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Rosie Thomas is the author of a number of celebrated novels, including the bestsellers The Kashmir Shawl, Sun at Midnight, Iris and Ruby and Constance. Once she was established as a writer and her children were grown, she discovered a love of travelling and mountaineering. She has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica and travelled the silk road through Asia. She lives in London.
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A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists however you don't need to read these two books in sequence to feel at home. The focus is Nancy, the daughter of the main characters from the prequel, at the start of the novel, Nancy is 12, she has a secret gift she calls ‘the Uncanny’ which is set to help but also to haunt her. Rosie Thomas covers complex emotions and feelings, yet writes with simplicity and clarity. Her engaging cast, from the occupants of the Victorian variety hall through to the higher echelons of society feel undeniably vibrant and real. Extremely readable, poignant and moving, this is an entertaining and enjoyable novel. One of our Books of the Year 2015.
One of our Books of the Year 2015. August 2015 Book of the Month. A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists however you don't need to read these two books in sequence to feel at home. The focus is Nancy, the daughter of the main characters from the prequel, at the start of the novel, Nancy is 12, she has a secret gift she calls ‘the Uncanny’ which is set to help but also to haunt her. Rosie Thomas covers complex emotions and feelings, yet writes with simplicity and clarity. Her engaging cast, from the occupants of the Victorian variety hall through to the higher echelons of society feel undeniably vibrant and real. Extremely readable, poignant and moving, this is an entertaining and enjoyable novel. ~ Liz Robinson
May 2015 Book of the Month. A bit of a diversion for Rosie Thomas for this is a period novel of the late Victorian theatre world. It revolves around an illusionist who calls himself Devil, his love and eventual wife and an ill-tempered dwarf. They are all strong characters driven by their ambitions which are not always going in the same direction. It is an intriguing tale full of well researched period detail. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
A bit of a diversion for Rosie Thomas for this is a period novel of the late Victorian theatre world. It revolves around an illusionist who calls himself Devil, his love and eventual wife and an ill-tempered dwarf. They are all strong characters driven by their ambitions which are not always going in the same direction. It is an intriguing tale full of well researched period detail.
March 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Winner of the RNA Epic Romantic Novel Award 2012. Characters and settings are beautifully portrayed in this dramatic romance that first follows newlywed Nerys from Wales to a new and excitingly different life in 1940s Kashmir, and then her Granddaughter who embarks upon the same journey to uncover some life-changing truths. Perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell and Victoria Hislop.
A tale of those baby-boomers who we keep hearing so much about, attempting to build a new life for themselves while reminiscing on the past. It is all very idyllic until old attractions surface and an ancient burial site, discovered on the estate, disrupts plans. The whole thing rather dramatically climaxes over the Christmas period when all are gathered. It’s lovely stuff, astute, insightful, at times humorous and tender and full of very realistic characters. She is a clever writer. Comparison: Elizabeth Buchan, Kate Morton, Joanne Trollope.
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2007.A story that veers back and forth between war-time Cairo and Iris’ early life and the present, with Ruby, her somewhat mixed-up but feisty 17-year old granddaughter who has run away from England. With wonderful descriptions of the sounds, sights and smells of Cairo against a background of expatriate life and Rommel’s war, this is first rate, she is such a competent writer. It’s amazing how, having read Sun at Midnight, set in Antarctica, you can imagine her having spent years in cold climates, she now, one book later, comes up giving you the feeling that she has spent a lifetime in Africa.Similar this month: None but try Victoria Routledge.Comparison: Anita Shreve, Douglas Kennedy.
This is terrific, there is no other word for it, an epic love story and romantic adventure set in a breathtaking location – the Antarctic. I know that Rosie went there while researching this, I heard her give a talk about it and my goodness it shows.Comparison: Anita Shreve, Joanna Trollope, Douglas Kennedy.
