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Deborah E. Harkness - Author

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She spent several years in Oxford doing research (and really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!). She has written THE JEWEL HOUSE: ELIZABETHAN LONDON AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION as well as the three novels in the internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT and THE BOOK OF LIFE.

 

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Featured books by Deborah E. Harkness

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2015

April 2015 Book of the Month. The arrival of this book on my desk made me extraordinarily happy.  It allowed me to reconnect with characters I have come to love, yet it also made me sad as I really do not want this amazing series to end.  It began with A Discovery of Witches one of the most original and compelling fantasy novels and continued with the remarkable story, Shadow of Night.  You have to read them in that order.  Rich, complex, engaging, intelligent and purely enjoyable I really cannot recommend this series highly enough.   All Souls Trilogy:1. A Discovery of Witches2. Shadow of Night3. The Book of Life   The Book of Life is the final novel in the no.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy. Step inside a world of breathtaking imagination, where history, science, magic and romance are woven into an intoxicating tale. In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book.

Books of the Month
The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2015

The arrival of this book on my desk made me extraordinarily happy.  It allowed me to reconnect with characters I have come to love, yet it also made me sad as I really do not want this amazing series to end.  It began with A Discovery of Witches one of the most original and compelling fantasy novels and continued with the remarkable story, Shadow of Night.  You have to read them in that order.  Rich, complex, engaging, intelligent and purely enjoyable I really cannot recommend this series highly enough.   The Book of Life is the final novel in the no.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy. Step inside a world of breathtaking imagination, where history, science, magic and romance are woven into an intoxicating tale. In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book.

Books of the Month
The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

April 2015 Book of the Month. The arrival of this book on my desk made me extraordinarily happy.  It allowed me to reconnect with characters I have come to love, yet it also made me sad as I really do not want this amazing series to end.  It began with A Discovery of Witches one of the most original and compelling fantasy novels and continued with the remarkable story, Shadow of Night.  You have to read them in that order.  Rich, complex, engaging, intelligent and purely enjoyable I really cannot recommend this series highly enough.   All Souls Trilogy:1. A Discovery of Witches2. Shadow of Night3. The Book of Life   The Book of Life is the final novel in the no.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy. Step inside a world of breathtaking imagination, where history, science, magic and romance are woven into an intoxicating tale. In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book.

Books of the Month
The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

The arrival of this book on my desk made me extraordinarily happy.  It allowed me to reconnect with characters I have come to love, yet it also made me sad as I really do not want this amazing series to end.  It began with A Discovery of Witches one of the most original and compelling fantasy novels and continued with the remarkable story, Shadow of Night.  You have to read them in that order.  Rich, complex, engaging, intelligent and purely enjoyable I really cannot recommend this series highly enough.   The Book of Life is the final novel in the no.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy. Step inside a world of breathtaking imagination, where history, science, magic and romance are woven into an intoxicating tale. In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book.

Books of the Month
Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2013

Have you ever fallen irrefutably in love, been transported to another existence and then felt thoroughly dazed when you've turned the last page and realised with a wrench you're back in the real world…oh yes, this is most definitely one of those books! Harkness (a Historian) has the rare ability to blend reality, history and fantasy into one, as the ‘All Souls’ trilogy continues in this exquisitely written follow-up to ‘A Discovery of Witches’. Diana and Matthew, their love forbidden, travel back in time to sixteen century England and Europe hoping to learn more about Diana’s gifts and the Book of Mysteries. The inclusion of historical figures such as a canny sometimes petulant Elizabeth I and a young forger named Shakespeare helps you lose yourself in the wondrous depths of this world. Witches, vampires and daemons have never felt so real. The last in the trilogy, ‘The Book of Life’ really can not come quickly enough, where’s a Timewalker when you need one? ~ Liz Robinson   All Souls Trilogy:1. A Discovery of Witches2. Shadow of Night3. The Book of Life   The Book of Life, the final novel in the no.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy, was published in July 2014. Step inside a world of breathtaking imagination, where history, science, magic and romance are woven into an intoxicating tale. In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book.

eBooks of the Month
A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2011

The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural being: vampires, witches and demons. They interact with humanity, often as our greatest creative artists and benefactors, but basically they live hidden lives. And what happens when a vampire falls in love with a witch …? Of course, there is so much more here; conspiracy, history, mythology, mystery, ghosts, even the promise of time travel. It’s big in all senses, an epic work, and it’s not over. Start here and then move on to the following two books in this wonderful series. Books in the All Souls Trilogy:1. A Discovery of Witches2. Shadow of Night3. The Book of Life In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book. The final novel in the series, The Book of Life was published in July 2014. Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Deborah E. Harkness

The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2016

The first authorized copy of this mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle For the first time, a complete reproduction [of] The Voynich Manuscript, has been published, featuring essays exploring what is known about the book and extra-wide margins so readers can record their responses to its beguiling, beautiful strangeness. -Nina Maclaughlin, Boston Globe For people who like a good historical mystery, this . . . fifteenth- or sixteenth-century Voynich Manuscript will fascinate. -Rebecca Onion, Slate Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the Voynich Manuscript, the world's most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book's language has eluded decipherment, and its elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful. For the first time, this facsimile, complete with elaborate folding sections, allows readers to explore this enigma in all its stunning detail, from its one-of-a-kind Voynichese text to its illustrations of otherworldly plants, unfamiliar constellations, and naked women swimming though fantastical tubes and green baths. The essays that accompany the manuscript explain what we have learned about this work-from alchemical, cryptographic, forensic, and historical perspectives-but they provide few definitive answers. Instead, as New York Times best-selling author Deborah Harkness says in her introduction, the book invites the reader to join us at the heart of the mystery.

The Jewel House

The Jewel House

Author: Deborah E. Harkness Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2008

Not just a few elite scientists, but Londoners from all walks of life--lawyers, prisoners, midwives, merchants--participated in the scientific community of Elizabethan times Bestselling author Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night) explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution. While Francis Bacon has been widely regarded as the father of modern science, scores of his London contemporaries also deserve a share in this distinction. It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research. The book examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in sixteenth-century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced. These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world. Together their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution.