The first book in a light-hearted historical adventure series set during the mid-twentieth century.
'An immensely readable treat!' Alexander McCall Smith
Ernest Drabble, a Cambridge historian and mountaineer, travels to rural Devon to inspect the decapitated head of Oliver Cromwell - a macabre artefact owned by Dr Wilkinson. Drabble only tells one person of his plans - Harris, an old school friend and press reporter.
On the train to Devon, Drabble narrowly avoids being murdered, only to reach his destination and find Dr Wilkinson has been killed. Gripped in Wilkinson's hand is a telegram from Winston Churchill instructing him to bring the head of Oliver Cromwell to London.
Drabble has unwittingly become embroiled in a pro-Nazi conspiracy headed by a high-status Conservative member of the British government.
And so, Drabble teams up with Wilkinson's secretary, Kate Honeyand, to find the head and rescue Harris who is being tortured for information...
Praise for Rule Britannia:
'A rollicking good read'
'Marsh chomps the period bit between his teeth and relates his yarn with winning gusto'
'Tremendous stuff! With the arrival of Alec Marsh's first Drabble and Harris thriller, John Buchan must be stirring uneasily in his grave'
Marsh chomps the period bit between his teeth and relates his yarn with winning gusto - New Statesman
Tremendous stuff! With the arrival of Alec Marsh's first Drabble and Harris thriller, John Buchan must be stirring uneasily in his grave - Stanley Johnson
A rollicking good read - Ian Rankin
Alec Marsh was born in Essex in 1975. He graduated from Newcastle University with a first class degree in history. Beginning his career on the Western Morning News in Cornwall, he went on to write for titles including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times and London Evening Standard. In 2008 he was named an editor of the year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is now the editor of Spear's Magazine, a title focused on luxury lifestyle. He is married and lives with his family in west London.