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Books published 2001 Onwards

While I can I do. Generals, Crooks and other relatives.
Sylvia MacCormick, as told to Alan Gill. Seaview Press, PO Box 234, Henley Beach, South Australia 5022, 2001. ISBN 1 74008 118 8..
The memoirs of Sylvia MacCormick/Crook/Brian nee Napier, born 26 December 1912 in England but living in Australia for many years. She makes claims to being related to some of the famous Napier Generals, but I (Charlie Napier) cannot yet find proof. A second edition was in the process of preparation when the "ghost writer", Alan Gill, a professional journalist in Australia, contacted me to verify the Napier claims. He declined to pass on my researches and comments on the Napier portions of the book to Mrs MacCormick at that time, but see notes on Second Edition below.

The Lure.
Bill Napier, Headline Book Publishing (a division of Hodder headline), 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, 2002. ISBN 0 7472 6923 8 (hardback), ISBN 0 7472 6924 6 (paperback).
Another science-fiction type thriller from the pen of Professor Bill Napier, this time about extra-terrestrial intelligence. Another good read.

While I can I do. Generals, Crooks and other relatives.
Sylvia MacCormick, as told to Alan Gill. Seaview Press, PO Box 234, Henley Beach, South Australia 5022. Second edition 2002. ISBN 1 74008 228 1 (hardback).
See notes to the first edition above. Alan Gill has incorporated, as an Appendix, the majority of Charlie Napier's comments so, although the text has not been changed, the information is at least contained within the book. Particular points within the "Napier" chapter of the book are referred to within "Endnotes".

Rifles. Six years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters.
Mark Urban, Faber and Faber Limited, 3 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AU, 2003. ISBN 0 571 21680 3.
The story of the 95th Rifle Regiment from 1809 (when it first went to Spain) to 1815 (the Battle of Waterloo). Two of the Napier brothers, Charles James and William Napier were majors and served in the Peninsular War and are mentioned in the book.

The Rise and Fall of the Knights Templar.
Gordon Napier, Spelmount Limited, The Old Rectory, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0AZ, 2003. ISBN 1 86227 199 2.
A History of the Medieval Order of the Temple written by an Aberdeen born Napier, a historian and artist now living in England.

Napier's History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern.
Tom Atkinson, Luath Press, Edinburgh, 2003. ISBN 1842820257. 2007 ISBN 9781905222018.
A history of the world-famous Edinburgh herbalist shop and clinic.

Admiral Sir Charles Napier & Merchiston Hall.
Steve Jones, Fuschia Publications, 43 Plaitford Grove, Havant, Hants PO9 4AT, 2004. ISBN 0 9546977 0 7.
Merchiston Hall, near Catherington, just north of Portsmouth, in the area of Horndean, Hampshire, was the name given to an existing farmhouse bought by Admiral Sir Charles Napier in 1836 and his home until his death in 1860. This is the story of the house, now the home of the Horndean Community Association, as well as Sir Charles and his neighbours. It contains many photographs and much genealogical information.

Attila or Attila: The Scourge of God.
William Napier, Orion Books Ltd., Orion House, 5 Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EA, 2005. ISBN 0 75286 112 3.
The first of three volumes of a fictionalised account of the life of Attila the Hun. This volume describes his banishment from his tribe and his growing up. To quote a review: "This is a rip-roaring account of the boyhood of Attila the Hun, a tale jam-packed with epic set pieces, bloody battles, a fair bit of history and the requisite lusty interludes . . . a gripping novel."

Summer of the Cicada.
Will Napier, Jonathan Cape, Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA, 2005. ISBN 0 224 07357 5.
A work of fiction by an American born Napier living in Fife at the time of publication, This is a novel set in Maryland, USA, about the troubling experiences of a teenage boy growing up with an abusive father and what happens when two young boys disappear from the community.

Clyde Built. Blockade Runners, Cruisers and Armoured Rams of the American Civil War.
Eric J Graham, Birlinn Limited, West Newington House, 10 Newington Road, Edinburgh EH9 1QS, 2006. ISBN10: 1 84158 424 X.
The contents are as described by the title. There are quite a few mentions of Robert Napier and Co.

A Royal Affair. George III and his Troublesome Siblings.
Stella Tillyard, Chatto & Windus, Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA, 2006. ISBN 07011 73068 or (from January 2007) 9780701173068.
The story of King George III and his troubles with his brothers and sisters as well as the problems of state that he has, especially with the American Colonies. Lady Sarah Lennox, the future wife of Colonel George Napier, features prominently.

Scotland's Great Ships.
Brian D Osborne and Ronald Armstrong, Luath Press Limited, Edinburgh, 2007. ISBN (10): 1 906307 04 0..
This book celebrates some of the most iconic ships in Scotland's history, from the Great Michael (1507) to the Royal Yacht Britannia (1953). Mention is made frequently of Robert Napier and his cousin David.

By Precision into Power. A Bicentennial Record of D Napier & Son.
Alan Vessey, Tempus Publishing Limited, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL52QG, 2007. ISBN-13: 978 0 7524 3888 7.
A whole succession of printing presses, machine tools, motorboats, aircraft, locomotives, automobiles and trucks have been powered by engines from the factories of D Napier & Son. From racing cars to weighing machines for the Bank of England, from world-class Deltic locomotives to the Napier Lion racing aircraft engine, the most powerful of the world's machines have been Napier powered. This volume tells the history of D Napier & Son from the company's beginning in Lambeth to the great works in Acton, north-west London. Other works were later located in Luton and Liverpool. At its peak 20,000 people worked for the Napier company, which in 2007 produced from the Siemens works at Lincoln.

Attila: The Gathering of the Storm.
William Napier, Orion Books Ltd., Orion House, 5 Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EA, 2007. ISBN 9780752881423.
The second of three volumes of a fictionalised account of the life of Attila the Hun. This volume deals with his return to his tribe and his development as a leader, followed by the start of his campaign of terror throughout Europe.

Attila: The Judgement.
William Napier, Orion Books Ltd., Orion House, 5 Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EA, 2008. ISBN 9780752893907.
The third and final volume of a fictionalised account of the life of Attila the Hun. To quote a review: "AD 499: the once mighty Roman Empire lies open to attack from the huge Hunnish army. Attila plans to march on Rome. Attila's choices play out on the plains of Europe where he must face his destiny . . .".


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