Modern Literature

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  • The year: 1943. Now there was to be no more retreat for Britain and her Allies. At last the war was to be carried into enemy territory. And, from captured bases and makeshift harbours in North Africa, The Royal Navy's Special Force was to be the probe and the spearhead of the advance. To this unorthodox war came the corvette H. M. S. Thistle and her commanding officer, John Crispin. Both were veterans, she from the Atlantic, he from the trauma of seeing his last command and her company brutally destroyed. Soon they would be fighting amongst remote Adriatic islands, helping the partisans and guerrillas with whom they had little in common, except an overwhelming common hatred of the enemy who had attacked and destroyed their countries. Ship and crew had to be welded into a single fighting unit. And it had to be done, not in training, but on active duty. Cover art by Michael Charlton.
  • When at the Pollard's Harvest Supper of 1817, Araminta Glover , a servant girl, is seduced by Jan Honeywood the outcome seems inevitable. Like many servant girls,  she will marry her poor suitor and raise a large family on 9 shillings a week.  But she's determined to rebel against an impoverished rural life.  Putting marriage and Jan firmly behind her, she accepts a post as dairy maid in the home of the strange Mrs Stancy - a thrifty, terrifying and vicious woman who is not what she appears to be.
  • Araminta, a servant girl, is seduced by Jan Honeywood at a harvest supper in 1817.  It seems inevitable she will marry her poor suitor and raise a large family on 9 shillings a week.  But she's determined to rebel against an impoverished rural life.  Putting marriage and Jan firmly behind her, she accepts a post as dairy maid in the home of the strange Mrs Stancy - a thrifty, terrifying and vicious woman who is not what she appears to be.

  • Miner's son David Powlett-Jones returns from the carnage of the Western Front in 1918, shell-shocked and bitterly hardened by the horrors of war.  He begins life again as a master at a remote Devon school, controlling the destinies of boys barely his junior.  He becomes a teacher of rare talent and adjusts to the overwhelming society changes.  But when the threat of bloody conflict begins to loom large again, David must face up to the prospect of another terrible war. https://cosmiccauldronbooks.com.au/p/the-headmaster-r-f-delderfield/
  • Edward Ricardo Braithwaite was a highly qualified engineer yet in post war Britain could not find work in his field due to his colour. He was advised that teachers were needed and despite not having qualifications in that field, he took on the job of teaching the tough East End teenagers - in his own unique way. He struggles with them until he realises they don't need spelling, Latin or mathematics - instead, he teaches them that decency, respect for themselves and others and changing the world without violence is their path to success. This is E.R. Braithwaite's story.  Cover shows Sidney Poitier in the title role. https://cosmiccauldronbooks.com.au/p/dvd-to-sir-with-love-sidney-poitier-judy-geeson
  • At the time of Edward III, marriageable daughters were welcome currency in the plans of ambitious men.  In the village of Mayfield, young beautiful Oriel de Sharndene has been forced into marriage with the Archbishop of Canterbury's brother, though she loves a young Gascon squire.  But all is not as it seems - for these three people who have not only met in another life are fated to meet again and again.
  • Two Japanese ships were less than a mile away on the port bow.  The Canberra altered course to bring her after guns on the bearing.  Before they could get on a storm of shells swept her from end to end. The whole ship shuddered under the vicious upthrust of steel.  Worse was to come during the invasion of Guadalcanal...
  • For Harry Dysan, maverick director of the National Security Agency, the news is really bad. A satellite has a hole punched through it by a weapon that makes all others obsolete - the Torus beam can focus and project the energy of an atom bomb into outer space. Determined to unlock the secrets of this ultimate space weapon, Dysan finds the one person who can trace its source.  But Lisa Wessex, a brilliant data scanner and refugee from Vietnam, has her own reasons for helping him. An as their joint hunt for the Torus leads them to a remote island in the Pacific, it becomes clear the satellite was only target practice...
  • After the death of her father,  Bryony Ashley returned from abroad to find that his estate would become the responsibility of her cousin Emory - Ashley Court and its load of debt was  no longer her problem. But she believed there had been something odd about her father's death. Bryony had inherited the Ashley 'Sight' and so, she knew, had one of the male Ashleys. Since childhood, the two had communicated through thought patterns, though Bryony had no idea of his identity. Now she was determined to find him. But danger waited for her in the old moated house, with its curious garden maze and memories.