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Wishing Shelf Away Bronze Medalist 2013

When you have lost everything how far would you go?

This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“The culture within parts of British banking has increasingly been one of risk-taking leading to the meltdown that we have witnessed”

There is nothing as tragic as man’s inhumanity to man; what triggers such hatred that some are prepared to give up their own existence to destroy another’s way of life?

Who is the mysterious man who arrives every year at the picturesque Cotswold village of Drayburn? What is his dark secret?

All it takes is a wrong decision

‘It gripped me from the first chapter and I couldn't wait to read it every day’

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Sequel to the acclaimed novel and Wishing-Shelf Awards finalist, The Sixth Pillar

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A tense psychological thriller.

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A commentary on social conditioning in 1914


"A gripping tale"

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"A snappy, gripping realistic thriller"

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In this sequel to the acclaimed novel, The Baker’s Story, award-winning author Alan Reynolds, continues the historical drama following the Marsden family into the depths of the First World War. Mildred Marsden, the family matriarch, can only watch as the conflict takes her family in different directions with mixed fortunes.

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‘Barrister Liam Drake, his physiotherapist wife, Jo, and their two young children embark on their annual three week summer holiday. Needing a complete break, they choose a charming cottage in a remote Cornish village. Only after they arrive do they discover that the cottage was the scene of a brutal murder just a few months earlier. It is clear something is not right. Villagers believe the cottage is cursed, others that it is haunted. The family soon find out that both descriptions are accurate as it becomes a battle of survival for the family.’

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The fourth instalment of The Marsden Family saga brings the story up to 1939.

Intertwined with real historical events, we experience the social climate in the country as it moves closer to war through the eyes of the various members of the family. Using extensive research, award-winning author, Alan Reynolds, brings the past to life at a pivotal time in English history in a compelling novel. We experience the increasing threat from Hitler, and the British Government’s attempt at appeasement; the IRA bombing campaign, and the efforts of the British Secret Service to thwart their aims, among other key events which shaped the world at that time.

But not everyone will see the outbreak of hostilities.

‘A strongly written, historical drama offering readers an insight into English life in the run up to the Second World War.’ The Wishing Shelf

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