Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal


http://www.commuterbooks.com/



As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in maths. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous—and deadly—than Maggie ever expected. The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defence, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.

This book looks interesting by the review on the  Goodreads website, I managed to see a copy in the local library and on the strength of coming across this book, rather than borrow , I bought a copy..

















Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Isaac Newton & The Secret Sun Dial Portal






by Nigel Mortimer





The reality of the Settle Sun Dial, a star gate to another dimension was discovered by the author and his wife in the summer months of 2011. They found themselves on a quest unlike any other ultimately revealing how the British government in the 18th Century had misled its own people into thinking the portal was something else, before obliterating the ancient sacred site it once stood on. The author was psychically attacked in the winter months that followed and became gravely ill after a spirit cursed him for seeking the truth about the star gate. Driven by the search to reveal occult knowledge that had been hidden for so long, he discovered the amazing fact that Sir Isaac Newton had secretively been to visit the sundial gateway just before making his historic world-changing theories about gravity and the lore of the universe.He became firm friends with the Settle locals, all brilliant mathematicians.

That Summer Feeling




Mark Hodkinson

Published: August 2018
ISBN: 978-1-904590-32-3





Mark Hodkinson’s new novel is set in 2004. A young writer-to-be is having doubts. To clear his head he embarks on a road trip with pals, starting at rainy Grasmere. Hopes don’t rise there. In the best tradition of classic novels of the 1960s, he is torn between two girls. Meanwhile, his university lecturer is breaking down in a rundown pub on the edge of town and his young nephew’s illness has set a fault-line through the entire family.

A lot of life impacting — sad, happy, funny, all of it.


The Alice Network


by Kate Quinn (Goodreads Author)






In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Boy interrupted


Dale Hibbert
Pub: November 2015.

ISBN-13: 978-1904590309.


Pomona Press

Boy interupted


"I have felt alone all my life." Dale Hibbert’s story reads like a song by The Smiths, which might not be a coincidence.His mother died when he was eight days old. He was a latch-key kid. He has married four times and has eight children. He has ‘died’ twice. He is a depressive. He has been penniless. But he has also been a musician, producer, sound engineer, a millionaire and the owner of night clubs, caf├ęs and successful businesses. He has lived in a car, and a mansion.

Hibbert was a member of The Smiths during their early days and privy to the dreams and outlandish ideas of young Morrissey and Marr. As the bass player and engineer at their first recording sessions, he helped shape their sound. With Morrissey’s arms around his waist, they rode the streets of Manchester.

Hibbert gives a compelling insight into the rain-swept, working class life that fuelled the creativity of The Smiths. He was also a witness to the Manchester music scene of the late-1970s and early-1980s that spawned, among others, Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Fall.

"Morrissey’s Autobiography received many positive reviews, including praise from myself in The Irish Times, but I believe this work is better written and probably more insightful. By the end, I was left thinking, “If Johnny Marr’s long-awaited memoir is anywhere near as self-analytic, emotionally honest, observant or elegantly written as this, then it surely will be universally acclaimed as the music book of the year.”

Johnny Rogan

Irish Times..

Monday, 17 November 2014

Prehistory Around the North West



Hidden Prehistory around the North West: 

Available as an E-book from Amazon. price £2.25 



The book shows locations of sites dating from the Neolithic period 4000-5000 BC up to the Iron Age 800-600BC. The locations of these sites are on a 40 mile radius around Manchester, UK. These sites were investigated but then left. The origins of the structures evoke a sense of curiosity and intrigue unlike other monuments you have to decipher their function.
Some were settlements, transient hunting camps and places of ritual. The author has given a condensed description on the Prehistoric cultures of this region and the environmental overview and effects of transition. This book is recommended for archaeologists , historians, and  students who require knowledge of themes regarding Prehistory and also walkers.  The e-book can be used as a convenient guide book on your Kindle or any reading device. available now www.amazon.co.uk







http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Help for Heroes













FOR VALOUR: (NICK STONE BOOK 16)Andy McNab.
http://www.andymcnab.co.uk/
www.andymcnab.co.uk


When a young trooper is shot in the head at the Regiment’s renowned Killing House, Nick Stone is perfectly qualified to investigate the mysterious circumstances more deeply. He has just returned from Moscow – still trying to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend and baby son are safer there without him – so combines an unrivalled understanding of the Special Forces landscape with a detachment that should allow him to remain in cover.
But less than forty-eight hours later, a second death catapults him back into the firing line – into the telescopic sights of an unknown assassin bent on protecting a secret that could strike at the heart of the establishment that Stone has, in his maverick fashion, spent most of his life fighting to protect.
And now the clock is ticking, Stone hurtles from the solitude of a remote Welsh confessional to Glencoe – whose shadows still whisper of murder and betrayal – and on to Southern Spain, in an increasingly desperate quest to uncover the truth about a chain of events that began in the darkness of an Afghan hillside, and left a young man haunted by the never-ending screams of a friend the Taliban skinned alive.

Nick Stone’s most heart-stopping adventure yet will force the reader to recognise the thinness of the line that separates sacrifice from suicide, to share the nightmares that walk hand in hand with heroism – and to count the real cost of actions taken in the name of loyalty.













Friday, 12 April 2013

Marianne Faithfull: As Years Go By.

Marianne Faithfull : As Years Go By
Marianne Faithfull was the perfect icon of the Swinging Sixties; her life as colourful as the decade itself.  A quiet but beautiful convent girl, she became internationally famous through her relationship with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.

As Years Go By  is a richly detailed portrait of a woman who has lived an incredible life, one that far transcends her best known role as courtesan to the chief Rolling Stone.From aristocratic lineage to convent school, stardom to attempted suicide, junkie to punk, folk singer to torch chanteuse, Marianne has seen her life flash by in banner headlines.Researched through over 50 interviews with her family, former lovers and friends, As Years Go By reveals the truth behind the headlines, the person behind the profile.Updated and extensively revised by one of the UK’s most acclaimed writers, it is a candid, illuminating account of an endearing yet misunderstood artist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Hodkinson is an acclaimed journalist, author and broadcaster. He has written for The Times for many years, three as a columnist, and made several radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4. He owns the independent publishing house, Pomona Books.
Publication Date  13th May 2013
ISBN 978.1.78038.837.3
Order No. OP55044
Size 280pp, 234x156mm
Images colour photos
Cover softcover
Price £14.95

Further details see www.omnibuspress.com 

Email orders@musicsales.co.uk



Loisaida -- A New York Story Paperback.


The core of this gritty, only in New York-story was inspired by real events - a beautiful, aspiring dancer slain. The psychotic room-mate has confessed, but a dilettante actor-turned-journalist thinks there's more to it and investigates. Soon one of his sources mentions he might have better luck gaining trust if he'd shoot dope. 

Welcome to New York's East Village, aka Loisaida, circa 1988. Meet your neighbors - artists, dreamers, hustlers, devil worshipers, anarchists, junkies and yuppies - all competing for breathing space in a city without air. It's the era of greed, when the poor are objects of scorn not sympathy, and the gentrifiers view themselves as urban pioneers. This is a story about sex and drugs and real estate. This is a story about a murder... 

Word Count: 101k Genre: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Neo-noir Literary Thriller


also by  Marion Stein


Gateway of the Saviours.


A.J.Dalton.


Gollancz Publishing


Profile:

AJ Dalton (Adam Dalton) has been an English language teacher as far afield as Egypt, the Czech R, Thailand, Slovakia, Poland and Manchester Metropolitan University.

He published his first Fantasy trilogy, consisting of Necromancer’s Gambit (2008), Necromancer’s Betrayal (2009) and Necromancer’s Fall (2010), to great acclaim. His first book from Gollancz, Empire of the Saviours, is out now in paperback. the sequel, Gateway of the Saviours, is available now!. from most outlets.

gateway of the saviours


                                     

Overview:
Jillan leaves the town of Godsend and his friends in order to fulfill an oath made to the God of Mayhem. Pursued by assassins and spies of the Empire, he goes on a quest  to discover a power that might be used to raise the old gods and throw off the cruel Empire of the Saviours.
Meanwhile, the full fury of the Empire descends on Godsend. Many of Jillan’s friends are killed. His beloved Hella is captured and incarcerated in the Great Temple of the Saviours, so that she can be used to blackmail him.You can of course buy Gateway of the Saviours from all good bookshops (and probably a few bad ones) or from Amazon



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www.amazon.co.uk/Gateway-Saviours-Chronicles-Cosmic-Warlord.


