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W&N Memoir / Military History Hb / TPb June £20.00 / £14.99 320pp 8pp b/w illustrations 978 1 474 60326 3 / 978 1 474 60327 0 ebook: £20.00 / 978 1 474 60329 4

DAvID RENDER WITH STUART TOOTAL Tank Action An Armoured Troop Commander’s War 1944–45

a gripping account of the second world war, from the perspective of a young tank commander.

In 1944, the average life expectancy of a newly commissioned tank troop officer on the frontline in Normandy was estimated as being less than two weeks. David Render was a nineteen-year-old second lieutenant fresh from Sandhurst when he was sent to France to join a veteran armoured unit that had already spent years fighting with the Desert Rats in North Africa. In the following weeks of ferocious fighting in Normandy, his ability to emerge unscathed from countless combat engagements defied expectations and earned him his squadron’s nickname of the ‘Inevitable Mr Render’. Tank Action is his remarkable story, spanning every major episode of the last year of the Second World War in Western Europe, from the D-Day landings to the fall of Germany.

David render was among the first of 156,000 allied troops storming the Normandy beaches on D-Day, in command of six Sherman tanks in the Sherwood Rangers.

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Location: Totteridge, London Available for interview

W&N biography Hb / TPb July £30.00 / £14.99 416pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 86920 7 / 978 0 297 60948 3 ebook: £30.00 / 978 0 297 86921 4

PHILIP EADE Evelyn Waugh A Life Revisited a completely fresh biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, published fifty years after his death in 1966.

Evelyn Waugh was hailed by Graham Greene as ‘the greatest novelist of my generation’, yet reckoned by Hilaire belloc to have been possessed by the devil. Philip Eade’s biography spans the whole of Waugh’s life, utilising unseen primary sources to cast light on the most revealing and in some cases unknown events of his sixty-three years. It also examines the extent to which his experiences influenced his novels, many of which – Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust, Scoop and Brideshead Revisited among them – are undisputed modern classics. The result is a masterly study of a famously complex character and undeniably brilliant writer.

‘Philip Eade is a natural writer: percipient, sympathetic, amusing’ Michael holroyd

Philip Eade was born in Shropshire and read History at bristol University. He is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters and Young Prince Philip.

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Location: Notting Hill, London Available for interview www.philipeade.com

W&N Non-Fiction • June / July 2016