Published: 05/07/2010
ISBN: 9781848763722
eISBN: 9781780889061
Format: Paperback/eBook



"Racy tale about a fascinating period."
Richard Holmes

"Historical hit. Riveting read."
Kelvin MacKenzie

"A romp of a read."
Evening Tribune, Nassau

"Swashbuckling saga"
Chronicle & Echo, Northampton

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Leonie and the Last Napoleon
by Tony Boullemier

This remarkable novel is based on the diary of the author's great-grandmother Leonie Michel, born at the height of the 1848 revolution in Paris.

Deadly illness and danger stalk her early life and her father, a doctor, faces ruin when he is prosecuted for treating patients with a revolutionary new cure before he is qualified. But when the Emperor Napoleon III calls on his brilliant medical skills, Leonie finds herself catapulted into glittering Paris society.

As a blonde beauty of 17, she naturally catches the eye of the ageing emperor and his son and Napoleon encourages her to become an actress.

Leonie finds herself mixing with celebrated writers, musicians and artists, plus the dashing soldiers of the Imperial Guard and their gilded women. But her life is threatened when she is kidnapped and held to ransom. And then France stumbles into war. When the enemy invades, Leonie's circle is torn apart and some of her closest friends are killed. She flees to England for safety, where she discovers that the exiled emperor is planning one last throw of the dice.

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The Little Book of Monarchs has become a big seller wherever it’s sold and wherever the author appears to give talks about it.
Numerous groups have booked talks and it’s being used in schools ranging from prep schools and primaries to public schools.
And one eight-year-old reader was able to put his teacher right with a question about the slightly obscure King William lV and supply him with some important facts about his reign.
Several Waterstones branches are stocking the book along with WHS Northampton and other retailers.
And numerous websites and bloggers are featuring The Little Book of Monarchs as a great buy for children and adults.
This bears out what TV historian Suzannah Lipscomb said before publication: "It's a wonderfully accurate and fascinating little guide."



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LEONIE AND THE LAST NAPOLEON - available as an ebook for just 99p for four weeks from August 18th

LEONIE and the last Napoleon is a novel set in France's Second Empire. When shimmering gaslights, artistic delights and racy nightlife made Paris the Capital of Light and Pleasure.
The Second Empire was created by Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the first great Emperor.
After spending most of his life in exile, he seized his chance to return to Paris in 1848 when the mob overthrew King Louis-Philippe.
Louis Napoleon was elected as France's first president and in 1851 staged a coup d'etat to extend his four year term to ten years. The following year he was elected Emperor.
The author's great grandmother Leonie was brought up amidst this brilliant carnival atmosphere. But with it came danger.
Louis Napoleon’s policies caused the Empire to lurch from calamity to crisis as France faced overwhelming odds.

"Public scandals and private passions in Paris at its liveliest. A racy tale about a fascinating period."
RICHARD HOLMES, television historian and author.

"Historical hit. A riveting read"
KELVIN MacKENZIE, broadcaster and ex-editor of The Sun.

"Action-packed. A rollicking good read"
ASHLEY WALTON, royal author.

"Pacy, authentic and gripping"
PAUL TORDAY, author of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen".

"Sweeping historical romance . . . swashbuckling saga"
VAUGHAN TUCKER, Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

"Incredible. A romp of a read"
JOHN MARQUIS, Evening Tribune, Bahamas.

"Gripping . . . political intrigue, bloody battles and a tender love story"
CHARLOTTE MACKANESS, The Field Magazine.

STOP PRESS: The ebook version of Leonie has been reduced from £4.99 to just 99p for a four week period from August 18th. Why not download it onto your device today via this link: http://bit.ly/1JcazTT

The author is always pleased to talk to interested groups about the novel and the times it is set in. Please visit his website (below) for details of this year's programme and how to book him.

http://www.boullemierbooks.co.uk

BBC History Magazine July 2010

Kibworth & District Chronicle May 2010

The final chapter in the story of the last Napoleon is still being written as the French belatedly seek from Britain the return of his mortal remains. To gain a vivid picture of his tumultuous life and times, you can do no better than read this enthralling book.
From boudoir to battlefield, searing passion pulsates through the pages of this family saga. Set against the political turmoil and appalling bloodshed of 19th century Europe, "Leonie" is doubly compelling for being based on the real lives of "ordinary" characters swept along by extraordinary events.

With refreshing directness and pace, Tony Boullemier charts the erratic fortunes of his eponymous forbear - as a young beauty, catching the emperor's predatory eye, as a member of the hated bourgeoisie, fleeing the murderous mob.

The reader is time-warped back to the age of do-or-die cavalrymen and crinolined courtesans, sexual scandal and international intrigue. A well-researched epic peppered with offbeat historical facts, the tale romps along at exhilarating speed. The pages almost turn themselves . . . Geoff Compton.

by Geoff Compton


 

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