A humorous detective-style caper set in an alternative version of the present day, where Cornwall is very prosperous, the Cornish language spoken around the world, and, of particular relevance to the story, cows are transported into Cornwall for short periods to qualify their milk as Cornish.
The story of Sammy is an odyssey of innocent fortitude. As he inched along, he took up with a succession of companions, among them a Syrian trader, a band of pilgrims, an American lady, an Italian press correspondent looking for a story.
McQaid is a sword - and occasionally dagger - for hire in the turbulent Highlands, as disillusionment grows against the Hanoverian regime. On a fine summer night in 1745 he is summoned to the bedside of the dying laird of Auchlour and commissioned on the most secret errand of his life ...
Maverick British agent Simon Waggoner is ‘sprung’ from a Russian labour camp by feared Police Chief Major Igor Mikulitsin to investigate why a thousand of the world’s richest people are invited to take a secret sea trip.
The Hunter and the Horns tells of an English schoolteacher who is stranded in this bizarre world of the East and his peculiar fascination for the oryx. To the Arabs, this graceful animal is a prized symbol of manhood, and through his personal failures the Englishman comes to identify his own future with its fate.
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At this Inquest, and at the trial that followed three weeks later, prejudice against the three accused boatmen seemed likely to overwhelm them. But the evidence was circumstantial, and the trial judge was about to dismiss the charges, ruling that so far as rape and murder were concerned there was no case to answer - when the prosecution produced a surprise witness.
'Do-gooders', says Harry Eckington, 'do better'. And as he sets off for a holiday in Snowdonia with his oddly assorted group of young friends rescued from the youth club and its supposedly homosexual leader, all seems set fair for a healthy, invigorating, uplifting week in the mountains....
The discovery in the Holy Land of a helmet and a gold box belonging to a Roman centurion begins and epic story that blends biblical mythology and high adventure, and seeks to unlock a mystery that stretches through to the 20th Century and beyond.
Peopled with extraordinary characters, suffused with humour and yet unflinching in its portrayal of the near slavery of the poor in Scotland and Ireland, Children of the Dead End sold 50,000 copies a year in the 1920s.
When British servicemen were observing nuclear tests in the Pacific during the 1950s, the Prime Minister of the time, Sir Anthony Eden, was warned that they risked a lingering death from cancer. His response is reported to have been, 'A pity, but we cannot help it.'
In the balmy summer of 1940, the most critical battle of the Second World War was fought out over the fields and towns of southern England.
An embattled but resilient people could look only to the young men whose task it was to repel the aerial invasion. In this book Ralph Barker has unearthed twelve untold or little-known but unforgettable stories of men whose names may be unfamiliar but without whose selfless tenacity Britain would not have survived.
When the passenger liner City of Benares sailed from Liverpool on Friday, 13 September 1940, she was carrying 90 evacuee children from the bombed cities of Britain, bound under a government-sponsored scheme for a safe haven in Canada. Her sinking by U-boat four days later, without warning, in total disregard of the plight of survivors and in defiance of international law, shocked and horrified the civilised world.
John Palmer curates twenty splendid ambassadorial gifts.
This is a book about diplomatic gifts, that is gifts carried by ambassadors from one sovereign to another. These embassies were sent for a political purpose – to seek a dynastic marriage or a military alliance, to congratulate a new sovereign or announce a victory, or to solicit an agreement on trade.
Colourful, boisterous and often bawdy, the old-time fairs punctuated the routine of the year like exploding stars in the firmament. They were also a vital part of England's economy. This comprehensive and readable new study examines a long neglected subject and its impact on trade and everyday lives.
The year 1660 witnessed not only the restoration of the monarchy but also the beginning of a new lusty and licentious age. Under the Merry Monarch, Charles II, London shurgged off Puritanism and launched itself into debauchery to enjoy two centries of uninhibited pleasure. This richly evocative portrayal of the capital will take you on an unforgettable historical pleasure trip.