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Allan Mallinson MAN OF WAR Signed First Edition

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First Edition, first print hardback published by Bantam Press / Transworld Publishers, 2007. Signed by the author on the title page
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First Edition, first print hardback of MAN OF WAR, by Allan Mallinson and published by Bantam Press/ Transworld Publishers Ltd., London in 2007. Signed by Allan Mallinson on the title page. Jacket illustration by Chris Collingwood. With full numberline 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean dark blue cloth boards with gold lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (slight creasing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is slight spinal lean and a creasing line together with small yellowish stain on the contents page but nothing too drastic.

The ninth book in the Matthew Hervey series of novels featuring Matthew Hervey, an officer serving in the British 6th Light Dragoons from the late Napoleonic Wars through subsequent colonial conflicts in India, North America and South Africa by English author and former British Army officer Allan Mallinson.

"England 1827: Matthew Hervey is fighting for the honour of the Light Dragoons.

Captain Sir Laughton Peto, recently engaged to Matthew Hervey's sister, Elizabeth, has just taken command of HMS Prince Rupert, the only three-deck line-of-battle ship in commission. He is the proud master of a wooden fortress whose formidable firepower is the equal of Bonaparte's grand battery at Waterloo.

But his passage to the Ionian - where Admiral Codrington is assembling an Anglo-Russian-French fleet to evict the Turks from Greek waters - will not be smooth sailing. First he must exercise his crew, most of whom have not seen action before. He has also been entrusted with the safe passage to Malta of the Admiral's youngest daughter.

Six months on, and Matthew Hervey is in London recovering from another bout of malaria and the wound from his battle with the Zulu. All is set fair for his marriage to the eminently suitable Lady Lankester, and his subsequent return to active duty at the Cape.

But trouble lies ahead as familial commitments clash with affairs of the heart, and Hervey finds himself embroiled in a military enquiry that can, at best, spell personal embarrassment, and that could result in public humiliation.

As the cataclysmic battle of Navarino Bay looms ever closer for Peto and his crew, Hervey faces a crisis that could change both his life and his military career..."

"Meticulous research is Mallinson's hallmark and this is rich in illuminating detail about sailing ships and naval matters, from the trivial to the arcane. The sea battle of Navarino is as thrilling as any fought on land by Hervey and the manoeuvres into which Hervey is accidentally drawn are as exciting as any battle." The Times

Allan Mallinson is a former cavalry officer. Besides the Matthew Hervey series, he is the author of Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded, a defence commentator for The Times, and latterly for the Daily Telegraph, and a regular reviewer for The Times, The Spectator, The Literary Review and Country Life.

349 pages. Illustrated with maps on the endpapers.

ISBN: 9780593053423

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  • Product Code:
    1334
  • Product Weight:
    0.76kg
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