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message 1: by Nigeyb (last edited Nov 04, 2017 11:06AM) (new)

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Are you an author with a book to promote which could be of interest to other Reading the 20th Century group members? If so then this is the section to tell us about it.

Please only promote your book(s) here - and not in any of the other discussion threads

message 2: by Daniel (last edited Oct 29, 2017 07:18AM) (new)

Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) The Desolate Garden is a story centred on one family, the Earls of Harrogate, who, since the fourteenth century, have been the sole custodians of a secret government bank located in Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster and affectionately known as Annie’s.
In 2007 Lord Elliot Paterson, the new Earl takes over the running of the bank and decides to modernise the old written ledgers by converting them into digital form. He discovers a hidden ledger of 1935 in which a vast sum of money starts to go missing along with the insertion of two sets of initials in a margin, one; an address in Leningrad, Russia.
On further investigation, he suspects that his grandfather, Lord Maudlin Paterson, could have been funding a Russian Spy. Six months after telling his estranged eldest son, Harry, of his suspicions he is found shot dead in the London family house in Eton Square.

Harry, who on leaving the army had worked for the secret intelligence services, now finds himself recalled to London to shine a light on why his father was murdered. He meets a stick insect of a woman in Duke’s Hotel St James’s who seemingly is on ‘the pull,’ but unknown to him works for the British Home Office and is to be his case officer in the pursuing investigations.
Harry does not want to tell Judith of his father’s discoveries, but Judith knows more about his family than Harry does. Neither wish to reveal too much of what they know until they have to stop further murders.
The tale is told through the dialogue between these two as their relationship rebounds backwards and forwards like a train driven by a five-year-old.

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Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
Moved from introductions thread:

FREE until 2nd November--The Desolate Garden—Bestseller In Russian Literature. Once under a paid five-year option to become a $30 million film

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Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) Judy wrote: "Moved from introductions thread:

FREE until 2nd November--The Desolate Garden—Bestseller In Russian Literature. Once under a paid five-year option to become a $30 million film"
Thank you, Judy, I wasn't sure where I put it... lolol

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Mike Robbins (mikerobbins) | 6 comments I have written a number of books, including both fiction and travel, and a specialist work on climate change. But I think this is the one that would most interest people in this group - and at the moment I am offering it as a free download (link at bottom of post).

Three Seasons: Three Stories of England in the Eighties

Three Seasons Three Stories of England in the Eighties by Mike Robbins


A washed-up trawler captain. A sleek young businessman. And the Master of an Oxford college. Through these three characters, all beautifully drawn, Mike Robbins has created a vivid picture of the 1980s, a divisive era of great change.

Three Seasons is a book of three novellas, unconnected with each other, but all set in the south of England in the 1980s.

Spring, a middle-aged Hull trawler skipper, his great days gone, has one last throw of the dice in a South Coast port.
Summer, an ambitious young man makes his way in the booming Thames Valley property market, unconcerned with the damage he does to others.

Autumn, the Master of an Oxford college welcomes his two sons home, but they awake difficult memories from half a century before.

Three Seasons is about the Thatcher era in Britain, but it is not about politics. These three stories are portraits of a country and its people on the verge of change.

You can download a free e-copy (choice of formats) from here:

You will be asked to give your name and email for Instafreebie's email list, but it is not sent to me; and while reviews are welcome, first and foremost I just hope you enjoy the book.

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Nigeyb | 8772 comments Mod
Sounds like a very intriguing and promising book Mike - thanks

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Susan | 9305 comments Mod
Thanks for posting, Mike. I will have a look.

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Susan | 9305 comments Mod
You have some interesting titles, Mike, including a memoir about visiting Sudan Even the Dead Are Coming and a political essay Such Little Accident: British Democracy and Its Enemies. I am currently reading Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem and am tempted to start a British Politics thread, but we would have to keep discussions within the 20th Century. However, I am also reading Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister and finding a lot of parallels between the past and the present!

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Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) This book tells of a secret that a Jewish survivor of the Nazi occupation of Vienna told to a British secret agent in 1945.
What Happened In Vienna, Jack?

message 10: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9305 comments Mod
Looks interesting, Daniel.

message 11: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) The publishers are offering it free tomorrow, Susan.

