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John Connor - Author

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John Connor is 38 years old, a barrister, employed since 1988 by the Crown Prosecution Service. He runs a team of prosecutors working out of Richmond Close Police Station in Halifax.
 

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Australian Frontier Wars, 1788-1838

Australian Frontier Wars, 1788-1838

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

From the Swan River to the Hawkesbury, and from the sticky Arnhem Land mangrove to the soft green hills of Tasmania, this book describes the major conflicts fought on the Australian frontier to 1838. Based on extensive research and using overseas frontier wars to add perspective to the Australian experience, The Australian Frontier Wars 1788-1838 will change our view of Australian history forever. Over the last thirty years, Australians have become increasingly aware that violence accompanied the colonisation of their continent. Historians have shown that the armed conflicts between Aborigines and British settlers and soldiers, though small in scale and sporadic in nature, can truly be described as 'wars'. However, a gap remains at the heart of our understanding of the Australian frontier: the actual warfare, and the weapons and tactics used to fight it, remain poorly understood. The Australian Frontier Wars is the first book-length military history of frontier conflict in Australia. Covering the first fifty years of British occupation in Australia, this book examines in detail how both sides fought on the frontier. It shows how Aborigines developed a new form of warfare that diffe

The Vanishing

The Vanishing

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

A snatched child, a cryptic message and a secret that will tear two lives apart. Twenty years ago, one-year-old Lauren disappeared. Now, ex-policeman Tom Lomax gets a mysterious offer from an heiress, Sara. She wants him to fly to her private island, all expenses paid. He cannot help but be intrigued. But Sara has received a troubling message and, despite all the privileges in her life, she now has no one to turn to and doesn't know whom she can trust. In a matter of hours, both will be thrown headfirst into a race against time that will challenge everything they've believed in and change both their lives for ever.

The Ice House

The Ice House

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Carl Bowman is a killer. An assassin for hire whose latest assignment is to take out a ten-year-old girl. He doesn't know what she's done or why someone wants her dead. He just knows he has to kill her. But with the girl in his sights, Carl can't bring himself to pull the trigger. Instead he goes on the run, taking her with him. In a small village in Southern Spain, Julia Martin's carefully constructed life is falling apart. Her husband and his mistress have been killed in an explosion in their home and her daughter, Rebecca, has disappeared. Julia has been fleeing the secrets of her past for over a decade and it seems they've finally caught up with her. To get her daughter back, Julia must confront a truth she's spent years running from and call on someone she's done everything in her power to avoid.

The Opposite of Mercy

The Opposite of Mercy

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

When soldier Paul Curtis, recently returned from active duty, is approached covertly by an old school friend's father and asked for assistance he falters only momentarily before agreeing to help. His old friend, Chris, is dating Lara, a beautiful British Asian woman whose brother, Pasha Durrani, is furious about their relationship. As Paul steps into the breach it soon becomes clear that this is no low-level domestic disagreement. Durrani is heavily involved in organised crime, the roots of which lead back to a powerful terrorist network in Pakistan - and Lara has been offered to these people as a prize. Suddenly, Paul, Chris and Lara find themselves taking on a force more deadly and widespread than they could ever have imagined. By turns gripping and terrifying, THE OPPOSITE OF MERCY is a sharp, insightful and compulsive thriller.

Falling

Falling

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

A stunning thriller that sees Yorkshire-based DC Karen Sharpe brought to the very edge of her sanity. A year and a half ago DC Karen Sharpe was the victim of a terrifying crime. Desperately trying to shelter from its effects she has been working simple fraud and theft cases in West Yorkshire CID. But the brutal murder of a young pregnant woman threatens the precarious wall she has built around herself. Drafted onto the squad to deal with the victim's six-year-old child, Karen finds herself overwhelmed by the devastating nature of the attack. As nightmares from her past start to reoccur, her relationships with those closest to her begin to crack under the strain. An illicit relationship with her boss promises escape: a new beginning without the trappings of past horrors and guilt. But life has a savage lesson in store for her. As West Yorkshire erupts in a summer of explosive race riots, events tip Karen into the depths of the very world she has been fleeing.

Unsafe

Unsafe

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Karen Sharpe has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but are the pressures of the job getting too much for her? When the battered body of a young girl is discovered, it kicks off an inquiry which pushes Karen and a trainee DC, Marcus Roth, too close for comfort, both on and off-duty. The investigation leads to a woman with a violent past - a woman with a six-year-old boy in her care... As the terrible truth emerges, the inquiry becomes a race against time before another child becomes a victim.

A Child's Game

A Child's Game

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

In the early hours of the morning in a luxury Leeds penthouse, a terrified victim is doused with petrol, set alight, and thrown out of a ninth-floor window. The victim is a wealthy property developer - but his lover and her daughter have both gone missing. Meanwhile, security services are looking for DC Karen Sharpe who walked out eighteen months ago. But they are not the only ones desperate to find her. She is being pursued by some of the most dangerous people she has ever encountered - and to them, human life means nothing at all . . .

