In 2016, Imperial War Museums presents a rich programme of exhibitions and events, revealing and responding to the personal stories of those whose lives have been affected by conflict over the last century
Welcome to the first FIRE Project on-line book competition.
The three winners will each receive a copy of the best selling “Kings Of The Air, French Aces and Airmen Of The Great War” by Ian Sumner, published by Pen & Sword
This is the last of my blog posts for 2015. It’s been a busy year with signings, talks and other promotional activities, especially since the launch of Tyger in October. As usual, there’s been location research abroad, intensive ferreting out of sources for the current manuscript and working paces with Kathy along the banks of the River Erme to firm up plot points. I think we’ve come together into a pretty effective literary team!
The first reaction to this book is jaw dropping. The publisher has a well deserved reputation for producing outstanding, heavily-illustrated large format books with the highest quality production. The author has produced fine text from extensive research and the illustrations have been executed by Mark Myers who demonstrates great ability in producing the vital images. The cover price is aggressive for a book of this quality, although it will inevitably restrict access for many readers who would greatly enjoy the work. Traditionally this is the type of book that used to reach a wider audience through public lending libraries but many of these important sources of information and education are being closed, with the survivors facing a totally inadequate funding for the purchase of new books. This may be addressed eventually with public access to the new British Library Copyright database for electronic books, but there are many issues to be addressed before that becomes practical with adequate protection of intellectual rights. So the best this reviewer can offer would-be readers is: sell your grannies, beg, borrow, or steal the cover price and snap up a copy. This is fantastic book, that opens the mysteries of seamanship in the age of sail. It is comprehensive and although the period covered is 1600 to 1860, the lessons in seaman ship apply to earlier vessels and to those magnificent survivors, the USN Frigate USS Constitution and the US whale ship Charles W Morgan, both of which have been restored to full sailing capability. Very Highly Recommended.
Just when you think that everything that could be written about WWII has been, up pops a new book that proves there is still so much to be written and, in the case of autobiographies and biographies, so little time to write it. The author has more than fifty years of acting and taking part in iconic television series. That means that those who know of him are unlikely to think of anything beyond his acting career. This book sets out with charm and humour the story of his wartime career as a skipper commanding an important type of coastal craft and the great adventure that it was for him. Joining the Royal Navy as a humble rating, he rose to commission and command of coastal forces vessels. The story has a good pace, worthy of a novel, with as many twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages to the end. An excellent story, very well told, highly recommended.