Reading Club

I assume you're here at this website because you like my books. Good. And that also means you might like the books I enjoy reading, and that all of us might enjoy the books that you read, so this is simply a place where we can exchange news of books - any books - not just historical novels. Tell us if you've read something wonderful and entertaining, and we'll post your recommendations and reviews here. And, please, let us know what you think of these recommendations!

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The American West

Written by: Royal B Hassrick

Published by: Octopus

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

This colourful history of the ‘The American West’ describes through fascinating descriptive detail, pictures, and photographs the creation of United States. Establishing the first European colonies, the pioneering exploration of unknown territories, clashing with native Indian tribes, the gradual spread…

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Dominion

Written by: C J Sansom

Published by: Pan

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

‘Dominion’ is an alternate history with the premise that Lord Halifax became Prime Minister instead of Winston Churchill following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. Samson then leads us down a very dark and terrifying path. After the military disasters at…

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Soldiers

Written by: John West

Published by: Ladybird Books

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

One of my very first books – and one that captured my interest from an early age. This is an ideal starter for youngsters aged 3 upwards to learn about different types of soldier throughout the ages, narrative on uniforms,…

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Charlie

Written by: Finn Óg

Published by: Gatekeeper Press

Submitted By: Finn Óg

(This review submitted by the book’s author) The books that stand out from my childhood on the loughs and seas around Ireland, are the sailing novels of Bernard Cornwell. My first book, ‘Charlie,’ was released in the autumn and I…

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Fen-wolf

Written by: S. Pitt

Published by: Firsthale

Submitted By: S. Pitt

(This review submitted by the book’s author) The novel begins in the spring of 1066 when Hereward, son of Eorl Leofric of Mercia, returns to England after nine years fighting as a mercenary in Scaldemariland. But peace does not last…

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Firefox Down

Written by: Craig Thomas

Published by: Sphere

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

I bought this novel way back in the 1990’s, at a time when there was no internet and therefore very little information regarding the excellent works by prominent authors. As such, I was familiar with Firefox from the film starring…

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Replay

Written by: Ken Grimwood

Published by: Gollancz

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

Perhaps one of the most bizarre yet intriguing plots ever to appear on the scene, ‘Replay’ tells the story of Jeff Winston – a middle-aged man, with a low-paid job, a strained marriage, and no children to comfort his increasing…

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The Boy From the Past

Written by: Stephen Greig

Published by: Cubert Press

Submitted By: Stephen Greig

This review submitted by the book’s author The present meets the past in mystery novel that flits between Second World War era Burma and modern Dorset. But what could connect such seemingly different environments…  

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Red Horse

Written by: M.J.Logue

Published by: CreateSpace

Submitted By: Bethan Taylor

This is a novel set in a Parliamentary troop during the English Civil war.  It’s the first in a series that I’m working my way through and it’s really very good – great characters and very funny.  I recommend giving…

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Agrippa’s Wake

Written by: Ralph Jackman

Published by: Knox Robinson Publishing

Submitted By: Elise Towner

Agrippa’s Wake by Ralph Jackman is an entertaining read about prominent people and events in the history of Rome. Writing in the first person is often very tricky, yet Mr. Jackman does an amazing job of drawing his readers in…

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