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Jacob's Folly Rebecca Miller
March 2014 Book of the Month.
From the author of the Richard and Judy bestseller, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, comes a brilliantly original novel about love, family and human folly.... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Queen's Gambit Elizabeth Fremantle
March 2014 Book of the Month.
Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. The story begins with her being ordered to attend court after the death of her first husband and takes... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
My Notorious Life Kate Manning
March 2014 Book of the Month.
Told by Madam X herself, one Axie Muldoon, this vivid tale is based on a true one. Axie’s voice is angry, urgent, colourful and descriptive. Despite the... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
The Queen's Man Rory Clements
March 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal servant Boltfoot on a mission... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Mangle Street Murders M. R. C. Kasasian
March 2014 eBook of the Month.
Love him or hate him, this star ‘personal’ detective Sidney Grice is certainly an interesting character. We are period, 1882, so a tongue-in-cheek, quirky, Victorian romp. Sidney’s... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Queen of Four Kingdoms HRH Princess Michael, of Kent
Not easy to get into but, once you do, this book’s historical details and intriguing story (which will no doubt be new to many readers) are enjoyable. A fun historical romp, lovers of serious historical fiction would do well to... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Ruby Slippers Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought provoking debut novel, whichimmediately becomes acompulsive 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 glimpses... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
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 – all training as nurses in Australia during the 1920s. Colleen... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
Revenger Rory Clements
From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes REVENGER, the second in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times
The John Shakespeare series:
1.... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
Burial Rites Hannah Kent
Longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's 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. We follow the narrative of the “jealous” woman as she... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Martyr Rory Clements
Martyr is the first in the acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series by Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award.
Click here to see the new book in the John Shakespeare series, Format: Paperback - Released: 21/01/2010
Prince Rory Clements
A compelling murder mystery set within the splendour and intrigue of the Elizabethan age.
The John Shakespeare series:
5. The Heretics
6. The Queen's Man Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
Traitor Rory Clements
From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes Traitor, the fourth in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times
The John Shakespeare series:
1.... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/01/2013
A Wolf in Hindelheim Jenny Mayhew
This is an atmospheric and gripping novel from an exciting new voice for fans of The Snow Child and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. South-West Germany, 1926. The disappearance of a baby girl calls... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
The Lives of Stella Bain Anita Shreve
Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory: she... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
The Undertaking Audrey Magee
Longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's 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 times; they make some perplexing and disturbing decisions, is this... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/02/2014
One Night in Winter Simon Sebag Montefiore
If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead.... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Atonement of Blood Peter Tremayne
Winter, 670 AD. King Colgu has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. The gathering is interrupted by a religieux claiming that he has an important message for the King. Suddenly, the man, shouting... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
In the Light of Morning Tim Pears
It is May 1944 and in Eastern Europe the Second World War is reaching a dramatic and bloody crescendo. High above the mountains of occupied Slovenia an aeroplane drops three British parachutists - brash MP Major Jack Farwell, radio operator... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/02/2014
The Orchardist Amanda Coplin
At the turn of the 20th century, in a remote stretch of Northwest America, a solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were his children. One day, two teenage girls steal his fruit at the market.... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
The Scandalous Duchess Anne O'Brien
Before the Tudors came the most shocking affair in Royal history...1372: The Savoy Palace, London. Katherine Swynford is back in court for the first time since becoming a widow. John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Prince and newly married, is waiting for... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2014
A King's Ransom Sharon Penman
From the New York Times bestselling author comes the stunning sequel to Lionheart Travelling home from the bloody battlefields of the Holy Land, the Crusader King Richard the Lionheart is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean after an encounter with pirates. He... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
The Son Philipp Meyer
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs,... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Balloonist James Long
