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  • Farmhouse in the Rain, A
    Joe Kilgore

    Dramatic and expertly written it is a story with many threads running through it.

    Love, secrets and a mystery with a lot of historical facts I was hooked. The characters are amazingly portrayed and with a twist that I didn't see at all, this is a book that comes highly recommended and is definitely worth all the stars. ~ Tracy Shephard, NetGalley

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    Charles Dickens had his Tale of Two Cities. Michael Tobert’s Karna’s Wheel is a different narrative altogether but it too revolves round two cities. The plot brings together the royal burgh of Dundee in Scotland and the sprawling metropolis of Calcutta [Kolkata] in Bengal. The two cities were the twin centers for the global production of jute [burlap] sacking and cloth which for a hundred years or so were used to ship food and commodities to the four corners of the world. Tobert’s engaging story weaves together the gritty world of jute mills with the eternal truths (and half-truths) about the human predicament from the greatest of all Hindu epics, The Mahabharata. This improbable linking illuminates Tobert’s characters who have to make their way through life in the dark underbelly of the industry where wage cruelty and sexual exploitation are rife. Set in the 1920s and 1930s and deploying a radical narrative technique, with occasional touches of magic realism, this is historical fiction at the cutting edge, a bravura performance of style and structure. ~ Gordon T Stewart, Professor Emeritus of History at Michigan State University and author of 'Jute and Empire'.

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    Historical fiction at the cutting edge, a bravura performance of style and structure. ~ Gordon T Stewart, Professor Emeritus of History at Michigan State University and author of 'Jute and Empire'.

  • Peacemaker, The
    Janet Dean Knight
    In The Peacemaker, the lost world of the 1930s, with a second world war imminent, is vividly evoked through ordinary lives. And I am left wondering what happened to these people. Will we hear more of their stories? ~ Sue Knight, author of Waiting For Gordo

  • Peacemaker, The
    Janet Dean Knight
    Janet Dean Knight writes with care and exquisite precision about the details of working-class lives. Her writing is full of the lyricism and beauty, as well as the deep griefs, of everyday life. The Peacemaker brings the past into new focus, and makes the seemingly ordinary glitter in extraordinary ways. ~ Naomi Booth, author of Sealed: The Lost Art of Sinking

  • Peacemaker, The
    Janet Dean Knight
    The Peacemaker is a deftly handled historical novel with a modern twist. It has a superb sense of time and place, excellent characterisation and sparkling dialogue. The parallel story of what happened to her mother makes the plight, and eventual triumph over adversity of the main character, Violet, all the more moving. ~ Carole Bromley, author of The Stonegate Devil

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    I think it [Karna's Wheel] is magnificent. The portrait of Stephen the elder is extremely touching, perhaps even potentially dangerous. What would happen if everyone started cutting off their armour? Seamus is hilarious ... leaped off the page. ~ Dr Simon Brodbeck, Cardiff University (Sanskrit)

  • Peacemaker, The
    Janet Dean Knight
    Shortly before her mother dies, Violet is brutally awakened to the difference between her ideas of love and desire, as shaped by Hollywood films, and those of the young men in her home town. Set in 1938 between a northern mining town, and a former mining village high in the Moors, at the time of Chamberlain’s peace overtures to Hitler, this vividly written book examines the persistent impact of the past upon our present and future lives. Its beautifully observed descriptions and sharply realised dialogue engage the reader in a lively and thoughtful tale of when Violet returns to her parents’ home village to search out her mother’s early life but then finds herself face-to-face with the secrets and tragedies that blighted the lives of so many men and women during the First World War. In search of her mother she also finds her father and returns to her home town with a reluctant but greater understanding of her mother’s relationship with her apparently uncaring drunkard of a husband. With the threat of another war hanging over them, will Violet and her father ever be able to find a way to make peace with each other? ~ Jacqueline Everett, author of The Road To Waterloo

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    Dazzling and inventive ... an enthralling journey into early twentieth century Calcutta and the dark corners of the Raj. ~ Andrew Duff, Author of 'Sikkim; requiem for a Himalayan kingdom.'

