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I'll be signing copies of my new book on Saturday 21 September at Stow Maries First World War Aerodrome near Chelmsford and Maldon, Essex. This is their Heritage Open Day with free entry to the public, and I can't wait to see the changes they've made since I was last there. It's an authentic aerodrome with fascinating First World War history and interactive exhibits, family-friendly and dog-friendly, complete with restaurant and gift shop. I'll have Camel Pilot Supreme for sale, also A2 art prints of some of its paintings for framing (see my Online Store).
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My new book arrived this morning and I'm quite pleased with the quality. Cover artwork looking good (had to fight to remove a dismal grey wash they put over it at one time!). It had an unofficial launch at the World Aerobatic Championships in France last week, where I'm told it was well received. After research spread over some 35 years I only hope it's a fitting tribute to an exceptional young pilot of the first aerial war.
Not long now until I have Camel Pilot Supreme in my hands at last. Matthew Potts at P&S Promotion has done a sterling job - he and text editor Richard Doherty have been the saving grace at Pen & Sword.
I hope anyone who loves flying will embrace my young subject and enjoy getting to know him through these 264 pages and 175 illustrations (I counted them eventually!). I think Armstrong would be pleased to know his full story has at last been told, but most of all I think he'd appreciate the depictions of some of his aerial feats in the colour section by artist Lynn Williams. Unrecorded by film, alas, he had no chance to see them himself. But Lynn's visualizations bring them to life in vibrant full colour, including his tailchase underneath the bridges of the Thames (detail below). This you have to see in its full glory!
It's all systems go at Carson Towers as I start corralling a list of reviewers for my new book, and line up various magazines and websites who will bring it to public notice. The aerobatic communities in England, South Africa and the USA are on board, as are some of the journals of First World War aero historians.
It's been fun working on promo materials like publicity leaflets and showcards, dredging up my PR skills from days of yore.
Another project well under way is the production of art prints of a couple of Lynn Williams's colourful action paintings which are going to look stunning when framed.
Pen & Sword tell me the book is well on track for publication on 31 August (in time for my birthday!) although I won't feel 100% confident of this date till I hear it from the printers. I've arranged only one promotional event so far, which to be safe isn't until October. I'll post a summary of activities as soon as they are all firmed up.
Meanwhile there's an introductory £5.00 discount to be had from the publishers at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Camel-Pilot-Supreme-Hardback/p/16477.
Sparks are still flying from my keyboard ...