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Allan Mallinson AN ACT OF COURAGE First Edition Signed
Allan Mallinson AN ACT OF COURAGE First Edition Signed

Allan Mallinson AN ACT OF COURAGE First Edition Signed

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First UK edition, first print hardback published by Bantam Press / Transworld Publishers Ltd in 2005. Signed by Mallinson on the title page
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First UK edition, first print hardback of AN ACT OF COURAGE, by Allan Mallinson and published by Bantam Press/ Transworld Publishers Ltd., London in 2005. Signed by Mallinson on the title page. Jacket illustration by Chris Collingwood.

The book is in near fine condition (Clean purple cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine which minor creasing to spine edges) with very minimal wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (very light creasing to spine edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Allan Mallinson is a former infantry and cavalry officer of thirty-five years' service worldwide.

Mallinson is best known for writing a series of novels chronicling the (fictional) life of Matthew Hervey, an officer serving in the (fictional) British 6th Light Dragoons from the late Napoleonic Wars through subsequent colonial conflicts in India, North America and South Africa. He is the author of Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded, The Making Of The British Army, a history of the Army's origins from the battle of Edgehill to the current conflict in Afghanistan and 1914: Fight The Good Fight: Britain, The Army and the Coming of the First World War.

He also writes on defence matters for The Times and the Daily Telegraph, and is a regular reviewer for The Times, the Spectator and the Literary Review.

An Act Of Courageis the seventh book in the Matthew Hervey series.

"Christmas 1826 finds Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons alone and a prisoner. Captured by the Spanish, he is locked up in the notorious fortress of Badajoz, with little means of outside communication, his Prayer Book his only mental sustenance. He must escape, but as Hervey lays his plans his thoughts return to 1812, when as a young cornet he was here with Wellington's Peninsular Army. Having survived the terrible retreat to Corunna, Hervey and the Sixth had gone on to endure three more years of fighting - Which included British Army's biggest general action since the Duke of Malborough's days, at Talavera - only to be stalled at Badajoz.

Badajoz: a fortress of huge strategic importance, where two sieges had already failed, and where French resistance was at its bloodiest. No one - from the Duke of Wellington to the most lowly cornet - was in any doubt that in order to defeat Napoleon they must carry the day. As the young Hervey and his comrades prepared for the third and final attack on the fortress, the only options left were death, or glory. What Hervey cannot know, as he paces his prison cell fourteen years later, is that in Lisbon, his close friends - including the beautiful Isabella Delgado - are rushing to his aid. The escape they plan is audacious in the extreme… "

'And what a pleasure to be able to report that he is back on form, writing once more with fluidity and power. By concentrating on the battle of Talavera and the investment of Badajoz, both sparklingly described, he plays to his undoubted strengths. Just for once, the best setpiece is not a battle, but a court martial, rich in detail and impeccable wit.' — The Observer

'As good on the details of the workings of a cavalry regiment in 1820 as ever Patrick O'Brian was on the workings of an 1820 warship.' — Spectator

'Most impressive… Mallinson reinforces his position as a master of narrative military history' — The Times

'The author’s knowledge of warfare endows this novel, the seventh in a series, with strategic intelligence and superb craftsmanship.' — The Oxford Times

'Another swashbuckling adventure full of drama, excitement and derring-do.' — Lancashire Evening Post

366 pages. Map on endpapers.

ISBN: 0593 053400


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