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The book, Unsung Heroes... and a few villains, is being unveiled tomorrow in the Library of the Travellers Club on Pall Mall in London.

Some of the names from the art world to feature in the book include former Marlborough Fine Art dealer Mickie Brand, collector and businessman Sir David Tang, print specialist Editions Alecto and the dispersal of the collection of Sir Paul Chater.

Other prominent people to feature include Admiral Sir Cecil Harcourt. Journalist Simon Heffer says of the book: “‘What flows from these pages are not just good stories about fine people, but a strong sense … of humanity and service. [Algy] also laments the passing of types that adorned our lives but, in a very different age, hardly now do so at all.”

Cluff, born in 1940, served for six years in the army in west Africa, Cyprus and Borneo before becoming a pioneer of North Sea oil exploration. He established one of the North Sea’s first big oil discoveries and founded Cluff Oil in 1972. He stepped down as chief executive from AIM-listed Cluff Natural Resources earlier this year and will become chairman.

Cluff, a former owner of Apollo magazine and The Spectator, will focus on the launch of a new charity The Remembrance Trust which is raising money to care for the overseas graves of members of the British armed forces. It will have a particular focus on the graves of people killed in campaigns before the First World War.

The charity is being launched at the same time as the new book tomorrow.

The 77-year-old former Grenadier Guards officer produced his first book, Get On With It, in 2016.