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A Dynasty of Clergy named Archer is the meticulously researched, historically illuminating and compelling study of five clergy from the same family during the period 1500 to 1800. The breadth of the period covered by these five lives gives the reader ample opportunity to reflect on the nature of a clergyman’s role in society, highlighting how much the role of a priest changes from generation to generation and how much a core brief remains unchanged from one century to the next.
Globetrotter, artist and linguist, living in the South of France in Provence, the author travelled widely during the sixties and seventies. In these diaries, recorded on a day to day basis, she shares with us her vivid impressions of the countries she visited.
Impelled by a love for ancient history and a craving for exotic places, she chose to travel alone encountering a wealth of warm welcomes wherever she went.
Before Spin is the eye-opening autobiography by Keith McDowall. It reveals an exciting wartime childhood, how the author became a local reporter chasing the news in South London to eventually working in Fleet Street where he covered industry, trade unions and Cabinet level politics. At the height of his career in the Government Information Service, Keith was a close adviser to both Labour and Conservative Cabinet Ministers throughout the 1970s and 80s.
The area covered by this book is mainly that of the five waggonways delivering coal to their staiths on the River Tyne at Lemington from collieries at Wylam, Heddon, Throckley, Walbottle, Hollywell and Black Callerton. The main objective has been to place the early wooden waggonways fully in the context of their purpose and usage within the mining industry and continues with their development and the coming of railways up to the demise of the coal industry in that district.
Private detective, Sebastian Bludd, had an unusual upbringing that ultimately ended in unhappy teenage years. Some would say that unusual and unhappy were words that carried over into his adult life. Bludd, himself, would rather use the word unconventional, but in reality, he knew all three words were quite appropriate.
Now, more than 20 years after absconding from boarding school, a woman turns up on his doorstep. His instinct is that she is not being wholly truthful with him, but, compelled by curiosity, he reluctantly takes her case.
Surgeon: ‘You’ve got cancer, but we can keep you going for a few months, or maybe a few years.’
Me: ‘Okay, which is it: months or years?’
Me: ‘Will it kill me?’
Surgeon: ‘Yes, it probably will.’
The Second in the Sam Spray series (Book 1 Fatal Connections). The Irish Potato Famine resonates with events thirty years later in the Peak District where a man is found shot in a railyard and a locked van has been broken into. Sergeant Sam Spray and Constable William Archer are called in, only to find themselves involved in something more dangerous than they could have imagined. Meanwhile, domestic events become tragically entangled with their investigation.
Tom Selkirk, a mission-weary and haunted British special forces commando, specialises in leading ultra-secret international operations.
He is thrust back into the world of covert ops when a deadly tsunami is triggered by a nuclear weapon on the seafloor of the South Atlantic Ocean. Selkirk and his team are tasked to rescue the sole survivor of the incident, a beautiful young researcher on a nearby island, named Isabelle. But the shadowy group that placed the nuke have other ideas...
Four Brothers in Arms is a fascinating account of a single family and their service in the British Armed Forces, drawing on an unusual collection of letters and photographs. The book provides glimpses of four brothers’ experiences on the North West Frontier of India in the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, during the partition of India in 1947 and the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s as well as a rare insight into their mother’s precarious isolation during the war in Jersey under German occupation.
The Royal Hospital (RH) was built near the site of the Palace of Placentia and erected by King William III (1650–1702) as a memorial for his consort, Queen Mary II (1662–94) who died of smallpox. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723) and functioned until 1870 as a hospital for retired mariners of the Royal Navy.