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The Last Broomsquire by Martin Hesp
  

The Last Broomsquire

Historical Fiction   Debuts of the Month   Literary Fiction   

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The turn of the 17th century, Somerset, the Quantocks to be precise, where an extraordinary number of events occurred in an idyllic area – fact. Martin Hesp has concertinaed these events into the lifetime of one Johnny Walford, so if you’re looking for historical accuracy you’ll not find it here. What you will find is a number of true stories woven into an adventure yarn that takes Johnny through from his first (and only) love to being hanged for murdering his wife. Along the way we have Coleridge, Wordsworth, the scientist experimenting with electricity, Andrew Crosse, and an indulgence of local colour and lore, from smuggling, drugs and 17th century rock’n’roll, to the death (or not?) of a much loved local hero. It’s a great read, highly recommended.

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Synopsis

The Last Broomsquire by Martin Hesp

The Last Broomsquire takes the very real events surrounding the 18th century story about the hanging of John Walford and weaves it into a multidimensional Quantock novel - a tale of passion, brutality, adventure and romance.

Here we meet not only the broomsquire, but the romantic poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, the enlightened tanner Tom Poole, and the eccentric landowner Andrew Crosse, whose electrical experiments inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein.

The author skilfully brings the Quantock landscape alive with his ripping yarn, a tapestry embellished with beautiful women, family feuds and sudden death, as well as mud horse fishermen, shady smugglers, laudanum, cider and excise men. Rarely has a single location played host to such a string of remarkable events.

About the Author

Martin Hesp

Martin Hesp was born and brought up in West Somerset as the eldest son of a well known journalist. He joined the local newspaper as a cub reporter and has been involved in journalism ever since both in print and as a broadcaster. Aged 53 he is now senior writer and columnist of the Western Morning News – a job he took up shortly after writing The Last Broomsquire a decade ago.

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Publication date

20th September 2010

Author

Martin Hesp

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Publisher

Flagon Press

Format

Paperback

Categories

Historical Fiction
Debuts of the Month
Literary Fiction


ISBN

9780956277817

Publisher Profile

Flagon Press is an imprint of Flagon Press

logo Flagon Press is based in Somerset and is the imprint belonging to James Crowden Publishing. Flagon Press aims to publish unusual but interesting books with an earthy Westcountry theme. Part of the ethos is to produce distinctive books using local designers, artists, printers and distributors thus cutting down on unnecessary road miles. James Crowden was born and raised in Devon and has worked as a sheep shearer, shepherd and cider maker in Somerset and Dorset. James is himself an established author and poet. Flagon Press is a small press and treats each book as an individual project.

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www.james-crowden.co.uk

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