Max Hastings Online Event – Book and Ticket


This ticket includes a signed copy of Operation Pedestal (RRP £25), published 13 May. If you would like it dedicated we need to have your order and dedication by Tuesday 27 April (add the name for dedication to Order Note at the checkout).

Attendees will be emailed the Zoom password and access link no later than the morning of the event. We will contact you separately when your copy of the book is ready for collection or dispatch (soon after publication date).

There is also a Ticket Only option.

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Operation Pedestal – Livestream Event

Thursday 13 May, 7.30pm

Join us for a fascinating evening in with author and journalist Max Hastings, where he’ll be discussing his latest book Operation Pedestal -The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942.

Operation Pedestal was a crucial relief mission that became an epic, bloody naval battle and a pivotal moment in the Second World War.

In his signature brilliant style, Max Hastings gives a thrilling narrative of this little-known but crucial naval battle, retelling the intense action which perfectly encapsulates the spirit and power of the Royal Navy, surely the fiercest and most iconic fighting force of WW2.

The gripping story of an epic battle at sea, from one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians of war.

In August 1942, beleaguered Malta was within weeks of surrender to the Axis, because its 300,000 people could no longer be fed. Churchill made a personal decision that at all costs, the ‘island fortress’ must be saved. This was not merely a matter of strategy, but of national prestige, when Britain’s fortunes and morale had fallen to their lowest ebb.

The largest fleet the Royal Navy committed to any operation of the western war was assembled to escort fourteen fast merchantmen across a thousand of miles of sea defended by six hundred German and Italian aircraft, together with packs of U-boats and torpedo craft. The Mediterranean battles that ensued between 11 and 15 August were the most brutal of Britain’s war at sea, embracing four aircraft-carriers, two battleships, seven cruisers, scores of destroyers and smaller craft. The losses were appalling: defeat seemed to beckon.
This is the saga Max Hastings unfolds in his first full length narrative of the Royal Navy, which he believes was the most successful of Britain’s wartime services. As always, he blends the ‘big picture’ of statesmen and admirals with human stories of German U-boat men, Italian torpedo-plane crews, Hurricane pilots, destroyer and merchant-ship captains, ordinary but extraordinary seamen.

Operation Pedestal describes catastrophic ship sinkings, including that of the aircraft-carrier Eagle, together with struggles to rescue survivors and salvage stricken ships. Most moving of all is the story of the tanker Ohio, indispensable to Malta’s survival, victim of countless Axis attacks. In the last days of the battle, the ravaged hulk was kept under way only by two destroyers, lashed to her sides. Max Hastings describes this as one of the most extraordinary tales he has ever recounted. Until the very last hours, no participant on either side could tell what would be the outcome of an epic of wartime suspense and courage.

Attendees will be emailed the Zoom password and access link no later than the morning of the event. If you have not had your link 

This event is being hosted in conjunction with fellow independent bookshops, Village Books, Dulwich and the Chorley Wood Bookshop.

This ticket price includes a copy of Operation Pedestal (RRP £25).

There is also a Ticket Only option.

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