Osprey celebrates 50th birthday

People - Books Friday, 19 October 2018

Troop of authors among guests at military publisher's party

Military history publisher Osprey celebrated its 50th anniversary with a party at Rhodes House in Oxford. The guests included current and previous staff members, authors, illustrators, cartographers, industry professionals and members of the press. There were speeches by Johnathan Glasspool, md of Bloomsbury's academic & professional publishing division (Bloomsbury bought Osprey in 2015); Osprey md Richard Sullivan; and Martin Windrow, historian and founding editor of Osprey's Men-At-Arms series.

Osprey publishes 120 titles a year, and has 21 continuing series. Its Osprey Games division produces computer, board and card games. Sullivan said: "One of the key factors in Osprey reaching our 50th birthday has to be our connection with our readers. They are passionate about military history and tremendously engaged with what we publish. Often complimentary, sometimes critical, they continue to buy our titles, give us feedback and tell us what to publish. Their loyalty has ensured our survival and continued success.

"The other factor has to be the contribution of our authors and illustrators who have delivered an amazing array of books to stringent word counts, precise briefings and tight budgets. Illustrating with words and pictures soldiering and soldiers across the centuries, they also deserve a huge thank you."

Photo of Osprey authors and illustrators (front row, l to r): Robert Forsyth, Christa Hook, Alan Gilliland, Mark Postlethwaite, Angus Konstam, Graham Turner, Paul Crickmore; back row Ted Young, Tony Holmes, Paul Kime, Martin Pegler, Martin Windrow, Richard Sullivan, Peter Dennis, Neil Grant, Henry Morshead.

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