Mistress Yale’s Diaries
The Parting Glass
In his ninth novel, the third of a trilogy, David Ebsworth continues the story of Catherine Yale, wife of nabob, philanthropist – and slave trader – Elihu Yale. A political thriller and family saga, very much in the tradition of Winston Graham’s Poldark but the setting for this chapter of the Yale story is early 18th Century London, Wales and northern England during the turmoil of Queen Anne’s reign and, later, the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion.
“The diaries of our protagonist, Catherine, take us at breathless speed through the early years of the eighteenth century, narrated with a delightfully sardonic eye for character and detail. She is living at the sharp end of history and she is not a woman to mess with. The book is brilliantly researched, packed with fascinating detail, a wonderful evocation of the period. I enjoyed it enormously.” Barbara Erskine, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ghost Tree and Lady of Hay
The Latest Book By Author David Ebsworth
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The Song Sayer's Lament
In his fifth novel, David Ebsworth brings to life the stories of young warlord, Ambros Skyhound, and the blind song-sayer, Morgose, told through the words of teacher and mentor, Meridden of Sea...
The Assassin's Mark
A Christie-esque thriller set on a battlefield tour bus towards the end of the Spanish Civil War. September 1938 – Spain’s Civil War has been raging for two years, the outcome still in the balance...
The Kraals of Ulundi
Set in Africa during 1879. The British army has suffered one of the worst defeats in its history at the hands of the Zulu King Cetshwayo. Now the British seek revenge and a second invasion...
The Jacobite's Apprentice
Set in England during 1744-45. The whole country is threatened once again by civil war as the exiled Stuarts attempt to recover their lost throne. Their Manchester supporters will use any...
Don’t take my word for It
"Superb! David Ebsworth has really brought these dramatic events to life. His description of the fighting is particularly vivid and compelling."
Praise from Andrew W. Field, author of
Waterloo: The French Perspective and its companion volume, Prelude to Waterloo: Quatre Bras
"This is an excellent piece of writing and I found myself really wanting Marianne and Liberte to survive and succeed in their dreams."
Praise from J.Tift, Review for
Marianne Tambour on Amazon
" It is brilliantly put together, with mystery and thought provoking elements all combined with some humour and great history."
Praise from Lilly, for
The Assassin's Mark on Amazon
Featured Reading About Times Past ~ from The Blog
Marianne Tambour – the Music
I hope that there are sections of The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour that readers can “hear” as they turn the pages, and particularly those that detail some of the French Napoleonic army’s music. Singing and band music were an integral part of army life, so here we have some of the tunes, the songs, the drum and trumpet calls that would have been everyday sounds for the Emperor’s soldiers. Continue Reading
The Jack Telford Story
Spoiler Alert: Read 'The Assassin's Mark'? For anybody interested in what happened to Jack after his adventures in Spain, here is the transcript of his appearance on Desert Island Discs, a programme first broadcast on Sunday 8th September 1979. Continue Reading
The Kraals of Ulundi and the Nelson Mandela Link
In November 2013, I was able to make the trip to KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to check out the locations for book number three, The Kraals of Ulundi: a Novel of the Zulu War. A few days after return to the UK, came the news of Nelson Mandela’s death – and I was asked whether there was a direct link between this desperately sad event and the story of the Zulu people that I’ve set down in Kraals. Continue Reading
Propaganda in the Spanish Civil War
At the beginning of December 1938, Victoria Station, in London, saw the strange sight of an army returning from war. Thousands of people waited for the train from Newhaven and the disembarkation of 305 volunteers from the British Battalion of the International Brigade... Continue Reading
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