Historical Fiction

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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.

Whilst these first three books are set on the Great Western Railway (GWR), Steaming into the North West takes us into new territory, venturing onto the London and North Western Railway (LNWR).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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