The Village by Philip Duke

Today, I am happy to be part of the tour for the book by Philip Duke, published by Freshly Press, @freshly_press and run by Love Book Tours Group @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours.

The Blurb

A Cretan village confronts the Nazi juggernaut sweeping across Europe. A village matriarch tries to hold her family together…Her grieving son finds a new life in the Cretan Resistance…A naive English soldier unwillingly finds the warrior in himself…And a fanatical German paratrooper is forced to question everything he thought he believed in. The lives of four ordinary people are irrevocably entwined and their destinies changed forever as each of them confronts the horrors of war and its echoes down the decades.

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The Author

Phil Duke was born in Liverpool, England in 1953. Lucky enough to go to a great school, Alsop High, and have great teachers, Phil subsequently went to Cambridge University where he read archaeology. Having obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary he then spent twenty nine years as a professor of anthropology at a liberal arts college in Colorado (Fort Lewis) before retiring to Crete with Donna, his wife, and their two dogs. Phil is a very proud Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Donna and he returned to the States in 2015 and they now live on five acres a few miles south of Durango in southwest Colorado.

A Terrible Unrest was his first novel and his second novel “The Village. A Novel of Wartime Crete” has recently been published.

“I love historical fiction because it allows me the freedom of expression that I could never have as a professional archaeologist, religiously tied to the facts.

“My favourite writers in that genre are Bernard Cornwell, of course, and Barbara Kingsolver. But any writer who can take me into the world of the past without betraying, too much, the truth of that world, will always find a place on my bookshelves.”


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