Who We Are
Tattered Flag Press is an independent publisher of books on military history founded in 2010 by author and publisher, Robert Forsyth, and based in the beautiful countryside of the Sussex Downs in southern England.
For a man with a passion for books, Robert was born, curiously enough, in the town of Reading, Berkshire, in 1959, and is author of several, widely regarded books on the history and operations of the Luftwaffe in World War Two, a specific area of interest he has held since boyhood.
After working in the international transport and shipping industries for several years, he co-founded a successful independent publishing business in 1995 specialising in the production of hundreds of illustrated reference books, mainly on military aviation of World War Two, but also on armoured warfare, vintage motor sport and wildlife for Classic Publications (the military aviation imprint he co-founded with Eddie J. Creek), Ian Allan Publishing, Midland Publishing, Osprey Publishing, Crecy Publishing and David & Charles.
Tattered Flag sees Robert and his small team of editorial, creative and design specialists focus more on text-based history.
In his professional capacity of commissioning editor he has worked with authors from all over the world, many of whom have become friends over the years, which lends an immense sense of satisfaction and pride to his work.
His approach and his methods have been used extensively as a case study by media expert and copywriting consultant, Katherine Lapworth, in the Teach Yourself series title Get Your Book Published (Hodder Education, 2010).
Says Robert: The ethos of our business is to be driven by a passion and understanding for what we do. We are not interested in quantity, but rather in the quality of our output. We endeavour to publish scholarly, but accessible and enjoyable books. I look for books that are well researched and that perhaps offer a new angle, or even which set out to constructively debunk established theories. Every book published is different and its path to publication needs a considered approach to ensure that the final result is the best possible for its author and for us. Once we take a project on, we always try to act in close partnership with an author. Books are not sausages and we are not a sausage factory!
For more information on the books published by Tattered Flag Press visit Our Books.
We are a member of the Independent Publisher's Guild.