Pieces of Silver – the must-read novel which brings into sharp focus the involvement of the Nazis with the Silver Arrows Grand Prix cars in the run-up to World War II – is now available as an eBook.
Motorsport writer Mike Breslin’s meticulously-researched book harks back to a time when the cars of Auto Union and Mercedes, the Silver Arrows – as the F1 Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton is known to this day – were heavily supported by Germany’s Nazi government.
The large-format paperback edition of the book has sold extremely well since its launch in the autumn, while it has also garnered critical acclaim from the motoring press, which has praised its “cracking pace” and described it as “a compelling read” and “an enjoyable page turner” that is “full of twists” (details below).
Pieces of Silver follows the fortunes of a fictional British racing driver through some of the most dramatic, spectacular and horrific true events of the 1930s and the Second World War.
Explaining the motivation behind writing Pieces of Silver, Breslin says: “I’ve always been fascinated by this particular period in the history of Grand Prix racing. It’s not just the 600bhp cars and the colourful characters that raced them, but the dark politics of the time, too.”
One particular story from this spectacular era especially interested Breslin: “For many years, I’ve been intrigued by the story of Richard Seaman, the English driver who drove for Mercedes in the 1930s. He was killed in a crash at Spa in 1939, just a few months before the war started. I have always wondered how his war might have turned out, what with the deals he had struck and the friends he had made. With that ‘what if’, this book was born.”
Mike Breslin is a former Formula Ford racer who works as a freelance writer. He has published two other books: The Unfair Advantage (fiction, 2000) and The Track Day Manual (non-fiction, 2008). Breslin is originally from south Wales, but is now based in London. For more on Mike Breslin, please visit www.bresmedia.co.uk.
Pieces of Silver is available as an eBook for Kindle and other devices (£3.50) and as a large-format paperback (420 pages, £11.99) from Amazon. Pieces of Silver is published by Pie Shop Publishing.