Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein was born 1797. The book was originally published anonymously. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley Read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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I Can't Begin to Tell You Elizabeth Buchan
A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in the Second World War. If you are wanting a happy ending don’t touch this. English-born Kay, married to a Dane, gets involved with... Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
The Aftermath Rhidian Brook
World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find a fresh take in this exquisite novel. It’s 1946 and there’s an uneasy tension in Hamburg between the occupying forces, hunting war criminals... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
Alphabet House Jussi Adler-Olsen
August 2014 eBook of the Month.
Absolutely fascinating and riveting, this powerful read draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. Although partially... Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2014
The Vanishing Witch Karen Maitland
August 2014 eBook of the Month.
Set against the Peasants’ Revolt and the poll tax (yes, they had one in the 1380s), this is an... Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
In Love and War Alex Preston
August 2014 eBook of the Month.
A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
White Feathers Susan Lanigan
Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a ‘Cinderella’ story, the first part, so gently and simply told by the author, almost lulls you into a false sense of security before World War One sticks it’s fearsome and harrowing boot... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2014
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
Since its publication in 1993 Birdsong has established itself as one of the most important novels of recent years. A novel that brings alive the horrors of war and the redemptive power of love there are few books that... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Heretic 1536: Who Will Survive the New World Order? Henry Vyner-Brooks
A novel of espionage, romance and intrigue set in 1536 amidst the dissolution of the monasteries. Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fuelled by greed and decorated with bouts of feasting, smuggling and jailbreak.
A 'Piece... Format: Paperback - Released: 22/08/2013
Treachery S. J. Parris
The fourth in the series featuring Giordano Bruno, mathematician, philosopher, heretic and spy, and solver of murders in Elizabethan England. In previous novels Bruno encountered John Dee, Nostradamus and Walsingham. He’s good friends with Philip Sidney (historically rumoured to be... Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
Beating for Light Geoff Akers
A convincing and impressive fictional account using known facts, to portray the life of Isaac Rosenberg, a poet and painter most famous for his provocative poems from the trenches in World War One. The author portrays a socially inept and... Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2006
Of Winter's Cost Geoff Akers
Oh my word! This is an impactive, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time, that of oppression and genocide. Simply and starkly told, this... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2013
The Vanishing Witch Karen Maitland
Set against the Peasants’ Revolt and the poll tax (yes, they had one in the 1380s), this is an involved, long, medieval drama of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. We are in Lincoln in the family of a... Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
The Ruby Slippers Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday reality filled with exquisite loss and longing. With harrowing memories of the savagery of Nazi Germany, tantalising... Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
The Way You Look Tonight Richard Madeley
Not until she was 16 did Stella Arnold learn the full truth about her father, how handsome, charming James turned out to be a cold-blooded, psychotic extortionist, racketeer and killer. Knowing now what her father was capable of, she decides... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
Monsoon Mists Christina Courtenay
Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought...It's 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past - from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India. In India he starts a new life... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
The Far Side of the Sun Kate Furnivall
Twenty-three-year-old Dodie Wyatt thought she had escaped her turbulent past - but one night her peace is shattered when she chooses to help a man she finds stabbed in an alleyway. On the other side of Nassau, wealthy diplomat's wife... Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
Savage Magic Lloyd Shepherd
It's 1814 and the streets of London's Covent Garden are at the centre of a dark trade, enticing rich and poor alike with a cocktail of gin and beer and sex. Behind their own fashionable private doors in the surrounding... Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
Force of Kings Christian Cameron
Twin monarchs Satyrus and Melitta have worked hard, seen much blood shed and many good friends die to secure their fertile kingdom on the Black Sea. But as the colossal conflict between Alexander the Great's former generals to inherit his... Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
Csardas Diane Pearson
