Historical

The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Historical:

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Susan is a Jane Austen Prequel brilliantly capturing Austen's own Lady Susan as a young girl. A quarterfinalist in Publishers Weekly's BookLife Prize (2021), it won the Gold Medal (historial) in the Global Book Awards, the First Place in the PenCraft Book Awards, and and indeBRAG medallion. Shelf Unbound

As the BookLife review put it for Publishers Weekly: "McVeigh's prose and plotting are pitch-perfect. Emma mingles with Pride and Prejudice in a delightful confrontation between the two books' worlds... This Austen-inspired novel echoes the master herself."

Familiar characters abound - Frank Churchill, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy himself - but Susan - mischievous and manipulative - is the star. This is Austen that even Austen might have loved, with a touch of Georgette Heyer in the romantic sections. Fans of Bridgerton will also relish this classic regency romance, the first in a six-book series.

Sixteen-year-old Susan Smithson - pretty but poor, clever but capricious - has just been expelled from a school for young ladies in London.

At the mansion of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she attracts a raffish young nobleman. But, at the first hint of scandal, her guardian dispatches her to her uncle Collins' rectory in Kent, where her sensible cousin Alicia lives and "where nothing ever happens."

Here Susan mischievously inspires the local squire to put on a play, with consequences no one could possibly have foreseen. What with the unexpected arrival of Frank Churchill, Alicia's falling in love and a tumultuous elopement, rural Kent will surely never seem safe again...

(4.4)

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Based on a true story . . .

Bright, beautiful, and bold, Jane Digby led a remarkable life. Born to privilege in 1807 at Dorset, England, she soon scandalized Europe with her reckless pursuit of freedom. She sacrificed home, family, and respectability for her passions. Kings, princes, barons, brigands, lords, and sheikhs were among her lovers. A gifted artist and musician, as well as a superb horsewoman, she spoke several languages, read widely, wrote eloquently, and embraced all manner of culture and travel.

An amusing, thoughtful, and moving work of historical fiction, Jane Digby's Diary offers a compelling account of the life of a woman who truly lived all for love. In this opening volume to the series, we are introduced to Jane at seventeen. Spoiled and charming, she seems destined for the privileged life of a well-bred Englishwoman. Her early marriage to Lord Ellenborough begins as a love match until one of the greatest scandals of the Regency era destroys her future, or so it would seem. Jane is nothing if not resilient.

In To Begin, Begin,Jane tells her story in diary form, as if she is speaking to a friend, creating an intimate and compulsively readable look at her life and her times. Will she find the true love and freedom she so desires? There is only one way to find out. Come join her on her path to a life well lived.

This volume is the first installment of the series, Jane Digby's Diary.The complete four-part series is now available in the Kindle store

(4.3)

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England, 1942. After three years of WWII, Britain is showing the scars. But in this darkest of days, three lives intertwine, changing their destinies and those of many more.

Dr Archibald McIndoe, a New Zealand plastic surgeon with unorthodox methods, is on a mission to treat and rehabilitate badly burned airmen – their bodies and souls. With the camaraderie and support of the Guinea Pig Club, his boys battle to overcome disfigurement, pain, and prejudice to learn to live again.

John ‘Mac’ Mackenzie of the US Air Force is aware of the odds. He has one chance in five of surviving the war. Flying bombing missions through hell and back, he’s fighting more than the Luftwaffe. Fear and doubt stalk him on the ground and in the air, and he’s torn between his duty and his conscience.

Shy, decent and sensible Stella Charlton’s future seems certain until war breaks out. As a new recruit to the WAAF, she meets an American pilot on New Year’s Eve. After just one dance, she falls head over heels for the handsome airman. But when he survives a crash, she realises her own battle has only just begun.

Based on a true story, "The Beauty Shop" is a moving tale of love, compassion, and determination against a backdrop of wartime tragedy.

(4.6)

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HARRIET is an intriguing and original "take" on Jane Austen's immortal EMMA, by Publishers Weekly’s 2021 BookLife Prize quarterfinalist, Alice McVeigh.


THE BLURB: Emma, a privileged young heiress, decides to mentor Harriet Smith, a pretty boarding-school pupil, and to matchmake her as eligibly as she can… But how is she to guess that Harriet has a secret?

Meanwhile, the brilliant, penniless Jane Fairfax consents to a clandestine engagement with Frank Churchill – though not daring to confess, even to him, that she is being relentlessly pursued by her best friend’s husband.

HARRIET sidelines Emma herself in favour of the ingenious Harriet and the fascinating Jane Fairfax. It is EMMA – but an EMMA with a surprisingly believable twist in its tail.


