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This 3rd novel from Eva Stachniak is a fresh fictional look at the fascinating life of Catherine the Great told through her “tongue” — a young lower-class orphan who eventually becomes a spy at the Imperial Court. Fans of historical fiction will love this opulent and lush story, bursting with period detail, that brings Catherine’s life in the Winter Palace vividly to life.
February 2012 Book of the Month. Agent 6 is the third in Tom Rob Smith's trilogy about a former MGB agent, Leo Demidov. His stunning debut Child 44, set in Russia in 1953 won him the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2009. The second The Secret Speech, again set in the 1950's, was equally gripping. In Agent 6 it is 1965 and Leo Demidov has a wife and teenage daughters - but can he stop his past life destroying his current one? Three decades. Two murders. One conspiracy. Who is Agent 6?
The secrets in a woman's heart are deeper than the ocean...For May Smith, travelling with her husband and baby girl Ellen, stepping foot on the Titanic marks the start of an incredible journey, one which is destined to take her from the back streets of Bolton to the land of opportunity: the United States. But when the 'unsinkable' Titanic hits an iceberg one cold dark night, May's dreams are instantly shattered. Jumping from the sinking ship at the last minute, May loses sight of Joe and Ellen. Distraught, she is pulled into a lifeboat. Minutes later, the real-life Captain Smith swims to the lifeboat and hands May a baby swaddled in blankets. Beside herself, and in virtual darkness, May believes the baby to be Ellen. This rescue is witnessed by fellow survivor, Celeste Parkes, married to an American industrialist who is on her way back to Ohio after her mother's funeral. In horror, they both watch the death throes of the mighty ship; May traumatised, knowing her husband has drowned, Celeste wishing her bully of a husband had been on board and out of her life. As the dawn comes up, and the two women are rescued by the Carpathia, a friendship is formed, one which is destined to transcend the Atlantic and social differences between them and last a lifetime. Then May makes a shocking discovery and a split-second decision which will change the lives of so many.
Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows...
Along Cornwall's ancient coast, the flotsam and jetsam of the past becomes caught in the cross-currents of the present and, from time to time, a certain kind of magic can float to the surface...Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Magpies whisper to lonely drivers late at night. Trees can make wishes come true - provided you know how to wish properly first. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A teenager's growing pains are sometimes even bigger than him. And, on a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, Cornish folklore slips into everyday life. Hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wrecker's lamps, standing stones and baying hounds, and relationships wax and wane in the glow of a moonlit sea.
The first serious yet sympathetic biography, by one of Britain's most distinguished biographers, turns her focus on one of the most vilified women of the last century, the Duchess of Windsor, the former Mrs Simpson. Based on new archives and material recently made available, this scrupulously researched biography re evaluates the role of politicians in the 1930s, sheds new light on the character and motivations of this powerful, charismatic and complex woman, and questions was this really the romantic love story of the century?
Debbie Macomber is getting better and better. In Twenty Wishes she brings in characters from her previous novel Wednesday’s at Four which gives a nice continuity to the books. Ann Marie has recently been widowed and joins a support group in which each person make a list of twenty wishes. A tale of friendship, family, hope and love. Definitely give this author a try if you haven’t yet.
In 1977 the first volume of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant hit the bookstalls. Five books later his characters and world had developed into a magnificent series of adventure and breathtaking enchantment, a true phenomenon: an epic fantasy instant bestseller that has now sold millions and millions of copies across the world. You really would appreciate this one, the first of three in the Last Chronicles sequence - more fully if you had read those first six books but Donaldson is very good at recapping so you do not necessarily need to. This starts ten human years after the close of the last or 4,000 of ‘the Land’s’ years. If you haven’t read the early books it would be unfair for me to tell you too much now. If you have, then you will appreciate how wonderful it is to be back in his world. This is a truly stunning work with depth, sensitivity, warmth and intelligence. An absolute must for fantasy fans. Comparison: J R R Tolkien, Tad Williams, Terry Goodkind. Similar this month: None but you’ll love the Terry Pratchett and the Haruki Murakami. The Thomas Covenant titles in order: THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER Book 1: Lord Foul's Bane Book 2: The Illearth War Book 3: The Power that Preserve THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT Book 1: The Wounded Land Book 2: The One Tree Book 3: White Gold Wielder THE LAST CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT Book 1:The Runes of the Earth Book 2: Fatal Revenant Book 3: Against all Things Ending To view all the titles in the sequence click here.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2006. What the judges said: This is an enthralling and multi-layered novel that traces the story of two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two. It looks at the negative impact that war has on those involved and on succeeding generations. Guilt and its ramifications lie at the heart of this well-written and serious novel that skilfully interweaves past and present.
Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007. This is the second novel from Mal Peet that features Paul Faustino (the first was Keeper) South America’s top sports journalist. It’s a brilliant thriller, beautifully written and the author’s passion for football shines through in the writing. If you’re football mad or want to be a journalist, don’t look further than this book for inspiration. Now available in audio CD. The first in the trilogy is Keeper and the final one is Exposure.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 April 2011. A heart-wrenching story of ambition and betrayal that captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley - will be heralded as a classic and great love story.
January 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. Rachel has always been at the centre of her family of three sons but now the youngest is getting married. She must learn to adjust to the changing dynamics within the various new relationships. This is the author at her absolute best, a first rate read. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 March 2011. The Lovereading view... Joanna Trollope cleverly weaves together an involving family drama in which the matriarchal mother finds herself suddenly bereft of her 3 sons as they marry and their wives try to create some distance between them and the mother-in-law. A power struggle develops and as it does people are going to get hurt. As with all of Joanna Trollope's novels they are packed with emotion and the characters incredibly well drawn.
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