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Recommended Read – The Far Pavilions by M M Kaye

  2.   Historical
  3. Monday, 21 September 2020
The Far Pavilions is the story of an English man – Ashton Pelham-Martyn – brought up as a Hindu. It is the story of his passionate, but dangerous love for Juli, an Indian princess. It is the story of divided loyalties, of friendship that endures till death, of high adventure and of the clash between...

Lyudmila Pavlichenko – The most successful female sniper in history

  2.   Historical
  3. Tuesday, 08 September 2020
“The only feeling I have is the great satisfaction a hunter feels who has killed a beast of prey,” Lyudmila Pavlichenko Lyudmila Belova was born 12th July 1916 in Bila Tserkva in the Ukraine (near Kiev). Her mother was a school teacher and her father a factory worker who worked his way up to a posit...

Recommended Read – Silence by Shusaku Endo

  2.   Historical
  3. Friday, 21 August 2020
Beneath the light of the candle I am sitting with my hands on my knees, staring in front of me. And I keep turning over in my mind the thought that I am at the end of the earth, in a place which you do not know and which your whole lives through you will never visit. It is 1640 and Father Sebastian ...

Malta – the brave island which was awarded the George Cross

  2.   Historical
  3. Thursday, 13 August 2020
At the beginning of the Second World War Malta was a part of the British Commonwealth and had been at the centre of Britain’s strategic naval planning in the Mediterranean since the early 19th century. In early 1940, it was thought that the island could no longer be the main base for the Mediterrane...

‘The Lost Egg’ – a bedtime story on Little Radio

  2.   Historical
  3. Tuesday, 11 August 2020
As a complete change from my usual historical writing I have been asked to write a short story for ‘Little Radio’. This radio station for children is run by TV presenter and actor Chris Jarvis (people in the UK will know him from the BBC TV children’s channel CBeebies, or may have seen him in pantom...

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