[Free eBook] Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by Molly Lefebure [19th C Literary Author Biography & Cultural History]

Thomas Hardy’s World: An Illuminating Biography by the late British author Molly Lefebure, a WWII London Blitz reporter turned novelist and scholar who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her literary author biography with a touch of cultural history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1996 by Carlton Books.

This biography of the late British novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, whose classic novels have been studied and adapted to many media, looks into both the man himself and his personal life and relationships, as well as the greater Victorian social and political milieu which surrounded and influenced him and his works.

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[Free eBook] Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford [Vintage WWII Military Escape Travelogue Memoir]

Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford, the crime-writing pseudonym for the late British author Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson, a former SOE operative during WWII who eventually drew upon his wartime experiences for his award-winning mystery and thriller novels, is his vintage military experience travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This WWII memoir was originally written in 1944 shortly after the events experienced, but posthumously published decades later, with an introduction providing context to Captain Thompson and the Karen Company’s prolonged retreat from Japanese-occupied Burma in 1942, a difficult journey through hostile territory and debilitating conditions over many months, as the escaping survivors supported and aided each other.

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[Free eBook] An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by Edward Enfield [1950s East Asia Travelogue Memoir]

An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by English author Edward Enfield, a former BBC television presenter and newspaper columnist, is his personal memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This is one of their original publications by an established author who has previously written humorous bicycling travelogues published by Bloomsbury and Summersdale.

This travelogue memoir deals mostly with his coming-of-age as a young man in the Far East during the 1950s after having been a child evacuated to Canada during the London Blitz, seeing him return to England for education, join the National Service and travel abroad, taking employment with a shipping company which sent him to Asia where he experienced an assortment of life adventures while stationed in Hong Kong, Japan, Bangkok in Thailand, and elsewhere.

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[Free eBook] A Portrait of Lord Nelson by Oliver Warner [Vintage 19th C Military Biography]

A Portrait of Lord Nelson by the late British author Oliver Warner, considered a distinguished naval historian during the mid-20th century, is his vintage military historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1958 by Chatto & Windus.

This vintage biography explores the life and times and achievements of the 19th century British admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a legendary figure from the Napoleonic Wars, and his lasting cultural impact.

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[Free eBook] The Secret Lives of Teachers by Anonymous [Education Professional Memoir]

The Secret Lives of Teachers by Anonymous is a combination professional memoir cum analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for September.

This anonymous memoir, written from the perspective of an educator at an elite private school in New York, provides an uncensored inside look at the professional experience and varying challenges within it.

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[Free eBook] King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose by Alexander McKee [16th Century Ship History & Archaeology Memoir]

King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose by the late British author Alexander McKee, a journalist, military historian, and amateur diver who discovered the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, is his vintage naval history cum underwater archaeology memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1973 by Souvenir Press.

This combined naval history and personal memoir gives the backstory of the sunken 16th century Tudor warship Mary Rose and the author’s own subsequent search for and discovery of its wreck, as well as the efforts put forth towards exploring and excavating it by both himself and assorted archaeological teams.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins by Catherine Peters [Literary Author Biography]

The King of Inventors: A Life of Wilkie Collins by Catherine Peters, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is her biography of the classic Victorian novelist, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd. This biography of 19th century author Wilkie Collins, a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens and the author of the classic and influential early mystery/suspense novels The Moonstone and The Woman in White, explores his life, influences, friends, and literary legacy.

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[Free eBook] A Pride of Terrys by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Theatre Arts Family Biography]

A Pride of Terrys by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage theatre artist group biography cum partial memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey PRess imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by Longmans, Green & Co Ltd.

This book comprises a biographical history and character studies of various members of the prominent Terry family of British actors who became a theatrical dynasty during the late 19th century and onwards, whose members included award-winning actor and film director John Gielgud. Many of the family were personal acquaintances or professional colleagues of the author, who was for a time a member of one of their theatre companies, as well as a close friend of Dame Ellen Terry.

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[Free eBook] Racing Through Paradise: A Pacific Passage by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]

Racing Through Paradise: A Pacific Passage by the late author William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his ocean-going sailing travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by Random House and was a bestseller back in the day.

This is his travel memoir of a sailboat trip across the Pacific Ocean (his earlier memoir of a similar Atlantic Ocean voyage, Airborne: A Sentimental Journey, has previously been offered free as well) in the company of his son and friends, with many stops at various locations along the way, including the Galapagos, the Azores, and more, peppered with recollections of journeys past, as well as present experiences.

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[Free eBook] Seven Stages by Geoffrey Trease [Vintage Theatrical Figures Biography]

Seven Stages by the late English author Geoffrey Trease, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature who was known for his meticulous historical research and contributions to children’s literature, is his vintage artistic figures biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by William Heinemann.

The book was meant as a set of introductory biographical portraits for various notable contributors to the stage in various forms—theatre, opera, ballet, etc.—focusing on seven men and women from selected countries and centuries and associated professions, from Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe to Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, with suggested Further Reading (circa the 1960s, but some of the titles may have since become public domain and be readable via Project Gutenberg or The Internet Archive, if you are interested).

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