A BARNT Green author has been invited to the Latvian Embassy in London after seeing his new book make a massive splash in Eastern Europe.

Steve Dunn's eighth book Battle In The Baltic shines the light on the courage of those who helped protect the fragile independence of Latvia and Estonia after World War I.

Although both countries lost their independence 20 years’ later – and had to wait until 1991 to regain it – it is the bravery of ordinary people who stood as one for freedom that the book celebrates.

Not surprisingly, the book, out this month, has already generated interest from the Latvian media as well as the Latvian Embassy in London.

So much so that Steve, who lives in Fiery Hill Drive, has been invited to meet the Latvian Ambassador Ms Baiba Braže and VIP guests on March 11.

“It’s a real honour for me to be asked to visit the embassy to talk about my book.

"I hope I have done justice to their story and helped to ensure that the many sacrifices that were made are not forgotten.”

The naval historian admits his main focus when he started writing the book was the role played by the Royal Navy in stopping Bolshevik Russia retaking the new Baltic States – a conflicted that lasted from 1918-20.

But during his extensive research he also became interested in many of the individual stories of nerve and guts.

“After reading first-hand testimony it became clear that many Latvians and Estonians had shown great resolve in the face of danger, determined to stand up for democracy,” said Steve.

A week after his Embassy visit, Steve has another date closer to home.

On March 18, he will be the guest lecturer at the Battle of Worcester Society, the prestigious organisation whose patrons include Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer and the Labour life peer, Richard Faulkner, Baron Faulkner of Worcester.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.15pm at The Hive, The Butts, can be bought at the door on the night or from the Tourist Information Centre.

“Researching and writing is a solitary profession so having the opportunity to talk about my books, exchange views and get feedback is very rewarding," he added.