Historical Fiction

BRAND NEW from Michael Clutterbuck – Steaming into Troubles. Book Seven of the Steaming Into series.

This is where Heddon Publishing began, with Michael Clutterbuck’s Steaming into the Firing Line. This great book tells of life during the Second World War, from the unusual perspective of the UK’s railways. Other the following years we have been very proud to publish Steaming into History – taking us further into the twentieth century as steam begins to be replaced by diesel – and then back to the very early days of steam, with Steaming into the Heyday. Steaming into the Blitz draws us back to wartime Britain once more, while Steaming into the Broad Gauge takes us further back still, to the very early days of the steam railways, when the different companies ran their trains on different width rails. This proved more problematic and intriguing than it may at first sound!

Steaming into Troubles is the latest, and final, book in this much-loved series, and spans a good couple of decades, illustrating with humour and honesty the difficult nature of life for engine crews.

With twenty short stories contained within each book, this series will delight readers with an interest in the railways but equally entertain those who are not so well acquainted with this subject.

Innocents in London, by Sheila Rainey

This is the story of five-year-old John Maltravers who suffers a series of unfortunate events, not least going to live with his uncle and aunt when it is believed that both his parents are dead.

The selfish, heartless relatives are keen to get their hands on John’s fortune, and see fit to plot their nephew’s abduction – which sees John cast into life as a chimney sweep, on the dangerous streets of London. While his aunt and uncle congratulate themselves on their cunning, they have not counted on the fact that John’s father Edward is in fact very much alive, and determined to find his son.

Araksi and the German Consul by Argentinian playwright Carlos Jose Saenz is a wonderfully moving book set initially in the early twentieth century, at the time of the First World War. Covering a familiar period from a largely unfamiliar setting, this story begins in war-torn Turkey, where the Armenian population are under attack.

Part love-story and part historical tale, this is not an entirely easy read but makes a very important point about history and its tendency to repeat itself.

The Velvet Turnshoe, meanwhile, takes us way back to medieval times and forms the second instalment of Cassandra Clark’s Hildeguard of Meaux mystery series. A very unusual sleuth, Hildegard is a Cistercian nun whose strength of character leads her time and again into a dark world of mystery and crime.

Gateway to Armenia is the latest novel from Lebanese author Serge Momjian, whose own Armenian background has helped provide authenticity to this work. Haig Bedrossian, an American-Armenian journalist, is sent to Armenia on a work assignment and takes the opportunity to learn as much as he can about the country of his ancestors, which has an inescapable effect on his own life.