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).

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.

Deal News: ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE by C. J. Schüler

World rights ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE – From St Petersburg to Venice, have been sold to Sandstone Press for publication in 2020.

Rich in anecdote and incident, it charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown up around it, its enduring fascination, the dazzling artefacts that have been made from it, and the often deadly struggles for control of this lucrative trade.

‘‘C.J. Schüler’s gift for crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching radiates a Patrick Leigh Fermor-like scholarship and originality. Brocaded with flavoursome detail, ‘Along the Amber Route’ is full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’’

– Ian Thomson

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