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Here’s my latest story!


It’s 2001, the start of a new millennium. Disease sweeps the nation, people are quarantined, the government fumbles. The weather is extraordinary and people grumble about illegal immigrants.

Britain’s Foot and Mouth Disease will cost billions and see the death of hundreds of thousands of animals. Farmers will lose their livelihoods and some will kill themselves. When the government is accused of incompetence the General Election will be postponed. All this before September, and that other tragedy on the other side of the world.

2001 was a lifetime ago, yet it could be today.

Relive that extraordinary year: right here.

And now . . . JUST OUT:
A splendid illustrated reference book written with my friend James Havers:

A magnificent illustrated guide to some gorgeous books you can still find in second-hand bookshops at very reasonable prices. (Assuming you can still find a second-hand bookshop, of course!)

** More details HERE

Meanwhile . . .

Have you tasted the delights of my Croome Victorian Saga? After the more than positive response to earlier books in the Croome Saga – that’s After She Drowned and  The Captain’s Ward (see below), the third in the trilogy is now out. It’s called Man’s Estate, and forms the climax to the trilogy. I think it’s best if you read The Captain’s Ward first – but what do I know? I’m only the author. Check it out here.

The Croome Victorian Trilogy runs from the 1880s to the early 1890s, telling tales from the growing town of Croome and the nearby Manor. You can read the books in any sequence, though I think you’ll enjoy the trilogy more if you read The Captain’s Ward before the third and latest, Man’s Estate.

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Man’s Estate, the third in the Croome saga, takes place in 1893. Two fathers must choose between daughters and sons. The squire’s four children are headed by the tall, proud, good-looking Riordan. Does he deserve to take over the estate? Meanwhile, in Croome itself, should works foreman Nathan Brook favour his prodigal son over his stay-at-home daughter? Available as both a paperback and an ebook:

From Amazon: CLICK HERE or in any other ebook format: CLICK HERE

Earlier in the saga . . . Located in the same semi-rural area around Croome and Milham, The Captain’s Ward tells of the close relationship between a teenage orphan and her charismatic guardian.

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See the KINDLE version HERE Or in any other book format: HERE Or as a splendid PAPERBACK version HERE

But have you read After She Drowned yet? It’s about forbidden love in the Victorian church, and is available as both a paperback and an ebook. CLICK the image to take a peek! ASD Cover thumbnail Kindle downloads of all my books can be had direct from Amazon:  Russell James page Or if you’re trying to avoid Amazon, find my books in other formats by clicking My ebooks at Smashwords

Please LIKE the page by scrolling to the foot of this page and clicking the LIKE BUTTON! Thanks!

Moody girl on outdoor benchAnd finally . . .

As well as my own titles, I have also spent several months editing, adding notes and illustrations to a Victorian Sensation NovelLord Oakburn’s Daughters, by Mrs Henry Wood (best-selling author at the time; her most famous book being East Lynne). Lord Oakburn’s Daughters is now available as a splendid paperback or on Kindle from Amazon or you can check out the story first by clicking HERE.   (For full details from my publisher Prospero Books – click HERE)

By the way . . . There’s a page on me and my other books on ABOUT ME. And I run a blog on books in general, called Booksmatter (because books do) which you can find by clicking HERE and a site devoted to (mainly lesser-known) Victorian illustrators and writers, called VICTORIAN LINES: HERE

3 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Robert Waterhouse says:

    Dear Russell
    ;I’ve been trying to make contact but your email address appears to have changed again. I’d like your permission to use the review of Their Safe Haven you wrote with the TLS in mind on my website, together with two others, in the hope of getting more people to read/buy the book.
    By the way, I sent copies of my ltest publications to you at Cheltenham. Did you receive them?
    All best wishes


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