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I know this has taken me a long time to read but as I only read it on the loo it's not really surprising. I loved it. I have a friend who's from Hartlepool so I was interested in the geography and local knowledge. There's a good deal of history involved and it was nice to follow Tom Fleck again. ...more
Oct 16, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Once again I was transported back to the 16th century with Tom Fleck and his family, this time it is 1536. He now has grown-up sons, Francis and Isaac, both at sea, part of the crew of the Plenty under Captain Ben Hood, a daughter of seventeen, Kate, who is blind and twins aged 15. Tom is now a farmer, living for the past twenty years at Crimond Hall on the Durham coast. As Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries begins Tom and Rachel, his wife, together with their daughter Kate set out for ...more
I’m thinking back, trying to discern how I came to write an historical novel. When I was tapping out Morse in the pitching wireless cabins of tropical steamers, it was not in my mind – though I read all the books in the ship’s library. A career in television studios might have brought it about – thirty years working with stories in pictures soaks the mind with images. Now I’ve retired I have more ...more
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