CSARDAS - taken from the name of the Hungarian national dance - follows the fortunes of the enchanting Ferenc sisters from their glittering beginnings in aristocratic Hungary, through the traumas of two World Wars. From the dazzling elegance of coming-out... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
The King's Curse Philippa Gregory
The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon... Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
Before the Fall Juliet West
A compelling, moving tale of a love affair, set in the East End during World War 1 and inspired by an unforgettable true story A great war. A powerful love. An impossible choice. I think the war is everywhere: in... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
Masters of Rome Robert Fabbri
Britannia, 45 AD: Vespasian's brother, Sabinus, is captured by druids. The druids want to offer a potent sacrifice to their gods - not just one Roman Legate, but two. They know that Vespasian will come after his brother and they... Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
The Girl Next Door Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the present where a group of children, who used to play... Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
The First Horseman D. K. Wilson
1536. In the corrupt heart of Tudor London a killer waits in the shadows...The Real Crime Before dawn on a misty November morning in 1536, prominent mercer Robert Packington was gunned down as he crossed Cheapside on his way to... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
The Fair Fight Anna Freeman
Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice ...Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a... Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
Enemy of Rome Douglas Jackson
In the dry heat of an August morning Gaius Valerius Verrens wakes filthy and bearded and prepares for his last day on earth. Wrongly accused by enemies on his own side, Valerius is destined to die a coward's death for... Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
The Barefoot Queen Ildefonso Falcones
1748, Seville: Caridad, a recently freed Cuban slave, wanders the streets of the city. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When she meets Milagro Carmona - a young, rebellious gypsy - the two women are instantly... Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
The Towers of Samarcand James Heneage
A select band of soldiers led by Luke Magoris are given the mission of persuading Tamerlane to defend Constantinople. The great conqueror must turn his forces to the West to fight the Ottomans, who otherwise would destroy Constantinople and the... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Railwayman's Wife Ashley Hay
Savour every second of this stunning novel, take your time, don't rush, don't miss a single solitary word. The setting, Thirroul in Australia at the end of the Second World War, is described with such heartrending and vibrant beauty, you... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
The Devil's Workshop Alex Grecian
We are back in London for the third in this terrific series of early police detection in The Murder Squad. Full of the smells and dirt of the Victorian underworld contrasting with the opulence of the grand drawing rooms, this... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
TransAtlantic Colum Mccann
In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird Conn Iggulden
The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the TV drama The White Queen looked at the period from the female point of view, this is the male’s angle. It tries to make sense of... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Historical fiction is such a great way to experience the past. It’s fascinating, thrilling and you learn from it. Wonderful! The best way to make sure you’re ahead of history is through our emails, which will guide you to the latest and best so you can...
Travel back to ancient Egypt (Christian Jacq) or real life in 18th Century London (Maureen Waller)... Experience the terrifying menace of Vesuvius (Robert Harris) or get a fix on Troy as it actually was (Michael Wood)... Play politics at the mercurial court of Henry VIII (Philippa Gregory) or watch as the Romanov dynasty self-destructs (Carolly Erickson)... Analyse Napoleon’s misguided march on Moscow (Adam Zamoyski) or share an ordinary soldier’s experience of the Great War (Richard Holmes)...
The Thread Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader,...
Expo 58 Jonathan Coe
The master of social satire turns to the Cold War for his latest comedy and has the hapless Thomas Foley way out of his depth in a Brussels staging the...
Ace, King, Knave Maria McCann
A lush, sumptuous and vivid historical novel, the language is exquisite, the storytelling brilliant, the characters engaging and the humanity palpable. Ace, King, Knave is full of all the shallow...
Insurrection Robyn Young
Out now in paperback, the epic beginning of the new trilogy from the fastest-growing author in historical fiction.
Hannibal: Clouds of War Ben Kane
As Rome's war with Carthage continues, two friends - now on opposing sides - confront each other in one of the most brutal sieges of all time. A new Hannibal...
Her Grace's Passion M. C. Beaton
Matilda, Duchess of Hadshire, was a virtual prisoner of a cruel husband who romanced his mistress right under the duchess' nose. Her only joy was dreaming of the handsome Earl...
Hereward: Wolves of New Rome James Wilde
1072 - The great battle has been lost. King William stands victorious. And for the betrayed and abandoned English rebels, the price of their crushing defeat is cruel: exile. Cut...
