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The Spy by Paulo Coelho
The Spy
Paulo Coelho
December 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. A short, emotional and entirely captivating novel based on the real events that surrounded, enclosed and smothered the notorious Mata Hari. Mata Hari is a name that still evokes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/11/2016
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 Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2016 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
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 estranged since Jimmy left their parents house 47 years before....
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney
An Almond for a Parrot
Wray Delaney
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating erotica debut for famed children's book author Salley Garner and, most definitely, a change in register as a tale of 18th century debauchery unfolds in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
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 up carrying a dead man and a newborn baby. They...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
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. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/11/2016
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 I felt immediately at home with the characters. I now...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit of Greenland. When grown, it naturally suits her to join...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis
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 her period. This is Georgian London in 1763 and she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Shortlisted for 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 Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
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 turn against each other? The older people remember the Great...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
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 a single, continuous narrative. They are a perfect tribute for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
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 that Ross Poldark returned to from the American War of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
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 is the perfect companion to the television series and affords...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/11/2016
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 to his mother’s hometown of Brightland in an effort to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2016
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, he is to stand trial at the Bodmin Assizes. Despite...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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 - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
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 reputation as one of the finest novelists of the century....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/08/1996

Last Month'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...

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...

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Shortlisted for 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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Autumn Throne
Elizabeth Chadwick
The third and final volume of this magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine starts with her release from the Palace of Sarum, Wiltshire in April 1176 where...

Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and quite, quite 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...

Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

Reader Reviewed Florence Grace
Tracy Rees
A historical family drama to sink into, to feel a part of, to be surprised by. in 1860, Florrie, a 15 year old orphan, yet raised with love, finds herself...

The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan

The New Mrs Clifton
Elizabeth Buchan
At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London. In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed...

Lucifer's Harvest by Mel Starr

Lucifer's Harvest
Mel Starr
An interesting short medieval mystery, where surgeon Hugh finds himself accompanying his Lord to battle in France during 1370. This is the ninth chronicle in the ‘Hugh de Singleton, surgeon’...

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Ballroom
Anna Hope
A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles find themselves at the edge of an impossible future, each decision they...

A Sister's Crusade by Ann Turner

A Sister's Crusade
Ann Turner
An epic relationship tale, spanning one of the most interesting periods in our history. Aubrette grows up as her half-sister Rowena’s companion, her life changes dramatically when Rowena marries. Rowena’s...

Love in Lindfield by David Smith

Love in Lindfield
David Smith
Much more than just a romance, this tale runs alongside enticing snippets from the life of stained glass master Charles Eamer Kempe who was born in 1837. Kempe lived in...

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web...

Fire by C. C. Humphreys

Fire
C. C. Humphreys
First came Plague, now comes Fire. The epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London's rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Perfect for fans...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
This is a coming-of-age, incredibly thought-provoking, beautifully written and utterly original book. The book thief in the story is a nine-year old girl but this incredible story will...

The One Man by Andrew Gross

The One Man
Andrew Gross
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944...

Now is the Time by Melvyn Bragg

Now is the Time
Melvyn Bragg
‘Now is the Time’ is a fascinating, substantial, yet surprisingly contained novel given the subject matter. Detailing the people's rebellion of 1381, Melvyn Bragg imagines this time and breathes life...

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Summer Queen
Elizabeth Chadwick
Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the epic first novel in a magnificent trilogy unveiling the fascinating and misunderstood young queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine -...

Hill of the Angels by Sue Mayfield

Hill of the Angels
Sue Mayfield
Breath-taking yet at times brutal, this is a story based on real historical events in the 17th Century. Abigail and Grace are living in a country consumed by evil and...

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Winter Crown
Elizabeth Chadwick
Rich and compelling it is December 1154, the coronation of Henry II and Eleanor opens the second part of this detailed, magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine...

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