“A dynamic take on a revered classic. This is still Austen’s EMMA—but the story that unfolds through the recollections of these two “side” characters feels remarkably fresh… With or without an understanding of EMMA, HARRIET contains a fully-formed narrative that should satisfy even the choosiest Austen fans… Readers will rarely find the words ‘page-turner’ and 'Jane Austen' in the same sentence, but McVeigh’s impeccably written HARRIET certainly fits the bill.” (IndieReader)

(4.5)

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Susannah Ashton is desperate to escape from the escalating brutality of her husband. She and her friends arrange to have her sold and then escape from Yorkshire to Dorset. The plan fails and she is sold to another and married to a man who lives in Canada. Because her arms ache for children, she decides to mother her new husband's two small wards. Will an ocean and a new identity save her from charges of bigamy?

(4.0)

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"An extraordinary narrative"
"Beautifully told - stays with you long after the last page is sadly turned."
"Carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects"

A true story of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War

Minny leaves Germany on a bitterly cold morning in December 1946 and travels to England to marry Jim, a British Intelligence Corps soldier in the Allied armies that defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 and occupied the devastated nation. She has survived British and American bombs and witnessed the destruction of Aachen, her ancient and beautiful city. How will a German woman cope in austere post-war Britain, where she is still regarded as the enemy? Illustrated with almost 100 images and original documents, The Bride's Trunk describes the adventures of an unremarkable piece of luggage and three generations of its owners, whose journeys across Europe are determined by the turbulent events of twentieth century history.

Some comments on 'The Bride's Trunk'

“An extraordinary narrative, pieced together from original documents, about a couple who were determined not to let war defeat them. 70 years ago the British government passed a law allowing British men to marry German women, but little thought was given to the life that those German women would find, in the aftermath of the second world war. This heart-warming tale brings alive childhood and adolescence in pre-war Germany, followed by a new life in the old enemy country."
Jackie Ashley, President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, and journalist

“Scant attention has been paid to the 10,000 or so German women who married British soldiers at the end of the Second World War. In this often moving account, Ingrid Dixon traces the story of her own parents, one a former secretary for the German police, the other a British soldier from the Intelligence Corps, both of whom were caught up in the chaotic last months of the Third Reich and its immediate aftermath. Their story is carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects, including the old trunk which survived the vicissitudes of war to carry the bride’s worldly possessions to her new home in Liverpool.”
Professor Peter Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford 

“A gripping and moving story, with excellent illustrations, which really evokes time and place and is a sensitive treatment of the conflicting feelings associated with war.”
Dr Philip Towle, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

(4.4)

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If you could see the memories of every person you met would it be a blessing or a curse?

John Calabrace's life has been in havoc since he was a very small child. He spends his life fighting through a flood of memories, most of which are not his own. The second he is touched by another person, he knows every memory & feeling they have ever experienced, and those memories stay permanently etched in his head.

What might seem to be a wonderful gift to some, also has its dark sides. John flees college, finding solace in the Navy serving on a Navy ship and then aboard a nuclear submarine. That relative peace and isolation of submarine life is quickly taken away after being extracted and recruited into a world of espionage to unlock other secrets from around the world.

Is he an angel, is he a monster? Even the military men/ government handlers can't decide. While John may know everyone else's secrets, he also has secrets of his own. Those he feels, he can reveal to no one..

THE REFLECTION OF INNOCENCE, is an technothriller with strong military espionage influences

"I recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of paranormal." - Onlinebookclub.org

"Fast paced and suspenseful. The Reflection of Innocence is a fantastic mystery book with an interesting twist."

"I applaud his usage of historical content blended with action and adventure—essential elements that make a mystery novel hard to put down."

(4.2)

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Earth is at peace…then an alien infection changes things.
An engineer creates a revolutionary engine to launch the world's hope for salvation into distant space.
A crew of Earth’s top talent face never-before-seen adversity as they search for a cure for humanity.

Earth had achieved a semi-utopia until aliens destroyed the peace that took decades for hacker revolutionaries to build. After a bizarre robot occupation leading to all-out war, humanity was left with a deadly alien pandemic. Their possible salvation lies in a team brought together to search for a solution beyond the stars.
The mysteries of genetics and microscopic entities, along with the wonders of the future surgical scene are at the heart of their quest, with the soul coming from the vivid characters who explore them.
As their journey into deep space begins they encounter obstacles and battles of wills as they strive to survive the harsh and not-so empty space on the way to their distant goal. Together, the hand-picked team deals with technical problems, illness, personal issues, and secret elements of Earth’s warring bio-tech ideologies as they kick off their mission to save Earth.

