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Amanda Craig regrets the introduction of romance into ELizabeth Laird's nautical tale Secrets of the Fearless

Let us hope that in John and Kit�s next adventure there is a lot more discomfort and a lot less kissing. AMANDA CRAIG

Here is what Nick Tucker said about this book in an Independent review at the end of July:

Elizabeth Laird's Secrets of the Success (Macmillan, �12.99) takes a more rosy view of the past - unexpected in a writer whose previous novels have included unflinching pictures of today's political hot spots. Based on the life of her great-great-great grandfather, this story describes how 12-year old John Barr discovers that life as a powder-monkey aboard a battleship during the Napoleonic Wars has much to recommend it. Brutality, poor food and hideous wounds never really dent the mood of optimistic adventure, with John soon joined by Kit, who is - as so often in history novels - a girl in disguise. Setting out on a dangerous mission in France, they are aided by overheard conversations and unearthed documents as the story settles into the comfortable grooves of a pleasant old-school melodrama. NICK TUCKER

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