Over the past few years I have read less and less non-fiction, but on cataloguing my Pans I read the blurb on the back of this book and got hooked. Once I started reading, I became more hooked. The travels in the “forbidden” east of the Soviet Union in 1938, the trial of Nikolai Bukharin (Fitzroy was at the trials) and the analysis of why the accused pleaded guilty, all filled in my knowledge of Stalin’s Russia.
Then his exploits with the SAS which served as a prelude to his adventures in Yugoslavia with Tito. This fascinating account of the birth of a nation and explanation of the tensions that Tito supressed help to explain to some degree the chaos and genocide that followed Tito’s death.
The fact that this is a history lesson delivered through the very well written personal account of a man who became an MP so he could join the Army makes a fascinating read.
Not a publisher that lasted a long time, but they did publish some authors other publishes didn’t. What they did though is spend time choosing some great covers. Unusually I have included a large number in this blog. I did choose one of their covers for my title page.
Anderson Oliver Grit and Polish Barker Dragon 1 vg £15.00
Anderson Oliver Painless Extractions Barker Dragon 13 vg £4.00
Bull RC ed. Perturbed Spirits Barker Dragon 20 vg £5.00
Burton Richard Tales From the Thousand and One Nights Barker Dragon 2 1st 1956 anon vg £3.00
Chegaray Jacques Going My way round the World Barker Dragon 14 1st 1957 anon vg £2.50
Dodge David How Lost was my Weekend Barker Dragon 12 vg £5.00
Downing Rupert If I Laugh Barker Dragon 33 vg £10.00
Goodwin RB HongKong Escape Barker Dragon 2 vg £3.00
Green John The First Enemy Barker Dragon 21 vg £4.00
Halliday Brett Murder is My Business Barker Dragon 10 vg- £4.00
Halliday Brett When Dorinda Dances Barker Dragon 16 vg £4.00
Hartley L P The Travelling Grave and other stories Barker Dragon 40 vg £15.00
Johnston J Patrol of the Dead Barker Dragon 8 vg £15.00
Langley Noel The Cabbage Patch Barker Dragon 4 vg £3.00
Mankowitz Wolf My Old Man’s a Dustman Barker Dragon 23 vg £4.00
Quentin Patrick Puzzle for Wantons Barker Dragon 34 vg £10.00
Sandstrom Flora The Dancing Giant Barker Dragon 5 vg £10.00
Spillane Micey One Lonely Night Barker Dragon 6 vg £4.00
Spillane Mickey The Big Kill Barker Dragon 18 vg £5.00
Spillane Mickey The Long Wait Barker Dragon 29 vg £5.00
Spillane Mickey Kiss Me, Deadly Barker Dragon 42 vg £5.00
Various The Girls from Esquire Barker Dragon 11 vg £5.00
Even the less than inspiring subjects have great illustrators.