Books

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Keanes Company by Iain Gale

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There’s no escaping it: “Keane’s Company” is heavily indebted to Bernard Cornwell’s “Sharpe” series. Even the name of the central character – Keane – sounds like a pun on Sharpe, and it is unsurprising to…

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Station Life In New Zealand

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Don’t be misled by the tightly pulled hair and the unsmiling visage of Lady Mary Anne Barker. Beneath that demure Victorian façade beat a heart as wild and courageous as any Rider Haggard hero. Lady…

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A Bargain Struck by Liz Harris

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Ok! I’ll admit it; I’ve been stuck in a historical fiction rut. So when this book landed on my doorstep I thought, “right, I’ll have a go at that”. I’m not sure what I expected,…

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Blood Will Tell by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

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I’m going to be honest: I am interested in the theory behind this book. But in terms of reading 300+ pages exploring the medical explanations of a person’s god awful behaviour, the idea really didn’t float my…

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Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell

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Like many people, I had my pre-conceptions about Anne Boleyn. Her name alone conjures up the image of a ‘Femme Fatale’, histories most famous ‘other’ woman. She was clever and calculating. Sly, with her eyes…