Thursday, 28 April 2011


As you can see there is a pile of books out there - some with remembered titles while others lie forgotten.

Derrick Wright's 'Siege At Ma-Kouie' was originally published by Robert Hale in 1957.
The French Foreign Legion take on the Viet-Minh army just prior to the battle of Dien Bein Phu.

'Who Was Then The Gentleman?' is a novel of the Peasants Revolt of 1381. Charles E. Israel brings Wat Tyler to life in a story that contrasts the poverty and injustice of the time with the luxury and indifference of the court of Richard the Second.

Long before the movie trilogy Robert Heinlein told the story of Johnny Rico and the 'Starship Troopers'.

Back in 1960 the Daily Mail said that Constantine Fitz Gibbons novel, 'When The Kissing Had To Stop', relegated Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World to the nursery. With a portrayal of pitched battles between armed police and gangsters; race riots and a Ban The Bomb movement that sweeps a meglomaniac into power - and allows the Russians to occupy Britain. A novel that seemed, at the time, to trigger a number of cold war political thrillers on a similar theme - one by a certain Douglas Hurd.

Next week we will kick off with the only novel written by a British Jazz pianist and biographer of Frank Sinatra.

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