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Churchills Rebels

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Churchill’s Rebels is a heart-breaking story of two young people madly in love and in open rebellion against their up-bringing and a way of life.
Esmond Romilly was the nephew of Winston Churchill, a rebel against his family and public school who left England to fight for the rebels in the Spanish Civil War. Jessica Mitford, was one of the notorious Mitford girls – always known as Decca – and grew up in a life of Downton Abbey aristocratic privilege. Her sister Unity went to Germany and became very close to Hitler, while Diana married Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists.

In 1937, when Esmond was 18 and Jessica 19 they met and fell madly in love and, scandalously, ran away together to the Communist Front in Spain. After three months of family opposition, they were finally married. With war ever approaching, Esmond trained to fly and was killed in active service with Bomber Command. They had only had four brief, tempestuous and loving years together.
Meredith Whitford’s ground-breaking book uses previous unpublished documents and family sources and is essential reading. A distinguished author, she tells the story of a remarkable era..

Meredith Whitford is the successful author of two historical novels, Treason and Shakespeare’s Will. She has a BA in History, English and Classics from the University of Adelaide, where she lives. She has been reading about the Mitford and Romilly families since, aged nineteen, she found the books Hons and Rebels and Hostages at Colditz in her local library. She now owns every book written by and about these families.

The connection with the Churchill and the Mitford families guarantees comprehensive reviews and serial and feature interest.

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Joy’s Journey

By the time she had reached twenty-one, Joy Hunter had worked in the Offices of the War Cabinet in Churchill’s underground war rooms in preparation for D-Day 1944; been included in the Three Power Conference at Potsdam in 1945 between the victorious allies, Great Britain, USA and the Soviet Union; and then went to Washington for the post-war Bretton Woods agreement. She then joined the staff of the Archbishop of Canterbury, working at Lambeth

Joy had a traditional schooling. Her marriage to an architect in 1949 was sadly short-lived due to his early death leaving her with three children under six. She had to work, to support her young family. A fascinating career developed, in teaching, the NHS and Age UK – to name just three – and in 2009 she was involved in an exhibition commemorating the opening of the
Churchill underground War Rooms, which created much publicity. She was awarded an MBE
in 2013.

Joy Hunter was a vicar’s daughter and attended secretarial college which led to her fascinating and full life. She was awarded an MBE in 2013 for her charity work. She lives in Guildford, Surrey.
‘My life has been an incredible journey and I hope you enjoy reading about it.’ Joy Hunter

The author has many contacts with local Surrey newspapers; local charities; the Cabinet War
Rooms exhibition in Whitehall, London. She is expert in PR and publicity.

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Ian Gilmour

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Ian Gilmour’s autobiography covers his life up Suez in 1956, but sadly does not cover the remaining part of his fascinating life. A foreword and afterword by his son, the author David Gimour, put his life into context and cover the missing parts of his career, not included in this memoir. He was an important social liberal and an inspired editor of The Spectator.

Ian Gilmour was the son of stockbroker Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Gilmour, 2nd Baronet and his wife, Victoria, a granddaughter of the 5th Earl of Cadogan. His parents divorced in 1929, and his father married Mary, the eldest daughter of the 3rd Duke of Abercorn. The family had land in Scotland and he inherited a substantial estate and shares from his grandfather, Admiral of the Fleet, the Hon. Sir Herdworth Meux.
He was educated at Eton and read history at Balliol College, Oxford. He served with the Grenadier Guards 1944 to 1947 and was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1952 and became a tenant in the chambers of Quintin Hogg. He acquired The Spectator in 1959, which he claimed was the wisest choice he made and was its editor from 1954 to 1959. His editorship of the magazine is seen as one of the highlights of that paper’s long history.

On 10 July 1951, Gilmour married Lady Caroline Margaret Montagu-Douglas-Scott, the youngest daughter of the 8th Duke of Buccleuch. Their wedding was attended by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), and the future Elizabeth II. They lived in the grounds of Syon Park in London, with a house in Tuscany and had four sons and one daughter.
He was elected as Member of Parliament in 1962, sitting as its MP from 1974 until his retirement in 1992. He held several junior posts under Edward Heath, becoming Secretary of Defence. Under Margaret Thatcher he served as Lord Privy Seal from 1979-81, becoming a life peer in 1992. In parliament, he was a social liberal, voting to abolish the death penalty, and legalise abortion and homosexuality. He also supported the campaign to join the EEC. He was a ‘one nation’ politician, a social liberal, and was identified by Thatcher as a ‘wet’.

In 2004 his wife died and Ian Gilmour died in 2007, aged 81.

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In 1958 Nina decided to explore Italy; although she had only £3 in the world and no job to go to, she had just the promise of a mattress on the floor of a friend’s apartment.
This is the fascinating account of how she virtually fell into the movie biz in Rome. Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni were huge stars and the biggest star of all at the box office was Alberto Sordi, for whom Nina unexpectedly found herself working. She also played leading roles in the dubbing of foreign films into English. She met stars like David Niven, Peter Ustinov and Jack Palance.
Later, when she married a film editor, she lived and worked in Toronto, Madrid and her beloved Rome. She writes like a dream, so that you are right there with her, and gain an insight into the golden age of European films in the sixties and seventies. When the movie biz hit a crisis, she and her husband moved to Shropshire and lived the “good life”.
But that was not the end of the story. More changes were to come, and more adventures…

Nina Rootes worked on hundreds of films, as a dubber, language coach and translator for books written in French and Italian. She now lives in Ludlow, Shropshire, where she acted in amateur dramatics and now writes and looks back on a roller-coaster life.

