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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. The sequel, A Traitor's Fate, was published on 1st November 2013 and the third book, Kingdom of Rebels was out on 31st August 2014. The final book in the series came out last year.
Kingdom of Rebels was selected as an Editor's Choice and is longlisted for the 2017 HNS Award.
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Where the History Podcasts meet the Historical Fiction…

Since I started producing my series of Wars of the Roses podcasts,  quite a number of people have asked me how my historical fiction stories dovetail in with the non-fiction podcasts – or not! Until now I haven’t really thought too much about it, preferring to keep the two separate. However, since the only reason I started the podcasts was to help readers navigate through a potentially confusin...

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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."

Hi Jill.
You too!
Take care,
Derek


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


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