top of page

ON WILDER SEAS by Nikki Marmery


April 1579: When two ships meet off the Pacific coast of New Spain, an enslaved woman seizes the chance to escape.   

But Maria has unwittingly joined Francis Drake’s circumnavigation voyage and he’s about to set sail on a secret detour to find the fabled Anian Straits in the far north. 

Sailing into danger, fog and ice on the Golden Hind, a lone woman among eighty men, Maria will be tested to the very limits of her endurance. It will take all her wits to survive – and courage to cut the ties that bind her to Drake to pursue her own journey.

How far will Maria go to be truly free?

Inspired by a true story, this is the tale of one woman’s uncharted voyage of survival. 


'In this gripping tale of true feminine courage, strength and spirit of adventure, Nikki Marmery gives voice to a woman who, like so many others, has been written out of history' Martine McDonagh 


‘On Wilder Seas is a gripping adventure story of an extraordinary journey half way around the world by a woman who was almost completely written out of history. Nikki Marmery brings Macaia (Maria) vividly to life along with a tremendous crew of compelling and believable characters, including Drake himself’ Mandy Haggith

On Wilder Seas hi res.jpg

ISBN (Paperback): 9781789551136 ISBN (Ebook): 9781789551143
Published: 16th March 2020 

Price: £8.99 (Paperback) £4.99 (Ebook) Extent: 308 pages
Format: 198x129mm 
Markets: World English excl US Translation rights: Yes

Nikki Marmery.jpg

In a former life Nikki worked as a financial journalist. She now writes fiction from a small village near Amersham, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her first novel, On Wilder Seas, was shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society’s New Novel Award and selected for the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation’s #AdventureSociety book club.

Twitter @nikkimarmery 

Instagram @marmerynikki 

bottom of page