S.J. Hardman Lea

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York, The United Kingdom


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I'm an obsessive observer, a cynical romantic who writes novels set in and around the First World war - not necessarily war stories, more stories about how men and women react to extreme pressure and altered circumstance.

Another boost

Timely news: today the Telegraph online (major British national newspaper) published their article about the 100 year anniversary of the start of conscription into the British army, largely based on the results of my own survey about current attitudes to the possibility of compulsory military service. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinki...]

Helpful to have some more publicity at this point!

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Published on January 27, 2016 14:00
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Description: “All I needed to do was tick off the list of the old sins - lust, greed, anger, laziness, gluttony, and pride. At least three of those were going to cause trouble. And then, of course, there was the seventh, the most destructive of them all. Envy. We’d come to that one before the end.” It is 1916. Anson Scott, an American newspaperman, is embedded undercover in a British infantry regiment on the Western Front. But in the crucible of war, where the opposing forces of love and hate are more dangerous than gunfire, Scott’s worst enemy may not be on the other side of the wire.
Communication. A BeatriceTempest short story. (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: This is the start of a short story featuring Beatrice Tempest in 1916. Beatrice is a nurse in France in the First War - she is one of the three main characters of my novel sequence The Lost Intensities. The first full length Beatrice novel (The Hospital Train)is due to appear in late spring 2016. In the meantime, here is her first appearance in public print. I've no idea whether anyone will even look at this story, let alone like it. If someone does enjoy it and wants to know more, I'll happily post up the rest of the story (it's not long - 4000 words total) Simon HL

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“While the Bombs Fell” is the fictionalised memoir of a young child in Suffolk – in the east of England – during WWII, in the period 1940-1944. As such, there are many interesting details about the hardships and intermittent pleasures of life in the ...more
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This novel has an interesting setting and time period, in newly colonised Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century. The story centres around the murderous obsession of a group of young men, led by Al, who has inherited a position of some power in the c ...more
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The Last Saturday Of October by Douglas Charles Gilbert
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The Last Saturday of October is the true story of an intriguing and extremely dangerous episode in history – October 1962, when the world was tottering on the edge of nuclear destruction. Gilbert has obviously mastered huge amounts of research and ex ...more
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The Lieutenant and Other Stories by Sapper
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Forget the fact that this was written by the same author ("Sapper") who wrote the Bulldog Drummond adventure stories that were so popular in the 1920s.

If you have an open mind and want to get to grips with the feeling of being a young soldier in the
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The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson, Or, An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm
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" Nigel's use of polemic is bang on and that's what gives the book much of its character - Trumbo's own strong anti-war feelings. I read this one a coup ...more "
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Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
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On of my favorite books set on the Western Front, at least when I was a boy - full of gripping events. The main issue is to remember that it is a NOVEL and not an autobiography, so the detail shouldn't necessarily be taken as the truth of life during ...more
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