Author Page – Mike Carden and Michael Carden

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I write humorous books of my cycle travels as Mike Carden and historical novels as Michael Carden. I hope you enjoy all of them!

You can find out more on the About Me page.

Bike Ride Books

by Mike Carden

There are three books in this series of humorous cycling travelogues, with reviews such as “Warm, well observed, unpretentious and very funny.”

You can read more on the whole Bike Ride Books story here, or click on the books below for more on each book. All are available on Amazon.

Mike Carden and Michael Carden - Author Page - Bike Ride Books

The Full English

Pedalling through England, Mid-Life Crisis and Truly Rampant Man-Flu

‘The sort of book that can put a smile on your face even when it is cold, grey Winter outside.’

A Bit Scott-ish

Pedalling through Scotland in Search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake

‘Loaded with yet more laughs, yes, but also pathos and a certain infectious wonderment at the sheer diversity of humankind.

A Lake District Grand Tour

Pedalling through Lakeland:
The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones

A sense of humour in abundance.

Alfred of Wessex

by Michael Carden

Book One: Inheritance


Book Two: Vengeance

Reviews for ‘Alfred of Wessex, Book One: Inheritance

  • First class book regarding Alfred King of Wessex. Action packed. Brilliant storyline. ”
  • Gripping.
  • If you’re a fan of “The Last Kingdom” this is one for you.
  • Great writing and storytelling. I’m waiting patiently for the second book.

Reviews for ‘Alfred of Wessex, Book Two: Vengeance

  • A fantastic follow up from the first in the trilogy.
  • Excellent read, finished in 3 days.
  • It’s a cracking book, you have done it again.”
  • 5* at least. Excellent book as well as part 1.

Alfred of Wessex is based around real historical events during the defence of Anglo-Saxon Wessex, as viking raids turned into full-scale invasion by the pagan Danes.

The novel is the story of Alfred, youngest brother of the Kings of Wessex, who only centuries later would be known as ‘Alfred the Great’.

Alfred of Wessex. Book One: Inheritance

The Kingdom of Wessex is under threat of invasion from the Danes and is divided by rivalries. A young Alfred is thrust into the midst of war and intrigue.

In Inheritance, the first book in the series, the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria and East Anglia face a gathering storm of Danes threatening destruction and occupation.

Amongst all this, the Kingdom of Wessex is split by rivalries. Who should be King and lead the defence of the Kingdom? How can Wessex avoid catastrophe: is this the end of Wessex itself?

Book One is available on Amazon as an e-book and paperback and on Kindle Unlimited.

Alfred of Wessex. Book Two: Vengeance

In the second book the story continues with a new invasion by the Danes, while Wessex remains divided.

Alfred of Wessex, Book Two: Vengeance is also available as a paperback, e-book and on Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon ratings for Book One and Book Two, February 2024

Read more:

The books


Map of Alfred’s Wessex

Writing Alfred of Wessex

Historical Notes

Alfred and Anglo-Saxon books


Resources for Anglo-Saxon England

Cover image and design

Buying Alfred of Wessex – Amazon link

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