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Susan | 9305 comments Mod
OK, I'll take a look, thanks Daniel.

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Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) My pleasure

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Nigeyb | 8772 comments Mod
Thanks Daniel

message 15: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) A pleasure, Nigeyb

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Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) What Happened In Vienna, Jack? is being offered free of charge until 2nd December. Any reviews would be greatly appreciated.

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Daniel Kemp (goodreadscomdanielkemp) Book Compared to James Bond.
What Happened In Vienna, Jack?

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great thriller to grab
By P.S. Winn on November 30, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Welcome to the world of secrets, lies and espionage. Jack Price is a former British spy who knows perhaps too many secrets of past conspiracies and cover-ups. Patrick West is a man who has a sordid past himself, but it is going to be up to him to see if he can find a way to delve into the past and find out what secrets Jack Price may know. This is a well-written novel that I would classify as something close to a James Bond thriller. Daniel Kemp seems to be quite knowledgeable about not only spying but historic secrets and how to bring them together in an intriguing novel.

It's FREE until 2nd December 2017

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Liz Treacher | 14 comments I have recently written The Wrong Envelope set in 1920. It tells the story of Bernard, a bohemian artist, and Evie, his post lady. It uses irony and humour to explore the difficult position that women found themselves in after the First World War and the stifling expectations of both family and society at that time. I live in Scotland, but if any goodreads readers are in book clubs that read the book, I would be delighted to attend one of their book club meetings by Skype to answer any questions...

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Nigeyb | 8772 comments Mod
Good luck with your book Liz. Whereabouts in Devon is it set?

message 20: by Liz (new)

Liz Treacher | 14 comments Thank you! It's set in Colyton, a tiny town in East Devon, full of thatched cottages and houses going back to Tudor times.

message 21: by Nigeyb (new)

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Thanks Liz. I've just looked online. It sounds delightful. I've been to many places near there but not Colyton itself. I will pop in next time I'm in the area - perhaps with your book under my arm.

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Daniel posted the following:

FREE until 28 Jan
A story of murder, exploitation and sex
Once I Was A Soldier

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Susan | 9305 comments Mod
Daniel posted:

The final day of this offer:
FREE until midnight PST 28 Jan

There is no morality to be found in evil.
But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.

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Alison | 2 comments A Nurse's Story: Medical Missionary in Korea and Siberia, 1915-1920

Happy Armistice Day 100! Delia Battles was one of 10 siblings from a small Ohio farming community, and the only one to serve in "the great war."

She was a nurse at a Western mission hospital in a small town in what is now North Korea, and trained young Korean women as nurses. While she was there, the US entered WW1 and she was called to join a Red Cross Medical Unit of doctors and nurses stationed in Asia. She traveled on the Trans-Siberian railroad, encountered fleeing refugees in Harbin, and then worked in a typhus hospital and helped establish a Red Cross hospital in Omsk. Includes some fascinating historical photographs.

This book has been available as a paperback and is now available as an ebook on Amazon; read for free on Amazon Unlimited or KOLL.

For more information, see:

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Val | 1710 comments Thank you Alison. There is a UK kindle version, so I will take a look.

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Alison | 2 comments Val wrote: "Thank you Alison. There is a UK kindle version, so I will take a look."

Thank you. Yes, the book is available in other markets:


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Lynaia | 468 comments Liz wrote: "I have just published The Wrong Direction, the sequel to The Wrong Envelope. It's a romantic comedy, set in 1920, but it also explores the unenviable position that w..."

I downloaded samples of each to my kindle so that I remember to check them out. They definitely look like books I would enjoy.

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Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
Post moved from the introductions thread.

Timothy J Smith wrote:

Hello all,
I will paste a short biography below.
I am a Goodreads Author. My books are set in various places around the world. In April 2019, my new novel, The Fourth Courier, set in Warsaw 1992, will be released. I'm looking forward to the group discussions.

Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green
trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith
developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him
around the world many times. Polish cops and Greek
fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child
prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and
Indian tailors: he hung with them all in an unparalleled
international career that saw him smuggle banned
plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through
Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a “devil’s barge” for a three-days crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in
an African jail.

