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E. V. Thompson
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Book Description

30 May 2014
In 1837 when rich deposits of copper ore are discovered, a huge influx of out-of-work miners flock to the area from Cornwall's far west, bringing with them problems alien to the hard-working but easy-going countrymen. Young Goran Trebartha, whose working life is divided between two farms, finds himself caught between the seemingly incompatible cultures, his problems added to when life is further complicated by the arrival of a mine captain and his all female family. Avarice and intrigue, the vicissitudes of farming life and the sheer desperation of hungry miners all add to bewildering changes that will irrevocably alter the course of Goran's life.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071980938X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719809385
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E.V. Thompson has enjoyed an eventful and varied lifestyle, in many parts of the world.

It began as a small child when the family's London home was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs and he was taken to Oxfordshire where he was later educated at Burford Grammar School.

Joining the Royal Navy at the age of 15, he visited many countries during his ten years service, during which he was caught up in the Korean War and developed a love of travelling which has never left him. Upon leaving the navy he began writing short stories whilst involved in many occupations which included Vice Squad Policeman and Airline Detective; secondment to the Hong Kong Police Narcotics Bureau; heading the Department of Civil Aviation Security in what was then Rhodesia; Chief of Security at London's prestigious Mayfair Hotel - and sweeping floors in one of Cornwall's China Clay Works, whilst pursuing a writing career.

Eventually, when working as a Civil Servant in Devonport naval dockyard and with more than 200 short stories published around the world, his first novel, CHASE THE WIND, a novel about the 19th century copper miners of Cornwall's Bodmin Moor and the first of what would be the Retallick series of novels, won an award as "The Best Historical Novel of the Year". This was to set him firmly on the path to full-time authorship, a career which has to date seen almost 40 novels published in his name, many of them international best-sellers, their settings ranging from Cornwall where he has his home, to Europe, Africa, the Far East and America, where he is a frequent visitor.

There are also non-fiction books published by West Country publishers and E.V. has written and presented a number of programme series for BBC Radio Cornwall as well as giving talks in many countries around the world.

His latest novel, CHURCHYARD AND HAWKE, published at the end of 2009 by Robert Hale, marks the return of Amos Hawke, a mid-19th century Cornish detective who first appeared in THOUGH THE HEAVENS MAY FALL. Hawke, with the help of a companion, Tom Churchyard, a new recruit from the London Police, foils a bold foray into the county by a gang of London criminals and solves a baffling series of murders centred around one of Cornwall's great houses.

A new novel, BEYOND THE STORM, set on Cornwall's rugged North Coast, is to be published by Robert Hale in November, 2010.

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'Thompson is a marvellous scene-setter and creator of he retains the pace and care of the best of his writing with a crafted style' - The Cornishman

About the Author

E.V. Thompson was born in London, After spending nine years in the Royal Navy, he served as a Vice Squad policeman in Bristol, became an investigator for British Overseas Airways, then headed Rhodesia's Department of Civil Aviation Security Section before returning to England and becoming a full-time award-winning writer. His first novel, Chase the Wind, won the Best Historical Novel Award, and since then more than thirty novels have won him thousands of admirers around the world. In 2011 E.V. Thompson was awarded an MBE for services to literature and to the Cornish community. Ernest died in 2012.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it couldn't put it down 29 July 2013
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This is a good read the only problem was I couldn't put it down and so the end came too soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last wonderful E.V book 17 Jan 2013
What a treat this book has been, sadly his last one. A gentle tale od the rural Cornwall of that period.
Written from around Ernie lived his last days.
You really feel as if you were there at the time, the struggle of tenants farmers and the gentry, the harsh life on the Moors and of course the mines again featuring in this novel.
A must to E.V Thompson followers and a good one for those who would like to read his numerous books.The Bonds of Earth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Jan 2013
By lingib
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As good as ever e v thompson knows how to. Captivate an audience i am surprised none have been made into films especially his first ones retallick all volumes cant wait for the next one i have fallen in love with cornwall through his books and dramed of pioneering days in far away lands x
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An author who never fails to keep my interest from beginning to end. A story that makes you think hard about the conditions prevailing at this particular time in our history. This book held my attention from beginning to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thompson has writen another good book, thankyou 9 July 2014
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As usual E.V.Thompson has writen another good book, thankyou.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KIndle book 26 Jun 2014
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Lovely story. I have read many books by EV Thompson and enjoyed them. They are about people you can feel you know by the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an EV Thompson fan 23 Jun 2014
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Sadly, we have lost EV Thompson. Sadly we won't have an annual Rettalick or similar saga in our stocking. Good reading as usual
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good yarn
Its a good yarn very enjoyable light reading nothing too cerebral just right for a good summer read
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. C. Allen-bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
like the book like all the books by E.V Thomas
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Rose Waite
5.0 out of 5 stars relaxing read.
The usual standard and read experience, he always finds a topic you can relate to, with a pleasant good and relaxing read.
Published 1 month ago by john mason
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bonds of Earth.
This was a very readable from start to finish, and as I read it on holiday and finished very quickly.
Published 1 month ago by JH
3.0 out of 5 stars Goes on a bit....
This could have been written in probably half the number of pages; a good yarn, but annoying inasmuch as it goes over pretty much the same ground several times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars good
lovely strong story line, lovely feeling to the book a real reminder to some of us about how lucky we are now but also that we need to remember there are still people about that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rosemary wooding
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star reading as always!!
E V Thompson is brilliant, once you start reading his books you just can't put it down. The characters are so real, the story lines are gripping. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Toni Towell
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ
This author is reliable - you know you'll get a good story and have quite a few happy hours escaping reality.
Published 2 months ago by J. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable as usual
An enjoyable if somewhat predictable story set in the Cornwall I love. E V Thompson always creates a good plot
Published 2 months ago by Julie Simpson
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