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The Tolpuddle Woman [Paperback]

E V Thompson
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25 May 1995
Wesley Gillam fears he has little chance of romance with the beautiful Saranna, especially when he discovers she is his brother's girl. Saranna is drawn by Wes's distance, but Wes is committed to helping his stuggling fellow countrymen before he is free to pursue his own cherished dreams.

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  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (25 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747247633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747247630
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,614 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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About the Author

E V Thompson was born in London and spent nine years in the Navy before joining Bristol police. He moved to Hong Kong, then Rhodesia and had over 200 stories published before returning to England to become a full-time writer. In 1977 Chase the Wind won the Best Historical Novelist Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Martyrs of Tolpuddle 2 July 2003
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This was the first book I had ever read by E V Thompson, in fact I had never heard of him before getting this book. I read this book in just over a week, it is easy going and you can just read a few chapters here and there and go back 10minuets or a day later and all is fresh in your mind. The story is based on the historical events of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, which I confess I did not know too much about before reading this book, other places and people in the book exist/ed. The story is surprising and follows a non veering path between Tolpuddle/Dorchester/London and Kent. The fictional characters are very beleiveable and realistic and Widow Cake had me in tears of laughter. The ending is in no way predictable except for one aspect. A wonderful read for the holiday or just when you have some time to spare and want a good wholesome read. Will be reading more by E V Thompson in the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a Friend 17 Jun 2014
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I like the historical background but find the novel a bit like Enid Blyton for grown-ups. My friend was over the moon about it. Just goes to show you can't please all of the people all of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love all E.V. Thompson Novels 24 Feb 2014
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I have not started reading this book yet, but looking forward to picking it up and making a start.This man is a very good author and I have not been disappointed with any of his books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer 4 Jan 2014
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As always with E V Thompson, a superb read. I have read his books for 30 years and have enjoyed the vast majority.
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