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This Month's Featured Books

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
One of our Books of the Year 2016. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers the first of a projected series to cover each of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden
Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors
Conn Iggulden
A stunning conclusion to ‘The Wars of the Roses’ series, ‘Ravenspur’ launches Henry Tudor, while around him Kings battle for survival. This series is absolutely fascinating and even more compelling knowing it is based on some of the most bloody...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Buttonmaker's Daughter by Merryn Allingham
The Buttonmaker's Daughter
Merryn Allingham
This delightful family drama takes us back to a quiet, genteel Sussex in the summer of 1914. But appearances are deceptive and there is darkness at the heart of this novel. In the last peaceful summer before the First...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress, Sarah Gale, is convicted of aiding him in disposing of her body....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore
New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of THE HOLMES AFFAIR and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning THE IMITATION GAME....
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold
The French Lesson
Hallie Rubenhold
This wonderful, bawdy, fictional memoir began with Mistress of My Fate which eventually saw Henrietta Lightfoot fall for the daring Lord Allenham. Here they are off to Belgium when he gets called on to Paris and leaves Henrietta. She...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/12/2016
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2016. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. A gorgeously eloquent and powerfully expressive novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ explores an unusual relationship in the 1890’s. This isn't exactly a love story, it is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2016. Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill has a plot that twists in every chapter, and a puzzle at its heart that won’t let go till the last...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
The Willow King by Meelis Friedenthal
The Willow King
Meelis Friedenthal
In this astonishingly atmospheric novel, Friedenthal enters the bowels of Shakespeare's century to tell the story of anguished modernity, and of the advent of the Age of Enlightenment - while medicine is still progressing on the lines of humours, fears...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
Gibbous House by Ewan Lawrie
Gibbous House
Ewan Lawrie
Gibbous House is a dark, Victorian thriller told with modern wit and brimming with historical detail. Rich with atmosphere and intense psychological drama, it brings modern irony to the rich texture of the classic gothic novel.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
My Own Dear Brother by Holly Muller
My Own Dear Brother
Holly Muller
My Own Dear Brother is a remarkable coming-of-age story and an unflinching study of both cruelty and courage. Rich in folklore, it introduces a daring young heroine and a powerful new literary voice.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
Arminius The Limits of Empire by Robert Fabbri
Arminius The Limits of Empire
Robert Fabbri
A stunning stand-alone Roman epic historical from the author of the bestselling Vespasian series. A.D. 9: In the depths of the Teutoburg Wald, in a landscape riven by ravines, darkened by ancient oak and bisected by fast-flowing streams, Arminius of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/01/2017
Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick
Mister Memory
Marcus Sedgwick
In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick. For fans of Scarlett...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Blue Flower
Penelope Fitzgerald
One of the most admired of all Penelope Fitzgerald's books, The Blue Flower was chosen as Book of the Year more than any other in 1995. Her final book, it confirmed her...

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years...

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman
Isolated at the tip of Australia as a lighthouse keeper, emotionally traumatised World War I veteran Tom fears for his wife's sanity after her third miscarriage. Then a boat turns...

Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
December 2016 eBook of the Month. Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing....

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder
Emma Donoghue
Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth -...

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

Reader Reviewed The Plague Charmer
Karen Maitland
Told by many voices, some wise, some wicked, this is the story of a close community under unbearable strain. What is the breaking point where neighbours and even sisters will...

The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels by Patrick O'Brian

The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels
Patrick O'Brian
Sumptuous boxed gift edition containing all 21 novels in the Aubrey/Maturin series. These five omnibus volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain 7,000 pages of what has often been described as...

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

Reader Reviewed The Butcher's Hook
Janet Ellis
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Our first-person narrator, Anne Jaccobs, is an extraordinary young woman for...

