It is with deep gratitude and honor that I share the news that FINDING PAX: one woman’s journey for the love of her wooden boat has made the “shortlist” (meaning top 9 books this year) for the UK Maritime Foundation’s annual Mountbatten Media Awards in the category “Best Book.” I have been invited to attend the ceremony October 31, 2018, in London’s, Draper’s Hall.

Congratulations to my fellow shortlist nominees….

The Mountbatten Award for Best Book: 

  • Naomi Austin The Call of the Sea: A visual timeline of Sunderland's shipbuilding history through to the Tall Ships Race of 2018 (Consilience Media) 

  • Iain Ballantyne The Deadly Trade: The Complete History of Submarine Warfare From Archimedes to the Present (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 

  • Mike Bender A New History of Yachting (Boydell Press) 

  • Kaci Cronkhite Finding Pax: One Woman's journey for the love of her wooden boat (Adlard Coles) 

  • J David Davies Kings of the Sea: Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy (Seaforth Publishing) 

  • Barry Gough Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty (Seaforth Publishing) 

  • Gillian Hutchinson Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found (Adlard Coles) 

  • David Mearns The Shipwreck Hunter: A lifetome of extraordinary deep-sea discoveries (Allen & Unwin) 

  • Robert C Stern The Battleship Holiday: The Naval Treaties and Capital Ship Design (Seaforth Publishing) 

  • Eric Thompson On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service (Casemate Publishers). 

The Award is made to the author of the work of literature published in English during the qualifying period that, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has contributed most significantly to public awareness of maritime issues.

Eligible work must have a maritime focus, and includes scholarly or popular non-fiction on a technical, scientific, environmental, economic, industrial, legal, administrative, social or defence-related theme, as well as works of biography, history, fiction and poetry.