Anne Bonny #BookReview The Photographer Of The Lost by Caroline Scott @CScottBooks 4* #NewRelease #Historical #Fiction #Literary @simonschusterUK @WmMorrowBooks

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The Photographer Of The Lost by Caroline Scott
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1921. The Great War is over and families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. He was declared ‘missing, believed killed’ during the war, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph in the post, taken by Francis, hope flares. And so she begins to search.

Francis’s brother, Harry, is also searching. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, he has returned to the Western Front. As Harry travels through battle-scarred France, gathering news for British wives and mothers, he longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last conversation they ever had.

And as Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they begin to get closer to a startling truth.

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Photographer of the Lost tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again.

Caroline Scott is a freelance writer and historian specializing in WWI and women’s history. The Photographer of the Lost is partially inspired by her family history.

My Review ~

As Previously stated on my blog, I am a huge fan of ww2 fiction and fiction around The Great War. My husband is a military veteran of 15yrs service (airborne Para) and I have various family members that have served. My great-grandfather committed suicide after The Great War and it is only know at 36yrs old I fully understand the horror of that conflict. There is also a monument in Belgium to my Great-Uncle my grandmother’s favourite uncle. Which I nor anyone in my family has visited (unfortunately).
So the moment I read the synopsis for this title, it grabbed my interest.

‘A small matter of a war rather got I n the way’ 

The prologue opens in Lancashire (my home town shire) May 1921 when Edie receives a letter from France. a photo of her husband Francis. Bu how can this be? Francis has been missing presumed dead for 4 yrs.

The novel then details Harry (Francis’s brother) in the years 1921 and the past since 1915. You have to pay attention to not muddle the timelines and brothers up.
Harry’s job is to visit the various special hospitals and locate the graves of the perished. It is his hope that providing the family members with images of the burial site or monuments it may bring them some peace/closure or heal there grief.

The novel also covers the spiritualists and psychics that are out to make a fast buck. spinning stories of the ‘souls of lost men’. I found this quite disturbing. But on the other hand you really feel for Edie and her sense of emptiness, mourning and emotional pain as she searches for her lost love. Are these scammers taking advantage or are they attempting to offer comfort to the grieving?

The relationship of the brother’s and the potential love triangle that it causes is first and foremost the running mystery. Does Harry want Edie for himself? Will Edie now turn to Harry, now all hope is lost with Francis? Is all hope lost with Francis? or is he alive?

The novel details the tortured minds of the soldiers of The Great War. It is a beautiful novel, with a stunning cover and exceptional writing. Slightly reminiscent of the writing of Patrick Gale in A Place Called Winter.
I highly recommend this title, it would make the perfect Christmas gift, also for book groups and simply to treat yourself. I only wish I had got round to writing this review earlier because it would have made a poignant gift to mark remembrance day. 4* 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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*At time of posting the Hardback book was available at just £7 on Amazon*

Anne Bonny #BookReview No Mercy by Martina Cole 5* #NewRelease #CrimeFiction @MartinaCole @headlinepg

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No Mercy by Martina Cole
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Family always come first. Until now.

No more waiting, the new novel from the No. 1 bestselling phenomenon Martina Cole is here, and it’s pure Martina gold. No Mercy is a heart-stopping rollercoaster ride of a read that proves there really is only one Martina Cole.

Diana Davis has been head of the family business since the death of her husband, an infamous bank robber. She’s a woman in a man’s world, but no one messes with her.

Her only son, Angus, is a natural born villain, but he needs to earn Diana’s trust before she’ll allow him into the business.

Once he’s proved he has the brains to run their clubs in Marbella, he is given what he’s always wanted. It’s the beginning of a reign of terror that knows no bounds.

But Angus has a blind spot: his wife, Lorna, and their three kids, Angus Junior, Sean and Eilish. And as the next generation enters the business, Angus has a painful truth to learn. Even when it comes to family, he must show no mercy…

My Review ~

BOOM! Martina Cole is BACK!!!!!!!!
Just as gritty, dark and gripping as the early novels I devoured one after the other whilst living in sunny Cyprus. I’ve been a fan of Martina Cole’s stayle since 2005, when heavily pregnant I found her books at the library. Before too long she was my new obsession and I read every copyh the library had.

The title is set between 2011 and 1980, it give an insight into the different ways in which gangland was run and IS run. The novel opens with the murders of gangster brother Jimmy & Christos Fernandez. Whomever is responsible has an X on their back…

I love the whole grit and realness that is written within a Martina Cole title. She certain isn’t going to waste time describing a pair of curtains or the countryside. She focuses on the characters and what is written, is deep, layered and eye-opening. The various family members are all introduced and before long you have a clear picture of how the family operates and who they answer to.
One thing is certain Diana Davis doesn’t miss a bloody trick.

There are affairs, mistresses and hookers. Violence revenge and instigation. There is murder and mayhem and that is what makes it such a cracking read.
The cast of characters is very diverse and it is brilliant to see a range of BAME/LGBT characters come alive on the page in this style of genre writing diversity can often be lost.

Absolutely CRACKING!!!! 5* 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Inside History takes you closer to the past one theme at a time. Each issue is packed with articles dedicated to each theme by some of the finest historians in their field of expertise.

Our first theme focuses on the grisly history of Medicine and Surgery featuring articles from Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, Dr John Woolf, Louise Wyatt and our team.

