Not many ships' cats have even one memorial statue, let alone six. But Trim does, including one outside Euston Station in London, proudly unveiled by Prince William on the bicentenary of Matthew Flinders's death – 19 July 2014. Trim was the ship's cat who accompanied Matthew Flinders on his voyages to circumnavigate and map the coastline of Australia from 1801 to 1803. He lived quite the adventurous life. As a small kitten he fell overboard while at sea but managed to swim back to the vessel and climb back on board by scaling a rope. This cemented his position as Flinders's beloved companion, and together they survived a Pacific voyage, the circumnavigation of Australia and a shipwreck. When Flinders was imprisoned by the French in Mauritius in 1803 Trim shared his captivity until one day he mysteriously disappeared – which heartbreakingly Flinders attributed to his being stolen and eaten by a hungry slave.Trim, The Cartographer's Cat is an ode to this...
'The best life of Lawrence yet published' - The ExpressLawrence was a brilliant propagandist, rhetorician and manipulator, who deliberately turned his life into a conundrum. But who was the real man behind the masks? Lawrence began the GreatWar as a map-clerk and ended it as one of the greatest military heroes of the 20th century. He altered the face of the Middle East, helped to lead the Arabs to freedom and formulated modern guerilla warfare. Yet he refused any honours and spent therest of his life in near obscurity. Desert explorer and Arabist, Michael Asher, set out to solve this riddle and discovers a hero whose greatness owed as much to his weaknesses as to his strengths.
Product DescriptionEgypt, October 1942The battle for North Africa rages fiercely along the length of the Egyptian coast . . . Punching their way deep behind enemy lines, the newly formed SAS - under the enigmatic Lt Col David Stirling - carries out daring raids against the Germans. Lt Tom Caine leads a small squad of SAS men on a desperate mission far into hostile territory. His brief: to sabotage a terrible weapon being secretly developed by the Nazis in the desolate Libyan hills . . . If he fails the Axis forces will almost certainly be unstoppable. Caine faces the full force of the German military might, but what he doesn't know is that there is a traitor among his own men. Ultimately, his fate will rest in the hands of one woman, Special Ops agent Betty Nolan.Only one thing is for certain in this war - who dares wins . . . About the AuthorMichael Asher has served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. With his wife, Arabist and photographer Mariantonietta Peru, he made the first west - east crossing of the Sahara on foot with camels - a distance of 4,500 miles - without technology or back-up of any kind. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has won both the Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for Exploration. He has written many books, including The Regiment: The Real Story of the SAS (Penguin, 2007). The bestselling first Tom Caine novel, The Last Commando, was published in 2009.
"The British campaigns in the Sudan in the closing years of Queen Victoria's reign are a tale of adventure more thrilling than any fiction. Evoking images of broken squares, jammed Gatling guns, ferocious 'Fuzzy Wuzzies', British gunboats on the Nile, the Camel Corps and the charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, the story also brings together a cast of larger-than-life characters - Gordon, Wolseley, Kitchener, Gladstone, Churchill, the Mahdi, the Khalifa Abdallahi and many others." "The story begins with the massacre of the eleven-thousand-strong Hicks Pasha column at Shaykan in 1883 - an event that sent shock waves through the Western world. Dispatched to evacuate the country, British national hero Charles 'Chinese' Gordon was surrounded in Khartoum by a vast army of dervishes commanded by the Mahdi, the Expected Guide. Gordon held out for months, hoping from day to day to be rescued, but was eventually killed and the city sacked in an orgy of murder, rape and pillage. Wolseley's relief mission, having fought its way across the desert on camels and sailed up the Nile in steamers, arrived two days too late. This caused a national scandal that shocked the Queen and led to the fall of the British government." "The Mahdi's successor, the Khalifa Abdallahi, established the world's first radical Islamic state, becoming, in the process, a paranoid tyrant who ruled by fear. It was left to the brilliant Herbert Kitchener to strike back. Achieving the impossible, he built a railway across the arid Nubian Desert to transport his troops to the final devastating confrontation at Omdurman in 1898." "Desert explorer and author Michael Asher has reconstructed this classic tale of the British Empire's ultimate adventure in vivid detail. Having covered every inch of the ground, and examined all eyewitness reports, he brings to bear new evidence to question several accepted aspects of the story. Far from being the 'lunatic' he was labelled at the time, for instance, Gordon was a brave and gifted man; contrary to popular myth, he did not die a passive martyr's death, but was cut down fighting heroically to the last." "Drawing on an intimate knowledge of Sudanese culture, Asher has produced an account of the Nile campaigns of 1883-98 that, for the first time, examines the story both from the point of view of the British and of the tribes taking part. He sheds new light on the most riveting tale of honour, courage, revenge and savagery of late Victorian times."--BOOK JACKET.
Part three in Death or Glory series, Highroad to Hell is Michael Asher's latest Second World War adventure. With Asher's insider knowledge of the SAS he brings to life the action of the battlefield in this fast-paced and compelling novel following Captain Tom Caine. Tunisia 1943 - the Allies' advance is halted by determined Axis forces. The 8th Army has no choice but to outflank the enemy along their impenetrable Mareth line in the hellish Matmata hills.On a mission to safeguard this movement, Captain Tom Caine's SAS patrol is diverted by a strange emergency signal that draws them to a derelict aircraft and a mysterious black box. Besieged by a Nazi Death's Head unit intent on retrieving the box and betrayed by a comrade who steals it, Caine must make a choice. Should he pursue the stolen object or stick to his original task and face almost certain death? The entire campaign rests on his...
Product DescriptionIn the heat of battle you have two choices ... death or glory ... Libya 1942 - Rommel's Africa Korps is sweeping across Northern Africa. The ragged Allied forces engage the enemy in brutal fire-fights on the scorched desert sands. Meanwhile, the Allied commander-in-chief sends a desperate coded message to the Prime Minister - the courier is First Officer Madeleine Rose, WRNS - codename Runefish. When Runefish's plane is shot down deep behind enemy lines - GHQ must send in the commandos to pull her out. It looks like no more than a deadly fool's errand - and the man they choose is given one option: take the mission or face court martial. Battle-hardened Sgnt Tom Caine is a first class soldier who struggles with obeying orders. He must lead his small squad of specialist commandos into the hornet's nest - on a bloody mission that could change the outcome of the war ... About the AuthorMichael Asher has served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. With his wife, Arabist and photographer Mariantonietta Peru, he made the first west-east crossing of the Sahara on foot with camels - a distance of 4,500 miles - without technology or back-up of any kind. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has won both the Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for Exploration. He has written many books, most recently The Regiment: The Real Story of the SAS (Penguin 2007).
On 4 May 1980, seven terrorists holding twenty-one people captive in the Iranian Embassy in London�s Prince�s Gate, executed their first hostage. They threatened to kill another hostage every thirty minutes until their demands were met. Minutes later, armed men in black overalls and balaclavas shimmied down the roof on ropes and burst in through windows and doors. In seconds all but one of the terrorists had been shot dead, the other captured.For most people, this was their first acquaintance with a unit that was soon to become the ideal of modern military excellence � the Special Air Service regiment. Few realized that the SAS had been in existence for almost forty years, playing a discreet, if not secret, role almost everywhere Britain had fought since World War II, and had been the prototype of all modern special forces units throughout the world.In The Regiment, Michael Asher � a former soldier in 23 SAS...