David Ebsworth will be one of the main events at the Llandeilo Lit Fest on Friday April 28th and I thought it might be a good idea to share some information about the man from his newsletter:
Until I retired I was a full-time union negotiator and then, seven years ago, I started writing historical fiction under the pen name David Ebsworth. I love doing this – taking some of history’s lesser-known stories to a wider audience. I usually write in the morning, then swim, then write some more while I indulge my other passion – for coffee and cake. And I normally market my books during the afternoon and/or evening. But if you want to know more, you could check out my author page on the website: http://www.davidebsworth.com/about
The Spanish Civil War – Does It Still Matter?
You can find out by coming along to one of my Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn’t Know About The Spanish Civil War sessions planned for the next few months:
Friday 3rd February, 12.30pm – 2.30pm: Unite Offices, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF
Friday 28th April, 6.00pm: Hwyl Llandeilo Literary Festival, at the Angel Inn, Llandeilo, SA19 6EN (https://llandeilolitfest.org/2017/01/02/david-ebsworth/)
Thursday 18th May, 2.00pm – 3.30pm: Beccles Library, Suffolk, NR34 9TB
And just to stick with the Spanish Civil War for a minute, you may know that my 2012 novel, The Assassin’s Mark, was very well received. And I was finally persuaded to write a sequel, Until the Curtain Falls, which will be published in English in May, and in the Spanish version (Hasta Que Caiga el Telón), probably July.
“The image of the woman Telford had just killed would not leave him. He was almost sure she deserved to die. And, if he hadn’t drowned her first, he was fairly certain that he himself would now be dead.”
And so it begins: Until the Curtain Falls – available May 2017
Once again, we’ll be publishing, through the fabulous SilverWood Books, thanks to the successful crowd funding campaign, to take pre-orders, that we’ve been running over the past month. So yet more batches of thanks to all of you who either pre-ordered or, perhaps more importantly, did so much to help “spread the word” during the campaign.
So that’s allowed us to get on particularly with the translation process through the inimitable Kelly Thornhill (Adventures in Spanish) and the team in Alicante (Mónica and María Garcia Irles, and Blas Andreu Gilabert). It’s masses of hard work, though!
Suffragettes – Do We Really Know the Story?
Now, I thought I knew a fair bit about the campaigns for women to have the vote – but turns out that I knew virtually nothing! For example, I’ve just been writing a chapter for the first of my nine suffragette novellas (this one’s called The House on Hunter Street) set in Liverpool from 1911 to 1919, and told through the eyes of suffragette activist, Fanny Maddox, and all against the background of her fight for women’s suffrage as well as her own freedom and family conflict. In this particular chapter, Fanny gets into a spot of bother during the great Coronation protest procession in London that took place on Saturday 17th June 1911. I was astonished to learn that at least 75,000 women took part and that it took 4 hours for the end of the march to reach its final rallying point, at the Albert Hall. Over 50 different suffrage organisations took part and women attended from all over the Empire, including India, as well as from those very few countries where women had already won the vote – Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Finland. And I owe a real debt to our friend and fellow-author, Lucienne Boyce, for steering me in the direction of the archives for Votes for Women, which you can read online here… https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=IMJZBBnUFLgC&dat=19110623&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
Did you remember to watch Zulu Dawn and Zulu?
You didn’t? Seriously? 22nd and 23rd January marked the anniversary of the terrible British defeat at Isandlwana (Zulu Dawn, 1979) and the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift (Zulu, 1964). And, for those of us fascinated by the illegal and unwarranted British invasion of Zululand in 1879, it’s usually obligatory to watch the films “back to back.” My novel, The Kraals of Ulundi, [NB highly recommended by this blogger] pretty much picks up the story where the films leave off – and tells the even more astonishing tale of the war’s next six months. For those who want to know more, you could do worse than following the Facebook page of leading Zulu War historian, Ian Knight… https://www.facebook.com/groups/ianknightszuluhistorygroup/?multi_permalinks=1831067217167267¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1485622402107859 . Anyway, in conversation with Ian recently, it struck me that I should turn Kraals into a screenplay, for a movie which could only be called Zulu Sunset. Naturally, I know it will never see the light of day but it’s been a really interesting project that will keep me busy whenever I get bored!
