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Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan

The award-winning novelist discusses her writing, inspiration and the past.

You’ve written about the major events of the 20th century, such as WW2 and the Cold War – the attraction of the period of history, or do go for character and plot first? They are closely allied! However, it wasn’t until I was a parent myself that I began to reflect on...

A Fun Night at the Opera

A Fun Night at the Opera

The Opera Locos, reviewed.

A Fun Night at the Opera Their voices reached to the back of the auditorium - and probably into other theatres. One wonders if plastic cups are given out because glass might shatter. Opera Locos is a blast - full of sound and fast and furious comedy. It's a romp...

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....

Calder Walton

Calder Walton

Espionage, history and inspiration.

Calder Walton, what first attracted you to the study of espionage? When I was an undergraduate, I read Christopher Andrew’s ground-breaking book, The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB and the West (1999). At the time, I was actually studying medieval history— learning about...

Calder Walton

Calder Walton

Calder Walton is one of the world's leading historians of intelligence and national security. His most recent book is  Spies. The Epic Intelligence War between East and West (2023). Described as “riveting” by The Economist and “a masterpiece” by Professor Christopher Andrew, it is a best-selling exposé of the history of Russian intelligence. Spies reveals that, contrary to what many in the West thought, the Cold War did not end with the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, but in fact continued after, down to the present day. Today, the West is in a new Cold War with Russia and China. SPIES builds on Calder's first (award-winning) book, Empire of Secrets. British Intelligence and the Twilight of Empire (2013).
Calder Walton

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Sten Rynning on NATO

Sten Rynning on NATO

NATO has had a tough few years, so we look at its past and future with a new history of the organisation's author.
Sten Rynning

NATO was established in 1949, very much as a bulwark against the Eastern Bloc. Does it still have relevance today? Yes, NATO remains the alliance through which the United States upholds the vision of a Europe “whole and free.” America’s power of extended deterrence...

AoH Book Club: Michael Smith on the Real Special Relationship

AoH Book Club: Michael Smith on the Real Special Relationship

The British and American secret services have had a strong relationship since the Second World War, so much so that it’s this liaison we should focus on as special.

Michael, The Real Special Relationship book deals with the intelligence relationship going back to the Second World War between Britain and the US. Where and when did that relationship begin? There had been ad hoc intelligence cooperation between MI5 and the FBI...

Espionage In The UK

Espionage In The UK

Now that we in the West have entered a new phase in our relationship with Russia, it’s worth recalling the Cold War when Britain was a battleground of espionage.
Mark Hollingsworth

In 1970, there were so many Soviet intelligence agents operating undercover in London that MI5 was hopelessly over-extended.  The scale and extent of KGB espionage operations in the UK, threatening to overwhelm not just MI5 but the security of the state. It resulted...

Chiselbury

Chiselbury

Chiselbury Publishing was founded 2011 to make the works of James Leasor, one of the bestselling and most prolific British authors of the second half of the 20th Century, available to new and old readers. It now has the works of over 30 authors, non-fiction and fiction, established bestselling authors and first-timers, in print or nearing publication. In all we have over 80 books in print.
Sharpe Books

Books Click on any of the books covers below to either buy or get more information on Amazon From the Publisher Chiselbury Publishing was founded 2011 to make the works of James Leasor, one of the bestselling and most prolific British authors of the second half of the...