The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale: giveaway winner


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Mistress-Yale-David-EbsworthThe Doubtful Diaries of
Wicked Mistress Yale
(historical fiction)
by David Ebsworth
255 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1798711811

Release date:
April 8, 2019
at SilverWood Books


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1721, and elderly Catherine Yale discovers that second husband Elihu’s will has left her no bequest except the slur of branding her a “wicked wife.”

True, her private journals are filled with intimacies: her inner thoughts about life in Old Madras, where the East India Company’s intrigues are as complex as any in the Mughal Emperor’s court; and the espionage she has undertaken, despite the danger into which it has thrust both herself and her children.

Perhaps it’s time for her to read them afresh, to go back before the days when Elihu first betrayed her, before she was betrayed by her enemies, and betrayed by the friends who should have stood at her side – before she determined to wreak her revenge on them all.

The Yale Trilogy

The second part of the Yale trilogy, Mistress Yale’s Diaries, the Glorious Return, is due for publication during the autumn of 2019, and the third and final book, Wicked Mistress Yale, the Parting Glass, during the summer of 2020.

Elihu Yale, Welsh nabob, East India Company merchant adventurer, collector, philanthropist – and slave trader – gave his name to one of the world’s most famous universities. His biography has been written many times, most notably by the American academic, explorer and politician Hiram Bingham, who is generally credited with the discovery of Machu Picchu. Yet Yale’s biographers have consistently paid scant regard to his wife, Catherine, who was married to him for 41 years.

If poor Catherine gets a mention at all, it’s because of Yale’s last will and testament in which he most notably wrote: To my wicked wife… and then left a very large blank, not even giving the poor woman her name. Yet, with a modest amount of research, Catherine’s story turns out to be at least as intriguing as Elihu’s own tale. And The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale begins to tell that story in a way you’ll never forget.


Review, interview and Giveaway: The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour – I Love France #132

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The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour:
A Novel of Waterloo

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The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour
David Ebsworth

Release date: 
January 1, 2015
at SilverWood Books

360 pages

ISBN: 9781781323212

historical fiction/ Napoleonic Wars

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Whether one agrees with what he did or not, one can’t but recognize that Napoleon‘s character, life, and achievements are like a humongous fresco.
However, it ended in a final disaster two centuries ago,  on June 18, 1815. That’s the setting for a fresco of similar proportion: The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour, where everything is lived and retold through the eyes of two extraordinary women. Some may think that women being part of the army is a modern fact. It is not. And Ebsworth chose to give voice to two of them. Unusual and brilliant.
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30 Authors in 30 Days giveaway: David Ebsworth on The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black


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Author David Ebsworth writing about
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Phillip Marlowe Novel

  David Ebsworth The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

It was going to be a long summer, one of those that burn your eyeballs with the blast of lipstick colour from all those new bestsellers that Goldie Graham just finished stacking like sliced salami along his shelves.
I needed a fix. Something new. And I needed it bad. Something to get me through weeks of baking sun and sand, only an occasional dip in the ocean to break the monotony.
‘Hey, what d’ya think of this one?’ said Goldie.
When Goldie picks you a winner, you know it’s going to race home with a furlong to spare. And I could feel it in my guts. This one was a thoroughbred. Pure style. Sleek sable cover that matched the title – The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Phillip Marlowe Novel. Snow-white lettering too, screaming at me like the little girl lost that this little number was all about.
Still, I knew there was something phoney when I saw the scribbler’s name. Benjamin Black. It sounded familiar. But when I saw his mugshot I pulled up sharp. A yo-yo on the end of its string.
‘Wait, Goldie,’ I said. ‘I know this guy, staring at the face of the Irishman. ‘Isn’t this Banville, the same finger who won the Man Booker prize a while back?’ And it didn’t end there. This Banville character was pretending to be somebody called Benjamin Black. And Black? You’ve got it, sister. He was pretending to be Raymond Chandler. Making a pretty good fist of it, too.
‘Banville works so hard at his writing,’ Goldie told me, ‘you can see the sweat stains on every page.’
He was right. In this one, Marlowe’s as tired of life as he’s always been. His only hobbies are smoking cigarettes and playing solo chess. But, once in a while, 1950s Los Angeles also turns up a case to curl the toes of the toughest Private Eye. That’s where this Langrishe broad comes in. The boyfriend, Nico Peterson, has disappeared and Marlowe’s hired to find him.
Well, by the end of the first chapter I was caught like a snapper on a Number Two keeper hook. All the one-liners. The wonderful prose of Chandler himself. And Bogey’s weary voice whispering to me through every line. As it happens, I’m no sap myself when it comes to Chandler. Hell, I know the text of The Long Goodbye and Playback like I wrote them myself. So, by Chapter Seven, I figured I knew where this one was going.
And then this Banville socked me with more twists than a sommelier’s corkscrew. Sun and sand? Yeah, there’d be all that. But there’d be the mother of all rollercoaster rides too!

The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Phillip Marlowe Novel, by Benjamin Black (John Banville), was published in March 2014 by Mantle.


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David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former negotiator and Regional Secretary for Britain’s Transport & General Workers’ Union. He was born in Liverpool (UK) but has lived for the past thirty years in Wrexham, North Wales, with his wife, Ann. Since their retirement in 2008, the couple have spent about six months of each year in southern Spain. Dave began to write seriously in the following year, 2009.

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