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  1. #1
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    Default Recommendations wanted for children's books about the age of sail

    Can anyone recommend good books for children (aged 8 and 11) about any of:
    - the life of boys and young men in the navy during the Napoleonic wars
    - the navy during the age of sail
    - piracy over the ages from a historical perspctive

    Fingers crossed.

    Jonathan
    Last edited by Aeolus; 11-07-19 at 16:27. Reason: Clarification & expansion
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    Default Re: Recommendations wanted for children's books about the age of sail

    Nope but, despite his obnoxious politics, all of the books by Arthur Ransome, are must reads for children interested in sailing.
    Narrowboating From Stretford!!

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    Default Re: Recommendations wanted for children's books about the age of sail

    Moonfleet

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    Default Re: Recommendations wanted for children's books about the age of sail

    From Powder Monkey to Admiral by Kingston first published 1870. I found it in my grandfathers collection which i inherited. I didn't hold out much hope because it was so old but my children loved it as a bed time read when they were 8 or 9

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    Default Re: Recommendations wanted for children's books about the age of sail

    Anything by C S Forester (Hornblower etc)
    Ramage series by Dudley Pope
    Ransome as said, especially Missee Lee and Peter Duck
    Graham. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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    Default Re: Recommendations wanted for children's books about the age of sail

    Horrible Histories may be a bit 'schooly' but they do deal with a wide range of events..

    Nelson
    by Roy Hattersley. Very good on the life between decks.


    Osprey Publishing specialise in Sailing Ship books, and have a couple of war games which might be useful.

    https://ospreypublishing.com/nelson-s-sailors-pb



    Do the children use Kindle ? The format includes nearly every book published, and the medium might be more attractive than paper, and lead to them wanting to read real books for the illustrations.
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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