Seaforth Historic Ships, HMS Cavalier, Destroyer 1944



Great Britain has made a very poor job of preserving its historic warships. This is all the more amazing in view of the immense contribution made by the Royal Navy to the growth of Great Britain and the establishment of the first truly global Empire, linked by the sea routes, protected by RN warships. This delightful book provides a beautifully illustrated review of the only WWII RN destroyer to be preserved for future generations to visit. The work is lavishly illustrated, in full colour, through the body of the book and could be considered a photo essay, although it contains a great deal of information also in text. Affordable and enjoyable, strongly recommended.

The Royal Gunroom at Sandringham



This book was published in 1989, in an apparently short print run. At launch it was a high priced book and is likely to command a currently high price if a copy can be found in a specialist book shop, or at auction. With a foreword by HRH Duke of Edinburgh, very high quality photography and production, it should be highly collectable today.This is the sort of book that every gun enthusiast and royal follower wants to own. Well worth the time of searching specialist book dealers.

Lady Lucy Houston DBE, Aviation Champion and Mother of the Spitfire



This is an extraordinary story of a great patriot and philanthropist who has, until now, escaped the attention of historians. Her reach and generosity are amazing, although perhaps of the time she lived in and the society in which she grew. An outstanding story of an outstanding woman, Highly Recommended.




The author was one of a handful of historic novel writers who were the best at writing stories set in the Napoleonic Wars, covering naval history, His best selling Ramage series sits with the best writers of the genre. He did however write a number of stand-alone books, both fiction and non-fiction. This book was a landmark publication that traced the development of the gun from its earliest days to the mid 20th Century. Long out of print, it requires diligence to search out a copy and the price may be high. Some years ago, a copy was sold at auction for the equivalent of £1000. This is a book that any gun enthusiast would value and well-worth the effort of searching for a copy.

The Powder of Death MegaContest!


In the run-up to the official launch of The Powder of Death on August 18 we’re running a MegaContest with a fabulous bundle of prizes – a signed hardback of The Powder of Death & a signed paperback of The Silk Tree, cover postcards and an information sheet; an unabridged CD set of the audiobook of The Powder of Death – and a smart Allison & Busby tote!

A&B bag

audiobook powder of death

CD audio edition

To enter, email with the name of the English univerity town associated with Roger Bacon. Please include your full postal address and ‘Bumper Contest’ in the subject line. One winner will be drawn on August 18 and notified by email.

Please include your full postal address and ‘Bumper Contest’ in the subject line. One winner will be drawn on August 18 and notified by email.

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Before the Ironclad, Warship Design and Development 1815-1860



The author was a naval architect and retired as Deputy Chief Naval Architect. After retirement he wrote a series of outstanding books on naval architecture as it was applied to the development of new warships. This book was produced in 1990, The author died in 2008. The publisher has done a great service by producing this handsome new edition with a fine selection of images, including photographs. An important book, highly recommended.

Medieval Maritime Warfare



Remarkably little coverage has been given to maritime warfare before the 16th Century. This book is therefore particularity welcome because it covers the period from the Fall of Rome, through to the Renaissance. The well-written text is fully supported by sketches and maps, with a very interesting colour plate section.Compelling reading that covers much new ground, recommended.

Lockheed Martin’s Mighty Mini-Missile Successfully Completes Second Flight Test


A Lockheed Martin Miniature Hit-to-Kill missile streaks skyward during a July 29 test. (PRNewsFoto/Lockheed Martin)

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor was successfully launched in an engineering demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The demonstration on Friday, July 29, was part of the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) Extended Area Protection and Survivability (EAPS) program.

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