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Gordon Kerr Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Partisan Heart (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Rats and Squealers (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poetry Writers' Yearbook (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killers in Cold Blood (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Timetraveller's Guide to Georgian London (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Art Nouveau (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Impressionists. (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pirates: Derring-do on the High Seas (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeline of World History (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeline History of the World (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Professional Killers (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeline Of Britain (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Australian Slang (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Houses of Death: Horrific Secrets Behind Closed Doors (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hotels of Death: The Famous Checked In But Never Checked Ou (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeline of Kings & Queens : From Charlemagne to Elizabeth II (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leaders Who Changed the World (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fugitives: Dramatic accounts of life on the run (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goners: The Final Hours of the Notable and Notorious (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Softies (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeline of the Sixties (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of Europe: From Charlemagne to the Treaty of Lisbon (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evil Psychopaths (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great British Losers: A Compendium of National Embarrassments from the Great Auk to Eddie the Eagle (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets of Italy (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Sweet Rose (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mapping the Trail of a Crime: How Experts Use Geographic Profiling to Solve the World's Most Notorious Cases (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treacherous Women - Sex, temptation and betrayal (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spree Killers: Ruthless Perpetrators of Mass Murder (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fugitives from Justice : Audacious Bids for Freedom (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hostages and Hijackers: A Modern History - Munich, Hearst, Aldo Moro, Iranian Embassy, Iranian Hostages, Buckley, Terry Waite, Betancourt, Beslan, Alan Johnston (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kidnapped!: Abduction, Hostages and Hijacking (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notorious Fugitives : Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Insane Body Snatchers: Kidnapping, Torture and Sexual Abuse (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fugitives on the Run : Keeping Ahead of Retribution (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hostages (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Claude Monet Masterpieces. (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient and Medieval Traitors - Back-stabbers, turncoats and conspirators (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Australian Serial Killers (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
World Serial Killers - Manson, Bundy, Olson, Sells, Son of Sam, Kemper, Stayner, Jack the Ripper, Brady, Hindley, West, Shipman, Glover, Dupas, Birnie, ... Denyer, Milat, Barraza, Lopez (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Serial Killers - They just can't stop themselves (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Traitors and Spies: Spooks, sleepers and sabotage (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mafia Men: Hoodwinkers, Suckers and Scams (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
European Serial Killers - Evil on the edge of society (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Leaders of the Last 100 Years - A century that changed the world (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Historic Leaders who Changed the World: Monarchs, Presidents and Despots (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Leaders who Changed the Ancient World - Philosophers, Prophets and Commanders (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Leaders who Changed the Medieval World - Emperors, Tyrants and Saints (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Leaders of the 19th Century - Heroes, Outlaws and Demagogues (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of Africa: From the Origins of the Human Race to the Arab Spring (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Art Deco Fashion Masterpieces (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen: Secrets & Celebrations of Her Majesty (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad Dogs: The Most Vicious Men Who Ever Lived (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
College Killers : School Shootings in North America and Europe - Columbine, Jonesboro, Bath, Thurston, Red Lake, Virginia, Pontiac's Rebellion, Texas Tower, Beslan, Erfurt, Dunblane (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakout - The Great Prison Escapes - Alcatraz, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, Bundy, Biggs and the Great Train Robbery, Texas Seven, Blake, Hinds, Sheppard, Ramensky, Billy Hayes, Dengler (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeline of the Popes : A History from St Peter to Francis I -- Rome, Vatican, Catholic, Cardinal, Papal Election, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book of Firsts (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of the First World War: Land, Sea Air, 1914-1918 (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of Brazil: From Pre-Colonial Peoples to Modern Economic Miracle (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of the Vietnam War (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of the Middle East: From Ancient Empires to Islamic State (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Godsplice (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Short History of India: From the Earliest Civilisations and Myriad Kingdoms, to Today's Economic Powerhouse (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are You Smarter Than a Millennial? (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are You Smarter Than a Baby Boomer? (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short History of the Victorian Era (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pocket Essential Introduction to Religion (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War that Never Ended: A Short History of the Korean War (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
British Traitors (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Best Kept Secrets Books

Best-Kept Secrets of Italy (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best-Kept Secrets of Europe (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Masterpieces of Art Books

William Morris (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Japanese Woodblocks (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
J.M.W. Turner (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illuminated Manuscripts (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Art Deco Fashion (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paul Klee (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gustav Klimt (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claude Monet (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edvard Munch (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pre-Raphaelites (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glasgow Boys (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scottish Colourists (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Gordon Kerr
Gordon Kerr is a non-fiction author known for his thought-provoking true crime, history, and art novels. Kerr also has a few travel and humor books to his name. A Short History of China remains one of the author’s most outstanding works followed closely by the Houses of Death. While he has an impressive list of published works, Kerr didn’t start writing until much later in life. The Scottish-born author worked in the wine trade, publishing, and bookselling before delving full time into writing. Kerr has a wife and is also a father of two. The family lives in Hampshire and other times in South West France.

