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New book release

Post by Lloyd » Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:14 am

Mike S announced elsewhere this:

Gunpowder and Glory: The Explosive Life of Frank Brock OBE, by Harry Smee and Henry Macrory.

It's due for release in June or July, and available for pre-purchase on Amazon.

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Re: New book release

Post by richardh08 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:00 pm

Harry Smee is a grandson of Frank Brock, and great grandson of Arthur Brock. He refers to Alan St H. Brock (Frank's brother, and author of Pyrotechnics: The History and Art of Fireworks Making and A History of Fireworks) as Uncle Alan. At one time Harry was on the managing board of Brock's Fireworks, together with Ron Lancaster.

I exchanged a few emails with him about 6 months ago, while I was hunting for documentary evidence of Brock's Orion Flashing Guns composition (an early strobe effect that people allege is documented in Alan Brock's first book, but isn't). At the time, he mentioned that he was writing Frank's biography. I'm pleased to hear that publication is imminent and I look forward to reading it.
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Re: New book release

Post by richardh08 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:37 am

Here in the UK, the book was published on March 16. I ordered a copy two days ago, with an estimated delivery date of April 5, but it arrived yesterday evening!

So far, I've only read the first chapter, but it promises to be a well-written account of a momentous period of history and the part played in it by the Brock family, with particular emphasis on Frank Brock's World War 1 exploits.
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Re: New book release

Post by Lloyd » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:31 pm

Well, shucks, Richard! I mean... just because it's of British authorship...

Mine's not due to deliver until July. <sob>

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Re: New book release

Post by Lloyd » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:15 pm

All... the latest FPAG compendium is now available in hard-copy.

Everyone.... this is a GREAT resource, and it should be on your library list.

The links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086PLYCZJ/re ... 010&sr=8-2. You can also get it in the Kindle version https://www.amazon.com/Best-Florida-Pyr ... 753&sr=8-1.
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Re: New book release

Post by richardh08 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:15 am

I've just ordered a copy of the paperback. According to Amazon, I'll have to wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive.
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Re: New book release

Post by richardh08 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:11 pm

I've just had an email telling me the FPAG book has been dispatched and should arrive by the end of the week.
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Re: New book release

Post by Lloyd » Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:44 pm

Congratulations, Richard!

It's my current 'bed-stand reader'. I'm only a few articles in, and since I'm a 1st-Fire recipient, I've read all of them at least once before (some in the long past). But it's turning out to be a great read.

Linda has a special skill at cleaning-up and re-formatting documents like those, and has done a nice job compiling this first edition.

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Re: New book release

Post by richardh08 » Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:50 am

My copy arrived today!

First impressions are that it is a really well produced publication. I foresee happy bedtime reading for quite some time.
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