(3.9)

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Families support and aid each other don’t they? Especially in the Yorkshire Dales, in 1887. Life can be hard but gentle, kindly Tizzie has been a loving help from her brother, Jack, his wife, Maggie, and their three boys and one girl, Agnes. She is happy to work herself down to skin and bones as a dairymaid for them. Tizzie’s one dream is to see that young Agnes will not suffer her spinster fate and it is sharp young Agnes who helps Tizzie suspect, see and then uncover Jack and Maggie's treachery. Now she knows what has been done to her she is determined to free Agnes. With only her wits to guide her, Tizzie attempts to right years of wrongs and set Agnes free.

Editor's selection and short listed in the Historical Novel Society's Independent Novel Award and also short listed in the M.M.Bennetts historical Fiction Award.

(4.4)

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A Montana Cowboy. A Large Corporation. A Clash of Values.

When Ray was hired on to the Matador cowboy crew in 1974, his youthful dreams came true. Montana's sprawling Matador Cattle Company ranch had genuine cow camps, horses galore, and thousands of cattle. The 240,000-acre ranch, owned since 1951 by Koch Industries Inc., was known internally as the Beaverhead Ranch.

Beyond his dreams, Ray would manage the productive ranch for twenty-one years as it expanded to over 530 square miles of prime Montana ranch land and open space. As ranch manager, Ray led Montana's Matador to new heights of environmental and economic excellence. What happened in 2011, as he approached the finish line of a stellar career is staggering.

Woven throughout this memoir of family, faith, and work are nuggets of wisdom and valuable secrets for students planning a corporate career in ranching or corporate management. This true story will appeal to lovers of the American West, history fans, ranchers, and anyone who ever wanted to be a cowboy.

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(5.0)

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'A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family'
Richard C.R. Barder 1983

DECEMBER 1880. There will be no jolly Christmas cheer this year. The harsh winter had descended; snow blankets the ground and the lake is frozen solid. Within the walls of Clement Cottage, the fire is dwindling, its embers barely bright enough to cast the shadow of the broken man upon the wall. Cole is lost in his deep sadness; he has just one heartfelt wish. To be re-united with his beloved, the soulmate so cruelly stolen from him - Cornelia.

A sad mournful ticking comes from a blackened corner of the parlour where a longcase clock is hidden. Tall and stately, noble of face, loud of voice and keeper of great secrets, he is Grandfather Time. Bestowed with the gift of magic from Old Father Time himself, as he begins to chime out the magical hour of midnight, can he grant Cole his wish?

The book includes An Introduction to Grandfather Time.

(5.0)

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Kidnapped by a Viking raider on her wedding night might turn out to be a blessing from the gods.

Geira Sorensdotter awaits her new husband, but she's filled with doubts about the man and the marriage. Those doubts are forgotten when the village is attacked, her husband is struck down and she is tied up and carried off amidst the raid.

Kori Thorfinnson has waited years to take revenge against the man who murdered his wife. But he soon finds the innocent young woman he's taken as his personal slave is not his enemy, despite her marriage to his foe. Her courage in defying him, her caring heart, and the fiery passion she shares stirs feelings Kori hasn't known since his wife died. Afraid to lose Geira, he binds her to him in many ways – not only with rope, but with his body, his collar and his mark.

Geira quickly learns just how despicable her husband was, and despite her difficult circumstances, grows to care deeply for Kori, her captor. Still, dreams of freedom linger. But once she finds herself with child, she must plan her escape, to save herself and her baby.

However, Kori has plans of his own.

** Contains explicit love scenes featuring A Kinky Twist on History! bondage, spanking, ménage à trois scenes and more!

(3.9)

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It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome and find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy is entranced by nature as he follows a hare. A marriage enters its death throes with a terrifying drive. In May a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry. There are dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete, but real violence erupts later in the year with an influx of newcomers at harvest time. In November a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. As the year ends the whole village comes together to overcome imminent danger. These twelve, inter-linked stories portray a year in the life of the village and its inhabitants, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of modern life. Babies are born, children grow, matches are made or marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.

(4.7)

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From the author of Catch The Moon, Mary comes this epic drama spanning seven decades. Set against a backdrop of war in 1930s’ Europe, Grace Fieldergill, a starry-eyed young actress from Devon, moves to London to pursue her dream of becoming a star. The lovable boarders of Wyncote House, a ladies-only establishment, take her under their collective wing and share her triumph when she is accepted into the brilliant young John Gielgud’s company as Peggy Ashcroft’s understudy. When Peggy misses a show one night, Grace gets her chance. Watching her performance that evening are two people who will change her life forever, London’s most famous actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and a man whose love she never thought she could win.

(5.0)

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He saved her Life – Can The Gods save her Heart and Soul from the mysterious loner's Dark Desires?

Fearing an arranged marriage, Thora Korisdotter flees her village, vowing never to return. With her two pet wolves beside her, she is confident in her safety, protected by the loyal animals. But outlaws attack, wounding one of her beloved pets. Only a mysterious stranger saves her from certain death. Now in his debt, she must repay him as he asks – with her body.

