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Churchill’s Funeral: The End of Empire by Patrick Bishop

On 30 January 1965, the world said farewell to Sir Winston Churchill in a ceremony of the grandest scale, full of pageantry, pomp and grandeur; a historical event to honour a man who had shaped history. But Britain was saying goodbye to an era, as well as a leader. The empire was deteriorating, and with it went the confidence, power, wealth and cultural certainties that underpinned it. Would Churchill recognise the...
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The Warbirds by Richard Herman

Dealing with a company of poorly trained misfits, Colonel Anthony “Muddy” Waters is sent on a mission that no other officer in the US Air Force would touch. Stubborn and dedicated, Waters turns a superbly talented pilot but loose cannon named Jack Locke into a fighting force to be reckoned with. When the heavens explode, they’ll have to fly their F-4’s into the eye of the firestorm, face an overwhelming...
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The Marlboroughs by Christopher Hibbert

  John and Sarah Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, were the most influential and gifted couple in eighteenth-century England. John Churchill proved himself to be not only the greatest military commander of his time — his bravery and skill were legendary — but also a masterful diplomat in the service of both King William III and later Queen Anne. His wife Sarah was no less a charismatic figure....
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The Forgotten Few by Adam Zamoyski

  The crucial role played by Polish airmen during the Second World War and the colourful stories of their adventures have become part of British folklore. But very few people have any idea of the extent of their involvement, or how they came to be in Britain. In this brilliant history, Adam Zamoyski explores the unwavering courage of Polish fighters and how they helped to defeat the Nazis. This book...
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Dark Quartet by Lynne Reid Banks

  The Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - are some of the best-known, and best-loved, English authors. But less well-known were the two other Bronte sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, who died before reaching adulthood, and their brother Branwell, who was haunted by his own demons until his death in his thirties. After the death of Maria and Elizabeth, the four remaining children returned to its cheerless rooms and...
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The Spencer Family by Charles Spencer

  Tracing the history of the Spencers from their beginnings as medieval sheep farmers, through centuries of service to country and crown to their high public profile following the marriage of Diana Spencer to the Prince of Wales, Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer, has written a superb and engaging work of family history. Hugely enriched by his unique access to private papers and family memories, it details the lives of such...
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The Secret Generations

May, 1910 The world is on the eve of a war set to ruin the lives of a whole generation. The Railton family are intimately involved in the world of espionage, which will become so crucial to the conflict’s outcome. With the death of General Sir William Railton, the family patriarch and hero of Balaclava, the family is thrown into a world of violence and intrigue. ‘A Schnapps and champagne...
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Ocean Strike by Damien Lewis

December. Most of the world is preparing for Christmas.But a small fanatical group of lethal terrorists are preparing for something very different - the most devastating terror attack the world has ever witnessed. The target. Britain. 
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Deceived by Peter Taylor

Would you ever cross the line? Two law students at Teesside University didn’t think so,...
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The Aelian Fragment by George Bartram

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Eve’s Daughter by Jeanne Whitmee

Be careful what you wish for... Eve and Jack Kenning have longed desperately for a...
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The Circumstantial Enemy by John R. Bell

On the wrong side of war, there is more than one enemy… When Croatia becomes...
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Terror at Sea by Douglas Stewart

Piracy. Although often associated with the antiquated figures of picture books and blockbuster films, modern-day...
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Venom by Alan Scholefield

Midwinter in London's plush Eaton Square, and Philip, a sickly ten-year-old boy is left in...
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The road to hell is paved with good intentions… Behind the scenes at the Vatican,...
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Montgomery: Hero or Villain? by Gordon Corrigan

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Bad Faces by Charles Hall

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Trigger by Antony Melville Ross

Deep beneath the placid Mediterranean, the submarine TRIGGER stalks the enemy convoys... Lieutenant Peter Harding...
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Murder Begets Murder by Roderic Jeffries

The English community on Mallorca were sorry for William Heron. The reclusive, wealthy invalid had...
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The Blind Beak by Ernest Dudley

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The Wardrobe by Deryn Lake

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Neither Angels Nor Demons by Pamela Pope

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The Prince of Eden by Marilyn Harris

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Jack Tars and Commodores by William M. Fowler

Jack Tars and Commodores is a lively and authoritative account of the United States Navy...
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The Quiet Rebel by Desiree Meyler

Yorkshire, 1914. Clara Howdale lives a subservient life underneath her father, a rich and stubborn...
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Susan E. Willis gets caught up in the suspense of her new novel, The Girl In The Dark

