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We are proud to introduce Stormbringer, a pacy action-packed espionage thriller with a dash of dry humour by the sensational Daniel DeLacy. This novel, the first in an epic World War 2 series, follows Robert Leroy Parker on his adventures through Britain, Germany and Poland at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Stormbringer arrives in March 2012.

Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 at 13:33:09 GMT

Cult Fiction eBooks have arrived

Cult Fiction eBooks have arrived

Although the main (paperback) publication date is not until September, we've decided to release the eBook versions of Cult Fiction early. If you have an Amazon Kindle you can download the book (or a free sample) here. If you don't have a Kindle yet you can also read the book on the free Kindle software for PC, Mac, iPad and most smartphones and tablets which you can download from the Amazon website.

EBook versions of Cult Fiction will also be available from all other major eBook retailers in the next few weeks.

Alternatively, if you just can't do without the good old fashioned feel of paper, it is now possible to pre-order Cult Fiction (£7.99) by clicking here:

Find out more about Cult Fiction.

Posted on Fri, 13 May 2011 at 15:48:29 GMT

Introducing: Cult Fiction

Introducing: Cult Fiction

The latest addition to the Knightstone list is Cult Fiction. An hilarious yet thought-provoking satire on the power of religion written by debut author Ardie Collins.

Stephen Moore loses his Christianity in a fire and so forms a new group for like-minded people. The new religion of Mooranity is born.

Cult Fiction is coming out in September 2011.

Posted on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 at 15:36 GMT

Steven Jermy debating at Global Strategy Forum

Steven Jermy debating at Global Strategy Forum

Commodore Steven Jermy RN, author of Strategy For Action, has been invited to take part in a Global Strategy Forum debate on Tue 1st March entitled 'Strategy in Afghanistan and Beyond: Delivering or Not Delivering on UK Objectives?'

Experience has not been kind to foreign militaries in Afghanistan. The current coalition operations appear to be conforming to this historical pattern. Despite domination of every aspect of the battlefield and the deployment of significant civilian resources, the coalition still faces a resilient and well-organised insurgency. Political ties with the government in Kabul are chronically tense. The 'safe haven' in Pakistan remains open. Overall, victory does not seem to be close. Indeed, there is little consensus on how victory should be defined.

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Posted on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 at 11:40:42 GMT

Steven Jermy appearing on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme

Steven Jermy appearing on BBC Radio 4's

Commodore Steven Jermy RN (retd) is due to appear on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme on Monday (14 Feb 2011) to talk about his new book, Strategy For Action: Using Force Wisely in the 21st Century.

The most popular programme on BBC Radio 4 and arguably the most influential news programme in Britain, the Today programme is the perfect platform for Steve to spread his message about the Western World's current weaknesses in effective strategy-making as notably demonstrated in Afghanistan.

The Today programme is broadcast on Radio 4 between 6am and 9am Monday to Friday and between 7am and 9am on a Saturday.

Click here to find out more about Strategy For Action.

Posted on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 at 17:28:09 GMT

Warships IFR to publish review on Strategy For Action

Warships IFR to publish review on Strategy For Action

The influential monthly magazine Warships International Fleet Review is carrying a review of Commodore Steven Jermy's book Strategy For Action in their March 2011 issue (out on 25 Feb).

"Hopefully ‘Strategy for Action’ will be read and inwardly digested by the current generation of policymakers and strategists in Whitehall and Downing Street." We couldn't agree more.

Click here to read their review of Strategy For Action.

We also recommend taking the time to have a closer look at Warships International Fleet Review. It's available from most newsagents or, alternatively, you can click here.

Posted on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 at 19:05:23 GMT

Bernard Jenkin, MP, reviews Strategy For Action

Bernard Jenkin, MP, reviews Strategy For Action

The influential Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin has kindly written a glowing review on Commodore Steven Jermy’s new book Strategy For Action: Using Force Wisely in the 21st Century.

As he says, Strategy For Action "should become the 'must read', not just for any aspiring military officer, but for anyone in government, academia or the media who will have anything to do with judgement about the use of military force."

High praise indeed from one the most prominent speakers in Government on defence issues.

Click here to read the full review on Strategy For Action

Posted on Fri, 11 Feb 2011 at 18:03:24 GMT

The Naked Umbrella Thieves

The Naked Umbrella Thieves

It gives us great pleasure to announce The Naked Umbrella Thieves. Follow Sergeant Cyrano O'Hara and Wretched Eric as they muddle their way through the latest crimewave to hit Old Grethwick.

This hilarious book by the prize-winning and ever so slightly mad Ian Wild will be released on 01 September 2011. To find out more, click here.