Jeremy Poldark A Novel of Cornwall 1790-1791 by Winston Graham

Jeremy Poldark A Novel of Cornwall 1790-1791
Winston Graham
Jeremy Poldark is the third novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall 1790. Ross Poldark faces the darkest hour of his life. Accused of wrecking two ships,...

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

Perfume River
Robert Olen Butler
An understated yet profound and incredibly hard hitting and evocative novel that just simmers with tension. 70 year old Vietnam veteran Robert Quinlan and his younger brother Jimmy have been...

The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3 by Elly Griffiths

The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3
Elly Griffiths
1950’s London, Brighton and the USA sparkle to evocative life in this arresting crime mystery. This is the third in the ‘Stephens and Mephisto Mystery’ series, although my first and...

1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books by Shirley McKay

1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books
Shirley McKay
December 2016 Book of the Month. St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the...

The Spy by Paulo Coelho

Reader Reviewed The Spy
Paulo Coelho
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. A short, emotional and entirely captivating novel based on the real...

The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox

The Last Days of Leda Grey
Essie Fox
Ed Peters, a young Fleet Street journalist, lives a hedonistic 1970’s lifestyle of which he’s grown weary. Whilst the country is in the grip of a stifling heatwave, Ed returns...

Poldark: The Complete Scripts - Series 2 by Debbie Horsfield, Damian Timmer

Poldark: The Complete Scripts - Series 2
Debbie Horsfield, Damian Timmer
This second volume of Debbie Horsfield's original scripts for the acclaimed television series takes readers from Ross's trial to the dramatic final episode. Poldark: The Complete Scripts - Series 2...

The World of Poldark by Emma Marriott

The World of Poldark
Emma Marriott
Emma Marriott's The World of Poldark explores the characters, the compelling stories and the era that Winston Graham - and the television series - set out to recreate, the England...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria
Daisy Goodwin
Drawing on Victoria's diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin brings the inner life of the young queen even more richly to life...

Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller by David Young

Stasi Child A Compelling Cold War Thriller
David Young
Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2016. East Berlin, 1975. When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Wall, she...

Hunting the Eagles by Ben Kane

Reader Reviewed Hunting the Eagles
Ben Kane
A truly wonderful and ferocious slice of historical fiction, this is the second in the ‘Eagles of Rome’ series and takes place from AD 12. I really do recommend starting...

The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith

Reader Reviewed The Kill Fee
Fiona Veitch Smith
An atmospheric, lively romp through 1920 in this wonderfully blended mix of crime fiction and historical fact. Reporter Poppy, with her nose for intrigue and links to some fascinating people,...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Reader Reviewed At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
In her last novel, The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier returned to her American roots for the first time, setting her story on the Ohio frontier in 1850. At the...

The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden

The Purple Shadow
Christopher Bowden
Christopher Bowden has again created an intriguing, literary tale with a well drawn cast of characters. Actor Colin Mallory from ‘The Red House’ can’t help but investigate a mysterious...

The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre

The Great Swindle
Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2016. October 1918: the war on the Western Front is all but over. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, the ambitious Lieutenant Henri...

Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith

Pharaoh
Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times. From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh...

The Silent Land by David Dunham

The Silent Land
David Dunham
Set in turbulent times before and during WW1, The Silent Land is an interesting exploration of loss, grief, love and hidden family secrets. The death of Rebecca’s mother in 1903...

The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill

The Butterfly Cabinet
Bernie McGill
The Butterfly Cabinet is a dramatic, haunting and inforgettable novel that tells the tale of two women whose lives are entwined by an appalling tragedy at the end of the...

The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10) by Bernard Cornwell

The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10)
Bernard Cornwell
The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show...

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

An Almond for a Parrot
Wray Delaney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating erotica debut for famed children's book author Sally...

The Gypsy Madonna by Santa Montefiore

The Gypsy Madonna
Santa Montefiore
A priceless Titian masterpiece. A sumptuous French chateau with a deadly secret. And a mystery hidden in a Bordeaux village that will change their lives forever...

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