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Elizabeth Palmer, the wife of Tom, suddenly recognizes that her life has been half-lived. Inspired by Elizabeth von Arnim’s adventures in Rügen, and on a secret mission of her own, she sets off to the distant Baltic island.

Her son William’s life is in crisis. He hates his doctorate, has discovered that its subject, H G Wells, was pot-bellied and ugly and that his pupil, Lucinda, insists on having his child. He must clear out. He would chaperone his mother.

Dr Tomas Ritter, art critic, pamphleteer: a university teacher who enjoys his students, some more than he should, is a success, but Tomas himself is unimpressed. His life has paused. Perhaps following in the footsteps of the painter Casper David Friedrich would enthuse him. He would visit Rügen.

The Truants

Two new novels from G J Martin. The book launches for The Truants and Spindrift were impacted by COVID-19 but we are now back in action. We are hoping to launch The Truants in Luneberg, Germany (where a scene in the novel is set) in March 2023 and Spindrift  in 2024.


The James family recognised early that there was no need to be exceptional, just consistent.

 Despite an incomplete life waiting for a direction, Michael James had lived consistently – until

spilled from a motorbike on a Far Eastern road crazy with oncoming traffic. He was, at last, being

what he pleased. But for how long?  Eyes open, mind clear, his entire existence contained within his

fastened crash helmet, he wondered, ‘Do I die now?’ He hoped that who or what was directing the

traffic might be benevolent and would save him for a purpose.

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