|Beryl Kingston's novels
are also available on audio
|Time to Love
The story of a star crossed love affair between two children of the
East End slums, David Cheifitz who is Jewish and Ellie Murphy who is an
Irish Catholic, set at the turn of the century and during the First
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The first book of the Easter Empire trilogy based on the fact that the
great WH Smiths empire was founded by a woman. Nan Easter is a
spirited maidservant who marries above her station and, when her
husband dies young in Paris during the French Revolution, sells
newspapers on the streets of London to earn her living and keep her
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Second book of the trilogy. Nan Easter extends her empire,
newspapers daily to every major city in England and while her three
children grow up, fall in love and join her in the business, she too
finds a lover, a dashing cavalry officer called Calverly Leigh.
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Third book of the trilogy. The Easter Empire extends to newspaper
stalls on the new railway stations and the focus of this book shifts to
Nan’s grandchildren and in particular her headstrong granddaughter,
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A story of endurance during the Second World War when
London Pride was one of the first weeds to colonize the bombsites
during the London Blitz. This is the love story of Penny
Furnivall and her Greenwich neighbour Jim Boxall from whom she is
parted by the war, when he joins the RAF and she becomes a member of
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Kisses and Ha'pennies
Set in the 20’s this is the sequel to Hearts & Farthings telling
the story of Pelucci and his three very different children.
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|Hearts and Farthings
The life and loves of Alberto Pelucci, an Italian immigrant, who comes
to London to seek his fortune in the 1880’s first to Little Italy in
Clerkenwell and then to Tooting.
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Set in the 70’s this is the story of four war babies whose experiences
during the Second World War mark the rest of their lives, Bobbie who
was adopted, her sister Paula, who loves her dearly, Gareth who was
orphaned by the blitz, Malcolm a self-centred media star who was
evacuated to America and Benjamin Jarret the illegitimate son of a
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|Two Silver Crosses
An advertisement in The Times asked twin sisters Virginia and Emily
Holborn, last seen 10 years previously at Victoria Station boarding the
boat train to Boulogne to contact solicitors. Who were they and
why were they going to France?
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Alison’s husband, Rigby Toan, seems the perfect match but he is a
deceiver and in the recession of the 80’s will run up debts he cannot
possibly pay and run away leaving her with two young children and
responsibility for all the money he owes.
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|Alive and Kicking
Rose Boniface of Lambeth has taken over care of her brother and sisters
when their parents died but in September 1914 brother Bertie leaves for
the war and life for the sisters is more difficult than ever. It
is Rose’s skill as a needlewoman that pulls them through.
Laura Pendleton has always considered herself a quiet librarian but
when her home is threatened with compulsory purchase to make way for a
new bypass she leads the campaign to oppose it and in so doing
discovers a new love and the solution to an old mystery.
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Newly qualified actress Gemma is on her way to an audition when she is
caught up in a terrible train crash. Her leg is amputated to
release her from the wreckage but she is determined to live life to the
full despite her injury.
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|Avalanche of Daisies
The love story of 19 year old Private Steve Wilkins and 17 year old
Barbara Nelson who marry despite opposition, are then parted by the
Normandy invasion and by the buzz bombs and rockets that are bombarding
London, but never lose their spirit nor their determination that they
will build a better world when the war is over.
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Part 1 of a novel originally called “Suki” set in the middle of the
18th century in the world of sugar and slavery, whores, highwaymen and
rich entrepreneurs, one of whom employs Suki Brown as a wet nurse but
does not know that when his own baby dies Suki puts her own infant in
its place, since although she has been hunting for his father ever
since his birth has not been able to find him and without her
employer’s money would have no means of support.
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Part 2 of “Suki”. Suki’s lover, Captain Jack, is a slave master on the
Bonny Beaufoy transporting black slaves who are considered to be
cattle, but halfway across the Atlantic realises that they are as human
as he is and worth respect. This leads to quarrels and fights and
culminates in his incarceration in Bedlam, where Suki finally finds him.
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When Gwen McIvor is widowed she embarks on a new life, buys a derelict
windmill and gives it a makeover, takes a lover and finds a job, so she
is put in a difficult position when she discovers that her daughter
Eleanor is pregnant and expects her to take over care of the infant
when it is born. What will she do?
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|The Gates of Paradise
The Gates of Paradise is the story of the three years the poet
Blake spent in Felpham, of the impact of his revolutionary ideas on a
pair of young lovers, of his quarrel with a trooper and his subsequent
arrest and trial for sedition.
It is also story about people, places and art; it’s centred around The
Fox Inn in Felpham. In April 1852 Alexander comes to stay, trying to
discover more about a former resident of Felpham: a certain William
In doing so he unearths the history of this small village; its
people and the secrets they hide.
Beryl reads an extract
from The Gates of Paradise -
MP3 format Windows media
vast collection of colourful characters run through Kingston’s book
as we learn about the people that Blake interacted with and who
influenced his poetry. Among the local residents is Johnnie, who works
for local poet William Hayley. We witness his relationship with young
Betsy and how it blossoms throughout their time with William Blake in
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Beryl's trilogy called Octavia,
Octavia's War and Simon's Inheritance.
the story of an educational pioneer who taught in the '20s
when they knew more about how children learn than putative teachers are
allowed to know now in these examination ridden times.
It was first
published in hardback in October 2007 and the paperback came out in
Octavia's War follows my heroine's adventures
during WW2 when she and her school are evacuated to Woking.
The book is to be published on June 15th and
launched on June 22nd 2009 at Waterstones in Woking.
is written and will probably
come out next year.
is about a woman born
on the eighth day of the eighth month 1888, who was a suffragette
and educational pioneer.
Launched on June 20th 2009 this follows Octavia's adventures
during WW2 when she and her school are evacuated to Woking.