By Paul Mccusker.
Paul's latest book is here! The CS Lewis estate has invited him to annotate "The Screwtape Letters," the first of Lewis' books to have such annotations written. The notes are not theological or interpretive (who would dare!), but explanations of literary references and WW2 English-isms, along with directions to other Lewis' writings on subjects raised in the book. It provides insights for those who know "Screwtape" well, and for those reading it for the first time. This beautiful hardback gift book is available on Amazon.


www.paulmccusker.com


Another recommended book  by Paul Mccusker. 

Season of the Shadows. Set in WWII London.Love, deception, betrayal, decisions, duty, and the truth. How did things get so complicated? The night before had been so ordinary . . . as Julie Harris played the charming socialite at another of her husband's high-society Washington parties. But that morning . . . Julie awoke to find herself a widow, forced to deal with the scandal surrounding Stewart Harris's death---and with the shocking, unsuspected secrets of his life. Now her search for the truth about her late husband has brought Julie to wartime London. Posing as an aide at the U.S. embassy, she sets out to fulfil her mission: infiltrate a radical Fascist group---a group with mysterious ties to her husband's past.
available from Amazon


The Richard

Matthewman Stories
Ian McMillan & Martyn Wiley
Published 16 March 2009
ISBN 978-1-904590-21-7 and 1-904590-21-7




For a Yorkshireman who has spent half a lifetime in his native pit village, moving south is a mixed blessing and it is where Richard Matthewman's memories begin as he looks back with affection, humour, and no small measure of exasperation at 42 summers - and bitter winters.

From boyhood through adolescence to marriage and a family, his stories are filled with a rich gallery of characters - the relations, friends and village notables of a vital community filled with life and incident but as brittle and unmistakably northern as the coal seams on which it was built.originally broadcasted on Radio 4. the Richard Matthewman stories have achieved cult status.Written by the ' John Peel' of poetry Ian McMillan and his pal the late Martin Wiley, They focus on episodes in the life of Richard Matthewman,schoolboy,student,teacher and reluctant plant pot cleaner. Humorous and poignant,the stories are crammed with characters and everyday tales of life in a northern town.Ian has written a new instalment exclusively for the book, bringing Matthewman's journey up to the present day.( Available from Pomona Books)

'It's impossible not to like McMillan. If they made him Poet Laureate on Friday, a lot more people would be reading poetry by Monday.

Sue Arnold, The Guardian.
' He is one of my all-time heroes.He is so talented I could kill him'
Mike Harding.
'The Shirley Bassey of performance poetry'
The Times
'Relentlessly Jolly'







My Word Hardcover – 14 Jun 2007 by Terry Christian



 Message left on Channel 4 complaints line: 'Your presenter is a heap of shit. You've got a raving fxxxg poofter on there -- this is not entertainment. I'd love to talk to that txxt. He wants whacking. Ring me back tomorrow and I'll discuss it with you.' The Word, and Terry Christian in particular, tended to divide its audience. Its late-night mix of cutting-edge music and irreverent, what can best be described as 'student' humour won the hearts of millions while bringing an equal number out in hives. There's no question though that the programme helped shape TV for years to follow. My Word is Terry Christian's take on life behind the scenes at Channel 4 in the nineties. He takes no prisoners in this hugely entertaining account of the journey from a working-class childhood in Manchester to the heart of London's television world. The picture that emerges is not of some leery Manc geezer chancing his arm on national television, but of a slightly leery Manc geezer who has a more sensitive side, is a grammar school boy, is a twice Sony-award winning radio presenter, who is soaked in music, and who has had to battle for all his working life against the prejudices of those who control broadcasting in the UK.

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