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Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma
Charmaine Craig
Powerful, sweeping and elegantly composed, this compelling novel takes in Burma’s history from the 1940s to the 1960s and draws on the author’s personal history to remarkable effect. When Benny settles in Ragoon, part of the British Empire, he falls...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/03/2018
Ike and Kay by James MacManus
Ike and Kay
James MacManus
A captivating and convincing novel set during the Second World War, based on archived documents and letters, detailing the relationship between married US General Eisenhower and his driver Kay Summersby. In 1942 the two meet, and Eisenhower quickly places Kay...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/03/2018
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it was painful to behold. They, Lucy and Gabe, met on 11 September 2001 in New York as the world changed and so did their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018
The Pharmacist's Wife by Vanessa Tait
The Pharmacist's Wife
Vanessa Tait
Oh my, this is a fascinating, darkly powerful novel with biting attitude, set in Victorian Edinburgh. In the laboratory above a newly opened pharmacy, a wonder-drug is created, as the pharmacist experiments, his wife of six months discovers a world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw
In a Nutshell: Centuries-old sisters wreak revenge An ancient curse haunts a contemporary town, with a seventeen-year-old heroine at the very heart of its darkness. Two centuries ago, three sisters accused of witchcraft were drowned as punishment for their alleged...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018
The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford
The Good Doctor of Warsaw
Elisabeth Gifford
An emotionally tough read that tells a story which must not be forgotten. Based on the lives of two of the central characters, Sophia and Misha, it centres on an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James

Reader Reviewed Coming Home to Island House
Erica James
February 2018 Book of the Month. Romily, an author of mystery novels, returns home after a European promotional tour just shortly before her great love, Jack Devereux, somewhat her senior,...

Imperial Vengeance by Ian Ross

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Reader Reviewed 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...

Dark Tracks by Philippa Gregory

Dark Tracks
Philippa Gregory
In a Nutshell: Drive Out the Devil Dancers Menace, madness and medieval adventure abound in this thrilling fourth volume of the atmospheric Order of Darkness series by a doyenne of...

Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley

Reader Reviewed Last Letter from Istanbul
Lucy Foley
Just gorgeous, this is a story to shine a light in the darkness, even in moments of despair. Constantinople in 1921 is a confusing, often frightening place to be, in...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired...

False Lights by K. J. Whittaker

False Lights
K. J. Whittaker
An adult novel from the YA author Katy Moran, False Lights is a wonderfully rich and complex work of speculative fiction. Napoleon won at Waterloo and went on to conquer...

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Reader Reviewed Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape gardener building a great park in 1663 then moves to 1961 and follows...

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Reader Reviewed The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
This is a beautifully crafted novel. Those familiar with Kostova’s writing will be delighted to know that her beautiful, descriptive prose has yet again created a masterful novel that will...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed 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...

Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

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’,...

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....

Battle for Rome by Ian Ross

Reader Reviewed 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.

The Mask of Command by Ian Ross

Reader Reviewed 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.

Swords Around the Throne by Ian Ross

Reader Reviewed 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.

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...

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