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The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst
The Illumination of Ursula Flight
Anna-Marie Crowhurst
An intimate, beautifully told, occasionally rambunctious tale set in 17th century England. Ursula Flight was born at an inauspicious time, she tells her own highly entertaining, yet poignant tale from birth. Ursula bounded from the page into wondrous life, I...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/05/2018
Circe by Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller

Format: Hardback - Released: 19/04/2018
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
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley
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 first few pages, two reports from 1918, perfectly sum...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2018
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
Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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 lives of a large group of friends and extended...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018
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 Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
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 hold you entranced throughout as you immerse yourself into this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018
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
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 England where now the terror in French Revolution style is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/02/2018
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
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: 29/01/2018
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 historical fiction. Luca Vero belongs to the Order of Darkness...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018
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
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
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
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
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 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
Coming Home to Island House by Erica James
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, falls ill and dies. He leaves three grown up natural...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
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
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
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
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 novels are very varied – there are surreal novels, allegorical...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/12/2017
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 West, Florida. The story starts in 1993 when a 96...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017
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 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 story. Tis beguiling debut is for fans of Kate Atkinson...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
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 land of beautiful Devon beaches, beauty pageants, ghastly murder and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
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 lives in a retirement home, their shared loved of jazz...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
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 their lucky mascot with a penchant for flying. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
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