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Andrew Taylor - Author

About the Author

Andrew Taylor has been a full-time writer since 1981, and has written over twenty books. He has been described by The Times as 'One of Britain's best writers of psychological suspense.'

Having decided to become a writer at the age of ten, he claims that it was his newly recognised facility for writing stories, teamed with the idea that a writer's life consisted of not wearing a tie to work, that first attracted him to the career. More recently however he has suggested that 'one of the attractions of writing fiction is that it allows you to create your own little universe and play God to your heart's content.' It was the discovery of Sherlock Holmes at the tender of age of eight and earlier yet with Enid Blyton's Hurrah for Little Noddy, that his love for crime novels was incited. 'Another thing I like about crime fiction' he asserts, 'is its lack of pretension. It sets out to entertain - it's fiction with its sleeves rolled up.'

In the years preceding Andrew Taylor's breakthrough in the literary world, he worked as a boat-builder, wages clerk, teacher, librarian, labourer and freelance publisher's editor. Since then, Public Lending Right estimates place his British public library readership in the top one per cent.

His novels include the Dougal and Lydmouth crime series, the psychological thriller The Barred Window and his ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, now published in one volume as Requiem for an Angel. He also reviews and writes about crime fiction, particularly in the Independent Awards received for his books include the John Creasey Memorial award from the Crime Writer's Association and an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, both for Caroline Minuscule, and the CWA's Ellis Peters Historical Dagger. The Roth Trilogy was adapted into the acclaimed ITV drama 'Fallen Angel'. 'The American Boy' was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice.

He lives in the Forest of Dean with his wife, a photographer, and their two children.

 

Author photo © Caroline Silverwood

Featured books by Andrew Taylor

The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Selected as Historical Novel of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and picked as one of Radio 4's Crime Books of the Year. Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

Other books by Andrew Taylor

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

From No.1 bestselling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of London Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground... The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder...? Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust - Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it's her turn to help him. But then comes a third death... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2019

From No.1 bestselling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of London Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground... The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman - in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder...? Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust - Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it's her turn to help him. But then comes a third death... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

The American Boy

The American Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2019

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER AND AWARD-WINNING RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK Murder, lies and betrayal in Regency England England 1819. Thomas Shield, a master at a school just outside London, is tutor to a young American boy and the child's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. Helplessly drawn to Frant's beautiful, unhappy mother, Shield becomes entwined in their family's affairs. When a brutal murder takes place in London's seedy backstreets, all clues lead to the Frant family, and Shield is tangled in a web of lies, money, sex and death that threatens to tear his new life apart. Soon, it emerges that at the heart of these macabre events lies the strange American boy. What secrets is the young Edgar Allan Poe hiding?

Naked to the Hangman The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 8

Naked to the Hangman The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 8

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

The eighth instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. As a young police officer in Palestine during the closing months of the Mandate - the cradle of Middle Eastern terrorism - Richard Thornhill saw and did things which still haunt his dreams and make him fear for his sanity. Is he himself a killer? Now, when a retired police officer is found dead in the ruins of Lydmouth Castle, the past has come back to claim Detective Inspector Thornhill, and he is under suspicion of another murder. His wife Edith and former lover Jill Francis join forces in an uneasy alliance to try to help him. But there are many complications - scandalous allegations have been made about Miss Awre's School of Dancing; the Ruispidge Charity's annual dance for young people is under threat; teenagers haunt the newly opened Italian coffee bar and yearn for fumbled intimacies in the sheltering darkness of the Rex Cinema; an Oxford don is looking for love; the Angel of Death wears khaki shorts and drives a Ford van. And the Spring floods are rising higher than they have in living memory, drowning a multitude of secrets . . .

The Suffocating Night The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 4

The Suffocating Night The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 4

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

The fourth instalment in the bestselling Lydmouth crime series, from the award winning author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. The Korean war rumbles in the background throughout this novel as a reporter is found murdered at the Bathurst Arms, squatters are evicted from a military camp and there are new developments in the three-year-old hunt for a missing teenager. And in spite of all that's going on, Jill Francis, a local journalist, and DI Richard Thornhill find they can no longer resist their feelings for each other.

The Lover of the Grave The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 3

The Lover of the Grave The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 3

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

From the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London, this is the third instalment of acclaimed Lydmouth crime series. After the coldest night of the year, they find the man's body. He is dangling from the Hanging Tree on the outskirts of a village near Lydmouth, with his trousers round his ankles. Is it suicide, murder, or accidental death resulting from some bizarre sexual practice? Journalist Jill Francis and Detective Inspector Thornhill become involved in the case in separate ways. Jill is also drawn unwillingly into the affairs of the small public school where the dead man taught. Meanwhile a Peeping Tom is preying upon Lydmouth; Jill has just moved into her own house and is afraid she is being watched. And there are more distractions, on a personal level, for policeman and reporter . . .

An Air That Kills The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 1

An Air That Kills The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 1

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and Fire of Court, this is the first instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series Workmen in the small market town of Lydmouth are demolishing an old cottage. A sledgehammer smashes into what looks like a solid wall. Instead, layers of wallpaper conceal the door of a locked cupboard which holds a box - and in the box is the skeleton of a young baby. Items within the box suggest that the baby was entombed early in the nineteenth century, but when another man is also found dead, the evidence suggests that the baby's death is more recent and that a killer is on the loose. For Journalist Jill Francis, newly arrived from London, this looks like her first story to chase ... 'The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today' Val McDermid 'Captures perfectly the drab atmosphere and cloying morality of the 1950s . . . Taylor is an excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling' The Times 'There is no denying Taylor's talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries' Time Out 'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph

The Mortal Sickness The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 2

The Mortal Sickness The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 2

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

When a spinster of the parish is found bludgeoned to death in St John's, and the church's most valuable possession, the Lydmouth chalice, is missing, the finger of suspicion points at the new vicar, who is already beset with problems. The glare of the police investigation reveals shabby secrets and private griefs. Jill Francis, struggling to find her feet in her new life, stumbles into the case at the beginning. But even a journalist cannot always watch from the sidelines. Soon she is inextricably involved in the Suttons' affairs. Despite the electric antagonism between her and Inspector Richard Thornhill, she has instincts that she can't ignore ...