Our second issue’s theme is Crime and the Underworld and will hit our store in January 2020.

Q&A with editor Nick Kevern ~

Q) For the readers, can you give a summary of yourself and your new venture?

A) I was a History teacher for about 6 years but I have always wanted to work in magazines. Teaching is a great job but it wasn’t for me so I decided to call it a day. It was an incredibly tough decision to make as it was all I had known. When I left, I became
a freelance sports writer and was lucky enough to write for a number of golf publications. I started my own golf magazine called “Golfhacker” which was dedicated to golfers like me. Those who loved it but weren’t that great. However, history has always been a major part of my DNA and I wanted to create a new history magazine so I took the plunge.

Q) How did you decide on individual themes/era’s and what is in store for readers in the future editions?

A) The vast majority of history magazines are either general history magazines or those that focus on a specific niche within the genre. There are some brilliant history magazines out there so it felt important to do something different. So I decided to theme each issue around a concept or sub genre within the field. The first was the history of Medicine. I chose this as many teachers and students deal with Medicine as part of their GCSE course. It is also a history that is often overlooked but could allow the magazine
to stand out from the crowd. Future editions for 2020 will include Crime and the Underworld, Witchcraft and the Occult, and Power behind the Throne.

Q) As a new venture, who have been your supporters and cheerleaders?

A) I have been very lucky to get some brilliant historians involved with the first issue and already there are plenty gathering for future issues. If I was to highlight a couple of cheerleaders then I would certainly highlight Lindsey Fitzharris, John Woolf and
Louise Wyatt. Lindsey is a very popular figure within the history world and has written the bestselling “The Butchering Art”. She has a huge social media following so when she offered to write for the first issue it was a dream come true as I was crowdfunding.
Her generosity has been immense, and I will always be truly grateful to her for helping to make it happen. John is joining me again for the second issue and is also taking part in our first live event in Chester later in November. I’m also delighted to reveal
that the Old Operating Theatre in London will be our first official stockist. It is an amazing museum and well worth checking if you ever want to see how operations were carried out in the Victorian period.

Q) As someone who personally devours non-fiction. I am aware it can be more expensive than fiction and genre titles. Does Inside History magazine offer the reader’s the chance to sample title’s and the content within via the articles?

A) Those involved with the magazine are a mix of published and unpublished writers. Those that are published have carefully linked their articles to their published books. With this in mind, it gives our readers a really good sample of their work and we are hoping that it will encourage the reader to want to know more. At the end of each article we provide details of their latest books. For unpublished writers that we include I hope that it can lead to bigger things for them and give them the exposure that they deserve.
As we all know, writing is a very difficult industry so if we can help writers in any way then it is certainly worth it.

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DAILY MAIL, GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017
Winner of the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing
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The story of a visionary British surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world – the safest time to be alive in human history

In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

Victorian operating theatres were known as ‘gateways of death’, Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn’t survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, when surgeons often lacked university degrees, and were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers. While the discovery of anaesthesia somewhat lessened the misery for patients, ironically it led to more deaths, as surgeons took greater risks. In squalid, overcrowded hospitals, doctors remained baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high.

At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: Joseph Lister, a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon. By making the audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection – and could be treated with antiseptics – he changed the history of medicine forever.

With a novelist’s eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly conjures up the grisly world of Victorian surgery, revealing how one of Britain’s greatest medical minds finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end.

Dr John Woolf ~ Author of ‘The Wonders’ and ‘Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets’
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A radical new history of the Victorian age: meet the forgotten and extraordinary freak performers whose talents and disabilities helped define an era.

On 23 March, 1844, General Tom Thumb, at 25 inches tall, entered the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace and bowed low to Queen Victoria. On both sides of the Atlantic, this meeting marked a tipping point in the nineteenth century – the age of the freak was born.

Bewitching all levels of society, it was a world of astonishing spectacle – of dwarfs, giants, bearded ladies, Siamese twins and swaggering showmen – and one that has since inspired countless novels, films and musicals. But the real stories (human dramas that so often eclipsed the fantasy presented on the stage), of the performing men, women and children, have been forgotten or marginalized in the histories of the very people who exploited them.

In this richly evocative account, Dr John Woolf uses a wealth of recently discovered material to bring to life the sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant, always extraordinary stories of people who used their (dis)abilities and difference to become some of the first international celebrities. And through their lives we discover afresh some of the great transformations of the age: the birth of showbusiness, of celebrity, of advertising, of ‘alternative facts’; while also exploring the tensions, both then and now, between the power of fame, the impact of exploitation and our fascination with ‘otherness’.

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A History of Nursing explores the history of nursing by investigating the earliest records of the caring profession, how it progressed and what established it along the way to becoming the nursing we see today. It starts at the beginning of the story – how, once upon a time, all we had to depend on was Mother Nature.

Over time, education and standards improved for the safety, development and governance of the profession. Not everything was plain sailing and the book introduces lesser-known people who made this possible, sometimes at great cost to themselves, and the effect military nursing had on the nineteenth century in turning nursing from religious principles to the secular nursing we see today.

How did nursing go from being knowledge handed down through ancient scripts, folklore and sometimes by accident, to the degree-level, accountable practice of modern times? And why do nurses not wear hats anymore? A History of Nursing answers these questions and more.

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