I notice there was some disussion (and scepticism) on this site last November about the content of my forthcoming book The Royal Navy in Eastern Waters: Linchpin of Victory 1935-1942. The book was released by Seaforth in the UK on 20 March and by Naval Institute Press in the US on 15 April. I understand why the title and perhaps parts of the cover 'blurb' may have provoked surprise. I believe however that members who read it will find it offers important new insights on topics such as the 'Singapore strategy', Force Z and the events surrounding the Japanese attack on Ceylon in April 1942, drawing on much new research. I stress that these topics are addressed against a much wider context - the strategic importance of the whole area from Egypt in the West to Australia in the East and its contribution to the British and then Allied war effort - which has not been adequately explored before. American readers will also find there is much new material on US naval policy in 1940-41. I do not expect sceptics to accept all my arguments but they may find the traditional narrative of the Royal Navy in the East is both incomplete and in some respects seriously misleading. Professor N A M Rodger, author of The Naval History of Britain, who kindly wrote the foreword, concluded this by saying that the book 'ought to startle the many comfortable ideas which have been dozing too long in their armchairs'!