The First World War Battle of Loos is over and Lieutenant Maurice Brearley M.C. has sustained a severe injury to his leg.
He is sent to London for surgery and subsequently discharged from active service.
For the remainder of the First World War Maurice works with his affluent father in the munitions industry.
Maurice inherits the Budeholme Estate in the Yorkshire Wolds.
He marries a young heiress, Celia Madden.
Maurice and Celia commence the restoration of Budeholme House and Gardens.
As war in Europe looms, Maurice becomes a key adviser to those in the British government who see the need to re-arm.
As a major industrialist and arms manufacturer he knows what is at stake and is co-opted to the Ministry of Supply.
Depressed by Austerity Britain, Maurice and Celia inaugurate the Magnificent Britain contest which aims to encourage communities throughout the United Kingdom to achieve high standards of horticulture.
Knighted for his war work, Sir Maurice and his wife return from the south of France.
Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley open Budeholme Gardens to the public for the first time.
They always participate in the judging of the finals of the annual Magnificent Britain Gardening Competition.
After a life-time of public service, Sir Maurice Brearley dies aged seventy six.
Celebrity biographer Nigel Lush is commissioned to write the official biography of Sir Maurice Brearley to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of the Magnificent Britain competition.
The official biography is almost complete when Nigel receives information about Sir Maurice from an elderly First World War veteran, Leonard Stidges.
Leonard tells Nigel that the dull and respectable Sir Maurice Brearley is not what he seems.
"The man's a fraud," says Leonard. "A liar and a fraud!"
Read more.... Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007A4F71G
As I explained on Saturday, Magnificent Britain was the first book I published.
It's available in the Amazon Kindle Store http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007A4F71G and is "free" for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
The novel opens with an extract from the official guide to Budeholme House, Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley's magnificent estate and gardens in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Then celebrity biographer Nigel Lush is introduced.
His official biography of Sir Maurice is almost complete and ready for publication.
Unexpectedly, Nigel receives a phone call from Arnie Stidges asking him to interview Arnie's elderly father (Leonard Stidges) who wants to share information about Sir Maurice.
When Nigel meets the old war veteran he hears startling allegations about Sir Maurice.
Nigel travels to Yorkshire to discuss the proofs of the official biography with Sir Maurice's widow, Lady Celia.
What he finds out is shocking and disturbing.
This places Nigel in a terrible dilemma that forces him into a decision which changes his life forever.
[Guidance: Readers should be aware that the novel contains a few scenes of a sexual nature.]
Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007A4F71G