Philip Yorke has a passion for history, particularly the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (known as the 'English Civil Wars').
Set in the bloody and brutal seventeenth century, Rebellion and Redemption are the first instalments in the five-novel Hacker Chronicles. They tell the remarkable story of the life of Francis Hacker, an officer in the Parliamentarian army and a friend and confidante to Oliver Cromwell.
The series has captivated the imagination of readers in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. Regicide, the third instalment, is currently being researched and written.
In June 2023, a one-off novel – Sunshine on My Mind – will be published, telling the story of 12-year-old Tony as he embarks on an eventful two-week holiday in August 1977. It captures the essence of a time that today’s youngsters will never experience: the freedom to roam without danger, being happy with what you’ve got; and being blessed with an innate understanding of how to make your own fun.
Rebellion (Book One of the Hacker Chronicles)
It is 1643.
The bloody English Civil War has been raging for almost a year and Parliament is facing catastrophic defeat.
In desperation, it orders army officer, Francis Hacker, to spearhead an audacious plot to bring down the tyrant, King Charles.
Courageous and loyal, Hacker is drawn into a deadly deceit that could cost him everything he holds most dear…
Redemption (Book Two of the Hacker Chronicles)
Saturday, the second day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1644, will be long remembered by the men and women committed to ending the reign of a tyrannical King. For on this day, the forces of Charles the First have been crushed on the bloody fields of Marston Moor.
The calamitous defeat forces the increasingly desperate Royalists to intensify their attempts to bring about the immediate demise of their Parliamentarian enemies. This includes devising an audacious plan to assassinate the man they believe is key to the war’s outcome.
With the plotters ready to strike, Francis Hacker, one of Parliament’s most loyal soldiers, becomes aware of the conspiracy. With little time to act, he does everything in his power to frustrate their plans. But, alas, things start to unravel when brave Hacker finds himself pitted against a ruthless and cunning mercenary, a man who will resort to anything to achieve a ‘kill’.
Sunshine on My Mind
It was a time when Elvis was king, Iceland had recently won the bitter 'Cod Wars' – and Hull City started a new football season that would ultimately end in relegation.
For 12-year-old Tony, it meant going to East Yorkshire for two weeks of holiday and spending time with caring relatives who doted on him.
All the ingredients were in place for a memorable vacation. After all, what could possibly go wrong in just 14 days?