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An Act of Courage

An Act of Courage

by Allan Mallinson

Publisher Bantam Press

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Badajoz: Christmas 1826

Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons is a prisoner of the Spanish, incarcerated in the infamous fortress of Badajoz. As he plans his escape, his thoughts return to the year 1812 when he was a cornet in Wellington’s Peninsula Army.

He and the Sixth had survived Corunna to endure three more years of brutal fighting that would culminate in one of the most vital and vicious confrontations of the campaign – the siege of Badajoz.

While Hervey paces his prison cell, and re-lives the bloodshed of battles past, friends from expected quarters rush to his aid ...

‘As good on the details of the workings of a cavalry regiment in 1820 as ever Patrick O’Brian was on the workings of an 1820 warship.’ Spectator

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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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    Good first edition, in a very good dust-jacket. Some yellowing and foxing to the edges, and minor signs of wear to the corners. This book is located in our Brighton store, and may take longer for delivery.

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