The final book in the Montmaray Journals trilogy, The FitzOsbornes at War, is released in North America today. Hooray!
This edition is pretty much the same as the Australian edition (apart from the cover art and the American spelling and punctuation, of course), but one difference is that it contains a family tree for the FitzOsborne family, dated 1955. As I don’t want those who bought the Australian edition to miss out, I’ve now posted a version of that family tree on my author website. (Please note that the family tree contains plot spoilers for all three books, so it’s not a good idea to click on that link until you’ve read all three books. Unless you’re the sort of reader who always reads the last pages of a novel first – in which case, go ahead and click.)
Now that the trilogy is finished, does anyone want to ask me any questions about the Montmaray books? I could set up a separate page on this blog with a big spoiler warning. If anyone thinks that’s a good idea, leave a comment below, and I’ll start a Montmaray Q & A page. (Of course, you can continue to email me with questions, but I thought it might be more efficient if everyone could read the questions and answers, especially as people tend to ask the same questions.)
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in how I went about researching, planning and writing The FitzOsbornes at War, I wrote a series of blog posts about it earlier this year. And here are my five favourite non-fiction books about Britain during WWII:
1. Debs at War 1939-1945: How Wartime Changed Their Lives by Anne de Courcy
The privileged young British women who joined the services, drove ambulances, built aircraft in factories, nursed the wounded and worked on farms during the war tell their stories.
2. Wartime Britain 1939-1945 by Juliet Gardiner
A meticulously researched account of every aspect of life on the Home Front, from the blackout, rationing and the Blitz, to the experiences of ‘enemy aliens’ and prisoners of war in Britain.
3. Voices from the Home Front: Personal Experiences of Wartime Britain 1939-1945 by Felicity Goodall
Moving stories taken from the letters and diaries of ordinary British people living through extraordinary hardships.
4. Keep Smiling Through: The Home Front 1939-45 by Susan Briggs
A fascinating and well-organised collection of wartime photos, cartoons, advertisements, posters, pamphlets and songs.
5. Sea Dog Bamse: World War II Canine Hero by Angus Whitson and Andrew Orr
The story of Bamse, a charismatic St Bernard who was an official crew member of the minesweeper Thorodd and a mascot to the Free Norwegian Forces stationed in Scotland during the war.
Tomorrow: The Home Guard