Nautical Narratives

Books that share a naval/nautical theme...


Military history
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A Bootneck's Footsteps

by Mike Pinnock 
The author sets off on a nostalgic journey to retrace his father's movements with the Royal Marines 1921-45
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A Corkhead's Chronicle

by David J. Lott
Experiences of a Royal Navy Clearance Diver 1955-76
military memoir
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A Diver in the Dark

by Sydney Knowles BEM
Memoir of a WW2 Royal Navy Clearance Diver and diving partner of Commander Lionel 'Buster' Crabb
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A Diver's Escapades

by Glennys E Forrester-Brown
The early life and wartime experiences of Joe Forrester – a lad from the Potteries who served in the Royal Navy as a diver during World War II
Aviation memoir
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Adventures of a Flying Dutchman

by Rudolf J Idzerda
Autobiography of a WW2 pilot in the Netherlands Naval Air Service who went on to become a Rear Admiral and later a Director of the World Wildlife Fund
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An Ayrshire Shipbuilder

by Dougal McIntyre
Portrait of John McIntyre, a 19th/20th century Scottish shipbuilder
Maritime memoir
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Apprentice to the Red Ensign

by Mike Holmes
A Merchant Seaman's experiences in the the late 1940s with the Ellerman & Bucknell line
RAF memoir
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Coastal Command Pilot

by Ted Rayner


WW2 experiences of a Hudson pilot with 269 Squadron in Norway, Iceland and Greenand
RAF History
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Crash Boats of Gorleston

by Tony Overill
The WW2 exploits of of No.24 Air Sea Rescue Unit of the RAF Marine Branch
Maritime fiction
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Crossing the Line

by David North


An impecunious ex-Army officer is tempted into the murky waters of Cross-Channel smuggling
autobiography
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Deep Fried Steak, Vodka & Chai

by Richard Barr
A sailor-turned-entrepreneur’s experiences afloat and ashore in the UK and former Soviet Union
Aviation memoir
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Flying the Waves

by Richard Pike

Experiences of an air-sea rescue helicopter pilot around the Scottish coast in the 1980s/90s
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Goodhart : The Story of an Exceptional Man

by Richard Harris & Barrie Williams


A biography of Rear Admiral Nicholas Goodhart, CB, Legion of Merit, FRAeS, RN (1919–2011)
WW2 memoir
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I Married a Princess

by Thomas Soars
The heart-warming tale of an English RNVR officer who met and married a Persian princess during World War II and brought her home to a distinctly unglamorous life in England.
military/civilian memoir
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Inside and Out

by Robert Cosh
Entertaining memoir featuring the author's experiences in the wartime Royal Navy (1939-46) and postwar in HM Prison Service (1946-81)
Naval history
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Intercepted at Sea

by Leslie Howson
& John Nixon
An investigation into the human cost of insecure Royal Navy communications during two World Wars
humorous memoir
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It Was Bill's Fault

by Alf Sharpling
The comical misadventures of two would-be sea anglers in Essex, Cornwall and Wales
Civilian memoir
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Liverpool Tales

by John Williams
A diverse collection of entertaining stories from a gifted Liverpudlian raconteur
Naval history
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On a Sailor's Grave (No Roses Grow)

by Mike Kemble
A personal investigation into some of the greatest Maritime Disasters of the Second World War
RAF memoir
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Percy's Piece of the War

by Percy Shipperbottom


Exploits of an RAF High Speed Launch Wireless Operator in the UK and Far East during World War 2
Maritime memoir
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Red Duster Recollections

by Ron Tubb


A former Merchant Seaman recalls his experiences before and during World War Two
Naval biography
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Ships & Stars & Isles

by G.A. Taylor RNVR
Engaging account of Royal Navy service during World War II drawn from the author's letters and diaries
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Songs & Ditties of the Fleet

by Richard Barr & Bernie Bruen
A collection of song lyrics, poems and humorous observations informed by the authors' combined experiences in the Royal Navy 1950s-1980s
RAF memoir
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Swinging the Lamp

by Ted Bedwell
Amusing nautical tales from a former 'webfoot' coxwain of the RAF Marine Branch
Nautical fiction
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The Brats

by Tony Paul


Four young stowaways from Greenock endure cruel mistreatment on a transatlantic voyage in this real-life seafaring adventure set in 1868
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The World of a Latchkey Kid

by John Oliver
The life and times of a London-born naval officer, television sound engineer, musician and yachtsman 1931-2007
Naval memoir
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This is My Story, This is My Song

by Ray Oram


Experiences of a WW2 Landing Craft (Tank) Skipper in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and on D-Day...
Bomb disposal
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Tread Lightly into Danger

by Anthony Charlwood


A former Royal Navy diver and freelance bomb disposal expert recalls his many escapades in the world's trouble-spots
Naval memoir
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Very Unable Seaman

by Richard Barr


A Junior Rating’s experiences in the Royal Navy 1958-1961