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The Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 8

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Rebecca Robinson

To get us into the festive spirit here at Inpress we've been looking back at some of our favourite books from 2015. It's...

We were overwhelmed by the choice of Summer Reads in August!

Rebecca's Choice: The Last Roundhead by Jemahl Evans
 


Ancestor to Colonel Blimp, Sir Blandford Candy is an irascible old drunk with a hatred of poets and a love of hats. After an argument with his new neighbour Alexander Pope, he looks back on his life and the start of the Civil War.

Young Blandford sets off for London following an illicit affair with his brother’s betrothed and joins the army to fight the King, taking part in the battles of Edgehill and Turnham Green. As he bounces from battlefield to bedroom, Blandford unmasks Cavalier plots, earns the enmity of the King’s agents and uncovers an attempt to steal thousands.

All whilst dealing with murderous brothers, scheming sisters and puritan displeasure. Flashman meets the Three Musketeers in a picaresque romp through Stuart England at its nadir/through the Civil War. Buy it here

  

 
 
Yen-Yen's Choice: The Secrets I Let Slip by Selina Nwulu
 

From reflecting on the complexities of belonging to coming home early for a sandwich at the back of the fridge, The Secrets I Let Slip is a collection of poems that bounce between the personal and political. 

Inspired by themes of social justice, protest, identity and failed dreams of becoming a rock star, this debut pamphlet from Selina Nwulu considers the beauty and pain of living in a modern age.

Buy it here.

  
 
 
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