D-Day: the Beginning of the End

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Oradour-sur-Glane, one of the casualties of German retaliation following D-Day

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, 6th June 1944, the Allied invasion of German-occupied France. Down here in SW France, the weather is equally damp today, but perhaps not quite as cold and windy as it was on that significant day back in 1944. The decision to go or not to go that Eisenhower had to make must rank as one of the most difficult in history. Continue reading

Wartime Secrets in Tuscany: an Interview with Katharine Johnson

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I’m delighted to welcome back Katharine Johnson, whose historical mysteries make engrossing reading. She’s already told us a little about her latest novel, The Secret, when it was a work in progress. Now, publication day is approaching on 1st June, and I’m looking forward to The Secret popping onto my Kindle that day. The book blurb tells you more about it below. In the meantime, Katy whets our appetite with some insights into the inspiration behind the book and the history on which it’s based. Continue reading

True Inspiration for Fiction #4: Angel Makers

Thiézac Village

Angel makers practised their trade in cities as well as isolated rural villages

In most Western nations, the practice of backstreet abortion has virtually disappeared now that abortion has been legalised. I don’t intend to open a debate here about the moral issues, but rather to look at the historical background, especially in France. Continue reading

Epic Sale of WWII Novels 

The eagerly-awaited film “Dunkirk”, directed by Christopher Nolan, premiers very soon. To celebrate the release, 40+ authors of the Facebook Second World War Club have joined up to put together a Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Novel Sale – a real reading feast for devotees of WWII fiction. Continue reading

Scent of Corsica: the Maquis

Rosemary, a typical maquis plant

Can you name some famous Corsicans? There’s the obvious one, Napoleon Bonaparte. Slightly less obvious ones are the singer Tino Rossi, and Pasquale di Paoli, who headed the short-lived independent Corsican republic in the 18th century. But did you know that François Coty, who founded the famous Coty perfume empire, was also Corsican?  Continue reading

History People #10: Katharine Johnson, Inspired by Italy

Author Katharine Johnson

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Katharine Johnson to the History People slot. Lucky Katharine has lived in Italy, which has provided inspiration for her writing and she’s supplied some mouth-watering shots of Italian views and villages below. But I’ll let her tell you about that. Continue reading

Pearl Harbor and More Launches in Paperback

 

The devastating surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941 hastened America’s entry into World War II and changed the course of the war.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary, eight writers of wartime fiction published a collection of stories set around that date in different locations around the world. We’ve been so pleased with the e-book’s reception that we have decided to publish a paperback edition, which is launched today. Continue reading