After being cast out of his clan as an outlaw, Ari Hugisson has wandered for years. The time of his banishment is nearing its end, and Ari has the proof he needs to clear his name and unmask the real murderer – his brother. His journey is delayed when he comes across a beautiful woman under attack. Compelled to save her, he also knows exactly how to claim the debt she owes, using the passion lurking under the surface of her fiery nature.

Betrayal cuts deep with the revelation Ari has lied and knows well the man Thora was to wed. But the passion he stirs is unlike anything she has ever known, even if he insists on treating her as little more than a slave.

When Ari confronts those who would see him killed, will Thora stand beside him, even at the risk of losing her family – and her heart?

** Contains explicit love scenes featuring A Kinky Twist on History! bondage, spanking and more!

(4.0)

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What if you have to survive undercover in a hostile land?
A single slip can lead to arrest, torture, execution. Who can be trusted? Discover what kept Churchill's secret saboteurs alive in occupied France, Holland or Thailand - or didn't!
'A fascinating and important study of a long-hidden corner of SOE history.' Dr Roderick Bailey, Pembroke College, Oxford, Advisor to BBC TV series ‘Secret Agent Selection: WW2’.
The men and women who served as agents of the World War 2 Special Operations Executive were courageous. But courage was not enough. They also needed to learn the caution and suspicion that might just keep them alive, deep undercover in enemy territory.
Guardians of Churchill's Secret Army tells the stories of the extraordinary men who taught them those skills and thought processes. They helped trainee agents learn how to seem innocuous while preparing resistance, subversion and sabotage. Each spoke several languages. Many became agents themselves and faced danger with great bravery; that’s part of their story too. All played a crucial role in the global effort to undermine the enemy.
We find them not only in the Baker Street Headquarters of SOE, but also in night parachute drops, in paramilitary training in the remotest depths of Scotland and in undercover agent training in isolated English country houses. We follow them to occupied France, to Malaya and Thailand under threat of Japanese invasion, to Italy and Germany as they play their part in the collapse of the Axis regimes. Their stories are inspiring.
If you like discovering the true stories that underpin the history of the Second World War, then you'll want to read this authentic book. Author of Setting the Med Ablaze, Dr Peter Dixon has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and four decades of military and peacebuilding experience. In the tradition of Antony Beevor and Ben Macintyre, he shines a spotlight on a crucial area of the Special Operations Executive.
Enjoy reading Guardians of Churchill's Secret Army and explore a little-known aspect of World War 2 history.

(4.5)

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Outside the city an army awaits the signal to attack.....Will our heroes survive?Inside the walls fourteen year old Nathan, his older cousin, Rebecca and their friend, Atta, face an uncertain future. Each of them has a vital decision to make. Each has a perilous journey to undertake.
In war-torn Al Andalus King and Emir vie for supremacy. Bandits and pirates roam land and sea in the wake of armies, as our heroes set out on their desperate journeys to find freedom and safety. If they are to succeed, they must first face down their fears and decide what sort of a people they want to be.All of them will change.
NOT ALL OF THEM WILL MAKE IT HOME.
Praise for the author, J.J.Anderson and her previous work
'I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (Goodreads book reviewer)
'I look forward very much to further works by this author.' - Amazon review
'The author has a real ability to create images and atmosphere through finely observed and compressed descriptions of people and places.'- Amazon review
'I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer' - Amazon review
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(4.5)

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This non-fiction, colour-illustrated book describes my close relationship with old postcards. I've been collecting postcards since the nineteen seventies and now own over two thousand of these charming, beautifully quirky historical items. I started fanatically collecting them while writing my thesis on Fantasy in Postcards at art college, where I was studying for a graphic design degree. My thesis won me a first with distinction, whereas my graphic art annoyingly gained me only a 2:2. I was asked by my art history tutor to lecture on the subject of Fantasy in Postcards. As I was only twenty-one at the time, I didn't feel ready. I opted to write this book instead. All the cards in my book are from my own large collection.

(4.6)

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It was Christmas 1942. Eleven young women braved the attentions of Nazi U-Boats in the deep Atlantic on their way to North Africa. About to play their part in defeating Hitler, they called themselves the First Eleven.
According to Winston Churchill, the Mediterranean was the key to defeating the Third Reich. And a crucial part of undermining Fascist power in Italy, France and the Mediterranean islands would be subversion and sabotage. But the undercover fighters needed a springboard to spearhead their operations in the ‘soft underbelly’ of Europe.
Those eleven young women joined heroic soldiers, sailors and secret agents at the Special Operations Executive’s new North African base. Code-named Massingham, it was hidden away among pine trees by a Mediterranean beach. SOE, America’s OSS and the French intelligence agencies worked together to undermine cruel regimes.
This is the remarkable story of Massingham. Its life was short. Less than two years after its formation, its multinational job was done. British, American, French, Italian, Spanish: together they played a key role in the Second World War.
Alongside the espionage of MI6 and the strategic deception of ‘A Force’, Massingham’s men and women launched covert operations at dead of night: by parachute, by submarine, by canoe easing silently on to a deserted beach. In the tradition of Antony Beevor and Ben Macintyre, this book reveals an aspect of WW2 history that has remained hidden for far too long.

