[Free eBook] Rose Under Glass by Elizabeth Berridge [1950s Literary Drama Novel]

Rose Under Glass by the late British author Elizabeth Berridge, a well-regarded novelist and critic who was also a judge for various literary prizes, is her standalone literary drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1961 by William Heinemann.

The story is set in 1950s London as various characters meet and intertwine, the main narrative split between a suddenly-widowed woman who may be able to move on from loss with the owner of a local coffee shop, and a husband moving his family from rural Wales to attempt his dream of publishing, who may find himself losing them as the cost of his career.

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[Free eBook] Matador by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Matador by the late British 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 literary fiction family drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1934 by Victor Gollancz. The novel is set in Spain during the 1930s, and is a family/social drama with f/m romantic suspense elements.

The story focuses on the conflicts between a matador father and his three sons—one dutifully following in his famous bull-fighting father’s footsteps, the second a disabled outcast, and the third and favourite hiding a dark secret—as they clash in their life expectations, with the tensions coming to a head as a young woman who is betrothed to marry one son catches the eyes of both another son and their widower father, as well.

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[Free eBook] The One-Eyed Moon by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Drama]

The One-Eyed Moon by the late British 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 standalone literary fiction drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1935 by Victor Gollancz. The story takes place in Spain in the troubled years prior to the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s (which officially started after this novel was originally written).

This is a mixed personal, family, and political drama where a man and his wife, their conflicts exacerbated by very different backgrounds, and their daughter play out their probable tragedy against the backdrop of the greater national turmoil.

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[Free eBook] The Hero of Saint Roger by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Post-WWII Literary Satire]

The Hero of Saint Roger by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage standalone literary fiction novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1954 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is set several years after World War II, on a fictional Caribbean island which is a popular tourist destination which one day experiences a disaster which forces them to rebuild. With resources difficult to obtain, the islanders hatch a scheme to deceive the outside world into aiding them, which some islanders begin to have second thoughts about even as it gets underway, in a story that both explores and skewers life in both the wartime and postwar years.

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[Free eBook] Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson [20th C Literary Biography]

Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson, a professor of journalism at the The City University of New York, is his literary biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Paragon House under the title The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography and later reprinted in 2008 by the author himself via self-publishing service iUniverse, in an updated version with extra material covering Mailer’s later work.

This biography of 20th century literary figure Norman Mailer, twice the recipient of the Pultizer Prize and the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, was notable back when first published for making use of the author’s unpublished letters and manuscripts, as well as interviews with his friends and foes. The book draws connections between various formative influences and life events and Mailer’s creative output, also using them to trace the roots of assorted personal and professional controversies, and received favourable reviews from various outlets.

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[Free eBook] Loophole by Robert Pollock [Bank Heist Crime Thriller]

Loophole by the late English author Robert Pollock, a soccer player turned journalist and teacher, is his vintage standalone heist crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1972 by Hodder & Stoughton under the title Loophole or How to Rob a Bank and was later adapted into the eponymous 1981 film starring Albert Finney & Martin Sheen. The story stars a recently-downsized architectural firm employee who is approached by a thief planning a bank robbery who thinks he’s found a loophole in the security which he needs a straight man on his team to exploit.

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[Free eBook] The Marriage Will Not Take Place by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

The Marriage Will Not Take Place by the late British 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 standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1938 by Collins. The novel takes place in England in the 1930s, exploring then-contemporary changing notions about love and marriage via the lens of a family which is not quite prepared to let go of its youngest and favourite daughter, who has fallen head over heels in love and is about to get married… or is she?

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[Free eBook] Harry Doing Good by W. H. Canaway [Literary Crime Thriller]

Harry Doing Good by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his vintage literary psychological crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1973 by Hutchinson & Co. This is a literary fiction thriller novel which explores the psychological effects of a crime and its aftermath.

The story is centred around a youth club hiking expedition which has the misfortune to interrupt the activities of a group of sheep-stealing psychopaths on a mountain plateau in Wales, leading to an unforgettable encounter that will prove nearly as deadly for its survivors as its victims.

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[Free eBook] Inventing Motherhood: The Consequences of an Ideal by Ann Dally [Social History & Critique]

Inventing Motherhood: The Consequences of an Ideal by the late English psychiatrist and author Ann Dally is her vintage non-fiction social history cum critique and reform manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Schocken Books, and was later reprinted by HarperCollins.

The book looks at the societal meaning of motherhood and the myths formed around it over the centuries vs. the reality, drawing upon both historical as well as contemporary examples (circa the 1980s) from the experiences of herself and her patients, and calls for less restrictive role modeling and expectations for women who are mothers.

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[Free eBook] At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Literary Espionage Novel]

At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII cow-rescue comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary espionage thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1940 by Chapman & Hall Ltd. This is a hybrid humorous literary novel cum serious spy thriller, and tells a tragicomic tale taking place on the eve of WWII, as some Britons began to experience increasing unease about the pre-war European political scene.

The story is centred around a young British woman whose talent for languages gets her in over her head, as the eccentric characters at the advertising agency where she works take on a more sinister cast as they recruit her to inform upon the issues of a group of Austrian refugees.

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