Author Spotlight
Alison James, Historical Novelist
Landfall: CHECK By Alison James
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Conflicting worlds collide in this two-volume episode of the LANDFALL series. The exotic wealth of Jamaica is founded on human misery as slaves toil and their owners indulge in luxury and corruption;... More > slave-ships ply their terrible trade across the Atlantic; and in-between, aboard the frigate HMS Turk, Captain Sir Edward Pelham R.N. tries to run a fair, clean & tight ship - and faces dire choices where duty, chance and conscience intersect. The year is 1795: Edward is just thirty, an unhappy marriage behind him and still several years to go before the events of LANDFALL: Calm At The Eye. Filled with the vivid period detail and compassionate sensuality that is Alison James’ hallmark, this is a story of high adventure, cruelty, humanity and profound psychological insight. Action, suffering and humour take turns as compelling characters cross paths by chance and end up forever connected. Look for the rest of the LANDFALL series & other novels by Alison James on lulu.com & Amazon.< Less
Landfall: CHECKMATE By Alison James
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Continuing the high drama begun in Check, Checkmate picks up in Tenerife, where Edward Pelham’s life is in danger and an intimate human drama is unfolding at his sick-bed. Lives turn on... More > unlikely events; comedy and heartbreak alternate. After the surprising conclusion of Checkmate’s first adventure, the action moves forward a generation. Beloved characters return for a new set of challenges and a wrenching, tender exploration of love, honour, loyalty and betrayal. On the beautiful island of Tenerife, connections are forged and revisited; loyalties and friendships are tested. Love hurts — and heals. As always, Alison James’ luminous and insightful writing transports the reader to another place and time where the people are every bit as human – and as dear – as old friends. Lyrically told, the story follows them through adversity, intrigue and generosity to a touching resolution. Look for the rest of the LANDFALL series & other novels by Alison James on lulu.com & Amazon.< Less
Landfall: 2 Novellas - Catherine & Mary Comes Home By Alison James
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CATHERINE- Many Landfall readers have asked about Edward’s first, disastrous marriage. Catherine tells that wrenching story. Finding himself suddenly the Pelham heir, Edward chooses a wife... More > in haste. At sea he is a fine judge of men – a decorated hero and a tiger of a frigate-captain, able to handle any situation. At home, however, is another matter – despite his best efforts, he finds himself all at sea with his new bride... What is love? What should two people expect of one another? Edward must learn hard lessons – and so must Catherine. MARY COMES HOME- Mary Pelham has watched her brother Edward’s star rise, bringing her help and support when she can, and her devotion always. Kind and generous, Mary is also shy and plain. Twenty years after the poignant events related in LANDFALL: Beeches, she still lives with their bullying mother – till Helena Pelham dies, and Mary faces a choice. Falling into the warmth and intimacy of the Pelham household in Portchester is a revelation…< Less
Landfall: RESCUE and MUTINY By Alison James
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At the heart of the LANDFALL series is the portrait of a marriage between two great-hearted and opposite equals: Edward Pelham, who inhabits simultaneously the worlds of duty and family — and... More > Sophie, who must daily accept that she can participate in only one of them. Knowing Edward needs both to be fully himself, she waits and watches in wise, loving partnership as Edward’s duty brings risk, long absences, peril, and physical and mental pain. RESCUE tells the story of an act of extraordinary heroism — its unfolding, its near-perfect execution in the face of overwhelming odds, and its consequences. The events related are based on an actual incident in the life of Sir Edward Pellew, Lord Exton. MUTINY examines the shattering collision of Edward Pelham’s public and private selves. He must preside over the court-martial of a protégé who has committed the worst possible act. Outraged by this betrayal, Edward tries to keep his volcanic emotions to himself — but Sophie knows better.< Less
LANDFALL: The Calm At The Eye By Alison James
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The LANDFALL novels are set at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. This series follows Edward Pelham, Royal Navy: from his early days as Acting-Lt. under Horatio Nelson - through his private and... More > public life, triumphs and adversities at sea and ashore, among crew, family, sweethearts and wives - to the heights of his Naval career, and the next generation. Book I - Calm at the Eye: Captain Sir Edward Pelham, as guarded as he is successful, finds himself briefly ashore in Gibraltar. His life changes when a small girl collides with him full-tilt in a rainstorm. We share moments of terrible action and others of domestic intimacy, the opposite worlds Edward Pelham forever moves between. Praise for author Alison James from Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series: 'You write like an angel, a tender angel… I was much moved by your poignant, beautifully written book.' Alison James has written over a dozen historical novels, to wide acclaim from online readers. Watch for them on Lulu and Amazon.< Less
