Storm and Conquest

Stephen Taylor
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ISBN 9780571224654 Format Hardback
Published 06/09/2007 Length 400 pages

About Book

By 1809 the Indian Ocean was the final battleground for Nelson's Navy and the French fleet. At stake was Britain's commercial lifeline to India - and its strategic capacity to wage war in Europe. In one fatal season, the natural order of maritime power since Trafalgar was destroyed. Storm and Conquest brings together the terrifying ordeal of men, women and children caught at sea in hurricanes, and those who survived to drive the French from the Eastern Seas. All shared a need to prove themselves - to make a career, or a fortune, or a marriage - in places which could be at once magnificent and terrifying.

The drama of Stephen Taylor's masterful narrative is irresistible; his true stories more than a match for the novels of Patrick O'Brian. And he provides a meticulously researched, searing portrait of the British captains whose zeal and ambition was such that they would rather die than capitulate.

  • About Stephen Taylor

    Stephen Taylor is a writer  of biography, history and travel. He has an enduring connection with Africa, where he was born and which provided the setting for his first four book, but in recent years he has turned to people and events from the Georgian age. These themes come together in his latest book, the first comprehensive life of Lady Anne Barnard. A former foreign correspondent for The Times in South-East Asia and Australia as well as Africa, he plays the piano poorly but persistently, sings in a choir, lives in Berkshire and is married with with a son, a daughter and a grandson.

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