Matthew Hervey is pursued by the French across the Spanish Peninsula.
A professional solder for thirty-five years, Allan Mallinson began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of which he commanded. His debut novel was the bestselling A Close Run Thing, the first in an acclaimed series chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer before and after Waterloo (The Tigress of Mysore is the fourteenth in the series). His The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for a number of prizes, while 1914- Fight the Good Fight won the British Army's 'Book of the Year' Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War, while Fight to the Finish is a comprehensive history of the First World War, month by month. Allan Mallinson reviews for the Spectator and the TLS and also writes for The Times. He lives on Salisbury Plain.
I enjoyed the adventure enormously...Mallinson's descriptions of
what it's like to be on campaign are as compelling, vivid and
plausible as in any war novel I've ever read * Daily Telegraph
With this intelligent but pacy book, Brigadier Mallinson stays well on course to be regarded as the landlubbers' Patrick O'Brian' * Sunday Telegraph *
Mallinson's shrewd handling of the issues of discipline and tactics, the responsibilities of junior and senior command, and the self-esteem of the cavalry, reflect both his own professional experience and excellent historical judgement' * The Times *
'As always, the author manages to integrate Hervey's life
seamlessly into history...Rumours of War is as well-written,
and as wholly engrossing, as any of the previous novels in the
series' T. J. Binyon, Evening Standard
Mallinson writes in beautiful almost Jane Austen-like English and his command of history, military detail, horse-mastership ... polymathic. * Country Life *