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by Antoine Vanner
Tue July 9th, 2013, 8:39 pm
Forum: By Author
Topic: Alfred Duggan
Replies: 56
Views: 7658

Duggan Variability

I'm always amazed by how variable Duggan is as regards quality and readability. Some of his books (e.g. Knight in Armour, Three's Company, Cunning of the Dove etc) are some of the best historical novels I've read, while other books can be turgid and unreadable (e.g. God and My Right, Founding Father...
by Antoine Vanner
Thu June 6th, 2013, 12:11 pm
Forum: By Author
Topic: Alfred Duggan
Replies: 56
Views: 7658

I agree with this assessment. This is one of Duggan's best books, excelled only by "Knight in Armour" and "Three's Company"
by Antoine Vanner
Sun May 19th, 2013, 10:03 am
Forum: Ancient
Topic: The Trojan War
Replies: 22
Views: 10305

Original Take on the Trojan War

For an original take on the Trojan War it's worth reading Warrior in Bronze (1977)by George Shipway, which tells the story from the viewpoint of Agamemmnon.
by Antoine Vanner
Wed May 1st, 2013, 5:45 pm
Forum: Travel
Topic: London
Replies: 10
Views: 2241

Take a look at Sir John Soane's house in Lincoln's Inn Fields so you can step right back into the Georgian period. One of London's least appreciated treasures!
by Antoine Vanner
Mon April 15th, 2013, 3:29 pm
Forum: Historical Mystery
Topic: Martin Cruz Smith
Replies: 1
Views: 1125

Martin Cruz Smith

While driving yesterday finished re-listening to an audio-book version of "Rose" by Martin Cruz Smith. This is one of the most original period crime/mystery stories I've ever come across. The locale - Wigan, Lancashire, in the 1870s and the technicalities and organisation of the coal-mining industry...
by Antoine Vanner
Mon April 15th, 2013, 3:20 pm
Forum: By Era
Topic: Napoleonic Wars
Replies: 15
Views: 6208

One of whom, code named "The Needle" (La Aguja) was involved with Richard Sharpe ane had a daughter by him - Bernard Cornwell covered the story
by Antoine Vanner
Fri April 12th, 2013, 8:47 am
Forum: By Author
Topic: Alfred Duggan
Replies: 56
Views: 7658

Another Duggan Gaul who acts as narrator adn observer is "Winter Quarters". This mercenary serves with Crassus in his Mesopotamian campaign and is captured at Carrhae. He's one of the large number of prisoners who, years later, outraged Roman sensibilities by staying on in the East. Like Duggan's be...
by Antoine Vanner
Mon April 1st, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forum: By Author
Topic: Alfred Duggan
Replies: 56
Views: 7658

Duggan's work is quite variable. The best (like "Three's Company") are superb, as are Knight in Armour, The Lady for Ransom , The Cunning of the Dove etc. and give a real sense of the period and its attitudes. Duggan's characters are never 21st. century types rigged out in fancy-dress. Many of is bo...
by Antoine Vanner
Sun March 31st, 2013, 10:11 pm
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: Antoine Vanner publishes "Britannia's Wolf"
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

[quote=""fljustice""]Congratulations, Antoine! Love your website, BTW. Who designed it?[/quote] [quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Best of luck with the book, Antoine. And the website looks excellent![/quote] Glad you liked the website - and suggestions for areas to expand it in will be welcomed! Best Wishes...
by Antoine Vanner
Sun March 31st, 2013, 10:10 pm
Forum: Author Announcements
Topic: Antoine Vanner publishes "Britannia's Wolf"
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

[quote=""fljustice""]Congratulations, Antoine! Love your website, BTW. Who designed it?[/quote] Thanks for the congratulations Faith! And as regards website, the designer is Plug and Play Ltd. ( http://www.plugandplaydesign.co.uk/ ) - it's not only a very innovative and creative outfit, but very fri...

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