Following its launch last week, Susan E. Willis talks about creating suspense in her new novel… The Girl In The Dark, is my first novel in contemporary romantic suspense and I’ve loved writing this story which is set in Durham City. The storyline is not a who done it thriller but, a psychological page-turner. I read somewhere that Alfred Hitchcock was dubbed, The Master of Suspense, and was one of the first to move away from the who done it concept, knowing exactly how to manipulate the viewers in the cinema to keep them watching the film. Suspense is created whenever there is something the reader wants to know, and in my story the tension and trepidation for the reader is in the fact that my heroine, Kim, blindingly puts her trust in the wrong man. Throughout Kim’s journey, the reader will be uncertain which photographer is to be trusted, […]

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How I Wrote My First Novel, ‘Blood Will Be Born’

By Gary Donnelly Part 1: ‘GONE FISHING’ For me, stories begin with images more often than not. Sometimes they’re grainy, but more often visceral and clear. Blood Will Be Born started in this way and was written on and off between 2014 and 2016. But the vision that fathered the novel can be found further back. In 2006 I started to write a short story that I did not finish. It featured an old Irish man, sitting out the dead hours of the night alone. Or, perhaps, he is not entirely alone. A voice has started to speak to him from his cupboard, a voice that fills him with fear. He knows it is the Pooka (a shape changing entity which recurs throughout Irish folk tales). He had a brush with this thing as a child in the wilds of the west of Ireland. He outsmarted it then, but it […]

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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 4

By Joy Martin In A WRONG TO SWEETEN and its sequel, A HERITAGE OF WRONG, the life of Milliora O’Brien is undermined by murder.   Yet she feels more threatened by the customs and beliefs of the countryside than by human fear and hatred. She is a woman from the town.   When nine figures wearing straw masks turn up at her wedding reception and whirl her into a dance, her reaction is to scream while everybody laughs at her.    The visitors are members of the Claghera, or ‘Straw Boys, and to the wedding guests and bridegroom they’re just part of the traditions which mark country life in Ireland, like the feasting at the meitheal, the all-important festival to celebrate the end of harvest, or the killing of ‘the barrow’, when the local slaughterer (the buisteir) plunged his knife into the heart of the fattest pig as the farmer and his family […]

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Outrageous Behaviour

By Graham Brack You can blame ice hockey. There isn’t any where I live in Cornwall, so when my wife and I booked a winter break in Prague, we made a deal. I’d go with her to the ballet, if she would come with me to the ice hockey. So, one afternoon we took the Metro to Nádraží Holešovice, from which it ought to be a short walk to the Arena; except that I had not realised that the station has two exits, and the directions I had assumed we had left by the north exit, whereas in fact we had taken the south one. This meant that we explored the district for a while. Then I saw a car pull up, and a man and boy in Sparta hockey jerseys got out. This was my clue to follow them, which we did; and the relevance of this is that […]

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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 3

By Joy Martin Episode Three: Can you train a horse to kill? To find out, I asked a circus trainer.  ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘It’s possible,’ and then he told me how to do it. In A WRONG TO SWEETEN and its sequel A HERITAGE OF WRONG the groom, Tim-Pat, shows off these skills to Dermot O’Brien in rehearsal for a murder. ‘He threw off his heavy white shirt onto the grass so it lay, like half a body, and addressed the horse, Claisi, coaxing the animal into a trance. ‘Get him, boy – get him.’ Clasai reared to his full height, flaring his nostrils in rage. ‘Get him.’ Claisi hesitated, a huge god-horse poised on the brink of violence against the silver sky.  And then the outrage.   The hooves flailing, pounding in fury onto the ground where half a body lay – dead or so it seemed…Pounded into the ground, […]

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Richard Blake’s 5 Recommended Roman Historical Novels

Without sneering at it, I have no taste for military historical fiction. I will do battles in my own novels, but much prefer civilian intrigue. What I like above all, however, in historical fiction is a sense of moving in a different moral environment from our own. In all times and places, people have the same basic motivations. But the way these are manifested makes any competent recreation of the past a study in oddness. Fellini described his masterpiece Satyricon as “science fiction of the past.” That’s what I try to achieve when I write, and that’s what I like to read. Here is a listing of my five favourite Roman novels: 5. The Sword of Pleasure by Peter Green (1957) – Told in the first person by Sulla the Dictator, this shows you the rapid decay of the Roman Republic. You can smell the garlic and dirt of the […]

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