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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.

A Ray of Light: Reinhard Heydrich, Lidice, and the North Staffordshire Miners

Finalist in the 2017 Arnold Bennett Book Prize

A Ray Of Light - cover“The miner’s lamp dispels the shadows on the coal face. It can also send a ray of light across the sea to those who struggle in darkness”
— Dr Barnett Stross

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.

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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.

Operation Nimrod: The Iranian Embassy Siege

Operation Nimrod coverOn 29th April 1980, British police assured Iran that their embassy was secure. The very next day, terrorists stormed the embassy and took twenty-six hostages. With the Iranian government willing to let the hostages become martyrs, and the British government only willing to talk if the terrorists surrendered, twenty-six lives hung in the balance.

What followed was six days of tension and terror. It was finally ended when the SAS launched a daring rescue mission, broadcast live on television. Millions held their breath, waiting to see the outcome of Operation Nimrod.

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A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands War

A Damn Close-Run ThingIt was a damn close-run thing
— Major-General Moore, commander of the British land forces in the South Atlantic

In 1982, the average Briton didn’t know the Falkland Islands existed, let alone their status as a disputed British territory just off the coast of Argentina. That changed when the Argentinians invaded the islands and overwhelmed the small defending force. Both nations claimed the islands were theirs, but now Argentina thought the British would give them up without a fight.

They were wrong.

Britain sent a task force into the South Atlantic to re-take the islands, and the short, intense war that followed was–in the words of Major-General Sir John Jeremy Moore–“a damn close-run thing.”

This short history sums up the events leading up to the war and its major military actions including details of an Argentinian plan to sink a Royal Navy ship in Gibraltar harbour (foiled at the last minute by Spanish police) and an audacious British plan to land SAS soldiers in Argentina to destroy Exocet-carrying aircraft while they were still on the ground.

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Hear The History Of The Falklands Conflict

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Shilka Publishing is pleased to announce that A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict is now available as an audio book at Audible, Amazon and iTunes. It is read by the very talented Phillip J Mather. If you’re not currently an Audible member, you can get a free audio book if you sign up for a free 30-day trial.

You can listen to a short excerpt here:

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