Edward James

About me

Edward is a Review Editor for Historical Novels Review. He lives in Cheltenham where he retired after a varied career, including being an official of the EU Commission in Brussels and advising several governments on the reform of their social welfare systems. He has published 3 non-fiction books and so far one historical novel, ‘Freedom’s Pilgrim’ published on Amazon Kindle(see my blog)

From my website

Winston’s Wish and the Battle of Jutland

At the last meeting of Cheltenham Writers’ Circle the chairman presented a cheque for £99 to one of the volunteers from Winston’s Wish, the national charity for bereaved children, based in Cheltenham.  The money was raised by sales of the Circle’s anthology, Hillside Voices. As editor of the Anthology I have…


Did they have fiddles (the musical instruments that is) in Tudor times and if so could a ship’s boy have owned one?  I asked myself this because the teenage hero of my novel The Frozen Dream takes his fiddle on board ship with him and performs with it frequently.  Well I’m…


I’ve been back to the Mary Rose  Museum at Portsmouth Dockyard (see my earlier post on the Mary Rose) and saw the Dockyard’s latest ‘attraction’, the last surviving vessel from the Gallipoli campaign, a gunboat named E55.  It’s not yet open to the public but here is a pic of…

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