Deal News: IAN FLEMING’S WAR – THE INSPIRATION FOR 007 by Mark Simmons

Former Royal Marine and Commando Mark Simmons‘s IAN FLEMING’S WAR: THE INSPIRATION FOR 007, examines the work of Ian Fleming in Naval Intelligence and a myriad of characters and events, many stranger than fiction, that influenced his writing.

UK & Commonwealth rights were sold to The History Press for publication in early 2020.

Mark comes from a family with a long tradition of service in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He served in 3 Commando Brigade, and with the Commando Logistics Regiment. With the Regiment he took part in the Belize emergency of 1977, and served on detached duties with 42 Commando, the Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre, and 36 MAU of the United States Marines.

He is the author of several books including Agent Cicero: Hitler’s Most Successful Spy (2014, The History Press) and most recently Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye: Keeping Spain out of World War II (2018, Casemate).

Deal News: ENGLAND IN THE AGE OF CHARLES DICKENS by Jeremy Black MBE

The first in a series of three books that provide a history of England from the perspective of a set of important and popular fictional writings. The emphasis will be on contextualising the writings, and on describing England in part from their perspective. Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan-Doyle (via Sherlock Holmes), and Agatha Christie (via Hercule Poirot) will be the writers.

The first book will also be released in the UK by Amberley Publishing Publishing in early 2021.

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and a prolific lecturer and writer, with over 100 books to his name and the most sustained presentation of British history in recent decades. His interests include military history, British politics, newspaper and cartographic history, and international relations.

‘He puts complex issues regarding British and English identity, patriotism, ethnicity and nationhood into their proper historical context, and makes them perfectly comprehensible.’

– Andrew Roberts, author of ‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’

Jeremy’s most recent works include: English Nationalism: A Short History (Hurst, 2019), A Brief History of Spain (Robinson, 2019) and A Brief History of Italy (Robinson, 2018).

Author’s Club Lunch with Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

It is always a pleasure when an Authors’ Club member has a new book out, and this month we are delighted to welcome Caroline Boggis-Rolfe to discuss The Baltic Story (Amberley Publishing).

This epic history recounts the stirring events that, over the past thousand years, have shaped the nations that surround the Baltic Sea, and now form parts of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Germany.

It explores the ties of blood and commerce that connected them, and encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk, and the cataclysmic impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, which radically reshaped the region.

Caroline Boggis-RolfeCaroline Boggis-Rolfe is a writer and lecturer. After receiving a BA in Italian from London University, she followed her husband to Berlin in 1969 where he worked for the British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces. Their proximity and access to Iron Curtain countries piqued Caroline’s interest in the Baltic region, and she was able to visit Dresden, Leipzig, and Potsdam in the 1970s. Over the past ten years, Caroline has been a regular visitor to the Baltic as a guest lecturer.

Details

Tuesday 18 June, 12.30 for 1pm

Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email louisa@nlc.org.uk by Friday 14 June. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.

Deal News: ANATOMY OF A SPY by Michael Smith

Author of STATION X, KILLER ELITE and NO MAN DIES TWICE Michael Smith’s ANATOMY OF A SPY, about why people are prepared to put their lives at risk in order to collect intelligence, how the intelligence services ensure that the agents they recruit do what they want and will not betray them, using interviews with current and former British, American, Russian, European and Pakistani spies, to The History Press, for publication in autumn of 2019.

The book will also be released in the US through Skyhorse Publishing in early 2020.

The re-issued book will provide an opportunity to tell a wealth of previously unknown spy stories from the very human angle of the agents themselves including new material post the Mueller Report.

Many will be new but more famous cases will appear in brief, focusing on the spies’ motivations and alongside the real agents, the book will refer to the motivations of fictional agents where they have been created by former intelligence officers turned spy writers such as Graham Greene, John le Carre, Alan Judd and Matthew Dunn.