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Meet hte Author: TK Orbelyan

  I am happy to be welcoming author, TK Orbelyan to Books, Life and Everything today. His latest psychological thriller, Fangs of Deception was published by i2i Publishing on February 1st 2023.   Welcome to Books, Life and Everything !    Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself and how you started as a writer? I have been an avid researcher for years, ever since I began realising that the world we live in is based on an intricate web of lies. In recent years I have worked as an editor and investigative journalist, but the transition to becoming a writer – especially of novels – arose when I realised that the truth about what is really going on in the world could be more easily conveyed through interesting easy-to-read novels rather than fact-heavy journalistic articles. In addition, the platforms that tend to publish factual articles of this kind typically have readerships who are already fairly aware of the true nature of reality, whe

James the Third by Maggie Ballinger #Review

Now for something a little different. An alternative historical novel, James the Third, published by Unicorn on February 6th to coincide with HM the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 

What if Queen Elizabeth, consort of George VI, had given birth to a son in the late 1940s?

In 1936, the Duke of York unexpectedly became King George VI, and his ten-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, became heir presumptive. However, she was never heir apparent, because a male sibling would automatically assume her place in the line of succession. So what would have happened upon the late arrival of a baby brother for the grown-up Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret? After King George VI’s death in 1952, the United Kingdom’s next sovereign would have been a very young boy, and one in need of a regent.

James the Third tells that boy’s story. How does his reign unfold? He is clever, resourceful and unconventional− but can he alter the course of history, given the limited role of a constitutional monarch? Does he find true love, or must he accept second best? And, with the births of his heirs, what does the House of Windsor look like now? Set against rapidly changing times, there is a parallel tale of two working class sisters from the East End of London. As fans of the royal family, they are closer to the crown than they could ever imagine.

Seamlessly blending the twists and turns of fiction with historical fact, this book is sure to please anyone who enjoys a glimpse of life behind palace walls

My Thoughts

 This novel takes you on an enjoyable journey through the twentieth century and blends together actual events, historical figures and some deliciously invented fictitious characters. There are plenty of notes at the end if you want to check out some of the events but for anyone who has lived through the second half of the twentieth century, many of them sound strangely familiar. Of course it is a great idea to invent a third child for George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, or as she becomes in this book, 'the King's Mother'. 

    Alongside the royal events, you follow a working class London family and in parallel to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, two daughters. You get to see their attitude to the royal events. The character of James the Third is quick witted, intelligent and empathetic. I loved how he had what was termed the 'Cassandra Syndrome' as he seemed destined to utter true prophecies which were largely ignored. This was a truly enjoyable read which contained a surprising mystery, alongside a wealth of historical information.

In short: An entertaining piece of historical fiction.

About the Author

Maggie Ballinger was born in Crewe, brought up in South London and now lives in Sheffield. She studied European History at the University of East Anglia and later obtained an MA in International History from Birkbeck College, London. Since retiring as a hospital manager, much of her time has been spent writing an eclectic range of material. She is the author of Britannia’s Glory – A Maritime Story (Uniform) and the illustrated children’s book Baa Baa Pink Sheep. 

You can follow Maggie here: Twitter  |Website

Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Maggie Vallinger, Unicorn and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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