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Shadow of the Zeppelin: World War One novel set in South East London

Local author puts the spotlight on the South East

Author Bernard Ashley is a local man who lives in Charlton – and his 24th novel, Shadow of the Zeppelin, draws on South East London’s rich history, after much research in Greenwich.

 

A three-perspective novel, one of the protagonists lives on the Well Hall Estate in Woolwich. The action focuses on the real bombing of a house on Well Hall Road in August 1916 and the aftermath of these events. Surrounding areas including Plumstead, Eltham, Kent and central London all appear in the novel, weaving fictional characters into historical events and the local area.

 

Ashley, who has served in the RAF and been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Greenwich, undertook a large amount of the historical research for Shadow of the Zeppelin at the Greenwich Heritage Centre – ensuring an accurate depiction of South East London at the time, as well as a faithful portrayal of the war itself.

 

Shadow of the Zeppelin, Orchard Books, £6.99

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