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Brian Lavery is one of Britain's leading naval historians and a prolific author. A Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a renowned expert on the sailing navy and the Royal Navy, in 2007 he won the prestigious Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award. His naval writing was further honoured in 2008 with the Society of Nautical Research's Anderson Medal. His recent titles include Ship (2006), Royal Tars (2010), Conquest of the Ocean (2013), In Which They Served (2008), Churchill's Navy (2006), and the Sunday Times bestseller Empire of the Seas (2010).
Another stirring story of WWII that in days gone by would have been handled by someone like author Paul Brickhill. No student of WWII history should pass this one by... -- Paul Norman Books Monthly 17/02/2016 The author's informative, yet engaging style will grip the reader's attention ... Whether one is interested in the ship itself, life at sea or naval history, this is a brilliant and exhaustive chronicle of Belfast's varied service. -- Captain Peter Hore Warships International 17/02/2016 Brian Lavery's style is, as we have come to expect from his past work, succinct and very readable, even gripping when describing the ship in action. ... This is a thoroughly worthwhile volume for those interested both in the ship herself and in war at sea in the mid-20th century. -- Roger Marsh Ships in Scale 02/03/2016