CONRAD WATERS, a barrister by training and a banker by profession, has had a lifelong interest in naval affairs. The founding editor of the World Naval Review, he is also the author of Cruiser Birmingham: detailed in the original builders' plans (Seaforth 2018).
Royal Navy's Town class cruisers is clearly the result of many years of painstaking and dedicated research and the author's deep interest in the subject is apparent on every page. It is extensively illustrated with beautifully reproduced photographs and drawings which are arguably worth the recommended retail price in their own right but it is the text that makes this book stand out.... The book is an excellent study of how the original staff requirement produced ships that proved capable of accepting the weight and volume of additional new equipment including radar, close-range armament and action-information centres that were unknown at the time it was written.... This book is the best case-study of a specific design, setting a high standard which must be considered the bench mark against which future descriptions of warship types should be judged. [Recommended] to a wide readership. --The Australian Naval Institute