The Waterloo Drum

A few weeks ago I took my kids for a drive out to Benalla in country Victoria to visit a few Ned Kelly memorial sites (Ned is a very famous Australian folk hero). To my surprise, at the Benalla and District Historical Society, I discovered this display. It is,...

Campfires Of Napoleon

One of my sisters gave me this gift for Christmas: “Campfires of Napoleon”, by Henry Clay Watson and published 1854 by Porter Coates in Philadelphia. Watson, a journalist and editor by profession, wrote the book when he was only 23. It’s a very...

Happy Birthday J. David Markham!

Dec 26 is Mr Markham’s birthday so please send him your birthday wishes. Rather than buy him a present, why not buy someone else a copy of one of his books as a gift? I’m sure he’d appreciate that. When I originally had the idea to start a podcast...

Napoleon love story page sells for €23,000

A single manuscript page from a love story written by Napoleon Bonaparte sold for €23,000 (£17,000) at Osenat auction house in France yesterday. It was the first page of the final draft of Napoleon’s 1795 short novel Clisson and Eugenie, only 22 pages in its...