The Trade Unions and the Labour Party

The Trade Unions and the Labour Party

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2018

First published in 1987. This book considers the Trade Unions-Labour Party relationship. It traces developments over the 1970s and early 1980s, and analyses the debate between those who argue for the Unions to take a more prominent lead within the Party and those who are against this. This title will be of interest to scholars and students of politics and history.

An Old School Tie William Dougal Crime Series Book 4

An Old School Tie William Dougal Crime Series Book 4

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

The fourth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. James Hanbury is a reformed character. Or he would like to be. He plans to marry into respectability: his bride Molly is both rich and of good family. But alas, on the very day of their return from honeymoon, Molly is electrocuted. Accident or murder? The villagers of Charleston Parva believe that it's murder, and accuse her husband of having expeditiously dispatched her as soon as he had his hands on her money. Local feelings grow tense. Hanbury appeals for help to his old friend and adversary, Dougal, who is himself far from convinced of Hanbury's innocence. After all, he knows better than anyone that Hanbury is capable of murder . . .

Our Fathers' Lies William Dougal Crime Series Book 3

Our Fathers' Lies William Dougal Crime Series Book 3

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

The third instalment of the brilliant William Dougal series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. There's unfinished business between William Dougal and his widowed father. Part of it has to do with Celia Prentisse, William's ex-girlfriend. When her historian father is found drowned, it's declared suicide, but Celia remains unconvinced - not least because his abandoned clothes were found with a bottle of the wrong brand of gin and a slim volume of Schopenhauer's essays. It's not much evidence, but it's enough to send her godfather, retired British intelligence officer Major Ted Dougal, and his son William off on a trail that leads to a 1930s arsenic poisoning and a still-classified World War I court martial . . .

Caroline Minuscule William Dougal Crime Series Book 1

Caroline Minuscule William Dougal Crime Series Book 1

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

The first book in the brilliant William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. William Dougal, a post-graduate expert in the medieval script of Caroline Minuscule, stumbles on the garroted corpse of his tutor - and finds himself embroiled in a hunt for a cache of diamonds, a deadly fairy story in which no one obeys the rules, least of all Dougal's girlfriend Amanda. As the body count rises, the couple pursue both the diamonds and their doom from London, to an East Anglian cathedral close, from Cambridge to a wintry Suffolk estuary.

The American Boy

The American Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER AND AWARD-WINNING RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK Murder, lies and betrayal in Regency England England 1819. Thomas Shield, a master at a school just outside London, is tutor to a young American boy and the child's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. Helplessly drawn to Frant's beautiful, unhappy mother, Shield becomes entwined in their family's affairs. When a brutal murder takes place in London's seedy backstreets, all clues lead to the Frant family, and Shield is tangled in a web of lies, money, sex and death that threatens to tear his new life apart. Soon, it emerges that at the heart of these macabre events lies the strange American boy. What secrets is the young Edgar Allan Poe hiding?

Fire Court: A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London

Fire Court: A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2018

From No.1 bestselling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of LondonSomewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground...The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away.James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder...?Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust - Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it's her turn to help him. But then comes a third death... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2018

From No.1 bestselling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of London Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground... The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder...? Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust - Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it's her turn to help him. But then comes a third death... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

The Fire Court A Gripping Historical Thriller from the Bestselling Author of the Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2018

From No.1 bestselling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of London Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground... The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman - in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder...? Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust - Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it's her turn to help him. But then comes a third death... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

The Anatomy of Ghosts

The Anatomy of Ghosts

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

The Anatomy of Ghosts is a gripping historical mystery from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London 1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote is sighted prowling the grounds by commoner Frank Oldershaw. Worried her son is descending into madness, Frank's anxious mother employs rationalist John Holdsworth to investigate the sighting, throwing the uneasy status quo at the college into chaos. For the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs the privileged life at Jerusalem. Pursued by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, and Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife, Holdsworth must unravel the circumstances surrounding Sylvia's death or succumb to the hauntings himself . . .

Fireside Gothic

Fireside Gothic

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a collection of three gothic novellas - Broken Voices, The Leper House and The Scratch - perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Three dark tales to read by the fireside in the cold winter months BROKEN VOICES It's Christmas before the Great War and two lonely schoolboys have been left in the care of an elderly teacher. There is little to do but listen to his eerie tales about the nearby Cathedral. The boys concoct a plan to discover if the stories are true. But curiosity can prove fatal. THE LEPER HOUSE One stormy night, a man's car breaks down. The only light comes from a remote cottage by the sea. The mysterious woman who lives there begs him to leave, yet the next day he feels compelled to return. But, the woman is nowhere to be seen. And neither is the cottage. THE SCRATCH Clare and Gerald live in the Forest of Dean with their cat, Cannop. Gerald's young nephew, back from service in Afghanistan, comes to stay, with a scratch that won't heal. Jack and Cannop don't like each other. Clare and Jack like each other too much. The scratch begins to fester.

March

March

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Building on his debut collection Radio Mast Horizon (Shearsman Books, 2013) Andrew Taylor takes the reader on a journey through landscapes and places such as the Welsh hills, the West Coast Mainline and the north docks of Liverpool. Travel is a recurring theme throughout these poems, alongside music and the seasons and the shifts they bring. From having coffee in quiet city-centre cafes to travelling around complete rail networks, Taylor invites the reader into a world that is both personal and universal.

