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Sam Angus - Author

Sam Angus was born in Italy, grew up in France and Spain and was educated rather haphazardly in most of these countries, at many different schools. She was asked to leave at least one school. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge where she kept a dog until he was discovered being smuggled out of college in a laundry basket. So she was summoned and asked to leave Cambridge too. Unless the dog left, in which case she might stay. She taught A level English before spending a decade in the fashion industry and now writes full time. She lives between Exmoor and London with improvident numbers of children, dogs and horses.

Of her first novel, Soldier Dog:

IS SOLDIER DOG A TRUE STORY? Some of the events of the life of Soldier Dog are drawn from the lives of two dogs, Airedale Jack and Satan, one a British messenger dog, the other a French messenger dog. Go to www.soldierDog.net and read all about the historical context and the work of the dogs, as well as about the battle of Villers-Bretonneux.

HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU DO?
Years of research, mostly in the library of the Imperial War Museum. There is very little available written material on dog handlers in the first world war, mostly because they tended to be drawn from the country, from the world of hunting or faming, or fishing, so they were not on the whole, educated or likely to write much down. Go to www.SoldierDog.net for more about this.

Her 2nd novel is The House on Hummingbird Island.

Photo credit Nick Harvey

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School for Skylarks
Sam Angus
Another stunning historical novel from the author of Soldier Dog.
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe House on Hummingbird Island
Sam Angus
In a Nutshell: family secrets – ghosts – loss and love This story of a young orphan girl feels part of a tradition going back to Eva Ibbotson, or even Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's 1912 and Idie is a fierce...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Captain
Sam Angus
Under age at the outbreak of war, fifteen year old Billy Bayliss manages to join up by pretending to be his older brother. Soon he is shipped off to Egypt to play his part in the terrifying fighting in Gallipoli....
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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A Horse Called Hero
Sam Angus
A beautifully written, heart-rending story of the very special importance of a horse in the lives of two children during Second World War. Dodo and Wolfie are evacuated to Devon when their father, a war hero from the First World...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/08/2013
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Soldier Dog
Sam Angus
It's 1917. In the trenches of France, miles from home, Stanley is a boy fighting a man's war. He is a dog handler, whose dog must be so loyal that he will cross no-man's-land alone under heavy fire to return...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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