Marylebone House is delighted to learn that Silence, the recent film directed by Martin Scorsese, has been nominated for the Oscar for Cinematography. Silence is based on the classic novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. Marylebone House is proud to publish a beautifully-produced hardback edition of Silence with an introduction by Martin Scorsese. It is available now.
Occasionally Marylebone House recieves unsolicited reviews of our books. This blog post is one of those. 6 different forms of grief. 9 days. 104 miles. The “How to” for overcoming those first steps of grief when you’ve past the stage of condolence casseroles. The sonata you need to ease your grief at every stage of life. Overlaid with the dulcet tones of the psalms that act as a balm to the soul, ‘Knowing Anna’ brings the Camino de Santiago hundreds of miles across the globe
Simon Parke concludes with the final character of the title and story for his new historical novel, The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover. In my new historical fiction, ‘The soldier, the gaoler, the spy and her lover,’ the lover in the story is King Charles, who conducted an affair with Jane Whorwood, his spy-mistress, while imprisoned in Carisbrooke castle on the Isle of Wight. Charles stands apart. He is the only English monarch to be executed, a very particular ac
Simon Parke continues his brief blog series examining the titular characters who form the cast of his new historical novel, The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover... In my new historical novel, The soldier, the gaoler, the spy and her lover, the spy is Jane Whorwood – a tireless and inventive secret agent for the king, who became his lover along the way. Jane had been helping Charles since the civil war, leaving her family to do so. On one occasion, she’d smuggled a c
Simon Parke continues his short series of blogs exploring the key characters from his new book, The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover. In my new historical novel, ‘The soldier, the gaoler, the spy and her lover,’ the gaoler is Robert Hammond – and his prisoner is the king. This was the last thing Hammond wanted. He’d been an active soldier for Parliament in the war. But after the war, he’d become disturbed by the political militancy in the army who called the king th
Following on from our previous post on his new book, Simon explains a little about 'The Soldier', one of the titular characters... In my new historical novel, ‘The soldier, the gaoler, the spy and her lover,’ the soldier is Oliver Cromwell, a man who divides people. Some call him the father of democracy and others, a power-crazed tyrant. As for his wife Elizabeth, she wrote to him on the battlefield of Marston Moor to say ‘Truly my life is but half a life in your absence.’ He
Simon Parke introduces his new book in a short series of blogs. We begin today with 'The biography of a book': It’s now three years since the idea formed. The strange events of Charles 1st’s final year on earth...it felt like a ‘Whodunnit’, in a way, as I groped towards the truth of this impossible execution. And the answer may surprise you. I did wonder why no one had told this story...it seemed too good to miss. But should I tell it? I wasn’t sure. And then a few weeks late