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Being there

I write a lot about war. This isn't through morbid fascination - at least I hope it isn't - but rather through my inability to imagine how I'd react in unthinkable circumstances. Would I be heroic? I very much doubt it, yet people as ordinary as I am committed acts of extraordinary heroism and repellant brutality. I try hard not to judge or condemn. They're all just people.

In the main, it's these ordinary people that inhabit my stories. I learn as much about them as I write as you do when you read, and slowly I see a picture, however imperfect, of what it was like to be there.

The Larks by Jem Shaw

The Larks

My full-length novel about WW1 flying has been extended in response to requests from readers.

Here are the stories behind the stories...

All this way for a shilling by Jem Shaw

Skirmishes

All This Way for a Shilling is a collection of short stories spanning two world wars, in the trenches, in the air and on the sea.

You'll find samples and videos here...

Yellow Impi by Jem Shaw

And Other Short Stories

Sometimes I get an idea for a story that doesn't fit my usual genre. Over time they've grown into a small and diverse collection.

You can get a flavour here

 
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Sleepless in the Santa Fe

Sleepless in the Santa Fe

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Too Big for the Page

Too Big for the Page

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And so this is Christmas

And so this is Christmas

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Parting the Ways

Parting the Ways

One of many advantages of having a publisher as experienced as the redoubtable Peter Coleborn in your corner is that he knows what he's...
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6TR Writer's Special

6TR Writer's Special

This was another piece of fun for Hallowe'en. Misha Herwin and Jan Edwards, in addition to being talented writers, appear regularly...
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