The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook, my book about one of the most important but often forgotten events in the history of the British Isles, is about a month away.
If you live in England, that is.
The book is being published through the University of Exeter Press, and it is being released in time to be shown at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the world’s largest gathering of medieval scholars, which is hosted each year in May by the Medieval Institute in Kalamazoo (my alma mater for my first Master’s degree). This year the event is May 12-15. Exeter’s distributor here in the States is the University of Chicago Press, so folks looking for the volume at Kalamazoo will find it at Chicago’s booth.
That said, while the book will be here in the States at that time, and Chicago will be happily taking orders for it, The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook won’t be in wide release on American shores until a couple of months later (Amazon currently lists it for release in the USA on August 15). Folks living on the other side of the pond will be able to buy it at the same time we’re first getting our look at it during Congress, but they have to allow time for a pile of the printed books to be shipped from the UK to the USA and then distributed to stores before it is officially released hereabouts.
My Brunanburh book thus joins the Beatles in that the UK gets it first. I suspect this will be the last time those two items are ever put together in the same sentence.