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Military Detention Colchester from 1947: Voices from the Glasshouse Hardcover – 2 Jun 2014


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783400595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783400591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love writing and love history so I suppose it's not so surprising that I write historical books! I enjoy writing both military history and historical fiction and the idea is to give the author royalties of any military history titles to military charities whilst proceeds from the fiction will go to me to help fund the research into both - at least that's the theory!

My military history books are all published by Pen & Sword and the first one came out in August 2013. Herbert Columbine VC is the story of an Essex VC winner from World War 1 and all author proceeds go to the Columbine Statue Fund.

My next book came out in November 2013. 'A Battle Too Far - The true story of Rifleman Henry Taylor (no relation!). Henry wrote a large portion of this himself so royalties are shared between myself and his son. My share of the royalties to Care For Casualties (The Rifles Benevolent Trust)

Next up is 'Military Detention Colchester from 1947 - Voices from the Glasshouse' with author royalties shared between The Soldier's Charity (ABF) and the MPSC Association.

This was followed by the full story of my father-in-law, Ted Taylor, Rifle Brigade, who fought at Calais in May 1940 and then spent 5 harrowing years in POW camps in Eastern Poland. This is called 'Surviving the Nazi Onslaught - From the Defence of Calais to The Death March For Freedom. Author royalties to Care For Casualties (Rifles Benevolent Trust).

'Bellewaarde June 1915' came out in August 2014 with author royalties to a memorial to the fallen in Belgium.

My historical fiction books are - 'Lives Apart: A World War 2 Chronicle' which was inspired by the story of my in laws during WW2. It's in 4 volumes and published by GWL Publishing. The first volume 'Separation' will be published in 2015. I have also written 'A Second In Time' and a book of six short stories - 'Secrets'.

I live in on the Essex coast with my husband and work at the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC)in Colchester. I have quite wide ranging interests and together with my husband David I have also written two spiritual books, The Re-Enlightenment and Holiday from Hell.

For more information about my books please visit http://www.carolemctbooks.info or you can find me on Facebook or Twitter. I also have a blog when I have time and can think of anything to put on it lol, http://carolemctbooks.tumblr.com/

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About the Author

Carole McEntee-Taylor is the author of military history and historical fiction. She works at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester and lives with her husband David in North East Essex.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Palmer on 12 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Military Provost Staff Corps are neglected often by military historians, and there are few books about its work or its people. So on that basis alone, this book is a valuable addition to the library. The author works at the sole remaining centre at Colchester, so is well placed to gather relevant material on the subject concerned.

The book opens with a chapter on military punishments prior to 1907, which illustrates how barbaric and haphazard the maintenance of law and order was within the British Army of this period. The next chapter covers the formation of the Military Provost Staff Corps (M.P.S.C.) and military detention between 1907 and the start of the Second World War. Chapter 3 covers the Second World War, with the rest of the book (Chapters 4 to 24) concentrating on the opening of the centre at Colchester in 1947 to the present day.

The majority of the book comprises anecdotes and stories relating to people’s experience of ‘The Glasshouse’, both in terms of staff and inmates. Arranged in a chronological sequence, the book provides an interesting commentary on how society’s attitude to corrective punishment has varied over time. There are some photographs to complement the text. The author has an easy style with her prose, making the book pleasing to read. Of note, the author’s royalties will be given to the Soldiers Charity and M.P.S.C. Association.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald White on 15 Aug. 2014
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The story could have been more light hearted, OK detention was supposed to correct a Soldiers attitude, but the whole aspect
was treated too seriously, just as squaddies who did time would have treated it. The Humour of service life is missing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Hopkins on 25 Jun. 2014
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The author has sourced some great memories from a lot of people. It is well written and well worth a read. Find out what it was really like inside 'Colley'. Wonderful pictures and anecdotes from the actual people who were there in many capacities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wally Reeve on 10 Oct. 2014
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I enjoyed reading about the M.C.T.C especially as I served in the M.P.S.C. during those years and know most of the people who have submitted items.. A lot of truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charliesnoops on 19 July 2014
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A brilliant read. It brought back memories of visiting there with my father as a child when he delivered goods there.
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