Description - Rumours Of War by Allan Mallinson
1826: Bonaparte is dead, the Congress of Vienna's work is done and Europe is at peace. However, in Portugal, civil war is in the air following the death of King John VI. Newly returned from India, Matthew Hervey joins a delegation sent to make an assessment and lend support to the Portuguese regent, his place on the expedition having been secured with the help of his new friend, Lady Katherine Greville. But the Iberian Peninsula is redolent with memories for Hervey. For it was here as a young cornet that he first tasted military action. It was when the French had forced the British army into a gruelling and ignominious retreat until, under the leadership of Sir John Moore, they made their defiant stand at Corunna. In the epic battle that followed, Hervey and the Sixth Light Dragoons played their part. As the wave of the French onslaught broke against the solid rock of British resolve, the tide of war was turned once and for all in England's favour. And now, as the Spanish threaten the fortress at Elvas, Hervey makes ready for battle and prepares to confront ghosts from his past...
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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.