Lieutenant Willy Sholto, invalided out of the Royal Flying Corps, has been delegated the most dangerous job on the Western Front - a balloon observer hanging under a gasbag filled with explosive hydrogen, four thousand feet above the Ypres Salient,... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
Shakespeare's Rebel C. C. Humphreys
1599. London is on the brink of revolution...But John Lawley - England's finest swordsman - just wants to be left alone to win back the heart of the woman he loves. And to design the fight scenes for the magnificent... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
The Seven Streets of Liverpool Maureen Lee
Pearl Street in Liverpool has already seen its share of drama and tragedy in the opening years of the War, but as the residents prepare for Christmas 1942, its spirit and friendship in adversity binds them closely together. Since her... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
Rebel Bride Elizabeth Moss
He is under her spell...Hugh Beaufort, favoured courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated and brave. And Hugh is fascinated by her - despite... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
The May Bride Suzannah Dunn
I didn't stand a chance: looking back over thirteen years, that's what I see. In the very first instant, I was won over, and of course I was: I was fifteen and had been nowhere and done nothing, whereas Katherine... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
The Last Viking Berwick Coates
With the death of Edward the Confessor, the crown of England is hanging in the balance. And in the north Harald Hadrada, the Norwegian Viking leader, is determined to take his chance of capturing the country. But Harold will not... Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
The Illusionists Rosie Thomas
From the bestselling author of the phenomenally successful The Kashmir Shawl London 1870. A terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her the stifling if respectable conventionality of... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
A Dark and Distant Shore Reay Tannahill
Reay Tannahill's great bestseller is the story of an extraordinary woman's determination to win back her birthright - the remote and beautiful West Highland castle of Kinveil - sold by her father to a Glasgow merchant when she was seven... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
The Dead Can Wait Robert Ryan
Dr John Watson is fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields and back home for some much needed R&R. But deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks. For enemy spies have inflitrated the home... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2014
The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
5 January 1800. At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2013
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 Book Thief Markus Zusak
The author wrote this for his children so they might better understand the horror of the Nazification of Germany. Written in a light, simplistic style, narrated by Death and centred...
A Burnable Book Bruce Holsinger
February 2014 Debut of the Month.
A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems...
The Tournament Matthew Reilly
February 2014 eBook of the Month.
The game in question is chess, the board Constantinople and the prize, a broader education for Elizabeth...
The Double Shadow Sally Gardner
What if you could capture your memories and store them safely, then edit out the bad bits and live forever in the good parts of your past? That is what...
Spilt Milk Amanda Hodgkinson
The second novel from historical novelist Amanda Hodgkinson whose debut 22 Britannia Road garnered lots of praise and attention. Beginning in early 20th century Suffolk and moving through to...
Above All Things Tanis Rideout
In the Himalayas two climbers strike out for the summit of the Earth's highest mountain - aiming to be the first to the top. In Cambridge, a wife collects the...
Dodger James Benmore
The Artful Dodger is back! Returning to the page for the first time in 175 years, London's most skilled and charismatic thief is back to ply his trade on the...
Gretel and the Dark Eliza Granville
Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's dazzling novel of darkness, evil - and hope. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta...
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...
Liverpool Angels Lyn Andrews
Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Mae Strickland is only a few days old when her mother suddenly dies. Her aunt Maggie brings Mae up together with her...
An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris
From the bestselling author of Fatherland, a gripping historical thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army...
Paris Edward Rutherfurd
City of love. City of splendour. City of terror. City of dreams. Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale...
Reckless William Nicholson
1945. The Second World War has gone on too long. Shops are closed 'for the duration'. Trains run a restricted service 'for the duration'. Life has paused, for the duration....
Red Joan Jennie Rooney
Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists - to unworldly Joan it is dazzling. After a chance meeting with Russian-born Sonya and Leo, Joan is swept up...
The Riot Laura Wilson
1958: Notting Hill is sweltering in a heatwave. It's DI Stratton's new manor and a powder keg of racial tension. A rent collector is stabbed and a series of street...
The Road Between Us Nigel Farndale
1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for 'conduct unbecoming'; Anselm is deported home to Germany for 're-education' in a brutal...
Rome: The Art of War M. C. Scott
Rome: AD69, The Year of the Four Emperors. Three Emperors have ruled in Rome this year and a fourth, Vespasian, has been named in the East. As the legions march...
The Visitors Sally Beauman
Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother, eleven-year-old Lucy is caught up in the intrigue and excitement that surrounds the obsessive hunt...
A Wartime Wife Lizzie Lane
Trapped in a marriage to the wrong man...Struggling to make ends meet, Mary Anne Randall is offered no help by her drunk and abusive husband. A pawnbroking business run from...
