[Free eBook] The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell [Vintage WWII Postwar Germany Memoir]

The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical personal expat memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1954 by Rupert Hart-Davis under the title The Dancing Bear: Berlin de profundis — An account of the author’s experiences in Berlin, 1946-49, and this reprint edition includes an afterword by the author’s son, and contains never before published sketches by the author made while they lived in Berlin.

The memoir covers the experiences of postwar conditions and daily life in Berlin during the years immediately after World War II, where the author’s husband, a British civil servant, was posted as part of the reconstruction efforts alongside his family. Some of the observations about their German friends and neighbours eventually formed the basis of Faviell’s literary fiction novel A House on the Rhine, which has previously been offered free.

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[Free eBook] The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by Sheridan Morley [Classic Actor Biography]

The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by the late British author Sheridan Morley, a broadcaster and drama critic who briefly had a theatre biography prize named for him, is his show business celebrity biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

This comprehensive biography of the classic Hollywood actor David Niven, who starred in many popular films including an installment of the James Bond franchise (and was author Ian Fleming’s preferred choice to play the role), draws upon specially-conducted interviews with many of Niven’s colleagues, as well as friends and members of his family, and was originally published shortly after his death.

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[Free eBook] Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck [Vintage WWII Homefront Literary Novel]

Bewildering Cares by British author Winifred Peck is her vintage literary fiction domestic/social drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1940 by Faber & Faber, and this reprint edition includes an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford, who has contributed to the UK government history blog.

The story takes place in the early days of World War II in a British town just outside of Manchester, where a vicar’s wife records her experience of the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, events that occur in the course of daily life during wartime on the homefront.

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[Free eBook] A Harp in Lowndes Square by Rachel Ferguson [Literary Historical Novel with Paranormal]

A Harp in Lowndes Square by the late English author Rachel Ferguson, an early 20th century journalist and novelist whom Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt cites as a literary influence, is her vintage literary fiction historical novel with paranormal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1936 by Jonathan Cape, and this new edition contains an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford, who has contributed articles to the UK government history blog.

The story takes place during the 1910s in England, against the backdrop of World War I, starring a pair of twins gifted with “the sight” which allows them to see and experience scenes from the past, which in turn leads them to uncover tragic secrets in their troubled family which they relive as though they were there.

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[Free eBook] Thalia by Frances Faviell [Vintage Literary Historical Novel]

Thalia by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical literary coming of age/journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1957 by Cassell, and this reprint edition contains a bonus newspaper story originally published in the London Evening Standard in 1957 and teased as a “guess if it’s fact or fiction” piece, The Unininvited Guest, set in India, which the author visited during her travels in the 1930s.

The story takes place in the 1930s, and stars a young London art student who travels to Brittany to act as the paid companion to a woman whose husband is stationed in India, and befriends the troubled teenaged daughter of the family as they both experience the pains of growing up in various ways, as well as assorted excursions in France.

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[Free eBook] The Fledgeling by Frances Faviell [Vintage Literary Novel]

The Fledgeling by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage standalone literary personal drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1958 by Cassell, and includes a bonus facsimile image of a review slip included in the first edition hardcover copies sent out by the original publisher.

The story takes place in the space of just one day, tracing the aftermath of the third AWOL of a habitual attempted military deserter from the British National Service, which he intends to make permanent, and all the people he seeks out and the various impacts of his decision upon himself and the people around him in the wake of it.

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[Free eBook] A House on the Rhine by Frances Faviell [Vintage Post-WWII Literary Novel]

A House on the Rhine by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1955 by Rupert Hart-Davis, and this new edition contains an afterword by the author’s son who also lived through the time period in the novel, along with other supplementary material. The novel, which is now historical, but contemporary at the time it was written and loosely based on the author’s own observations which she also recorded in a memoir of post-war Berlin where her family was stationed as part of the occupation, takes place in the aftermath of WWII near Cologne.

The story is a family/societal drama exploring conflicts in a German family and its surrounding society which is struggling with the changes brought about by the end of the war, and the divide between the parents, who were part of the Nazi-ruled establishment, and the children, who are rebelling in various ways.

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