The Last Banquet Jonathan Grimwood
Starting life in the gutter, Jean-Marie d'Aumout rises through the ranks of eighteenth-century French society propelled by his wits and an obsession with finding the perfect taste. But beyond the...
The Miniaturist Jessie Burton
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month.
A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a...
Plague C. C. Humphreys
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The French Executioner, this is an epic and thrilling tale of a serial killer who threatens London's rich and poor during the Great Plague...
River of Stars Guy Gavriel Kay
In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China's Tang Dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits...
Rome's Fallen Eagle Robert Fabbri
Rome, AD41. Caligula has been assassinated and the Praetorian Guard have proclaimed Claudius Emperor - but his position is precarious. His three freedmen, Narcissus, Pallas and Callistus, must find a...
The Sea Garden Deborah Lawrenson
Present day. On a lush Mediterranean island off the French coast, Ellie has accepted a commission to restore an abandoned garden. It seems idyllic, but the longer Ellie spends at...
Sword of Rome Douglas Jackson
the Emperor Nero's erratic and bloody reign is in its death throes when Gaius Valerius Verrens is dispatched to Rome on a mission that will bring it to a close....
Tower Lord Anthony Ryan
THE REALM BURNS. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the...
The Visitors Rebecca Mascull
What a delightful book. Full of action, drama and emotion, it is a wonderful, inspiring read. Furthermore the writing is stunningly beautiful. It is about Adeliza who is both blind...
The Windsor Faction D. J. Taylor
Terrific . (Daily Mail). Tremendous . (Guardian). Page-turning . (The Times). Gripping . (Daily Telegraph). Autumn 1939. In an alternative world, where Edward VIII still sits on the throne, storm...
Night Train to Jamalpur Andrew Martin
Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was first introduced to us in 2002 in The Necropolis Railway. This is now his ninth adventure and as you can see, we are in...
Survivor Lesley Pearse
The third in the Belle series but you really do not need to have read the earlier two. This follows Mari from New Zealand to London on the brink of...
The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan
Violet is half-American, half-Chinese, and in the turn of the century Shanghai, as the revolution looms, she is separated from her mother and becomes a courtesan. We follow both women...
Renegade Robyn Young
The second novel in the bestselling INSURRECTION trilogy, an epic new historical novel from the author of BRETHREN.
The Lost Duchess Jenny Barden
Emme Fifield has fallen about as far as a gentlewoman can. Once a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, her only hope of surviving the scandal that threatens to engulf her is...
Ostland David Thomas
Surrounded by evil, how long can one man's good intentions last? February 1941, Berlin: A murderer is on a killing spree. The Murder Squad is in the midst of the...
The Dress Thief Natalie Meg Evans
Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret:...
Cavendon Hall Barbara Taylor Bradford
A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of two sons and four daughters of the sixth Earl of Mowbray and the...
The Late Scholar Jill Paton Walsh
Peter Wimsey is pleased to discover that along with a Dukedom he has inherited the duties of 'visitor' at an Oxford college.When the fellows appeal to him to resolve a...
The Liar's Daughter Laurie Graham
Nan's mother loves to tell her daughter stories, though the details vary according to how much she has drunk. The tale she tells most often claims that Admiral Lord Nelson...
The Undertaking Audrey Magee
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
An exceptional and totally engrossing debut novel, viewing WWII from an unfamiliar perspective. We are introduced to an ordinary family in extraordinary...
Marriage Game Alison Weir
The relationship between the young Elizabeth I and the dashing but married Lord Robert Dudley is the most extraordinary and controversial of royal love affairs. Whether the self-styled Virgin Queen...
The Dante Club Matthew Pearl
Before Inferno came The Dante Club. The captivating thriller from the writer whose fans include Dan Brown, Jed Rubenfeld, Kate Mosse and Tess Gerritsen Boston, 1865. A small group of...
Burial Rites Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
An historical dual-narrative tale set in Iceland in 1829 where three, two women and a man, are sentenced for killing two men....
