Constable has acquired a non-fiction book detailing acts of courage from Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC) recipients from charitable endeavour The Sebastopol Project.
The book features 28 "moving" and "inspiring" stories of valour of both men and women, introduced by public figures from Bear Grylls and Joanna Lumley, to Eddie Redmayne, Dame Kelly Holmes and the late Sir Ken Dodd.
On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders is co-authored by historians and writers Tom Bromley, Saul David, Paul Garlington, James Holland and Dr Spencer Jones and has been supported by The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, which represents all living holders of the VC and GC and has made its archive available for the publication.
Proceeds from the sale of the £20 title will be donated to two charities to support current and former members of the British armed forces and their dependents: £2.70 from each book will be donated to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, and £0.30 will go to The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association.
On Courage will be published by Constable on 17th May 2018. Constable publishing director Andreas Campomar acquired the worldwide rights from The Sebastopol Project.
Campomar said: "Bravery knows no rank: these outstanding people come from all walks of life, their heroism and self-sacrifice an example to us all. I am proud to publish their stories and, in doing so, pay tribute to these courageous men and women to whom we owe so much. It is wonderful to contribute to two very worthwhile charities and have the support of so many distinguished names."