June, 1815. The Coldstream Guards and the third guards are waiting impatiently for orders to move into battle against Napoleon and his French army. Every day seems endless as the troops wait for Wellington's orders. When the group eventually encounter the French in battle, a special command comes from Wellington himself to Colonel James Macdonell of the Coldstream Guards: hold the château at Hougoumont and do not let the French pass. What happens next is history.
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Andrew Swanston read a little law and a lot of sport at Cambridge University, and held various positions in the book trade, including being a director of Waterstone & Co, and chairman of Methven’s plc, before turning to writing. Inspired by a lifelong interest in seventeenth century history, his ‘Thomas Hill’ novels are set during the English Civil Wars and the early period of the Restoration.Review:
"Swanston’s novel is thoroughly readable. Its flow carries the reader along. He has caught the period atmosphere well, and his characterisation is well-rounded, using simple idiom." (Historical Novels Review)
*BOOK OF THE MONTH* "Andrew's account of one of the skirmishes of the Battle of Waterloo is intense and hugely enjoyable. With the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme looming, we should not forget the battles of this incredible war from two hundred years ago. Superb historical novel." (Books Monthly)
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