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Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 18th, 2017, 8:24 pm
by Hope
After pre-order Mr. Field’s promising Grouchy's Waterloo: The Battles of Ligny and Wavre, I find by chance Amazon has listed 3 new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson, author of Napoleon’s and Wellington's Cavalry at Waterloo. All published by Frontline Books.

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Waterloo: the Truth at Last: Why Napoleon Lost the Great Battle due 30 Sep 2017
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterloo-Truth ... 526702452/
Napoleon and Grouchy: The Last Great Waterloo Mystery Unravelled due 30 Jun 2017
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Napoleon-Grouc ... 526700670/
Marshal Ney at Quatre Bras: New Perspectives on the Opening Battle of the Waterloo Campaign
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marshal-Ney-Qu ... 526700719/

It's pretty amzing to get huge new works after bicentennial.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 19th, 2017, 3:59 am
by Digby
Great news. I have two of Paul's other books and they are very good... but...

I'm still waiting to get the two books he is writing on the Imperial Guard due in 2016. (I paid for them in September)

At the current going rate these 3 titles will be available sometime in 2018.

And similarly John Franklin's Hougomont

Who sets these publishing dates?
Why don't they wait till they are closer to an actual realistic date?

I'd also like to see more copies of John Franklins Netherlands and Hanoverian correspondence released in hard back or at least paper back format. The first print runs were pathetically small.

That said I know it must be be very hard and time consuming and expensive to write and publish a detailed book.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 19th, 2017, 9:29 am
by Mark
I have also pre-ordered Andrew Field's new book, and I am very much looking forward to reading it.

As regards publication dates, as an author myself I can tell you these are usually set by your publisher who will determine the date to fit in with their other book schedules and any known anniversaries etc. Basically a date they believe will maximize sales. All that said, sometimes books are delayed if edits need to be made or parts are re-written etc. Many things can delay publication. Indeed, my Pathan Rising book was delayed almost five months from the original date set.

Mark

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 19th, 2017, 10:57 am
by Senarmont198
I'm also looking forward to Andrew Field's new book.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 19th, 2017, 8:07 pm
by unclearthur
Don't want to overly worry anyone but Pierre Juhel's Battle of Ocana was more than two years behind it's originally advertised publication date :(

Like Mark said, it's all down to the publisher and there's really nothing the author can do.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 20th, 2017, 9:45 am
by Mark
unclearthur wrote:Don't want to overly worry anyone but Pierre Juhel's Battle of Ocana was more than two years behind it's originally advertised publication date :(


A gentleman who helped me with my research for my next book has told me he has a book pending publication. I think its been sitting with his publisher for over two years now :o

Mark

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: January 21st, 2017, 6:53 pm
by Digby
For Paul's book Waterloo The Truth At Last the publishers notes say that he visited the French archives in October 2016 and found some files which had been sealed in 1816 and he was given permission to open them.

It seem amazing that no one in the archives or any other researcher had not found them or opened them before.
Being written in 1815 or 1816, the documents could be very valuable primary sources.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: September 5th, 2017, 6:25 pm
by Digby
Some news!

I have been told that the first two books, those on Ney and Grouchy will be available from the publisher tomorrow.

The third book, Waterloo The Truth is now predicted for November.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: September 10th, 2017, 12:06 pm
by Senarmont198
I have some problems with titles that have the words 'truth' and 'new perspectives' in them. One person's truth may not be someone else's and it ends up degenerating into merely opinion.

Perhaps that 'perspective' will be wrong for these new titles.

Re: Three new Waterloo titles by Paul Dawson

PostPosted: September 10th, 2017, 7:19 pm
by Digby
Senarmont198 wrote:I have some problems with titles that have the words 'truth' and 'new perspectives' in them. One person's truth may not be someone else's and it ends up degenerating into merely opinion.

Perhaps that 'perspective' will be wrong for these new titles.


Yes, I agree. It is virtually impossible to find the truth about anything to do with the Waterloo Campaign.
And yes some publishers do sensationalize their titles or advertising. (let alone their publishing date!)
It seems these books are so close to the three by Andrew Field in concept and timing, one wonders if Paul really will have some new details from French sources.

This may be possible, we only have to look at the example of the Waterloo Letters. I have the book by Siborne's son with 200 letters in it. Then 113 years later Gareth Glover published another 200 letters that had been ignored or forgotten about!

And yes the chances of there being some new perspectives on the relationship and actions of Napoleon, Ney and Grouchy in the campaign are very small, considering the huge number of books and articles that have been published on these matters in the last 200 years.