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WILDISH: A Story Concerning Different Kinds of Love by [Robert Stephen Parry]

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Epic, romantic comedy set in the fabulous, outrageous world of 18th-century Georgian England

Book cover image features Georgian-era man and woman, in period costume. Fireworks behind.

WILDISH - historical fiction at its sparkling best

WILDISH refers to the surname of the main protagonist of the story. It takes place at the time of the 2nd Jacobite Rebellion (1745), and is centred around a love triangle incorporating themes of romantic and platonic love. But there are also a number of other individuals who inadvertently guide our unlikely hero, Mr Wildish, upon his quest to understand the nature of love in all its forms. And it is quite a tempestuous journey. Historical locations include:

  • London's Cheapside, Covent Garden, Fleet Street and the Strand
  • Southwark and Greenwich
  • Westminster & St James Palace
  • Ranelagh Gardens
  • Derby
  • Chatham
  • The Scottish Highlands

The characters are fictitious, though there are some significant cameo appearances from King George II, and Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

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Extract - Johanna's contribution to an evening of story-telling

Once satisfied that the mood in the room is sufficiently calmed, she smoothes her dress, sits up in her nest of cushions and takes a deep breath. ‘Well, once upon a time,’ she begins in a voice which is calm and soothing, ‘there was a jackdaw who was troubled and went to his friend, the wise old owl, and asked him why it should be that birds live such short lives compared to so many other creatures. The owl explained it is because birds can fly, and such immeasurable joy has only been given to birds in exchange for a relatively brief mortality. Well, the jackdaw went away and thought about that. He reasoned that although it was good fun flying, he would rather prefer to live longer, and the best way to achieve this would be to embark upon a regime of abstinence and careful living, choosing to take special care of his diet and not to go tiring himself or over-extending himself in the flying department. At first, he felt very satisfied with his progress, but after a while he began to notice that his little wings had begun to atrophy and that he could not really fly very much at all any longer. Then one day, watching all the young birds flying about and, in the spring, mating and having young, all without a care, he suddenly became aware of what he was missing. He felt sad. He did not live an especially healthy life either, and not long after, when he realised he was dying, he returned to the wise owl and asked him what happened to the deal? “Goodness! No one said there was any deal”, the owl replied. “That was merely your false reasoning. You cannot trade with God, foolish jackdaw. You have wasted your life, and not spread your wings and flown as you should”. And that was the end of the Jackdaw, and it is the end of this story. And the moral of it all is … well, enjoy the magic that is given to you, since it is magical indeed, our time we have on this earth, and it lasts only for a short while in which we must seize a-hold of it according to our nature and make it our own.’


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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00BVT4ANC
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3158 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 602 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B099173PKW
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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of adult historical fiction, bringing you stories from a wide range of time periods - from Tudor & Elizabethan, through 18th-century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian England and the Belle Époque. Well researched and vivid historical settings combine with unusual elements of mystery, humour, romance and magical realism.

On a lighter note, he has also collaborated recently with the distinguished avian writer, A.Robin, Esq. in providing the illustrations for the book 'The Magnificent British Garden Robin'.

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