Books by Old Harrovian Authors

Richard Ritchie (Newlands 19632) The first official history of the oldest dramatic society in the world. This is the story of the Old Stagers, who have been treading the boards at Canterbury for over 170 years. They are the oldest amateur dramatic society in the world, and their history is bound up with cricket and Kent. The unique and rich archives of the Old Stagers are the foundation of this first official history, furnishing wonderful contemporary accounts of the theatre and Canterbury Cricket Week since 1842. Famous figures from sport, politics and the law have been proud members of the Old Stagers; their triumphs and disasters both on and off the stage offer a telling insight into English life and history since Victorian times. From the keenly felt distinctions between amateur and professional to the struggles in keeping the Society going through two World Wars, The Old Stagers: Canterbury, Cricket and Theatricals is a priceless and engaging look at the enduring appeal and charm of the theatre. Harrow and Old Harrovians are mentioned throughout the book making it a very appealing read! You can read the telegraphs excellent review of the book here and purchase the book from Amazon here.

Tim Parker (West Acre 19473) 'The Regimental Piano' is descrbed by amazon.com as follows: Born in 1918 Major Bob Orrell grew up in the Lancashire town of Tottington. His army career was briefly deferred so he could complete his civil engineering exams but he was drafted into the Royal Engineers in July 1940 and was soon at the heart of the war as Britain battled across Europe into Germany accompanied by the regimental piano of the title. Bob gave brave and active service, and was mentioned in dispatches for his courage and quick thinking when he and just two colleagues managed to capture a bunker and its 53 inmates on Sword Beach during the D-Day landings in June 1944. These actions belied Bob s peaceful nature and on leaving the army he and his wife, Nancy became active campaigners for world peace, with Nancy being arrested for her protests at Greenham Common and Bob even addressing a global peace conference in Moscow in 1991 at the age of 73. Many years later the bunker Bob had so bravely captured was restored and converted into a museum, which Bob was able to proudly visit taking with him his message of peace. The regimental piano, however, is sadly lost. A courageous and committed soldier, a passionate and proactive peace campaigner and a loving and loyal family man. These are the remarkable faces of Major Bob Orrell, RE and this is his story. You can read more here.

Simon Astaire (The Head Master's 19752) After meeting Sol in a coffee shop on the Kings Road, Simon became a trusted friend and persuaded Sol to let him write about his fantastic career and the most difficult moments in Sol's life. Amazon describes the book as follows: Sol Campbell traces his journey from the streets of East London, the FA School of Excellence and as a millionaire footballer for Tottenham and Arsenal, through Champions League and World Cups, to widespread acclaim as one of the finest defenders to have worn the England shirt. Along the way, he was labelled a traitor and ostracised by his peers, fell out with members of his family, suffered racial and homophobic abuse, and was often misunderstood by those who claimed to know him well. His book is a frank and often blistering account of a life lived between the soaring heights of celebrity football and the despairing depths of personal trauma.

Amarendra (Bob) Swarup (Newlands 19903) Publish by Bloomsbruy Press, they describe the book as follows: Money mania is a sweeping account of financial speculation and its consequences, from ancient Rome to the Meltdown of 2008. Acclaimed journalist and investor Bob Swarup tracks the history of speculative fevers caused by the appearance of new profitable investment opportunities; the new assets created and the increasing self-congratulatory euphoria that drives them to unsustainable highs, all fed by an illusion of insight and newly minted experts; the unexpected catalysts that eventually lead to panic; the inevitable crash as investors scramble to withdraw their funds from the original market and any other that might resemble it; and finally, the brevity of financial memory that allows us to repeat the cycle without ever critically evaluating the drivers of this endless cycle. In short, it is the story of what makes us human. 

