THE BLUE BENCH by Paul Marriner | Blog Tour #Giveaway | #historicalfiction|#TheBlueBench

Published by Bluescale Publishing (12 June 2018)
Available in ebook and paperback
618 pages

About the Book

A masterfully written story of yearning and love in 1920 as a nation grieves – one soul, one person at a time. The body of the Unknown Warrior is coming home, can Britain find peace?

Margate 1920. The Great War is over but Britain mourns and its spirit is not yet mended.

Edward and William have returned from the front as changed men. Together they have survived grotesque horrors and remain haunted by memories of comrades who did not come home. The summer season in Margate is a chance for them to rebuild their lives and reconcile the past.

Evelyn and Catherine are young women ready to live life to the full. Their independence has been hard won and, with little knowledge of the cost of their freedom, they are ready to face new challenges side by side.

Can they define their own future and open their hearts to the prospect of finding love? Will the summer of 1920 be a turning point for these new friends? As the body of the Unknown Warrior is returned, can the nation find a way forward?

My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for The Blue Bench. Paul Marriner has been a guest on my blog before, he kindly wrote a guest post last year when he talked about his favourite literary quote

For my turn on the tour, I am delighted to be offering a paperback copy to one UK winner. Entry is via the Rafflecopter box below.

*** GIVEAWAY ***


On behalf of the tour organiser and author, I’m delighted to offer a paperback copy of The Blue Bench to one winner. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to entrants aged 18 or over in the UK. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winner’s information. This will passed to the tour organiser and author for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data I hold. My Reading Corner is not responsible for dispatch or delivery of the prize.

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About the Author

Paul grew up in a west London suburb and now lives in Berkshire with his wife and two children. He is passionate about music, sport and, most of all, writing, on which he now concentrates full-time. Paul has written four novels and his primary literary ambition is that you enjoy reading them while he is hard at work on the next one (but still finding time to play drums with Redlands and Rags 2 Riches).

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3 thoughts on “THE BLUE BENCH by Paul Marriner | Blog Tour #Giveaway | #historicalfiction|#TheBlueBench”

  • I’m not entering as I’ve already read this wonderful book that deserves to become a 21st century classic. One of the best books I have read for a very long time, whoever wins this is in for a real treat.

  • Hi Jane,

    That’s very kind of you and hugely appreciated. It makes such a difference to feel the book has connected in some way.

    Hi Karen,

    Many thanks for hosting this stop on the blog tour and providing the chance for the giveaway. It seems a long time since that previous article on favourite literary quote – it’s been such a busy time!

    If any of your readers has any questions or comments I’d love to hear them,

    Best wishes,


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