Lloyd extends First World War histories for Viking

Lloyd extends First World War histories for Viking

Viking is to publish two further First World War history titles by Dr Nick Lloyd, to follow on from The Western Front, which the imprint is bringing out next March. The new titles—The Eastern Front  and The Wider War—will be published in 2024 and 2027 respectively.

Publishing director Daniel Crewe bought world rights from Jon Wood at Rogers, Coleridge & White.

The books will complete a trilogy on the war. The Eastern Front turns to what Winston Churchill called the "unknown war", with Lloyd surveying the vast conflict in Eastern Europe and the Balkans that brought about the collapse of three empires. Meanwhile The Wider War will tell the story of the struggle in Africa and the Middle East. Although the ill-fated Gallipoli expedition of 1915 remains well-known, the rest of the campaign against Ottoman Turkey, which ranged from Egypt and Mesopotamia to the mountains of the Caucasus, is only remembered in fragments. Lloyd will tell the story of this truly global conflict and its repercussions today for the first time, the publisher said.

Commenting on the acquisition, Crewe said: "It’s thrilling news that Nick, so widely praised already, is now turning to this monumental canvas. The Eastern Front and The Wider War have been neglected in accounts of the First World War, and Nick will bring his much-acclaimed authority, pace and coverage from all sides to create an epic trilogy. These three masterpieces will redefine our understanding of the First World War."

Lloyd is Reader in Defence Studies at King's College London, and based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College near Swindon. He specialises in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War and is the author of four books, Loos 1915 (Tempus, 2006), The Amritsar Massacre: The Untold Story of One Fateful Day (I B Tauris, 2011), Hundred Days: The End of the Great War (Viking, 2013) and Passchendaele: A New History (Viking, 2017). He has sold 31,155 books for £371,154 through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market. His bestseller is Passchendaele.

He said: "I am thrilled and delighted to have the chance to complete a trilogy on the First World War with Viking. I hope to take readers on an epic journey that tells the whole story of this defining event."