[Free eBook] Elizabeth Fry: A Biography by June Rose [19th C Humanitarian Activist]

Elizabeth Fry: A Biography by the late British author June Rose is a biography of the 19th century philanthropist and social activist, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Macmillan.

This biography was the first to draw upon the unexpurgated journals of 19th century English Quaker philanthropist and social activist Elizabeth Fry—who was strongly associated with improving the then-inhumane prison conditions, greatly admired during the Victorian era by Queen Victoria herself, and eventually honoured by being depicted on the Bank of England’s £5 note for a number of years—delving into the complex personality behind the celebrated image and the conflicts she experienced with fellow adherents of her faith, reform movements, and family as she followed her humanitarian convictions despite the conventions of the age.

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[Free eBook] Merridrew Follows The Trail by John Russell Fearn [Western Historical Murder Mystery]

Merridrew Follows The Trail by the late British author John Russell Fearn is is a standalone western historical investigative action mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by World’s Work Ltd, and was later reprinted by Linford as part of their Linford Western Library line.

The story is a hybrid action adventure and murder mystery, where a sheriff and mayor must team up to solve the case when troubles come to town as a new saloon singer and a stranger with a gang of outlaws on his trail arrive, even as local ranch owners start to be mysteriously murdered and their properties burned to hide some sort of possibly-related secret.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Secret of the Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [Vintage YA Science Fiction]

Secret of the Lost Planet by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 3rd novel in his Jeremy Grant series of vintage juvenile science fiction adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Burke. The series, which was was very popular and adapted to both radio and TV serials back in the day, stars an orphaned teen boy who goes to live in the household of his scientist uncle, who turns out to be secretly building a space ship with the help of his student/secretary.

This adventure sees them returning to a lost planet encountered in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), engaging in a thrilling adventure when a nefarious outsider plans to steal the peaceful population’s powerful thought-sending device for his own purposes, and of course must be thwarted by the plucky crew and the local friends they make.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Mission of the Brains by Sydney J. Bounds [Science Fiction Murder Mystery]

Mission of the Brains by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, a prolific multi-genre author whose influence has been honoured by the creation of the British Fantasy Awards’ Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, is his vintage mystery thriller with strong sfnal elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1957 by Leicester as part of their Linford Mystery Library line. The story is centred around solving the puzzle of the murders of scientists across the country, apparently using an advanced technological heat weapon, which seems to be linked to a touring fair with a mysterious mental act which may have sinister origins not of this Earth.

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[Free eBook] You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner [Cultural Images & History]

You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body by Peggy Shinner is is her themed collection of non-fiction essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March. Several essays were originally published in literary magazines including Chicago Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.

These essays explore various aspects of the human body from hair to feet, pre and post-death, both as life experiences and cultural images, examining the worldwide historical context of the accumulated folklore and beliefs in various societies about the body throughout the ages, as well as more philosophical musings about the author’s own relationship with her body and heritage.

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[Free Audiobook] Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [Classic Science Fiction]

Herland by the late Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a sociologist and novelist perhaps best remembered for her classic horror short The Yellow Wallpaper, is her vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for March to celebrate International Women’s Day, and this reading is narrated by William Dufris.

The novel was originally published in 1915 and is now regarded as an early classic of feminist and utopian science fiction. The story takes place in a future utopian society consisting entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis, as it is explored by outsiders, a group of male sociology students who wind up captive after their expedition goes awry.

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[Free eBook] Soothsayer by Mike Resnick [Science Fiction]

Soothsayer by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st novel in the Oracle trilogy in the greater Birthright Universe setting of science fiction space opera, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March and was originally published in 1991 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a far future where humanity has spread to the stars, and explores the frontiers of space settlement across the galaxy and various colourful characters shaping their surroundings.

This installment of the trilogy begins the adventures of a young girl who may be the most dangerous human or alien ever to grow up on the Frontier, as various factions attempt to kill or use her for their own purposes even while she fulfills a surprising destiny.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Golden Amazon’s Triumph by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction]

The Golden Amazon’s Triumph by the late British author John Russell Fearn is the 3rd novel in his long-running Golden Amazon series of vintage science fiction adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by World’s Work as part of their The Master Science Fiction Series line. The series, which had its origins in pulp novelettes released under the pseudonym Thornton Ayre, was very popular during the 1950s and 60s and ran to 21 original novels which were serialized in The Toronto Star Weekly and several posthumous ones as well, stars a scientifically-created superwoman with a greatly enhanced intellect and physical abilities, who was initially morally ambiguous.

This story finds her commissioned to figure out who is spying upon the dealings of an interplanetary shipping company, and uncovering the lingering scheme of an embittered former V-rocket scientist who has apparently laid a terrible revenge plan using the capabilities of his invention.

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[Free eBook] Blossom by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Blossom by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff who is also currently doing scholarly research into studying social robotics in the context of psychology, according to her bio-blurb, is the 2nd novel in the Rinzler series of science fiction mystery/crime technothrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

The series is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future dominated by technology, where humanity sometimes comes into conflict with artificial intelligence in the form of androids, starring a freelance PI investigating crimes and conspiracies.

This story follows a journalist who becomes cut off from her technologically advanced world, where one’s identity and access to resources are controlled by a digital fingerprint, when hers becomes corrupted, leading to a virtual “death” which may be a symptom of deeper trouble within the Artificial Intelligence network suspected by the PI.

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[Free eBook] Safe as Houses by Alex Jeffers [LGBT Literary Drama Novel]

Safe as Houses by Alex Jeffers, a recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, is a standalone literary fiction family drama novel with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Faber & Faber, and was later reprinted by Gay Men’s Press.

The novel stars a dying man passing down various stories about his life experiences to a younger generation of relatives, from being the hearing son of deaf parents in an era unforgiving of disabilities, to discovering love with another man and attempting to raise a family with him despite the challenges of internal conflict and external hostilities.

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