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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068633
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

The Sabre's Edge

(Matthew Hervey 5)

Matthew Hervey lays siege to the grim fortress of Bhurtpore

The year is 1824; the Sixth Light Dragoons are still stationed in India, and the talk in the officer's mess is of war. Border skirmishes with the Burmese are becoming more common and across the country in Rajputana, a dispute over succession sends war fever sweeping through the provinces.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068633
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Allan Mallinson

Allan Mallinson was a soldier for thirty-five years, serving first with the infantry and then the cavalry. He began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of whose descendant regiments he commanded. It was followed by A Close Run Thing, the first novel in the acclaimed and bestselling series chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer, Matthew Hervey, before and after Waterloo. His The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for several prizes, while his centenary history, 1914: Fight the Good Fight – Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War won the British Army's Book of the Year Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War. Allan Mallinson also writes for The Times, is history editor for Unherd.com and reviews for the TLS and the Spectator. He lives on Salisbury Plain.

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Praise for The Sabre's Edge

“'Splendid...the tale is as historically stimulating as it is stirringly exciting'”

Sunday Telegraph

“'What a hero! What an author! What a book! A joy for the lover of adventure and military buff alike'”

The Times

“We have joined for action and to see the world and that is what we get...a novel for our time, perhaps?”


“Hervey is the thinking man's Sharpe. Mallinson is the true heir to Patrick O'Brian”

Daily Mirror

“'Mallinson's descriptions of regimental life and of the campaigns themselves ... crackle with detail and atmosphere ... Makes for an engrossing read, full of blood and valour.'”


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