Author John R McKay

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John is delighted to announce that his new non-fiction account of the Arctic convoy, PQ18, has now been published by Pen & Sword Maritime. For details click here.

John appeared on WW2 TV on 5th January 2024 to talk about the Arctic convoy, PQ18 and his new book on the subject. Please take a look:

WW2TV – PQ18 Fights Back

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John recently published his novel, Operation Codicil through Sharpe Books. This is the first in the three part Manner of Men series, following Sergeant Sean Harris and his band of elite pathfinders as they fight to take and hold a bridge on D-Day. The book is available for Kindle and in paperback.

Best selling author Damien Lewis (SAS Brothers in Arms, Churchill’s Secret Warriors) says of the book: ‘McKay delivers wall to wall action and characters to die for. As the elite pathfinders encounter their own Bridge Too Far.’


John’s award winning novel, Hell and High Water, is also available to purchase through Amazon. Details on relevant page.

This book has come about following Charlie contacted John in December 2019 after reading his novel, The Worst Journey In The World (now re-titled Hell and High Water) to offer praise for its accuracy and the story. Charlie sailed on the Arctic Convoys from 1942 until the end of the war and saw action in many theatres, including the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and D-Day. For more information click here

The book was released to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy, which set sail from Liverpool on the 12th August 1941 (Operation Dervish).

John’s contemporary dark comedy, Mosquitoes was long-listed for the UK International Novel Writing Competition in 2017.

His short story, V for Victory, formed part of the anthology “The Darkest Hour – WWII Tales of Resistance” which made the USA Today Bestseller list in 2019.