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Napoleonic Days


NEWS                                  

11 January 2018


NAPOLEONIC DAYS BACK

Following the great success of the first East Midlands Napoleonic Day in 2017, an expanded weekend event took place in March 2018 with some old friends returning and lots of new features and speakers. We had the worst weather England has seen for a long time, with speakers and spectators snowed in their various corners of the country, but we soldiered on and managed a full schedule! It was a great weekend.
 
Dates for this year's event are Sat/Sun 2/3 March. HELION & Co. and THE WATERLOO ASSOCIATION are once again on board as sponsors. The programme is available to view on the Napoleonic Days button, bottom left, so you can get an idea of the impressive range of subjects to be covered.

It is tremendous to have Christa Hook as artist in residence for the Napoleonic Days weekend. You can find out more about her wonderful military paintings at christahook.co.uk


GREAT STORIES FROM THE GREAT WAR

There have been many moving ceremonies and excellent articles written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The poetry from the period is astonishingly poignant but there is also plenty of fiction dealing with the war. Peter has added a number of recommendations for First World War related novels to the You Might Also Like page.


DERBYSHIRE DELIGHT


Peter has given talks in some interesting buildings - courthouse, castle, barn, drill hall, gunpowder mill, ballroom, chapel, guildhall, museum etc - but not so far a stable. He put that right last October, when he offered old favourite, "Love & War, Sherry & Tripe" to a packed house at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton.  This building was no humble horse box but an extraordinary octagonal structure built to house 120 animals belonging to the Duke of Devonshire in the 1780s. It later became a hospital and is now a part of the University of Derby's Buxton campus. It remains a stunning building. It was a great night!


THE POWER OF THIRTEEN


There is a book of short stories just out. Titled "A Dozen Bakers" the tales fill in one or two gaps in the Ties of Blood canon and give more back story to some favourite characters, as well as highlighting several interesting and lesser known historical episodes. So, if you are intrigued by Sir John Moore's adventures in Sweden, how the British won the Battle of the Nations, Lord Cochrane, Nelson at Cadiz or perhaps Lord Wellington's counterfeiting racket, this is the book for you!


ON THE SAME PAGE

Peter has put an author page on Facebook. click this link Facebook Page

Hope you like it!


TAKE, READ AND ENJOY!

The latest novel is  "TAKE, BURN OR DESTROY" which features our heroes taking part in fact-based adventures in Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Copenghagen, 1805 - 07. This book is Ties of Blood:10, but is a prequel so you could think of it as the new number 1! See button left for more information. Kindle version also out now.


FRESH GLORY

Revised versions of first five novels in the series, "ALONE WITH GLORY", "THE COLOUR OF BLOOD"  "A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR", "THE HARDEST FIGHT" and "THE BLAST OF WAR" are now available on Kindle - with one or two typos put right and a few minor enhancements. Each of these new editions also include details of the rest of the series. "EVEN TO THE KNIFE" follows soon.
Click here for more.


YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

There is a new page (see button, bottom left) where Peter lists novels which inspire him or are written in a similar genre to his own. So, once you've run through the Ties of Blood series here are some new ideas for you! There are well over twenty titles now, classics old and new!



FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is a lot of interest in the food and drink mentioned in the books, so Bicorn has added a FOOD page (see button left). The dishes mentioned have all been tested in the kitchens at Bicorn Towers. New recipes just added!


FROM TRIPE TO TALKING
BALLS


Peter's introductory talk about the period, "Love & War, Sherry & Tripe", has been warmly received all over the country (last airings, Stamford Georgian Festival and Buxton's Devonshire Dome). He has also crafted different talks for specific events or anniversaries.
There is a talk ("Balls, Belles and Bugles") around the Waterloo story and "Fact or Fiction" focuses on the historical novelist's challenge in telling the tale. A social history talk, "The Home Front" had its debut before the discerning audience at the East Midlands Napoleonic Days in 2018 and new for 2019 is "The Senior Service".


To arrange a talk: peter.youds@btinternet.com



E - by gum!

There are currently ten Ties of Blood novels in print, plus the new short stories. All the titles are now also available on Kindle via Amazon.
Click here for details. 



WHO'S WHO?

Recent books "A BATTLE LOST AND WON" and "THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT" continue to describe the adventures of the large list of characters which peoples the Ties of Blood series. One or two readers have commented that they sometimes struggle to remember the relationships of members of the two principal families, so Peter has included a note at the beginning of each novel to remind you of their background.

SIGN OF THE TIMES 

Peter is happy to sign your copy of the book/s. If you order online you can ask for a dedication when you visit the Buy the Book page. First editions of all titles are still available at time of writing.




© Peter Youds 2018