Broken Voices (A Novella)

Broken Voices (A Novella)

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a gothic novella - perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.It's Christmas before the Great War and two lonely schoolboys have been forced into companionship. Left in the care of an elderly teacher, there is little to do but listen to his eerie tales about the nearby Cathedral. The boys concoct a plan to discover if the stories are true. But the Cathedral is filled with hidden dangers, and curiosity can prove fatal.

Leper House (A Novella)

Leper House (A Novella)

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a gothic novella - perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.One stormy night in Suffolk, a man's car breaks down following his sister's funeral. The only source of light comes from a remote cottage by the sea. The mysterious woman who lives there begs him to leave, yet he can't shake the sense that she somehow needs him. He attempts to return the next day but she is nowhere to be seen. And neither is the cottage.

Scratch (A Novella)

Scratch (A Novella)

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2017

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a gothic novella - perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.Clare and Gerald live a perfect life in the Forest of Dean with their cat, Cannop. Then Gerald's young nephew comes to stay. Jack is from another world - active service in Afghanistan. The experience has left him outwardly untouched, but for a scratch that won't heal. Jack and Cannop don't like each other. Clare and Jack like each other too much. The scratch begins to fester.

Two Years Below the Horn Operation Tabarin, Field Science, and Antarctic Sovereingty

Two Years Below the Horn Operation Tabarin, Field Science, and Antarctic Sovereingty

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2017

In Two Years Below the Horn, engineer Andrew Taylor vividly recounts his experiences and accomplishments during Operation Tabarin, a landmark British expedition to Antarctica to establish sovereignty and conduct science during the Second World War. When mental strain led the operation's first commander to resign, Taylor- a military engineer with extensive prewar surveying experience-became the first and only Canadian to lead an Antarctic expedition. As Commander of the operation, Taylor oversaw construction of the first permanent base on the Antarctic continent at Hope Bay. From there, he led four-man teams on two epic sledging journeys around James Ross Island, overcoming arduous conditions and correcting cartographic mistakes made by previous explorers. The editors' detailed afterword draws on Taylor's extensive personal papers to highlight Taylor's achievements and document his significant contributions to polar science.This book will appeal to readers interested in history of polar exploration, science and sovereignty. It also sheds light on the little-known contribution of a Canadian to a distant theatre of the Second World War. The wartime service of Major Taylor reveals important new details about a groundbreaking operation that laid the foundation for the British Antarctic Survey and marked a critical moment in the transition from the heroic to the modern scientific era in polar exploration.

A Christmas Carol for Evie

A Christmas Carol for Evie

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2016

The night before Christmas is a time when magic happens, if only you know where to look for it... When snow inexplicably falls on Christmas Eve in Australia, young Evie's parents sense something unusual is in the air. A mysterious visitor raises their suspicions but somehow puts them at ease with her soft-spoken manner, humour and sense of proportion. A Christmas Carol for Evie is a modern fairy story that gives fairy godmothers a chance to speak for themselves. What they have to say will bring tears to your eyes. A small gem of a book, beautifully written, with 8 black and white illustrations.

False Inspector Lovesey

False Inspector Lovesey

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2016

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubInternational bestselling author Andrew Taylor weaves a story of intrigue as a young girl starts to realise that people are not always who they seem, and sometimes they have darker intentions in mind . . . When tax inspector Mr Lovesey rents a room from 'Auntie' Ag, domestic servant Margaret Rose begins to suspect that there's more to Mr Lovesey than meets the eye. When 'Auntie' Ag and Mr Lovesey appear to be in cahoots, Margaret Rose is drawn into a web of intrigue that will change her life forever.

The NUM and British Politics Volume 2: 1969-1995

The NUM and British Politics Volume 2: 1969-1995

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2016

This book is the second of two volumes examining the place of the National Union of Mineworkers in post-war British politics. Covering the years 1969 to 1995, it charts reactions to the pit closures programme of the late 1950s and 1960s and the development of the NUM's reputation as the union that could topple governments. This reputation influenced profoundly the relationship between the NUM and successive Labour and Conservative administrations, underpinning changes in the state's approach to industrial disputes, so vividly manifested in the strike of 1984-85. Following the same intellectual path as volume one, this book concentrates on 'high' politics and the relationship between the NUM, the government and the National Coal Board. It highlights many of the same the key themes of the first volume, particularly the internal political process whereby the mineworkers' tendency to fragmentation was managed, and which was to eventually lead to the breakdown of this internal political process and the fragmentation of the NUM. Volume two explores how these fractures impacted upon such key issues as the formation of the 'Broad Left', the election of Joe Gormley as NUM President in 1971 and the strikes of 1972 and 1974 and relations with the Wilson and Heath governments. It then examines the election of Arthur Scargill in 1981 and the subsequent shifting of the union's political centre of gravity, together with the Conservative government's determination to use the power of the state to destroy the power of the NUM. The myths and legends surrounding the NUM and its power to bring down governments is still strong today, yet this book challenges many of the notions surrounding its strength, militancy and cohesiveness. Instead what emerges is a more complex picture as the union struggled to translate local loyalties into national solidarity. Whilst nationalisation initially helped this process, growing frustration exploded at the end of the 1960s, ushering in a period of

The NUM and British Politics Volume 1: 1944-1968

The NUM and British Politics Volume 1: 1944-1968

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2016

From its formation in 1944, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was one of the most powerful and important players on the British political and industrial stage. Whilst the nation relied upon coal for its electricity production, domestic heating and railway transportation, the miners and their unions would always play a central role in national politics with the ability to cause massive disruption to the nation, should they decide to strike, as they did in 1972 and 1974. However, as the country began to move towards other forms of energy, such as oil and gas, the power of the mineworkers correspondingly decreased, leaving the once mighty union to come to terms with a very different world by the early eighties. The NUM and British Politics makes use of union material and party and government archives as well as oral testimony, much of it highly confidential, to present the first overall account of the evolving nature of the tripartite relationship between the miners, the NUM and the state.

