Historian Allan Mallinson at Scarborough Books by the Beach pre-event

Allan Mallinson
Allan Mallinson

Organisers of Books by the Beach – the new-look Scarborough literature festival – are staging a pre big event date.

Historian Allan Mallinson is the guest at a literary lunch at the Crescent Hotel, Scarborough, on Saturday February 14. It is part of Coastival – an arts event at the Spa – and in keeping with the theme Back in Time.

“Allan is one of Britain’s foremost military historians and defence commentators. He served for 35 in the army worldwide, and in key policy branches of the MoD,” said Books by the Beach co-organiser Heather French.

He began writing while still serving, first a history of the regiment he commanded, and then the Matthew Hervey series chronicling the life of a fictitious officer in the cavalry before and after Waterloo.

Allan left the army in 2004 as a brigadier to write full time. He contributes to the BBC’s Today programme and regularly reviews for The Times, The Spectator and The Literary Review.

His latest book is 1914: Fight the Good Fight- Britain, the Army, and the Coming of the First World War. He will be signing copies at the literay lunch. Tickets for the event are on sale at the hotel.

Tickets cost £25 including a three-course lunch with tea/coffee.

Books by the Beach runs from Wednesday April 15 to Sunday April 15.