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Harriet Pearson By Laurence Carter
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It is England in the 1840’s, and ‘Railway mania’ is raging. Fortunes are being made – and lost. Unfortunately for Harriet Pearson, the intelligent 23 year old daughter of a... More > retired schoolmaster, her father was one of the unlucky ones. He lost his savings in a failed railway scheme, suffered a stroke, and was confined to his bed for eight years. After his funeral Harriet travels to Yorkshire to stay with an old school friend, Lady Blanche Waldegrave. Here she meets one of the ‘Moving Spirits of the Age,’ Jack Dashwood, the railway millionaire who is seeking the hand of Blanche. She also meets Dan Brady, the Irish labourer who has left Ireland with his little girl to seek a living ‘on the diggings’. This is their story.< Less
Penny Black By Laurence Carter
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This is England in the late 50’s, and Penny is in her last year at school. She works hard, her teachers like her, and they have hopes she will go to Cambridge. However, no one in her family has... More > been to university before and her father thinks it will only give her unrealistic fantasies. He needn’t have worried: Penny is not destined to go to Cambridge. She makes the mistake of falling in love. At first she thinks she and Richard can go together. That won’t happen either. Every step of her way Penny is fighting to stay on course, and at every step her gentle nature suffers shattering blows. Love almost costs her her sanity. Throughout this book which opens up the world of the late fifties and early sixties, we see how society is changing, how the old certainties are giving way, and we see the sacrifices Penny makes to achieve her dream. 'Penny Black' is the second part of 'The Brighton Trilogy'.< Less
Elaine By Laurence Carter
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At 23 Elaine has achieved much more than a woman of her age in 1939 might have expected – or predicted. She is single minded, ambitious and highly intelligent and can handle the heavy... More > responsibility that has fallen on her as war threatens. It seems that anything is possible. She is wooed by a neighbour, one of ‘nature’s gentleman’, modest, unselfish, but limited. Frank desperately wants to marry her. Then she meets Robert Leonard, owner of the largest department store in Brighton, the most eligible man in the town and falls deeply in love with a man who seems to correspond to all her instincts and ambitions. The story takes Elaine and her family through the war and into the fifties and as she watches her bright daughter grow up she is determined that she shall not fall into the trap that ensnared Elaine. This is Part One of The Brighton Trilogy.< Less
Penny Black in London By Laurence Carter
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This is the third part of Laurence Carter's Penny Black trilogy. In the early 1960's Penny goes to the BBC to train as a television director, and shares a flat in central London. Through the next six... More > years, as the 60's unfold, we watch Penny's progress in television, her search for her father, and for the man in her life.< Less
Gerry - a Life in Motors By Laurence Carter
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This is England in the 1950's and George Lawson is a happy man - he runs a small motor repair workshop, assisted by his daughter Gerry. At seventeen she already knows as much about mending cars as... More > any man. She loves her Dad, wants to be the son he never had, and has big ideas about improving and enlarging the business. How this will turn out is the subject of this book.< Less
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Ginevra By Laurence Carter
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The Prince Orsini has a lineage 800 years old. Unfortunately he no longer has the ancestral acres to support his dignity. They are all in the hands of a local farmer Don Luigi Spada, a self-made... More > upstart who has gradually acquired all the princely mortgages. The Prince and his daughter occupy a dilapidated palace in the foothills of the Alps and she does what little she can to make up to him for all that he has lost. It seems only Ginevra can save the her father’s crumbling fortune but will the price be too high? Meanwhile Italy in 1858 is in a ferment; the talk is all of driving out the Austrians and uniting the country. The name of Garibaldi is on everyone’s lips, and nowhere more so than on the handsome lips of Renzo, the illegitimate son of Don Luigi and Ginevra’s childhood friend. History intervenes, Garibaldi intervenes, and Ginevra will go through the two most tempestuous years of Italy’s history - and her life - before the country can be united and Ginevra’s and her father’s destiny secured.< Less
The Macro Hoard By Laurence Carter
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Hugo Sinclair, unexpectedly summoned home from Africa, finds himself 13th Earl Lowick, and owner of a crumbling stately home. He also finds himself the owner of a hoard of Roman silver thought to be... More > worth between fifty and a hundred million dollars at auction. The silver is however at present in a Swiss bank vault and without a valid export licence may never be sold. What was his brother thinking of, raising a loan of eight million pounds and then disappearing into a monastery? Where did the silver come from, and how is Hugo to sell it without the licence, and pay off the mortgage? The story takes us from Wiltshire, first to Zurich, then to Lebanon, and to Croatia as Hugo finally discovers the origin of the Macro Hoard. We also find ourselves in Rome in the fourth century. Macro has come from nowhere and will claw his way up through Imperial Roman society. He is the man who one day will have that silver made for his wedding.< Less
The Paintress By Laurence Carter
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This is England during the Napoleonic Wars. They however seem far away. Closer to home, in a small English village the vicar has died suddenly leaving his widow and daughter with almost nothing.... More > Claire must earn enough for them both, and she sets out to be a portrait painter. The story involves her friends, the squire's daughter Sophie, Sophie's brother who is standing for election, an adopted son in the navy and a stranger who arrives in the village: a nabob arrived back from India immensely rich. Their story unfolds in one corner of England in 1797.< Less
The Tour Guide By Laurence Carter
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What is an out-of-work actor to do, to make money, and, more importantly, to convince his girl friend that he is really serious? When an opportunity is dumped into his lap without even a... More > by-your-leave, he has to ask himself, is this the moment? Do I take the plunge? How serious am I? More to the point, what exactly does a tour guide do? And how is he going to convince her that he is serious while careering around the country with a party of American Methodists? By letter, of course. Who writes letters anymore? With phones, texts, emails, Facebook, we have instant communication at our finger tips. Yet as little as forty years ago letters were the main means of communication. Here is a correspondence from 1981 which takes us on a two-week tour of the British Isles while sorting out one man's (and woman's) future life.< Less

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