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The battle of was fought , 16 April 1746. It has, unsurprisingly, left a significant imprint in the literature & culture of Scotland. A short 🧵

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John Buchan called FLEMINGTON—Violet Jacob’s 1911 novel of the 1745 rising & aftermath—“the best Scots novel since The Master of Ballantrae”

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FLEMINGTON is available free on @gutenberg_org
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55361

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    Book review # 24 for 2024 is Kristin Hannah's The Women. Wow! This was my first Hannah read! Wow! Powerful and a very, very, strong reminder of what Vietnam did to people, including women who served, in that terrible conflict. A strong character driven novel. ☕☕☕☕ review. @books @bookstodon @bookstodon ,

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    I review Death in the Spires by K. J. Charles. Wonderful historical fiction and a satisfying murder mystery.
    https://susannashore.blogspot.com/2024/04/death-in-spires-by-k-j-charles-review.html

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    I review The Fascination by Essie Fox. A fairly good book until the very end, after which I questioned everything I'd read, though probably not the way the author intended, and decided I didn't like it at all.
    https://susannashore.blogspot.com/2024/04/the-fascination-by-essie-fox-review.html

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    One of my favourite is Rachel at THE PERSPICACIOUS BOOKWORM. If you aren’t already following her , I suggest you rectify that oversight so you can read insightful, well written across a multitude of genres, as well as author interviews and other bookish content. @bookstodon

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    This book keeps chugging along. It came out in 1999. I just got a royalty payment of >300. I only get royalties twice a year, but that's not bad on a book that old. It's nice to know it's still being read.
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    George MacDonald Fraser (1925–2008) – author, historian, journalist, screenwriter – was born , 2 April, 1925

    “His dedication to strongly researched stories, built firmly on a bedrock of historical fact, but always with an eye to the humour of a situation, was the core of what appealed to me”

    Historical novelist Michael Jecks discusses George MacDonald Fraser’s writing for the Royal Literary Fund:

    https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/not-a-serious-writer/

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    Today in Labor History April 1, 1929: Textile workers struck at the Loray Mill, in Gastonia, N.C. Textile mills started moving from New England, to the South, in the 1890s, to avoid the unions. This escalated after the 1909 Shirtwaist strike (which preceded the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire), the IWW-led Lawrence (1912) and (1913) Patterson strikes, which were led by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Big Bill Haywood and Carlo Tresca. The Gastonia strike was violent and bloody. Dozens of strikers were imprisoned. A pregnant white woman, Ella Mae Wiggins, wrote and performed songs during the strike. She also lived with and organized African American workers, one of the worst crimes a poor white woman could commit in the South. The strike ended soon after goons murdered her. Woody Guthrie called Wiggins the pioneer of the protest ballad and one of the great folk song writers.

    Wiley Cash wrote a wonderful novel about Ella Mae Wiggins and the Gastonia strike, “The Last Ballad.” Jess Walter wrote a really great novel about the Spokane free speech fight, featuring Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, called “The Cold Millions.” Other novels about the Gastonia strike include Sherwood Anderson’s, “Beyond Desire,” and Mary Heaton Vorse’s, “Strike!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJj65ZmjnS8

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    “There was a time in the history of France when the poor found themselves oppressed to such an extent that forbearance ceased to be a virtue, and hundreds of heads tumbled into the basket. That time may have arrived with us.”

    A cooper said this to a crowd of 10,000 workers in St. Louis, Missouri in July, 1877. He was referring to the Paris Commune, which happened just six years prior. Like the Parisian workers, the Saint Louis strikers openly called for the use of arms, not only to defend themselves against the violence of the militias and police who were sent to crush their strike, but for outright revolutionary aims:

    You can read my full essay about the Great Upheaval at https://michaeldunnauthor.com/2024/03/31/the-great-upheaval/

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    Kate Sheridan leaves Ireland for London seeking freedom and work. But war looms and danger lurks. She meets Charlie Butler, a dashing pilot who charms her, but can she trust him? Will their love survive their families' objections and the trials of war?

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    Other Retailers - https://books2read.com/IntoTheUnknown

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    I’ve just finished this very enjoyable, pan-historical garden fantasy (is garden fantasy a genre? It is now!), ‘Threading the Labyrinth’ by Tiffani Angus.

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    Today in Labor History March 18, 1918: U.S. authorities arrested Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón under the Espionage Act. They charged him with hindering the American war effort and imprisoned him at Leavenworth, where he died under highly suspicious circumstances. The authorities claimed he died of a "heart attack," but Chicano inmates rioted after his death and killed the prison guard who they believed executed him. Magon published the periodical “Regeneracion” with his brother Jesus, and with Licenciado Antonio Horcasitas. The Magonostas later led a revolution in Baja California during the Mexican Revolution. Many American members of the IWW participated. During the uprising, they conquered and held Tijuana for several days. Lowell Blaisdell writes about it in his now hard to find book, “The Desert Revolution,” (1962). Dos Passos references in his “USA Trilogy.”

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    Today in Labor History March 17, 1968: The U.S. Army Chemical Corps killed over 6,000 sheep while illegally testing a nerve gas agent at the Dugway Proving Ground in Skull Valley, Utah. A 1998 report, the by Air Force Press was the "first documented admission" from the Army that a nerve agent killed the sheep at Skull Valley. The incident inspired Stephen King's novel “The Stand.”

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    'A dramatic saga filled with family secrets!' Amazon Review.

    Escape to 19th Century Ireland with The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Series.

    Books 1-6 box sets - http://mybook.to/FitzgeraldsBoxSets

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    Amazing movie and an Oscar winner!
    But what if the US did not develop the first atom bomb?
    Blending history with sci-fi.
    Read about it now!
    US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083ZM36H8
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B083ZM

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    I finished Menewood by Nicola Griffith (@Nicolaz ) a few nights ago and I still find myself drifting in the world of the book. Impeccably researched, gorgeously written, Menewood immersed me in Hild's world, the scents, sounds, flora, fauna, weather, people, places, religions, politics. And ever at the center the strong, capable, wild Hild. A masterpiece.
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    Welcome to Day 5 of our blog tour for

    ·Anywhere But Schuylkill·
    by Michael Dunn!

    Check out our tour stops today, sharing intriguing excerpts & spotlights from this fascinating novel!

    https://thecoffeepotbookclub.blogspot.com/.../blog-tour...

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    23 -- THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN by Niklas Natt Och Dag -- I loved this first in a proposed trilogy that is part , part set in 1793 Stockholm. Thanks to Atria books for the review copy.

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    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6293407400

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    22: Book 22: MAX IN THE HOUSE OF SPIES by Adam Gidwitz -- This middle-grade story set during WWII softens tough topics through the use of humor. Read in print or audio: the is fantastic.

    Thanks to the publishers for the review copies.

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    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6293106916

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