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Munich 10 by Lewis Orde

I enjoy reading two kinds of novels in particular: family sagas and thrillers. Ergo, when I began writing books in the late 1970s, I chose as my field – you guessed it – family sagas and thrillers. Admittedly, the sagas far outnumber the thrillers (eight to four, I think, at the last count) but each…
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Who Ordered the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? by Alan Bardos

There are two basic schools of thought about the origins of the plot to assassinate Franz Ferdinand. The first is that it was ordered by Colonel ‘Apis’ Dimitrijevic, the head of Serbian Intelligence, to stop Austro-Hungarian interference in the Balkans and allow Serbian expansion. The assassination was organised by his deputy Major Vojislav Tankosic; who…
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On Writing Savage by Tim Madge

My novels derive from any number of sources. The genesis of Savage was my pondering over a simple question: what would be the outcome for a man, in the wilderness with two female companions, realising that they wanted him dead? That was the easy part. How to get him to that point became the genesis…
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A Russet Coated Captain by Oliver Woodman

Building a military force and at war against the established order, Oliver Cromwell was aware that his best human material was not the high status noblesse, customarily bred to be skilled in arms, but men of more humble birth, in plainer clothes. Contrasting his own choice of Officers to those made on traditional grounds of breeding, he…
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Was the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand a Failure of Intelligence or a Result of Ambition? by Alan Bardos

Bosnia and Herzegovina was a hotly disputed territory in 1914. It had been annexed by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1910 from the crumbling Ottoman Empire, but was also claimed by neighbouring Serbia and had a growing nationalist movement that wanted it to be part of a South Slav state. The decision to send the crown…
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Dangerous Revelations by Susan Bacoyanis

When I began writing my Linked Series of psychological thrillers, I decided they should link together in unusual ways. Gilda is the focus of my third book, Dangerous Revelations. As the title suggests, her revelations invite danger as she strives to publish damaging information about the Mafia and personal events endangering her own life and…
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The Happy Ever After by Betty Maura-Cooper

The very first piece of writing I had published was in the school magazine. It was a poem about the Royal Wedding – the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip that is, which tells you how long ago it was. During my childhood I was determined to become a journalist, as English was the…
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A Close Run Thing by Richard Freeman

Re-reading A Close Run Thing on its being republished by Endeavour Media, I am struck by what a different world 1982 was. It seemed perfectly natural that, when the Argentines occupied the British Falkland Islands, Britain would respond. Despite the 1956 Suez fiasco, Britain still saw herself as a significant player on the world stage.…
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Widow on the World by Pamela Fudge

Very happy to see the republication of Widow on the World by Endeavour Media – I’m really loving the brand new cover. Widow on the World was written when I decided to take the advice often given to authors to ‘write about what you know.’ Having been widowed twice in the space of seven years…
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The Parallel Lives of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Gavrilo Princip, by Alan Bardos

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Gavrilo Princip are two of the most famous names in the Twentieth Century, but little is generally known about them other than Princip assassinated the Archduke and his wife in Sarajevo on 28th June 1914, sparking the First World War. However, they both went through an extraordinary chain of events to…
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