a beginner’s guide to
the wars of the roses
a kind and gentle
Conrad Borscz loses his wife, his
job and his home in the space
of a week.
To recuperate, he goes to a
guest house on the south coast.
What could possibly go wrong?
How about arson, attempted
murder, heart failure, a face off
with an aged Nazi, rampaging
policemen, illicit drugs,
overdoses and falling in love at
exactly the wrong time?
Oh, and madness.
There’s never been a worse time
COPYRIGHT © 2020 CHRISTOPHER BRADBURY
For the first time, experience the whole
Mike Ward trilogy, The High
Commissioner’s Wife, The Devil Inside and
Catfish, in one exciting book. Follow Ward
as he goes from journalist to reluctant spy,
from the Indian Ocean to the heat and terror
of Tennessee, as he uncovers revolution and
betrayal, coups d’etats and the destruction of
democracy. All the time he lives in the
shadow of the mysterious group known as
The Chain, a group of billionaires and
revolutionaries out to make the world a
capitalist paradise run by a board of self-
serving megalomaniacs. A series of hard-
edged, traditional thrillers, The Mike Ward
Trilogy will keep you on the edge of your seat
and turning the pages until the final
From 1455-1487, the Wars of
the Roses tore England apart.
Subject to the rule of a weak
monarch, Henry VI, son of one
of England’s greatest kings, bit
by bit, the kingdom overseas
disappeared while the
discontent within grew into
civil war. It took five kings, two
usurpations and over 100,000
deaths to bring it to a close.
This is not only their story, but
the story of England - of us.
The Devil Inside, the hard-
hitting sequel to The High
Commissioner’s Wife, brings
Mike Ward back into the
heart of the action in a fast-
paced Indian Ocean island
Chris Bradbury was born in 1962. He attended
schools in Bracknell, Windsor, Mauritius and
Bloxham and, despite all these, failed to learn a
He spent his formative years in a cocoon and failed
to see the time go by.
He has been a shop worker, a hospital porter,
worked in medical records, in the CSSD department,
as an estate agent, as a nurse, as a delivery driver, a
bus driver and as a teaching assistant.
He lives in Yorkshire.
He is married to a lady and has some lady children.
He loves them.
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German speaking space teddy-bears
Broken-down, farting spaceships
Allergy-ridden intergalactic police
Demons and devils
Saints and plenty of sinners
It’s Sci-fi. It’s fantasy. Just not as you know it. Join Charlie Makepiece as he
becomes unwillingly enmeshed in not only the escapades of a Led Zep/Deep
Purple-driven rogue alien, an angel who has to atone big-time for a lifetime
mishap (six of them, actually) and a petty criminal who is forever on the verge
of nothing big. Like it or not, in one way or another, they are all lost, all in
trouble and all Earthbound.
The Great War should have been the War to
End All Wars. The Treaty of Versailles was
supposed to end war forever. Instead, all the
treaty did was add fuel to the smouldering
embers of a war that, in many people’s
minds, had yet to end.
How did the world manage to snatch war
from the jaws of peace? How could an
insignificant event in 1889 come to affect the
life of a boy 690 miles away and 54 years into
Christopher Bradbury looks at the events
that led from the end of the Great War and
finished with a fight to the death for a
collection of strangers on the beaches of
Dunkirk and above the fields of England. He
asks the reader to open their mind, to look at
the Second World War, not just as an
explosion in history, but as a story of
individuals who were caught up in someone
else’s struggle for power.
…a story of
individuals who were
caught up in someone
else’s struggle for
‘None of us know what’s going on, Ward. That’s
the truth of it, but my gut tells me something’s
afoot. What do you say? Fancy a crack at it?’
‘Do I have a choice?’ asked Ward.
‘None at all,’ said the Chief briskly.
A year on from the Catfish affair, Mike Ward is
back in journalism. Chasing down a lead from
an old friend, he is reluctantly dragged back into
MI6 as an apparently run of the mill story
explodes into violence and he is thrust into an
elaborate world-wide web of intrigue and
From the English south coast to the avenues of
Paris, from the underworld of Marseilles to the
mountains of Cyprus, Ward must fight to follow
the trail left for him, twist by twist, betrayal by
betrayal, by the most devious, most determined
enemy he has ever encountered. In the process,
it strikes at the very heart of his existence and,
as the world lies on the edge of destruction, it
becomes clear that at the centre of it all lies a
burning need for revenge driven by a past that
Ward has tried to forget.
“Compulsive reading …
… bears all the hallmarks of a
“Christopher Bradbury yet again
skilfully and enthusiastically
embraces the idiom of the
action thriller. One of the
genre’s finest practitioners.”
This is a collection of Christopher
Bradbury’s poems and verse. It covers
a multitude of topics from death to
flatulence, from the excessive
ingestion of wildlife to the loneliness
of loss, from freedom of speech to
the tragedy of the Woodworm Wars.
It’s not all serious and it’s not all fun, but there is always more than just the words
on the page. There is something for everyone, young and old, man, woman and
child, for those who prefer wine wars with pigs to the questioning of mortality and
for those who prefer a slightly black lining to their silver cloud or a rainbow to
rainfall. But, ultimately, it’s about the words, those little seedlings that come to life
fed by the water of imagination and nourished by a deep-seated need to express.
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‘Don’t I want to make love to you? Of
course I do! I’m not dead. Not quite.
But I can’t sleep with you. Between my
need for frequent naps and my lack of
energy, I couldn’t even stay awake with
you. And I’m married. Above all else,
I’m married. Admittedly, my marriage
is coughing like a cat choking on its
farewell furball, but I can’t just stand
there and watch it die. I have to give it
some sort of pat on the back.’
And there lies the agony and the
ecstasy for university lecturer Raley
Street, a man locked in a cold
marriage, enslaved by a midlife crisis
and tempted by the beautiful student
Jenny Summerleas to make it all go
away. It's life as viewed by an ordinary
man in all its comedic darkness and all
its loving light.
“Compulsive reading …
… bears all the hallmarks of a
“Christopher Bradbury does it
again. Another winner”
‘The Chief would like to see you, Mr Ward.’
‘Yes, Mr Ward.’
Ward felt a thrill run through him. There
was always the chance that when the
Chief wanted him, it was for
After Swissair flight SWR245 is blown from
the sky in an apparent terrorist attack and
the body of a wanted scientist washes up
on the shores of Lake Geneva, Mike Ward
is sent to find out the sinister connection
between the two events.
Semper Occultus reunites
Ward with old allies, old loves
and old enemies and brings
him and the world closer to
destruction than they have
Mike Ward’s fifth, world-
brings to a climax the
battle between him and
Chain...and only one of
them can win!