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A Faithful Spy, by Jimmy Burns

A Faithful Spy, by Jimmy Burns

A biography of the spy Walter Bell is absorbing and offers fresh insight.

Jimmy Burns’ biography of Walter Bell, charts the life of one of Britain’s most successful and influential intelligence officers. The fact that Bell is so little known outside of intelligence circles testifies to this success. Walter Bell appears to have been a...

The Wars of the Roses: The Medieval Art of Graham Turner

The Wars of the Roses: The Medieval Art of Graham Turner

The renowned artist has produced a book of his paintings that are a perfect fit for those interested in the period.

The Wars of the Roses: The Medieval Art of Graham Turner Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, well-known for his illustration of the medieval era and his work for Osprey Publishing. As the title suggests, this latest Osprey volume is a compendium of his...

NATO: From the Cold War to Ukraine, by Sten Rynning

NATO: From the Cold War to Ukraine, by Sten Rynning

Essential reading for politicians and soldiers.

At a time when the UK is at war by proxy – providing intelligence, weapons and training to Ukraine – and relying on Article Five of the NATO treaty for our own security, this is a most timely book. The author, Sten Renning, is a Danish professor who has been a student...

Spies, by Calder Walton

Spies, by Calder Walton

Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West sounds a klaxon for the future.

Russian spies have moved into cyberspace. Their digital fingerprint is on the 2016 American elections, and all over the cultural wars. They find existing cracks in Western discourse, around Brexit or Black Lives Matter, for example, and seek to rip them still wider....

Putin’s War, Russian Genocide, Edited by Philip W. Blood

Putin’s War, Russian Genocide, Edited by Philip W. Blood

Will stand the test of time much in the same way as Ken Burns' iconic series on the American Civil War.
Iain MacGregor

On 24 February 2022, President Vladimir Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in effect a massive escalation of a war he had begun in 2014 as a direct result of Ukraine’s ‘Revolution of Dignity’ which ousted the authoritarian regime of his ally Viktor...

Land of the Blind, by Andy Owen

Land of the Blind, by Andy Owen

Peppered with humour, this novel draws widely from philosophy and literature.
Adam Staten

Land of the Blind is the fictionalised memoir of the author’s time serving in the British Army as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan. The story follows the operational tour of a small unit of four soldiers with a wide range of operational experience, from Chris,...

The Rome Escape Line, by Sam Derry

The Rome Escape Line, by Sam Derry

A very touching book that shows the full cross-section of life in an escape-line.

The Rome Escape Line Lt Colonel Sam Derry’s memoir is an intriguing account of daring escapes and the day-to-day struggles of a clandestine organisation operating under the nose of an enemy who is actively hunting it down. Derry was taken prisoner during the North...

Lady Caroline Lamb, by Antonia Fraser

Lady Caroline Lamb, by Antonia Fraser

A finely wrought portrait from Antonia Fraser.

History has not been kind to Caroline Lamb. The writer and lover of Lord Byron, who characterised him as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, has generally been dismissed by his biographers, and those of her husband, William Lamb, the future Lord Melbourne, as an...

Those Must Be The Guards, by Paul de Zulueta and Simon Doughty

Those Must Be The Guards, by Paul de Zulueta and Simon Doughty

The Household Division is given a sincere contemporary review of service over 50 years.
David Webb-Carter

To write the history of one regiment covering the years from 1969 to the current day would be no mean task, but here we have a book covering the seven regiments of the Household Division over this same period. It is indeed a tour de force and compulsive reading for...

Blood Debt, by Adam Staten

Blood Debt, by Adam Staten

A dramatic tale that stretches across the breadth of Europe.
Andrew Rollo

Blood Debt is the first book in Adam Staten’s Honour Bound trilogy and is a coming-of-age story set in the tumultuous years leading up to the battle of Hastings in 1066. The story moves at a steady pace before speeding up in the final third of the book as it...