On Angel Mountain, by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2001, paperback, 320 pp, £6.99. ISBN 0 905559 80 0. Publication October 2001. The author’s first novel is set in North Pembrokeshire at the time of the Last Invasion, in 1796-97. The heroine is Martha Morgan, the young Mistress of Plas Ingli, and the story of her life-and-death struggle with the mysterious Moses Lloyd is told through her diary entries. The “Angel Mountain” of the title is Carn Ingli, where much of the action takes place and with which Martha has a very special relationship. Reprinted three times, 2002, 2003 and 2009. Corgi edition from March 2006 still available. New edition (7th printing) now in print.
House of Angels by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2002, paperback, 432 pp, £7.99. ISBN 0 905559 81 9. Publication November 2002. This novel is the sequel to "On Angel Mountain". As in the first book, the heroine is Martha Morgan, the young and feisty Mistress of Plas Ingli. This story takes place in the years 1805-1806, when Martha has to cope with personal tragedy and with the depradations of a group of treasure hunters while seeking to bring up her young family alone. She rediscovers love and sees off her enemies by using a peculiarly feminine strategy that takes everybody by surprise. Reprinted twice, 2004 and 2009. Also in a Corgi edition. New edition now available.
Dark Angel by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2003, paperback, 432 pp, £8.50. ISBN 0 905559 82 7. Publication November 2002. This novel is the third in the Angel Mountain Saga. As in the first two books, the heroine is Martha Morgan. She is still young and beautiful, and following the death of her husband she looks forward to a new life with Owain Laugharne. But then he disappears without trace. Martha is haunted by a strange figure in black called The Nightwalker, and she also has to cope with a foundling child left on her doorstep. She has to learn some hard lessons about life and love. Reprinted. Also in a Corgi edition.
Pembrokeshire Wizards and Witches, by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2001, paperback, 96 pp, £7.50. ISBN 0 905559 97 7. Publication November 2001. This is the first book ever published in Pembrokeshire to deal specifically with the men and women who had “special powers” and who were revered as wizards, “knowing ones”, sorcerers and witches. There is an extended introduction looking at the history and meaning of folk magic in Pembrokeshire. The second part of the book is devoted to stories of the most famous of the local wizards and witches, and the book concludes with some examples of “minor folk magic” in the form of charming, prophecy and divination. OP.
Rebecca and the Angels by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2004, paperback, 432 pp, £8.50. ISBN 0 905559 83 5. Publication November 2004. This novel is the fourth in the Angel Mountain Saga. As in the earlier books, the heroine is Martha Morgan. She is now in middle age, and decides that she needs to do something to make the world a better place. There is terrible hardship in the countryside, caused partly by the new Poor Law and by the insensitive collection of tithes and tolls on the new turnpike roads. Marthatries to help the poor, but gets swept into the "guerrilla warfare" of the Rebecca Riots. As ever, she gets too close to the action...... Reprinted
Flying with Angels by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2005, paperback, 400 pp, £7.99. ISBN 0 905559 84 3. Publication November 2005. This novel is the fifth and last in the Angel Mountain Saga. At the beginning of the novel Martha Morgan has to deal with a series of complex family disasters culminating in the loss of the Plas Ingli estate. However, she is allowed to stay at the Plas and becomes caught up in the two great issues of the day -- the Irish Potato Famine and the Religious Revivals sweeping across Wales. A new man appears in Martha's life -- Amos Jones the preacher, who becomes known locally as Jones Minor Prophet. He is too good and too outspoken to stay out of trouble, and after a moment of indiscretion, he and Martha are swept along in a flood of events that can only end in tragedy. Reprinted
Guardian Angel by Brian John, Greencroft books, 2007, paperback, 256 pp, £6.99, ISBN 978-0-905559-86-5. Publication November 2007. This story is set in north Pembrokeshire and the industrial districts of South Wales in the Victorian era. Marching through the pages of the book there are some truly Dickensian characters, including Sergeant Dafydd Gruffydd and the Emperor of China. As the fast-moving and extraordinary story unfolds, the twin themes of identity and personality come to the fore. Available.
Sacrifice by Brian John, Greencroft Books, 2009, A5 paperback, 352 pp, £7.99, ISBN 978- 0-905559-90-2. Publication November 2009. This story is a part of the Angel Mountain Saga, and it fits into the period 1808-1817 -- a gap in the story recounted in "Dark Angel." Four sinister strangers arrive in Newport, and a series of violent crimes (some of them involving the ritual use of a knife) are laid at their door. As they are hunted down, it becomes clear that their main target is Mistress Marthas herself. After an elaborate game of cat and mose, they set a trap, and Martha walks straight into it....... Available.
The Bluestone Enigma (a book about the mysterious bluestones at Stonehenge and their link with Pembrokeshire). REPRINT NOW AVAILABLE.
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Pembrokeshire Fairy Tales
Pembrokeshire Giants and Monsters
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