Matthew Dryden (Bradbys 19722) His ebook entitled 'A short paddle across the Okavango' is described by Amazon as follows:  The Okavango delta in northern Botswana was Africa's last wilderness. Today the Okavango is a vast natural reserve well catered for tourist encounters with this unique ecosystem. In 1980 tourism was in its infancy. Few people had heard of or had travelled to the Okavango and there was no account of any crossing of the delta from its source at Seronga to Maun. In this book a group of friends cross the Okavango with their African guides in the days before it opened up to regular travellers. This is an adventure story, a story of travel into the unknown, just before the advent of mobile phones, GPS and internet. The group of friends in their 20's hire local African boatmen and guides with their canoes or mekoros. They cross the great natural wilderness, learning much from each other and from the wildlife and their surroundings. This is wilderness travel as it used to be before mechanisation. The group have some supplies but live off the land as well, leaving it as they found it. It is a story of natural wonder, of wilderness, of the people and forces that shaped southern Africa, but above all of adventure.

James Pembroke (Moretons 19801) his book entitled "Growing up in Restaurants" is described by Amazon.co.uk as follows: Virgil said that taverna had three muses: Venus (love), Bromius (fun) and Ceres (food). Foodies have squeezed the fun out of restaurants; for them, food isn't a passion, it's a fashion. Businessmen have commoditised eating out, and angry chefs replaced the love of the great maitre d' and waiters of yesteryear. James Pembroke believes our attitudes to eating in public reveal more about the development and nature of our society, than how and what we consume in the privacy of our homes. Restaurants mirror our history and our economic ups and downs; the French aritocracy never ate in public and lost their heads; our did, and kept theirs. By combining a personal memoir of an eccentric upbringing with a history of eating out in Britain from the Romans to the present day, James Pembroke has written a highly entertaining yet informative book, which belongs as much in the kitchen as alongside more pious tomes in the library.

Bobby McAlpine (The Grove 19453) has published a book called One Shot at Life, a biography of his career and life over 40 years.

George Rothman (Bradbys 19492) published his new golf manual called New Angles on Golf in 2011. Perhaps it takes an amateur who has played both good and bad golf, to help amateurs, yet there has been no such attempt for many years. George Rothman, a golfer for 71 years and now 7 handicap, has studied the great research works The Search for the Perfect Swing and the two 'Bibles' by Dave Pelz on The Short Game and Putting, among others from his well-stocked library. He has come up with many new ideas of his own, and new ways of looking at established concepts. The first part is technical. His '17 Common conceptions questioned' are maxims which many golfers believe to be true; some are controversial. 'Managing your game' tells you simply and logically how to control your game and mind. 'Putting' and 'Chipping' tell you precisely what to do, with new ideas, and with 'Pitching' are cross-referenced to Pelz to fill deliberate gaps. Part Two deals with the author's view of world golf from 1894, and where it might lead; Golf & Life; dealing with cancer; golf in your garden and home, with new ideas on age-adjusted handicaps in scratch competitions for golfers of all ages. His carefully considered advice should give you perceptive insights into the game and help reduce your handicap. To order click here.

Crispin Black (Rendalls 19732) has written a new spy thriller, The Falklands Intercept, published by Gibson Square. In the shadowy world of British intelligence there is only one man Lady Nevinson, the National Security Adviser, trusts for a highly-confidential private investigation - Daniel Jacot. Britain's chief of military intelligence is mysteriously found dead in St James's College, Cambridge - the night before a revelatory lecture about Scott's expedition to the Antarctic. There are no signs of a struggle and his door is locked from the inside. The trail leads Jacot back to the Falkland Islands, where his hands were horribly disfigured during the 1982 conflict, forcing him to revisit painful memories and mistakes. As his private life and investigation start to run together, the signs increasingly point to an inside job involving the international spy community. And now, they are after him...The book is available from Amazon – click here.

Dale Vargas (Druries 19523) has co-edited A History of Eton Fives with Peter Knowles. This is the first ever history of the game that an Eton master once described as “the most valuable contribution ever made by the school to the well-being of mankind”. Eton fives began by boys knocking a ball against the side of the College Chapel; it has developed into a game of speed, athleticism and skill played by girls and boys, men and women. The authors have both been keen players, coaches and students of the game, which has found its way from the original public schools into many strange and unexpected parts of the world. Thoroughly researched, pleasingly recounted and attractively presented with over 200 illustrations, the book is published in colour throughout. An appendix lists the names, with short notes, of the champion players and many coaches and administrators.