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    Karna's Wheel is seriously good. Its combination of pacey page-turning story-telling, erudition and historical accuracy kept me engaged throughout. Bravo! ~ Tony Hastings, Organizer of educational tours in India

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    I thought Karna’s Wheel was exquisitely written. I found it quirky, remarkably well-paced and wonderfully readable. The book is touching, humorous, informative and pretty shocking. The research is faultless but never stands in the way of the telling of a good story. I hope this book gets to where it deserves to be – and that is on the bestseller lists. Incredible work. ~ Robin Pilcher, Novelist

  • Senator's Assignment, The
    Joan E. Histon
    Joan Histon has written an engrossing and well-informed novel that grips from the very first page. These are real people engaged in a real struggle, the work of a fine story-teller. ~ Adrian Plass, bestselling author

  • Karna's Wheel
    Michael Tobert
    Karna's Wheel is compelling, multi-layered and beautifully written. Set in Scotland and India, it interweaves class and colonialism across the generations in a novel which is never less than highly entertaining. ~ Chris Given-Wilson, shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017

  • That They Might Lovely Be
    David Matthews
    This is a very descriptive book that makes you feel that you are there with the characters. The early twentieth century English village is brought to life with gossiping ladies, strict schoolmaster, lady of the manor, country gardens etc. For the first third I did wonder where the story was going to go, what was the fascination about a mute boy suddenly singing, but then the story takes you back to the 1930s and 1910s and the author allows you to put the story together yourself, which I found very satisfying! I particularly liked the WW1 part, Geoffrey's letter in particular will break your heart! This is a read to savour and I can see it as a beautiful Sunday night BBC drama.

    ~ Emily Shepherd, NetGalley

  • David and the Philistine Woman
    Paul Boorstin
    This was such a fun exploration of a story I thought couldn't be retold. But this was a truly innovative and realistic re-imagining of David's life. ~ Shanna Emmanuel, NetGalley

  • No Safe Anchorage
    Liz MacRae Shaw
    This Historical novel is really lovely to read.

    Based on some fact it is extremely well written and the descriptive prose of the islands of Skye is really quite poetic.

    Set in 1886, the book tells a tale of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife staying in the islands and the rich cast of characters that follow makes this a wonderful reader.

    Tom Masters, a Naval officer at first seems unconnected to this story but as we read on the connection is clear and this becomes a stunning tale of mystery and drama.

    I loved this and it is beautifully done.

    highly recommended ~ Tracy Shepherd, NetGalley

  • David and the Philistine Woman
    Paul Boorstin
    David and The Philistine Woman tells the story of David from the Bible, who's destiny is to slay the Goliath and lead the Israelites. The Philistine woman is an enemy to David and his people but one that has courage and strength of body and mind to do what is necessary.
    The story of David and Goliath that I know if brief and to the point. Paul Boorstin tells this story in a much more fleshed out way, bringing to life the rich characters and landscapes of the time. I really enjoyed this book and it kept my attention, pulling me into David's world. I would definitely recommend this book as a interesting read and I look forward to seeing what else the author has to offer. ~ Memona Ahmed, Amazon/NetGalley

  • No Safe Anchorage
    Liz MacRae Shaw
    Liz MacRae Shaw weaves her way between reality and fiction with ambition and skill in another fine historical novel. Its characters are rich and fully drawn...and she pulls her narrative threads together with ease.
    ‘No Safe Anchorage’ is another fine book from an extremely interesting author. North-west Highland and Island history could not be in the hands of a better modern novelist. ~ Roger Hutchinson , West Highland Free Press

  • No Safe Anchorage
    Liz MacRae Shaw
    Hard to put down. ~ Janice Matthews, Coffee And Ink

  • Her Morning Shadow
    Ron Semple
    Last evening I finished rereading “Black Tom: Terror on the Hudson.” My decision to reread it turned out to be a fortunate one. I enjoyed it even more and appreciated your writing talents more than ever. I also perceived things I'd missed in my first reading. For example, this time I recognized Abie, thanks to having read your latest book, “Her Morning Shadow.” And the characters in Black Tom increased their depth and became more memorable. Your thirst for and grasp of history, combined with the ability to create fictitious but authentic personalities is amazing. Reading the product of that rare combination, is an enjoyable way to learn history. Oops. This starts to sound like a fan letter, eh? – Leslie Wilbur, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California. ~ Les Wilbur, Emeritus Professor, University of Southern California

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