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Napoleonic Day


18 November 2017


Peter gave not one, but two talks at the Stamford Georgian Festival in September. The spendid Arts Centre Ballroom saw a knowldgeable crowd for social history talk, "Love and War, Sherry and Tripe", which was followed by an examination of the historical novel, "Fact and Fiction" at the Endowed School Chapel. 
The friendly Lincolnshire town (a favourite location for period film-makers) is the ideal place to host the four day event as there are so many wonderful Georgian buildings, as well as a mouthwatering choice of independent shops and refreshment stops. Peter already pencilled for next event in two years.
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Following the great success of the first East Midlands Napoleonic Day in February this year, an expanded event is planned for 2018. the EAST MIDLAND NAPOLEONIC DAYS are scheduled for the weekend of 3/4 March with some old friends returning and lots of new features and speakers. Keep an eye on the button bottom left for latest. More news soon!


There is a book of short stories on the way. Provisionally titled "A Dozen Bakers" (and Peter has over twenty to choose thirteen from at the moment) the stories fill in one or two gaps in the Ties of Blood canon and give more back story to some favourite characters.


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

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The latest novel is out. "TAKE, BURN OR DESTROY" features our heroes taking part in fact-based adventures in Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Copenghagen, 1805 - 07. See button left for more information. Kindle version also out now.


Peter staged the first EAST MIDLANDS NAPOLEONIC DAY in February. The event, at Long Acre Stuios, Bingham, featured talks, reenactors, demonstrations, wargaming, art, needlework and book stalls. The Cafe Corsica was a great success (the bacon butties sold out early!).
Says Peter: "The day was tremendous fun. February can be a little bleak and we came up with something to cheer everyone up. From the feedback we've had, the event certainly succeeded in doing that!
"The venue was busy all day, with visitors having come from all over the country. The list of speakers was impressive and there was plenty to see and enjoy for anyone interested in the period.''
"Plans are in hand for a second event next year, expanding the programme to two days (3/4 March) so that we can fit in more speakers and activities."

See Napoleonic Day button, left, for more.
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Revised versions of first three novels in the series, "ALONE WITH GLORY", "THE COLOUR OF BLOOD" and "A DIFFERENT KIND 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. "THE HARDEST FIGHT" follows in the new year.
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There is a new page (see button, bottom left) where Peter lists novels 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 over twenty titles now, classics old and new!


Peter is recently back from a very satisfying visit to central and northern Spain (the central bit was very,very hot!). This trip should yield extra material for the planned book of Ties of Blood short stories, due next year. Photos of interesting locations will appear on Peter's facebook page.


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).
New recipes just added!


The next novel in the series is out. "TAKE, BURN OR DESTROY" is the tenth Ties of Blood novel, but is a prequel dealing with the remarkable events of the years 1805-07. We see favourite characters from the series earlier in their careers, involved in stirring adventures in Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Copenhagen. 
Peter is also working hard on a book of short stories ("A DOZEN BAKERS" which will aim to fill in some of the gaps in the main characters' lives and careers).


Peter's introductory talk about the period, "Love & War, Sherry & Tripe", has been warmly received all over the country (last airing, Stamford Georgian Festival). He has also crafted different talks for specific events or anniversaries.
There is a new talk ("Balls, Belles and Bugles") around the Waterloo story and "Fact or Fiction" focuses on the historical novelist's challenge in telling the tale. 

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Peter had to work fiendishly hard on the Waterloo novel. Like all the other books in the series thus far it appeared spot on time to mark the 200th anniversary of the events it describes. It was a close run thing, as his previous deadline for the "American" novel was just six months before!
The story of "A BATTLE LOST AND WON" opens shortly before the series of dramatic events which climaxed with the fight at Waterloo itself. The book has characters involved in each of the three main armies, as well as civilians back in Brussels and elsewhere.
Says Peter: "There are thousands of books about Waterloo but no two diarists or historians agree about everything that happened there. That's great for a novelist: you get to discover the unfolding story from a lot of different perspectives in "A BATTLE LOST AND WON"!'

E - by gum!

There are currently ten Ties of Blood novels in print. All the titles are now also available on Kindle via Amazon.
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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.


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 2008