About the Book
From the opening lines of this fast moving, humorous, deftly observed and historically accurate novel, you’ll be swept up in a rollicking tale of adventure, colourful characters and exotic locations, and perhaps take away a new understanding on the course of World War I.
With war imminent, the British Navy is, for the first time in a century, under serious threat. What led them to switch from coal to oil, from ancient battleships to Dreadnoughts, giving them an unassailable advantage? The backstory, based on real people and events, and imaginatively brought to life by Paul Ashford Harris, is a transporting and amazing narrative.
Love, Oil and the Fortunes of War revolves around three very different characters:
Gertrude Bell, a brilliant and eccentric female archaeologist who is more at home in Persia than England.
The new First Sea Lord Jacky Fisher, who battles to convince the British Navy to modernise their fleet.
Pugnacious William D’Arcy, a Queensland businessman with a shady history, who ‘owns’ the biggest oil strike in history.
When the lives of these three remarkable people collide – ranging from Persia to London, from Far North Queensland to Gallipoli – the course of history is changed.
This world of love and oil is an outrageous tale of spirit, passion, perfidy and valour. It will delight, amuse and educate, a rare combination from a writer who succeeds in his goal of making history enjoyable and memorable.
Paul’s new book will be available at all good book stores from this week.