COMMANDER

The Life and Exploits of Britain’s Greatest Frigate Captain

“Fast-paced, hugely entertaining biography ... A swashbuckling adventure filled to the brim with derring-do.”

The Daily Telegraph

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STORM & CONQUEST

The Battle for the Indian Ocean, 1809

“Taylor has written a ferociously good book that is propelled rather than weighed down by the history that he mines so deftly. He puts you on the wooden decks of the Indiamen and keeps you there until his incredible tale is done.”

– Sebastian Junger

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THE CALIBAN SHORE

The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways

“A wonderful book, hugely satisfying on many levels – as a survival-and-ordeal chronicle, as social history, as anthropology, and as an early foray into the exotic, but most of all as an adventure.”

– Paul Theroux

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LIVINGSTONE’S TRIBE

A Journey from Zanzibar to the Cape

“An extraordinarily passionate and personal journey into Africa's past ... The most enthralling account out of Africa for years.”

– The Daily Mail 

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SHAKA’S CHILDREN

A History of the Zulu People 

“The “Great Men” theory of history has been out of favour for many years now but, as Stephen Taylor’s enthralling book shows, it has to be dusted down again if South Africa is to be properly considered.”

– The Scotsman 

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THE MIGHTY NIMROD

A Life of Frederick Courteney Selous, African Hunter and Adventurer 

“There is material here for a ripping biography; and Stephen Taylor’s life of Selous is indeed a spiffing yarn ... He has also written a comprehensive, witty and perceptive book.”

– The Independent  

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BOOKS

Stephen Taylor's stories are true. They are also diverse. From recounting the fate of 18th century castaways lost on an African shore to the exploits of the real-life Jack Aubrey, from the last whites to stay on in post-colonial Africa to the life of a hostess at the heart of Regency society, he has dipped into many archives and records while exploring his belief that history can be every bit as exciting as fiction.

 

STORM & CONQUEST

The Battle for the Indian Ocean, 1809

“This magnificent and exciting book has all the cut and thrust of the Hornblower stories or Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander.”

– Conde Nast Traveller

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SHAKA’S CHILDREN

A History of the Zulu People 

“Stephen Taylor’s telling of this fierce and tragic history is vivid without being emotive and comprehensive without being dull.”

– The Scotsman 

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THE MIGHTY NIMROD

A Life of Frederick Courteney Selous 

“Taylor’s biography is the first since J.G.Millais’s somewhat hagiographical work published in 1918. Readers will find it was worth the wait.”

– Financial Times  

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