Roger Williams


London based journalist, author and editor.

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The Fisherman of Halicarnassus
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 35,780. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Environmentalists & naturalists
Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (1890–1973), known as the Fisherman of Halicarnassus, was the founder of the famous Mavi Yolculuk “BLUE VOYAGES”. A historian, humanist and ecologist, he was one of Turkey’s most popular writers and has been described as a modern Homer. This book explores life of the writer and the history and culture of these beautiful Aegean and Mediterranean sailing waters
Father Thames
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,730. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Stories from the incoming tide... Entertaining tales from some of the migrants, invaders, royalty and refugees who have crossed the North Sea and come up the River Thames to London. Written in the first person, these 20 short stories are ideal easy reading for tablets and mobiles.
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 57,370. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
What happens when a nuclear train goes off the rails? Every year tons of nuclear waste move across Britain by rail. The specially constructed flasks that contain the radioactive material can withstand every foreseeable shock or collision. But what would happen if something went wrong? Really wrong? A-Train is a chilling novel that confronts that ultimate possibility.
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 63,900. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The bomb dropped - but the world didn't end... Five 200-kiloton warheads explode over Eastern Britain. London is incinerated. Durham is devastated. Aberdeen is blown away. Through a shattered communications network the undamaged West struggles to respond as emergency systems creak into action. Burnt, bewildered, stunned, the survivors crawl from the wreckage into a fractured new world
Lunch With Elizabeth David
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 99,610. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A new, revised edition of the acclaimed novel about the cookery writer Elizabeth David and her mentor, the literary figure Norman Douglas. In 1951, famous, feted and a by-word for scandal, Douglas approaches death on the island of Capri. Invitations to a last lunch go out to Graham Greene, Gracie Fields, Nancy Cunard, Harold Acton and to Eric – but whatever became of this young protégé?
The Royal Albert Hall: A Masterpiece for the 21st Century
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,310. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
The story of London's favourite "village hall", written to celebrate its upgrading and refurbishment. With unprecedented access to the archives, it tells of the great pageant of events that have taken place here. Home of the world famous Proms, opera house, sports arena, meeting hall, ballroom - it was also the only place the Beatles and Rolling Stones shared the same bill.
A–Z Travel Snapshots
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
An address book of recollections from a writer's life with links to diaries, articles, short stories and videos
Burning Barcelona
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 113,030. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Science and the human spirit collide in a sparkling adventure based on real people and events. Set in England and Spain, "Burning Barcelona" tells the story of the installation of the first steam engine in the city - and the events that led to the most explosive night in its history. This page-turning tale is a match for the astonishing inventiveness of the era.

Smashwords book reviews by Roger Williams

  • The Smuggling Life of Gabriel Tomkins on June 22, 2012
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    This rivetting story of a smuggler's life in 18th-century southern England shows not only how widespread the practice was, but that the likes of Gabriel Tomkins were just as capable of riding with law enforcers as they were with law breakers. Recalling his life as he faces the gallows in Bedford for robbing the Chester Mail, Tomkins seems like an engaging character telling his tales in a pub. Barker's cleverness here is to use surviving documents, to which Tomkins would not have had access, to reinforce his story. Some of the rogue's exploits are breathtakingly daring, and in a life of great mobility in which fortunes can change on a moment, he rode with both the Mayfield Men and the gratuously violent Hawkhurst Seacocks, as well as the law-enforcing Sherrif of Sussex, not to mention several years spent in penal servitude on tobacco plantations in America. It's a wonder he lasted so long. Tightly written, the book gallops along, and should appeal to anybody interested in mayhem and mishchief-making from the past.