Tuesday, 24 December 2013

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Elephant Tree

The Elephant Tree is a book for children by Melanie Dore.

It tells the story of how a family move from their modern home to an older, somewhat shabby new home.

Yet Jessica realises there is a great deal to learn about the house. Not only are there boxes filled with ancient diaries, there is wonderful garden to explore that is overgrown and filled with possibilities of adventure. Including the mysterious elephant tree and the previous inhabitants of the house and their friends.

Melanie Dore interweaves the past and the present in a highly entertaining an extremely well-written fashion.

It is a hardback book and is an ideal Christmas gift for the child who has a love of adventure and mystery.

It costs £10.99 and is published by Book Guild Publishing, ISBN 978 1 84624 890 0.  

Who or what was Lee Harvey Oswald? New book has startling answers

A new book by Glenn B Fleming has some startling answers to the question of who or what was Lee Harvey Oswald?

The official line was that he was a failure as a U.S. Marine and that he was a disaffected young man who defected to the Soviet Union but came to regret his decision to defect and returned to the U.S.A., with his tail between his legs and with a Russian wife.

Even though he returned from the Soviet Union he still harboured left wing views which caused him to decide to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.

However, in his book 'S-172, Lee Harvey Oswald Links to the Intelligence Agencies' Glenn B Flemming raises some interesting points and facts that mean the "crazed, disaffected leftward leaning lone assassin" model of Lee Oswald is really no longer sustainable.

For it transpires that Lee Oswald had actually been sent to the Soviet Union as a deep cover agent, most likely by the CIA. Incidentally, Lee Oswald had very high level security clearance as he worked with the U2 spy plane operations, so was not the failed Marine that some people have claimed.

Fleming reveals that Lee Oswald was involved in a veritable alphabet soup of U.S. intelligence agency groups. The CIA, the FBI and the O.N.I.

He was variously involved as a spy or an informant, or a confidential agent, sometimes, it would seem, as a combination of all of those at the same time.

Fleming points out that in all likelihood Lee Oswald never owned the rifle allegedly used in the murder of President Kennedy, that the rifle was probably only a prop and was not used to shoot Kennedy,  that officer Tippit was shot by a fellow police officer who was one of the real killers of President Kennedy and that Lee Oswald was shot to stop him revealing the truth about what had happened. That Oswald, who probably thought he was infiltrating the gang that plotted the murder of Kennedy, was, in reality, set up to take the fall for the murder.

Fleming looks at the likely genuine conspirators and explores why they may have decided to mount what was, in effect, the most successful military coup in modern history.

The book is published in paperback by Empire Publications the ISBN  is 978-1-909360-19-8.

The website address of Empire Publications is

The book is an ideal Christmas present for students of modern history, students of politics and those interested in the Kennedy murder.

"Map" found at Stonehenge

The second edition of The Stonehenge Enigma by Robert John Langdon has been published.

In it Mr Langdon claims that a map, dating back some 6,000 years, has been found at Stonehenge. And that this map (which was partially buried) depicts the legendary island of Atlantis.

However Mr Langdon is swift to point out that this is no legendary Atlantis situated off Africa or in the Mediterranean. This 'Atlantis' was a very real place, now under the North Sea and which is described as Doggerland by archaeologists.

The book is a fascinating read and Mr Langon makes some compelling points.

It is published by ABC in hardback and costs £14.99. The ISBN is 978-1-907979-02-6.

It is an ideal stocking filler for anyone interested in history and archaeology.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Beardog's Big Adventure

Beardog's Big Adventure is a charming book by Susie Tinson about a very friendly, very large and somewhat strange looking dog who is called Beardog.

Beardog lives on the streets of a small, Portuguese town called Ferragudo.

He roams round the town with his best friend Barnie, hunting for food and looking for friends amongst the many holidaymakers who visit the town.

But Beardog is sad. He doesn't belong to anyone or anywhere and he is desperate to find a loving home.

But Barnie has heard of a place far, far away where odd-looking animals are accepted and made to feel very welcome, cherished and loved.

This is Beardog's Big Adventure.

It is an extremely well-told story ideal for children and their parents. It is very well illustrated.

It is in hardback from and costs £9.99.

It is an ideal Christmas present.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tuesday, 10 December 2013