Welcome to HSP

High Sails Publications (HSP) was set up by Julie Ratcliffe in order to publish her children’s book, The Thirteenth Box, the first title in her Smugglers’ Town Mysteries series. Julie writes as J.A. Ratcliffe and has since published Book Two, The Face of Sam. Book Three, The Moonrakers of Avon is due to be published in summer 2016.

Latest News

Out soon, The Moonrakers of Avon

We are pleased to announce the publication on 30th July 2016 the latest title in J.A.Ratcliffe’s Smugglers’ Town Mysteries, The Moonrakers of Avon. This is another exciting adventure for the friends we first met in The Thirteenth Box.

The Face of Sam

The second book in the Smugglers’ Town Mysteries series by J A Ratcliffe was launched at the Avon Beach  Shop, Mudeford on Friday 1st November. The book is the latest children’s novel by the author and features all of the the main characters from the successful The Thirteenth Box. The launch was followed by a…

The Thirteenth Box

Our first book, The Thirteenth Box, is the first in the series Smugglers’ Town Mysteries and is a children’s adventure story set in 18th-century England. It is action-packed and full of colourful characters, and with a historically correct setting it gives a fascinating insight into life at the time. It uses real places which families can still visit and mentions actual characters from that time.


If you are looking for a great book for children, then look no further.