Historical Novel Society reviews ‘Tom Fleck’

Another review has just appeared and I’m very pleased that this American reviewer enjoyed Tom Fleck. I had been a little anxious about its reception across the Atlantic – that I might need to make big changes to the dialogue and dialect.
(The novel became an eBook for Kindle just a week ago.)

Tom Fleck


From Historical Novel Society May2011

Historical Novels Review Online reviews novels not covered by the print HNR: namely, e-published, self-published, and subsidy-published novels.

TOM FLECK
Harry Nicholson, YouWriteOn, 2011, $12.99, pb, 261pp, 9781908147769

In Northern England in the spring of 1513, a newly-orphaned teenager named Tom Fleck finds a golden ring in the woods near his croft, a herald’s ring bearing the seal of the Tudor king. Thinking he can sell it to provide for his ailing sister, Tom heads into town to meet with the local merchant, but the Jewish trader cannot risk buying such an item. Instead, Tom decides to find the nobleman who lost the ring and return it in hopes of a reward. Thus begins a journey that will define young Tom Fleck’s destiny – an adventure that will take him from crofter’s fields and drover’s roads into the ranks of bowmen heading toward war with Scotland at Flodden Field. Along the way many lives are changed and shaped forever: Tom’s neighbors and family, the noble lords he serves, his fellow soldiers and bowmen, and the daughter of the Jewish merchant, a beautiful and intelligent young woman named Rachel whom Tom cannot banish from his mind.

Tom Fleck is the tale of an everyday man caught up in the workings of history, an story that focuses on the common people within the bigger picture instead of the famous faces. It is told in a folk-tale style that unwinds gradually as it draws the reader in with likeable characters and gorgeous scenery, a world tinted with a hint of magic like an old-fashioned adventure. The history is detailed, the dialogue natural-sounding despite the heavy use of period language, the characters colorful and endearing, and the use of description is wonderful. Some readers may find the action slow to start, but the writing style draws the reader in and the story as a whole moves at an absorbing pace. Tom Fleck is a highly satisfying adventure and a lovely piece of historical fiction. Recommended.

Heather Domin

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About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to Historical Novel Society reviews ‘Tom Fleck’

  1. Congratulations! That’s great news!

  2. vivinfrance says:

    Wow! Are you getting yourself fitted for a new size of hat?

    • Not at all – in fact my ego shrinks by the hour. I’ve done most of what authors are urged to do in terms of promotion. The book is reviewed well in a publication, I then watch the Amazon sales rank – and nothing happens. Reviews; going on local radio; mentions in the press, don’t do much at my level.
      Richard and Judy don’t look at ‘indies’, the posh papers don’t reply to my approaches – so it is down to word of mouth.

  3. It is, Paul. And the lady has duplicated her review on the Goodreads site
    http://www.goodreads.com/search?query=tom+fleck
    which brings another following breeze.

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