Fireside Gothic

Fireside Gothic

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2016

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a collection of three gothic novellas - Broken Voices, The Leper House and The Scratch - perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.Three dark tales to read by the fireside in the cold winter monthsBROKEN VOICESIt's Christmas before the Great War and two lonely schoolboys have been left in the care of an elderly teacher. There is little to do but listen to his eerie tales about the nearby Cathedral. The boys concoct a plan to discover if the stories are true. But curiosity can prove fatal.THE LEPER HOUSEOne stormy night, a man's car breaks down. The only light comes from a remote cottage by the sea. The mysterious woman who lives there begs him to leave, yet the next day he feels compelled to return. But, the woman is nowhere to be seen. And neither is the cottage.THE SCRATCHClare and Gerald live in the Forest of Dean with their cat, Cannop. Gerald's young nephew, back from service in Afghanistan, comes to stay, with a scratch that won't heal. Jack and Cannop don't like each other. Clare and Jack like each other too much. The scratch begins to fester.

The Greeks Had a Word For It Words You Never Knew You Can't Do Without

The Greeks Had a Word For It Words You Never Knew You Can't Do Without

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Do you ever search in vain for exactly the right word? Perhaps you want to articulate the vague desire to be far away. Or you can't quite convey that odd urge to go outside and check to see if anyone is coming. Maybe you're struggling to express there being just the right amount of something - not too much, but not too little. While the English may not have a word for it, the good news is that the Greeks, the Norwegians, the Dutch or possibly the Inuits probably do. Whether it's the Norwegian forelsket (that feeling of euphoria at the start of a love affair) or the Indonesian jayus (a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that you can't help but laugh), this delightful smoergasbord of wonderful words from around the world will come to the rescue when the English language fails. Part glossary, part amusing musings, but wholly enlightening and entertaining, The Greeks Had a Word For It means you'll never again be lost for just the right word.

Fireside Gothic

Fireside Gothic

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2016

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a collection of three gothic novellas - Broken Voices, The Leper House and The Scratch - perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.

Newport County AFC The First 100 Years

Newport County AFC The First 100 Years

Author: Andrew Taylor, John Aldridge Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2016

The 2012/13 season marked 100 years of professional football in Newport, a century during which Newport County AFC has played a major role in raising the profile of the city, and taken generations of supporters on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from glorious successes to the depths of despair. County's first 100 years has seen many great highs: winning championships, a Wembley Cup Final and even stunning the football world by reaching the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Such successes are all the more treasured as the club regularly faced financial difficulties, bad luck and misfortune. Ultimately, this led to the lowest point any supporter could endure - the bankruptcy of the original club in 1989. But this is also an inspiring story of defiant resistance, as the supporters immediately reformed the club against all odds and began battling for the right to regain their place in the Football League. County entered its centenary season at a new ground: Rodney Parade, the traditional home of Newport Rugby. With County having been formed as a local alternative to rugby, perhaps this will, after all, be where County come to enjoy their greatest success.

Ashes of London

Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2016

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Silent Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London. The first of an exciting new series of novels.A CITY IN FLAMESLondon, 1666. As the Great Fire consumes everything in its path, the body of a man is found in the ruins of St Paul's Cathedral - stabbed in the neck, thumbs tied behind his back.A WOMAN ON THE RUNThe son of a traitor, James Marwood is forced to hunt the killer through the city's devastated streets. There he encounters a determined young woman who will stop at nothing to secure her freedom.A KILLER SEEKING REVENGEWhen a second murder victim is discovered in the Fleet Ditch, Marwood is drawn into the political and religious intrigue of Westminster - and across the path of a killer with nothing to lose...

The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2016

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Selected as Historical Novel of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and picked as one of Radio 4's Crime Books of the Year. Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2016

From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Silent Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London. The first of an exciting new series of novels. A city destroyed. A killer exposed. London,1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a traitor, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, the body of a man is discovered in the ashes of St.Paul's. But he is not a victim of the blaze- there is a stab wound to his neck and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Acting on orders, Marwood hunts the killer though London's devastated streets- where before too long a second murder is uncovered. At a time of dangerous internal dissent, Marwood's investigation will lead him into treacherous waters- and across the path of a determined and vengeful young woman.

The Scent of Death

The Scent of Death

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2015

*WINNER of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award 2013* `Andrew Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular' Daily Telegraph From the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence. August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on. Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war. Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets. The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly. But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...

179w One Seven Nine West

179w One Seven Nine West

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2015

Sunday 30th March 2014. Andrew Taylor, an amateur sailor, taking part in the 9th Clipper round the world yacht race, aboard the 70' ocean racing yacht 'Derry LondonDerry Doire'. Fell overboard during horrific weather conditions and was lost at sea for 1hour and 40minutes in the very middle of the icy cold North Pacific. The crew of the yacht were totally alone in their search and the eventual dramatic recovery of Andrew, who was deeply hypothermic when recovered. This book sets the scene as to how Andrew initially came to be competing in the race, his team's eventful and truly amazing journey yacht racing over 45,000 miles around the world. The epic story of his desperate fight for survival in the North Pacific. Andrew's miraculous, surprising, and almost immediate return to ocean yacht racing. All sales proceeds from this book go to charity, split equally between; The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and The Newmarket Day Centre

The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Selected as Historical Novel of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and picked as one of Radio 4's Crime Books of the Year. Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees. Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

Andrew Taylor 2-Book Collection: The American Boy, The Scent of Death

Andrew Taylor 2-Book Collection: The American Boy, The Scent of Death

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2015

Two historical thrillers from the award-winning and bestselling Andrew Taylor. 'Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular' Daily TelegraphTHE AMERICAN BOY: England 1819: Thomas Shield, a new master at a school just outside London, is tutor to a young American boy and the child's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. Helplessly drawn to Frant's beautiful, unhappy mother, Thomas becomes entwined in their family's affairs.When a brutal murder takes place in London's seedy backstreets, it is not certain who either the victim or the killer is. But all clues seem to lead back to the Frant household, and Shield is tangled in a web of lies, money, sex and death that threatens to tear his new life apart.And what of the strange American boy at the heart of these macabre events - what is the dark secret of young Edgar Allan Poe?THE SCENT OF DEATH: August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on.Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war.Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets.The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly. But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...

