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The Creswell Family Trilogy by Richard Kinsella

A large part of my life has been devoted to seafaring as an officer in both the Merchant and Royal Navy. My world was once the oceans and countries along their respective coastlines. The sea was a way of life for me, a gateway to the many moods of the oceans. The sea opened many…
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The Drumbeats Trilogy by Julia Ibbotson

I’ve recently been celebrating the publication of my Drumbeats Trilogy as one omnibus edition. The books have been available separately for some time, with the last of the trilogy, Finding Jess, coming out last August, but now they’re also all together on kindle as a box set. Recently someone asked me: what inspires me as…
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The Five Horseshoes by David McDine

Sadly, British pubs have been closing at an alarming rate over recent years. A great pity, because for so long they have been hubs of local life, providing sustenance, entertainment and company for their patrons. In the good old days of my youth the only music was thumped out on a tinny piano, and darts,…
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The Inspector Drewes Thrillers by Mel Hodgkinson

The county of Bartonshire, along with the town of Chettingham where Inspector Drewes lives and works, and other places, are, of course, fictional. And yet, it is placed amongst the real world. Wales, for example, features prominently in Dead Ends, and the Sankey Brook Coal Company mentioned in the same story existed in St Helens,…
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BOOK OF THE MONTH: A Necessary Hell by Nigel Price

A Necessary Hell is the second Harry Brown thriller. I wrote the first one, A Killing Air, when trying to figure out where next to take my writing. I have written for over thirty years, starting off with four SAS-type thrillers under the pen name Doug Armstrong and published by 22 Books, a joint project…
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The Stone Hawk by Gwen Moffat

In a remote corner of Utah, in a canyon running down to the Colorado River, a few people have put down roots: a couple of ranchers, one or two homesteaders, a retired scientist, and others of dubious occupations. The children range from five-year-old Debbie and her nine siblings, to Sarah the scientist’s girl, Shawn with…
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Atlantic Nightmare by Richard Freeman

We all know how closely won was the Battle of Britain in 1940. Less well-known is how near the Allies came to defeat in the Battle of the Atlantic. Perhaps this is because our collective memory of the horrors of that battle is derived from Nicholas Monsarrat’s novel The Cruel Sea. The images of the…
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The Apothecary’s Daughter by June Davies

Haworth, the hill-top Pennine village where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote, draws me in again and again whenever I’m walking in West Yorkshire. There’s now little trace of the grim, over-crowded, soot-blackened industrial town the family inhabited from the 1820s, yet coming from the moors and up into Haworth’s steep, cobbled main street, the…
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The Alex Swan Mysteries by David Holman

The Alex Swan Mysteries came about completely by accident when I was writing a factual article on the ill-fated BAC TSR2 strike aircraft programme of the mid-1960s for an aviation magazine. It was while I was researching the subject that I discovered a well of intrigue and political controversy as to why this state-of-the-art warplane was…
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‘For Those in Peril’ series, by Shaun Lewis

I have long been interested in history and, as a former naval officer, in military and naval history.  As a result, I have read several history books, but most of the books I have read on naval history seemed to dwell on the Napoleonic Wars or WWII, with little on WWI except with respect to…
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