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If God Will Spare My Life

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Pembrokeshire, West Wales 1904: Solicitor Arthur Nicholas seeks one William Batine James, heir to a Fishguard farm. He discovers James emigrated to Canada in 1871 and enlisted in the US Seventh Cavalry at Chicago, but the trail goes cold. Arthur knows 210 soldiers of the Seventh were massacred by thousands of Native Americans at Little Bighorn – Custer’s Last Stand – in 1876. Was James among them?

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Pre-Order for June 2021

Pembrokeshire, West Wales 1904: Solicitor Arthur Nicholas seeks one William Batine James, heir to a Fishguard farm. He discovers James emigrated to Canada in 1871 and enlisted in the US Seventh Cavalry at Chicago, but the trail goes cold. Arthur knows 210 soldiers of the Seventh were massacred by thousands of Native Americans at Little Bighorn – Custer’s Last Stand – in 1876. Was James among them?
Based on true events, Mike Lewis’s debut novel reveals the lingering curse of a brutal schooling during the ‘Welsh Not’ era when children were punished for speaking their native tongue. As the unsuspecting Seventh head towards their Armageddon, James – plagued by dark forebodings and nightmares –reflects on his troubled past and lost love and ponders desertion after coming to realise he is as
much a fugitive as the Native Americans he is pursuing.

But the one thing a man can never escape is himself…

Additional information

Weight 400 g
Dimensions 130 × 190 cm

The Author

Mike Lewis hails from the former fishing village of Aberporth, West Wales, where his family have farmed for generations. Having joined a local newspaper straight from school, he proceeded to work as a writer and sub-editor
on a number of national titles in London, including “The Guardian” and “The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs”. A lifelong rock and pop music fan, in the 1990s he co-authored biographies on Scott Walker and Syd Barrett, of Pink Floyd. Mike later worked as “The Sunday Telegraph” boxing correspondent, covering the Beijing Olympic Games of 2008. Having returned to his native West Wales to raise a family, he stumbled across the story of William James, the West Wales farmer’s son who emigrated to the United States and joined the US Seventh Cavalry, while working for the “Fishguard County Echo”. Mike subsequently found previously-undiscovered letters James had sent back to his younger brother from America which form the framework of If God Will Spare My Life… A father-of-five, married to Sue, Mike combines his writing career with helping to run Cardigan Amateur Boxing Club.

1 review for If God Will Spare My Life

  1. Catherine Thomas

    Tasked with finding the heir to a farm in West Wales, a young solicitor tracks the trail of William B. James, the possible beneficiary.
    “If God Will Spare My Life “is a readable, energetic and well researched story taking us from Victorian rural West Wales to the prairies of North America and the U.S. Cavalry.
    Although based on facts, this is a work of fiction, nevertheless there is an authenticity and authority to be found in the vivid descriptions contained within this thoroughly well researched novel. I loved this book.

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