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Powder Monkey The Adventures of Sam Witchall by Paul Dowswell

Powder Monkey The Adventures of Sam Witchall


Powder Monkey The Adventures of Sam Witchall by Paul Dowswell

Sam is desperate to leave his sleepy Norfolk village and see the world. He seizes the chance to join a merchant ship, but soon discovers that a life at sea is harsh and often short, especially when his ship is attacked by a French privateer. About to be boarded, they fear all is lost, but the privateers are driven off by the appearance of a Royal Navy ship. Sam's relief is short-lived. Soon after, another Navy ship sends over a press gang, and he is forced to join the frigate Miranda. War with France and Spain is raging and Sam is caught in the middle with a dangerous job as a powder monkey in the company of a brutal crew. This is an amazingly well-researched adventure giving a glimpse of one boy's incredible life at sea.


'More vivid than a Patrick O'Brian novel. From the moment they open the book to see an exquisite exploded drawing of the frigate Miranda, all children worth their salt will read on to the end.'

'A thrilling tale, exceptionally well written and affecting.'
The Times

About the Author

Paul Dowswell

Paul Dowswell has worked in publishing for over twenty years. He went freelance in 1999 after eight years with Usborne, where he was a senior editor. Before that he worked for Time-Life, BBC Books, the Science Museum and the National Sound Archive.

History is his specialist subject but he also enjoys writing about natural history, science, geography, in fact almost anything, apart from golf and mechanical engineering. He has a shamefully encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music, and have recently begun presenting occasional music programmes on local radio station WCR 101.8 FM.

He has written over 60 books for UK publishers. Most of them have been published in the United States, Commonwealth countries, Europe and elsewhere.

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Publication date

6th October 2008


Paul Dowswell

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


288 pages


Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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