About me

Former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver, is a highly experienced journalist and writer, who splits his time between Hong Kong and the UK.

Stuart’s work covers a wide range of subjects related to greater China and south-east Asia and he is perhaps best known for his popular (100 plus) long form features in the South China Morning Post. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Stuart was also trained in Features Journalism at the London College of Communications (now University of the Arts London) and more recently, completed a short course in Digital Journalism at The Guardian.

His work has also been published in the Daily TelegraphThe GuardianPost MagazineSunseeker Magazine, Fragrant HarbourThe Peak and several leading airline magazines for organisations including Emirates, Bangkok Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

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The Coal Black Sea

On the morning of 22 September 1914, just six weeks into the First World War, three Royal Navy armoured cruisers were sunk by a German U-boat in the southern North Sea. The action lasted less than 90 minutes but the lives of 1,459 men and boys were lost – more than the British losses at the Battle of Trafalgar or in the sinking of RMS Lusitania. Yet, curiously, few have ever heard of the incident.

The Coal Black Sea by Stuart Heaver

Published by The History Press 23 June 2022.

ISBN: 9780750999601

‘Stuart Heaver, himself a former Royal Navy officer, has triumphed with The Coal Black Sea ... It is sobering, and a great read,’ former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, GCB DSC DL.

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Nominated for The Mountbatten Award for Best Book - 2022

Spoiled for Choice

May/June 2022
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Cut to the Chase

Post Magazine
19th June 2022
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History's other last emperor

South Chine Morning Post 

30th July 2017 
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