To be reviewed in film magazines and in the film pages of major newspapers.

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Elegant Simplicity

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Elegant Simplicity is learning to live with less, to respect others, to control one’s ego and try to preserve the precious resources on our planet. We have complicate dour lives with possessions, riches and clutter, whereas only in inner and outer simplicity can true fulfillment and happiness be found. By demanding less, we should be ready to give more. We can respect our finite natural environment, overcome our ego and all that it demands, learn to love with our souls and live without pride. Therein lies understanding and happiness

John Reed was born in 1946 and has long studied the temptations of the ego and the wish for a prosperous and wealthy life. He now pursues elegant simplicity, dividing his time between south west France and New England, where he and his French wife have an art and antiques business in Maine USA.

The Mulbuie Murderer

The Mulbuie Murderer by John Adam

john adamOn Friday 16 October 1835, the inhabitants of Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, witnessed their last public hanging.  The man on the gallows was John Adam – The Mulbuie Murderer.  But who was John Adam?  Who did he murder and what was his motive?

Contemporaneous reports claimed:
… a more deliberate deed of atrocity perhaps has not been perpetrated in Scotland since the days of Burke and Hare;

… few murders have ever been committed under circumstances of more cold-blooded determination and cruelty.

Of John’s guilt there was little doubt – although the evidence was purely circumstantial.  But the discovery of the victim’s body, the post-mortem, the trial, the execution and its revealing aftermath are riddled with ineptitude, confusion and bizarre practices—such as the medieval interrogation known as the ordeal of the bier, the medical science of phrenology and the legal procedure of

It is for those associated features, not just the barbaric offence itself, that the Mulbuie murder has enduring fame and notoriety, on which this book throws much new light.  The storyline itself is relatively simple – a classic deceitful love triangle.  But how did John Adam’s bones become lost?  What happened to his lover?  Where does his victim’s body lie at rest?  And why did the Lord Advocate decree that her heirs should pay for John Adam’s defence?
Dr Graham Clark graduated from Edinburgh University and followed a career in scientific research and educational management in Further and Higher Education.  In retirement he lives on the Black Isle where he researches aspects of the local history and is an active participant in various archaeological and historical projects.  He also indulges his interest in walking, golf and the development of the University of the Third Age (U3A) across Scotland.


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The Final Curtsey

The Final Curtsey (Paperback)

The Final CurtseyMargaret Rhodes was born into the Scottish aristocracy and royalty often came to stay and she spent childhood holidays in Scotland with her cousins Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. In the Second World War years she ‘lodged’ at Buckingham Place while working for MI5. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Three years later the King and Queen attended her own wedding: Princess Margaret was a bridesmaid.

In 1990 she was appointed as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother, acting also as her companion, until her death in 2002. A fascinating account of a special life, with the author’s family relationships to nobility and royalty, her long and special marriage, her children and grandchildren and a life lived to the full.


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The Red Lion Brewery

The Red Lion Brewery – Hoare & Co

The Red Lion BreweryThe Red Lion Brewery, established in the 16th century, was owned for over100 years by Hoare’s, the bankers. It was one of the oldest breweries and pioneered many changes and developments in brewing, as a prime producer of ‘porter beer’ and later owning or leasing many famous tied pubs throughout the south east.

The tensions between Hoare’s Bank at the sign of the Golden Bottle in Fleet Street and the Red Lion Brewery in Lower East Smithfield led to quarrels and disappointments between the Hoare family members in the Bank and those in the Brewery. Meticulously researched there are 60 illustrations, many from family archives and from Hoare’s Bank, many never reproduced before.

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Wings of the Morning

wings of the morningWings of the Morning by Julian Beale

An adventure story of Africa spanning sixty years and three generations. Five university friends – the Oxford Five – become life-long friends,  as they set off on different paths but reunite to pursue a shared ideal, to establish a new model country in West Africa – Millennium – in the dawn of the 21st century.

Steeped in intrigue and adventure, Julian Beale, with first-hand experience of Africa, has written a marvellous, fast flowing and exciting saga in the bestselling tradition of Wilbur Smith.

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Life Between the Lines

Life Between the Lines

life between the linesJohn Izbicki has an exciting story to tell.  Berlin-born, he lived through the horrors of Nazi persecution and, on the day after his eighth birthday, he witnessed the Kristallnacht, and the smashing of his parents’ shop windows. The Izbickis escaped to England and he began a remarkable journey from school to university, two years of national service.

He became the distinguished education correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, then head of the Telegraph’s Paris office. Serving with the Directors of Polytechnics, he played a leading part in transforming the country’s polytechnics into its ‘new universities’.

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