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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RAMAGE

Written by: Dudley Pope

Published by: House of Stratus Ltd.

Submitted By: John Webb

I’m fairly sure that most of BC’s fans will enjoy the Ramage series of books. Set broadly around the peninsular war period, these seafaring adventures (all eighteen of them) are easier to read than Patrick O’Brien’s sea stories, but do…

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WHERE RIGHT AND GLORY LEAD

Written by: Donald.E.Graves

Published by: Robin Brass Studio

Submitted By: Geraint

This is a brilliant account of the bloody and rather forgotten battle of Lundys Lane. This was as much a near run thing as Waterloo and truly a soldiers battle with the bloody confused fighting that raged through the night….

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WELLINGTON IN THE PENINSULA

Written by: Jac Weller

Published by: Greenhill Books

Submitted By: Roger T. Kennedy

For all Sharpe fans who have enjoyed the series this is the book which Mr. Cornwell used for much of his research on the campaign. Although an old book, and considered rather pro-British, its descriptions of the battles are right…

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CATO'S WAR

Written by: Guy Wheeler

Published by: Chatto and Windus

Submitted By: Rob DeWolfe

This is a great historical adventure novel. Set in the American War of Independence it is from the British point of view, which is too rare. The hero of the story is Col. Cato late of the North British Dragoons….

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FIRST LIGHT

Written by: Geoffrey Wellum

Published by: Viking Press

Submitted By: Bernard

An enchanting, wonderful book – tells the true story of a schoolboy turned Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.

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THE LIGHT'S ON AT SIGNPOST

Written by: George MacDonald Fraser

Published by: HarperCollins

Submitted By: Bernard

Anything by George MacDonald Fraser is wonderful – these are the tales of his time in Hollywood, plus some reflections on Britain today.

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BONAPARTE'S SONS

Written by: Richard Howard

Published by: Little, Brown

Submitted By: Brad

This being the first book of a steadily growing series that follows Alain Lausard, a french aristocat who narrowly escapes execution to find himself turning to crime to survive. Caught and facing execution for his crimes the army is his…

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THE JESUS MYSTERIES: WAS THE 'ORIGINAL JESUS' A PAGAN GOD?

Written by: Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy

Published by: Three Rivers (Paperback)

Submitted By: Andrew Burgess

I offer this recommendation with reference to Bernard’s depiction of early Christians in the Arthur trilogy and their less-than-salutory methods for the dissemination of their faith. This work examines the actual historical origins of Christianity (as opposed to the Church’s…

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FIELD OF GLORY

Written by: Donald .E. Graves

Published by: Spellmount Publishers

Submitted By: Geraint

This is a brilliant historical text of the battles of Cryslers Farm and Chateauguay set during the forgotten War of 1812. The book manages to be both factual and at the same time interesting to read with some sadly forgotten…

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TOO FEW FOR DRUMS

Written by: R. F. Delderfield

Published by: McBooks Press 2001

Submitted By: Christina Snyder

I absolutely loved this book. Has some parallels with Sharpe’s Rifles. Instead of Blas Vivar we have Gwyneth, a Welsh whore in a rag tag army. I consider it a good introduction to the Peninsular War.

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