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Books of the Month

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
Birdcage Walk
Helen Dunmore
March 2017 Book of the Month. A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was spilling over into life in Britain. Lizzie Fawkes, daughter of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2017 Book of the Month. Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority before the fall of the Czar and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea
When the Sky Fell Apart
Caroline Lea
March 2017 Debut of the Month. Prepare for your heart to break… this is a powerful, evocative tale of life during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the 1940’s. The first page made me flinch, yet...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2017
The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1) by T. P. Fielden
The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1)
T. P. Fielden
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A snappy, vibrant, romp of a read, set in a 1950’s Devonshire seaside town. Miss Judy Dimont (in her forties), the shrewd and very able journalist for The Riviera Express,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
March 2017 Debut of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott
The Fatal Tree
Jake Arnott
March 2017 eBook of the Month. Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth Bess is in Newgate, as she tells her story via...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin
The Ashes of Berlin
Luke McCallin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third in a so far underrated series featuring Berlin cop and ex-soldier Gregor Reinhardt, following on from THE MAN FROM BERLIN and THE PALE HOUSE. It's 1947, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2016
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with a doorstepper at nearly 900 pages and apart from the initial concept,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2017
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
The Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George
In part inspired by a desire to redress how Nero “has suffered badly at the hands of popular culture,” as the author notes in the novel’s afterword, this epic, expansive tome about Nero’s transformation from little boy to ruthless ruler...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
A Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war, working class Lily is about to plunge headlong into a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
Arrowood
Mick Finlay
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 famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
The Orphan's Tale
Pam Jenoff
A heartbreaking tale echoing with intensity and hope, set during World War Two and based on real events. Seventeen year old Noa and the Jewish baby she managed to rescue from a train, flee through the snow from soldiers. Astrid’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz
The Second Bride
Katharine Swartz
A bittersweet, compassionate family drama set in Cumbria. Ellen is under pressure after her step-daughter comes to live with her family. Emotionally bombarded, Ellen attempts to solve the mystery of a death certificate from 1872, that was found under their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2017
The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover by Simon Parke
The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover
Simon Parke
A captivating and fascinating novel, where fact blends seamlessly with fiction, set from 1647-1649 during the final months of Charles I. These years are one of the most intriguing periods in the history of Great Britain, and this novel takes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2017
The Long Firm by Jake Arnott
The Long Firm
Jake Arnott
This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick to anger, yet does a heart exist under the layers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/12/2006
The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson
The Vanishing Futurist
Charlotte Hobson
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. When twenty-two-year-old Gerty Freely travels to Russia to work as a governess in early 1914, she has no idea of the vast political upheavals ahead, nor how completely her fate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2017
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
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 Edge of the Orchard opens in similar circumstances: James Goodenough,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson
Despite the title – The Summer Before the War – which this terrific novel does indeed trace, it also spills into the horrors of the war years and eventually releases us back into some sort of very different peace. Set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
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: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown
The Witchfinder's Sister
Beth Underdown
1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety... 'The number of women my brother...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
Lady of Hay
Barbara Erskine
Barbara Erskine's iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers thirty years after its first publication. A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge. In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past-lives in a hard-hitting magazine...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Himalayan Summer by Louise Brown
The Himalayan Summer
Louise Brown
The Himalayan Summer is a spellbinding novel of the British Raj period, the quest to find a child, and a love story beyond boundaries - for all fans of The Tea Planter's Wife and of Louise Brown's earlier novel,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies
Before the Rains
Dinah Jefferies
A gorgeously expressive and captivating novel, set in 1930’s India at the height of the struggle for independence against British rule. 28 year old photographer Eliza agrees to document the royal family and subjects of one of the princely states....
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Cavendon Luck (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 3) by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Cavendon Luck (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 3)
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them, have been bound by loyalty since the first stone was laid. But when war looms, sons, husbands and brothers are called up to fight; trials and tragedies strike the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens
Philippa Gregory
From the Number One New York Times bestselling author, a riveting new Tudor story featuring Katherine of Aragon, and King Henry VIII's sisters Margaret and Mary, chronicling the pivotal roles...

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Winner of 2016 Costa Book of the Year and Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2016. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is...

Corpus by Rory Clements

Reader Reviewed Corpus
Rory Clements
February 2017 Book of the Month. 1936 and the huge canvas of Europe in chaos is superbly portrayed by this renowned author of historical fiction. Previously...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A very special, rather beautiful, and truly unforgettable novel, this is a story that has become a part of me,...

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...

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 Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

The Girl in the Glass Tower
Elizabeth Fremantle
Another gorgeously readable and oh so captivating slice of historical fiction from Elizabeth Fremantle. Arbella Stuart, with her impressive lineage was a Queen in the making. As Elizabeth I dominated...

The Dark Days Pact A Lady Helen Novel by Alison Goodman

Reader Reviewed The Dark Days Pact A Lady Helen Novel
Alison Goodman
February 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Supernatural Regency Extravaganza | This second book in the lavishly entertaining Lady Helen trilogy -...

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

The Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not only blasts...

Conspiracy by S. J. Parris

Conspiracy
S. J. Parris
When murder strikes at the heart of the Palace, Bruno finds himself on the trail of a killer who hides a terrible secret. With the royal houses of France and...

Retribution Road by Antonin Varenne

Retribution Road
Antonin Varenne
A breathtaking 19th century adventure epic, set across three continents. From the Burmese jungle to the slums of London to the conquest of the Wild West, Antonin Varenne takes us...

The North Water by Ian McGuire

The North Water
Ian McGuire
A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller, longlisted for the Man...

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman
The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics.

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Winner of 2016 Costa Book of the Year and Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2016. Moving from the plains...

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker

A Country Road, A Tree
Jo Baker
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Spies, artists, deprivation, danger and passion: this is a story of life at the edges of human experience, and of...

The Good People by Hannah Kent

The Good People
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Based on true events and set in a lost world bound by its own laws, The Good People is Hannah...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Reader Reviewed 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 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...

The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2016. Rich in language and historical perception, yet compulsively readable, Golden Hill has...

Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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