And did Outlander inspire you to find out more about Jacobites?
If so, you could do a lot worse than having a glance at my Ten Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn’t Know About the Jacobites… http://www.davidebsworth.com/ten-things-almost-certainly-didnt-know-jacobites. Also, since we celebrated Burns Night last week, maybe it’s worth having another glance at Eddi Reader singing that wonderful Robert Burns classic, Ye Jacobites By Name – which, contrary to popular opinion, quite correctly damns Bonnie Prince Charlie and his supporters for bringing death and destruction in their wake for no other reason than the Prince’s personal ambition… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e7eqCldZ7E
Join me in helping promote The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour?
This is my story of the Battle of Waterloo, told from the viewpoints of two French women, one a cantinière and the other a dragoon trooper, based on characters who actually took part in the campaign. It’s a gritty story but I never really had a chance to market the novel properly. And it’s now available in hardback.
Now, if you’re on Goodreads, you can visit this page… https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7560.Napoleonic_War_fiction and vote for Marianne on this list of Best Napoleonic War Fiction. We’re at Number Ten just now (not bad, seeing that we’re just ahead of Stendhal!) so let’s see if we can get to Number One?
And here we are, also at Number Ten (just behind Patrick O’Brian!) on the list of Best Napoleonic Novels… https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16381.Napoleonic_Novels. So, again, cast some votes maybe? It would be much appreciated.
Help for The Song-Sayer’s Lament too?
Last year’s novel of warlord rivaly in 6th Century Britain. It’s been critically acclaimed as an original re-imagining of a period about which we know virtually nothing. Everybody seems to like it but it hasn’t picked up the usual number of reviews. So if you’ve read Song-Sayer and enjoyed it, and you feel inclined to do so, maybe you could simply visit the Amazon page (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Sayers-Lament-Novel-Sixth-Century-Britain/dp/1781325111), scroll down to the bit that allows you to “Write a Customer Review” and scribble a few lines. It only needs to be brief and certainly doesn’t need to receive five stars!
And remember that the Carnival is coming!
I was on Calon FM Radio yesterday doing an interview about our forthcoming Wrexham Carnival of Words – a literary festival with a difference. If you’re within striking distance of Wrexham, and you want to be added to our Carnival circulation list, just let me know and you can receive your own updates about the already stunning line-up. Lots of great headliners like Joanne Harris, Alan Johnston, Deborah Swift, William Ryan, Emma Darwin, Ben Kane, Barbara Erskine and many others. But we’ve also got the hugely popular Poetry Baton on Saturday 29th April in Eagles Meadow – in which we invite as many folk as possible to read their own or favourite poems to local shoppers (and each other). Last year was brilliant fun, and this one’s going to be even bigger and better. Then, on Sunday, we’ve got a Ramblers and Readers session at the Alyn Waters Country Park – tall tales and poems about walking and climbing, followed by a community ramble. But the week’s big draw is always Murder Mystery Night – at Wrexham Library on Tuesday evening, 2nd May. Hugely entertaining! Here’s the updated programme… http://wrexhamcarnivalofwords.com/wrexham-carnival-words-2017/
Really just a good excuse to say “thanks” once again for all the support.
Please pass on the newsletter to anybody who might be interested and/or let me have other folk’s e-mail addresses so I can add them to the list.
Further newsletter in a month and please let me know if you’ve any questions!
Bye for now and please let me know if you don’t want to receive further copies of the newsletter. Genuinely, I won’t be upset and I know that they can sometimes be a nuisance. If so, all you need to do is send me a reply saying “Please unsubscribe” or something similar and I’ll delete you from the list.
Writing historical fiction as David Ebsworth
Until the Curtain Falls: Epic Spanish Civil War novel – a thriller with plenty of action. Hasta Que Caiga el Telón: Novela épica de la Guerra Civil Española – un thriller con mucha acción.