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Mourning Mozambique’s Insurgency

Watching the emerging crisis in Mozambique has triggered many fond memories from 2007 when I deployed to the country with the UK’s Joint Force Headquarters on a 3 week exercise as their Portuguese interpreter. Our epic journey began at RAF Brize Norton and took in a refuelling stop at Ascension Island. As dozens of troops […]

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‘The Balkanista’!

The journey publicising my first book, ‘Under A Feathered Sky’, took an interesting turn today. After making contact with Alice Taylor, a British journalist who has made Albania her home, I was invited to join her podcast ‘The Balkanista’, where we talked about Albanian hospitality, raki, the complexities of Kosovo’s struggle for independence and recognition, […]

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Klan Kosova TV – interview

I joined Rina Mujku this evening on Klan Kosova TV’s ‘Info Magazine’ programme, to talk about Under A Feathered Sky. The interview was pre recorded over the previous weekend so that subtitles and editing could take place. My breakfast room at home is hardly a sound-proofed studio and minutes before the recording began, my neighbour […]

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Under A Feathered Sky: the book launch

On Wednesday evening I was delighted to join Professor Martin Bricknell at the launch of my book, hosted by King’s College London. With over 60 attendees signed up from across the globe, it was a a great opportunity to discuss the book in much greater detail with a very diverse audience. The talk, followed by […]

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Online Book Launch event

I am delighted that King’s College London has chosen to feature Under A Feathered Sky in an online book launch event on 21st October. Hosted by the School of Security Studies, I will be discussing the book in conversation with Professor Martin Bricknell, before finishing the event with a live Q&A. The book was written […]

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Under A Feathered Sky – Balkan Insight’s book review

I was recently approached by Serbeze Haxhiaj, an award winning Kosovan journalist, from the media network, BIRN, who asked whether she could interview me about about my book. The article has now been published. So why is the story told in ‘Under A Feathered Sky’ still relevant today? As Serbeze has highlighted in the review, […]

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Under A Feathered Sky – what readers are saying

Under A Feathered Sky: the untold story of NATO’s role in newly independent Kosovo was published a month ago and is already receiving very positive reviews. I wrote ‘Under A Feathered Sky’ to tell the story about the extraordinary events that took place during my 6 month operational tour of duty as a British Army […]

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Under A Feathered Sky – video

Over the weekend I decided to share a few thoughts about how the book was written. I wanted to share the story behind how I sat down for the first time and opened my laptop. That first engagement with Under A Feathered Sky was sitting in a small house in northern Portugal. With papers spread […]

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The story behind: VJ Day 1944

My father passed away on 9th October last year. In the three weeks before his funeral, I discovered and then read two diaries that he had meticulously kept during his National Service in the RAF between August 1944 and February 1947, when he was demobilised. His journey started out in Glasgow, sailing through the U-Boat […]

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The Story Behind: Under A Feathered Sky

It is a week since Under A Feathered Sky was published. In that time the book has been sold in the UK, the US and in Europe. It has also arrived in Kosovo, where it was hand-delivered to the Commander of the Kosovo Security Force, General Rahman Rama, by the UK Defence Adviser, Lieutenant Colonel […]