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Reader Reviewed Wars of the Roses: Trinity
Conn Iggulden
October 2014 Book of the Month. The second instalment following Stormbird. It is 1454, Henry VI is ill. Richard of York is Regent in conflict with Queen Margaret who is determined her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive, yet in a few paragraphs the author paints the four streets and its inhabitants so that they resonate vibrantly in your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Brothers in Blood
Simon Scarrow
Another excellent Macro and Cato adventure. Having been involved in the political machinations in Rome, the two friends are advised to go (are sent?) to Britain where the fight there is to subdue Caractacus. He is cleverly avoiding battle by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Serena
Ron Rash
George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town. But Serena is unlike any woman this town has ever seen: overseeing crews, and hunting rattlesnakes. So...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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
     

Reader Reviewed The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Mr Mac and Me
Esther Freud
It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs, the son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast. He is the youngest child, and the only son surviving. Life is quiet - shaped...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Miss Carter's War
Sheila Hancock
The actress’s first novel, we know she can write from her autobiographical work, the award-winning The Two of Us about her life with John Thaw amongst them. This is a chronicle of English society through the second half of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC). Bellman and Black is darkly, satisfyingly mysterious. Not quite as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Empty Throne
Bernard Cornwell
The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Fool's Gold
Zana Bell
Love - is it worth its weight in gold? It's 1866 and the gold rush is on. Left to fend for herself in the wilds of New Zealand's west coast, Lady Guinevere Stanhope is determined to do whatever it takes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

The Emperor's Knives
Anthony Riches
The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family. But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly. The young centurion's urge to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Boleyn Bride
Emily Purdy
Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Firestorm
Tamara McKinley
Becky Jackson's family has been managing the hospital in far-flung Morgan's Reach for three generations. When Becky's husband is tragically lost at war, she and her young son Danny must leave the city and return to her birthplace to start...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Mr Harrison's Confessions
Elizabeth Gaskell
The charming and witty prequel to Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions is a neglected Gaskell classic with all the period detail, brilliantly drawn characters and a well-knitted plot associated with Gaskell's works. Enjoying the comforts of his well-kept home in middle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/08/2014
     

Hearts of Darkness
Paul Lawrence
1666. London is recovering from the Great Plague and mourning it's dead - The city is free at last, like a great old bear, beaten to its knees, bloody but unbowed. But the disease slithered out of London to wreak...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/01/2014
     

Winter Siege
Ariana Franklin
Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men. He is powerless to stop them. But a strange twist...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Winter Ghosts
Kate Mosse
The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Winter Garden
Jane Thynne
Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow...Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler's notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Tudor Vendetta
Christopher Gortner
November, 1558: Elizabeth I has ascended the throne but the first days of her reign are already fraught with turmoil, the kingdom weakened by past strife and her ability to rule uncertain. When Brendan Prescott, her intimate spy, returns to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Ruth's Journey
Donald McCaig
Set against the backdrop of the American South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, this is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will - and a tale that will forever illuminate the reading of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

A New York Christmas
Anne Perry
New York, 1904. Jemima Pitt arrives in a city where new American money and old English aristocracy collide. She's here to chaperone her friend, Delphinia, who has crossed the ocean to marry one of New York's richest men, but Jemima...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Mathew's Tale
Quintin Jardine
In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man's quest for justice - at any cost. 1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
     

Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
The eagerly anticipated new Shardlake novel from the number one bestselling author. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Hunting Season
Andrea Camilleri
Sicily, 1880. When a stranger arrives in Vigata, the town's inhabitants immediately become unsettled. It seems the young man, Fofo, is the son of a local peasant legendary for his home-grown medicines; a man who was murdered many years before....
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Grand Duchess of Nowhere
Laurie Graham
There is one great love in everyone's life. For Ducky, Princess Victoria Melita, hers was a Romanov cousin, a member of the doomed Russian royal family. Her father is Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son. Her mother...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Enemies at Home Falco: The New Generation
Lindsey Davis
From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome. We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Plague Land
S. D. Sykes
Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Despatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and two older brothers are killed by thePlague, Oswald has no...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Warrior of Rome: the Amber Road
Harry Sidebottom
Warrior of Rome: The Amber Road is the sixth book in Harry Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome series. AD 264 - The Roman Empire is torn in two. The western provinces - Gaul, Spain and Britain - have been seized by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     


