The first I knew about it was when I was alerted by a tweet from @penswordbooks last Wednesday, 17th July: “The Wargaming Compendium is coming soon, follow the author Henry Hyde @battlegames for more! http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/the-wargaming-compendium/p/3159/ …
As you are no doubt aware, there have been a number of false starts over several months. Both I and my potential readers have been left reeling from the continual on-off-on-off roller coaster ride, and so when I saw Pen & Sword’s tweet, I thought I’d better do the sensible thing.
I called them.
I was informed by my contact at P&S, Katie Eaton, that it was indeed true. The container holding 2,000-odd copies of my books had delivered its payload and even as we spoke, copies were being rushed out to those who had pre-ordered the book direct from them. Supplies would be going out to all the well-known bookstores and online retailers over the coming days.
I was gratified to see that the first review appeared on Facebook within just a couple of days of having that conversation. Laurence Baldwin, a veteran member of the Newark Irregulars and co-organiser of the Partizan and Other Partizan shows, wrote:
Just received my pre-ordered copy of The Wargaming Compendium from Pen & Sword today – blown away by it, and looking forward to poring over the hugely diverse content. This one is destined to be a classic description of the hobby, a once in a generation book. Chapeau Henry Hyde, chapeau!
Naturally, I’m pretty chuffed about that, and I hope that once he has indeed had the chance to read the thing from cover to cover (a task that may take, quite literally, a month of Sundays), he will feel the same way!
If you still haven’t bought a copy, both Pen & Sword and Amazon are doing hefty discounts. I gather that Amazon has contacted all its pre-order customers to say that their copies will probably arrive next week. Pen & Sword seem to give the quicker turnaround, but don’t discount as heavily. I can’t speak for other retailers, but I know that Barnes & Noble in the US appear to be offering a substantial discount too although, like Amazon, this may be based on the very, very old information they were displaying, listing the book as having just 256 pages! I have contacted both Amazon and Barnes & Noble who, I believe, have now updated both the ‘blurb’ and the page count. Waterstone’s appear to be in a vacuum of their own making, with a hugely out-of-date listing and the book still not available. You can help us by pestering your local branch of Waterstones to get that corrected, as there seems to be no way for an author to contact them direct via email.
If you are already waiting for your copy, then I hope it arrives soon and, of course, very much hope that you feel the same way as Laurence does! If you do like the book, then I will appreciate it hugely if you take a few minutes to say so with a brief review on Amazon or elsewhere.
Finally, a reminder that I’ve created a website to accompany the book and I’m hoping to release a lot of additional goodies there on 1st August, such as playsheets, playing aids and so forth.
Roll ’em high!