LANDFALL: Aubade By Alison James
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After falling in love with the characters in LANDFALL, many readers asked for a more detailed account of the wedding and all-too-brief honeymoon of Captain Sir Edward Pelham and his bride Sophie. ... More > AUBADE fulfills this request. As always, the dynamic tension between the captain’s private and public selves leads to a complex interplay of events and emotions. Aboard his ship, he enjoys total command – or at least, the illusion of it, though his steward may think otherwise. Ashore, Edward finds himself unable to control much that is of the keenest import to him. Yet he must find the husband, father and lover he is called-upon to be, in sometimes surprising and challenging circumstances, as well as the captain when required, in this by-turns humorous, touching, sensual and surprising glimpse into private worlds: the men he commands, the family he grew up with back in England, and the new family he has just acquired – including a spirited young daughter!< Less
Landfall: 2 Novellas - Catherine & Mary Comes Home By Alison James
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CATHERINE- Many Landfall readers have asked about Edward’s first, disastrous marriage. Catherine tells that wrenching story. Finding himself suddenly the Pelham heir, Edward chooses a wife... More > in haste. At sea he is a fine judge of men – a decorated hero and a tiger of a frigate-captain, able to handle any situation. At home, however, is another matter – despite his best efforts, he finds himself all at sea with his new bride... What is love? What should two people expect of one another? Edward must learn hard lessons – and so must Catherine. MARY COMES HOME- Mary Pelham has watched her brother Edward’s star rise, bringing her help and support when she can, and her devotion always. Kind and generous, Mary is also shy and plain. Twenty years after the poignant events related in LANDFALL: Beeches, she still lives with their bullying mother – till Helena Pelham dies, and Mary faces a choice. Falling into the warmth and intimacy of the Pelham household in Portchester is a revelation…< Less
Best Of Friends By Alison James
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BEST OF FRIENDS tells the story of a friendship strained by shattering events, yet stronger than life itself. In the decades before the Civil War, U.S. Army officers trained at West Point and fought... More > together in Mexico and throughout the west – forming bonds of lifelong affection. In 1861, these friendships were shattered as loyal friends now found it their duty to turn their wits and their cannon on one another. This searching, multi-layered and poignant novel examines one such friendship. Spanning sixty years, it sweeps the reader up into a complete, richly-imagined private and public world: a world where honor, loyalty and love may still triumph over the most tragic adversity... Filled with the compelling characters, compassionate insight and moving story loved by readers of Alison James’s novels, Best of Friends is a must-read for anyone who enjoys well-told historical fiction. Authentic, lyrical, wrenching, and sensuous, its scenes and characters will haunt you.< Less
Landfall: CHECK By Alison James
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Conflicting worlds collide in this two-volume episode of the LANDFALL series. The exotic wealth of Jamaica is founded on human misery as slaves toil and their owners indulge in luxury and corruption;... More > slave-ships ply their terrible trade across the Atlantic; and in-between, aboard the frigate HMS Turk, Captain Sir Edward Pelham R.N. tries to run a fair, clean & tight ship - and faces dire choices where duty, chance and conscience intersect. The year is 1795: Edward is just thirty, an unhappy marriage behind him and still several years to go before the events of LANDFALL: Calm At The Eye. Filled with the vivid period detail and compassionate sensuality that is Alison James’ hallmark, this is a story of high adventure, cruelty, humanity and profound psychological insight. Action, suffering and humour take turns as compelling characters cross paths by chance and end up forever connected. Look for the rest of the LANDFALL series & other novels by Alison James on lulu.com & Amazon.< Less
Trusting to Air By Alison James
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When the Nazis occupied their country, pilots of the Czech Air Force refused to give up. Instead, they made their way to Britain to fight for the RAF... Spitfire pilot Flt/Lt. Frantisek... More > Sláma risks death through the Battle of Britain and the rest of the War, struggling with English language and customs; patronizing attitudes; enemy Messerschmidts; loneliness, longing, betrayal — and heartbreaking losses, one after another: the love of his life, his imagined future, even his freedom, as Czech pilots returning to their homeland are thrown into prison after the War. Yet Sláma is a survivor, and fate isn’t finished with him yet… This moving novel was inspired by the Czech film ‘Tmavomodry Svet’ and by the true story of the Czech pilots who fought for the RAF. Through Sláma’s story and that of Sarah his ‘srdíèko’ it examines loyalty and courage; decency, sacrifice – and every aspect of human love: between lovers, family and friends; love of country, and the kindness of strangers.< Less