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Born in Edinburgh in 1944, David Donachie has had a variety of jobs, including selling everything from business machines to soap. He has always had an abiding interest in the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The author of a number of bestselling books, he now lives in Deal, Kent with his wife, the novelist Sarah Grazebrook and their two children.
'A salty blend of seafaring adventure ... cunningly spliced battle scenes which reek of blood and brine' Literary Review 'A rollicking, highly charged read, full of eighteenth century atmosphere' Good Book Guide 'Very well-written by an author who knows his history, and with some exciting sea-battles ... this is a good read' Historical Novels Review 'A must for armchair mariners ... superb stuff ' Manchester Evening News 'Vivid and accurate shipboard action ... compulsively readable' Cambridge Evening News