Hearts of Oak

heartsofoakbookcoverAgora have put up another one of my back-list today.

I originally called it ‘Girl on the Orlop deck’ but we’ve changed it to ‘Hearts of Oak’ from the popular song that was being sung in the pubs at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Come cheer up me lads, t’is to glory we steer.
To add something more to this wonderful year,
Tis to honour we call you, not press you like slaves,
For who are so free as the sons of the waves,
Hearts of Oak are our ships, Jolly tars are our men,
We’ll fight and we’ll conquer again and again.

It’s the true life story based on a girl who disguised herself as a boy and joined the Navy. She ended up on the Orlop Deck on the Victory at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar.

It is available to purchase on Amazon now. Click here to get your copy.

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3 thoughts on “Hearts of Oak

  1. Hi Beryl – so pleased *Girl on the Orlop Deck* now has a *Heart of Oa*k and has been re-issued by your new publisher. It’s a smashing story and you tell it so well. An urgent question – I got a copy of both *Octavia* (used) and *Octavia’s War* (new, hardcover) via Amazon, for my granddaughter’s birthday in May. I would like to have them for my book club – but now can’t find Octavia anywhere! Have you any thoughts or suggestions? For now? In the longer term, perhaps your new publisher could be persuaded to re-release them as well ?! 😉 😝 😊 Bestest, Christine xxx

    On Thu, 20 Jun 2019 at 12:15, Beryl Kingston Blog wrote:

    > berylkingston84 posted: “Agora have put up another one of my back-list > today. I originally called it ‘Girl on the Orlop deck’ but we’ve changed it > to ‘Hearts of Oak’ from the popular song that was being sung in the pubs at > the time of the Battle of Trafalgar. Come cheer up me la” >

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  2. Christine, You’re a star, Great to think that you would like Octavia and Octavia’s War for your book club. My new publisher has got both these books now, which I’m very glad about, and will be putting them up one after the other plus the third book in the trilogy which I called The Internet Revolutionary. I’ll see if IO can find out more about them when my editor gets back into her office. xx

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  3. I really enjoyed this story! ‘Hearts of Oak’ is an excellent re-titling, I think. But originally it was the word ‘orlop’ in the title that pulled me in – as unusual words are apt to do! First encountered long ago on a visit to the ‘Victory’ itself.

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