The White Princess Philippa Gregory
The haunting story of the mother of the Tudors, Elizabeth of York, wife to Henry VII. Beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville - the White Queen -...
Will Christopher Rush
With great imagination, colour and skill, renowned writer and dramatist Christopher Rush takes the reader inside the mind of the world famous Bard of Avon through encounters with his lawyer...
After Flodden Rosemary Goring
Louise has lost her brother in one of Scotland’s most bloody defeats against the English. She turns to Patrick Paniter, who orchestrated the war, for help. Paniter is wracked with...
The Heretics Rory Clements
Walsingham spy now in the service of Sir Robert Cecil, John Shakespeare, older brother of William, finds his trusted band of fellow spies are being picked off one by one,...
A Cruel Fate Lindsey Davis
Martin Watts, a bookseller, is captured by Royalists. Jane Afton's brother Nat is taken too. They suffer inhumane treatment as prisoners-of-war. In Oxford Castle jailor William Smith tortures, beats, starves...
Treachery S. J. Parris
August, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a heretic fleeing the Inquisition, finds a new life working as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham. Along with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, Bruno travels...
The Month Before's Featured Books
Masaryk Station David Downing
An excellent series of period spy novels comes to an end with the sixth episode. I do urge you to read them all. We are now in Europe in 1948,...
Master of War David Gilman
England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow...
Manuscript Found in Accra Paulo Coelho
The incredible new novel from internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist. After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a manuscript holding the answers to a city's final questions is unearthed...
The Abominable Dan Simmons
Where to begin speaking about this amazing book? Like his earlier novel, The Terror, (similar in feel but unconnected to this) this Dan Simmons masterpiece is so much more than...
The Bull Slayer Bruce Macbain
CORRUPTION, BETRAYAL, MURDER: games the Romans play best. A turbulent frontier province, rotten with corruption and seething with hatred of Rome - a barbarian god whose devotees may include a...
The Great King Christian Cameron
Close your eyes and you could be in 5th-century Egypt. With his trademark ability to step into the shoes of his 5th-century protagonists, once again Christian Cameron plunges us headlong...
The Ill-Made Knight Christian Cameron
A knight, asking for directions to get lodgings from the gate captain, gets sent to the White Swan, Chaucer’s stamping ground. He is persuaded to recount his story. So from...
The Lie Helen Dunmore
January 2014 eBook of the Month.
A tale rooted in the sadness of the effect of World War I on those who returned....
Longbourn Jo Baker
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at...
The Other Typist Suzanne Rindell
Dull, unambitious Rose is whisked out of her predictable life by a work colleague. Odalie arrives in the New York 1920’s typing pool and Rose is completely infatuated. In a...
Secrets of the Sea House Elisabeth Gifford
Scotland, 1860. Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably...
The Spice Merchant's Wife Charlotte Betts
1666. Newly married to a wealthy spice merchant, Kate Finche believes all her dreams of a happy family life are just around the corner until the Great Fire rages through...
The Silversmith's Wife Sophia Tobin
The year is 1792 and it's winter in Berkeley Square. As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets and another eye in the back doors...
Traitor's Gate Michael Ridpath
Arriving in Nazi Germany, Englishman Conrad de Lancey feels sick at heart. Even Berlin - infamous haven of decadence and vice - salutes fascism. Himmler's black-shirted troops rule the city,...
The Tudor Bride Joanna Hickson
The thrilling story of Catherine de Valois - the French princess who became an English queen. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory. Even the greatest of queens have rules -...
Wake Anna Hope
Five Days in November, 1920: As the body of the Unknown Soldier makes its way home from the fields of Northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their...
Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts Mary Gibson
Factory girls fight for their loves, lives and rights in World War I Bermondsey. They call them the custard tarts - the girls who work at Pearce Duff's custard powder...
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...
Keane's Company Iain Gale
Meet James Keane of the 27th Foot: an ill-disciplined card sharp and ladies' man - and one of the finest soldiers of Wellington's army. Keane's task, assigned directly by Wellington,...
Hereward: End of Days James Wilde
England, 1071. Five years have passed since the crushing Norman victory at the Battle of Hastings. The country reels under the savage rule of the new king, the one they...