‘Burke and the Pimpernel Affair’ now available on Kindle

 Burke and the Pimpernel Affair is, as it says at the top of the page, now available on Kindle. 

After the very dark story of Burke in Ireland, I thought it was time to have something that was more frothy and fun. As a child I had enjoyed Baroness Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel stories and the idea of a story of a daring British agent freeing French prisoners from Paris gaols appealed. So that’s what I’ve written. It’s an outrageous spy story but with a surprising amount of historical fact hidden away in the froth. Paris in 1809 was a hotbed of espionage and counter-espionage with many attempts made to free British agents from captivity – many surprisingly successful.

Burke and the Pimpernel Affair is a relatively light-hearted story. The body count is in low single figures – practically bloodless by Burke standards – and there are the usual comic asides. It introduces quite a few real people who are fascinating characters in their own right: the odious Fouché as chief villain; Morel de Vindé, an aristocratic survivor of the revolution who could pretty well justify his own book; and, of course, the Empress Josephine, who was, in reality, much more than a silly woman who got lucky with Napoleon.

If you like solidly-based historical fiction that is written to entertain, this one is for you. Buy it (or read it free on Kindle Unlimited): https://mybook.to/Pimpernel.

There’s lots more to come in 2022

On the writing front, I’m working on a new Contemporary Urban Fantasy featuring Galbraith and Pole. I’m also editing a short collection of stories set in the 19th century which will give you the chance to sample the work of some historical fiction authors who may be new to you.

On the blog, I’m going to try something new in 2022. My wife keeps a proper journal. (She’s a Jane Austen fan and she thinks every woman should write a journal.) Looking back over the year, as she likes to do every December, she realised that she has a record of an astonishing period of English history. I say English because one of the remarkable things about it is the way that, under the pressure of covid, the Union seems to have been disintegrating before our eyes. Many of us have lost all sense of time over the last two years and it is difficult to believe (especially now we know about the parties in Downing Street) just how harsh the lockdown rules were and how long they went on for. Tammy’s journal is an interesting reminder – a bit of social history recorded as it happened. I’m going to start it at the end of February – two years after the first time that there are any references to covid in it – and then follow events as they developed. I’ll be interested to see what people make of that.

First of course, there will be my own review of the past year (two new books published and the republication of the John Williamson Papers) and then a look at the year ahead. I’ll also do my annual summary of the books I’ve reviewed in 2021.

That’s a lot to cover. It will certainly keep my blog busy for a while.

If people want to tell me about their plans for the year or what they would like to see me writing about, they can contact me through this blog or via Twitter (TomCW99) or Facebook (I’m AuthorTomWilliams). Like most writers I do try to engage with my readers but I can sometimes feel that I’m just shouting into the abyss. It would be lovely to hear from you, even if it’s just you wishing me a Happy New Year.

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