The Playroom

The Playroom

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2019

Excellent second novel featuring Yorkshire Detective Constable Karen Sharpe. The daughter of a Bradford judge is kidnapped and a massive, round-the-clock investigation begins. Knowing the chances of Sophie surviving will diminish dramatically after the first twenty-four hours, Detective Chief Superintendent John Munro begins to crack under the pressure of holding together an enquiry swamped with leads. Meanwhile, DC Karen Sharpe is pursuing her own single-handed enquiry into historic child abuse allegations when an MP is accused of rape ten years before. The task of finding corroboration looks hopeless, but Sharpe keeps at it - anything rather than face up to her own tangled personal life. The truth is more complex and frightening, leading back to still unresolved events from a year before. Karen's enquiry uncovers connections with the kidnapping, and, in an explosion of violence and bloodshed, Karen is left fighting not just to find Sophie, but to save herself.

Phoenix

Phoenix

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2019

The first novel in the grittily authentic Karen Sharpe series. The 8th April 1996 was a bad day for Karen Sharpe, the eighth anniversary of something so deeply buried she had hoped to forget it ever happened. Each year she tries to cope in whatever way she can. Most years she turns to booze. But this year that wasn't going to work. Sometime after midnight her DS and partner, is executed in a military style killing, whilst his pretty 21-year-old informant, ends up on a South Pennine moor with bullets through her face and chest. Karen had been due to meet both when drink and memories intervened, preventing her from getting there. As the investigation begins, odd details keep forcing Karen to examine her own unclear memories. As she follows her instincts, and some very disturbing clues embedded in her own secret history, she must confront her past and act quickly if she is to prevent the seed of destruction planted eight years before from wreaking devastating and brutal consequences. Fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and Linwood Barclay will love John Connor!

Someone Else's War Fighting for the British Empire in World War I

Someone Else's War Fighting for the British Empire in World War I

Author: John Connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2018

World War I was the first truly global conflict and its effects were felt across the British Empire. When war broke out in 1914, Great Britain had the largest empire, encompassing one quarter of the population of the world. Many colonial citizens were to be enlisted into the war effort and shipped from their homes in Africa, Asia and Australasia to fight on the battlefields of the Western Front. What was the experience of war like for citizens of empire, whether combatants or not? How did the empire affect countries administered by Great Britain but geographically located tens of thousands of miles from the conflict? In this book, John Connor tells the story of the people whose lives were profoundly affected by 'someone else's war' - dragged, against their will, into a geopolitical conflict vastly removed from their normal lives.

Addressing Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Curriculum: Modern Foreign Languages

Addressing Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Curriculum: Modern Foreign Languages

Author: John Connor Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2017

The SEND Code of Practice has reinforced the requirement that all teachers must meet the needs of all learners. This book provides practical, tried and tested strategies and resources that will support teachers in making modern foreign languages accessible, challenging and exciting for all pupils, including those with special needs. The author draws on a wealth of experience to share his understanding of how SEND can affect learning and how the MFL teacher can reduce or remove any barriers to learning. Offering strategies that are specific to the context of MFL teaching, this book will enable teachers to: ensure all pupils are able to participate fully in every lesson; develop pupils' understanding, motivation and enjoyment; adapt content and resources when differentiating materials for pupils with a wide range of learning needs; use formative assessments to measure learning. An invaluable tool for whole-school continuing professional development, this text will be essential for teachers (and their teaching assistants) seeking guidance specific to teaching languages to all pupils, regardless of their individual needs. This book will also be of interest to SENCOs, senior management teams and ITT providers.

Addressing Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Curriculum: Modern Foreign Languages

Addressing Special Educational Needs and Disability in the Curriculum: Modern Foreign Languages

Author: John Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

The SEND Code of Practice has reinforced the requirement that all teachers must meet the needs of all learners. This book provides practical, tried and tested strategies and resources that will support teachers in making modern foreign languages accessible, challenging and exciting for all pupils, including those with special needs. The author draws on a wealth of experience to share his understanding of how SEND can affect learning and how the MFL teacher can reduce or remove any barriers to learning. Offering strategies that are specific to the context of MFL teaching, this book will enable teachers to: ensure all pupils are able to participate fully in every lesson; develop pupils' understanding, motivation and enjoyment; adapt content and resources when differentiating materials for pupils with a wide range of learning needs; use formative assessments to measure learning. An invaluable tool for whole-school continuing professional development, this text will be essential for teachers (and their teaching assistants) seeking guidance specific to teaching languages to all pupils, regardless of their individual needs. This book will also be of interest to SENCOs, senior management teams and ITT providers.

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