A Ray of Light is a finalist in the Arnold Bennett Book Prize

A Ray Of Light - coverWe’re pleased to announce that A Ray of Light is one of five finalists in the 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize.

The five finalists are Sitting Ducks by Lisa Blower; Potters: A Division of Labour by John Lancaster; A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice and the North Staffordshire Miners by Russell Phillips; Arnold Bennett’s Grand Babylon Hotel edited by Rando Saloman and What Must Happen by Jeffrey Wainwright.

Broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed will present the winner with a £500 cheque at a ceremony at Keele University on 1st September. Following the prize presentation, Samira will deliver a lecture entitled “What Arnold Bennett can tell us about Brexit Britain”, as part of a two-day celebration of the author.

Pre-Order Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw PactWe are proud to announce that the first book in our new Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact series is now available for pre-order.

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact will be released on 22nd August. It details more than 100 military vehicles from the 2P26 “Baby Carriage” – a compact Soviet off-road vehicle mounted with anti-tank missiles – to the T-80U main battle tank, in service from 1985 onwards.

Pre-order the ebook or paperback now.

A Ray of Light short listed for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Literary Prize

A Ray Of Light - coverThe Arnold Bennett Literary Prize has announced the short list for its inaugural year, and we’re proud to announce that A Ray of Light is one of the ten books on the list. The winner will be announced in September.

This new prize is administered by the Arnold Bennett Society in partnership with the Sentinel newspaper. This is its first year, and it will be awarded every year from now on.

A Ray of Light tells the story of Lidice, a Czech village that was completely destroyed in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. North Staffordshire’s miners raised the equivalent of over £1million to rebuild the village.

New Release: A Ray Of Light

A Ray Of Light - coverWe’re pleased to announce that A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice, and the North Staffordshire Miners is now available in paperback and ebook (Kindle, iBooks, Kobo). It will be available from other ebook retailers shortly.

This is the inspiring true story of what happens when ordinary people unite to make a stand against evil.

Lidice was a peaceful and vibrant community in Czechoslovakia with a rich mining heritage. But an act of Nazi revenge saw this village wiped from existence in a horrifying chapter of European history.

Disaster struck for Lidice in 1942 when the prominent Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated. Described by Hitler as “the man with an iron heart”, Heydrich was one of the key architects of the Holocaust.

His death, after an attack by members of the Czech resistance, left Hitler furious and desperate for vengeance. Looking for a scapegoat to blame for Heydrich’s death, he settled on the village of Lidice, which had been falsely linked to the assassination.

In a brutal act which shocked the world, Lidice was completely destroyed. The men were shot while the women and children were rounded up and sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.

Hitler was determined that by the time he had finished, no one would even remember Lidice, let alone live there. What he hadn’t reckoned on was the efforts of a group of campaigners in Britain, who resolved to make sure Lidice would never be forgotten.

A Ray of Light tells the tale of Lidice’s downfall and what happened next. Would the village simply be allowed to become a footnote in history, or would it rise from the ashes and forge a new future?

This book is a compelling testament to the power of friendship and solidarity, and how empathy and compassion can help rebuild the world.

SOTCW WWI Compendium is Wargame Vault’s Deal of the Day

SOTCW WWI Compendium - CoverThe SOTCW WWI Compendium is Wargame Vault’s Deal of the Day. For the next 24 hours, it is available at 70% off.

The compendium provides wargamers with a wealth of resources. Included are scenarios, Orders of Battle, histories, and more. This compendium brings together over 25 articles by 18 authors, covering all aspects of World War I, on land, at sea, and in the air, in all theatres. The articles were originally published in the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers‘ Journal.

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Tessa paperback & launch

Our children’s book, Tessa the Tank and the Classic Vehicle Show, is now available in paperback from Amazon. Buy it here.

Book Launch

Cinders' Hub

If you’re near Stoke on Trent on Saturday 30th of January, come along to our book launch event at Cinders’ Hub, 35 Market Place, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3AG. There will be children’s activities, a competition, and a raffle – all free of charge to visitors.

Introducing Tessa the Tank

Tessa the Tank and the Classic Vehicle ShowTessa the Tank and the Classic Vehicle Show is our first children’s book, written and illustrated by Jen Phillips.

In a five-star review, Readers’ Favorite called it “an entertaining tale for children”, saying that the story “has a good message about teamwork and how each one of us has our own part to play in life”.

But it now from Amazon, Wargame Vault, or Drive-Thru Fiction.

Tessa has her own website at www.tessathetank.com, featuring online games, free downloads, and pictures to print and colour.

Operation Nimrod available for pre-order

Operation Nimrod coverShilka is proud to announce that we will be publishing Operation Nimrod in October. This is a well-researched account of the 1980 Iranian embassy siege, when six terrorists held twenty-six hostages at the Iranian embassy in London. It was finally ended when the SAS launched a daring rescue mission, as millions watched live on television.

Ebook copies can be pre-ordered now at Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play. Pre-orders are not available for the paperback or audio book editions, but both should be available at the same time as the ebook.

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