(4.4)

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Amanda and her sister, Faith, are faced with the task of establishing their Wentworth Optometry Services in a new town and a new country. Sebastian Montgomery hired the services of their company to work in conjunction with his pharmacy. Sebastian has a traditional view of women. Amanda insists the contract is with Wentworth Optometry Services, and not an individual.
Add arson, blackmail and abduction, and Marcher Mills will never be the same again.

(5.0)

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It's 1642, and England is tearing itself apart over religious differences. The King won't bend and the Puritans won't compromise. Jacob Emerick, of the Merchants Emerick, shipping owners, must save the family's gold and ships from the loyalists to the King, who will do anything to help their despot. The Puritan extremists want those ships and the gold too.

Both sides are prepared to use any methods, including murder, to seize everything the family owns. Jacob has to prevent this happening and learns, through bitter experience, just what determined bigots will do as he struggles to find justice for his family and friends.

In three short months he sheds the easy bravado of privileged youth to become a thoughtful powerful fighter, a man wanting peace.

(3.9)

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Celebrate 100 years of Dance in America, as we FlashBack to dance favorites like the The Twist, Running Man and Ballroom Dance with special appearances by your favorite Vampires!
** Re-Live your favorite Dance fads like Disco Dance, Hip Hop, Lindy Hop, Charleston, The Twist, Cabbage Patch and many others throughout 100 years as we Celebrate American Dance!
** A Fan Favorite’s satire and spoofs of great TV Shows and Movies from 1900-2000!
** Flashback as we Flashdance back in time to revisit dance styles, as told by the great “fictional” Vampire Dancers of all time!
** Time travel as we discover the Dances that Americans loved for the past 100 years. Music, politics, cars, celebrities, fads also played a part in how important dance was in our Culture for over 100 years!
** What is your favorite decade of dance?

(5.0)

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While writing this book I placed most emphasis under writing a good story. The book is good at holding the reader engaged and at times it can be rather entertaining. It starts with an introduction to the story of Dracula, followed by the pre-story of Dracula and then the story of Dracula. Then we can begin with the actual plot line of the book.

It is a manuscript ready to be made into a movie after buying the rights from me. If you plan to make a movie and thereby buy the rights for it get in touch with me first. Since I have all the personas, drawings and pictures of all the things I have described in the book.

At the end of the book you should have two questions. First what happens next? Second why did he choose to end it off like that?

The book is written as a manuscript.

(3.8)

5 reviews*

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In 1872, Bryce Ackerman leaves England for India hunting two groups of army officers, who spent their leave competing to see which group could rape the most young ladies. Bryce's own fiancée was raped and he is after vengeance. Can he find the officers and bring some sort of justice and satisfaction for the young women and their families?

(4.5)

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James Whyle takes on the war genre with an eloquent narrative and a command of language and style that captures the fragility and bleakness of the time. There is no doubt that Whyle is a masterful storyteller.

The Book of War tells the story of a boy who comes to manhood in a war. William Kentridge has called it, “a rare feast”, and Rian Malan, “a very good book, possibly great.”

An illiterate European child is stranded on the southern tip of Africa. The British and the Xhosa have been spilling each other’s blood for eighty years and the kid signs up for the conflict in the hope of steady meals and a few shillings a month.

(5.0)

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A book of clear verse. Geese migrate through its lines. Tall ships leave Liverpool Bay. An iceberg breaks free of Antarctica. Ivory burns in Kenya. The healing of the rift between nations is contemplated. An exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art is visited. The crossing of the Rubicon is dared. Franz Kafka writes his tales. The spirit of T.S. Eliot revisits The Waste Land. Shakespeare drinks with his acting company. Autumn in Yerevan, Armenia, is mirrored. Utopia is mused on. Childhood is remembered. Love celebrated. Archie Leach sails from Bristol to New York. Matthew Flinders becomes the first man to circumnavigate Australia. Noah's ark moors on mount Ararat. The death of the last white rhinoceros is lamented. Weland the smith lifts his hammer. Hugh Minn finds an alien in his loft. Various other visions and inspirations are explored. Readers of these lines will hopefully find them worthy of study.

