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Chiselbury

Chiselbury Publishing was founded 2011 to make the works of James Leasor, one of the bestselling and most prolific British authors of the second half of the 20th Century, available to new and old readers. It now has the works of over 30 authors, non-fiction and fiction, established bestselling authors and first-timers, in print or nearing publication. In all we have over 80 books in print.
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Books Click on any of the books covers below to either buy or get more information on Amazon From the Publisher Chiselbury Publishing was founded 2011 to make the works of James Leasor, one of the bestselling and most prolific British authors of the second half of the...

Lady Caroline Lamb, by Antonia Fraser

Lady Caroline Lamb, by Antonia Fraser

A finely wrought portrait from Antonia Fraser.

History has not been kind to Caroline Lamb. The writer and lover of Lord Byron, who characterised him as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, has generally been dismissed by his biographers, and those of her husband, William Lamb, the future Lord Melbourne, as an...

Holmes Is Where the Heart Is

Holmes Is Where the Heart Is

Richard Foreman reviews the Valley of Fear, at The Southwark Playhouse.

Holmes Is Where the Heart Is Crime comes to south-east London again, but this time in the form of an innovative adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story, The Valley of Fear, at The Southwark Playhouse. The drama covers two stories - the mystery of the murder of John...

The Franco-Prussian War & the Road to the Great War

The Franco-Prussian War & the Road to the Great War

In a matter of months Prussia had defeated France, and then Bismarck then embarked on his unification project.
Rachel Chrastil

In the summer of 1870, France declared war on Prussia. Within weeks, it faced invasion by a Prussia-led German coalition that included both the North German Confederation that Prussia dominated and the southern German states of Bavarian, Baden, and Württemberg. The...

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Lovers in colonial India plotted to murder their spouses with disastrous results.

The letter begins as an intimate billet-doux. ‘Oh Harry, my own precious darling, your letter today is one long yearning cry for your little love.’ But within a few lines, a more sinister story begins to emerge. ‘Yesterday, I administered the powder you left me . . ....

Little Boney and the Satirist

Little Boney and the Satirist

The Corsican Ogre was short wasn’t he?
Alice Loxton

It’s one of history’s greatest myths: Napoleon Bonaparte was short. This is not quite true. In 1815 an English captain described him as “a remarkably strong, well-built man, about five feet seven inches high”. He was above average height of the time, and would have...

Christopher Clark on 1848: The Revolutionary Spring

Christopher Clark on 1848: The Revolutionary Spring

Our editor met with acclaimed historian Christopher Clark to talk about the momentous and tumultuous year that in many ways created the Europe we live in today.
Christopher Clark

For those not quite familiar, what is 1848? What's interesting about 1848 and also incidentally, what's unique about it, is that it's the only truly European revolution that there's ever been. The French Revolution is called that for a very good reason, although its...

Why Colonialism?

Why Colonialism?

Nigel Biggar has examined Britain’s colonial past with a moral lense, and with a nuanced and balanced approach.
Nigel Biggar

Colonialism: a Moral Reckoning contains a lot of history. If it does nothing else, I hope it will inform Britons, young and old, of the whole truth about our three-hundred-year career of imperial endeavour all over the world. For it tells not only of the tragic,...

Historical Heroes: Charles Dickens

Historical Heroes: Charles Dickens

It would be hard to better this Historical Hero, the great Charles Dickens.

Historical Heroes: Charles Dickens From pasting labels onto pots at the blacking factory, from taking supper with his family in the Marshalsea Prison, to the top of the Victorian literary tree, Charles Dickens’s story is a remarkable one. The blacking factory by...

Fiction Book of the Month: Ben Kane on Napoleon’s Spy

Fiction Book of the Month: Ben Kane on Napoleon’s Spy

Ben met with our editor recently to discuss his latest book, historical fiction obsessives and duelling.

Ben Kane we're here to talk about your new book, Napoleon’s Spy, and the Napoleonic era, and actually it's very timely because there's the Ridley Scott movie. Firstly, Scott has said that people who complain about his film being historically inaccurate ‘need to get a...