New website is here (well, not here, exactly, but it’s now live at

So, it’s early days, and there’s lots still to go up, and bugs to be squashed, and so forth, but our new hacker-free website is up and available. So please go and check it out at

Hope you like it!

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Welcome to our temporary home…

Our old site was hacked so we’re currently making a new, better site to show off all our fantastic new titles. We’ll post most of our links etc from the old site here, but if you’d like to take a look at an archived copy of the old site, you can find it by clicking this link [opens in a new page].

Thank you for your patience while we work on the new site. If you can’t find the information you need, please contact the appropriate person here.

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Celtic ancestors

The BBC has reported on a new study on the Celtic peoples in the journal Nature, which shows that there is greater DNA diversity than was expected amongst Celtic peoples throughout the United Kingdom, and that the Celtic population in the UK absorbed the Saxon invaders over the period of about 100 years.

From the BBC article:

“According to Prof Peter Donnelly who co-led the study, the results show that although there is not a single Celtic group, there is a genetic basis for regional identities in the UK.

“Many of the genetic clusters we see in the west and north are similar to the tribal groupings and kingdoms around, and just after, the time of the Saxon invasion, suggesting these kingdoms maintained a regional identity for many years,” he told BBC News.”

The BBC’s article can be found here: DNA study shows Celts are not a unique genetic group

The full article in Nature can be accessed here: Nature

For anyone looking for a more detailed exploration of the Celtic peoples throughout Europe, the new book from Martin Dougherty – Celts – is available now.

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Wolf Hall TV adaptation

The new BBC series adapting Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is coming the UK’s TV screens next Wednesday, so there’s time to catch up on all the Tudor scandals in our handy guide – Dark History of the Tudors.

(US viewers, the series is coming to PBS in April…)

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Congratulations to our competition winner, Lorna K.!

Our recent competition to win over £250 worth of books has been won by Lorna K – congratulations to her and we hope she has many happy hours’ worth of reading ahead!

Stay tuned to our newsletter – you can sign up at this address: – for information about our new titles and perhaps another fantastic competition soon…

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New Amber catalogue available

Our brand new catalogue for 2015 is now available, and we’ve had a little reshuffle. Our children’s content is now at the beginning of the catalogue, but if you’re a military history fan, don’t worry, there’s plenty for you still just a little further into the catalogue…

Click on the link below or paste it into your browser to open up the interactive catalogue:

Happy browsing!

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100th Anniversary of World War I

One hundred years ago, war broke out across Europe. The face of the continent and the peoples that inhabited it were changed forever. There are many commemorations going on to mark the event, and undoubtedly many will be inspired to learn more about this conflict that helped shape the world we live in.

There are many books that have been published on the subject, and surely many more to come, but here is a brief guide to the various titles on offer from Amber and the audience for which they are intended:

The Illustrated History of World War I by Andrew Wiest 256pp
A single volume history of the conflict, a good starting point for those new to the subject. It gives a global perspective to the war which is often overlooked by UK studies.

The History of World War I series with a foreword by Dennis Showalter 224pp each
A six volume military history written by professional historians, this series is a much more in-depth exploration of the war’s battles and campaigns. The Eastern Front volume is the only illustrated history of the theatre published in English, and well worth a read if you are already familiar with the events on the Western Front.

The Military Atlas of World War I by Michael Neiberg 176pp
A large format atlas with an international perspective, providing a strategic overview to histories of the war and geographical context, from the Falkland Islands to the deserts of Mesopotamia via Flanders and the Italian front.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I edited by Chris Bishop 384pp
A detailed guide to the weapons used during the conflict, from artillery pieces to Zeppelins, with full colour artworks to illustrate each entry and detailed specifications. An ideal companion for those well-versed in the military history wanting to learn more about the tools used to wage the Great War.

Aircraft of World War I by Jack Herris and Bob Pearson, 192pp
Over 200 full colour profiles of WWI aircraft from all fronts arranged chronologically by theatre of war and campaign, with detailed specifications.

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