Kingdom Robyn Young
Fans of Robyn Young will know of her superb research for this is the concluding volume of an epic trilogy of Robert the Bruce, so the first half of the...
The Art of Killing Well Marco Malvaldi
The nineteenth century is drawing to a close. Pellegrino Artusi, Italy's first celebrity chef, has travelled the length and breadth of the country compiling his masterpiece, The Science of Cooking...
Bittersweet Colleen Mccullough
The queen of the epic story has come up trumps with this powerful historical novel about two sets of twins; four sisters - all attractive, headstrong, clever yet vulnerable –...
The Walls of Byzantium James Heneage
This sweeping historical novel is shaped by the quest for a mysterious relic, guarded through generations, and by one man that might yet save the threatened Byzantine empire. In an...
Anyush Martine Madden
A compelling, heartrending tale of love, loss and survival intertwined within the factual base of the Armenian genocide. This thought provoking story is set in a period of atrocities that...
Coming Home Sue Gee
Spring, 1947. In a few months' time the British flag will be lowered all over India, and with Independence thousands of those who made their lives there - as planters,...
The Moon Field Judith Allnatt
A lovely story, beautifully told and very sad for this is World War I and the tale of a boy, George Farrell, who loved above his station. The descriptions of...
Murder Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended.
A sequel to the outstanding Mayhem, in which Victorian police surgeon Thomas Bond came to grips with Jack...
The Twelve Children of Paris Tim Willocks
Paris, August 23rd, 1572. What do you do when your wife disappears. In the middle of the bloodiest massacre in European history and you know she is about to give...
Songs of Willow Frost Jamie Ford
June 2014 Book of the Month.
A bittersweet tale that fluctuates back and forth between 1921 and 1934. It follows an orphan Chinese...
The Pagan Lord Bernard Cornwell
This is the sort of book that once started you resent having to put it down so don’t begin it too late at night. It is the seventh in the...
Jack of Spies David Downing
This begins a World War I spy series where, as a luxury car salesman, Jack McColl has perfect cover for travelling the world and so is ideally placed for spying...
The Soldier's Daughter Rosie Goodwin
A poignant and moving story, that allows you to travel back in time to the Second World War, to experience rationing, air raids and evacuation alongside the characters. The author...
The Great King Christian Cameron
A well-researched and delightfully written account of the time after the Battle of Marathon and up to the time of Thermopylae seen through the eyes of a slave-cum-warrior Arimnestos. It...
The General C. S. Forester, Sir Max Hastings
A superb yet neglected novel, 'The General' is the most vivid, moving - and devastating - word-portrait of a World War One British commander ever written, here re-introduced by Max...
Very Long Engagement Sebastien Japrisot
During the First World War five French soldiers, accused of a cowardly attempt to evade duty, are bundled into no-man's land and certain death. Five bodies are later recovered, the...
The Summer Queen Elizabeth Chadwick
Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over eight hundred years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on...
Under the Wide and Starry Sky Nancy Horan
At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium to study art, with her three children...
The Wedding Gift Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Set in the Deep South pre Gone with the Wind and the Civil War, The Wedding Gift is a compelling and powerful story of slavery, abuse and passion. Perfect for...
The White Russian Vanora Bennett
This title comes from the author of Midnight in St Petersburg, a novel of love, art, music and family secrets set amongst the Russian emigre community of Paris in 1937....
Written in My Own Heart's Blood Diana Gabaldon
The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser...
Knights of the Hawk James Aitcheson
The third novel in the compelling Conquest series (1066: The Bloody Aftermath) from the author of Sworn Sword. It is perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwall, Simon Scarrow and Ben...
Grail Knight Angus Donald
A home burned When past crimes resurface, Sir Alan Dale, loyal lieutenant of the Earl of Locksley - better known as the murderous thief Robin Hood - faces terrible vengeance...
The Spider of Sarajevo Robert Wilton
A fast-paced and fascinating tale which draws the reader into the pre-war spying world. In the months leading up to the declaration of war, four unlikely new agents, three men...