MSJ Montgomery (Newlands 19512) has published a biography of Edward Lear entitled The Owl and The Pussy Cat: Lear in Love, The Untold Story. Edward Lear (1812-88) is known the world over as the author of The Book of Nonsense, and The Owl and the Pussy Cat was voted top in the recent BBC Nation’s Favourite Children’s Poem poll.  Less well known, but increasingly more recognised, is his reputation as a leading artist of the day, popular travel writer and even composer – he set many of his friend Tennyson’s poems to music. Despite his popularity, he never married, prompting theories that he was homosexual. However, Michael Montgomery finds that his voluminous diaries and letters paint quite the opposite picture: ‘I wish to goodness I could get a wife!’ he wrote home from Italy at the age of 25, while the diaries record nearly 40 pretty females that caught his fancy. A weak chest, poor eyesight, a permanent want of money and a fear, given his relatively humble origins, that he would not be considered ‘good enough’ in the elevated circles that he came to move in – all conspired against him.  Greater than all these obstacles, however, was his epilepsy, which in those days was considered almost akin to madness.  Even so, Lear found himself on the point of proposing three times before he was thwarted by events beyond his control, and it was only when in his 70s that fear of inflicting the epilepsy on another finally got the better of him. Michael's book tells the tragic story of a man who gave such pleasure to countless millions of children, yet was deprived of the joy of having any of his own. Available from Amazon and all good bookstores.

Will Robinson (Bradbys 19993) has published Muckraker, a biography which details the tenacity and verve of one of Victorian Britain’s most compelling characters. Credited with pioneering investigative reporting, W. T. Stead made a career of ‘muckraking’: revealing horrific practices in the hope of shocking authorities into reform. As the editor of the Northern Echo, he won the admiration of the Liberal statesman William Gladstone for his fierce denunciation of the Conservative government; at the helm of London’s most influential evening paper, the Pall Mall Gazette, he launched the career-defining Maiden Tribute campaign. To expose the scandal of child prostitution, Stead abducted thirteen-year-old Eliza Armstrong (thought by many to be the inspiration behind Eliza Doolittle, from friend George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion), thrusting him into a life of notoriety. Labelled a madman in later life for dabbling in the occult, W. T. Stead conducted his life with an invincible zeal right up until his tragic demise aboard the Titanic. Revealing a man full of curious eccentricities, Will Robinson, writing as W. Sydney Robinson, charts the remarkable rise and fall of a true Fleet Street legend in this enthralling biography.

Theo Pike (West Acre 19853) has published Trout in Dirty Places, a guide to the most revolutionary development in British angling for many years: fly-fishing for trout and grayling in the very centre of towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom. From Sheffield to South London, from Merthyr Tydfil to Edinburgh, this is the cutting edge of 21st century fishing. Nothing is more surreal yet exhilarating than casting a fly for iconic clean-water species in the historic surroundings of our most damaged riverscapes – centres of post-industrial decay, but now also of rediscovery and regeneration. This book guides readers towards relaxing, good value fishing on their own doorsteps as a viable alternative to more costly (and carbon-intensive) destination angling: a positive lifestyle choice in challenging moral and economic times.

Keith Hindell (Moretons 19473) has published his memoir, A Gilded Vagabond, so called because that fits the condition of the travelling journalist; he stays in the best hotels but often reports on the underbelly of society and quickly moves on because of the restless imperative of "news". Most of us in mass societies fit into a number of categories which we share with  millions of others. Keith won scholarships to grammar school, a public school and Oxford. None of those are rare but then if you add the further refinements of having been the youngest boy to climb the Matterhorn, a Colony Champion, an Oxford Blue, the survivor of a lightning strike and chauffeur to an ex-Prime Minister, not to mention being a director of an abortion charity, you can see that no one else has combined all those experiences. Keith spent thirty years as a BBC producer, editor and correspondent, describing events and explaining ideas to the world and perhaps influencing millions of people. His reports weren’t unique but they did emerge from a very unusual background. Not many people can now say they went to their birth in a horsedrawn cab and then grew up nurtured by a Marxist puritan atheist welder who sent his son to Harrow where chapel was compulsory! A Gilded Vagabond is available now from bookshops and online retailers.

