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Mar 01 2013: Thistle Publishing launches 'Conclave'
Thistle Publishing, the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency’s exciting new imprint, has launched Mary Hollingsworth’s excellent, timely new book about the papal conclave.
“If you want to understand what’s happening in the Vatican now, read this book. Gripping, lurid and fascinating, both scholarly and utterly readable, oozing with original academic research, its a minute-by-minute, day-by-day account of all the intrigues, maneouvres, deals, politics and scandals of a papal conclave.” SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE, author of JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY
Feb 28 2013: Fanny & Stella praised by Channel 4 editor
Some great tweets from Matthew Cain Culture Editor at Channel 4
Am reading such a BRILLIANT book! Neil McKenna’s Fanny + Stella, about two drag queens whose arrest shocked Victorian society. Magnificent!
Finished reading Fanny + Stella, story of two Victorian drag queens told so brilliantly by Neil McKenna I felt
Feb 28 2013: Darren Moore's The Soldier reviewed
Some new and good reviews for Darren Moore’s The Soldier which is shortly to be published in the US can be found at:
“The book is very well organized, each chapter dealing with a particular aspect of a soldier’s life. The author does a fantastic job of bringing the brutalities of war through the words of the soldiers participating in them.” Venkateswaran
“This new book by Darren Moore covers ground previously explored by such writers as Richard Holmes (Firing Line), Hugh McManners (Scars of War) and Gwynne Dyer (War) to name but a few. However this book is still well worth the time to read. The book covers numerous aspects of the role of a soldier in society, mainly in times of conflict. The author utilises many first hand accounts to highlight points within the narrative. These accounts range from private soldiers to generals, from the Napoleonic period to the current war on terror. This is a very easy book to read and I managed to get through the 400 odd pages in a few days. Overall this is a good book that should be read by all that want to understand what a soldier goes through in his career and this is a book that should be read by all that have the power to send a soldier into harms way.” Aussie Rick’
Feb 28 2013: Two agency titles in New York Times e book best seller list
Cathy Glass’s Cut is no 9 in the New York Times non-fiction e book best seller list.
The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi and agency author Nadene Ghouri is no 33
Feb 27 2013: Mum's Way is no 9
Congratulations to Ian Millthorpe and Lynne Barrett-Lee whose Mum’s Way has gone straight into the Sunday Times best seller list at no 9.
Feb 27 2013: Great Booklist review for Girl With No Name
Marina Chapman’s Girl With No Name has received a tremendous review in Booklist:
“A well-paced, cliffhanger approach to telling the story makes for a riveting narrative. Chapman’s struggles, no matter how outrageous, are made relatable through the deft descriptions of her thoughts and feelings. A constant theme throughout is her strong desire to be someone. Thrilling, upsetting, and powerful, this memoir is a coming-of-age tale like no other.”
Feb 26 2013: Terrific Kirkus review for Operation Damocles
Roger Howard’s book Operation Damocles on “Mossad’s attempts to thwart the Egyptian missile program.” published in the US in May has had a terrific pre-publication review by Kirkus:
A British investigative journalist offers an intriguing, somewhat circuitous look back at the Mossad’s attempts to thwart the Egyptian missile program. In response to Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser’s paranoid efforts to bolster his military program in the late 1950s, the equally paranoid Israeli foreign intelligence service kicked into high vigilance, planting operatives in Cairo and even carrying out intimidation and assassination attempts against the key German scientists recruited to the Egyptian missile work. Howard (The Oil Hunters: Exploration and Espionage in the Middle East, 2008, etc.) uses his expertise and research on Middle Eastern defense issues to piece together this complex, shadowy story.
In the first part of the book, the author backtracks into the deep-seated history of Arab-Israeli hostility, focusing on the pan-Arab liberation movement led by Nasser, his mistrust of Western leaders born out by the Suez Crisis of 1956, and his resolve to build up the Egyptian military to ward off Israeli attacks and galvanize his own power base among the Arab states. The goal was to build long-range ballistic rockets, and Nasser’s trusty deputy chief of air force intelligence, Gen. Isam Khalil, was sent to Zurich and elsewhere to try to lure some “specialist engineers” to the Egyptian cause. The scientists were disgruntled Germans, specifically ex-Nazis, who were all offered sweet deals to live and work in Cairo beginning in July 1960.
Meanwhile, Mossad, led by the legendary Isser Harel, had to find some suitable operatives to infiltrate the Egyptian-German community, such as the highly convincing Wolfgang Lotz. Ultimately, both sides erred fatally: Harel’s Operation Damocles proved clumsy and politically driven, while the Egyptian rockets lacked a guidance mechanism, which undermined their accuracy.
A well-paced narrative as chock full of mysterious revelations as a good spy thriller.
Feb 25 2013: Cover story in Military History Monthly
Bijan Omrani has the cover story on Caesar’s invasion of Britain in the March Edition of Military History Monthly :
Feb 23 2013: Mum's Way no 8 on Amazon
Congratulations to Ian Milthorpe and Lynne Barrett-Lee’s Mum’s Way which has gone straight into the Amazon top ten at no 8.
Feb 21 2013: Stewart Lansley speaks at RSA
Stewart Lansley today gave a talk at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on the subject of his new book The Cost of Inequality: