The Biscuit Barrel

The Biscuit Barrel

Book - 2012
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A beautiful Wedgwood biscuit barrel is part of a deceased estate. When the sealed top is removed by the new owner a wad of 100-year-old documents are found inside. One of the documents is a posthumous letter from an airman in the Royal Flying Corps in First World War France and sets off an investigation, the explosive results of which are revealed in the book. The book is set in 1914 Rhodesia and then moves to France and the killing fields of the Western Front.
Publisher: [S.I. : Createspace], c2012
ISBN: 9781480153196
Branch Call Number: SLA
Characteristics: 291 p. ;,23 cm

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Liber_vermis_3
Nov 29, 2014

An intriguing novel based on real events and characters with dialogue invented by the author (similar to novels by Irving Stone). However, having lived in Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), I found the close casual relationship between the main character, a police constable, and his 'native' assistant, to be incredible for the early 1900s. Also, I perceived the main character to be a philanderer.

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daveslats
Apr 08, 2013

A ROLLICKING GOOD READ!
I had just returned from a month in Africa when I read this novel and found it to be a fascinating story. The Biscuit Barrel provides the reader with an insightful look into life in various parts of colonial Africa at the onset of the First World War. Told through the eyes of a young English police officer who has taken a position in southern Africa, it also provides an interesting take on policing in the early part of the 20th century as well as the impact that the Great War had on both the participants and their families. And if the history doesn't interest you, there's still plenty of action and romance to keep you entertained! The pace of the novel never flags as the first-time author keeps things moving along with great enthusiasm for his subject matter. An easy and enjoyable read.

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lettiereads
Mar 06, 2013

Jean Phillips of Florida State University wrote:
The Biscuit Barrel is a great story weaving fact and fiction, taking the reader from Rhodesia to war-time Europe to the modern day. Slater's story transports the reader with descriptions that lets you hear the African bush and the sounds of battle, while also experiencing what the characters are feeling. This is a must-read! (Jean Phillips)

I know a number of people who have written books and I have attempted to read most of them, without much success. Now, when someone gives me their "novel" to read, I approach it the same way I treat homemade wine brought to our dinner parties. "Thank you for sharing your hard work with us" now where is that box I keep all the undrinkable stuff in.
The Biscuit Barrel, however, engaged me within the first few pages and kept me very interested throughout the entire book. It is not just a good story it is a great story and extremely well written. The development of the characters and the description of the places created such a vivid picture I felt like I was there. I will (and have already) highly recommend it to everyone I think might be interested.(Chuck Ingram)

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Nov 29, 2014

Liber_vermis_3 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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