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Beryl Kingston

Beryl Kingston has been a writer since she was seven when she started producing ‘poetry’. She was evacuated to Felpham at the start of WWII, igniting an interest in one time resident poet William Blake (which later inspired her novel The Gates of Paradise). She was a school teacher until 1985, but became a full-time writer when her debut novel became a bestseller. Kingston lives in west Sussex, and has three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

A Time to Love (1987)
Tuppenny Times (1989)
London Pride (1990)
Sixpenny Stalls (1990)
Fourpenny Flyer (1990)
Kisses and Ha’pennies (1991)
Hearts and Farthings (1991)
War Baby (1991)
Two Silver Crosses (1992)
Maggie’s Boy (1994)
Alive and Kicking (1995)
Laura’s Way (1996)
Gemma’s Journey (1997)
Avalanche of Daisies (1998)
Only Human (2001)
Only Young (2001)
Neptune’s Daughter (2005)
The Gates of Paradise (2006)
Octavia (2007)
Octavia’s War (2009)
Girl on the Orlop Deck (2010)
Off the Rails (2011)

 

 

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Beryl Kingston
 

GATES OF PARADISE

 

‘My dearest Annie, I do believe I’ve stumbled upon a mystery concerning our William Blake…’ Famous poet, engraver and illustrator, William Blake lived for three years in rural Felpham, Sussex, before he was dramatically tried for sedition in 1803, after which he returned to London, where he died in 1827. Fifty years on from Blake’s residency in Felpham, biographer Alexander Gilchrist arrives in the village to research the poet’s life. But why are the locals at The Fox Inn so hostile to his questions about Blake’s court trial? Beryl Kingston’s touching story of Alexander’s search for the truth, and Blake’s life in Sussex evokes the beauty of South East England and illuminates the life of a well-loved poet.

 

Published: ALLISON & BUSBY, 27th October 2007

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OCTAVIA

 

A much-beloved only child, great things are expected of young Octavia Smith. Her childhood ambition is to change the world and it seems the determined young woman finds her cause in the Suffragette movement. But, will the arrival of attractive Tommy Meriton into Octavia’s life give her passions another path to follow? With the outbreak of World War One nothing can stay the same and the conflict leaves its mark upon Octavia as well as those she loves. And it is time for her to choose where her destiny lies…

 

Published: ALLISON & BUSBY, 23rd October 2008

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OCTAVIA’S WAR

 

It is 1936 and the headmistress at Roehampton Secondary School, pioneer and suffragette Octavia Smith, is steering her pupils towards success as her exemplary girls’ school moves from strength to strength. But as Europe rumbles towards war, Octavia’s drive to change the world burns as bright as ever and she finds herself caught up in covert plans to rescue Jewish families from the Nazi advance in mainland Europe. Meanwhile, talk of an evacuation of schoolchildren is increasing and Octavia will have to uproot if she wants to continue her students’ education. Furthermore, Octavia’s prize student Lizzie has quite an interesting father – Octavia’s old flame Tommy Meriton is back on the scene, and once again Octavia finds herself torn between love and duty – As a new World War strikes closer and closer to home, bringing challenges and tragedies along the way, Octavia’s war is only just beginning.

 

Published: ALLISON & BUSBY, 1st June 2009

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OFF THE RAILS

 

Born in 1800, George Hudson rose from farmer’s son to the rich and powerful Lord Mayor of York – friend to royalty and owner of half of the railways in the kingdom. But Hudson was driven by greed as well as ambition and dark secret lurked within his past – a youthful indiscretion…and an illegitimate child. That child, Milly, has been brought up, quietly and lovingly, by her mother Jane, who dreams of taking revenge on her careless begetter. By a quirk of fate, both Jane and Milly work in the Hudson household. Will Jane’s revenge be sweet? Or will life – and unexpected love- get in the way?

 

Published: ROBERT HALE, 30th November 2011

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FOURPENNY FLYER

 

Johnnie Easter takes his family by surprise when he falls in love with Harriet Sowervy. For all his business talent Johnnie is a shy lad, awkward at social events. But when he meets gentle Harriet, beaten into submission by her brutal parents, Johnnie reveals hidden strengths, rescuing his love from her prison-like life and making her his bride. Harriet’s love for her rescuer, her hero, her husband, knows no bounds. Surely theirs is a marriage made in heaven? But as Johnnie devotes more and more time to the family business, rushing newspapers across the country on the swift new ‘Fourpenny Flyers’, Harriet suffers from his neglect. Until, amid the terrible massacre at Peterloo, where her eyes are opened to the suffering and deprivation of the poor around her, she meets dynamic revolutionary Caleb Rawson, who is everything Johnnie is not – passionate, exciting, and champion of the poor. And so the seeds of tragedy are sown…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 26th October 2012

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