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Alan Villiers
Atomic Sea
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The Turning Tide
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“Kate Lance explores the wider view. Like an unfolding fractal, the more she delves the more there is to delve into.”



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“It took me about two pages to fall in love with this beautiful Australian book.”

The Turning Tide by CM Lance is a drama set in Australia and Asia, published in 2014 by Allen & Unwin. Some characters appear in later years in Atomic Sea.


Grief is love that's lost its home.

Mike Whalen trained as a commando in 1942 at rugged Wilsons Prom and fought against the Japanese in East Timor. Now a widowed academic in his sixties and more damaged than he realises, he meets Lena, the granddaughter of his glamorous old friends Helen and Johnny.

When Johnny died in the war he left Mike with a burden of secrets. As Lena draws him back into her family he discovers more secrets exist than he ever imagined. Before Mike can find his own happiness he must confront Helen – and himself – with the truth.


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“Brilliant! Every chapter holds a twist you can't see coming. Fast moving and worth the reading ride.”

Atomic Sea by CM Lance is a contemporary thriller set in Australia, published in 2016 by Seabooks Press. Some characters appear earlier in The Turning Tide.


Chernobyl. Fukushima … Broome?

Everyone loves Broome's new nuclear-waste plant – a certain Great Power will even take full responsibility for any problems. Sadly it’s lying about why. When life onshore becomes surprisingly threatening for scientist Lena, her only refuge is skipper Simon’s old boat. Sadly he's lying too.

Floating just off Broome is a blue vessel with two corpses and a lethal cargo. The opening of the plant is just days away, and a distant cyclone called Cyril is on the move. And Lena discovers being stuck on a committee isn’t her worst nightmare after all.


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“A delightful warts-and-all biography of one of the world's most notable chroniclers of seafaring life.”

Alan Villiers: Voyager of the Winds is a biography by Kate Lance, published in 2009 by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. It won the Mountbatten Maritime Award 2009 for Best Literary Contribution.


This biography of Alan Villiers is both a memorial to the greatest sailing ships ever launched and to the extraordinary man who loved them. Australian journalist Alan Villiers sailed on the last of the giant windjammers, the grain ships of the 1920s and 1930s.

This book is drawn from Villiers' personal diaries and explores the talented man who crewed on magnificent Herzogin Cecilie, part-owned the Grain Race winner Parma, took the tiny ship Joseph Conrad around the world, commanded Allied landing craft in World War II, and inspired modern sail training and ship-preservation efforts.

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“Lance has presented the biography of Redbill with quiet passion and exquisite detail.”

Redbill: From Pearls to Peace is a maritime history by Kate Lance, published in 2004 by the Fremantle Press. It won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award 2004 for Non-Fiction.


Redbill is the true story of a sailing boat's voyage through a century of Australian history. She began life as a lugger owned by the buccaneering pearling master Captain Gregory, then as naval vessel HMAS Redbill, she was bombed in the Pacific War by the Japanese.

She worked for Greenpeace, raised funds for East Timor refugees, and reunited a young Aboriginal man with his family. Finally Redbill took on an epic voyage around Australia, to return to the North-West and face her greatest challenge yet: Rosita, the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit Broome in ninety years.


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