Newport County AFC The First 100 Years

Newport County AFC The First 100 Years

Author: Andrew Taylor, John Aldridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2014

The 2012/13 season marked 100 years of professional football in Newport, a century during which Newport County AFC has played a major role in raising the profile of the city, and taken generations of supporters on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from glorious successes to the depths of despair. County's first 100 years has seen great highs: winning championships, a Wembley Cup Final and even stunning the football world by reaching the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Such successes are all the more treasured as the club regularly faced financial difficulties, bad luck and misfortune. Ultimately, this led to the lowest point any supporter could endure - the bankruptcy of the original club in 1989. But this is also an inspiring story of defiant resistance, with supporters immediately reforming the club against all odds and battling for the right to regain their place in the Football League. County entered its centenary season at a new ground: Rodney Parade, the traditional home of Newport Rugby. With County having been formed as a local alternative to rugby, perhaps this will, after all, be where County come to enjoy their greatest success.

Silent Boy

Silent Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2014

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Selected as Historical Novel of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and picked as one of Radio 4's Crime Books of the Year.Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre refugees.Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

Todessonate

Todessonate

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2014

In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalfalle, die im Zusammenhang mit Buchern stehen: mit alten Buchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschatzbaren Stucken. Und naturlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhandler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.

Long Sonata of the Dead

Long Sonata of the Dead

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Once visited by the likes of Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and George Eliot, the London Library is a maze of books - a jumble of first editions and forgotten texts. For Tony, it is a refuge from the failure his life has become - and it is about to be invaded by a destructive old friend. Adam is a world-renowned novelist who spends so much time writing articles and appearing in documentaries that it seems impossible he actually has time to write books. He visits the library to research a nearly-forgotten English poet, Francis Youlgreave, who just happens to be Tony's obsession. Tony has staked his career on the long-dead clergyman, and will do whatever it takes to keep Adam from stealing his research. In this ghostly library, scholarly conflict is anything but academic.

Richard and Judy Bookclub - 3 Bestsellers in 1: The American Boy, The Savage Garden, The Righteous Men

Richard and Judy Bookclub - 3 Bestsellers in 1: The American Boy, The Savage Garden, The Righteous Men

Author: Andrew Taylor, Mark Mills, Sam Bourne Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

THREE NO.1 BESTSELLING RICHARD & JUDY BOOKCLUB PICKS IN ONE.THE AMERICAN BOY BY ANDREW TAYLOR:England, 1819: Thomas Shield, a new master at a school near London, is tutor to a young American boy and the boy's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. When a brutal crime is committed he finds himself at the heart of a labyrinthine mystery - a tangle of sex, money, murder and lies from which he cannot escape. And what of the strange American boy at the centre of these macabre events - what is the secret of the boy named Edgar Allan Poe?THE SAVAGE GARDEN BY MARK MILLS:Italy, 1958. Arriving at the Docci family home, young scholar Adam Strickland finds the family, their house and its unique garden as seductive as each other. But post-War Italy is still a strange, even dangerous place, and the Doccis have some dark skeletons hidden away which Adam finds himself compelled to investigate. Before long, he will uncover two stories of love, revenge and murder, separated by 400 years... but is another tragedy about to be added to the villa's cursed past?THE RIGHTEOUS MEN BY SAM BOURNE:A series of killings in every corner of the globe cannot possibly be connected. That's the instinct of Will Monroe, rookie reporter for The New York Times - until his beautiful wife Beth is kidnapped. Desperate, Will follows a trail that leads to a mysterious cult right on his own doorstep. With more murders by the hour, he must now unravel the prophecies buried deep in the Bible until he finds a secret worth killing for, a secret on which the fate of humanity may depend.

Books that Changed the World The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History

Books that Changed the World The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2014

Books That Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical context and explores its wider influence and legacy. Whether he's discussing the incandescent effect of The Qu'ran, the enduring influence of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, of the way in which Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe galavanized the anti-slavery movement, Taylor has written a stirring and informative testament to human ingenuity and endeavour. Ranging from The Iliad to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Kama Sutra to Lady Chatterley's Lover, this is the ultimate, thought-provoking read for book-lovers everywhere.

Scent of Death: Free Sampler

Scent of Death: Free Sampler

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2013

Discover the Best Historical Crime Novel of 2013 (Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Award) with this FREE 100 page extract from the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY. 'Andrew Taylor's historical crime fiction is always an event,' Guardian.August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on.Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war.Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets.The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly. But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...

Long Sonata of the Dead

Long Sonata of the Dead

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2013

In pursuit of the find of a lifetime, an academic confronts an old rivalOnce visited by the likes of Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and George Eliot, the London Library is a maze of booksa jumble of first editions and forgotten texts. For Tony, it is a refuge from the failure his life has becomeand it is about to be invaded by a destructive old friend.Adam is a world-renowned novelist who spends so much time writing articles and appearing in documentaries that it seems impossible he actually has time to write books. He visits the library to research a nearly-forgotten English poet, Francis Youlgreave, who just happens to be Tony's obsession. Tony has staked his career on the long-dead clergyman, and will do whatever it takes to keep Adam from stealing his research. In this ghostly library, scholarly conflict is anything but academic.

