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Requiem (Byland Crescent Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William Gordon
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Book Description

When successful businessman Albert Cowgill and his family move into Byland Crescent, in the genteel resort of Scarborough, it seems the culmination of his boyhood ambitions.
Having battled from extreme poverty to affluence he could scarcely have imagined, Albert expected the lifestyle would continue, a hope shared by his business partners.
However, fuelled by tragedy and misunderstandings and betrayed by their own passionate character, discord within the family causes irreparable divisions that reverberate through their business and far beyond.
Events elsewhere stoke the fires of international confrontation, and soon, their comfortable existence will be destroyed in a maelstrom of violence the like of which has never been seen before.
As World War 1 looms, they are unaware that it will signal a requiem for a generation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Bill Kitson (14 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My ambitions are simple. I'm a storyteller. I want to write books that people will enjoy so much they will look out for the next one with my name on the cover. Although reviews are important, it is the opinion of readers that matters most to me.
With seven books in the DI MIKE NASH series published, I have decided to set aside the crime books for the time being in order to focus my attention on a long overdue project that is close to my heart.
Under my pen name WILLIAM GORDON I have recently released WATERING THE OLIVES, a collection of light-hearted stories, and THE LAST RESORT, both set on a fictional Greek island. However, the principal reason for the change of direction is the BYLAND CRESCENT series, a five-volume family saga that will span the period from late Victorian times until the present day, with each book centred around a new generation of the families.
The series will take the reader to such diverse locations as West and North Yorkshire, Australia, Europe and America. The first book, REQUIEM, is available in paperback and both REQUIEM and book two,RENAISSANCE are now available to download on KINDLE. The remaining titles in this series, will follow in due course.
That doesn't mean that I've given up my life of crime. There will be more Mike Nash stories on the way soon. Watch this space!
For more information, visit my website, or my blog

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Requiem is book 1 of an epic saga involving the residents of Byland Crescent. It begins in 1878, set around the wool industry in Yorkshire, and starts with 14-year-old Albert Cowgill, determined to rise out of poverty and become his own boss - not an easy thing to achieve when you've no skill.

Requiem takes us through Albert's struggles and successes as he matures during the last decade of the Victorian era, and through to the Great War and the difficult years after, as he watches his own family and business flourish - but not without problems.

There are a lot of characters in the book to get to know, but it's written in such a way that the narrative flows and carries you along as the generations grow. And they're all well developed so you soon find yourself becoming attached to the ones you love but, like any large family, the Cowgill's have their fair share of scandal and evil-minded villains too. I especially liked James for his gentleness and goodness, but I also loved reading about the scheming Clarence Barker.

Requiem is a very interesting historical novel and reminded me of the hugely successful Downton Abbey series - so if you loved that you are more than likely to enjoy this book and the series too.

The next book out is Renaissance and I'm looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A LITERARY MASTERPIECE 19 Dec. 2012
Byland Crescent Book One

The year was 1878. The place was Byland Crescent, located in a town called Scarborough, on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England.

The story is about the Cowgill family that grew up in poverty. Albert was the son determined to free the family from impoverishment. He decided to learn the wool business early on and as a result he managed to become a respected, wealthy, business partner of a global wool merchant business. He was only twenty-three years old.

Albert did extremely well, being promoted often. The business grew and prospered because of his innovative ideas. The three partners were living well; married, children, maids, butlers, servants for their every need. Albert brought in family members to his firm to share the wealth.

Meetings were held involving deals and decisions were made for the thriving wool merchant business. There was honesty, integrity, and loyalty, however, the intrigue in Requiem was the conspiracies, manipulations, and deceptions. This perfect mixture is what made Requiem such an impressive book.

Partners came and went, employees were promoted and demoted, family members were disowned, and people were murdered. The author left nothing out of his remarkably chronicled family saga.

All this drama took place before the start of WWI. Then in the midst of the war, family life changed dramatically. Hence to say, maids, butlers, and servants for their every need were not part of daily life anymore. Everyone had to pitch in to help with the war. Tragedy affected every family. Some members came home wounded; others never made it home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different for me 12 Feb. 2013
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I love This author which ever guise he is in.Requiem is a real swerve away from my usual crime thrillers(Bill kitsons Mike Nash)but being a real devout Downton Abbey fan I decided to give it a whirl.I have not been disappointed.It is a very moving story of hardship,good times and tragedy in a very close knit family saga.It goes to prove that close family ties will get you through most that life can throw at you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual cup of tea 12 Nov. 2013
I am an avid hater of shows like Downton Abbey but having met the author and read one of his other books, I decided to give it a try.

Despite my hatred of this genre, I found myself hooked to the lives of the Cowgill Family, although at times I couldn't see where the story was heading and even at the end I wondered what I had read.

Throughout the book there are a few meetings between characters that are at best MASSIVE coincidences which after a while got me a little annoyed, but if you forgot about those, it is a very easy and enjoyable read, so much so that I find myself ready to purchase book 2.

If nothing else, it has challenged my own perceptions of what I like to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Requiem...byland Crescent 10 Aug. 2012
By G. Lee
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An excellent and very interesting read about a Yorkshire family in the 1800's.

The story is set around the Mill city of Bradford in West Yorkshire but includes Scarborough and surrounding towns and villages in North Yorkshire.

The story is based on Albert Cowgill's life, coming from poverty; it tells the story how he becomes wealthy and a
business success.

However his family life is complicated and the book follows Albert's struggles and successes up to the Great War.

Looking forward to Renaissance(the next book).

Highly Recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Requiem Byland Crescent 4 July 2012
By must
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A really good read, Book 1, Yorkshire Family saga, starting around Queen Victoria's Diamond jubilee and leading up to First world war. Trials and tribulations of a ever expanding family, good strong characters and excellent descriptions of landscapes around the Yorkshire Dales, Bradford & Scarborough.Can't wait for Book 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He is an excellent story teller & keeps me up far too long ...
Always look forward to reading books by Bill Kitson. This is very different from his usual style but equally enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate m. Kathlyn Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Requiring (Byland Crescent)
Brilliant story. Looking forward to reading the sequel. Very intriguing and such a compelling story incorporating the 1st world war and it's history. Brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Ann Worthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Family saga on a grand scale.
A sweeping epic of a tale, brilliantly written. Great characters, finely drawn. Great settings, beautifully described. An honest human story that keeps you enthralled to the end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jamesjones950
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a parody, right?
I bought this book after reading the glowing reviews here and am left completely mystified.
The storyline(s) are trite and predictable, the characters are stereotypes - the... Read more
Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by Joweath
5.0 out of 5 stars 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
We are proud to announce that Requiem (Byland Crescent) by William Gordon is a 2012 B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This assures you that this book is well worth your time and money!
Published on 25 Oct. 2012 by indieBRAG
4.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire Saga
Only my second read from this author, who is most known for writing crime novels.

Excellent 1st book of series, well researched and fabulous knowledge of subject but he... Read more
Published on 29 Aug. 2012 by Wendy
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