Hi friends. This is a round up of stuff about my books and assorted matters i.e. a combination shill/boast. Let’s go.
An article I wrote for the Amberley website about Ethiopia and the Italian invasion is live. Check it out here. It’s a useful overview of the war and mercenary involvement. Also has a very nice photograph of Haile Selassie with book and Great Dane.
The BBC History website commissioned an article on my book, emphasising the role played by foreigners, both as soldiers and journalists. Article is done, checked, and lined up for publication. Should be live this month or the next. Keep an eye out or check back here – I’ll update when it appears. [Update: they’re taking their time. Hang in there].
On The Air
I appeared on Spain’s RTE radio programme for a live chat about Lost Lions of Judah a few weeks ago and did an interview with Damien Dynan on Cork’s Deep Cover programme a few days earlier. Here’s a link to the Dynan recording.
There was also an interview with The Weekly News, a Scottish magazine, for an article they were doing about Ethiopia. The mag is paper only and I live very far from Scotland so have no idea when it came out. A scan would be appreciated (hint, hint).
Lost Lions of Judah is my third book. The previous two dived into an African country plagues by mercs and CIA agents in the 1960s, and foreign volunteers for rightist rebels in the Spanish Civil War. A review on Amazon if you read one would be much appreciated.
To give you a taste, here’s the first paragraphs of each book. Buy if you like them.
‘When the first bomb exploded, Vienna’s finest trauma surgeon was elbow deep inside a patient’s guts somewhere in northern Ethiopia. Dr Valentin Schuppler kept his scalpel steady as shock waves blew in half the hospital windows. The Red Cross on the roof was being used as a target by Italian airplanes.’ Lost Lions of Judah: Haile Selassie’s Mongrel Foreign Legion [or American version]
‘Bruges, October 1999. Somewhere in this Belgian city of canals and rain and gothic spires, eighty-four-year-old Gerard Soete is finally ready to tell the truth about a murder.’ Katanga 1960-63: Mercenaries, Spies, and the African Nation that Waged War on the World [or amazon.com]
‘Karol Swierczewski was a true believer. Better known as ‘General Walter’, a nom de guerre inspired by his favourite Walther PP pistol, Swierczewski turned communist as a young exile in Moscow. He cheered on the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 and joined the Red Army to defend the revolution. When the last of the reactionaries who threatened the Soviet dream had fled, Swierczewski requested a transfer west to join the Russian troops galloping through his native Poland in the name of the proletariat.’ Franco’s International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War [or amazon.com]
That’s about it for now. Looks like there will be a fourth book on a more recent and political topic, probably coming out late 2018- early 2019. More details when it’s all confirmed.