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The Odyssey Press is an independent publisher of both new and old literary fiction novels and biographies. From classic and enlightening biographies of our most celebrated and beloved writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Dylan Thomas, to modern and moving literary tales, The Odyssey Press is dedicated to capturing the poignancy and enjoyment of all things literary and bringing it into the twenty-first century.

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Women Under the Knife

 The story of how modern surgery developed through experiments on women… In 1811 Fanny Burney, then Madame d’Arblay, wrote a harrowing journal about an operation she had endured for breast cancer. These were the days before anaesthetics, and many people preferred to suffer their pain — whatever the consequences — rather than to submit to the terrifying hands of the surgeons. And many surgeons dared not do what they knew...
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Wild Latitudes

After the unusual death of their papa, Adele Overend and her younger brother Godwin are dispatched from comfortable Autumn Hall in Yorkshire to the uttermost ends of the earth… To gold rush Dunedin in 1864. Even worse for the grieving pair, they must travel on separate vessels. Adele Overend soon finds herself mysteriously cast upon a seemingly deserted shore; her last memory is of dining with the captain and other...
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Why Women Fail

Something dreadful is happening to women. Not directly to all women but to a sufficient number to affect nearly all women and indeed society as a whole. This dreadful thing — for it is to be dreaded — is self-destructiveness, that strange process by which humans sometimes damage or destroy themselves in body, mind or spirit. So writes Dr Ann Dally — doctor, psychiatrist and author. In The Morbid Streak...
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When The Wind Blows

On Calvary, the wind never stops… In the south Atlantic Ocean, sits the island of El Secredo – named Calvary by the first missionary settlers. Little has changed in Calvary since Jebusa Horne first landed on the island and proclaimed it fit for Christendom, in the late 19th century. The world, meanwhile, has been through a Great War; prohibition and the jazz age have been and gone… When Reverend Smith...
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Vienna Blood

2026 - Vienna. The city is swarming with neo-Nazi groups, determined to ‘purify’ the country by any means and protesting the new, integrated Austria. Sharkey, a Viennese journalist, has a chance encounter with Leo Detmers, a computer geek whom he sees as nothing more than a drunken bore. Three months later, Leo’s glamorous wife Petra calls Sharkey to tell him that his ‘friend’ Leo has been killed in a hit-and-run....
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Upon Several Occasions

Mady Barnard is a thirty-three year old unmarried woman, who still lives with her mother… However, it cannot go unnoticed that “Bad luck’s been on her even since she was born” . Ever since then, her difficulties, combined with her unfriendly temperament, have become a favourite topic of conversation in the local community… The Women’s League, in particular, can’t stop discussing Mady’s life, with their enthusiastic gossiping over regular cups...
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Unicorn

In the years following World War One, Europe remains in turmoil… As if the war to end all wars was not enough, now revolution is bringing an end to the remnants of the old ways. Monarchs, princes and grand dukes all tumble. Only Rheingoldstein, a duchy so small as to be forgotten, remains untouched. Even when the Grand Duke foresees the inevitable, and removes himself from the situation, his steely...
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Touch and Go

As a little girl, Emma Rowlands had loved the toy shell house… It belonged to her doctor, who had promised it to her as a reward for being brave. Emma is always brave. Now, at a time of uncertainty and despondency in her life, she discovered he had left her not the toy house she had asked for, but his own home. With her daughter in India and her divorce...
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The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

A large northern seaport in 1930s England… Catherine Malley, a delicate schoolgirl from an impoverished family of questionable repute, seeks solace in her studies, her daydreams and the cherished weekly privilege of cleaning Miss Gatty’s kitchen. Miss Gatty, the long-standing disciplinarian and bully of Orange Street School, quick to pass judgement and to dismiss the potential, or indeed human worth, of any ‘slum’ child that comes under her rule. Miss...
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The Upas Tree

The Upas Tree poisons everything in its shade… In her fifties now, Ishbel Mackintosh has lived most of her meek life, quietly and dutifully. An unremarkable child, she took her late grandfather’s – once a Parish Minister – sermons of an all-seeing and all-vengeful God to heart. Flesh of my flesh, he said to her. Her father had, in blasphemy, told her to ignore him. As an adult, she worked...
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The Unquiet Spirit

‘Miss Steen is a superb manipulator of scene, and she makes her places as alive as her people’ - Daily Telegraph Through a fortuitous meeting with an old schoolfriend, Arnold Lewes, whom he had not seen for years, Lord Whittenham is invited to spend a week-end at Arnold’s home in Buckinghamshire. But his hopes of a pleasant week-end in the quiet of the country are soon dashed. Lord Whittenham, the...
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The Unforgotten

