Bookshelf Newsletter March

Bookshelf Newsletter March

Welcome to ABF The Soldiers' Charity's very first BookShelf newsletter, where you can find out everything about our carefully curated collection of books.

To celebrate, we're offering all shop subscribers an exclusive 15% off all books from our shop until the end of March. Just enter the code BOOKLAUNCH15 at checkout.

What to expect?

📚 Books of the month
🎤 Author interviews and features
✍️ Limited edition signed copies
⭐ Reader reviews
🎁 Competitions & exclusive offers
And much more!


Last month, we were honoured to have Corie Mapp as a guest on our General Talk podcast. Former Lance Corporal, Afghan veteran and reigning European Champion in Para Bobsleigh, Barbados-born Corie shared his incredibly inspiring story of his life in the Army and the events that followed.

Listen to the podcast here.

Corie Mapp’s memoir, Black Ice, is now available to purchase from our BookShelf.
To celebrate Women's History Month, Army Girls by Tessa Dunlop is our second book of the month.

Army Girls is the intimate story of the final few women who served in World War II and are still alive to tell their tale. Commemorating the 80th anniversary of conscription for women, this book captures remarkable stories from the last surviving veterans who served in Britain’s female army and brings to life a pivotal moment in British history. Precious memories and letters are entwined in a rich narrative that travels back in time and sheds new light on being young, female and at war.

Army Girls is now available to purchase from our BookShelf.


In 2021 the National Garden Scheme made a donation of £60,000 to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support the provision of horticultural-related assistance to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families and thereby improving their health and wellbeing. The National Garden Scheme has been supporting the charity since 2010.

We're pleased to include "The English Country House Garden" in our BookShelf, written by George Plumptree, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme. The book takes 25 of the most charismatic English country house gardens of the last century and, across five chapters, uses them to illustrate a rich and vibrant story. A fantastic gift for any garden enthusiasts!


We’re looking for readers to contribute book reviews. If your review is featured, you’ll receive a £20 voucher to spend at ABF The Soldiers' Charity Shop.

So if you'd like to submit a review of a book from our shop or another Army related books that you love (and be in with a chance of a £20 voucher), please email your review to
They should be 150-300 words and we will credit your name (please specify if you’d prefer first name only) and location.
Coming up in April's newsletter:


World War Two veteran Edwin (Ted) Hunt LVO was a waterman who served at the Battle of Narvik and Gold Beach on D-Day, where he commanded 15 of the Rhino ferries as a Captain.

In a fascinating account of his life, Ted notes how his fate in the Army has always had its stoke of luck, right from the day he enlisted.

Now 101, Ted lives at Care for Veterans in Worthing, one of 43 charities we are proud to support with our funding.

Ted shares his engrossing stories of service with other veterans from all walks of life. He says “The staff here cannot do enough for you. I am so well looked after and it is a pleasure to meet fellow veterans.” 

As the Army's national charity, we are there to support soldiers, veterans and their families in need. Find out why your support matters by reading our 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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