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Historical Fiction

  • Mountjoy: The Reluctant Recruit

    Graham Lowe

    Sylvian Mountjoy was one of those rare breeds of men who was quite happy in life and found very little to complain about. When he is pressed into service against his will and awakes bound in a ship with no idea where he is headed, he panics. What will happen to Mary, his wife? Will he ever see her again? As a clerk, he shouldn't be here, it was not allowed to happen! Meanwhile, Mary learns th

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  • 'O Contrabandista' The Smuggler

    Ada Ronald Thomas

    Tom and Aaron were looking forward to meeting their friends at Missus Musty's well-known coffee house in Chepstow on the last market day before Christmas. It was while they were all in there, enjoying her famous pies, that they chanced upon Rigo, a bold Brazilian sailor seeking his fortune, who thought smuggling might gain him some ready cash. Shocked, the friends warned him against such a ve

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  • Noema

    Dael Akkerman

    This is a story about some things that happened to me about twelve thousand years ago." With these words, the narrator begins her account of events set at the crucial point in human evolution, when hunter-gathering began to be abandoned as way of life just as the first signs of organized religion emerged. Who or what the narrator is, and how she can speak to us today of events in ou

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  • Facing Fearful Odds

    Penny Claxton

    It is 1914, and Victoria Standish returns home to find her brother, Max, keen to join the impending war in Europe as a Light Horseman. Australia is far away from the conflict, but Victoria is thrilled at the prospect of nursing beyond the safe confines of her local community. In London, the Earl and Countess of Hadleigh are also preparing for war. Their son, Gerald, is commissioned in the Coldstr

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  • The First Village

    Ian M. Evans

    Wales AD 383 is the most remote province of Roman-occupied Britain, colonised for over 300 years. Magnus Maximus, known to the Celts as Macsen Wledig, has grown restless with his role as general of the Roman army in Britannia. His nights are broken by dreams of an impossibly beautiful Welsh maiden. He sets his sights on moving his legions out of Britannia to challenge Gratianus - the emperor of the Western Roman E

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  • James Owen

    Ann Veale

    Based on the life of the author's great-grandfather, James Owen is the account of one man's life and the trials that he has to face. His parents are a loving couple, very proud of their firstborn, a clever and honourable boy. His academic ability is recognised by the local vicar and James teaches his school's younger children.   But the reality of his life is

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  • Harold the King

    Richard Rowley

    England, 1036, and the sons of the late King Aethelred, Alfred and Edward, are returning after living abroad for twenty years. King Cnut has died and his illegitimate son, Danish Harald, has taken the throne. But their return to England has been watched, and Thored, the reeve of the evil Earl Godwine, has been spying from a distance. As Edward stays on the ship, and Alfred is joined by Big Aelfri

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  • All the Little Birds

    G E Banfield

    All the Little Birds is a book that teems with imagery, darkness, secrets, wonder and the loss of childhood innocence, set in the backdrop of racial tensions dividing London throughout 1970s and early 1980s England. Within her world of lyrical content, spirit ancestors, fantastical stories and mystery, we meet young Mary who tries to manage the familiar and unfamiliar taking place in her life and hom

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  • Karen Bluejeans (Pathway to Glory)

    George Horse

    George Michael Philip Horse creates a rich and vivid account of the French and Indian War of 1754 - 1763, also known as the Seven Years' War, in his novel Karen Bluejeans (Pathway to Glory). Following a unique host of characters including Canadian-Indian Karen Bluejeans and her family, plus soldiers, generals and lieutenants in the war, the novel closely examines the struggles and strife of the t

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  • Where Crimson Poppies Grow

    Michael Conway

    The story begins at Magdalen College Oxford, 1911. First-year student James Stratton's life was gloriously comprised of lectures, debates, rowing, laughter, girls and learning to fly. England was at her height in naval power and benignly ruled the seas. Then, on a warm summer day in June 1914, the peace was shattered by the royal murder in Sarajevo. Massive armies mobilized and the world went to war.

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  • Cleopatra Selene: We the Conquered Shall Conquer

    S.F. Chandler

    Following her public humiliation, Cleopatra Selene is torn from the arms of her Roman lover and exported from Italy as an imperial pawn to enhance an alliance between the Emperor Augustus and King Juba of Mauritania. The past misdeeds of the Egyptian princess cast a threatening shadow over her precarious future as King Juba's wife. An unforeseen act of betrayal sets Selene's feet on a path of ven

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  • Betty

    J.C. Smith

    We meet Betty at the tender age of sixteen when she is helping a neighbour on a fairground stall. The year is 1912. She briefly meets a boy but misses the chance to see him again. Fate, however, brings them together when she is working as a kitchen maid at a manor house. The narrative becomes darker with the onset of the Great War, which everyone optimistically believes will be over ‘by Christmas&#

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