Long Sonata of the Dead

Long Sonata of the Dead

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2013

In pursuit of the find of a lifetime, an academic confronts an old rivalOnce visited by the likes of Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and George Eliot, the London Library is a maze of booksa jumble of first editions and forgotten texts. For Tony, it is a refuge from the failure his life has becomeand it is about to be invaded by a destructive old friend.Adam is a world-renowned novelist who spends so much time writing articles and appearing in documentaries that it seems impossible he actually has time to write books. He visits the library to research a nearly-forgotten English poet, Francis Youlgreave, who just happens to be Tony's obsession. Tony has staked his career on the long-dead clergyman, and will do whatever it takes to keep Adam from stealing his research. In this ghostly library, scholarly conflict is anything but academic.

The Scent of Death

The Scent of Death

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

*WINNER of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award 2013* `Andrew Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular' Daily Telegraph From the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence. August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on. Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war. Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets. The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly. But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...

The King & the Troublesome Sea

The King & the Troublesome Sea

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2013

Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film The Idea of America

Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film The Idea of America

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2013

This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of the relationship that Stanley Cavell's celebrated philosophical work has to the ways in which the United States has been imagined and articulated in its literature. Establishing the contours of Cavell's most significant readings of American philosophical and cultural activity, the volume explores how his philosophy and the kind of reading it demands have an important relation to broader considerations of the American national imaginary. Focused, coherent, and original essays from a wide range of philosophers and critics consider how his investigations of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example, represent a sustained engagement with the ways in which philosophy might provide us with new ways of thinking and of living. This is the first detailed and comprehensive treatment of America as a category of enquiry in Cavell's writing, engaging with the terms of Cavell's various configurations of the nation and offering readings of American texts that illustrate the possibilities that Cavell's work has, in turn, for literary and film criticism. This study of the role played by philosophy in the articulation of the American self-imaginary highlights the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, are conjoined in the ethical and political project of national self-definition.

Blood Relation William Dougal Crime Series Book 6

Blood Relation William Dougal Crime Series Book 6

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

The sixth instalment of the brilliant William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. William Dougal's life seems to be running smoothly. Now working with his old rival, Hanbury, his reputation is gaining him cases from every corner. But with every climb, there has to come a fall . . . When Dougal agrees to investigate the disappearance and suspected murder of publisher Oswald Finwood, he is faced with an array of suspects, all with the means and motive - from Finwood's estranged wife to an elusive author who had an appointment with Finwood on the day he disappeared. As Dougal probes deeper, he finds himself tangled in a complex web of greed, deceit and deadly family revenge . . .

Odd Man Out William Dougal Crime Series Book 8

Odd Man Out William Dougal Crime Series Book 8

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

The eighth in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. William Dougal is a respectable private detective, a hardworking citizen and a responsible father - and now he's also a killer. After a violent squabble takes a dangerous turn, Dougal decides to shun the police and instead take things into his own hands. He accepts the assistance of his old rival and current employer, Hanbury, to dispose of the corpse. But Dougal quickly finds that help doesn't come cheap. In fact, it's often more trouble - and danger - than it's worth . . .

The Sleeping Policeman William Dougal Crime Series Book 7

The Sleeping Policeman William Dougal Crime Series Book 7

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

The seventh book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. When William Dougal is invited to the cottage of a young doctor to look into a case of blackmail, he soon discovers that the village community is not as quaint as it seems. For hostility and deception brew beneath the surface . . . As a network of corruption is gradually exposed, the village is shaken by a series of chilling incidents: from a sweep of thefts to a ruthless hit-and-run. And when tensions escalate into murder, it's up to Dougal to piece the puzzle together - before another body turns up.

Freelance Death William Dougal Crime Series Book 5

Freelance Death William Dougal Crime Series Book 5

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2012

The fifth part of the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London. Rod Lorton wants revenge. After his wife's death, he discovers unsavoury truths about her and her former employer, PR chief Ivor Newley. Called in to investigate Lorton's new-found enemy, private detective William Dougal uncovers a weakness to exploit: Newley's rare collection of coins, coins that would leave Newley susceptible to blackmail if the collection were to disappear . . . That was the plan. But the outcome throws up something far more sinister and infinitely more dangerous than Dougal could have expected. For instead of being met with a bundle of cash when he arrives to seal the deal, the only payment Dougal is faced with is a corpse.

Radio Mast Horizon

Radio Mast Horizon

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2012

This collection, the author's first full-length book, gathers poems written over the past decade. The poems, some gathered from previous pamphlets, are concerned with place, love, identity and mortality. Nature is never far away and neither are the watchful eyes of the cities of Liverpool and New York, their tidal rivers and connections.

The Adjusters

The Adjusters

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

Welcome to Newton, the perfect town...Where kids get perfect grades...And everyone seems perfectly happy - all the time...Except Newcomer Henry Ward isn't buying it. With a pair of misfit friends, he's determined to expose the dark secrets lurking behind Newton's bright facade. But asking questions about Newton and the corporation that owns it can be dangerous. The doctors in the sinister medical centre on the hill have a procedure called adjustment for kids who don't fit in...And Henry and his friends have just gone to the top of the waiting list.

The Floor in Congressional Life

The Floor in Congressional Life

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2012

The House and the Senate floors are the only legislative forums where all members of the U.S. Congress participate and each has a vote. Andrew J. Taylor explores why floor power and floor rights in the House are more restricted than in the Senate and how these restrictions affect the legislative process. After tracing the historical development of floor rules, Taylor assesses how well they facilitate a democratic legislative process-that is, how well they facilitate deliberation, transparency, and widespread participation. Taylor not only compares floor proceedings between the Senate and the House in recent decades; he also compares recent congressional proceedings with antebellum proceedings. This unique, systematic analysis reveals that the Senate is generally more democratic than the House---a somewhat surprising result, given that the House is usually considered the more representative and responsive of the two. Taylor concludes with recommendations for practical reforms designed to make floor debates more robust and foster representative democracy.

