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Now available: A Strange Campaign

Our latest book, A Strange Campaign, is now available in ebook, paperback, hardback, and audio book.


Madagascar provided the stunning backdrop for one of the strangest conflicts of the Second World War — when Britain went head to head against one of its closest allies.

When British forces landed on the island in 1942, the enemy they faced wasn’t German, Japanese or even Italian, this time the opposing forces were French.

Concerned that Japan might use Madagascar as a strategic base to disrupt the supply line to India, Britain was keen to take control of the island. However, the Vichy forces were keen to defend the French colony and prevent it becoming part of the British Empire.

A Strange Campaign: The Battle for Madagascar gives a detailed account of this fascinating but little-known period of military history. Even at the time, the conflict was a controversial one, pitting two colonial empires against each other.

However, it was also ground-breaking as it was the first time Allied forces had staged a major amphibious invasion. The lessons learned on the shores of Madagascar would prove to be invaluable two years later during the D-day landings in Normandy.

Military historian Russell Phillips examines the tactics used in the battle for Madagascar which included secret agents, dummy paratroopers and attempted bribery.

But just how did the British finally break down months of resistance by the French? And how did a tug-of-war over an island in the middle of the Indian ocean influence the rest of the Second World War?

A Strange Campaign: The Battle for Madagascar

A Strange Campaign: The Battle for Madagascar

Madagascar provided the stunning backdrop for one of the strangest conflicts of the Second World War — when Britain went head to head against one of its closest allies.

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Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact now in paperback and hardback

After some difficulties and delays, we’re pleased to finally announce a compendium paper edition of the first three books in the Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series.

It is now available in paperback and hardback (with or without dust jacket), in addition to the existing ebook. The new edition has all the content of the first three books in the series, in a single, 458-page volume.

Full details, including buy links, on the book page.

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A Ray of Light is a finalist in the Arnold Bennett Book Prize

A Ray Of Light - coverWe’re pleased to announce that A Ray of Light is one of five finalists in the 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize.

The five finalists are Sitting Ducks by Lisa Blower; Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster; A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice and the North Staffordshire Miners by Russell Phillips; Arnold Bennett’s Grand Babylon Hotel edited by Rando Saloman and What Must Happen by Jeffrey Wainwright.

Broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed will present the winner with a £500 cheque at a ceremony at Keele University on 1st September. Following the prize presentation, Samira will deliver a lecture entitled “What Arnold Bennett can tell us about Brexit Britain”, as part of a two-day celebration of the author.

A Ray of Light short listed for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Literary Prize

A Ray Of Light - coverThe Arnold Bennett Literary Prize has announced the short list for its inaugural year, and we’re proud to announce that A Ray of Light is one of the ten books on the list. The winner will be announced in September.

This new prize is administered by the Arnold Bennett Society in partnership with the Sentinel newspaper. This is its first year, and it will be awarded every year from now on.

A Ray of Light tells the story of Lidice, a Czech village that was completely destroyed in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. North Staffordshire’s miners raised the equivalent of over £1million to rebuild the village.