When Women Were Dragons

A devastatingly powerful coming-of-age novel about the rage of women who rise up and refuse to be silenced

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Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History

Packed with opinion, facts and personal accounts from those who were there, this unique oral history is a must-read for fans of The Crown

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See No Stranger A memoir and manifesto of revolutionary love

Part memoir, part manifesto, Valarie Kaur’s debut is a call for compassion in troubled times

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Take My Hand

Inspired by true events this heartbreaking, eloquent, deeply compelling novel explores the case of children in the USA being sterilised without their consent.

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The Man Who Died Twice

It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

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Ellie Pillai is Brown

This funny, heartfelt, true-to-life, coming-of-age page-turner fizzes with emotional energy and the power of music

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The Nutmeg Trail

A handsome history-and-recipe-rich voyage around the ancient spice route.

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The House with the Golden Door

Love, lust, loyalty, treachery, power, revenge and redress — this enthralling story of a freed Pompeii prostitute is an explosive triumph.

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Kalmann

This affectionately comical yet beautiful and unique Icelandic mystery ensures the reader sits on the edge of a precipice before understanding strikes.

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Kalmann

This affectionately comical yet beautiful and unique Icelandic mystery ensures the reader sits on the edge of a precipice before understanding strikes.

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Vladimir

Desire, power-play, narcissism and manipulation — this darkly witty debut is an addictive, provocative bombshell of a book.

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I Belong Here

I knew in every bone of my body, in every fibre of my being, that I had to report what had happened, not only for myself but to help stop anyone else having to go through what I did. I knew I could not remain silent, or still, I could not stop walking through the world.

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All the Seas of the World

This remarkably vivid, dynamic and beautifully thought-provoking tale reaches into great and small actions and consequences.

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England on Fire

Fascinating, vibrant, and overwhelmingly powerful, this is a unique look at England in its magical and rebellious glory.

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Traitor King

Meticulously researched, juicily detailed, and delivered with all the page-turning pace of a thriller, this is a consummately revelatory read.

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The Attic Child

This devastatingly brilliant novel represents forgotten Black British history through the soul-stirring story of a Congolese boy torn from his family in the early 20th-century, and his connection to a woman in 1990s England.

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A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting

Delightfully charming, witty, and spirited, this historical debut contains a leading lady chasing a fortune.

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Razorblade Tears

This powerful, eloquent thriller takes you into the painful world of two fathers who regret past choices while seeking vengeance for the murder of their sons.

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Who's Lying Now?

Someone is missing. Someone is lying. Who knows the truth? Suspicion, doubt, passion and fear take centre-stage in this captivatingly tense crime drama.

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Sorrow and Bliss

On the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022, never has a book title more perfectly summed up the highs and lows of life.

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What Eden Did Next

A joyous tale about love, friendship and healing that will leave you glowing like a warm summer’s day on the Irish coast.

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The House with the Golden Door

Love, lust, loyalty, treachery, power, revenge and redress — this enthralling story of a freed Pompeii prostitute is an explosive triumph.

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England on Fire

Fascinating, vibrant, and overwhelmingly powerful, this is a unique look at England in its magical and rebellious glory.

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Two Nights in Lisbon

Super-suspenseful, addictively twisty, and 100% unpredictable, this exhilarating revenge thriller sees an American couple’s pasts slice to the core of international politics.

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All the Seas of the World

This remarkably vivid, dynamic and beautifully thought-provoking tale reaches into great and small actions and consequences.

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True Biz

From seismic coming-of-age shifts in students, to the middle age crises of a headmistress, this incisive story set in a school for the deaf is a luminous ode to Deaf culture and political awakening.

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The Last Days of Roger Federer

An intriguing memoir of endings


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The Country of Others

Set in Morocco from 1944, this beautiful, brutal novel bristles with a young French woman’s loves, losses, conflicts and desires, and with the complexities of colonialism and war.


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Such a Sweet Singing

This beautifully-presented anthology of female-penned poems is set to inspire, support and uplift women from all walks of life.


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