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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

One new author request this week and I am looking forward to reading this book on so many fronts ….

Mary together with her son and editor, Jon, have been so thoughtful in their review request, making it a pleasure to accept and add ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ to my review list.

I always like to engage with local to me authors and living only a few miles apart, it would seem that Mary is truly on my doorstep.

I cannot be described as an avid historical fiction fan, however I do indulge from time to time. This book will take me into rather unchartered waters, with its true mix of Mary’s meticulously researched historical facts, blended with her equally accomplished storytelling technique.

The reviews and ratings to date have been suitably impressive.


Rahere, a humble young boy in 12th century England; not a good time to be an orphan. And yet he is in the right place at the right time. Raised and inspired by kindly monks, they arrange for him to be mentored musically by the countries’ finest. He learns well, playing at the court of King William Rufus.

Incurring the Kings wrath, Rahere disappears mysteriously one night. After years, he is found. Have the torture and beatings in Rochester Castle, reduced his resolve to create great things? Can he repay the monks for their unselfish support? Will a grand tour to Rome show him the way? How can his great dream be realised?
Rahere has better friends than he ever believed possible, but there is so much to overcome…

Subtle, moving, beautifully told, and based on all the real facts available, ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ will take you in accurate period detail, to a time in the 12th century when life was brief and harsh. To the time a humble man, a mere court jester to King Henry 1st, yet a man with great vision was formed, who was to lay the groundwork to one of the worlds greatest institutions, hundreds of years ahead of it’s time … St Bartholomew’s Hospital


Image Of Author Mary DelormeMary Delorme has been a writer for many years. Her early published work consisted mainly of music, as she herself had been a concert pianist.

Since then, she has gone on to have published over a hundred articles, largely on education, history, topography and biography; for journals such as History Today, The Teacher and  The Historian. For five years she was a regular reviewer for Primary Education Review.

Her published books include ‘Wandering Minstrels’, a novel about modern musicians; ‘Alexis’, a historical novel about the life of the great chef, Soyer; and two topographical volumes, ‘Curious Sussex’ and ‘Curious Wiltshire’.

Mary lived in Trowbridge, Wiltshire for more than twenty years and not moving too far away, has now been settled in Somerset since 1986.

Catch up with Mary and read all the latest news about St Bartholomew’s Man, Here..

Follow Mary on Twitter, Here..

‘Like’ Mary on Facebook, Here..

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

 Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

 Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

 Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

 This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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