Welcome to the website of historical novelist A.L.Berridge!
Louise is the bestselling author of the Chevalier series of historical novels about André de Roland, of which Honour and the Sword was published in 2010 and In the Name of the King in 2011, both by Penguin Books.
She's also writing a brand new series about a Victorian military hero called Harry Ryder, who makes his first appearance in Into the Valley of Death, published in May 2012.
It’s hard to know where to start after so long an absence, but first I must give a huge thank you for all your kind messages of support through the last year’s health problems. It’s been an extraordinary time, with three entirely separate health crises in rapid succession, but my eyesight is now fine and I am totally clear on everything else. Perhaps my biggest and most heartfelt thanks should go to our wonderful NHS…
I’m now back in the saddle, but hope you’ll forgive me if I neglect the website a bit longer while I try to catch up with the writing. ‘Harry Ryder 2’ is now steaming along, and I’m just discovering how exciting the Siege of Sevastopol really was. After years of writing swords and guns I’m also relishing a new form of warfare, and will leave you with one thought I learned from a British Army Sergeant and am now finding out for myself – that ‘the power of the bayonet lies in the fear of the steel…’
The New British Memorial at Sevastopol
Many thanks to all those who’ve written in to enquire about this. Unfortunately the project has to be put on ice while we wait for the situation in Crimea to stabilize, but both Russians and Ukrainians have been sympathetic to the cause, and we’re confident we’ll be able to move forward as soon as the dust has settled.
Meanwhile we’re also in the process of moving the Appeal to a new home. The Crimean War Research Society very kindly hosted our bank account for the first six months, but as the Society has now shed its charitable status, we have had to form a brand new Crimean War Trust in order to carry the work forward. The funds and records have now been safely transferred and we’re currently applying for our own charitable registration, but until that’s completed we will not be accepting any further donations. I’ll report back as soon as it’s all done and dusted, when I hope we’ll also have a brand new website of our own.
'The novel opens at a cracking pace and accelerates... A. L. Berridge has done it again – quite simply superb.'
The Historical Novel Society
'explodes into life, drama and action on every page. This truly is an outstanding book.'
'Harry Ryder is magnificent and you miss him at your loss.'
M. C. Scott
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I post at The History Girls blog on the 20th of each month.
July's post is about the unreliability of even primary sources - 'From the Horse's
'This exciting spy story woven into the fabric of the history of the Crimean Campaign was fascinating, kept me guessing and wanting more. Berridge used her research to make this a believable reason for many of the poor leadership decisions.'
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