A Bitter Harvest

A Bitter Harvest

Peter Yeldham

Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

From the bestselling author of Above the Fold and Dragons in the Forest.William Patterson is a wealthy ambitious politician with a scandalous past. Elizabeth is his beloved daughter, beautiful and headstrong. Stefan Muller is a poor German migrant seeking a better life in Australia.As a young nation comes of age, these three lives collide igniting an epic tale of political manoeuvring, prejudice wrought by war, love and loss - a sweeping saga that traverses the bright lights of Sydney, the battlefields of Europe, and the picturesque Barossa Valley.Peter Yeldham's first historical novel, A Bitter Harvest, expertly weaves fictional characters into the tapestry of actual events in Australia and the world in the early part of the 20th Century.'The master of the Australian historical blockbuster' - DAILY TELEGRAPH'An epic read and totally absorbing' - SUN-HERALD
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Barbed Wire and Roses

Barbed Wire and Roses

Peter Yeldham

Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

From the bestselling author of A Bitter Harvest and Dragons in the Forest.Like many young and idealistic Australian men, Stephen Conway rushed to enlist in the 'war to end all wars' in 1914. After a hasty marriage, Stephen leaves his new wife with a baby on the way and is shipped to Gallipoli. Very soon, though, the promise of adventure and glory of battle vanish completely as the reality of war sets in.After four nightmarish years, Stephen is the lone survivor of his platoon fighting in the trenches of France's bloody battlefields. Traumatised and exhausted he inexplicably disappears and the official record of his life comes to an abrupt end - that is until his grandson, Patrick, discovers his diary more than 80 years later.This personal account of the horrors of World War I propels Patrick on a journey to uncover the truth of his grandfather's fate - which is more disturbing than he could have ever imagined.Set against true historical events,...
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Dragons in the Forest

Dragons in the Forest

Peter Yeldham

Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

'This book brings my youth alive, and what an incredible time it was!' - Alex Faure DECEMBER 7TH, 1941 Today the war began! I've just heard the news on the radio. I was trying to finish my homework in English, and at the same time listen to a talk to improve my Japanese. I often use the radio for this purpose. The Marianist Brothers at St Joseph's teach us in English and French, but speaking Japanese at school is forbidden. Which is a pretty stupid rule, since this is where I was born and where my family lives, and on leaving school I want to get a job here... Born in Japan of a French father and White Russian mother, Alex Faure greeted news of war in the Pacific with schoolboy enthusiasm. That is until the hardships of being a gaijin and neutral foreigner in Japan during World War II became a stark reality for the Faure family. DECEMBER 22ND, 1944 Since Sunday night there has been a raid most days and every single night. The bombing has been relentless. It accounts for the sombre mood; no Christmas spirit in evidence anywhere in this city. Certainly none at the French bank... Peter Yeldham masterfully tells Alex Faure's own true story against the backdrop of real events in wartime Japan. Laced with excerpts from Alex's diary, Dragons in the Forest is a riveting tale of life as a foreigner in a strange land at a very dangerous time.
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The Last Double Sunrise

The Last Double Sunrise

Peter Yeldham

Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

Carlo Minelli is about to discover that war and art are certainly not mutually exclusive.His politically ambitious father is carefully curating Carlo's future at the family's Lombardy vineyard. But Carlo and his artistic mother have other ideas. On the day he is meant to take up a highly coveted art scholarship at the French-run Villa Medici in Rome, Il Duce declares war. Carlo is turned away from the heavily guarded entrance to the Villa, leaving him neither a student nor gainfully employed in support of the war effort.Press-ganged into the Italian Army and captured in North Africa, Carlo the POW sketches and paints his way across three continents and several oceans, bringing the hardships of World War II into sharp relief against unexpected mateship, beauty and love."The silly sods think they're all being shipped to Austria. They'll get one hell of a shock when they end up in Australia!"'Peter Yeldham's historical fiction pedigree is one of the best in the...
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Above the Fold

Above the Fold

Peter Yeldham

Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

Luke Elliott and Claudia Marsden have fallen in love at a perilous time. The Second World War is raging in the Pacific, barbed wire and gun emplacements are strung along the northern beaches in preparation for invasion. As the war moves closer, their 'sextet' of loyal school friends is splintering as individual career dreams are pursued. Luke yearns to be a journalist but a start in newspapers is proving challenging. The war's end unexpectedly provides Luke's big break, but the pursuit of his dream will keep him away from Australia and Claudia, with surprising consequences for them both."Above the Fold is a big-hearted novel that explicitly examines notions of love and loyalty...Anyone who enjoys reading about post-war Australian history and the attitudes that informed much of it, will be delighted." Gabrielle Lord, author of Dishonour"Written with meticulous detail, this is an engaging story spanning a tumultuous period in Australian history." —Nicole...
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