An epic love story and adventure set against the harsh, beautiful background of Antarctica. Alice is a scientist: she relies on method, precision, proof. But when her relationship with Oxford artist Peter Brown collapses spectacularly, she is forced to evaluate her own life for the first time. In her thirties, childless, tied to Oxford by her work, it is time to break away. Alice's mother, Margaret Mather, is famous as an adventuring anthropologist, one of the first women in Antarctica many years before. Alice accepts an invitation to go in Margaret's place to the southernmost point of the earth, and stay there for months, away from the world that has let her down. Little does she expect the strangeness of a place coloured blue and white, lit by an unearthly permanent sunlight. And nothing has prepared her for the close confines of a small base shared with eight men and one other woman. A base where tensions run high, where the hostile environment traps them, and where the distance means no-one has a past. Where she feels such a strong attraction to a man with danger in his face that she cannot speak to him. And where she discovers something else that will change her life forever ... if she survives.
A collection of three stunning ebooks from the author of the runaway bestseller, THE KASHMIR SHAWL.MOON ISLAND: On a small stretch of wild coast, five old clapboard houses gaze out to sea. Fourteen-year-old May, arriving for the summer, feels isolated and resentful. Leonie, next door, shares May's isolation for she is unhappy in her marriage. She confides in Elizabeth, an aging widow who keeps the beach's secrets. Meanwhile, May has discovered the diary of a dead girl. As she immerses herself in the past, she begins to feel she is destined to follow in the dead girl's footsteps...SUNRISE: It was a love forbidden but never forgotten. When Harry returned to Wales, Angharad found paradise - despite her father's violent warnings. For she and Harry were in love, untouchable until a shocking revelation drives Angharad to flee, pregnant and penniless, to London. There, she resolves to put the past behind her, joy and heartache alike. But neither time nor success can banish her memories...FOLLIES: They were three modern women, who came to Oxford University full of hopes and dreams and would leave forever changed. Helen: shy, quiet and hopelessly in love. Chloe: glamorous and confident, abandoning a high-powered career, obsessively drawn to her philandering English professor. Pansy: stunning heiress and aspiring actress, driven to prove she is more than an irresistible magnet to the men around her. Together for one unforgettable year, they would share a lifetime of emotions and a very special friendship...
A stunning novel from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE KASHMIR SHAWL London 1919 Born into a down-at-heel family, Nancy Wix is more than her past dictates - more ambitious than the daughter of a faded showman, more original than a woman who will be confined by polite conventions. The end of the Great War has left a stricken London on the brink of an uncertain future, and with their hard-won freedoms now in doubt Nancy and her fellow suffragettes must strive all over again for the right to control their own destinies. At a time when shattered families are struggling to let go of their dead, Nancy discovers she has a gift that offers hope to the loved ones of the lost generation, and a chance encounter reveals a way in which she might use it for her own ends. As Nancy struggles to break free from the rigid bonds of society and find her place in the world, the only thing that could hold her back is her love for an unattainable man...
A stunning novel from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE KASHMIR SHAWL London 1919 The Great War is over and London lies on the brink of an uncertain future. With the misery and horror of war in the past, hope begins to emerge for the women who have waited at home, as for the first time, they have taken steps towards political, economic and personal independence. But the men who fought and survived the trenches believe the future is theirs by right, and any woman who has celebrated her freedom must now redouble her efforts to keep it. Nancy Wix is just such a woman. Born into a down-at-heel family, Nancy has always known that the visions she has seen since she was a child will set her apart from her peers. A chance encounter with a gifted medium reveals a way in which she might take hold of her future and she grasps the opportunity with a desperate intensity - for this is the age of spiritualism, and Nancy's gift will see her star rise in a time when decimated families are desperate to hold on to their dead sons. As the roaring twenties dawn, Nancy strives to break free from the rigid bonds of society and find her own place. The only thing that could hold her back is her love for an unattainable man...
