[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] Why Women Fail: The consequences of female evolution by Ann Dally [Vintage Psychology & Self-Help]

Why Women Fail: The consequences of female evolution by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage accessibly-written pop psychology text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Wildwood House Ltd.

This was written at the time (circa the 1970s) to be a combination psychology explanation and self-help book to aid women to realize their potential by understanding the author’s premise that the then-recent social freedoms gained by women paradoxically resulted in greater restrictions on their personal expressions of them, for a variety of reasons the reader is encouraged to overcome.

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[Free eBook] Touch and Go by Elizabeth Berridge [Literary Novel]

Touch and Go 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 fiction personal drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1995 by Bantam Press.

The story is an internal journey of self-discovery exploring themes of family, starring a woman coping with significant domestic changes, who for some reason was left a house by her childhood doctor, and whose mother has the obligatory secret which may or may not be related.

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[Free eBook] Fly Away Blackbird by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage 1930s Literary Drama with Romance]

Fly Away Blackbird by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his standalone literary relationship drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1936 by William Morrow & Co.

The story takes place during the early 20th century in and around London and Vienna, exploring the budding connection and eventual bittersweet love story between an Austrian refugee child and the adventurous Irish nephew of her London hostess, who form an unexpected bond and reunite years later when they are both grown, living in uneasy times which may prove insurmountable odds to their continuing relationship.

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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] The Mules of Borgo San Marco by W. H. Canaway [WWII Adventure Thriller Satire]

The Mules of Borgo San Marco by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his standalone historical adventure thriller with satirical literary fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Hutchinson & Co.

The story is a comedy of errors which takes place in Italy, near the end of WWII, as two isolated German and English commanders are cut off from their respective armies and take each other prisoner with the co-operation of the local Countess, whose favour they must return when the mules bearing an essential load of olive oil for her tiny village go missing and must be retrieved, the search taking the men on wild adventures.

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[Free eBook] Silk Purse by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Silk Purse by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1937 by William Heinemann.

The story is a coming of age novel taking place in early 20th century London, starring a boy from a neglectful family who was once the ringleader of a youth criminal gang, until one day he has a life-changing encounter resulting in a new home and upwardly mobile schooling until he becomes an accomplished man with a promising career, never forgetting the lofty aristocrat’s granddaughter with whom he became infatuated as a child.

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

Family Ties 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 standalone literary fiction family drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1939 by Collins.

The story explores themes of sibling rivalry and attachment, via the complicated ties surrounding two half-brothers who jointly set up a publishing firm, but find themselves running into personal and professional troubles as they begin to disagree more and more, and become embroiled in situations exarcerbated by their respective spouses and in-laws.

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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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[Free eBook] The Reluctant Madonna by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1920s Literary Novel]

The Reluctant Madonna 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 standalone literary personal drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1929 by Cassell & Co.

The story takes place in London during the 1920s and explores tensions and expectations in an aristocratic woman’s personal and family life, as an isolated “perfect” wife estranged from her husband finds herself being targeted by her son’s ambitious love interest, a sometime artist’s model who sees an opportunity to secure her future when the mother becomes attached to painter commissioned to produce her portrait.

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