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The Guns of El Kebir

John Wilcox

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Fiction, Historical fiction

'A hero to match Sharpe or Hornblower... Rip-roaring stuff' Northern Echo.

Another thrilling, action-packed adventure set during one of the most famous battles fought by the British army in the late nineteenth century, the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir.

News of Ahmed Arabi's uprising against the Anglo-French suzerainty in Egypt has caused great alarm in London. The French choose not to fight and retire from the country, but the British land a force led by Sir Garnet Wolseley. He plucks out of an uneasy pastoral retirement on the Welsh borders his favourite scouts, Simon Fonthill, one time subaltern and ex-Captain in the North West Frontiers Royal Corps of Guides, and 352 Jenkins, Simons ex-batman, servant and mentor. Fonthill and Jenkins are to venture into the desert ahead of Wolseley's hastily assembled army and observe the movements and location of the Egyptian force. But bloodshed is ahead at Tel-el-Kebir...

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John Wilcox

John Wilcox was born in Birmingham and was an award-winning journalist for some years before being lured into industry. He finally sold his company to devote himself to writing full-time. He lives in Salisbury.

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