Dorinda Balchin

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Born in England in 1957 Dorinda Balchin graduated from Warwick University in 1980 and began a career in teaching. Books and writing had always been a passion for her, but with two children to raise and a demanding career in the field of education Dorinda’s love of literature was mainly confined to reading with little time to explore and develop her writing. Then in 2008, along with her husband, Dorinda gave up her teaching career and made a life-changing move to southern India where the couple ran a guesthouse before returning to the UK in 2015.

This change of lifestyle has allowed Dorinda the time to develop some of the writing projects which she has worked on over the years. Her love of history is clearly reflected in her well researched n
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Average rating: 4.38 · 192 ratings · 11 reviews · 3 distinct works
Heronfield

4.47 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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The Cavalier Historian

3.78 avg rating — 18 ratings3 editions
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One Night in Berlin

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The Guardians

it was ok 2.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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Heronfield by Dorinda Balchin
"A wonderful book. Full of engaging characters. A wealth of historical detail. Utterly fabulous and un-putdownable. "
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The Truth of the Line by Melanie V. Taylor
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‘The Truth Of The Line’ is an intriguing novel. On the one hand it is steeped in historical fact from descriptions of life at Elizabeth’s court to the life of a gentleman at home, from the political situation at the time to the detailed descriptions ...more
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Winter of the World by Ken Follett
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‘Winter Of The World’ is the second part of Ken Follett’s trilogy about the twentieth century. It is an ambitious novel, taking readers from 1933 through the Second World War to 1949. The plotting is complex with characters in the US, England, German ...more
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The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr
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‘The Lady From Zagreb’ is the tenth in a series of novels by Philip Kerr about German detective Bernie Gunther. These novels have well-constructed plots and are a pleasure to read for anyone who is a fan of detective novels. What makes them unique, h ...more
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The Fort by Bernard Cornwell
The Fort
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The Fort tells the story of the military action which took place at Penobscot Bay where General McLean of the British Army was sent to set up a garrison to control the New England seaboard and offer a place of refuge for loyalists fleeing from the Am ...more
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The Soldier's Tale by Bryan Forbes
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This is an absorbing novel in more ways than one. We follow Alex as his life moves from war to peace, from seeing the Germans as enemies to trying to help them on the road to recovery. When he finally leaves the armed forces Alex, like so many men wh ...more
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The Girls in Blue by Lily Baxter
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I chose this book when I was looking for something light to read yet with a strong story line, and this fits the bill. Ms Baxter has obviously researched the period of the Second World War and faithfully recreates what life would have been like for c ...more
" Also, have you read The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett? It follows a group of families throughout the last century and is very historically accurate. ...more "
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The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris
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A very interesting fictional book based on fact. The story of the Italian soldiers who were held as prisoners of war and built a chapel in the Orkneys is fascinating. I found it an enjoyable read but didn't give it 5 stars as I felt that some of the ...more
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale
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‘The Nightingale’ is a novel which will grip you from start to finish with its portrayal of life for two sisters in France during the Second World War. Vianne’s husband is taken by the Germans to a labour camp. Having a daughter makes Vianne cautious ...more
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