Valparaiso, June 1822. Thomas Cochrane has led the Chilean fleet to victory, and as the news spreads of the country's independence from Spain, a British woman, Maria Graham, watches from her house near Valparaiso Bay. A vivacious and clever young widow, her first thought as she contemplates her compatriot's arrival is that her loneliness has come to an end. Lauded in the press and admired by Napoleon, Cochrane had long been at odds with the Admiralty, who failed to subdue his outspoken independence.
Glory is the story of the men and women of Gallipoli and the tragic events of 1915. Of the lives lost, the hearts broken, the decisions cast, the errors made, and the dark reality of the heroic dream. It is the story of three people changed forever as the echoes of war ring loudly through the years. It is a tale of everything but Glory....
Poppy’s dad is still in prison. Her mum has rushed back to Poland to look after her seriously ill mother. At times like this she needs Angel, the joker among her friends - dodgy, wild, can’t read or write much, yet bursting with energy.
When Poppy discovers a note from Angel: At yor place. Need help, she finds him lying under the kitchen table, bleeding from an arm wound. Has he been stabbed? Why hasn’t he rung 999? Who else is involved?
When Poppy discovers that her father Frank is in prison, she is angry and bewildered. Seeing her wonderful, heroic father in a London prison looking pale, subdued and in prison clothes, she suddenly has a brilliant idea: to free her father. The story of a feisty girl, and how she deals with the pain of her dad’s downfall, has much to say about the harsh realities faced by the unlucky children of prisoners.
Thirteen-year-old Dan hasn't returned home and his parents don't know whether he's run away, been kidnapped – or something worse. At first Dan is sleeping rough, revelling in his independence. But with every passing day, his world is becoming more frightening. A hundred thousand children run away each year. Most come back. But will Dan? Dan's mother, Eve, a drama teacher, can't focus; his father, Max, only knows how to flee his own demons; and his aunt, Martha, struggles to hold it all together.
One cool March morning in London, MP Leo Barr is told that his brother, Charlie, is dead. He has hanged himself from a chestnut tree in the grounds of a mental hospital. His family reacts in very different ways. In the days that follow, conflict builds among members of this diverse and complex family. Above and between them all is the larger-than-life figure of Charlie. He follows no rules, not even about dying, and it becomes clear that his tragedy is only part of a web of mystery and deceit that connects them all.