Random Acts of Politeness Eccentric, Quirky and Occasionally Suicidal Examples of Selflessness and Courtesy

Random Acts of Politeness Eccentric, Quirky and Occasionally Suicidal Examples of Selflessness and Courtesy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Frequently amusing, sometimes moving, occasionally astounding and always fascinating; Random Acts of Politeness is a celebration of the most remarkable acts of courtesy from the past and the present day.

Anatomy of Ghosts

Anatomy of Ghosts

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2011

1786, Jerusalem College, CambridgeThe ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumored to be haunting Jerusalem ever since student Frank Oldershaw claimed to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds and was locked up because of his violent reaction to these disturbed visions.Desperate to salvage her son's reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts--a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion--to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr. Carbury, ever could.And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted--not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also by Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife--his fate is sealed. He must find Sylvia's murderer, or else the hauntings will continue. And not one of this troubled group will leave the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem unchanged.CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger winner Andrew Taylor returns with an outstanding historical novel that will simultaneously keep the reader riveted, and enchant with its effortless elegance.

Anatomy of Ghosts

Anatomy of Ghosts

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2011

1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumored to be haunting Jerusalem, since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds. Desperate to salvage her son's reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts, a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse. And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor-the very-much-alive Master's wife-his fate is sealed.

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Henry James and the Father Question

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Henry James and the Father Question

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2009

The intellectual relationship between Henry James and his father, who was a philosopher and theologian, proved to be an influential resource for the novelist. Andrew Taylor explores how James's writing responds to James Senior's epistemological, thematic and narrative concerns, and relocates these concerns in a more secularised and cosmopolitan cultural milieu. Taylor examines the nature of both men's engagement with autobiographical strategies, issues of gender reform, and the language of religion. He argues for a reading of Henry James that is informed by an awareness of paternal inheritance. Taylor's study reveals the complex and at times antagonistic dialogue between the elder James and his peers, particularly Emerson and Whitman, in the vanguard of mid nineteenth-century American Romanticism. Through close readings of a wide range of novels and texts, he demonstrates how this dialogue anticipates James's own theories of fiction and selfhood.

Bleeding Heart Square

Bleeding Heart Square

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2009

If Philippa Penhow hadn't gone to Bleeding Heart Square on that January day, you and perhaps everyone else might have lived happily ever after . . . It's 1934, and the decaying London cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square is an unlikely place of refuge for aristocratic Lydia Langstone. But as she flees her abusive marriage, there is only one person she can turn to--the genteelly derelict Captain Ingleby-Lewis, currently lodging at Number 7. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts the decrepit building. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow? And why are parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive? Legend has it the devil once danced in Bleeding Heart Square--but is there now a new and sinister presence lurking in its shadows? Bleeding Heart Square is Andrew Taylor's most compelling mystery yet.

Bleeding Heart Square

Bleeding Heart Square

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2009

Bleeding Heart Square is a tense historical thriller from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London 1934, London Into the decaying cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square steps aristocratic Lydia Langstone fleeing an abusive marriage. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow? And why are parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive?

Burning the Suit Fighting Back Against the Aftershock of Redundancy

Burning the Suit Fighting Back Against the Aftershock of Redundancy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2008

For most people, a fear of redundancy hangs over them like a dark cloud. In Andrew Taylor's case, it was a sudden, brutal push in the back. Building on his contribution to the Aftershock series on dealing with redundancy in The Sunday Times and his own personal experiences, Burning the Suit shows how it can be used as an opportunity to take control of your life. This is for anyone who is looking for more in life than a 9-5 job, featuring: * Disaster or Opportunity? * What am I going to do? * Taking stock, taking control, and taking a new opportunity * Outplacement agencies, counsellors, and career coaches * Selling yourself * Being your own boss * Networking * Making it happen

The Barred Window

The Barred Window

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2007

48 years in the same house, in the same room, with the same barred windows The Barred Windows is a psychological thriller packed with twists and turns from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London It is 1993 and Thomas Penmarsh has lived in Finisterre, the house by the sea, all his life, sleeping each night in the room with the barred window. He's only 48 but has been an old man since one evening in 1967 when he lost everything he valued. With the death of his controlling mother, Thomas finally becomes master of his own house. When Esmond, his cousin and childhood confidante, comes to live with him Thomas is overjoyed - Esmond always looks after him . . . But is Esmond all that he seems? And why is he so concerned that Alice wants to come home too? Darling Alice, whom neither have seen since that fateful night twenty-six years ago.

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

The thrilling and powerful psychological trilogy, reissued to coincide with a major 3 part TV adaptation, Fallen Angel, starring Charles Dance and Emilia Fox, from the bestelling author of `The American Boy'. `Nobody's perfect,' says a little girl in a walled garden. Certainly not the child stolen from a shabby London street. Or the sexually frustrated suburban vicar. Or least of all, perhaps, the woman who runs out of good times and comes to perch like a cuckoo in the bosom of a perfect family. Fallen Angel uncovers the secret history of a murderer, tracing the full damage and horror of an unforgiving killer over forty years. A chilling account of one family's self-destruction, the story slowly strips away the past, like an archaeological dig into the very nature of evil.

A Stain on the Silence

A Stain on the Silence

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2007

A Stain on the Silence is a gripping thriller from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London You can run from a guilty conscience, but you can't hide . . . James wasn't much more than a child when he had an affair with Lily. And now, twenty-four years later, Lily confesses to James that their affair led to a daughter, Kate. And Kate desperately needs her father's help: she's wanted for murder. But there is no room for murder in James's life. He has a wife, a good job, a nice house in the country . . . As Kate comes crashing into his world, so she lights the fuse under his ordered life. Because James has also been keeping a secret - a very dark and deadly one...