(5.0)

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The Last Mentsch is a work of historical fiction told to the interlocutor by Yitzhak, the son of Theodore Isaacs.  It covers a period of almost 125 years in a time of tumultuous political, economic and social change in Southern Africa. The novel uncovers one of the missing pieces of that time – a story of a Jewish child pioneer, hustled out of Europe in the mid-nineteenth century to escape increasing waves of anti-Semitic ‘justice’ meted out in the ghettos and schtetls of Europe.  In essence the book is an adventure set in a multicultural society, when a great many of the earliest pioneers were little more than children. It is a story, which, while set in Southern Africa, also resonates with generations on people whose forebears arrived alone in South Africa, Australia, Israel, the United States, Canada, New Zealand ... and indeed, throughout the world, wherever the British Empire planted its flags.

(2.3)

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Isabelle Webbley is just months away from establishing Webbley Office Services—the culmination of ten years’ work. One more contract for her outstanding stenographic and typewriting skills, and her dream will become a reality. Lucas Taylor is the new General Manager of Keenan Iron Works, Marcher Mills plant, and is awash in paper. During the move from Toronto to Marcher Mills, an employee neglected to fasten the lids of a skid of business papers—all of which need to be sorted and recorded. Egbert Daxton, Purchasing Agent, has vowed to get rid of Lucas and establish himself as the General Manager. But plans, no matter how well crafted, do not always go according to plan. Three different people, two of whom are very attracted to each other, and three different goals…who will win?

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A deadly virus sweeps the world, forcing many into lockdown. The lives of ordinary people are changed forever. At times irreverent, at times absurd, at times sombre, but at all times Coronaverse is an honest (okay, harebrained) attempt to find some rhyme and rhythm in all the dizzying and disorientating manifestations of life in a pandemic.

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Three Russian agents are trying to stop nuclear weapons stolen from Pakistan by the Taliban. The Taliban wants to use the stolen weapons to force America out of Afghanistan for good, and return to power in Kabul. Will nuclear strikes in multiple locations across Afghanistan let them succeed? Or can Russian agents and American special forces stop the Taliban in time?

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Catch the enchantment of 16thC and 17thC Japan, country of the misty mountains, towering castles, (shiro) with magical shrines. There are gods and spirits lurking everywhere to catch the unwary, and of course, that code of honour, of duty at all costs, which shapes the life of the honourable samurai. The four stories in this anthology, based on the myths and legends of Edo Japan, of the best of the Samurai era, capture the scent, sense and mystery of old Japan.

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Dexter Davis, a down-on-his-luck handyman in Bangor Maine has started having troubling dreams about a young woman who is in some kind of trouble. When Etta Slade, a farmer's wife, asks him to find Amos, her missing husband, the troubling dreams start to take on a new and sinister meaning. Then another dream girl walks into his life, and this one is flesh and blood. Lu is a waitress with long legs and a past. Witty enough to keep up with him and a gal who will go fishing at the drop of a hat. She'll even make the sandwiches, as long as she doesn't have to bait her own hook.

Can he and Lu find the missing farmer and the young girl in time? The answers may be in Bangor Maine or perhaps across the border on the reservation. To make matters worse, Etta’s mentally challenged son may be the only witness to the disappearance, or is he somehow involved?

Meanwhile, a pandemic is raging across the country. School systems have shut down and the Republicans and Democrats are fighting like cats and dogs while millions are out of work. People wonder if we'll ever get back to normal. Yup, between Polio and the depression, 1937 is one tough year.

But Dex has seen tough times before. After the big war he came home a damaged man, clinging to his sanity and living in a barn with his horse, Ed. Lu’s father is missing at sea, and she is living with her over-bearing mother while she saves up for her own place. A recent relationship ended badly, and time is not on her side, as her mother often reminds her.

Nothing comes easy. A crooked cop, a madam, and a couple of her henchmen try to stop them from finding the truth. Everyone is looking for Amos Slade, or maybe just his money that disappeared along with him and his young sweetheart.

Visit 1937 Bangor Maine, a city known for its rowdy past as a lumber town where wood cutters from the lumber camps came to let off steam and spend their hard-earned cash. Canadian whiskey flows across the border. Guns are easy to come by and the lives of a couple of locals don't mean much to some.

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The eye for detail that author Willee Amsden demonstrates in every paragraph creates a gritty but beautiful recreation of 1930s America, helped in no small part by the authentic cast of characters led by Dexter and Lu. Both protagonists feel fully fleshed out and realistic as their aspirations and flaws pull them ever closer to the center of the engrossing mystery at the heart of this narrative. Overall, Dream Girl uses a many-layered approach to its mystery that allows for the protagonists to delicately peel away lies and intrigue, with each freshly peeled layer giving a deeper insight into the world around them. An authentic slice of American history with a deep and exciting mystery at its center. I'd highly recommend this book to all...
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Walk tells the story of a nightmarish scramble along the wild coastline of South Africa by the survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor on 5 August 1782. Having decided to walk to the Cape of Good Hope, beginning at Lambasi in northern Pondoland, the few survivors ended up in the dune deserts not far from what we now know as
Port Elizabeth.

