I had hoped to come to Nottingham for the book launch on Saturday, 29 November 2014.
Unfortunately, I fell and damaged my shoulder, so could not make it. I hope to visit the area and have a book-signing in April, 2015.
A review by Christine Michael - children's author.
It is with a certain genius that Noel Harrower has brought moments in history back to life. From the first, the reader identifies with an action packed story which shifts from one scene to another, each event rolling on and history becomes realistically present!
'Rebellion' is a key word from the start as tension is a marked state of being. Scenes come and go like rapidly shifting film footage and much intricate detail is seen through the eyes of the young servants Meg, Tom and Nick. Dialogue is blended easily with description and the imnagination is readily swept up as each scene unfolds. The language is authentic throughout. War quickly becomes the possible imminent focus of attention. Sorry events and fear-packed scenes follow in busy succession. As the second story draws to a close characters are left to consider the futility of war and its brutalising effects. There is poignancy as well as peace in the ending.
It is with a certain genius that Noel Harrower has brought moments in history back to life. The action rolls on and scenes come and go like rapidly moving film footage. Intricate detail is seen through the eyes of the young servants, Tom, Meg and Nick. Dialogue blends with description as each scene unfolds. War becomes the imminent focus of attention. Sorry events and fear-packed scenes follow in busy succession.As the story draws to a close, characters are left to consider the futility of war, with its brutalising effects. There is poignancy and peace in the ending.
by Christine Michael
I wrote "Uncivil War" after doing a Nottingham University Adult Education Course on The Civil War in Nottinghamshire.
I lived worked in the area for thirty years but have now retired and moved with my wife, Jenny, to live in South Devon.