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Author Guest Post: Philip Hamlyn Williams

Imagine the scene, rather like General Horrocks addressing the officers of 30 Corps in the film A Bridge Too Far. Instead of Horrocks, the key note speaker is spritely Brigadier Jim Denniston, former Seaforth Highlander, and, as Director of Ordnance Services for the 21st Army Group, he is addressing officers of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as they make final preparations for D Day. They are approaching the culmination of four hard years of preparation, or perhaps forty years since many of them had served through the Great War. Some had been at the sharp end in the British Expeditionary Force which withdrew to Dunkirk. When I first read of this scene, I needed to discover where these men had come from; what had prepared them for this moment. The result of my research is my book, Dunkirk to D Day.

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Welcome to the Top 3 True Crime picks from Pen & Sword!

In this blog post we are going to inform you about three true crime titles from recent years which we highly recommend. We hope that you enjoy reading up on these quality books which appeal to a wide range of readers.

The books will be posted with the links to purchase and the full book description, to give you detailed information on the contents of the book.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Author Guest Post: Lisetta Lovett

Forget the stereotype! Most people on hearing the name Casanova immediately think of a libertine and debauched figure, tropes pedalled by numerous films, (of which the 1976 Fellini version was particularly vicious), television series, plays, books and even music from the early 20th century. What would a man like that have to say about the serious subjects of illness and medical practice? ‘Is it all about venereal disease?’ was a common question from acquaintances during the six years or so that I was researching my book.

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Author Guest Post: Zöe Wheddon

5 Things you need to know about Martha Lloyd

In my forthcoming debut biography Jane Austen’s Best Friend, The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd I undertake an examination of an often overlooked, yet very special friendship. In shining a light on Jane Austen in the role of best friend we get to picture her as she has never really been viewed before. What we glean about her as a person is both riveting and heart-warming. However, as Martha Lloyd steps out of the shadows, she too reveals herself to be excellent best friend material and a very interesting woman of her time. Indeed, in researching her history I ended up really liking her very much indeed and if at the start of my journey I felt a little envious of Martha for her friendship with our beloved authoress, by the end, I felt more than a little jealous of Jane having Martha as her bestie. So, what can I tell you about Martha Lloyd to convince you to spend a little more time with her. Here are 5 things you need to know about Jane Austen’s Best Friend.

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Author Guest Post: Suzie Grogan

A life as relevant today – John Keats: Poetry, Life and Landscapes

I first became interested in John Keats when I was about 12, when a children’s TV show produced a ‘special’ on writer’s houses and chose Wentworth Place in Hampstead, now known as Keats House. All through my teens and on through adulthood his life story, poetry and letters have resonated with me and a lifetime of study has culminated in the publication of John Keats: Poetry Life & Landscapes in January 2021. It is coming out to coincide with the bicentenary of Keats’s death. 200 years ago, on the 23rd February 1821, when he died in Rome of tuberculosis, aged just 25.

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Author Guest Post: Vyvyen Brendon

Jane Austen and Brothers at Sea

Jane Austen’s life and work often sprang into my mind while I was writing Children at Sea. I imagined the black violinist Joseph Emidy playing at occasions like the Mansfield Park or Netherfield balls; I pictured Midshipman Othnel Mawdesley setting off from a parsonage similar to Steventon, leaving behind two unmarried sisters resembling Jane and Cassandra; and I compared William and Charles Barlow’s naval feats with those of her fictional seamen and her own brothers. I even came to suspect that William Barlow crept into the last novel in the shape of a dissolute minor character.

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Author Video: Jan Slimming

We have a new festive video from Pen and Sword author, Jan Slimming. Enjoy!

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Blog Tour: Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia

Our final blog tour of 2020 has come to an end! We’ve loved seeing what bloggers thought of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia by Samantha Morris. Here are some of the highlights.

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Author Guest Post: Jan Slimming

Merry Christmas : Here’s my Reindeer message!

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Author Guest Post: Darren Baker

Eleanor of Provence and the Founding of Parliament

There is no cornerstone or date when parliament was founded. It arose in early thirteenth-century England because Magna Carta imposed limits on the monarch’s authority. From then on, if the king or queen wanted money or men for war or whatever, they had to summon assemblies of barons and clergy and ask them for a tax.

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