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31. Mar, 2019

Things move slowly in the world of Pen & Sword.  If anyone has seen an illustration of this book's front cover on a site like Amazon, please disregard it: it was rejected eight weeks ago!

Please also disregard the extraordinarily pedestrian and inaccurate blurb they've attached to it. Who writes this stuff? Don't they read the book first? And why don't they use the written material I've given them??? Worse still, if anyone looks at this supposed synopsis they'll assume my book is pedestrian and inaccurate too. <sigh>

Authors who have slaved on a subject for months and years, making it authentic and gripping, get a raw deal when publishers brush aside their intimate knowledge and expertise. It's not my habit to go public with a howl of protest, but I can't sit silent when they shove this kind of stuff out to the media.

Dear friends and readers, please be patient and trust the meticulous care and accuracy I am famed for. You'll love the book, I promise - and the 150+ pictures and original illustrations. I just need to get Pen & Sword to love it too.


1. Feb, 2019

It's taken two months but I can now confirm that The History Press have withdrawn the defective copies of 'The Maligned King' and they tell me the latest reprint has the colour plates restored. If anyone has a dud copy without colour plates I suggest trying to get The History Press to replace it - try Jonathan Harris at

If unsuccessful please contact me via this website (see email address on my 'Online Store' page) and I will replace your book at my own exoense.

4. Dec, 2018

I need to advise anyone who has recently purchased Richard III: The Maligned King that there has been a regrettable printing error – the colour plate section has been printed in black and white.

This is particularly distressing as I spent a lot of effort (and close to £2,000) on sourcing and licensing a set of compelling colour images, some of them very unusual, including the first portrait of Princess Joanna of Portugal ever to have been published in a book about Richard.

The publishers have frozen their stocks and are looking into this as a matter of urgency. It’s my hope that they will replace any defective books purchased. I just want to apologize to purchasers and advise you that we do know what has happened and hopefully the situation will be rectified, although I don’t yet have a specific undertaking in this respect. Please stand by for updates.


11. Nov, 2018

Captain D.V. Armstrong, DFC. 'Remembered for his skill and modesty' [Gen Jan Christian Smuts]

19. Oct, 2018

They say you should never meet your heroes, but I’m happy to say I was blown away last week when I met Roger ‘Dodge’ Bailey. As chief pilot of the Shuttleworth Collection, he’d been generously responding to myriad detailed questions by email on flying the F.1 Camel. His technical knowledge is unrivalled, and he’s one of the mere handful of living pilots who can claim to have grappled with the little beast powered by a proper rotary engine. Last week he let me get acquainted with the Collection’s D1851 at Old Warden, and I can only say Dodge is one of the nicest, most welcoming and most patient of hosts imaginable.