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Gordon L. Thomas

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Gordon Thomas was brought up in Parkstone, Dorset, in the south of England. He is proud of his late father, a postman. In 1969 Gordon gained a PhD in nuclear physics and in 1972 became employed in the UK Home Office where he and his team conducted some of the original work in fingerprint science. After taking a range of administrative and scientific posts he retired in 2003. At 66 he was one of our oldest 'debut' novelists with the unique and beautiful story of 'The Harpist of Madrid'. His second novel, 'The Emerald of Burgos', a prequel to the first was published in 2014 and a third novel, 'Expulsion' was published in 2017. He's just published his fourth, an historical thriller called 'Return to Madrid'! He lives with his wife, Janet, in W ...more

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It began in Florence

This is the spectacular cover of my new novel, It began in Florence. If you are one of my followers, you will know that it is based on a period in the life of the once very famous English composer, Ethel Smyth. I am very close to publishing!

The cover was designed by Rohan Renard of Renard Designs (Rohan constructed my web page and did a great job of it!). The picture is part of a painting Rohan di

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“No one dared do it before, not in front of the King (opening sentence)”
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“I am the King of Spain and the Empire. I have more than a hundred million subjects. Yet today I feel like the loneliest man in the Kingdom.”
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