Pen and Sword Books

Pen and Sword Books is a British publisher which specializes in printing and distributing books on military history, militaria and other niche subjects. It is part of the Barnsley Chronicle newspaper group.

Pen and Sword Books
Parent company Barnsley Chronicle
Predecessor Leo Cooper
Founded 1990
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Barnsley, England
Distribution self-distributed (UK)
Casemate Publishers (US)[1]
Peribo (Australia)[2]
Publication types Books, magazines
Nonfiction topics Military history, naval and maritime history, aviation, local history, family history, collectables and antiques, nostalgia and true crime
Imprints Air World, Frontline Books, Green Bean Books, Seaforth Publishing, White Owl
Official website


The first books produced by the company were in response to public demand, following a series of articles first published weekly in the Barnsley Chronicle. Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks told the story of crash sites in the Dark Peak National Park and a further weekly feature on the history of two Kitchener battalions, known as the Barnsley Pals, aroused a public interest. Over the years these books have been reprinted a number of times.

Following on from the success of the Dark Peak and Barnsley Pals books, a number of local history paperbacks were produced along with a series of battlefield guide books. Battleground Europe proved successful and as more titles were produced the company made the decision to launch a book publishing arm of the group.

When the Leo Cooper imprint became available the Barnsley Chronicle bought it; and the Pen and Sword publishing house was established in 1990.[3] Leo Cooper (25 March 1934 – 29 November 2013), the husband of novelist Jilly Cooper, had established a reputation for publishing military history titles. Leo Cooper later retired.[3]

Pen and Sword also covers naval and maritime history, aviation, local history, family history, collectables and antiques, nostalgia and true crime.

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  1. ^ "Pen and Sword | Casemate Publishers". Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  2. ^ "Prelude Books". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. ^ a b Obituary: Leo Cooper,, 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Shot in the Tower: The Story of the Spies Executed in the Tower of London During the First World War: Leonard Sellers: Books". Retrieved 2014-03-08.

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