R. J. Tayler

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Bellarion by Raphael Sabatini
Bellarion by Raphael Sabatini
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabatini at his best, 20 Jun 2014
Although less well-known than “Scaramouche”, “Captain Blood” or “The Sea Hawk”, “Bellarion” is perhaps Sabatini's finest historical novel, and indeed one of the best historical novels of all time. The author's wide knowledge of fifteenth-century Italy provides a background of richness, depth and colour to an impeccably plotted tale with many unexpected twists and turns. A large gallery of characters is drawn with depth and subtlety. Sabatini's prose style, as ever, is a model of clarity and wit, and despite the ample detail for which he finds space, the narrative is a page-turner of sweep and excitement.

It may be that the quixotic character of Bellarion himself is out of tune… Read more
Witch Wood by John Buchan
Witch Wood by John Buchan
5.0 out of 5 stars Buchan's masterpiece, 28 Dec 2013
John Buchan, the prince of writers of thrillers, was a very fine author. However, it is his historical novels which raise him to the status of a great writer - without qualification - in the line of Scott and Stevenson; and "Witch Wood" stands as the summit of his achievement. Perhaps only a Scot, steeped in the history and landscape of his country, could evoke so truly the claustrophobic feel of a small community so hag-ridden by the oppression of the Covenanters' version of Calvinism that it turns in desperation to something between paganism and Satanism. Certainly only a Scot could describe the landscapes so evocatively that the reader can feel himself transported into them.
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The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
These light-hearted and frothy stories come out of a world which, to most readers today, is as remote as that of the Ancient Sumerians. And yet some traces of it still survived in the youthful days of such dinosaurs as I. For dinosaurs then, nothing but gratitude that they remain in print for our delight. Those who seek for "adult themes" and "strong language", let alone political correctness should avoid it like the plague.