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A lull in hostilities for Matthew Hervey

It’s peacetime and it’s snowing in the 12th instalment of Allan Mallinson’s tales of a cavalry officer: time for our hero to pause and review his career

2 May 2015

9:00 AM

2 May 2015

9:00 AM

Words of Command Allan Mallinson

Bantam Press, pp.383, £18.99, ISBN: 9780593073223

Allan Mallinson’s historical series concerning Matthew Hervey, the well-bred, thoughtful soldier, details a world where men are practical and not too clever; where the only sensible vote is Tory; where Moors make ‘uncommonly good cymbalists’. Everything gleams, buffed up to a shining surface: it is a fantasy of empire and glory.

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