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Rupert Colley

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Founder, writer and Series Editor of History In An Hour (, owned by HarperCollins UK, and now author of two novels.

The first, "My Brother the Enemy", a novella, is set during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

The second, "This Time Tomorrow", set during and following World War One, is a compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal.

My third novel, "The Black Maria", is set in Moscow in 1935, the height of Stalin's reign, about love crushed by the machine.

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World War One: History In A...

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The Russian Revolution: His...

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World War Two: History in a...

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The Woman on the Train

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How 'The Sixth Man' came about

It’s strange how a new novel can materialise in a writer’s mind.

Most of the time, like most novelists, I have a nugget of an idea and a setting. Then I spend days, weeks, even months, nurturing and fleshing it out – the character arcs, the plot developments, sub-plots, etc.

But not so with my latest novel, The Sixth Man. I was sitting in the garden one sunny afternoon in August 2014, cup of tea... Read more of this blog post »
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A rip-roaring story. Violent and positively brutal in places, but it’s edge of the seat stuff from the first page to the last. Its theme is the classic “can love conquer evil?” and Matthew Elwell keeps it entertaining throughout. Very well researched ...more
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Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater by Kathryn J. Atwood
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Kathryn Atwood has already written two great books about women and war – women heroes from the Second World War and from the first. Now, we have a third – Women Heroes of World War II – the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, ...more
A Most Uncivil War by Nicolas Lalaguna
"Compelling, epic and moving novel of a Spanish village in the first 40 years of the 20th Century.

It’s rare to find a novel in English telling the anarcho-syndicalist view of Spain in the 1920s and 1930s. For those that don’t know, anarchism in Spa..." Read more of this review »
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" I am seeking a beta reader(s) for my seventh novel. It's historical fiction, as yet unpublished, set in WW2 Nazi-occupied France, about 52,000 words. ...more "
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
"Wow, what a book! Historical fiction at it's very best.

Ruta Sepetys has put together a taut and gripping novel that has as it's backdrop the harrowing exodus of German and Baltic civilians from the Red Army advance into East Prussia.

Told from the..." Read more of this review »
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A Stranger in My Own Country by Hans Fallada
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During the 1930s and 1940s, Hans Fallada was one of the most famous writers in Germany. In 2009, his reputation was resurrected in the English-speaking world with the first English translation of his bleak anti-Nazi masterpiece, Alone in Berlin. In 1 ...more
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“Whenever Stalin made a speech his audience would applaud so much that no one dared be the first to stop, applauding even to the point of collapse. The writer and Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, relates a tale from 1937 when, after eleven exhausting minutes of enthusiastic clapping, a factory director was the first to stop; he got ten years in a gulag. Eventually Stalin permitted the use of a bell to signify a stop. If Stalin, in a speech, mispronounced a word (Russian, after all, being his second language), those speaking after him, if using the same word, would mispronounce it in exactly the same way.”
Rupert Colley, Stalin: History in an Hour

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“On Christmas Day, 1914, British troops in the front-line trenches could hear the Germans singing Stille Nacht (Silent Night). The British joined in. Cautiously, soldiers on both sides climbed out of their trenches and walked towards each other across No Man’s Land. They shook hands, exchanged cigarettes, and took photographs of each other. Further up the line, a group of Scots played the Germans at football with helmets for goalposts. The Germans won 3–2. But the festivities had to end. With reluctant handshakes, they each returned to their trenches and grudgingly took up their arms. This fraternization was very much against orders. It was never to happen, to such a large extent, again.”
Rupert Colley, World War One: History in an Hour

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