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Welwyn Garden City author throws spotlight on Harpenden in new book

PUBLISHED: 16:48 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:22 30 May 2019

Welwyn Garden City author Howard Linskey has featured Harpenden in his newest book, Ungentlemanly Warfare. Picture: Donna-Lisa Healy

Welwyn Garden City author Howard Linskey has featured Harpenden in his newest book, Ungentlemanly Warfare. Picture: Donna-Lisa Healy

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A successful local author has thrown the spotlight on Harpenden in his new book about wartime espionage.

Welwyn Garden City author Howard Linskey has featured Harpenden in his newest book, Ungentlemanly Warfare. Picture: Donna-Lisa HealyWelwyn Garden City author Howard Linskey has featured Harpenden in his newest book, Ungentlemanly Warfare. Picture: Donna-Lisa Healy

No Exit Press will publish Howard Linskey's novel, Ungentlemanly Warfare, on June 6 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The book follows a ruthless and unorthodox Special Operations Executive officer called Captain Harry Walsh, who is ordered to assassinate Hitler's miracle jet fighter - allied victory in Europe hinges on his success.

Captain Walsh lives in Harpenden and frequents The Cross Keys pub on the High Street when he is not risking his life on daring missions.

The characters in Ungentlemanly Warfare are based on real people - for example, Ian Fleming's inspiration for Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series, Vera Atkins.

The cover of Ungentlemanly Warfare, written by Welwyn Garden City author Howard Linskey. Picture: No Exit PressThe cover of Ungentlemanly Warfare, written by Welwyn Garden City author Howard Linskey. Picture: No Exit Press

Howard said he has been working on this book for more than ten years: "With World War Two fiction, you can't write it quickly because you have to research everything.

"You can't just get the characters into a plane, you need to know the make of the plane and when they made it and where it flew."

The former journalist's other titles, many of which are crime fiction, include Hunting the Hangman, The Dead, The Damage, and The Drop.

Howard said: "I have always been interested in World War Two and history generally, but when I started researching this, the more I get into it the more I wanted to write a fiction about it."

"The more I unravelled, the more fascinating it became and I had to put these real characters into the book."

His next book, entitled Alice Teale is Missing, is scheduled to be published by Penguin on November 14.

Having previously been a resident of Harpenden for four years, Howard now lives in Welwyn Garden City.

The 52-year-old author will appear around the county to speak about Ungentlemanly Warfare - at Harpenden Library on June 6 from 7.30pm, Harpenden Books on June 8 for Harpenden Carnival, and Waterstones in Welwyn Garden City on June 15 from 2pm.

Visit tinyurl.com/y2upt8et for tickets to the Harpenden Library talk. The other events are free.

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