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Derek Birks

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I was born in Hampshire in England but spent my teenage years in Auckland, New Zealand where I still have strong family ties. I came back to England and read History at Reading University. For many years I taught history in a secondary school in Berkshire but took early retirement several years ago to concentrate on my writing.

My debut book, Feud, is set in the Wars of the Roses and is fast paced historical fiction. It is the first of the series, Rebels & Brothers including: A Traitor's Fate, Kingdom of Rebels the final book in the series, The Last Shroud.
Kingdom of Rebels was selected as an Editor's Choice and was longlisted for the 2017 HNS Award.
A second Wars of the Roses series, The Craft of Kings, followed comprising so far: Scars fro
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Thanks for getting in touch. I'm very glad you enjoyed book 2. I am contracted to write Book 3 and it is under way, but it is unlikely to b…more
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Thanks for getting in touch. I'm very glad you enjoyed book 2. I am contracted to write Book 3 and it is under way, but it is unlikely to be out until maybe the end of the year. The story of Ambrosius and Arturus will certainly move forward in the next book...
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Cheers, Kenny. Book 3 will be out in the next month or so. I'm considering continuing the series beyond that as Ambrosius has a long story!
Take care,
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Review: Roman Britain’s MISSING LEGION – Simon Elliott

It seems like I’ve always been aware of the legion that disappeared – the Legio IX Hispana – but it is many years since I last read about it and I was therefore delighted to be offered the chance to read Simon’s new book on the subject, Roman Britain’s Missing Legion.

Since this is a very longstanding mystery, I did not expect Simon to reveal with a flourish on the very last page that he had di

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Description: In 1459 England stands on the brink of chaos. The most powerful nobleman in the land, Richard of York, and the weak king, Henry of Lancaster, prepare to settle their differences on the battlefield. As the rule of law breaks down all over England old scores are being settled. For a long time the Elders and the Radcliffes have been, at best, uncomfortable neighbours but when Ned Elder’s father and brother are murdered and his sisters abducted by the Radcliffes, the young knight is forced to flee from his home. His sister Emma is torn from the quiet solitude of her household and forced into marriage. Eleanor, her wild and beautiful younger sister, is condemned to imprisonment in a remote nunnery. But neither Ned nor his sisters are willing to concede all to the Radcliffes without a fight. And so the feud begins and the fate of the Elders will hang upon more than just Ned's skill with a sword, but on the courage of his sisters and the girl he loves, as the feud is played out amid the blood and misery of the Wars of the Roses.

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Derek Birks Jill wrote: "Lovely to meet you, Derek, and thank you for your friendship here on GRs."

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Derek


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Jill Lovely to meet you, Derek, and thank you for your friendship here on GRs.


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