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The Foreign Field: The Morland Dynasty, Book 31 Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847440932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847440938
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in Shepherd's Bush in London. She was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy. She wrote her first novel while at university and in 1972 won the Young Writers' Award with THE WAITING GAME.

Afterwards she had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, while writing during the evenings and weekends. The birth of the MORLAND DYNASTY series enabled her to become a full-time writer in 1979. The series was originally intended to comprise twelve volumes, but it has proved so popular that it has now been extended to thirty-four.

In 1993 she won the RNA Novel of the Year Award with EMILY, the third volume of her Kirov Saga, a trilogy set in nineteenth century Russia, and she also writes the internationally acclaimed BILL SLIDER MYSTERIES.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles still lives in London, has a husband and three children, and apart from writing her passions are music (she plays in several amateur orchestras) horses, wine, architecture and the English countryside.

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Reading her is a joy (Irish Times)

This book has everything the historical novel fan could want - action, romance and a new adventure on every page' Wigan Evening Post

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Continuing the addictive saga of the Morland family, now with its many branches spread across the Empire and the new world.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2008
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I waited eagerly on this book and it did not disappoint. It continues the story of the Morland family.The Morland characters are all there, all with their individual quirkiness. The book takes you from Yorkshire to London and France. It deals with love and hate.The historical detail is as ever breathtaking. Beginnings of plastic surgery and mobile Xrays fascinate and the womens rights issue is not ignored. If I have any criticism it is that although the First world war is described amazingly well I think it is time to move away from it now. As it first began in book 28 let us hope book 32 sees the end of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. McCLEAN on 9 Nov 2009
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Although I have enjoyed this series very much I am getting a bit bored with the 1st world war and we still haven't got to the end! This latest book only spanned a year. If it takes a year's writing to cover a year's history Ms Harrod-Eagles isn't going to get very close to the present day unless she lives for another 90 years!!!!
It was very moving in places but I found myself "skimming" pages of battle detail to get on to the real story - that's why I only gave it 4 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2010
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This is the 31st book in the great Morland saga, which follows the Moreland Dynasty from its founding in York in the Middle Ages and onwards; this well researched series gives us an amazing insight into the history of Yorkshire and, as the family spreads out to London and beyond, the history of much of the rest the world.

In this book, we reach 1917 - the third year of the Great War. Previously two of the Morland sons have died in the war; however the rest of the family battle on. Some of the family are fighting in France, but, as the book progresses, more of the events of 1917 are introduced and we are given a first-hand insight into the Russian Revolution from the point of view of the Russian Royal Family, as one of the Morland sons works for them as a trusted diplomat and go-between for the British and the Tsar.

On the home front, more children are born and life goes on; but not without hardships and difficulties. Zeppelin and Gotha raids over London and the South East take their toll in an extremely sad way; and certain food items become increasingly hard to obtain, resulting in a type of voluntary rationing.
There is happiness as well as great sadness in this book which continues the Morland traditions; however, with each book now only covering a year of history - and each book coming out roughly a year after the previous; one has to ask oneself: - will she ever complete the series and bring us to the present day, as she originally intended?

I have to say - I sincerely hope that she will!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By history bookworm on 2 Jan 2009
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I just could not wait for this book to come out in paperback, I own the full series, and am constantly amazed that ms Harrod eagles makes each character into a separate individual who you begin to sympathise with.
The latest in the series is just as page turning as the rest, full of interesting historical developments and I for one, can't wait for the next one to be written, to find the outcome, I just hope she writes all 34 and more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. L. Wrigglesworth on 5 Feb 2009
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The next installment of this epic saga is well worth the wait. You feel great empathy with all the family, and are eager to know all the details of their lives. Very interesting also how woman were viewed in a male dominated world. The only thing I was not so keen on was too long chapters on battles. The book ends on cliffhanger, so hope Ms Harrod Eagles will publish next book in near future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Burbery on 12 Feb 2010
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I have followed this excellent series - dynasty - since the beginning, and look forward to getting the next instalment. I shall need to look for another author soon, with similar insight and superb research for a nearly factually based family plotting.
I need something of more depth in an historical novel than a mere boddice-ripper, and C H-E gives you something to get your teeth into - an un-put-down-able next episode will be on my wish list.
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What can I say? The same very high standard of all 30 Dynasty books which preceed it. As usual can't wait for the next Dynasty book
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By angela kent on 10 Aug 2013
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Once again Cynthia Harrod-Eagles brings us a very poignant look at a period in our history when so much life was lost. She makes the time come alive
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