Jasper Rees (The Head Master's 19782) has always wanted to be Welsh. But despite Welsh grandparents (and a Welsh surname) he is an Englishman: by birth, upbringing and temperament. Bred of Heaven details Jasper's attempt to reclaim his roots by spending a year in pursuit of Welshness. It celebrates the importance of national identity, and the joy of belonging. A new book from the author of I Found My Horn, this describes Rees's year long pursuit of his Welshness. With Welsh grandparents and a Welsh name, Rees always wanted to be Welsh, so he learned to sing, play, work, worship, think and speak like a Welshman.

In the Dolphin’s Wake is the tale of Harry Bucknall’s (West Acre 19791) journey of over 5,500 miles through the Greek Islands from West to East. His writing is amusing and erudite – a rich mixture covering history, mythology, folklore, culture, everyday life and the often comedic situations in which he found himself.
Harry’s travels lasted 183 days during which he visited 36 islands (and every island group) plus Mount Athos, Athens and the Turkish mainland; involving 57 sea passages on 35 ferries, 4 landing craft, 3 hydrofoils, 1 fishing caique plus travel by sea plane, 1 twin prop aircraft, 11 buses, 2 trains, an open top Land Rover and a duck egg blue 1961 Morris Oxford. In the Dolphin's Wake is published in both paperback and eBook editions and is illustrated with maps and delightful line drawings. Available at a special price of £6.49 (retail price £7.99) direct from the publisher’s online shop: www.bene-factum.co.uk

Max Benitz (Bradbys 19983) has published Six Months Without Sundays - The Scots Guards in Afghanistan. In it, he reports from the frontline of a highly controversial war in a perceptive and revealing account of several months spent in Afghanistan with this world-famous infantry battalion. Training with them and living amongst them as they undertake their tour in Helmand province, Benitz gives a unique insight into the pressures faced by those who risk their lives every second of the day in one of the most dangerous places on earth. Fascinating and illuminating; The Scots Guards in Afghanistan reveals new insights into the war raging in Afghanistan and the men and women who bravely serve there for the British forces. Click here to buy or for more information.

Jonathan Stedall (Moretons 19513) is the author of Where on Earth is Heaven? in which he explores challenging questions about living and dying, looking and seeing, heaven and earth, and our human potential. An acclaimed documentary film director, he draws on forty years experience, largely at the BBC. There he worked with inspired artists, scientists and writers such as John Betjeman, Laurens van der Post, E.F. Schumacher, Bernard Lovell, Malcolm Muggeridge, Alan Bennett, Fritjof Capra, Cecil Collins, Ron Eyre, Ben Okri and Mark Tully.
Where on Earth is Heaven? is a personal journey that mirrors the remarkable upsurge of interest in spirituality today. Themes addressed include life after death and life before birth, the evolution of consciousness, reincarnation and karma, eternity and infinity, the seven phases of life, angels and demons, the inner desert, dying and becoming, creation and creativity, and the age-old saying: ‘As above, so below’. Click here for more information.

Jerusalem by Simon Sebag-Montefiore (The Knoll 1978⊃;) is the story of Jerusalem, the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel–Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.
How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the ‘centre of the world’ and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a dazzling narrative, Simon Sebag-Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem’s biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women – kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores – who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient city of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Rasputin and Lawrence of Arabia.
Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime’s study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that is believed will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice – in heaven and on earth. Available to buy on Amazon - click here.

Andrew Wheen (The Knoll 19683) has published Dot-Dash to Dot.Com: How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet. The profusion of websites and applications that characterise the modern Internet may seem a far cry from the primitive telegraph system of the late 1830s. There is, however, a direct link. The invention of the electric telegraph paved the way for telephone networks which, in turn, laid the foundations for today's Internet. In less than 170 years, simple arrangements of magnets, switches and cables evolved to become the largest and most complex machine in the world. How did this happen? What were the inventions that shaped modern communications? Who were the key players in this amazing story? How does the Internet work? And what is coming next? This fascinating and long-overdue book answers these and many other questions, bringing to life the characters, the times they lived in, and the technological revolution that they brought about. The book is published by Springer, and is available from Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) and most good book stores.

Richard McColl (West Acre 19903) has published his third guidebook to Colombia. This time it is the first edition of the Michelin Green Guide to Colombia. It comes out in April 2011 in the UK. Click here for more information.

