Mr Fitton’s Hurricane

Showell Styles

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It wasn’t the first time that His Majesty’s armed schooner Gipsy had encountered a Caribbean hurricane. But for Lieutenant Michael Fitton, who commanded her, this particular hurricane was to bring quite unexpected dangers and problems: an uncharted coral island, a clash with his old enemy the French Gloire, and the surprising advent of Mrs Sarah Buckley. And it seemed to Fitton that these stirring events were put in train by a cockroach – or to be more precise, half a cockroach.

First published in 2000 Mr Fitton’s Hurricane was the eleventh and last of Showell Styles’ sequence of novels about Fitton, a real-life seafaring hero of the Napoleonic age. All eleven are now available in Faber Finds.

Frank Showell Styles was born in Four Oaks, Warwickshire, in 1908 and served in the Royal Navy in World War Two before embarking on his successful literary career, during which he published over 160 books. He died in 2005.

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Showell Styles was born Frank Showell Styles in 1908. His childhood was spent in the Welsh hills and he became an avid mountaineer and explorer. During the war, Styles joined the Navy and was posted in the Mediterranean, but even there he walked and climbed as much as he could. An aspiring writer, Styles already had articles published in Punch,…

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