‘A bright new star rises on the ocean waves.’
Lieutenant Guy Greville of HMS Dulcinea and the corvette’s diehard sailing captain, the Earl of Saxmundham, who cannot abide engines or engineers, were last met off East Africa in The Lion’s Claw.
Here they sail into a deeper mystery: arriving in Bombay, commercial capital of British India in the 1890s, they learn that one of the ships on the station, HMS Curlew, has disappeared without trace.
Greville meets the seductive wife of her captain and is smitten. Talking to her of her husband he gains the impression that the ship’s disappearance may not be accidental, and the search for the Curlew becomes an intellectual and emotional quest leading Greville via the profundities of Buddhist thought and chases at sea to the jungle-grown temples of the ‘lost cities’ of nineteenth century Ceylon.
This is a story told with all the pace and descriptive power that distinguishes the work of Peter Padfield.
‘Crisp action in a lush setting’ Sunday Telegraph
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Peter Padfield is a leading naval historian and biographer. His first major book, The Titanic and the Californian defended the captain of the Californian from the charge of not going to Titanic’s rescue. His biography of the U-boat admiral, Karl Dönitz, led him to a portrayal of submarine warfare in War Beneath the Sea, and to biographies of other leading Nazis, Heinrich Himmler and Rudolf Hess. His Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom won the Mountbatten Maritime Prize in 2003.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere ALL ITEMS POSTED NEXT WORKING DAY. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000922231
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Book Description Hutchinson & Co., Great Britain, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 302 pp. Clean, well-bound pages. Sewn binding exposed next to false title page. Front hinge repaired with white tape. Dustjacket has long closed tear on spine cover. Under new mylar. Solid copy. British Raj. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 7081
Book Description Hutchinson & Co., London, 1980. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 302p. A hardcover book in very good condition with a dustjacket in near-fine condition. Contains the initials of two former owners. A few small yellow spots on side edge of text block. Otherwise clean and tight. Dustjacket is in excellent condition, having only a mildly crinkled spot on top of spine. Historical mystery novel about a missing British ship in Bombay. Bookseller Inventory # 140677
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