Land of Heart's Desire
By Alexander Cordell
The second part of the sequel to the Mortymer Trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rape of the Fair Country.
Iestyn Mortymer was sentenced to twenty-one years transportation to the colonies
for his part in the Chartist Rebellion of 1839. But three years on, he escaped during
the massacre of the British Army in Afghanistan, and returned to Wales under a false
His beautiful Afghan lover Durrani, granddaughter of Dost Mahommed, the King of Kabul,
having been banished from her country because of her relationship with Iestyn, joins him
with their son, Suresh, to begin a new life in West Wales, farming at Cae White, near Carmarthen.
However, Durrani's grandfather has other ideas. His kingship is under threat from Akbar Khan,
his traitorous warrior son. To prevent Akbar from seizing the throne, Dost Mahommed changes
his mind about his granddaughter's banishment and now seeks to have young Suresh returned
to Kabul, in order for the child to take the throne, with his mother as Queen regent.
The Dost's insistent command finds little welcome among the residents of Cae White Farm,
however, and Iestyn prepares for battle...
Alexander Cordell was born in Ceylon in 1914, was educated mainly in China and joined the army in 1932. After WWII, during which he served in France, he became a civil servant, spending three years in Hong Kong.
He wrote more than thirty novels including the highly acclaimed 'Mortymer Trilogy' - The Rape of the Fair Country, The Hosts of Rebecca and Song of the Earth. He died on 13 November 1997 aged eighty-three
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04 Sep 2014
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Hodder & Stoughton