Russell’s War

Last year on the centenary of the Great War’s beginnings,Chronicle_Polaris_front_page_full_webI began posting young Mary Russell’s War Journal. Her weekly reflections about the War, her drive to do something more than just be a fourteen year-old girl,Kitchener-leete-poster_1half copy

(her mother is raising money for the British air force)pilot_dropping_bomb_from_plane_2thirds copy

and her suspicions about German spies weave in and out of her family history, the Russells’ building War troubles, and the personal trauma that ultimately drives her to Sussex, and to her momentous meeting with Sherlock Holmes.

The 101st anniversary of the Great War’s beginnings is next Tuesday. To mark it, I’m putting a revised version of Mary Russell’s Journal, with a lot of contemporary illustrations, up for sale as an ebook.Mary Russell's War cover4

The blog posts remain up on this blog, under the tag “Mary Russell’s War,” but if you enjoyed reading young Mary’s journal, and you’d like an updated and cleaned up version (with pictures!) it’s be available on Kindle for pre-sale now, here, and will be on the other formats here.

I hope you enjoy it!


  1. Yay! Thank you! I learned so much from these journal entries.

  2. Merrily Taylor says:

    Going right there to order – it was a wonderful series!

  3. Wendy Martin says:

    Thank you! I tried to keep up, but knew I was missing some.

  4. Mary Sharples says:

    Just ordered it. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Margaret Wood says:

    Sigh. I guess I’ll have to give in and buy an e-reader. Which kind would be most useful to a person with very poor eyesight?

    • Laurie King says:

      Most e-readers are great for readers who have bad eyesight, since you can make the font bigger as well as adjust the spaces. I have the most basic Nook, but they go up from there with lots of bells and whistles. Want me to ask for advice on my Facebook page? Many experienced readers there!

  6. Any chance if it ever coming out in book form? I’m another that’s never bought an e-reader! Thanks, Laurie! SO enjoyed Mary’s story and glad you put it all together for us!

    • Laurie King says:

      In a year or so, we’ll do a Russell collection, and at that time there MAY be a print version. Fingers crossed, and keep an eye on the Newsletter for any, well, news.
      I’ll also mention that you can download a Kindle program on your computer, and read it there if you like.

  7. Catherine says:

    I actually printed all the online chapters! However, I would like a ‘real’ paper book also, though I will buy the ebook for kindle.

    BTW, does anyone know if Mary Russel ever ran across Penelope Huxleigh? Miss Huxleigh’s view of Irene Adler is interesting reading.

    • Laurie King says:

      Not sure if Miss Russell has met Miss Huxleigh, we’ll have to see what’s left in the Memoirs…

  8. Have just tried to order it and says not available in my country, which is the u.k.
    Please help!

  9. Laurie King says:

    Hmm, it should be. I wonder if it’s only the pre-sales that doesn’t recognize customers outside the US? I’ll have my Mr Tech helper figure it out.

    • I was just was looking at kindle, as its the school hols and I need more books to read as my grusome too- some run round like looneys and the book was recommended to me to pre order, maybe I just needed to be on the u.k. site. Many thanks for the help Deanne.

    • Ordered the ‘UK’ edition on – that worked;-)

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