A Reluctant Spy
Now a documentary in German, French and English after Mathilde Vuillermoz secured a deal with the French film company ARTE.
Hilda Campbell was born in the north of Scotland in 1889. She married German national Dr Willy Buntner Richter in 1912. They honeymooned in Scotland and lived in Hamburg. Dr Richter died in 1938. After visiting her ailing parents, she returned to Germany just before the Second World War began. She became a double agent, controlled by Gerhard Eicke in Germany and Lawrence Thornton in Britain. How could she cope under the strain, with her son Otto in the German Army? And her evidence was challenged at the Nuremburg Trials. Learn of her post-war life, which took her abroad, as a British Ambassador’s wife.
This is an extraordinary story based on the life of the author’s great aunt, Hilda, including several authentic accounts.
‘A Reluctant Spy is just what the best historical novels should be; the individual’s story from the heart of great events.’
The Trials of Sally Dunning
Local Wigan drug dealing duo Donna 'Donkey' Riley and Barry 'Bones' Ritchie befriend fifty-three year old autistic and brain damaged Sally Dunning. Groomed, Robbed and defrauded, bullied and beaten up, Sally is unlikely to be the best witness when the perpetrators are caught and appear in court. Sally sees the goodness in everyone. But a chance meeting on holiday when her home is burgled turns Sally's life around in a spectacular way.
A Lingering Crime
Jack Watson is arrested and charged with murder.
Extradition takes him to Florida but he has never been there before. Florida still has the death penalty and his thoughts turn to the electric chair. But did he know the victim? How could he be linked to the deceased?
As Jack's story emerges we learn of his troubled past and his need to right wrongs.
This is a novella breaking new ground in its concept. The legal, police and social work professions will find this book addresses circumstantial evidence in a new light.
A family game of trivial pursuit was the conception of this absolutely brilliant historical novel.
One of the geography questions opens a flood gate of memories for Vera. The family sit round with silent enchantment as she recalls her own experiences and those of her aunt, Fleur.
Fleur is a music lover and an accomplished oboe player. She meets her German husband at one of the musical concerts and moves to live in Germany. The first part of the story tells of how Vera goes to stay with Fleur and the First World War breaks out. They all know that Vera is in severe danger and try to get her out of Germany and to safety. A series of traumatic journeys are explained with vivid attention to detail and suspense mounts. The second part of the story dwells on Fleur’s experiences of war, her music and the birth of her son.
Just prior to the Second World War, she is invited to take up a post in Africa. The boat trip alone is hair raising, a murder on board leads to much suspense
She is invited to play her oboe along with members of the ship’s company and some of the most wonderful strains of music are mentioned.
The research into this work has been painstaking and extensive, but well worth the obvious detailed effort. We learn of the Ashanti and the Twi language and many proverbs, we would do well to practice today.
World War Two sees Fleur on a mission, where she learns of many mysteries surrounding her family.
Her assignment acknowledges her flair for the oboe.
“The whole book is steeped in historical events and I found it difficult to put down. My hope is that Miller Caldwell digs his heels in and treats us to another helping of such splendour.” Wendy Anne Lake – Novelist and Writer
Geoff Varley joins the ‘Eros’ cruise liner on its maiden four-month world cruise, as the Writer in Residence. It’s a new venture for the shipping company and for him too.
Passengers’ demons are laid to rest, creative minds are hard at work and on-shore adventures are both hair-raising and intriguing. Drug running and stamp collecting, ornithology and ship arrests, sumptuous meals and crippling debt, terminal illness, shattered dreams in the South Atlantic, a philanthropic opportunity at sea and a resolution in Senegal, not to mention two surprising romances somehow all revolve around the Writer in Residence.
This is an opportunity for you to enjoy a four-month world cruise from the comfort of your armchair or in bed, in your imaginary luxury cabin!
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