The extraordinary story of a close-knit team of sailors at the cutting edge of the 18th century navy - HORNBLOWER meets BAND OF BROTHERS.
TARS is a gripping firsthand account of life in the Royal Navy at its bloodiest and most temptestuous phase, beginning in 1758. Through the lives of the main protagonists - a small band of sailors from across the ranks - TRAFALGAR author Tim Clayton paints a vivid picture of the navy and the era, from close-quarter battles and roistering on the streets of London to the political decisions that built up and knocked down empires.
In this death-or-glory era the navy became the main weapon of an aggressive and power-hungry government, and fighting at sea was carried out at ever-closer quarters and with ever-increasing amounts of firepower. Using never-before published first-person sources, TARS takes us through these men's daily struggles as Britain navigated her course on the political map.
engaging and original, Tars is an impressive book that deserves a wide readership. - International Journal of Maritime History
'Ideal for fans of Patrick O'Brien' - Bookseller
Excellent . . . comprehensively researched, vividly written and judiciously argued. Wonderfully detailed pen portraits . . . Much new material from French and Spanish sources gives a rounded picture . . . it is this perspective from both sides of the battle that makes the book so compelling. - Saul David, Daily Telegraph on TRAFALGAR
A landmark book. - Observer on TRAFALGAR
Vivid and compelling . . . an account of significant importance. - Naval Review on TRAFALGAR
Accessible, well researched, and a true literary masterpiece. - Mountbatten Maritime Award