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Mr Jones: The True Story behind the ‘True Story’

By Philip Colley The new film Mr Jones aims to tell the story of my great uncle, the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones. It is based on his 1933 world exclusive exposing the great famine then raging across much of the USSR, particularly in Kazakhstan and Ukraine; a famine which Moscow was desperate to conceal. His…
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On ‘The English Air’, by D. E. Stevenson

D. E. Stevenson’s popular historical fiction novel, The English Air, provides a fascinating insight into the interwar years. However, written in 1940 during WWII, it was initially rejected from serialisation by popular British magazines due to fears of its political content. Convinced that many readers would object to the sympathetic and charming German protagonist, editors…
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The Year of the Flame by M. J. Trow and Maryanne Coleman

In the ancient world, the Romans were most like us. They longed for the good life, spent more than they earned, loved and hated a lot of the same things that we do. That makes writing Roman whodunits easy. What makes it difficult is the way in which our cultures differ. There was no police…
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The Ravenbridge Trilogy by Bernie Crosthwaite

When I wrote my crime novel, If It Bleeds, did I know it would be Book One of The Ravenbridge Trilogy? Absolutely not. I thought that the story, centred around press photographer Jude Baxendale would be a standalone. But my original publisher liked Jude so much, she wanted a sequel that featured this determined, bloody-minded…
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The Lady of Kabul by Michael Scott

Why a book about Florentia Sale and the 1st Afghan War?  Well, there cannot be many people in the world who have not had the turmoil in Afghanistan over the recent years on their screens and in the newspapers.  The bodies of servicemen being repatriated, together with those losing limbs, caused extreme anguish in the…
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Endeavour Quill acquires rights for AnneMarie Brear’s new book

Endeavour Quill has acquired worldwide English language rights to AnneMarie Brear’s new book, The Tobacconist’s Wife, in eBook, paperback and audio. AnneMarie describes herself as ‘an author of sweeping and dramatic historical novels’ and has made a name for herself largely through self-published work, such as bestselling novel The Slum Angel, winner of the Reader’s…
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The Sebastian Symes Mysteries by G. W. Colkitto

When I started the Sebastian Symes mysteries it was purely for my own enjoyment.  I have been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes books for many years and I realised if I wrote about a contemporary detective I could create my own adventures.  I had great fun developing the characters of Sebastian Symes and Major…
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The Becket Approval by Duncan Falconer

Why did I create a new character when many readers have been asking for a 9th John Stratton story?  The Becket Approval did indeed begin as a Stratton story. Not just in my head but on paper too. I wrote more than half the book with Stratton using his Special Forces instincts and solutions. But…
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The Lion’s Way by Lewis Orde

The Lion’s Way is the most enjoyable book I ever wrote, and Daniel Kerr, its protagonist, is perhaps the most interesting character I’ve created. That’s quite a claim to make when I look back at the men and women who populate the dozen novels I’ve written—newspaper publishers, spies, clothing-store owners, terrorists, business magnates, gangsters, political…
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Chasing Angels by Sally Zigmond

How and why did I write about Henriette? My husband began his sporting activities by first walking in hills and mountains and then climbing them with ropes and all the correct gear and techniques. He began on the famous Almscliffe Crag in Yorkshire. He then travelled to the Andes and Nepal with friends and professional…
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