These experiences explain the unique breadth and sensibility of Tim’s work, for which he’s won top honors. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition
for the Novel. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel, A Vision of Angels . Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as
one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. His screenplays have won numerous competitions. His first stage play, How High the Moon , won the prestigious
Stanley Drama Award. He is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater.

message 29: by Susan (new)

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Tim posted this in Introductions - moved as it contains promotional information:

Hello and happy new year!

I'm primarily a novelist, though I've had some success as a screenwriter and playwright as well.

I write literary thrillers and mysteries set around the world: Africa, Greece, Palestine/Israel, Istanbul (a novel-in-progress), and soon to be released: The Fourth Courier set in Poland. I lived and/or worked in all these places, and I draw on those experiences for my settings and characters. Suffice it to say, I've had a rather intense and exciting life, which is briefly described on my Author page.

Probably the biggest influences on my writing were Graham Greene and John LeCarre, and more recently, Joseph Kanon, Moshe Hamin, Sebastian Faulks, and Robert Goolrick. That's an odd array, I know, but combined they give me strong plots with memorable characters. About one of my earlier books, a reviewer wrote that I did for the thriller what John LeCarre did for the spy novel: elevate the genre to a literary form. I'll take that compliment!

I have two published novels by Owl Canyon Press. For my third novel, I recently signed with Trident Media Group for literary representation, and that book - The Fourth Courier - will be published by Arcade Publishing (an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, the fastest growing independent publisher in America).

I'm gay, and all my novels have gay protagonists or sidekicks, in such roles as journalists, soldiers, or FBI and CIA agents. My novels are not gay sex novels. Instead, because I have lived around the world, I try to portray what it's like for gay people in those cultures, and make it a feature of the plot. There's always a plot twist that wouldn't happen - or not in the same way - if the gay factor weren't there.

That's me in brief. I look forward to exploring better than I have before this incredible network called Goodreads.


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Liz Treacher | 14 comments The Wrong Envelope by Liz Treacher The Wrong Direction by Liz Treacher To celebrate Valentine's Day, my two novels, The Wrong Envelope and the sequel, The Wrong Direction are now 0.99 on Amazon Kindle. The novels are set in England in 1920 and use wit and humor to explore the unenviable position that women found themselves in after the First World War.

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Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
Moving a self-promotion post over from the Introductions thread - a reminder that this is the only thread where self-promotion posts are allowed.

Melina wrote:

Hello, Everyone,

I am an author of historical fiction and nonfiction. I also am an avid history enthusiast. My era of expertise – and obsession – is the 1890-1920 timeframe.

To learn more about my books, subscribe to my blog (that focuses mostly on history) or join my mailing list visit .

You can find me on social media on Twitter (@MelinaDruga), Pinterest ( and, of course, Goodreads (

My books are available exclusively on Amazon, and eBooks are free to Kindle Unlimited members and on KDP Select free days. Follow me on Amazon at

message 32: by Susan (last edited May 31, 2019 05:42AM) (new)

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Posted by Virginia and moved from what books I am reading thread as it contains self-promotion.

It's the 50th Anniversary of Desert Solitaire by Ed Abbey. If he hasn't ruined your life yet, there's still time.

Has to be read in some vast wild open space preferably with friends, a fire, and lots of beer.

My novel, Birdbrain, is one of his demented literary children.


message 33: by Val (last edited May 31, 2019 05:53AM) (new)

Val | 1710 comments The link to Virginia's inspiration did not copy across (or didn't work), so here it is:
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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Susan | 9305 comments Mod
Thanks, Val.

message 35: by George (last edited Aug 08, 2019 10:31PM) (new)

George Fairbrother The Banqueting Club, the first of the Armstrong and Burton series, is out now.

Two ageing political warriors fight to save their friendship in the midst of a historic scandal, and the relentless march of Margaret Thatcher's Britain.

Lots of history and background at

Thanks for the opportunity to post.