Twenty-two-year-old Victoria Brooke is getting married… Working as a temporary journalist, as part of her plan to find herself, Victoria is now ready to marry the man she loves with all her heart. Her fiancé, Gerry, forty-seven, is a widower, who’d lost his wife to cancer many years ago. Though there had been many women in between, it was Victoria who’d captured his heart. It only took them 13 months...
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The Tower

What would you sacrifice to achieve your dream? Painter Tom Proctor and his wife Antonia are among innumerable victims of the so-called Welfare State, their problem complicated by their child, Noelle, who is in desperate need of care. Tom’s career has arrived at an impasse, in which his sole support is the steadfast belief of Antonia in the value and honesty of his work. Torn between duty to wife and...
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The Tavern

Can you ever truly know someone…? Don Florio Conde and his wife Doña María Teresa own a small tavern in Andalucía. It’s a place where the wealthy brush shoulders with the poor, where people from all walks of life are welcomed with open arms. Yet behind the smiling faces that greet new customers hides the anger and frustration that María Teresa and her husband feel for each other. Over twenty...
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The Swan

Early 19th Century. Hariot’s life is changed forever when she makes the fateful decision to take Julia in as her companion… Tension soon arises with the unexpected arrival of Hariot’s troublesome stepson, sixteen-year-old Pelham, who comes to stay following a short stint in jail. While Pelham increasingly comes to resist the authority of his stepmother, matters are not helped by the stifling presence of Hariot’s brother, Sir Miles Cary, whose...
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The Spirit of the Age and Other Stories From the Home Front

First published variously by Punch Magazine, E. M Delafield’s The Spirit of the Age is a new collection that truly captures the impact of WW2 on the Home Front... The people of Little Fiddle-on-the-Green lived a very peaceful life. They went to cricket matches. They discussed the works of Shakespeare. They lived quintessential, British country lives. That was before the War started. Before the Germans tried to drop bombs on...
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The Solid Gold Buddha

The robbery of the century… There is a solid gold Buddha in Bangkok and Bernard Miller is going to steal it. Not the entire thing, of course… only 5 million pounds’ worth. His wife is dead and his son has an expensive and life-threatening disease. If Miller can’t get the gold quickly he won’t be able to afford his son’s treatment. At this point, Miller will do anything. Luckily, he’s...
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The Roar of the Tiger

‘An English farce in classical garb ... perches atop such classics as A Passage to India and The Jewel in the Crown like the mustache that Magritte painted on the Mona Lisa.’ - The LA Times Book Review Northern India, 1930 In the fiction English township of Jamalpur is a railway station on the East Indian Railway Loopline. It is the workshop for maintaining the rolling stock of the entire...
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The Reluctant Madonna

‘fine scenes and piquant portraits’ - The Sunday Times England, 1928. Lady Miranda Beauminster is placed on a stiflingly ascetic pedestal by her husband and her son. Famous for her beauty and for being a ‘silent wife’, Miranda is isolated by both her social superiority and elegance. Her husband, Earl Jervois Beauminster, is forever punishing himself for one hour of weakness: the moment when he gave into Miranda’s charms before...
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The Priest of Love

‘I shall always be a Priest of Love and a glad one. Once you’ve known what love can do, there’s no disappointment any more, and no despair.’ On 2 March 1930 D. H. Lawrence died, aged forty-four. Since then the controversial author of works such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover , Sons and Lovers and Women in Love has become a legend both as a writer and a man. From a...
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The Persuader

He made her. Then he used her… Earnest Stokes walks into the office of a well-known PR man with only one goal — to make his daughter a star. Dan Sinclair is given a ten thousand pound down payment and a timeline of three years to launch the career of country mouse-into-model Jackson. Jackson gets glamorous clothes, maquillage, and finally prestige exposure as cover girl on eight American magazines. But...
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The One-Eyed Moon

In the turbulent years prior to the Spanish Civil War, Aurelio López lives precarious existence in the mountains of Granada… An attractive man with the heart of a poet, he is intensely attached to his ancestral home and its challenging, isolated surroundings. So when he meets and falls in love with Carmela, a woman of very different background, he brings her home as his bride. But Carmela never really fits...
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The Mules of Borgo San Marco

Italy. The last days of the war… In the little mountain village of Borgo San Marco, the gallant German Major Trommel and his batman, Private Wohlhaber, continue their occupation despite being the only members of their unit left in residence. For Trommel, desperate to be a hero and forever denied due to the malformation known as a ‘pigeon chest’, the posting is a disappointment. For Wohlhaber, occupying Borgo San Marco...
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The Morbid Streak

As a psychiatrist, one has a privileged view of human destructiveness... Contact with extreme forms of feelings and behaviour are valuable in understanding less extreme varieties and in detecting similar tendencies in oneself and others. Self-destructive behaviour is pervasive in the human context, appearing in many different forms and to varying degrees. In keeping with the notion that the best way to learn about ourselves is through interacting with others,...
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