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Newsletter, April 2014 (Issue 195)

Broke of the Shannon Book Review

The book Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812, edited by Dr Tim Voelcker, concerns the game changing engagement between the HMS Shannon, commanded by Captain Philip Broke of Broke Hall, Nacton and the USS Chesapeake, commanded by Captain Lawrence. This event is discussed by leading experts from British, American and Canadian perspectives within the context of the War of 1812. They look at the battle itself, as well as Broke as a gunnery expert, Arctic explorer, husband, medical miracle and Ipswich School boy, with additional chapters on the music and caricatures generated at the time and much more.

This important work on our local hero is a credit to the editor, who has brought together a varied, knowledgeable group of writers and given us a readable but serious work.

Des Pawson

The book is published by Seaforth Publishing at £19.99, but can be purchased at a special 'direct from the author' price of £15. If you wish it can be signed by Dr Tim Voelcker, the editor and part-author. Orders may be made, either by post with cheque payable to Tim Voelcker and sent to him at: The Old Rectory, Bucklesham, Ipswich IP10 0DX, or by emailing your order to: timvoelcker@lineone.net (payable by Paypal). Please include your name, address and a contact telephone number with your order. Local collection in Ipswich can be arranged or add £3 for postage.

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