[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] 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.

Offered worldwide through September, available directly via the university’s website.

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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] 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] Imperial Warriors: Britain and the Gurkhas of Nepal by Tony Gould [Military History & Biography]

Imperial Warriors: Britain and the Gurkhas of Nepal by British author Tony Gould, a former BBC Radio producer and recipient of a PEN Silver Pen award for nonfiction, is his biographical military history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1999 by Granta Books. This book focuses on the Nepalese Gurkhas soldiers as they appeared throughout history in the British Army beginning with their origins during the wars of the early 19th century through to the Gurkhas of the modern day, placing them into context in Nepalese history, and also in regards to the Indian Army.

The author himself served as a junior officer in Britain’s 1/7th Gurkha Rifles regiment during the 1950s and includes a brief memoir of his own experiences as well as examining the historical facts and popular legends which have arisen about the Gurkhas over time.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]

Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by the late 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 vintage ocean sailing travel memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Macmillan.

This vintage travelogue cum memoir recounts a 1960s-era voyage sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in the company of his son in a sailboat, during which he reaches back through his memories to also recall other journeys he has experienced even as he records this one.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).