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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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Captain James Ogilvie, endlich vereint mit seiner Liebe Mary Archdale, wird kurz nach seiner Beförderung...
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 9

The Image of Laura is partially based on the true story of a young English girl who went to Berlin in the early 1930s.   Travelling with her was her most prized possession: a hand-carved bureau made by the master craftsman, Edward Barnsley. Forced to flee from Berlin when the Nazis came to power, she had to leave the bureau behind. After the war friends visiting her old apartment found almost all her possessions intact: only the bureau wasn’t there. When I, too, went to Berlin and saw the building in which she had lived – one of only two houses in that street which had survived the Allied bombing – The Image of Laura took shape in my mind. Like Laura Conway in my story, the real owner of the bureau had gone to Berlin to study photography.   The development of the 35 mm Leica camera in 1925 and the illustrated news […]

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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 8

In the Charente region of south-west France people will tell you  that, for one month after Easter, ‘The Moon is Red in April.’   The action of this novel does later shift to the Charente – but not before Ellen Nagle, Richard’s O’Shaughnessy’s Irish sweetheart, arrives in Paris in pursuit of him. Dressed  as a man, with her hair cut short, Ellen has travelled on horseback  from County Cork to Dublin – a 200-mile journey which has taken her two weeks to complete – sold her jewellery and, posing as a potential recruit for the Irish Brigade, wangled a passage on board a ship bound for Brest.   From there she has ridden to Paris, arriving smelly and dirty with torn clothes at the grand house where Richard is staying with the Cantillon family.   Confronted not  only with Richard but also with Catherine Cantillon, it is then ‘that Ellen, who had never been […]

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Character Development and Language in Historical Fiction: A Guide

By Richard Blake How do you develop characters in historical or any other fiction? How do you use language? My answer to the first of these questions probably says as much about me as about the question. But here it is: At all times, and in all places, interesting people are motivated by sex and power and money. This is a partial truth, I agree. Ignore it, though, even in romantic fiction, and you will fail as a writer. The world is stuffed with nice people. The world would collapse without them. But hardly anyone wants to read about them. My advice is to stick to sex and power and money. No doubt, the immediate objects and the means of pursuing them will depend on local circumstances. The Ancients, for example, saw boys as well as women as legitimate targets of their affections, and power and wealth were often achieved […]

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Another Man’s Face, by Andrew Puckett

What’s it like to lose your wife and son… and also your face? And then to discover that the car accident wasn’t an accident, but a deliberate attempt to kill you? Robert Aspinall wakes up in hospital with no idea of who he is, or why he is there.  It’s down to his brother Simon to break the appalling news to him. Simon has always been there to help Rob, but the task of persuading Rob not to kill himself, while working with the police to find the killer looks like being too much for him. Luckily help arrives in the form of a short, fat, bald, elderly priest, who turns out to have remarkable powers of persuasion – and also detection. But in the end, will Rob have to courage to accept another man’s face? Get your copy of Andrew Puckett’s fast-paced medical thriller, guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, here!

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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 7

In the middle of the 18th century Ireland was still living in the shadow of the Penal Laws which had been enacted nearly 50 years earlier to exclude Catholics from public life. Prevented from owning more than 5% of their land, or owning a horse of higher value than five pounds, they were not allowed to join the professions, or the army, or navy; to open a school, or teach in one; to enter any trade connected with the printing of books or newspapers, or to marry outside their faith. With the country in financial and economic distress following a series of famines, emigrants were leaving in their thousands.   Amongst them were young men intent on joining the Irish Brigade, to support Catholic France in the fight against England.   The Moon is Red in April tells the story of one of these men, Richard O’Shaughnessy, who abandons his childhood sweetheart, Ellen […]

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How I Wrote My First Novel, ‘Blood Will Be Born’ (Part 2)

By Gary Donnelly Part 2: Hitting the wall… And getting round it The first 10K words of Blood Will Be Born, and I’d wager any first novel, were fuelled by a sweet cocktail of incredulity and joy. Nothing’s perfect mind you. Like many new born babies, first drafts can be ugly looking critters. I’d got as far as Fryer waiting to be busted out of the Heights, Christopher visiting his Granny (he did not take her chocolates, even back then) and an overlong series of back and forth scenes that introduced us to Owen Sheen arriving in Belfast and Aoife McCusker waking up late. There was a flabby dream sequence in which Aoife had a premonition of Fryer’s shenanigans and the Prologue set in 1976 was nowhere in sight. I was not absolutely sure what Sheen was up to and Christopher was a cardboard cut-out whom I did not fully trust […]

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