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An heroic tale from the final days of the Napoleonic Wars that introduces an unforgettable new fictional hero.
Allan Mallinson was a serving cavalry officer. He is also the author of Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded, and a regular reviewer for The Times, the Spectator and the Literary Review. His Matthew Hervey novels are Sunday Times bestsellers and are all available in Bantam paperback.
"'Now at last a highly literate, deeply read cavalry officer of high rank shows one the nature of horse-borne warfare in those times: and Colonel Mallinson's A Close Run Thing is very much to be welcomed.'" Patrick O'Brian "'As astonishingly impressive debut...Convincingly drawn, perfectly paced and expertly written...A joy to read'" -- Antony Beevor "'The scope of A Close Run Thing is quite breathtaking...A sustained piece of bravura writing'" Observer "'The account of the Battle of Waterloo is an imaginative feat of high order, owing as much as to thorough scholarship as it does to compassion and sensibility. Brilliantly conveyed.'" Daily Telegraph "'Allan Mallinson's grasp of the technical side of his subject is effortless and impressive...The portrayal of the men of all ranks is excellent." Spectator