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Posted on Monday 10th March

Southampton Library will host a launch event and author signing next Thursday evening, 20 March, for the new historical novel by Simon Wills, Lifeboatmen.

The event is open to the public and will include a drinks reception, author talk and signing opportunity with Simon Wills, a maritime genealogist and author. Lifeboatmen is the author's first novel, though he has previously published a number of non-fiction books and articles including How Our Ancestors Died (2013) and Tracing Your Merchant Navy Ancestors (2012). Books will be available to purchase on the night.

Set in nineteenth-century Poole, Dorset, following a huge hurricane which has devastated England's south coast, Lifeboatmen follows the true story of lifeboat coxswain Richard Stokes and his team during a difficult time in the infancy of the emergency services.

For more information about the book, visit the Pen and Sword Books website.

The signing event will be held on Thursday, 20 March from 7.00pm-9.00pm in Southampton Central Library, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LW, (Tel: 023 8083 2664).

Further Reading


Only £18.99


(Hardback - 390 pages)
by Simon Wills

The worst hurricane for over a century devastated the south coast of England in 1866, during a period when emergency services were in their infancy.

In the town of Poole, Dorset, the newly appointed lifeboat is launched to aid the numerous stricken ships in the vicinity but unaccountably fails to save any lives. Many sailors are drowned as a result. In an era when gallantry and self-sacrifice were expected, the lifeboatmen are… Read more...

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