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BookPick: Napoleonic Memoirs & Biographies

Among the many treasured volumes in my library are memoirs and biographies, which so often give wonderful insights into the individuals who strode the Napoleonic-era stage. I particularly enjoy hearing actual ‘voices’ from the past, they can really transport you back in time. Here are four recent titles that will appeal to all those drawn […]

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An Emperor Aboard!

On this day in 1815 HMS Bellerophon carrying a very special passenger, Napoleon Bonaparte, dropped anchor at Torbay; then shortly after sailed on to Plymouth Sound. A fascinating exhibition at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery explores the mystique that grew up around the man – monster to some, folk-hero to others. Centred around […]

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INVASION: glory and adventure

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. Thank you for all your kind comments on the post about my ninth book, TREACHERY. The tenth book in the Kydd series is INVASION. Kydd finds himself centrally involved in the activities to counter […]

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Napoleon comes to Plymouth…

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] I have the great good fortune to live not far from Plymouth, Devon. Ever since the days of Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada, Plymouth has played a key role in Britain’s maritime history. But it was on this […]

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BookPick: Britain Against Napoleon

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] I have Roger Knight’s scholarly The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson on my reference shelves and certainly consulted it, along with others, for my book VICTORY. Now he’s come up with a broader work – […]

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