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The Month Before's Featured Books 


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...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 
 


And Some Fell on Stony Ground A Day in the Life of an an RAF Bomber Pilot
Leslie Mann, Richard Overy
In June 1941, Flight Sergeant Leslie Mann, a tail gunner in a British bomber, was shot down over Germany and taken into captivity. After the war, wanting to record the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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....
 
 
 


The English Girl
Margaret Leroy
When seventeen-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music in Vienna it's a dream-come-true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
'There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
September 2014 Book of the Month. World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems Geoffrey Chaucer has lost an important book that has been tampered with and...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
September 2014 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An...
 
 
 


The Wildflower Path
Sarah Harrison
The past crashes across all four generations of this now extended family which we first met in The Flowers of the Field and gathered more about in A...
 
 
 


The Thieves' Labyrinth
James McCreet
A death on Waterloo bridge, a body in the river near Wapping, a lady robbed on Wych Street - all common enough daily incidents in early Victorian London. But when...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
WINNER OF THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD 2014. Longlisted for the John Creasey Dagger Award for best debut crime novel of 2014. London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to...
 
 
 


Gutenberg's Apprentice
Alix Christie
In the middle of the 15th century, scribe Peter Schoeffer is dismayed to be instructed by his father to give up his beloved profession of illuminating texts in Paris. Instead...
 
 
 


Gwendolen A Novel
Diana Souhami
I was winning until I met your gaze...Gambling at the roulette tables of the Kursaal, Gwendolen Harleth glances up to meet Daniel Deronda's arresting stare. Striking, selfish and wilful, she...
 
 
 


Love and Treasure
Ayelet Waldman
A fugitive train loaded with the plunder of a doomed people. A dazzling jewelled pendant in the form of a stylized peacock. And three men - an American infantry captain...
 
 
 


Perfidia
James Ellroy
It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor.
 
 
 


The Poppy Factory
Liz Trenow
A captivating story of two young women, bound together by the tragedy of two very different wars. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee. With the end of...
 
 
 


The Taxidermist's Daughter
Kate Mosse
Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the...
 
 
 


The Winter Crown
Elizabeth Chadwick
It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her...
 
 
 


The Winter Guest
Pam Jenoff
How much is one girl prepared to lose in order to save a man's life? Helena and Ruth are sisters desperately trying to survive the war in a bitter remote...
 
 
 


The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


The Quick
Lauren Owen
You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first, reader, you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother...
 
 
 


Desert God
Wilbur Smith
Ex-slave. Philosopher. Chosen one. Taita has risen from nothing to become the most trusted man at the Pharaoh's side. Only he can plot a mission that will return Egypt to...
 
 
 


Quartet for the End of Time
Johanna Skibsrud
This is a mesmerising tale of love, justice and the connections that transcend the passage of time, from the Giller prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud. The year is 1932, and America...
 
 
 


River God
Wilbur Smith
Ancient Egypt is the land of the Pharaohs, a kingdom built on gold as well as a legend shattered by greed. Now, the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by...
 
 
 


The Visionist
Rachel Urquhart
'It was years before a Visionist came to the City of Hope. How could I have fathomed that her presence in our small, remote sanctuary - as unforeseen to her...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
August 2014 eBook of the Month. A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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....
 
 
 


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 -...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Vanishing Witch
Karen Maitland
August 2014 eBook of the Month. Set against the Peasants’ Revolt and the poll tax...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


Alphabet House
Jussi Adler-Olsen
August 2014 eBook of the Month. Absolutely fascinating and riveting, this powerful read draws you...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Birdsong
Sebastian Faulks
Editor's Comments: 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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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