Empire of the Seas (by Brian Lavery) tells the story of how the navy expanded from a tiny force to become of the most complex industrial enterprises on earth. The book, a tie-in to a new BBC2 series presented by Dan Snow follows the progress fo the Royal Navy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to the First World War. The Royal Navy has provided the country with many of its heroes, including Drake and Nelson not to mention the hundreds of thousands of men who have served with the fleet over the centuries.
This is the story of the effect they had on the world. The books is lavishly illustrated with special photography taken during the film of the BBC series together with artworks and historical documents. It also includes special features in which Dan Snow gets first-hand experience of sailing a fifteenth-century replica ship and working a tall ship on a sailor's rations.
Published by Conway with a RRP of £20.00, available in all good bookstores or direct from the Publisher (www.conwaypublishing.com)
The first episode of Empire of the Seas airs on BBC2 this Friday (15th January) at 9pm
Conway have kindly offered us five copies of the book to giveaway to you! So if you'd like your name entered in the competition email us the answer to the following question 'What is the name of Dan Snow's famous father?' - send the answer, along with your name and full postal address to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Competition closes on 31st Jan 2010. Winners will be the first five people drawn. The editor's decision is final.)
Picture Credits: © John Lee/Anova Books 2009