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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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The Followers by Christopher Nicole

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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

Samuel Teck arrived in the ancient city of Izmir as an innocent American Professor abroad....
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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

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Vatican Vendetta by Peter Watson

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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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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Laws of the Spirit

My novel Laws of the Spirit grew quite organically from my years in the legal field. Although entirely fictional, the ideas behind it were inspired by the scenes played out every day in criminal courtrooms across the country. One of the major threads of the story is that the “bad guy”—that is, the undeniably guilty defendant—is not evil, and might even be deserving of mercy. As humans, none of us want to be defined by the worst thing we’ve ever done. And each of us has our own unique backstory. The law is like any other profession—some people are great, dedicated players in the justice system. Some aren’t. Some are flawed, but doing their best. In writing this book, I hoped to show some of that rich diversity, some of the problems, and some of the people who want to be part of the solution. Get in touch with me […]

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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 2.

Episode Two: Tip to writers: stick to what you know.   For me, it’s the houses of my Limerick childhood – dilapidated, damp and haunted.   According to official records, my grandmother’s family home, Mannister House, was demolished ‘because of problems with ghosts’.   In my great uncle’s home, Clonmacken House, where James II once sought refuge, the ghost of a black sailor was sometimes seen on the backstairs.   He’d come up the secret passage which led from the river Shannon, hoping to seduce a maid who was working in the house.  Instead, a jealous rival killed him and left his ghost to haunt the house until the day it was burnt down. Crag Liath, the ‘big house’ which features in A WRONG TO SWEETEN and its sequel, A HERITAGE OF WRONG, is modelled on Clonmacken House: ‘a sombre mansion, 250 years old, grey-stoned, flat-faced, dignified, alluring.’ Inside, however, Crag Liath is far […]

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Bloody Reckoning by Rafe McGregor

While an off-duty military investigator is trying to save his ex-girlfriend from a ruthless drug baron, he learns that there is a serial killer at work in the British Army…   My first literary love is the hardboiled detective story, so it’s no surprise that my first contemporary novel is a hardboiled military mystery set in the British Army.  Bloody Reckoning was inspired by the combination of my own police experience with coming across Nelson DeMille’s The General’s Daughter a decade after its publication in 1992.   Although I had a long-standing interest in military history, I knew very little about the military police in general and military investigations in particular and began my research as soon as I’d finished the novel.  I quickly conceived of a three-part series, which would be set in the British, rather than United States, Armed Forces and would involve realistic set pieces rather than […]

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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love & Envy        

Ireland in the 1880s. It wasn’t all bad.   The slums of Dublin were the worst in Europe.   In the country, evicted tenants were living alongside the roads and sometimes even in the trees. But the fortunate few, some of whom were Catholics, were enjoying a similar lifestyle to their upper middle class contemporaries in England, living in attractive houses, employing servants and sending their children to private schools. Sometimes they faced other torments: family feuds, usually over land, hatred, envy, even murder… A WRONG TO SWEETEN and its sequel A HERITAGE OF WRONG deal with the theme of inherited evil.   When the lives of two Limerick schoolfriends, Milliora Fitzgibbon and Rosaleen O’Flynn, are entwined with the those of the well-to-do O’Brien brothers, feckless Tom and ambitious Dermot, they soon find that envy can turn to madness and that love and hatred, loyalty and betrayal, can breed side by side. It’s […]

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The Devil You Know

Sophia Holloway discusses the themes and inspirations behind her latest novel, The Devil You Know.   Why do you choose to write books set in the Regency period? There is a certain decadence, a confidence, within the upper echelon of society, a bit like the decade prior to the outbreak of World War I. Britain is at war, and it is getting to grips with an urban and industrialised working class, and yet for the most part Society, with a capital S, does not take much notice. Unless one has relatives in the Army or the Royal Navy, the war against Napoleon which takes up the first few years of the Regency is merely a background. Of course for many of the younger characters, it has been in the background their entire lives. There is an unashamed joie de vivre that was later repressed by Victorian morality, which was in its […]

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William Burton McCormick at ThrillerFest

William Burton McCormick, author of the historical novel Lenin’s Harem will be one of six members of the writers’ panel “MEDIEVEAL, VICTORIAN OR ICE AGE? Bringing History Alive” during Thrillerfest XII on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The fifty-minute discussion begins at 3:20 P.M with panel members revealing their techniques for researching and writing accurate and engrossing historical fiction that keeps readers turning pages. Audience participation is encouraged. Thrillerfest is the world’s largest conference for thriller enthusiasts with authors such as Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Steve Berry and Heather Graham in attendance. McCormick lived four years in Latvia and Russia to research and write Lenin’s Harem, meeting with historians, museum curators, and sifting through eye-witness accounts of the events depicted in the book. The novel follows the life of an aristocrat who tries to keep himself and his family safe […]

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