This site is dedicated to the genre of Historical Fiction. I will be concentrating on book reviews but will also hopefully post upcoming events from the HWA. I also will hopefully feature a section on unpublished authors.

I review for most of the major publishing houses and I won’t accept any guest posts unless I have read the book.

I hope you enjoy the site and you can follow me on Twitter @Nick_Britten and my Email is nickbritten1974@gmail.com.

I also have a second blog that covers my interest in the British Empire at http://undereveryleaf.wordpress.com/

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  1. Bruce says:

    I wonder if you could help? A fellow blogger thinks this man: Ronald Gervase Mountain was an officer on the Titanic, but does know he was an officer in 25th Indian Brigade, 10th Indian Division during WW2. Is there anywhere where this blogger might find our more about this British officer (free would be good)? Thanks!

  2. Bruce says:

    Ooops, quick clarification, Ronald was related to a guy on the Titanic and apparently is in my blogger friend’s family tree somewhere. It would be great to be able to get a bio on Ronald. Sorry for the confusion.

    • readinggivesmewings says:

      I will have a look and see what I cam find…Does your friend have a date of birth at all?

      • Bruce says:

        No sorry, nor a rank, only a connection to the 25th Indian Bde. I found out with a quick search the 25th was part of the 10th Indian Division of the North African and Italian Campaigns. As I recall, the Indian bns were officered by Brits and one in three bns was British. Is that right?

  3. I think I have found his birth certificate…I think he was born in Lincolnshire in 1897…I think he also got married in 1940 in Karachi India to a Anita L Day…Of course without a date of birth this is a bit of guess work but its an unusual name and these are the only records I can find so far…Will keep looking

  4. Hi Bruce.
    This is what I have found so far (this is tentative because I don’t have his actual DOB).
    He was born in 1897 in Caistor Lincolnshire.
    In 1901 he was living with his father Arthur, Mother Hannah and his older brother Hugh at St Jame’s House, Bargate, Great Grimsby Lincolnshire and they had 3 servants!
    in 1911 he is boarding in Sedburgh Yorkshire.
    It looks like he served during WW1 and was posted to India as a Lieutenant in the Baluchistan Light Infantry.
    He was back in England but left in 1926 bound for Karachi. He married Miss Anita L Day in 1940

    His WW2 records are not on general release and would cost $60+ and a wait of up to a year before you can access them.
    I’m trying to find his WW1 records but 90% of WW1 service records were destroyed during the blitz so this may be a long shot.

    Hope this is of some help and if you want to see the original census documents just let me know.
    I will email them over.
    I will see what else I can dig up.


    • Bruce says:

      Great stuff Nick. Wish I could get that much on my relatives. I will copy this to the other blogger who asked and see how they want to proceed. Thank you so much for your help.

    • Bruce says:

      Hi Nick,

      You were a great help to another blogger. I sent the info on to her and below is what she sent back:

      Thanks much for this! Ronald seemed to have disappeared beyond 1911. Only yesterday I found a record indicating he departed from London in 1927 (or thereabouts). Where he was going, I’ve not a clue, it was one of those pay-per-view jobs. I am assuming it was Karachi, that your contact mentioned.

      All the information beyond 1911 is new to me. Does your friend know if Ronald and Anita had any children? I’m hoping to trace any living descendants, who may have info on Titanic’s 6th Officer Moody. Moody often stayed with the Mountains (Hannah was his father’s sister) when he was home from the sea.

      I would appreciate it if he could email the 1901 Census as I have the 1911 copy.

  5. Hi,
    I love your reviews, there are certainly some books here that I shall be taking a look at in the near future!

    How do you go about choosing the books you review? There are so many in the historical fiction genre – do you choose authors you have read before or take a chance with other peoples recommendations or new authors?

  6. Hi Dorinda, Many thanks for your kind comments. In terms of books I review, I certainly have my favourite authors that I always read and review, anything containing Romans is going to attract me! I’m lucky enough to get books sent to me by publishers now so my historical horizon has broadened some what but really anything historical fiction is going to interest me.

    • dorindabalchin1 says:

      Hi again,
      I’ve just self-published an historical novel set in WWII (sorry, no Romans although they do visit Bath!) 😉
      If you are interested I would be happy to let you have a copy. You can get a flavour of it here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240504
      If it doesn’t appeal then don’t worry – I’ll still be back to read more of your excellent reviews!

  7. Rabindranauth says:

    Er, sorry about the barrage of notifications I left there. Love the blog. Looking forward to your future reviews!

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