, dramatic happenings and little known events that have helped shape the world we live in. The topics are never predictable but always entertaining. In this blog Antoine draws heavily on information he has come across during his researchs for the Dawlish Chronicles but which may not be directly used in the books themselves. It is however too good to let to go to waste - and hence the blog! Many of the older postings (dozens of them!) can be accessed by clicking on "Conflict" on the bar above or go to the latest blog by clicking on the image.

Read an interview with Antoine by journalist Eva La Gassé and listen to an interview by novelist Seymour Hamilton, or learn about Antoine's approach to writing by clicking "Interview" button below...

Author: Antoine Vanner

Nicholas Dawlish

A Life of Service and Adventure

Admiral Sir Nicholas Dawlish is probably best remembered today for leaving retirement in 1914, at the request of his friend and sometime rival Lord Fisher, to assume responsibility for Unconventional Naval Operations.

His imaginative filling of that role, and his death at the age of seventy two on the Zeebrugge Mole, where he fell in a hail of machine-gun fire on St.George's Day 1918, (making him the oldest serving officer to fall in action in eitherWorld War), ended an illustrious career in a manner which he would have found wholly appropriate...

Click on "Read More" to read about Dawlish's life and click on on "Steam, Steel and Strife" to learn about the world he lived in, its challenges, its personalities, its crises and its weapons.

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Antoine Vanners Bookshelf

Why not have a look at Antoine's short 5 star recommendations of books readers will enjoy


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