Although he's primarily a direct response copywriter, Scott Martin (Newlands 19783) has written or edited more than twenty books. Many are about golf including The Insiders' Guide to Golf in the Carolinas and The Book of Caddyshack...Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Greatest Movie Ever Made. His latest book is The Intelligent Golfer: How to Play a Civilized Game and he's working on a book about Internet marketing and lead generation with Will Swayne, one of the top small business marketing specialists in Australia. A book about direct response copywriting is also in the works.

Tim Parker (West Acre 19473) is the author of Signalman Jones which is the story of a remarkable man, Geoffrey Holder-Jones, from his early years growing up in Liverpool during the great depression to his extraordinary adventures at sea during the Second World War. Commissioned as a naval officer, the war took him to Iceland, Spitsbergen and the USA, and his often good humoured tales are told here for the first time. This is a true story written by Tim Parker after many personal conversations and using a scrapbook entrusted to him 60 years after the war. An excellent well-written read, 135 pages, illustrated with black and white photographs. Available here or on Amazon.

Two new books have been published by Anthony Finn (The Head Master's 19742) as follows: Challenges for Unmanned & Autonomous Vehicles by Anthony Finn & Steve Scheding - The past decade has seen a sea-change in both the vision and practical deployment of robotics and autonomous systems in defence applications. This has been driven both by increasing technical capabilities and by the imagining of what can be done by many researchers and application experts. Furthermore, the visible successes of unmanned air vehicles, ground vehicles, underwater aircraft, and entirely new “systems of autonomous systems” are all changing the way we think about defence and tactical conflict. This book discusses many of the technical, legal, ethical, systems integration, and value proposition challenges that face autonomous and unmanned vehicles. Innovations in Defence Support Systems by Anthony Finn & Lakhmi Jain (editors) - A combination of rapid technological expansion and transformative innovation have led to significant advances in miniaturisation, autonomy and processing, and much greater commercial availability of sophisticated technology. As a result opportunities have emerged and evolved at a rate approximately an order of magnitude faster than the traditional military development and acquisition cycles can handle. In particular, our capacity to test the viability of these new technologies, capture and exploit their next-generation capabilities, and evolve the totally new operational and deployment concepts and cost-capability trade-offs that emerge as a result of the technology’s novelty and availability is being sorely tested. This book is a collection of papers that discuss some innovations in this field. Both books can be purchased from Springer (www.springer.com), Amazon (www.amazon.com), or almost any (good) book store.

The latest in Christopher Arnander's (Moretons 19463) series of books on proverbs from around the world is called Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias. Written by his wife Primrose, it is a humorous and illuminating volume of illustrated French & English proverbs. Available from the publisher’s web site www.stacey-international.co.uk or good bookshops such as Amazon.

Marc Stanes (Druries 19771) has just held an exhibition of new photographs at Jonathan Cooper's Gallery in Park Walk, London, and his book, called in still light, has been published which displays many memorable studio images taken between 1992-2010. Enquiries can be made to Jonathan Cooper via his website at www.jonathancooper.co.uk

The Timeline History of Harrow School is both a historical reference book and an up-to-date commentary on many aspects of School life liberally illustrated with previously unpublished images from the archives as well as current photographs. The Timeline History is an ideal complement to Christopher Tyerman's A History of Harrow School and Robert Dudley's Portrait of an English School. The book is published by Ken Webb (Newlands 1951⊃;) and is written by Dale Vargas (Druries 1952⊃;). Click here for more information on ordering the book. Please note that all profits will go towards funding School development projects.

It is exciting in a family history to uncover one distinguished forbear, but what if one’s ancestors include a plethora of distinguished men and women? And what if great writers and statesmen are found among them? And what if one made those discoveries in the more mature years of one’s life, having been totally unaware, for much of one’s life, of that fabulously rich human heritage? That is the extraordinary experience of the author of this autobiography. Nick Bird (The Grove 19531) has a number of ancestors who were also Old Harrovians (Bird, Thornton and others) and discovered his heritage while going through his late mother's estate. He therefore set out to record it and compiled a family tree with a history which eventually turned into an autobiography, A River of Recollections and Biographies. There is a chapter on Nick's time at Harrow and a number of summarised biographies of a few of his illustrious ancestors. ISBN 9780975204740, RRP A$35.50 plus freight cost from Australia. Email bluebirdbooks@bigpond.com to order.