Walk takes the reader, step by step, day by day, on young William Hubberly’s horrific trek. While indisputably fiction, Walk sails a good deal closer to the historical truth than most nonfiction you will read and is a haunting parable on the meeting of Europe and Africa.

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Newly widowed, her Manitoba home and family wrecked by WWI, Lydia Lindsay envisages a fresh beginning at ShadyBrae, the Ontario family farm she inherits from her soldier husband. One hundred fertile acres, a solid barn, a stone house verging on a mansion. What more could she want?Until she encounters her brother-in-law, Jacob, who has no scruples about using murder, arson, and his own little daughter to coerce Lydia into a marriage that will get him the farm over which he has obsessed since childhood.While her neighbour Roddy McCullough will risk both their reputations to protect Lydia, they need ShadyBrae's old ghost, Aunt Agnes, to cope with kidnapping.

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I have always enjoyed writing historical stories set on the edges of the well known. The underdog against the conqueror. Here we have a tribal Germanican living under the conquering Romans. Becan, a Germanican, has been a long way from home, trading with the Romans to earn enough wealth to go home and marry his betrothed and much loved sweetheart. She's promised to wait, despite her father. Becan, returning home after four years, looks forward to marriage. He's earned the right to marry her and she's waited for him. Or has she?

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It is February 1265 and our heroes return home to find that their city has changed. Can their friendships and affections survive the new order? Rebecca is love-lorn and persecuted; Miguel is now the head of the Delgado family; Ben, the reluctant hero, pines for the past and Atta is desperate to find his father, held hostage by bandeleros. Together with Nathan, the runaway with dangerous new friends, their story unfolds as King and Emir jostle for power in the mountains. Nathan and Atta still wear their rings, but, in a cruel twist of fate, Juan’s lost ring re-emerges, carried by someone who threatens Rebecca’s future and her happiness. Meanwhile the bandits join forces with a new and dangerous ally. As an audacious plan to rescue Atta's father is hatched, the friends are separated once again, each of them in great danger.Can they survive and find their way to safety and each other? FRIENDSHIP FOREVER
The Silver Rings is the second in the Al Andalus series. Reconquista, Book I in the series, was long listed for the Mslexia Childrens Book 2016 Award.

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ON THE CAROUSEL is a modern historical novel. It relates the story of a young man’s journey through the London of the 1980s – against the background of Thatcherism and Madonna and Cabbage Patch Dolls – as he enjoys the benefits of success, but then starts to re-assess his values and priorities.

In the early hours of New Year’s Day 1980, Adam Gough – a recent graduate, whose career was put on hold following a traumatic event the previous year - is walking home through the deserted City of London to his small bed-sit in Bow. He is suddenly confronted by three strange-looking women, one of whom addresses him with a prediction: “You will have riches. But you will also have a secret. A secret of death and fire”. Shortly afterwards, he takes up a post as a Junior Analyst with a firm of economic consultants.

Adam finds that the people with whom he is working are a mix of characters – the intelligent, the diligent, the vacuous, the bombastic, the spiteful, the useless. The Chief Economist - a media darling – is consistently and spectacularly wrong with his forecasts, but in continual demand for his views on the future economy. Another senior colleague - a continual fount of pretentious management jargon – is, to Adam’s astonishment, no less successful when dealing with the company’s major clients.

Adam thrives in this environment, progressing through the company’s hierarchy and up the property ladder. He is feted for his expertise in identifying the key business trends at home and overseas.

However, as the 1980s unfold, Adam derives a growing awareness of the variable fates of those with whom he comes into contact – whether on the walk from Holborn to Waterloo Station or on a trekking holiday in the Himalayas. This causes him to reflect on the values – love, family, respect – that he holds most dearly.

The decade produces winners and losers, the cast list of which extends to those with whom Adam is (or has been) most closely involved. The narrative concludes in a dramatic final climax, as the precise meaning of the woman’s prediction is revealed.

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"Take a magic carpet ride back in time back in time to meet Egyptian queens, The Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula.

