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May 1812

1812. Europe has been at war for twenty years. Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known, at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution. In London, a handful of men struggle to protect their country and maintain the war effort. Among them, the Earl of Myddelton, code-breaker to the Foreign Office, strives to crack the most difficult French code yet-the Grand Chiffre-before still more men die on the battlefields of Europe. Then, on 11 May 1812, the unthinkable happens-the Prime Minister is assassinated. Amid widespread panic and fear of a French conspiracy, the government falls. From the ballrooms of London, to the backstreets of power, to the death-in-waiting coast of enemy France, Myddelton is drawn inexorably into the deepening crisis-his private life unravelling all the while, as misunderstandings, gossip and spite mar his marriage and threaten to destroy his career.
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M.M. Bennetts, who is married and lives in England, is a long-standing book critic for The Christian Science Monitor. Educated at Boston University and St Andrews, Bennetts is a specialist in the economic, social and military history of Napoleonic Europe. The author is a keen cross-country and dressage rider, as well as an accomplished pianist, regularly performing music of the era as both a soloist and accompanist. More than ten years in the researching, May 1812 was a labour of love arising from Bennetts' deep admiration for the men of that period and their stand against the tyranny of Napoleon in the first total war. It is one of the first works of historical fiction to draw on the eyewitness accounts of the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

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