Houses of Death
Houses of Death focuses on some locations where the most horrendous crimes were committed. Imagine if the 25 Cromwell Street house walls had ears? What could they have heard about the people who were brutally tortured, murdered, and buried in this house? Serial killers Rose and Fred West lived in this house, and during their stay, they killed at least 12 women before the law caught up with them. The women were mostly young, and they were dismembered before they were buried in the cellar. After the serial killers were jailed, the house was torn down because souvenir hunters couldn’t stop getting in to collect memorabilia or items for sale.

While many years may pass after the crime, the houses where these are committed retain the haunted house feel. Somehow, anyone who goes into these houses can feel the fear, horror, and disgust in the air. This book explores such dwellings, ranging from small apartments like Jaffrey Dahmer’s to massive castles like one the Countess Erzsebet Bathory lived in. The author also takes a look at numerous prisons where serial killers call home, and more crime has been committed much to the shock of law enforcement officers. While the media covered most of these stories, it has been a while since they happened, so most of them may be new to you.

One outstanding thing about this book is that it doesn’t go into details about the gruesome murders. This is not to say this is a book for the squeamish, far from it. Reading these stories exposes the other side of the human race, the side that has no respect for life, and someone can kill another just for the thrill. The author’s writing is flawless, and even though there are different locations covered, the book gets more intense, the more you read these stories. Fortunately, the book is about 190 pages long, so you can gobble it all and not feel emotionally drained by its end.

Houses of Death is a chilling yet unique read. The author takes the reader on a journey to different parts of the world into the homes where the most ruthless killers inhabited. In total, the book covers 38 infamous houses. For each house, the author gives a brief history, an overview of the place and the people who lived in it. If you love crime stories and are looking for something out of the ordinary, this book is perfect. It is also an excellent buy for historical crime lovers. Each story covers just a few pages, so the book is quite short.

A Short History of China
A Short History of China is an absorbing, comprehensive, yet brief introduction to over 4000 years of China’s history. The author talks about the despots, tyrants, warriors, artists, philosophers, and the femme’s fatales that have shaped this complex nation for centuries. How did China enjoy technological advances and scientific discoveries hundreds of years before other superpowers made the same inventions? What is it that sets China apart? This book will answer all these questions and much more.

It is no secret that a lot of China’s history and discoveries remain a mystery to the world. The country’s relationship with others has also been a topic in the media for a while. This book investigates how the Chinese view the world and the philosophies and aspirations that guide most of the nation’s actions. Who are the country’s enemies and friends, and what has led to the current alliances?

This book starts with a general introduction to various dynasties that sets a historical foundation for the country. Once you have a solid background, the author then introduces seven chapters and an epilogue. The first chapter covers geography and a brief on history. This continues into the second chapter, where the author chronologically outlines China’s history from the Neolithic times to the modern era. Throughout the other chapters, the book highlights China’s efforts to rise to the global superpower it is today. All the information is fair, balanced, and, best of all, informative.

The author has taken a keen interest in the dramatic events of the last few decades that has seen China turn into an industrial and economic superpower of the 21st century. What is it that China has done differently when compared to others in the same league? How does the future of China look in relation to the current situation? The author answers such questions, and amazingly all this is done in 160 pages. The flawless narration and the author’s way with words makes this an intriguing read into a country that many fear and admire in equal measure.

A Short History of China is a great and fascinating introduction to China. The book is so well written that it delivers a concise, riveting, and informative narrative documenting the major highlights of China’s civilization. If you are looking for a sprawling yet short introduction to China, this book is ideal. Its sheer breadth is astonishing, to say the least, and it’s incredible how the author explains some of the cultural practices. The good thing is that this doesn’t read like a history book, so there are no dull moments. If you are curious about China and its people, you can use this book as a guide on the main events, times, and people to focus on.

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