Authors in the Media – March

This month sees the publication of Sarah-Louise Miller’s The Women Behind the Few and she’s been busy, appearing on the Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast and her publisher Biteback’s own podcast.

Dan goes down into the earth with Dr Sarah-Louise Miller, who brings their stories to life in the room where the Battle of Britain was organised, overlooking the very maps that show what happened there during that decisive summer of 1940. Dr Sarah-Louise’s new book ‘The Women Behind the Few’ puts the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force back at the heart of Britain’s war, exploring what they did- collecting and disseminating vital intelligence- that led to the Allied victory.

Mary Novakovich was featured in Time Out magazine and her book was listed in National Geographic ahead of the Stanford Travel Awards, one of eight finalists nominated for the prestigious Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year due to be announced in London on March 16.

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Finally, Robert Sellers’ book The Secret Life of Ealing Films, was featured in the Daily Mirror. The book reveals the secrets from behind the scenes of classic movies, including a crevasse fall by John Mills and the stunt that nearly drowned Alec Guinness.

The Secret Life of Ealing Films by Robert Sellers is out now published by Dean Street Press.


MY FAMILY AND OTHER ENEMIES by Mary Novakovich to Bradt Guides

World Rights have gone to Bradt Guides for journalist Mary Novakovich’s MY FAMILY AND OTHER ENEMIES, a part travelogue, part memoir that dives into the hinterland of Croatia.

The region of Lika, where her Serbian parents were born, is little known to most travellers – apart from Plitvice Lakes National Park and the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. This book weaves the author’s deep family connection to the region in Croatia with stories of people whose experiences had never been reported during the 1990s, when the devastation in Croatia was quickly superseded by the Bosnian conflict and media attention moved elsewhere.

2022 marks 30 years since the beginning of the war in neighbouring Bosnia, and the book will be published in August 2022.

Mary Novakovich is an award-winning freelance journalist and travel writer based in Hertfordshire. For more than 35 years, she has worked as a journalist, including at the BBC, before going freelance in 1997. Since 1999, she has been focusing on travel writing and contributes regularly to UK publications including the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Evening Standard and many others. She is also the contributing travel editor of The Lady magazine.

Born to Serbian parents from Croatia, she has written extensively about the countries of the former Yugoslavia, in particular Croatia and Serbia, which she first visited in 1976. She has written several guidebooks on Croatia for Insight Guides and Berlitz over the years. She also reported on a story for From Our Own Correspondent for BBC World Service in December 2011, about her aunt who became the only survivor of a 1941 massacre of a village by the Croats, in which her great-grandmother perished.