Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Cuckoos of batch Magna is free to download till June 3 ,2013

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The  liveliest battle between America and England since the War of Independence
The best novel of rustic roguery since The Darling Buds of May
"A marvellously descriptive writer ..." Laurie Lee, author of Cider with Rosie 
..."a stunningly charming tale, one that becomes part of your heart." Henrietta B. LaLa,
        Amazon com reviewer.
Now available in a Kindle edition at Amazon com and Amazon Uk and free to download.
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When Sir Humphrey Myles Pinkerton Strange, 8th baronet and huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ squire of Batch Magna, departs this world for the Upper House (as he had long, vaguely, thought of it,  where God no doubt presides in ermine over a Heaven as reassuringly familiar as White’s or Boodle’s), what’s left of his estate passes to distant relative Humph, a short-order cook from the Bronx.

Sir Humphrey Franklin T Strange, 9th baronet, and squire of Batch Magna, as Humph now most remarkably finds himself to be, is persuaded by his Uncle Frank, a small time Wall Street broker with an eye on the big time, to make a killing by transforming the sleepy backwater into a theme-park image of rural England – a vocational paradise for free-spending US millionaires. 

But while the village pub and shop, with the lure of the dollar in their eyes, put out the Stars and Stripes in welcome, the tenants of the estate’s dilapidated houseboats are above any consideration of filthy lucre and stand their ground for tradition’s sake … and because they consider eviction notices not to be cricket. 

Each disgruntled faction sees the other as the unwelcome Cuckoo in the family nest.

So, led by randy pulp-crime writer Phineas Cook and Lt-Commander James Cunningham DSO, DSC and Bar, RN (ret) – a man with a glass eye for each day of the week, painted with scenes from famous British naval victories and landscapes that speak of England – the motley crew run up the Union Jack and battle ensigns and prepare to engage. 

But this is Batch Magna, a place where anything might happen. And does …

Now available in a Kindle edition at Amazon com and Amazon Uk and free to download.
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