•Playboy Dracula charms Nefertiti in ancient times, while his descendant playboy Drake puts the move on our Cousin TeeTee in our time.
•Cleopatra began her journey as one of the most beautiful woman in the world. A jealous rival, Ammut, turns her into an ugly duckling. Will Gene the Genie still love her?
•Queen NayTure can control the powers of the universe, change night into day, change mortals into vampires. But can she control her heart from falling from falling in love with a man who also loves Malice?
•Princess Aaliyah, daughter of Cleopatra and Prince Nate Ram is a belly dancer trying to win the heart of King Tut. Her doppelganger, Alyce, belly dances to win the affection of Hutch, Tut’s descendant.
•Queen Salome, the immortal vampire has acquired some new allies from her witch coven to continue her battle against her enemy Ro’Zha. Ro’Zha, a mortal harem dancer, begins her journey on a magic carpet ride. A genie sends her to the future to meet her doppelganger Granny Rosa Smith, a powerful witch.


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Dance History Tribute to:
•Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Beals, Debbie Allen, Janet Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mel Brooks, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Deney Terrio, Liza Minnelli, Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Annette Funicello, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Chubby Checkers, Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Eleanor Powers, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Busby Berkeley, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Nicholas Brothers, Carmen Miranda, Carolina “La Belle” Otero, Rita Moreno, Loie Fuller, Cheryl Burke, Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Huff, Maksim Chmerkovskiym, Lacy Schwimmer, Benji Schwimmer, Eliana Girard
•Dancing with the Stars!
•So You Think You Can Dance!
•Join your favorite dance celebrities past, present and future as they compete to DANCE OR DIE!
•Celebrate every holiday from January through December and Vamptember with an homage to recipes from the upcoming cookbook from the Author

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The Peacock Queen marries the Vampire King, a power hungry maniac who manipulates time to suit his needs. Can her love stop him and save the world? With dark magic, Drake becomes the first African American and Vampire President of the United States. Welcome to the new USA, where vampires rule and dance is banned. Dump Trump and forget about Hillary this election year. Drake is our new ruler, whether you like it or not!

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This is an uplit (cheerful) historical novel set in 1898 to 1900. The novel is set in India, Australia and the bulk in New Zealand. Although there is a slightly more than my usual amount of romance it is not a romance but a Victorian historical, looking at how a young woman grows up, learns to cope and make choices and decisions for herself as best she can under 19thC social expectation for women.
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What? Leave India? Move to the colonies and make a new life there? Melisande, appalled, gazed at her brother and fiancée. She loved her life in India. She’d been cossetted, loved and happy there. Of course the plague meant a radical change, but they could still live on the family’s small estate couldn’t they? But, no. Brother Jeri didn’t want to live in India, neither did fiancée Richard. Both young men, filled with excitement at the thought adventure in the colonies, were determined to go, and Melisande must go with them. Her life turned upside down, rushed into her wedding, onto a ship and off to Australia, and finally New Zealand, Melisande has to learn how to run a home and cope with New Zealand, a life so different from her Indian one. Can she make a home and a life as happy as her Indian one?

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You can see yourself going down a road when you come to a crossing. One road has a sign saying “True Story of Dracula (Hardcover)” the other has “True Story of Dracula (Kindle)”. You cannot make up your mind which one to take. The hardcover version is meant for the ones who really want the experience to go along. Whereas the Kindle edition is for the ones who really do not care about the attributes but value the text, how it has been written and whether it is a good story. The hardcover version has a lot more graphical images than does the Kindle. The graphical effects that are applied to the hardcover version make you want to continue. On the Kindle it has no aura.

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Great book that is entertaining and it was sometimes hard to put it away. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in history, Dracula or interested in reading a good book. Anrijs

I really love this little story…… Last night I read it and now I want to say to everyone that this is a great story. Thank you MARTIN. Virginia

Dracula certainly the most chilling terrifying book ever written; it's really the best horror story in my eyes. shirley

You may have seen every Dracula movie ever made, but you do not know the real Count Dracula until such time as you have read this book. Of course, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know the general plot line, but I assure you there is a wealth of rich material buried throughout the text that is sure to excite, intrigue, and surprise you. Michael Ryan

This book is a very good read and the author wants to make it feel like you are there experiencing it together with the characters. nene

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Lavinia and her two sisters, recipients of an unexpected inheritance, have changed their names and moved far away from those who reviled them because they were adopted—a disgrace in 1893. But had they moved far enough? Their guardian’s grasping, greedy and vindictive brother resolved to take back their inheritance and expose them as adoptees in their new town—thus ruining their businesses and reputations.
Considered fast because they shortened their skirts, wore bloomers, and straddled bicycles, they banded with other females in their new town. Lavvy sold her perfumes and lotions in the general store, and organized an impromptu raid on the local Business Association.
Sam Blake claimed Lavinia as “his lady” as soon as he saw her. Incensed with Cyrus’ determination to destroy them, he pledged his support to the three in various ways—all of them unacceptable to his lady. Misadventures and mishaps notwithstanding, the two worked toward a common goal. Or did they?

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