Posted on Mon, 27 Dec 2010 at 12:52:06 GMT

Distribution Deal Signed

Distribution Deal Signed

Knightstone Publishing has signed a deal with Central Books allowing them to distribute our books to the book trade. Central Books have been distributing books, magazines and other products since 1939 so certainly know what they're doing and on top of that they're lovely people. You can find out more about them by visiting Retailers can order our books from them by phoning +44 (0)845 458 9911. To discuss discounts and other terms, it's best to get in touch with us first by emailing

Posted on Mon, 6 Dec 2010 at 15:02:21 GMT

Two New Authors Signed

We've signed two new titles for publication next year. Written by two new authors, these are both fiction titles. More details coming soon!

Posted on Mon, 20 Sep 2010 at 08:03:00 GMT

Strategy For Action Cover

Strategy For Action Cover

An early version of the cover for our new book, Strategy For Action is ready. You can see a mini version to the left of this message. To see a better size image click here: Strategy For Action.

Written by the former head of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Steven Jermy RN - this groundbreaking book explores the lost art of making superior strategy. It will be published in January 2011.

Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2010 at 16:08:00 GMT

Publishing is Dead! (Or is it?)

For years, commentators have been predicting the end of publishing. "E-books and the internet will make publishing a thing of the past," they proclaim. Why do we need publishers when anyone can word-process their manuscripts, convert them to an e-book friendly file format and sell them over the web?

It would be foolish to ignore the impact of progress and few would deny that the book industry is in the early stages of a technological revolution. However, a more careful look at the situation suggests that publishers need not fear the fact that readers will soon lose their sentimentality for those quaint old-fashioned books made from paper...

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Posted on Mon, 26 Jul 2010 at 13:06:00 GMT

Strategy Into Action

Strategy Into Action

Commodore Steven Jermy RN, former commander of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, has written his first book, Strategy into Action. And what a debut! The most important book on strategy to be written for decades, Strategy into Action takes the thoughts of the greatest strategic thinkers in history and adds Steven’s own brilliant insights to produce the most authoritative guide to strategy making in a generation. Find out more by clicking here: Strategy into Action.

Posted on Thu, 22 Jul 2010 at 15:58:00 GMT

Selecting Manuscripts (Non-Fiction)

Non-fiction books deal with the provision of information. The majority make this their primary purpose. At Knightstone Publishing we ask for a little bit more from our authors. We want books that live up to our slogan –“Independent books for independent minds”. We relish manuscripts that take an alternative view. We adore those that propose new or controversial ideas. All publishers promise that their books are originally written. Only we promise that our books are originally thought.

Think you can achieve this? In that case your manuscript is 90% of the way to acceptance. To achieve the other 10% you need to pay attention to the following characteristics shared by all good non-fiction titles...

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Posted on Mon, 5 Jul 2010 at 13:49:00 GMT

Why we are probably the best publishing company in the world!

Ok, I admit that was a slightly arrogant way to start a blog post. Especially for a publisher that hasn’t even published its first book yet. Perhaps I should have written “Why we are going to be probably the best...” but never mind. Knightstone Publishing has a very different outlook to other publishers. How? Read on and discover the secrets to our (pending!) success:

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Posted on Thu, 3 Jun 2010 at 10:07:00 GMT

Selecting Manuscripts (Fiction)

The UK fiction market is hugely competitive. There are currently 1,573,066 fiction titles available in Britain (according to and many millions more that have never been published. Therefore, standing out from the crowd is crucial. Potential book purchasers want to be sure that they are going to get value for their money. If a book has been written by the same author as other books that they have previously read and enjoyed then that is often enough to persuade them. For less well known (and, indeed, completely unknown) authors the challenge is considerably greater. With such strong competition there is no room for bland, unoriginal writing, at least not here at Knightstone Publishing. When we are deciding which fiction titles to take to publication there is only one consideration that matters: quality.

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Posted on Mon, 31 May 2010 at 09:51:00 GMT

Selecting Manuscripts

Perhaps the most important thing we do at Knightstone is deciding what to publish. If we get it right then everything else is so much easier. Get it wrong and we face an uphill struggle. So how do we go about it? Well it starts with a lot of reading. Every manuscript is read in the order it is received. We normally form an opinion on whether we like it fairly quickly. This is the first filter. If we're going to publish a book, we have to like it. It’s perfectly possible to make a success of publishing books you don’t personally like but we feel that if we’re going to spend months working on a title it might as well be one we enjoy.

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Posted on Sun, 30 May 2010 at 11:46:00 GMT

Frequently Asked Questions

A new frequently asked questions (FAQ) page has been added for those considering submitting a manuscript. It will be useful for anyone considering getting published and is generic enough to be applicable for submissions to other publishers as well. If you can think of any other questions that you'd like us to answer then please feel free to send us a message at:

Coming soon: Our next post will contain some guidance on how Knightstone Publishing selects manuscripts.

Posted on Fri, 28 May 2010 at 09:30:00 GMT

The Beginning

The Knightstone web site is up and running! The web site will undergo major changes during the next few weeks as it is expanded to contain much more detail. Keep checking for more news!

Posted on Sun, 16 May 2010 at 10:25:00 GMT