“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” The above words were spoken by Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, as World War I began, 100 years ago. The Royal British Legion is asking everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm […]
Andrew Knighton invited me to take part in IC Publishing‘s writing path blog tour. I try not to post too much about writing, since that isn’t really the focus of this blog, but I thought it might make an entertaining diversion. Here goes… How do you start your writing projects? Since I write non-fiction, I […]
I’m starting to get my books translated into other languages. At the moment, A Damn Close-Run Thing has been translated into Italian and Spanish, and A Fleet In Being has been translated into Italian. More translations will be released soon. All translations can be found on the Translations page.
Monday, 14th July 2014 is the first Digital Book Day. On that day, I and over 100 other authors (108 at the time of writing, and that number is likely to increase) will offer one of their books for free. I will be giving away A Damn Close-Run Thing. Simply come back on Monday 14th, […]
It is generally accepted that the First World War was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by the Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip. In recent years, however, an extra twist has been added: that the only reason Princip was in a position to fire at the Archduke was because he happened to be eating […]
I’d like to make a request. Can we please stop referring to business negotiations as wars? Amazon and Hachette are currently engaged in contentious negotiations, which journalists are referring to as a “war” between the two companies. I don’t care what you think about Amazon or Hachette. Referring to a business negotiations as a “war” […]
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the destruction of Lidice. Last year, the Unearthed project created a sculpture to raise awareness of, and remember, both the atrocity and the incredible generosity of North Staffordshire’s miners. The story of Lidice is one that should be shared far and wide. If you don’t know it, see this […]
The Falklands War ended on the 14th of June 1982. To mark the anniversary, the ebook of A Damn Close-Run Thing will be available at a reduced price all this week.
My wife posted the following to Facebook earlier today. I’m copying it here with her permission, because I think it deserves to be shared far and wide. This morning I saw a piece of D-Day remembrance co-opted by a racist group asking, in a somewhat accusatory tone “what are you doing for our country and […]
I’m very pleased to announce that A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict is now available as an audio book at Audible, Amazon and iTunes. It is read by the very talented Phillip J Mather. If you’re not currently an Audible member, you can get a free audio book if you […]