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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Duck (UK) Ltd (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899262059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899262052
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Jones's introduction to books came as a child. Her parents bought author Arthur Ransome's yacht Peter Duck when she was not quite three years old. Julia soon discovered that her berth on board Peter Duck was the snuggest place in the world for reading - and writing and dreaming as well. It wasn't until many years later when she and her partner, Francis Wheen, had bought Peter Duck for themselves that she discovered that her special reading place had originally been designed for Ransome to store his typewriter.

Julia ran a bookshop in the Essex village of Ingatestone when her children were young and began publishing local titles in a larger-than-usual print to suit her older customers. She worked closely with Age Concern Essex to compile anthologies of material from their annual essay competitions. Out of this activity came When I was a Child, Yesterday's Heroes, The Last All-Clear and In Those Days She called her publishing company Sarsen Publishing with reference to the sarsen stone in Ingatestone High Street.

Sarsen's biggest seller was detective novelist Margery Allingham's wartime testimony The Oaken Heart. Julia soon became close friends with Margery's sister Joyce and went on to write Margery Allingham's biography, first published in 1991 by Heinemann and re-published in 2009 as The Adventures of Margery Allingham. She has also edited Philip Allingham's autobiography Cheapjack (2010) and a new, illustrated edition of the Oaken Heart (2011) which includes extensive local material.

2011 also saw the publication of The Salt-Stained Book and A Ravelled Flag, the first two volumes of the Strong Winds trilogy - described as 21st century Swallows and Amazons. The concluding volume, Ghosting Home, was published in the summer of 2012 and was closely followed by Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory - Julia's non-fiction account of the working life of Herbert Allingham, Margery Allingham's father. All these are published by Golden Duck - the company belonging to Julia and her partner Francis Wheen.

Julia is a member of the Authors Electric collective and edited their 2012 anthology Sparks. Her most recent novel -- The Lion of Sole Bay -- extends the Strong Winds Trilogy into a series.

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"dark, intense and suspense-filled action and adventure ... and a good dose of wit as well. It's a great read."
--Love Reading 4 Kids - November 2011

"the themes are darker but the page-turning narrative pace is just as strong"
--Jibbooms and Bobstays - The Nancy Blackett trust

The second book in the Strong Winds trilogy is more enjoyable than the Salt-Stained Book as some of the first episode's nasty characters are developed as actively conspiring against our heroes. --Otago Daily Times

"with [...]ingenious plotting, suspense-filled writing and a rare warmth towards its characters it delivers its rewards."
--The Marine Quarterly - spring 2012

A Ravelled Flag is not a simple book but I'm absolutely certain young readers will find it very rewarding[...] It's exciting and it's deep. Ransome would have loved it. --Indie e-book review (Jan Needle) 13.3.2012

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Janine M. Smith on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
After making contact with his Great Aunt Ellen and being reunited with his mum, thanks to the help of his friends, Donny now hopes for a normal settled life with his family. Unfotunately with the authorities still on his case and his friend Anna mad at him, Donny finds his life isn't going to be as simple as he'd hoped. So whilst trying to convince the authorities that his Great aunt Ellen can take care of him and his mum, he's also having to live up to the promise he made Anna to help her find her own mother.
Their investigating leads them into the darker side of East Anglia and Donny and his friends find themselves in dangerous territory.
Will they be able to discover the real reason why Annas mum left, or why Flint and Toxic have it in for Donny and his family? With each secret they uncover they learn how deep family ties really run, and how far friendship truly goes?

Having read 'The Salt-stained book' (the first in Julia Jones' strong wins trilogy) i was very eager to read the next installment of this trilogy and with each one i become more and more enthralled. This addition was a little more grittier than the first and i found this quite refreshing to find a book that deals with some real life issues whilst still maintaining it's fantastical swashbuckling quality. Add that to the fact that it's set in the Ipswich area (where i currently live) and that there's still another one to come, and i'm hooked!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John McCartney, Amazon Customer on 3 May 2012
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I finished reading the first volume in this series at 1.15 in the morning a couple of weeks ago. I finished this one at 11.15 last night, so not so knackered today, thank goodness. By the time I was 2/3rds of the way through this book I couldn't put it down.

This picks up the tale where "The Salt Stained Book" left off, and is even more exciting IMHO (put that in to show I'm nearly as "down with the kids" as the Author). You do need to have read the first book to get the most from this, and a more than nodding acquaintance with Arthur Ransome's stories is useful, but not essential. In this episode characters are developed and broadened; there is a truly wonderful old heroine, some seriously criminal baddies, counterbalanced ultimately by the hero's lovely allies, and good detailed sailing and boat stuff. Oh, and lots of litle homages to Ransome - I only spotted the Mastodon after I'd finished reading.

I can't wholly explain the appeal these stories hold for me, but in part it's having had to deal with some of these people - petty officials in the "caring professions" like those who make the protagonist's life miserable - throughout my 35 year working life as a teacher of teenagers. People who use jargon to confuse instead of to illuminate, people who insist on rigid adherence to rules when flexibility would be so much kinder and more sensible, bullies who use the exigencies of everyday life to humiliate others, and so on. But this is a book for "young adults" I guess - awful term - and it has tremendous narrative drive and empathetic goodies. And such bad baddies . . .

Now I'm waiting for the third and final book. And a small word of advice: don't be tempted by the Kindle edition - the books themselves are delightfully illustrated and produced and definitely enhance the reading experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Allen on 8 Nov. 2012
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Julia's wide knowledge of sailing and teenagers shines throughout the book. Anyone who has sailed on this coast will recognise that the book has been written by someone who know knows it intimately in all weathers. The book, like the first in the trilogy comes to a satisfactory conclusion but leaves the reader wanting more. I am looking forward to reading the next and last book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David A. Cooper on 29 Oct. 2013
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This second part of the trilogy leaves me with no room for considering anything other than five stars: it's immediately much more polished than the first one and demonstrates that the author is right up there with the best of today's children's writers. It delivers plenty of action, building up nicely towards the end, although the final major event led to me reading over the same bit again several times in an attempt to work out how it could possibly add up. I don't think it quite did (because Flint couldn't have failed to work out what was going on - he really shouldn't have been there), but that can be forgiven as it's such a wonderfully creative and audacious finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 April 2013
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The second book in the series increases the pace of the story, answering some of the questions from the first book. Julia Jones knowledge of the east coast really comes across, with the addition of a sound fast fast moving plot these books rank as my favorites. The books are being read by myself (52), my wife & my 11 year old son, so they appeal to any age group. I would love to see more of the same from this very talented author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 10 Dec. 2012
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Yet again I loved it and found it pretty diffcult to put down. I've sent it to my daughter and the Salt Stained Book to a 75 year old Mother who owns and cruises (with me sometimes!) a 120 year old schooner. But I don't think you need to be a sailor to enjoy - the story telling keeps you at the edge of your seat
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