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Dunstan : One Man Will Change the Fate of England - Conn Iggulden

Dunstan

One Man Will Change the Fate of England

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Published: 1st May 2017
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One of our most acclaimed and successful historical fiction writers brings a colossal figure of British history vividly to life.

Tenth-century England. A time of violence and greed between tribes and nations, when the rule of the kingdom was determined by a warrior's strength and skill. The original game for the English throne.

From acclaimed historical writer Conn Iggulden comes a novel set in the red-blooded days of Anglo-Saxon England. This is the original game for the English throne.In the year 937, King AEthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a great spear into the north. His dream of a kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field and the passage of a single day. * from the publisher's description * Iggulden's Dunstan is a vivid, convincing character * BBC History Magazine * This engrossing novel is rich in intrigue, with Iggulden breathing life into this remarkable and complex figure who played a vital role in safeguarding a newly united England * Daily Express * Iggulden... tells an absolutely cracking story... the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent * The Times * Iggulden takes what you thought was a ho-hum era and peopled it with characters so finely honed it becomes a gripping and glorious legend. Can't fault the man. Brilliant! * Weekend Sport * Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times * Star * Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction * The Daily Mirror * Compelling reading * Woman and Home * Superbly plotted and paced * The Times *

Conn Iggulden

I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. Itâ??s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregoryâ??s RC High school in London by the end of that period. I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk-face. In truth, I canâ??t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives. I do miss the camaraderie of the smokersâ?? room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.

My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories - with dates. My great-grandfather was a Seannachie , so I suppose story-telling is in the genes somewhere. My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales. Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement. My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited â??Vitai Lampadaâ?? with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.

Iâ??ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai-Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey. I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick Oâ??Brian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series. I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F. Hamilton or Wilbur Smith. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.

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ISBN: 9780718181451
ISBN-10: 071818145X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st May 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1