Oliver Chittenden (Rendalls 1989⊃;) has edited a book called The Future of Money, which includes an excellent introduction by Vince Cable. It is a collection of essays from a global array of leaders from the worlds of academia, politics, business, finance, including former Nobel Peace Prize Winners, award-winning writers, former Presidents and Prime Ministers and some of the world’s leading thinkers, environmentalists and corporate strategists.The Future of Money looks at the great financial crisis, where we are now and most importantly what lies ahead for all of us. It is Chittenden’s belief that it is only through global collaboration that we can address the problems of our Global Economy and this collaboration needs to consist of leaders from different cultures, nationalities and experience – which is what he hopes to have achieved in this publication. 
Click here to purchase your copy of The Future of Money at Amazon for just £8.59.

Adam Jacot de Boinod (Rendalls 1973⊃;) has written a new book called The Wonder of Whiffling. The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with some fine coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, 'Down Under', and elsewhere). Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew, such as fornale meaning to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg - a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell. Delving passionately into the English language, Adam also uncovers why it is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice-admiral of the narrow seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and why a 'Nottingham Goodnight' is better than one from anywhere else.

Check out Alain de Botton's latest book: http://www.alaindebotton.com/work/index.asp

Old Harrovian Hank Adlam (Druries 1936⊃;) has published a sequel to his autobiography On and Off the Flight Deck called Life is a Yo-Yo. Here is a life with its full share of ups and downs, moving near and sometimes right on the edge of catastrophe. Having, at the age of 86, successfully published his first autobiographical volume, Hank wanted to fill in the gaps of before and after his five years of wartime experiences as a Fighter Pilot in the Fleet Air Arm. His boyhood years in the 1930s were far from dull – sharing his home with his mother’s forty Bull Terriers, driving his father around France at 14 with his own driving licence. Hank’s decision to leave the Royal Navy after the war led him to take a difficult path through life, as he had gained no qualifications other than for flying – which meant a traumatic time for his wife and young family while he worked his way up during the post-war economic depression, from lavatory cleaner, door-to-door salesman, factory shop floor, back to flying as a test pilot and manager of a Flying Club, and eventually becoming a director in industry. The last twelve years of his professional career as the Bursar of Clifton College, a large independent school in Hank’s home city of Bristol, were the happiest and most interesting of all. Hank is a natural storyteller and readers of his earlier book will enjoy the sequel. For new readers he provides a thoughtful and revealing social commentary on periods of the last century that are relatively unrecorded today. For more details and to order click here.

Barnaby Powell (The Head Master's 19571) has published a second book with Alex Mackinnon on the likely impact of China's rise on the rest of us, called China Counting: How the West was Lost. China is now the global counting house, trading Western debt and cashing Western obligations – financially, socially and diplomatically. By 'buying' its own democratic electorate with easy credit, the West has ceded power to the Chinese. China's primary goal, however, is internal stability and external security, aiming neither for international dominance nor military confrontation. Mackinnon and Powell show how China is determining its destiny. This book interprets China's policy of gradual global expansion and the alternatives it offers to open capitalism and liberal democracy. It sifts constants from variables to reveal a China positioning itself for recognition as an equal. Click here to buy.

Father and son Hugh and Robert Dunsterville (The Knoll 19283 and 19591) have published a book about the "Freikaiserwagen" car - a legendary and record-breaking hill climb and sprint special, a challenging vehicle to drive, which performed with distinction and success during the late 1930s and into the 1940s. Freik - The Private Life of the Freikaiserwagen, edited by James Fack (The Knoll 19592), details the conception, building and achievements of this 1100 class hill climb racing car. Click here for more information.

Simon Montefiore (The Knoll 19783) gave a fascinating insight to his new book Sachenka at the new Daunts Bookshop in the Fulham Road at its launch. He is well qualified to write his first fictional Russian epic as he has previously written factual historical books on both Stalin and Catherine the Great. Click here for the review in The Spectator.