Bonar Law

Bonar Law

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2006

Bonar Law was a prominent opponent of Home Rule for Ireland; he also served the shortest term of any of Britain's 20th century Prime Ministers. In 1922 he was responsible for ending the coalition.

The NUM and British Politics Volume 2: 1969-1995

The NUM and British Politics Volume 2: 1969-1995

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2005

This book is the second of two volumes examining the place of the National Union of Mineworkers in post-war British politics. Covering the years 1969 to 1995, it charts reactions to the pit closures programme of the late 1950s and 1960s and the development of the NUM's reputation as the union that could topple governments. This reputation influenced profoundly the relationship between the NUM and successive Labour and Conservative administrations, underpinning changes in the state's approach to industrial disputes, so vividly manifested in the strike of 1984-85. Following the same intellectual path as volume one, this book concentrates on 'high' politics and the relationship between the NUM, the government and the National Coal Board. It highlights many of the same the key themes of the first volume, particularly the internal political process whereby the mineworkers' tendency to fragmentation was managed, and which was to eventually lead to the breakdown of this internal political process and the fragmentation of the NUM. Volume two explores how these fractures impacted upon such key issues as the formation of the 'Broad Left', the election of Joe Gormley as NUM President in 1971 and the strikes of 1972 and 1974 and relations with the Wilson and Heath governments. It then examines the election of Arthur Scargill in 1981 and the subsequent shifting of the union's political centre of gravity, together with the Conservative government's determination to use the power of the state to destroy the power of the NUM. The myths and legends surrounding the NUM and its power to bring down governments is still strong today, yet this book challenges many of the notions surrounding its strength, militancy and cohesiveness. Instead what emerges is a more complex picture as the union struggled to translate local loyalties into national solidarity. Whilst nationalisation initially helped this process, growing frustration exploded at the end of the 1960s, ushering in a period of

Unpardonable Crime

Unpardonable Crime

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2005

Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses, a man is found horribly mutilated on a building site, another goes missing in the teeming stews of the city's notorious Seven Dials district, a deathbed vigil ends in theft, and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe's young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth, like the youthful Poe himself, has its origins in the New World as well as the Old-in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812. With settings ranging from the coal-scented urban jungle of late Regency London to the stark winter landscapes of a rural Gloucestershire, An Unpardonable Crime is a multi-layered literary murder mystery, a historical novel, and a love story. In addition to shedding fascinating light on Edgar Allan Poe, the book is a fast-paced suspenseful tale, filled with shocking revelations.

American Boy

American Boy

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

Interweaving real and fictional elements, The American Boy is a major new literary historical crime novel in the tradition of An Instance of the Fingerpost and Possession.Available for the first time as a downloadable audio file.England 1819: Thomas Shield, a new master at a school just outside London, is tutor to a young American boy and the boy's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. Drawn to Frant's beautiful, unhappy mother, Thomas becomes caught up in her family's twisted intrigues.Then a brutal crime is committed, with consequences that threaten to destroy Thomas and all that he has come to hold dear. Despite his efforts, Shield is caught up in a deadly tangle of sex, money, murder and lies - a tangle that grips him tighter even as he tries to escape from it. And what of the strange American child, at the heart of these macabre events, yet mysterious - what is the secret of the boy named Edgar Allen Poe?

The NUM and British Politics Volume 1: 1944-1968

The NUM and British Politics Volume 1: 1944-1968

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/12/2003

From its formation in 1944, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was one of the most powerful and important players on the British political and industrial stage. Whilst the nation relied upon coal for its electricity production, domestic heating and railway transportation, the miners and their unions would always play a central role in national politics with the ability to cause massive disruption to the nation, should they decide to strike, as they did in 1972 and 1974. However, as the country began to move towards other forms of energy, such as oil and gas, the power of the mineworkers correspondingly decreased, leaving the once mighty union to come to terms with a very different world by the early eighties. The NUM and British Politics makes use of union material and party and government archives as well as oral testimony, much of it highly confidential, to present the first overall account of the evolving nature of the tripartite relationship between the miners, the NUM and the state.

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Henry James and the Father Question

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Henry James and the Father Question

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2002

The intellectual relationship between Henry James and his father, who was a philosopher and theologian, proved to be an influential resource for the novelist. Andrew Taylor explores how James's writing responds to James Senior's epistemological, thematic and narrative concerns, and relocates these concerns in a more secularised and cosmopolitan cultural milieu. Taylor examines the nature of both men's engagement with autobiographical strategies, issues of gender reform, and the language of religion. He argues for a reading of Henry James that is informed by an awareness of paternal inheritance. Taylor's study reveals the complex and at times antagonistic dialogue between the elder James and his peers, particularly Emerson and Whitman, in the vanguard of mid nineteenth-century American Romanticism. Through close readings of a wide range of novels and texts, he demonstrates how this dialogue anticipates James's own theories of fiction and selfhood.

The Judgement of Strangers

The Judgement of Strangers

Author: Andrew Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2001

`Complex, with lots of sinister implications... moves the traditional crime novel on to some deeper level of exploration' Jane Jakeman, Independent It is 1970. David Byfield, a widowed parish priest with a dark past and a darker future, brings home a new wife to Roth. Throughout the summer, the consequences of the marriage reverberate through a village now submerged in a sprawling London suburb. Blinded by lust, Byfield is oblivious to the dangers that lie all about him: the menopausal churchwarden with a hopeless passion for her priest; his beautiful, neglected teenage daughter Rosemary; and the sinister presence of Frances Youlgreave - poet, opium addict and suicide - whose power stretches beyond the grave. Soon the murders and blasphemies begin. But does the responsibility lie in the present or the past? And can Byfield, a prisoner of his own passion, break through to the truth before the final tragedy destroys what he most cherishes?

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