Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Trumpet Blowing

I almost forgot in all the excitement of my holiday that quite recently one of the books for which I drew the maps has won a prestigious award from The Society for Army Historical Research as 'Best First Book'. The author, Randall Nicol, phoned me up to thank me which pleased me enormously. I am quite lucky with Helion & Co as unlike many military publishers who do not mention the cartographer I get credit for drawing the maps and quite often a mention in the foreword or acknowledgements. Randall is now working on a second book and is sure our paths will cross again.

A couple of the maps from "Till the Trumpet Sounds Again: The Scots Guards 1914-19 in Their Own Words."




10 comments:

  1. Well deserved! I didn't know the cartographer commonly went without credit. Wouldn't happen in the film industry, I'll bet.

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    1. There aren't many in my library that name the cartographer, although some do append their name to the maps. Ta.

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  2. Wonderful maps. There have been many otherwise excellent military history books I have read that could have done with some of your work!

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    1. Thanks Tony, I now refuse to buy military history if there are no maps, and it surprises me how many books still lack the basics.

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  3. Such splendid maps deserve the recognition, weird that cartography is not credited, they are quite important when following the narrative in most cases.

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    1. Randall also knew exactly what he wanted which helped greatly. He also left me one of his facsimiles which will be framed in due course when I finally take over the PO.

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  4. Congratulations George on the well deserved accolade!

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