Tom Avery (Elmfield 19893) has launched his latest book, To the End of the Earth. The book chronicles his record-breaking expedition to the North Pole in 2005 and is being released now to coincide with the centenary of Robert Peary and Matthew Henson’s disputed conquest of the North Pole on April 6th 1909, whose expedition they recreated. 
"I know I speak for my fellow teammates when I say the expedition was the hardest of our lives, with almost daily dramas of unstable pressure ridges, dogs falling through the ice, sled collisions, some of us getting lost in blizzards, food supplies running out, the constant threat of polar bears, our own falls through the ice and ice floes disintegrating before our very eyes. The fact that we managed to survive, let alone reach the Pole in a new record time is a miracle – particularly as when the expedition’s seed was sown, most of us had never driven a dog team before," says Tom.
The expedition had a real purpose: to try to uncover the truth about the final expedition of the pioneering and incredibly brave duo of Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, by travelling in their footsteps by the traditional method of dogs and wooden sleds. "I believe we have shed a huge amount of new light on their epic journey," comments Tom. "I hope that our expedition, and To the End of the Earth, goes a long way to painting them in a much more favourable light."
Buy it on Amazon or signed copies are available on Tom's website.

Richard McColl (West Acre 19903) is one of the authors of the new V!va Guidebook to Colombia - available on amazon.com. Click here for more information.

Oliver Chittenden (Rendalls 19893) has written and produced a beautifully illustrated non-fiction book, titled Inspire, with interviews, quotes and specially commissioned portraits of some of the UK’s most heroic individuals, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, John Simpson, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Terry Waite, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, Sir Clive Woodward and Bear Grylls. Inspire offers valuable lessons and insights, a foreword by Sir Richard Branson and, as the title suggests, aims to inspire the reader through the images, stories and words of these remarkable characters. For further information and to order go to www.theinspirebook.com or email oliver@londonspeakerbureau.co.uk with your order and postal address. The cost is £20 per copy plus P&P.

Exploring Phuket & Phi Phi: From tin to tourism is Oliver Hargreave's (Moretons 19613) second city guide for Thailand which has been published in 2008 under the Odyssey Guides imprint.

Marcus Moseley (The Grove 1968⊃;) has written and published an academic book, Being for Myself Alone: Origins of Jewish Autobiography (Stanford University Press, 2006, 650pp.)

Barnaby Powell (The Head Master’s 1957⊃;), with academic Alex Mackinnon, has published a book called China Calling, about the phenomenon of the current Chinese expansion into the wider world. It is designed to help business people, in particular, and people in general, particularly students, to engage and deal with the Chinese as they will increasingly come into contact with them. >>more

Pavilions in the Air is the title of a new book of Chinese proverbs by Christopher Arnander (Moretons 19463) and Frances Wood. The proverbs have translations and English equivalents; they are illustrated by the cartoonist Kathryn Lamb. Go to http://www.chineseproverbs.co.uk/ for excerpts from the book and to purchase it.

Remington Norman (Rendalls 1958⊃;) has written Sense & Semblance – An Anatomy of Superficiality in Modern Society, published by Founthill. Details can be found either at www.amazon.com or at www.founthill.com.

Charles Ranald (The Park 19472) has written a new book in collaboration with John Sorrell. Forgotten Diamond is a fast-moving thriller that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride from the finance and banking houses of London to revolutionary Russia and from past to present. >>more

Thomas Leveritt (Rendalls 1989⊃;) has launched his literary career with a first novel set in post-war Sarajevo. The Exchange-Rate Between Love and Money is a dysfunctional love story told hand-in-hand with stories of Sarajevan heroism and how the international justice business does, or doesn't, work. His book has since been awarded a Betty Trask Award for a first novel. >>more

Seung Chong (The Knoll 1979⊃;) has just published a text book in Hong Kong about the legal side of mergers and acquisitions in China, called Law and Practice of Mergers & Acquisitions in the People’s Republic of China.

Mark Peel (Druries 1973⊃;) has written a new biography of Donald Soper, arguably the greatest Methodist since John Wesley, called The Last Wesleyan. His book will be available from February 2008.

Henry “Hank” Adlam (Druries 1936⊃;) has published an autobiographical account of his years as a naval fighter pilot in World War II called On and Off the Flight Deck.

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