Find out more about authors in the North East who write historical books, such as Elizabeth Gill, John Sadler and Janet MacLeod Trotter. You can borrow these books from our libraries for free and even meet some of the authors at our events or talk to them online.
Janet MacLeod Trotter
Born to Scottish parents, Janet
was brought up in the North East of England. The MacLeod (her
father's) side of the family originate from the Isle of Skye where
she spent long holidays as a child and now takes her own family as
often as possible.
Janet has been a published writer
since the mid 1980's and has a broad range of writing experience
from adult historical novels and short stories to children's
writing. She has also written regular newspaper columns, articles
and TV reviews - many of them controversial! For several years she
was editor of the international Clan MacLeod Magazine.
Janet MacLeod Trotter is a member of Northumberland Reading
Community, our free online group - click here to
join so that you can talk to her and to other local
Click here to find books by Janet MacLeod Trotter in the library
1976: friends, Marcus and Ruth, go
missing in Afghanistan during an overland bus trip to Kathmandu. A
generation later, Ruth's niece Amber, haunted by the disintegration
of her family, determines to get at the truth of their
disappearance. Was it murder, as her father suspected, or a suicide
pact as the police believed?
Clarissa Belhaven and her sister Olive
have grown up on their widowed father's tea plantation in India.
When he dies suddenly, the sisters are forced to return to their
father's family on Tyneside. Clarissa is shocked by the hard lives
of the locals, and dreams of opening her own tea room.
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Janet MacLeod Trotter's website.
Janet MacLeod Trotter writes like...
John Sadler is a historian based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
specialising in military history,
with a bias towards the high Middle Ages and the Tudors. Sadler is
a regular contributor to military and historical journals and has
published a number of books on the subject. He has also taught and
Click on the book covers below to find books by John Sadler in
the library catalogue:
This title features twenty circular walks based on local pubs
serving good food. It includes routes at Berwick-upon-Tweed,
Alnwick, Greenhaugh, Hexham and Morpeth, along with maps and
A history of three long and bloody
centuries of endemic warfare between England and Scotland, which
looks at how medieval English kings sought to dominate their
northern neighbour, and why they failed.
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Rebecca Jenkins is a cultural
historian, novelist and biographer. She spent 20 years working
closely with David Jenkins, Bishop of Durham 1984-94, as his
researcher and co-author. She lives in Teesdale in County Durham
and is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St John
Rebecca Jenkins is a member of Northumberland Readers, our
free online group - click here to join.
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in the library catalogue:
Raif Jarrett has returned from battle, and is seeking a quiet
life as agent to the Duke of Penrith. So when he is sent to the
Durham town of Woolbridge to settle the affairs of one of the
Duke's tenants following his sudden death, the dangers of the
Yorkshire countryside could not be more unexpected. Jarrett begins
to uncover a network of crime and corruption but is thwarted at
every turn by the town's powerful and much-feared magistrate, Mr.
Born into a theatrical dynasty,
Fanny Kemble lacked the rest of her family's desire to perform. But
when their theatre at Covent Garden was threatened with closure in
1829, Fanny reluctantly volunteered to take to the stage. The young
actress's debut was a huge success and her life as a
nineteenth-century celebrity had begun. Fanny Kemble was a cross-Atlantic celebrity at
the dawn of popular culture and refused to be pigeonholed by 19th
century models of womanhood.
Karen was born in Sheffield but grew up in Leeds. She obtained
an English degree from Hull University. After a few years roaming
between various jobs in Harrogate, Ripon and Scarborough she
finally settled in Teesside.
Her debut historical novel Catching the
Eagle was published in December 2011.
Karen Charlton is a member of Northumberland Readers, our
free online group - click here to join so that you
can talk to her and to other local authors.
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for Catching the Eagle:
Easter Monday, 1809: Kirkley Hall manor house is mysteriously
burgled. When suspicion falls on Jamie Charlton, he and his family
face a desperate battle to save him from the gallows. When £1,157
rent money is stolen from Kirkley Hall, it is the biggest robbery
Northumberland has ever known. As the case grows
against Jamie, it seems that only his young brother, William,
can save him from an impending miscarriage of justice.
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Elizabeth, formerly a journalist and house journal editor, was
born in Tow Law, County Durham and lives in Durham City. She
began writing at four and had a poem published at twelve and a
short story accepted at age twenty.
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1907, County Durham. Lorna Robson works long hours in her aunt's
hat shop. Although she tries not to complain, her lack of freedom
depresses her. Aidan Hedley, solicitor to the wealthy Carlyle
family, must find Lorna as she is the heir to Old Carlyle's
mansion, Snow Hall.
Elizabeth Gill writes like...