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W&N History HB July £25.00 544pp 978 0 297 86408 0 ebook: £25.00 978 0 297 86409 7

BEN WILSON Empire of the Deep The Rise and Fall of the British Navy A landmark history of the British Navy from King Alfred to the twenty-first century. This is the story of how an insignificant island nation conquered the world’s oceans to become its greatest trading empire. Few other nations have fallen so deeply in love with a branch of the armed forces as the British did with its Navy, dubbing it the ‘senior service’. Yet there was nothing inevitable about this rise to maritime domination, nor was it an easy path. Empire of the Deep reveals how our naval history has shaped us – our language, culture, politics and national character all owe a great debt to this conquest of the seas. ‘Ben Wilson has a flair amounting to genius’ Observer Born in 1980, historian Ben Wilson is a winner of the Somerset Maugham prize which is awarded to writers under the age of thirty-five. He is the author of three previous books including What Price Liberty?

Orion History HB August £20.00 400pp 978 1 4091 4418 2 ebook: £20.00 978 1 4091 4420 5

IAIN BALLANTYNE Hunter Killers The incredible inside story of the Cold War beneath the waves. Hunter Killers will follow the careers of four daring British submarine captains who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe, their exploits consigned to the shadows until now. There are dangerous encounters with Russian spy ships in UK waters and, finally, as the communist façade begins to crack, they hold the line against the Kremlin’s oceanic might, paying a leading role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. Iain Ballantyne is an established defence journalist, author of many naval history books and is editor of the Warships International Fleet Review Magazine. He has covered naval and military issues in the Sunday Telegraph and Scotland on Sunday.

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