The Salt-stained Book by Julia Jones

The Salt-stained Book

Written by Julia Jones
Illustrated by Claudia Myatt
Part of the Strong Winds Series Series

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In a nutshell this is Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century but with a modern twist. It really is a very special book that will be enjoyed by the whole family, particularly all those who have any experience of sailing or who love adventure and mystery. With a terrific page-turning plot and a group of kids you'll really admire and warm to we believe you'll be hooked to this trilogy from the beginning. And, as Griff Rhys Jones said when he got his paws on a copy, 'I loved it'.

The second in the Strong Winds trilogy, A Ravelled Flag, is also available and we have an exclusive extract on Lovereading4kids for you to read as soon as you've read this one. The concluding part of the trilogy, Ghosting Home was released at the end of June 2012.

CLICK HERE to read an article by Julia Jones, which was inspired in part by Arthur Ransome’s sailing adventures and in particular by Peter Duck, the boat which she was brought up on and which had previously been owned by Arthur Ransome.


The Salt-stained Book by Julia Jones

In 1945, two brothers die in the icy Barents Sea and a book is all that survives of them. More than sixty years later Donny and his mother set out for Suffolk to meet his mysterious great aunt. There is an accident and Donny is taken into care. But are the Officials all that they seem and why won’t they believe Donny’s story? Soon he discovers that his life has been built on a lie. Only the new friendships he makes and an unsuspected talent for sailing help him steer his way through dangers that he cannot understand, towards a knowledge of his own identity – and the secrets of a salt-stained book.

Claudia Myatt whose delightful black and white illustrations and maps adorn the pages is a leading nautical artist and the widely acclaimed author and illustrator of the Royal Yachting Association’s Go Sailing! series.


'Not only is The Salt-Stained Book quirky, it’s funny and exciting.' Amanda Craig, The Times

'For those who love boats and sea breezes, The Salt-Stained Book by Julia Jones .. should be a first port of call.' The Guardian

‘A Swallows and Amazons for our times' - Marine Quarterly

‘An intense, absorbing read’ - Evening Standard

‘Pure yachting goodness’ - Otago Daily Times

‘wonderfully written … both tough and charming’ - The Lady

‘One of the great adventure stories of 2011’ - The Bookbag

‘Quite simply, it’s brilliant. … a rich and subtle tribute that Arthur Ransome would have loved’ - Jan Needle, Water Craft

‘I loved it’ - Griff Rhys Jones

About the Author

Julia Jones

The author on Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ransome

Julia Jones as a child, steering Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ramsome that inspired his classic Swallows and Amazons.

When Julia Jones was three years old her parents bought Peter Duck, Arthur Ransome’s former yacht. Julia slept in the place that had been designed for Ransome to store his typewriter and it wasn’t long before she was reading her way through the Swallows and Amazons series. Boats and books have been part of her life ever since. Julia Jones on the bridge of the OrwellAs an adult she founded and ran a village bookshop and developed a local publishing list for older readers. She became close friends with Joyce Allingham, sister of Essex detective novelist Margery Allingham, and has written and edited three biographical works connected with the Allingham family with the fourth, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory, scheduled for publication in 2012. The Salt-Stained Book was her first novel for younger readers and is also enjoyed by adults. Followed up by A Ravelled Flag, the Strong Winds trilogy is concluded with Ghosting Home, out in July 2012. Julia has five children and lives in Essex and Suffolk with her partner, Francis Wheen. In 1999 they re-purchased Peter Duck.

CLICK HERE to read an article by Julia Jones, which was inspired in part by Arthur Ransome’s sailing adventures and in particular by Peter Duck, the boat which she was brought up on and which had previously been owned by Arthur Ransome.

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Publication date

16th June 2011




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