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A House Divided: An Easterleigh Hall Novel Paperback – 19 May 2016
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About the Author
Margaret Graham has been writing for thirty years. Her first novel was published in 1986 and she is now working on her sixteenth. As a bestselling author her novels have been published in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Margaret has written two plays, co-researched a television documentary – which grew out of Canopy of Silence - and numerous short stories and features. She is Contributing Editor for Frost Magazine, and is also a writing tutor and speaker. She founded the Yeovil Literary Prize and now that she lives in High Wycombe she has launched and runs the charity Words for the Wounded. WforW raises funds for the recovery of wounded troops by donations, LitFests and the Independent Author Book Award writing prize.
She has ‘he who must be disobeyed’, four children and three grand-children who think OAP stands for Old Ancient Person. They have yet to understand the politics of pocket money. Margaret is a member of the WI, her local U3A. She does Tai Chi, and eats too much.
For more information about Margaret Graham, visit her website at www.margaret-graham.com and www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk
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If not it will be tempting to start again and re-read Easterleigh Hall.
An excellent read.
The third in the epic Easterleigh Hall series—the Forbes family, having survived WW1, now find themselves dealing with the rising fascism leading to the second world war.
Don't be fooled by the innocuous cover, this book is packed with jeopardy, anguish, raw fear, and heroism. I must warn you, you will be sitting bolt-upright in your chair, heart pounding, fingers turning the pages, unable to leave your heroes in their mortal danger, until very late into the night.
Evie’s daughter Bridie is now a young adult, and has inherited her mother’s ‘formidable but vulnerable’ nature. But the strong bond with her two cousins, Tim and James, falls apart as one boy supports the fascists and one risks his life fighting against them. The Forbes family becomes split by misunderstandings and suspicion.
We experience everyday life in pre WW2 Europe and Margaret Graham gives a new insight into the, often close, links between the wealthy English upper classes and high-ranking Nazis.
We learn how Nazis evicted wealthy Berlin Jews, taking over not only their houses, but all their personal possessions too—except for the Mezuzahs—the religious parchments on their front door-posts. The Jewish owners would often return at night, at great personal risk, to recover these precious parchments.
We see the rising fascism through the naïve eyes of young Tim, who initially believes it is ‘a way to get the country back on its feet, and all collateral damage will be rectified when things are sorted’. But gradually, as he experiences the lawless cruelty of the Nazis first-hand, and witnesses the dignified bravery of Jews, trapped with no recourse to justice within the German police headquarters, his eyes are opened and the honest Forbes values of his upbringing triumph over his anxiety to please his biological mother and her German officer lover.
We learn of life in pre-war France through Bridie’s eyes, and we follow James’s clandestine journey from France, over the Pyrenees and into Spain to join an international group fighting Franco’s fascism. We gain insight into the fear and danger of the front-line, and the horror of uncontrolled sadism, only possible within the anarchy of the battle-field.
This book is incredible. Every time I read a Margaret Graham book I think it is her best ever. This one definitely is her best ever. Give yourself a treat and get a copy now.
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