The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan


EJ   As one of the UK review editors for Historical Novels Review I manage a team of about a dozen reviewers.  Most of them have been with me since I … Continue reading

March 24, 2022 · Leave a comment


In 1920 the British navy evacuated thousands of refugees from Odessa in the final stages of the Russian Civil War, in 1937 we did the same in Bilboa for thousands … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Meet John Fletcher

My guest today is John Fletcher, author of ‘Wuhan’. No. it’s not about the pandemic but about the Japanese invasion of Japan in the 1930’s that morphed into the Second … Continue reading

July 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Meet Christina Courtney

My latest guest in my ‘MEET. . .’ series is Christina Courtney, author of the ”Runes’ series of Viking time-slip novels. For the text of the interview go the page … Continue reading

January 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Meet Louise Fein

Today is publication day for the ebook version of Louise Fein’s novel People Like Us, a poignant story of young love in Nazi Germany, between the daughter of a Nazi functionary … Continue reading

May 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Hopeful Travellers (Revisited)

  Once again illegal immigrants are in the news.  I have updated my page on the Hopeful Travellers and you will find it on this blog under the title The … Continue reading

October 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

History on Ice

Historical  novelists are attracted to ice, not just in their whisky.  In this month’s issue of Historical Novels Review (August 2019) you will find an article by myself, reproduced as a … Continue reading

August 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Happy Anniversary

This is the fifth anniversary of the publication of Freedom’s Pilgrim.  It has had a tortuous history, being first published by myself on Amazon and then republished by Endeavour Press … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment


The village of Hallsands in Devon is best known for having been swept into the sea in 1917, but it is also the place where Anthea and I had our … Continue reading

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment


No visit to Japan can be complete without visiting the Peace Park in Hiroshima to remember the day that changed the history of mankind.

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment