A Close Run Thing
(Matthew Hervey 1)
By (author) Allan Mallinson
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Close Run Thing by Allan Mallinson
Book DescriptionWaterloo, 1815 - As the war against Bonaparte rages to its bloody end upon the field of Waterloo, a young officer goes about his duty in the ranks of Wellington's army. He is Cornet Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons - a soldier, gentleman and man or honour, who suddenly finds himself allotted a hero's role ...Momentous times call for momentous acts: as the Napoleonic Wars escalate, Cornet Hervey faces decisions, both military and romantic, which will change the course of his life, and possibly the outcome of Waterloo..."I have never read a more enthralling account of a battle ...This is the first in a series of Matthew Hervey adventures. The next can't come soon enough for me" - "Daily Mail".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780553507133
(198mm x 128mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Allan Mallinson
Too Important for the Generals, Hardback (June 2016)
One of the great questions in the ongoing discussions and debate about the First World War is why did winning take so long and exact so appalling a human cost? After all this was a fight that, we were told, would be over by Christmas. In this book, former professional soldier and author of 1914: Fight the Good Fight, provides the answers.
Words of Command, Paperback (February 2016)
January 1830, the prime minister, the Iron Duke, is resisting growing calls for parliamentary reform, provoking scenes of violent unrest in the countryside. Against this inflammable backdrop Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Hervey, recently returned from an assignment in the Balkans, takes command of his regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons.
1914: Fight the Good Fight, Paperback (July 2014)
'No part of the Great War compares in interest with its opening', wrote Churchill. In this history, the author brings his experience as a professional soldier to bear on the circumstances, events, actions and individuals and speculates - tantalizingly - on what might have been...
Light Dragoons, Paperback (June 2012)» View all books by Allan Mallinson
Although only formed in December 1992, The Light Dragoons look back to a history that began in the days of the first Jacobite rebellion. The 1922 reduction in the Army saw the amalgamation of four regiments of Hussars into the 13th/18th Hussars and the 15th/19th Hussars. Now they too have been amalgamated.
UK Kirkus Review » The author, himself a distinguished serving soldier and admirer of the late lamented C S Forester and Patrick O'Brian, felt it time that someone raised as much awareness of the 19th-century army - especially the soldiers-on-horseback - as these two writers have for the navy. This, his first novel, is based on his own experience as Commander of the 13th/18th Hussars, as well as on meticulous reserach and scholarship. From the dying days of the Peninsula War to the Battle of Waterloo we follow the fortunes of Matthew Hervey, son of a poor country parson and brilliant soldier, as his expertise, courage and sensitivity take him from lowly cornet with the 6th Light Dragoons to aide-de-camp to the great Wellington himself, following a thrilling account of one of the most legendary battles of all time. Combining astonishingly vivid descriptions of action with subtle analysis of relationships within an army 'riddled with jealousy, snobbery, patronage and intrigue' where preferment comes by purchase rather than just desserts, and fascinating minutiae of daily life both on campaign and in rare moments of relaxation, this is a series worthy to stand beside Mallinson's literary heroes. Written with authority, enthusiasm and real love of the subject, it carries the reader along on a great wave of imagination and erudition. Serious history - and a great yarn. The second volume of the adventures of (now Captain) Hervey: The Nizam's Daughters is available in hardback from Bantam Books. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » Pompous oafs, a sly heiress, and a beguiling nun prove just as challenging as battlefield perils to a British comet who plays a decisive role in Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. Mallinson, a British cavalry officer with an impressive knowledge of spontoons, snaffles, and other minor arcana of 19th-century combat, offers an extremely detailed, alternatively violent and romantic first novel in a land-based, sword-and-horseflesh companion to Patrick O'Brian's seafaring Aubrey-Maturin series. Hero Matthew Hervey is 23 when we meet him in 1814, one year before Waterloo, on the battlefield in southern France. The highly educated, polyglot son of a parson with vague connections to royalty has just bravely slaughtered a French gunnery patrol, yet has made the mistake of embarrassing a superior officer, General "Black Jack" Slade. Sister Maria, a gorgeous Carmelite nun who's the daughter of a French count, rebandages Hervey's wounded leg, then entrusts him with her father's ring and a pack of letters to deliver to her ancestral home. With Napoleon abdicating, and the delivery accomplished, Hervey returns to England, where Lady Henrietta Lindsay, an old childhood friend, teases him about matrimony with obscure references to Jane Austen novels. He moves with his regiment to Ireland, where he gets in trouble by defending kindly peasants against corrupt British land agents. Lady Henrietta uses her titled connections to save Hervey from Slade's wrath just in time for the regiment to rush back to the Continent, where Hervey finds himself included in strategy-planning sessions with the stalwart Duke of Wellington, who sends him on a secret mission to contact Prussian forces. After this somewhat wooden, overly chatty adventure, Wellington appoints Hervey as his aide-de-camp, with another mission in store. Some saddle sores from Mallinson's affection for 19th-century turns of phrase, but, on the whole, a rousing, chastely nostalgic tale of valiant heroism and dashing derring-do. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Allan Mallinson
At seventeen, Allan Mallinson gave up the promise of an exhibition at Brasenose College, Oxford to go instead to theological college. After three years he decided to take a break in training with a short-service commission in the army. He served with the infantry worldwide, and then, on deciding to make the army a career, transferred to the cavalry. He began writing while still serving - first, a history of the antecedent regiments of that which he commanded, and then the Matthew Hervey series of novels chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer before and after Waterloo. He left the army in 2004 as a brigadier to write full time, including defence comment for the Daily Telegraph and then The Times. In 2009 his The Making of the British Army, a survey of the army's history and development since 1660, was shortlisted for several prizes and chosen by Jeremy Paxman for the Observer's 'Books of the Year'. An updated edition, with a commentary on the Strategic Defence and Security Review, was published in 2011. His centenary history, 1914: Fight the Good Fight - Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War was shortlisted for the Westminster Medal and won the Army Book of the Year Award 2013. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, examines the failure of Allied generals and politicians to find a less bloody strategy for victory in the First World War and will be published in June 2016. Allan Mallinson lives with his wife, Sue, a dressage trainer, on Salisbury Plain.
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