First World War - War in the Air

Publishing at IWM


We publish a large range of books linked to our exhibitions and archives. These books are published in-house as well as in partnership with other publishers.

We have a strong backlist, with total sales to date of almost 4.7 million books. Our titles range from fully illustrated art books, photography and gift books to narrative histories, poetry and children’s educational and fiction titles.

Mapping the First World War, published in October 2013 by Harper Collins in association with IWM, reveals for the first time a unique collection of secret maps showing the exact route German planes took on daring bombing raids in England during the First World War. It has received some great reviews, including in the Telegraph, Express, BBC History Magazine website and Culture 24.

A wide range of titles are planned to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. In-house publications will include a new edition of Art from the First World War, featuring the best of IWM’s exceptional art collection, including Paul Nash, William Orpen, Stanley Spencer and John Singer Sargent; an iconic and surprising book of First World War posters from IWM’s unparalleled collection; an authoritative guide on the First World War to accompany the new galleries which open next summer; an A-Z of the First World War; and Weird War 1 - an eccentric encyclopedia of the First World War, including the more bizarre, baffling and amusing material from IWM’s archives.

Recently available

Mapping the First World War - Peter Chasseaud

Mrs Miles's Diary: The Wartime Journal of a Housewife on the Home Front - Constance Miles, edited by S. V. Partington

Poems from the First World War - selected by Gaby Morgan

The Kaiser's Pirates - Nick Hewitt

The Great Escaper: The Life and Death of Roger Bushell - Simon Pearson

First World War Sticker Book - Struan Reid

Story of the First World War - Paul Dowswell

Coming soon

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects - John Hughes-Wilson and Nigel Steel

My War Diary 1914-1918 - Ethel M. Bilbrough

Many of our books are available to buy via the IWM Shop and most retailers.

Trade Orders

For trade orders please contact Simon Perks at Unicorn Press,


If you would like to submit a book proposal, please email