A new historical fiction direction for Stewart Binns, inspired by his own experience on the ground in Northern Ireland.
Stewart Binns began his professional life as an academic. He then
pursued several adventures, including a stint at the BBC, before
settling into a career as a schoolteacher, specializing in history.
Later in life he began a successful career in television. He has
won a BAFTA, a Grierson, an RTS and a Peabody for his
The Darkness and the Thunder is the second novel in Stewart's Great War series. The Shadow of War was the first. His previous Making of England series- Crusade, Conquest, Anarchy and Lionheart, were published to great acclaim.
Praise for Stewart Binns * - *
Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read Shadow of War -- Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill
An epic . . . the book on the conflict remembered this year 100 years on -- Jon Wise * Sunday Sport *
Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story -- Alastair Campbell
A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best * Daily Mail *
Stewart's books always leave me with a sense of pride for my country, and this book is no exception, but this is tempered by the individual courage and the individual loss. The personal tales that inspire and horrify in equal measure. By the time I finished the book I felt entertained and educated, which for me form the key pillars of a great Historical Fiction novel. Once again Stewart Binns has managed to create something unique, entertaining and eye-opening, I'm very much looking forward to book 2. -- Robin Carter, Parmenion Books
The whole thing is a tour de force of writing brilliance, and it's great to know that in five years' time, Stewart will have delivered a book for each of the first world war years. A totally enjoyable experience, a brilliant start to a terrific project. * Books Monthly *
Unarguably heart-warming... will leave any reader with a sense of British pride * Goodreads *
Truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this best-selling author * Historical Novel Review *