About the Publisher

The origin of Pen & Sword Books is closely linked with its sister company, the Barnsley Chronicle; one of the UK’s oldest provincial newspapers – established in 1858 – and one of the few weeklies still in private ownership.

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The company acquired the Leo Cooper military history imprint and Pen and Sword Books was born. Leo Cooper, the husband of the famous novelist Jilly, had established a strong reputation for publishing military history titles and had some famous books in his list. With the Leo Cooper imprint and its backlist, Pen and Sword became established as one of the UK’s leading military history publishers.

Over recent years Pen and Sword has continued to grow and has added new imprints to its core area of military history, as well as publishing the majority of its catalogue digitally in eBook format. Pen and Sword specialises in all areas of military history, naval and maritime, aviation, local history, genealogy, social history, transport, discovery and exploration, archaeology, nostalgia and true crime. In 2017, a new lifestyle imprint named White Owl was launched, which publishes books on areas such as health and diet, hobbies and sport, gardening and wildlife and space.

With over 350 books published every year, Pen and Sword has established itself as a specialist book publisher.

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From the Publisher

Pen and Sword Books Ltd was set up in 1990 to publish non-fiction history books, covering all areas of history from the ancient past to recent history. We have 7000 titles currently in print and publish up to 500 new titles every year in all formats including audio books. These can all be viewed and ordered via our website, pen-and-sword.co.uk.

We cover all areas of history including family and social history and have specialist areas of focus which include trains, planes and maritime and military history. Medieval and more recent royal histories now also form an important part of the list as does true crime and the ancient world.

We aim to uncover and reveal new aspects of history that have been hidden or forgotten. We have worked recently to promote women’s history and championing heroes from the past. We specialise in first-hand accounts and our strap line is “Bringing you closer to the past”.

New projects and proposals for books are always welcomed and can be submitted via our website.

Articles

Douglas Bader’s “Big Wing” Controversy
In 1931, a young RAF fighter pilot, Douglas Bader, crashed whilst performing unauthorised, low-level, aerobatics. Within his mangled biplane, the pilot lay dreadfully injured, his life only saved by the subsequent amputation of both legs. A lesser man would have died, but Bader was possessed of an incredible iron-will and courage – which saw him master artificial legs, lead a full life ...
To Play On or Not To Play On: Football in the Great War
Football in the Great War.On the 19 July 1915, a grieving father stood to address the great and the good of the football world. In the room were representatives from clubs in the prestigious Football League. They had come to address the question of the hour: should football continue? and if so, in what form? The meeting had been underway for a little while, and the early speeches had been
Roman Britain’s Lost Ninth Legion
Roman Britain's Lost Ninth LegionThe fate of the 5,500 men of legio IX Hispana is one of the greatest historical mysteries of all time. Uniquely among the Roman legions, of which there were over time more than 60 (and at any one time in the Empire a maximum of 33), we have no idea what happened to it. It simply disappears from history, and is a tale which I have loved ...
SAS South Georgia Boating Club
SAS South Georgia Boating Club began life as a war diary kept by me in a notebook during the Falklands War in 1982. Many years later, and with the encouragement of my grown-up son, this became the nucleus of an idea to write my life story with the war diary sandwiched in the middle of the book. The original title of