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Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession
Alison Weir
January 2018 Book of the Month We know we are in good hands when an eminent historian renowned for her non-fiction work turns her hand to fiction. Lovers of historical novels will probably have read a fair bit about Anne...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

Imperial Vengeance by Ian Ross
Imperial Vengeance
Ian Ross
An entirely captivating and thrilling read set within the heart of the Roman Empire in AD323. This is the fifth ‘Twilight of Empire’ novel and a must read for historical adventure seekers. I will admit to this being my first...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Jennifer Ryan
An engaging and charmingly bittersweet slice of fiction set during the Second World War. In a Kent village during 1940, the vicar closes the choir, as the ladies of the village start their own choir, the small rebellion creates a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2018
War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross
War at the Edge of the World
Ian Ross
A well-written and interesting account of the Romans in Britain to join the many. It begins a series, Twilight of Empire, set here in AD305 and features an old Roman campaigner, Aurelius Castus, who feels he’s been put out to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
Swords Around the Throne by Ian Ross
Swords Around the Throne
Ian Ross
The second novel in this gripping series, set at the end of the Roman Empire, sees a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Mask of Command by Ian Ross
The Mask of Command
Ian Ross
Six years after the battle for Rome, the truce between the two emperors has failed and Aurelius Castus is again in the frontline.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
Battle for Rome by Ian Ross
Battle for Rome
Ian Ross
The third installment in the brilliant Twilight of Empire series sees Constantine battle to regain control of Rome from the tyrant Maxentius.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Fate of Kings by Mark Stibbe, G. P. Taylor
The Fate of Kings
Mark Stibbe, G. P. Taylor
An authoritative yet easy to read, absolute romp of a novel set during the turbulence of the French Revolution. This is the first adventure in ‘The Chronicles of Thomas Pryce’, a vicar who studied at Oxford and is trained in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2017
The Wanderers by Tim Pears
The Wanderers
Tim Pears
An extraordinary feat of storytelling, the three novels that make up the West Country Trilogy will take readers on a journey from the agricultural world at the turn of the century, through to the devastation and upheaval of the First...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
Arrowood
Mick Finlay
January 2018 Debut of the Month London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2017
Coming Home to Island House by Erica James
Coming Home to Island House
Erica James
Romily, an author of mystery novels, returns home after a European promotional tour just shortly before her great love, Jack Devereux, somewhat her senior, falls ill and dies. He leaves three grown up natural children and his deceased younger brother’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves
Rachel Malik
During the Second World War, Rene Hargreaves leaves her children with her aunt and boards a train without buying a return ticket, so sure is she that she never wants to see her husband again. Instead she starts a new...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018
For the Winner by Emily Hauser
For the Winner
Emily Hauser
Some three thousand years ago, in a time before history, the warriors of Greece journeyed to the ends of the earth in the greatest expedition the world had ever seen. With her unrivalled knowledge and captivating storytelling, Emily Hauser brings...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn
Alison Weir
We know we are in good hands when an eminent historian renowned for her non-fiction work turns her hand to fiction. Lovers of historical novels will probably have read a...

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times
Xan Brooks
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award May 2017 Debut of the Month. This magnetic debut evokes the social...

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with...

The Tiger's Prey by Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper

The Tiger's Prey
Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
The fifteenth Courtney saga follows the brothers Tom and Guy and half brother Francis. It’s the sequel to Monsoon (1999) and Birds of Prey (1997) and gives us a fair...

Mrs Osmond by John Banville

Mrs Osmond
John Banville
The Booker Prizewinning author of The Sea offers up another intelligent, beautifully written novel this time with a Victorian setting. The story flows along elegantly with each chapter a vignette....

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals
Bernard Cornwell
November 2017 Book of the Month The title of course refers to Puck’s line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Lo what fools these mortals be!”. It is a new period...

The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu

The Stolen Bicycle
Ming-Yi Wu
November 2017 Book of the Month A beautifully written, rather special novel, detailing the highly personal journey of a family through turbulent times in Taiwan’s history. A stolen bicycle sits...

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours
Minette Walters
November 2017 Book of the Month A scorching and beautifully written epic tale set in 1348, a time that sends a jagged screech of fingernails down the blackboard of history....

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2017 Book of the Month The Peter Woodhouse of the title is a dog rescued from a cruel farmer and “hidden” at an American Airforce Camp where he becomes...

Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lovestam

Wonderful Feels Like This
Sara Lovestam
November 2017 Debut of the Month A gentle, yet powerful and stimulating novel about friendship and love. 15 year old Steffi who is being bullied at school, meets Alvar who...

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

A Far Cry From Kensington
Muriel Spark
‘Like most people, I came to Spark’s work through the 1969 film of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and this prompted me to start reading her other novels… Her...

The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John

The Haunting of Henry Twist
Rebecca F. John
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award The Costa Judges said: ‘Grabs you from the very first chapter and...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed 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 Dancing Barber by AC Michael

The Dancing Barber
AC Michael
Set in 1963, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the Ukraine, this initially appears to be a story about everyday life for a family who have not had an everyday existence....

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an...

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority...

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

Thin Air
Michelle Paver
November 2017 Book of the Month A chilling ghostly tale set in 1935 on Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas. Five men attempt to climb to the summit of the worlds third...

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...

At First Light by Vanessa LaFaye

At First Light
Vanessa LaFaye
A heart-breaking, provocative, and powerful story, with love, murder, and justice sitting at the core. This tale was inspired by real events that occurred from 1919 to 1921 in Key...

Resort to Murder by T. P. Fielden

Resort to Murder
T. P. Fielden
The second in the ‘Miss Dimont Mystery’ series lives up to expectations. Step back in time, to just after the Second World War, and travel to the English Riviera, a...

 The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

The Other Mrs Walker
Mary Paulson-Ellis
Moving from 1930s London to present day Edinburgh, The Other Mrs Walker is the astonishing tale of an old woman who died alone, and another woman's mission to uncover her...

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