From the bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl. Olivia Giorgiadis has left her English roots behind. She lives on a tiny Greek island, married to a local man, mother to two small sons. Year on year, island life has followed a peaceful unchanging rhythm. Until now. An earthquake ravages the coast, its force devastating the island. In the aftermath comes a stranger: an Englishwoman, destitute but for the clothes she wears. Olivia welcomes the stranger into her home, the potter's house. But as Kitty melts into the family and the village community, so Olivia begins to sense that her mysterious visitor threatens all she holds dear...
A collection of four stunning ebooks from the author of the runaway bestseller, THE KASHMIR SHAWL.STRANGERS: Annie and Steve are from different worlds and do not know each other exists until one morning, they become victims of a bomb blast, thrown together to fight for their lives. As they lie in the darkness, the hours slowly tick by. To ward off fear and death they talk of everything, and so a bond is created that binds them deeper than family, than friends, than lovers. With such strange intimacy, how can they get through the future without each other?BAD GIRLS, GOOD WOMEN: In London, on the brink of the Sixties, two runaways plunge into Soho nightlife. Mattie faces the hard slog of a sleazy strip-club in search of fame. But when it comes, stardom is not enough, and the love that Mattie desires seems to elude her. Julia choose marriage and Ladyhill, a beautiful Dorset manor house. But when tragedy strikes, she realises that she must risk her marriage and her child for true freedom...A WOMAN OF OUR TIMES: Harriet Peacock has everything. From shopkeeper and betrayed wife, she has made herself the City's darling, her name linked in gossip columns with film stars. She has come a long way from Simon Archer, the man who invented a brilliantly simple game of chance and skill in a prison camp forty years ago, a game that is the foundation of Harriet's business empire. But when things start going wrong, Harriet finds that in love, as in the game, the quickest way to a goal can be the riskiest...ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED: Jake, Clio and Julius and their cousin Lady Grace Stretton formed a charmed circle in those lost innocent days before the Great War, before circumstances tore them apart: Jake's wartime experiences as a doctor; Clio and Grace, flappers flitting through bohemian Fitzrovia; the music that drowned out the crash of jackboots in Berlin for Julius. But Clio remembers a different story. Desperate lies, bitter secrets; hopeless love and careless betrayal. And above all, the truth about Grace, beautiful, destructive siren at the centre of the circle.
A collection of four stunning ebooks from the author of the runaway bestseller, THE KASHMIR SHAWL.THE WHITE DOVE: Born an aristocrat, beautiful Amy Lovell leads a whirlwind life of extravagant parties and balls. But Amy is ill-suited to a life of indulgence, and eagerly embraces a nursing career, where she is drawn into the radical politics of the day. As the spectre of war looms, Amy's bittersweet love for the proud miner Nick Penry leads them to the conflict in Spain, where love and pain become inseparable agonies.THE POTTER'S HOUSE: Olivia Giorgiadis has left her English roots behind to live on a tiny Greek island, married to a local man, mother to two small sons. But when an earthquake devastates the island, a stranger appears in the aftermath: an Englishwoman, destitute but for the clothes she wears. As she melts into the family and the village community, so Olivia begins to sense that her mysterious visitor threatens all she holds dear...CELEBRATION: For Bell Farrer, rising wine journalist, it was the break of her career. To interview both reclusive Baron Charles de Gillesmont of Chateau Reynard and business genius Valentine Gordon of California's Dry Stone Wineries. But suddenly Bell's career is the last thing on her mind. Because Charles and Valentine are not just opposites but enemies, locked in lethal rivalry by their only common bond, the women they choose to love. Once, Charles's wife; now Bell. How can Bell, loving one, still feel the draw of the other?WHITE: One Love. One Chance. Once Sacrifice. For Sam McGrath, a brief encounter with a young woman changes his life. On impulse, he vows to follow her - all the way to Nepal. Finch Buchanan, flying out as doctor, reaches the Himalayas only to be reunited with a man she has never been able to forget. Al Hood has made a promise: once he has conquered this last peak, he will leave the mountains behind forever. And the passionate relationship between Finch, Al and Sam - two men driven by their own demons, and a woman with a dream of her own - begins to play itself out, with tragic consequences...