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Another Succession Giveaway

Last day of another Goodreads Giveaway open to all! Click on link below for a chance to win a free copy of alternative history thriller Succession:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Succession by Michael Drysdale

Succession

by Michael Drysdale

Giveaway ends June 12, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

Brits Only Goodreads Giveaway

In all my previous Goodreads Giveaways the winners have always been based in the United States. So I’ve restricted the next Giveaway to UK residents only.
I’m giving away 3 copies of my latest thriller, Succession. The Giveaway starts on January 9th and runs until 5th February. For more details click on the link below:

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Succession by Michael Drysdale

Succession

by Michael Drysdale

Giveaway ends February 05, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

Goodreads Giveaway

I’m giving away 2 copies of my latest thriller, Succession. For more details click on the link below:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Succession by Michael Drysdale

Succession

by Michael Drysdale

Giveaway ends December 18, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

Succession up on Amazon

Succession is up on Amazon. You can get a copy (paperback or Kindle) by  clicking on the links on the right of this page.

Succession ebooks published

Both mobi (Kindle) and epub versions of Succession have now been published. The Kindle version should appear on the Amazon website in the next day or two.

Succession Published

The paperback version of Succession has now been published ! (publisher Acorn ISBN: 978-1-911079-39-2)
You can now order the book through retailers and wholesalers such as The Book Depository, Waterstones, Blackwells, Barnes & Noble, Foyles and Gardners.
The paperback will also be available on Amazon but it will be a week or so before it will appear on their website.

The ebook version of Succession should be out next week.

Olympic Medals

Earlier today a British MP caused a fuss when she tweeted the number of Olympic medals that could be assigned to the British Empire.

Just for fun I thought I would distribute the medals between the Roman Empire and other contemporary (roughly 200 BCE to 400 CE) empires.   Here is the medals table:

  • Roman Empire 255
  • Asian Empires  182
  • African Empires (Aksum) 8
  • American Empires (Maya) 5
  • Rest of World (Barbarians) 524

Asian Empires include Armenia, Parthia (Iran) , China and Japan. The Aksum Empire extended over Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Maya Empire extended over Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

I assigned the British medals (67 total) as follows. English and Welsh winners, 54 total, assigned to Roman Empire. Scottish  winners, 13 total, assigned to Rest of World (sorry Scottish readers). Sadly there were no medal winners from Northern Ireland.

Where to get Succession

More details about Succession which is due to be published at the end of this month.
Succession will be available as a Kindle e-book and as a paperback on all the Amazon websites.

You will also be able to order paperback versions from booksellers such as Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository and Blackwells.

Succession

Exciting news! My latest novel, Succession, is due to be published at the end of this month.

Succession is an alternate history thriller set in London in 1972 and premised on Nazi Germany winning World War Two.

So if you liked Fatherland or SS-GB you’ll love Succession.

More details to follow.

Imitation Game – Movie Review

This is a very good biopic of Alan Turing, the mathematician who cracked the German Enigma code and in doing so is believed to have shorted the Second World War by two years. Turing was homosexual, got convicted for gross indecency in 1952, and after being chemically castrated committed suicide.

The film alternates between three periods in Turing’s life: his schooldays, when he has a crush on fellow pupil Christopher, his time at Bletchley Park and his interrogation and arrest in 1951. Most of the film covers his exploits at Bletchley.

Turing was socially awkward and very difficult to work with. Rather than whitewashing this side of Turing’s character the film tackles it head on.

Turing (superbly played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is frank, tactless and unable to understand jokes. Sarcasm is lost on him and he cannot read social cues. This is interpreted by naval commander Alastair Denniston (Turing’s boss at Bletchley, played by Charles Dance) as sheer insolence and is the basis for a number of confrontational scenes in the movie. Turing is also arrogant: people who do not have first-class minds such as his should be fired as they will only be hindrance to those who have. This does not endear Turing to his colleagues at Bletchley.

Turing recruits crossword puzzle winners to his team including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) to whom he is in due course briefly engaged. But his real love is the machine he builds, against considerable opposition, to crack Enigma. This he names Christopher in memory of the school friend he had a crush on.

Little is covered of Turing’s life after Bletchley apart from his interrogation following a robbery at his home. Because Turing is evasive about his war record (having been sworn to secrecy) the police at first suspect him of being a Soviet spy. This causes them to dig deeper and discover his homosexuality.

Though a very good film, there was something lacking to make 5 stars. I put it down to the dialogue. We were told “Sometimes it is the people whom no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine,” not once, but three times. A colleague advises Turing to keep his sexuality to himself: “You can’t tell anyone, Alan, it’s illegal.” As if Turing wouldn’t know.

There were some liberties with the truth but I could accept these for the purposes of drama and brevity. I felt Keira Knightley hammed it up a bit with her exaggerated Received Pronunciation but otherwise she gave a good portrayal of a blue stocking mathematician.  4 stars.