The Banqueting Club (Armstrong and Burton, #1) by George Fairbrother

message 36: by Susan (new)

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Looks interesting, George. Good luck with it.

message 37: by George (last edited Aug 09, 2019 02:43AM) (new)

George Fairbrother Susan wrote: "Looks interesting, George. Good luck with it."

Thanks, I appreciate your kind thoughts

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Liz Treacher | 14 comments Just to say that my novel, The Wrong Envelope is currently in the Kindle sale. 0.99 in the US and the UK, 1.99 in Canada and 2.99 in Australia. It's a light, witty romance, set in England, and uses humour and irony to explore what life was like for British women in 1920.

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Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
This self-promotion post was place in the wrong thread, so I have moved it over here.

J.B. wrote:

I have recently swapped from paper to Kindle. This is my new kindle book. I would really appreciate your views. Modern political fiction. Location - Latin America.

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J.B. Polk | 2 comments Judy wrote: "This self-promotion post was place in the wrong thread, so I have moved it over here.

J.B. wrote:

I have recently swapped from paper to Kindle. This is my new kindle book. I would really appreci..."

thank you Judy, I am new to this channel.

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J.B. Polk | 2 comments Latin America Mi Amor - A book of short stories based in different countries in Latin America, some of which were published in literary magazines in the UK and Ireland. The first one, "Goodbye to the Angel" won the third prize in the Irish Times/Hennessy Awards in 1997. “The Tango” and “Both sides of the River” were chosen as the winners of Incognito magazine’s Quality Fiction for Women competitions.
The book is the author's reflection and result of her "love affair" with Latin America as seen by a foreigner's eyes. From the Argentinean pampas, through the fertile valleys of Chile, the cosmopolitan salons of Mexican high society, to the crowded favelas of Sao Paulo, the stories reveal a complex, intriguing and heterogeneous continent with its heroes, villains, traditions, customs, political strife and social inequalities. A procession of characters populate the book making the reader cry, laugh, learn, debate, and be taken aback at the same time converting Latin America into a newly found love he or she will never be able to forget completely. Just like one never forgets the first lover.
The book had been written before Jolanta Polk embarked on the arduous but satisfying task of writing a novel based on an imaginary country in Latin America and shortly to be published by Kindle (Amazon).

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Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
Thank you for posting about your book, J.B. It sounds very interesting. I'll just add a link, Latin America Mi Amor: Short Stories from around the Continent

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Liz Treacher | 14 comments Just wanted to say that The Wrong Envelope. The Wrong Envelope by Liz Treacher is 0.99 in the Kindle sale at the moment. It's set in Devon, 1920 and uses humour and irony to describe the situation women found themselves in after the First World War. It climbed the UK Amazon charts this week - peaking at 21 in Humorous Literary Fiction so I'm extending the Kindle sale for a few more days - 0.99 in the US and UK, 1.99 in Canada and 2.99 in Australia.

message 44: by Joseph (last edited Feb 20, 2021 02:54PM) (new)

Joseph Wycoff | 1 comments Honors of Inequality: How Colleges Work for Some is a historical analysis of conservative ideology's influence on higher education scholarship and the organization of higher education as a field of study from the 1950s to 1990s. It may appeal to readers of intellectual thought, neoliberalism, and questions of equity (access and success) in higher education. The final three chapters link the origins of the American system of higher education financing by student loans to the backlash against New Deal reforms (Truman Commission) and student unrest decades earlier.

Until February 22, 2021, the book is free on Amazon Kindle to support a recent push to #CancelStudentDebt. If that is a specific interest, then I encourage readers to download the e-book for the Epilogue at the back. The Epilogue is also available on ResearchGate and through my author page.

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Mike Andrews | 1 comments Peter A.B. Widener II was among the last of the scions of the great Guilded Age, an age that saw great disparities in wealth and opportunity. His family fraternized with the Dukes, the Vanderbilts and European royalty. They amassed one of the greatest collections of classic art in the world, art that now largely hangs at The National Gallery in Washington, D.C. But after his harrowing experiences working in hospitals and seeing first-hand the carnage of World War I, Widener came back a changed man.Peter WidenerWithout Drums: A child of wealth comes of age in The Great War

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