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Misrule Britannia By Derek Walker
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A journalist sent to cover the outbreak of civil war in a former colony, where the discovery of oil has led to a breakaway movement in one province, is quickly plunged into the conflicts and... More > corruption of a divided and underdeveloped country. While he reports on public events his personal life is transformed by his encounter with the young woman of mixed race who becomes his photographer. From her he learns how difficult it is to think and act rationally in a society where religion still has powerful influence. And when he gets close to the charismatic leader of the revolt he sees how personality can determine political decisions. The story may sound familiar, but the ex-colony is Britain and the journalist from the former imperial power is Japanese – in an ‘alternative history’ scenario where eastern Asia has been given the historical role of western Europe. Seeing a world stage on which the actors have changed costumes may give the reader a new perspective on real events in recent decades.< Less
Sleep quietly in your beds By Derek Walker
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When Daniel retrieves the red scarf dropped by Ruth at a 1937 peace rally he quickly gets to know her and her friend Nancy; and before long he introduces them to Arthur, his fellow student at the... More > London School of Economics. They are all at the beginning of their careers and enjoying life in London but are also idealistic about working to prevent another war in Europe. Since they are all unattached, their attitudes to each other are influenced by the prospect of more intimate relationships. As their circle of friends widens and their private lives become more complex, public events in the wider world begin to intrude. But Mr Chamberlain flies to Munich and returns to tell them they can now sleep quietly in their beds.< Less
Don't lose it again By Derek Walker
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Three friends, Daniel, Ruth and Arthur, have survived the Second World War and are determined, in their different ways, to play a part in preventing such a catastrophe from ever happening... More > again. Almost by accident Arthur wins a seat in Parliament in the 1945 General Election. To Daniel’s great satisfaction the Army assigns him a job preparing for the peace-keeping rôle of the new United Nations Organization. Ruth has an idea for a novel that will remind people of a different Germany that existed before the years of the Kaiser and Hitler. Daniel and Ruth also have unfinished business from 1939, when they had postponed their plans to marry; and each is uncertain about whether to reveal a wartime secret to the other. Arthur is impatient to start a family. However, as in the years before 1939, it is public events in distant places that determine how their private lives develop; and the action moves between London, New York, Switzerland and Paris in ways that they couldn’t have predicted.< Less
A Casual Conquest By Derek Walker
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In an ‘alternative history’ scenario in which Eighteenth Century Europe is reminiscent of South Asia in the dying years of the Mughal Empire, a young man from Japan starts his first job... More > in a distant colony at the Honourable West Europa Company in Antwerp. Soon he is accompanying his boss on a mission to Hamburg, where he listens to the itinerant Mozart Minstrels and is seduced by the Duchess of Holstein (Catherine the Great in ‘real time’). His next journey takes him to the Shantungese colony of Britain, where he sees an altarpiece painted by Gainsborough and helps a young runaway nun escape to Antwerp. At a Council meeting he hears his bosses debate whether a trading company ought to take responsibility for governing failed states. Before long he is sent to observe a war between ambitious rulers of petty principalities; and he meets a famous native poet and philosopher. Soon he begins to miss the British girl he left in Antwerp, and wonders if she will welcome his return.< Less
Send not to know By Derek Walker
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The Cold War is coming to an end, as the Soviet Union holds free elections and the Berlin Wall is breached. Dan Leyland is chairing a conference of European NGOs in Perugia, and he observes that some... More > of his colleagues are unhappy about having their political illusions shattered. He gets to know an Italian contessa who is acting as an interpreter, and when she confides in him about her troubled marriage he glimpses the possibility that his own post-marital loneliness could be coming to an end. But events do not always work out as expected – neither in politics nor in personal relationships. This volume is the third in The Peacekeepers trilogy; and when Dan talks with his parents and their group of friends, whose lives were completely disrupted by events in ‘far away countries’ in the 1930s, they tell him of their hopes and fears for a better future. The action moves from London to Switzerland, Germany and Italy, and back to London. Some of the events are predictable and others are not.< Less
Sense and Sensuality By Derek Walker
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When Fatima, an asylum-seeker from Kazakhstan, asks Duncan for a bird's eye view of Western history he takes her to the British Museum and other windows on the past. As secretary-general of an... More > international think-tank he works with Paula, a beautiful Ugandan, analysing UN failure in Darfur. And when his sensual friend, Helen, tells him she's looking for a husband but rejects his proposal, he realizes his urgent need for someone to share his bed. But he fears the scars of a bomb-blast and a divorce make him unattractive.< Less
Fond Delusions By Derek Walker
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David Hunter grows up and finds his first love in tranquil 'Fifties Northern Ireland. High ideals lead him to the London School of Economics, but then despair drives him to the Foreign Legion and he... More > sees action in the Suez invasion. When injury sends him back to London friends help him to find new hope for the future and a better understanding of his past.< Less
Faking News By Derek Walker
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When a news item on the radio prompts Alan Turnbull to phone a friend he doesn’t realize that it will involve him in an international crisis. An academic specializing in Balkan Studies, Adam... More > is a widower living quietly in London. His main concern is his newly-graduated daughter, who hasjust been offered a job as a journalist by the youthful and ambitious head of a small independent television company. The action takes place a few years into the future, when Britain has a coalition government led by the Liberal Democrats. Adam’s knowledge of the former Yugoslav republic of Thracia is sought by both a multinational company and by government, when valuable minerals discovered in Thracia rekindle animosity between different ethnic groups. Caught up in terrorism and diplomatic deception, Adam witnesses how political, religious and NGO groups try to manipulate the media and are, in their turn, manipulated. His unwitting involvement also brings him into intimate contact with two attractive young women.< Less
Manifest Destiny By Derek Walker
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It is a time when the first automobiles have just begun to appear in the streets, and when a glimpse of stocking is something shocking. Kadran Atwin has graduated in archaeology and is about to take... More > part in a ‘dig’ that could shed some light on why the continent of Eurasia failed to develop an advanced civilization of any kind. Over the past four hundred years it has been progressively occupied by colonisers from technologically superior nations in North America. The story is set in an ‘alternative history’ scenario that develops in a series of events strongly reminiscent of events that took place in the ‘real world’ at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Among Kadran’s colleagues is Chedry Esgera, an independently-minded woman who, unusually for the time, is also a graduate. Together they make startling discoveries, encounter revolution and war, and meet people from widely different backgrounds – but all very similar to people who were living in the ‘real world’ a hundred years ago.< Less

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