Wintry nights are made for getting comfy with a good book, and the following reads are sure to tick the boxes for those with a taste for all-things maritime. Our carefully curated selection features page-turning thrillers, a classic Cornish children’s story, and a title that’s perfect for post-Christmas-dinner group games.
This beautiful hardback edition of Treasure Island is part of the Puffin Clothbound Classics series. While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, this one is certainly as captivating within as it is at first glance. Follow young Jim Hawkins and the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint in the world’s most famous adventure story.
Daphne du Maurier’s gothic masterpiece is the perfect companion for restful winter evenings beside the crackle of a fire. Inspired by the real-life Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor, this atmospheric and gripping tale follows Mary Yellan as she uncovers the dark secrets that lie behind the tavern’s crumbling walls.
Quizzes and games are ubiquitous with festive family celebrations, and this book will put your maritime knowledge to the test with over 100 puzzles to solve. Do you know the difference between a ship and a boat? Can you understand the shipping forecast? And what do the flags at sea mean?
This much-loved children’s picture book is based on the legend of Tom Bawcock and Mousehole’s Stargazy Pie. Filled with gorgeous illustrations, the dramatic and moving tale follows a fisherman and his cat as they brave stormy seas to save their village – and it’s a storm that very much has a life, or nine, of its own. A timeless classic.
Helen Hollick explores the Golden Age of Piracy, and there are some surprises in store for those who think they know their Barbary Corsair from their buccaneer. Separate fact from myth with this insightful book – another top candidate for a festive quiz.
Why not let them decide with a National Maritime Museum Cornwall Gift Voucher? We have £5 and £10 vouchers available – each can be exchanged for gift shop purchases at the Museum, entrance tickets, and treats in our scenic Waterside Cafe.
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