New Projects

This selection of titles are in the process of, to quote a nautical term, 'fitting out'. That is they have been written but are awaiting a publication date

Sovereigns of the Sea by Angus Konstam

Haynes Viking Warrior Operations Manual

The Viking Warrior Operations Manual is an in-depth look at the Viking warrior culture, from 700 to 1066. It focuses on their origins and how they raided their way to expansion over much of the known world. The warrior culture, clan warfare, overlords and local kingdoms, their relationship with the sea and ships, raiding, harrying and assimilation are all covered in the book.

70,000 words, and profusely illustrated
To be published by Haynes, in the UK
Due out in April 2018


From Angus: As someone brought up in Orkney, Vikings are pretty much "in the blood". While my main forte is maritime history, this was my subject as an undergraduate, and so with this book I'm sort of returning to my roots. It was also a joy to write - particularly due to Haynes' unique "manual" format

 

British Ironclads, 1860-75


This new Osprey book covers the development of the first British ironclads, from the creation of HMS Warrior to the launch of HMS Devastation, the world's first "modern" battleship.

17,000 words, and profusely illustrated
To be published by Osprey Publishing, in the UK
A New Vanguard series title

Due out in Mid 2018

'On the Blocks'

The following titles are books that are currently works-in-progress & the drawing board.

worst convoy

The Murmansk Run: The Arctic Convoys

This major new book tells the story of the Arctic Convoys - that vital wartime supply route between Britain and Russia, and the men who took part in the operation, or tried to stop them. The crews of these merchant ships and their naval escorts were exposed to everything the German war machine could throw at them, from air and U-boat attacks to forays by surface ships, including the battleship Tirpitz. As if this wasn't enough, ships steaming through Arctic waters were often exposed to mountainous seas, ice, snow and often near-perpetual darkness. It is little wonder that this convoy route was once described by Churchill as "the worst journey in the world". Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished first-hand accounts, this book weaves their tale into a narrative that is both spellbinding and shocking.

150,000 words, with maps and illustrations

Publisher and Publication Date still not finalised

Hunting the Bismark

Hunting the Bismarck

A narrative history of the Bismarck's sortie into the North Atlantic, May 1941. While this story has been told many times, this is an enthralling account of the operation that caught the imagination of the world, as Germany's most modern battleship challenged the might of the wartime Royal Navy.

100,000 words, with maps and illustrations
Due to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing, in the UK
Publication date still not finalised

The Pirate World

The Pirate World


In 2008, Osprey published Piracy: The Complete History, my in-depth look at the subject that covered the whole scope of piracy, from Ancient times to the Present Day. Now, a decade on, Osprey would like to update the book, both to reflect the latest research I've carried out, but also to cover the latest developments in international piracy - the attacks off Somalia for instance, or the rise of piracy in the waters of South-East Asia. 

Unlike the original, this book will be profusely illustrated, and will include two dozen specially-commissioned maps.  This represents something of a challenge - this wealth of illustration means I have to reduce the length of the text, while still covering the subject in as much depth as possible. That effectively means a complete re-write, and a really exciting challenge!

80,000 words, with numerous maps and many illustrations
Due to be published by Osprey Publishing, in the UK
Publication date still not finalised

Mutiny on the Spanish Main

Mutiny on the Spanish Main

Mutiny on the Spanish Main tells the dramatic story of HMS Hermione, a British frigate whose crew mutinied in 1797, in what was regarded as the most bloody revolt in British naval history. It also describes her recapture from the Spanish, in one of the mast daring "cutting out" operations of the Age of Fighting Sail. It is an extraordinary tale, well told.

100,000 words, with maps and illustrations
Due to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing, in the UK
Publication date still not finalised

Sink The Tirpitz

Sink the Tirpitz, 1942-44

This Osprey titles covers the lengthy air campaign fought over Norway to destroy the powerful German battleship Tirpitz. It covers the numerous raids carried out by both the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force, which culminated in the sinking of the battleship off Tromso in late 1944.

25,000 words, and profusely illustrated
To be published by Osprey Publishing, in the UK
An Air Campaign series title

Due out in Late 2018