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  • The River Between Us

    by Liz Fenwick ...
    A forgotten house and a secret hidden for a century…'Wonderfully evocative’ Judy Finnigan'An absolute delight!' Hazel Gaynor‘Wonderful escapism’ Tracy Rees’A lovely story' Erica James‘Gloriously rich’ Rachel Hore‘Sublime storytelling’ Cathy Bramley‘Emotional’ Kate RyderFollowing the breakdown of her marriage, ... ... Read more


  • Summer

    Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021

    by Ali Smith ...
    series Seasonal Quartet #4
    WINNER of THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021LONGLISTED for THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021 and the HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE2020 Book of the Year according to the Spectator, TLS, New Statesman and Financial TimesDiscover Ali Smith's dazzling, once-in-a-generation series, the Seasonal Quartet, a tour-de-force cycle of novels about love, time, art, politics, and how we live right now... ... Read more


  • The Rainbow

    Absolutely heartbreaking World War 2 historical fiction based on a true story

    ‘Oh my gosh I don’t know where to start, this book broke me… it will stay with me for a very long time... heartbreaking, poignant, gripping and compelling, I felt every emotion… I read this book in one sitting’ Fiction Vixen Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I always knew my grandfather was a war hero… until I found the photo. There, on the dusty floorboards, was a piece of paper, folded neatly. A newspaper article ... Read more


  • Small Pleasures

    Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021'A WORD-OF-MOUTH HIT' Evening Standard'A very fine book... It's witty and sharp and reads like something by Barbara Pym or Anita Brookner, without ever feeling like a pastiche'David Nicholls'Perfect'India Knight'Beautiful'Jessie Burton'Wonderful'Richard Osman<p... ... Read more


  • Mr Midshipman Fury

    a rollicking, lively naval page-turner set during the French Revolutionary Wars which will capture you from the very first page

    by G.S. Beard ...
    The year is 1792 - the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.A shadow hangs over John Thomas Fury in this his first voyage as a midshipman aboard the 32-gun frigate Amazon. Fury is already seen as a pariah by his fellow sailors. Ten years earlier his father, a brig commander in the Service, became mentally unbalanced and violent and his ships crew mutinied and went over to the French. Now, as ... Read more


  • Doing Time

    a hilarious new spinoff from the Chronicles of St Mary's series

    by Jodi Taylor ...
    series The Time Police #1
    Introducing The Time Police, the brand-new series by i****nternational bestselling author, Jodi Taylor - an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary's series. Perfect reading for fans of Doctor Who, Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde.'The best way to describe this book: lots of fun' British Fantasy Society</p... ... Read more


  • Emperor's Spear

    by Alex Gough ...
    series The Imperial Assassin #4
    An intense novel of war at the Roman frontier.On the Empire's Northern border trouble is stirring. For decades the barbarians have been at the gates. Now, facing threats from within as well as outside, the Emperor is provoking war.When his friend Atius goes missing in Germania, Imperial Assassin Silus is sent into the heart of the battle-torn region.Plunged into a deadly intrigue and a brutal ... Read more


  • Hamnet


    WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION - THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER'Richly sensuous... something special' The Sunday Times'A thing of shimmering wonder' David MitchellTWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART.On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, H... ... Read more


  • The Mercies

    The Bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club Pick

    A Richard & Judy Book Club pick summer 2021The Sunday Times Bestseller and BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick 2020**‘**Dark, dramatic and full of danger’ - Daily MailThe storm comes in like a finger snap . . .1617. The sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a vicious storm. A young woman, Maren, watches as the men of the island, out fishing,... ... Read more


  • The Dictionary of Lost Words

    The International Bestseller

    by Pip Williams ...
    'If you only read one book this year, let it be this one!' FIVE STAR NETGALLEY READER REVIEW**'An extraordinary, charming novel... Williams pins a whole, rich life to the page' The TimesIn 1901, the word 'bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.**Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the ... Read more


  • Heartstone

    by C. J. Sansom ...
    series The Shardlake series #5
    Heartsone is C. J. Sansom's fifith spellbinding mystery in C. J. Sansom's number one bestselling Shardlake series, for fans of Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory**.**'When it comes to intriguing Tudor-based narratives, Hilary Mantel has a serious rival' - Sunday Times‘Sansom has the trick of writing an enthralling narrative. Like Hilary Mantel, he produces densely textured histori... ... Read more


  • Pompeii

    by Robert Harris ...
    A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But even as Rome's richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous warnings that something is going wrong. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world - the mighty Aqua Augusta - has ... Read more


  • The Irish Nanny

    An absolutely heart-wrenching Irish WW2 story

    by Sandy Taylor ...
    ‘We have to go, Miss. We can’t wait any longer.’ I hold the baby tighter as the lifeboat is lowered slowly into the water, hitting the rough sea with a splash. My eyes never leave the ship, searching, hoping to see the others and know they are safe… London 1940. As the war rages in Europe, Rose Brown steps on board a ship bound for America, hoping to escape the danger. She’s frightened, but her ... Read more


  • The Wolf Den

    by Elodie Harper ...
    'Vivid, wise and unflinching, this is a triumph' The Times'I couldn't put it down' Claire Douglas'Utterly spellbinding' Woman & Home'Deeply moving' William Ryan'Gripping' Independent'One of a kind' RedSold by her mother. Enslaved in Pompeii's brothel. Determined to survive. Her name is Amara. Welcome to the Wolf Den...Amara was once a beloved daughter, until her father's death p... ... Read more


  • The North Water

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

    by Ian McGuire ...
    SOON TO BE A MAJOR BBC TV SERIES STARRING COLIN FARRELL AND JACK O'CONNELLA ship sets sail with a killer on board . . .A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered ... Read more


  • The Scandalous Duchess

    by Anne O'Brien ...
    A Sunday Times Bestseller England’s Forgotten Queens‘O’Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.’-The TimesWidow Lady Katherine Swynford presents herself for a role in the household of merciless royal prince John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, hoping to end her destitution. But the Duke’s scandalous proposition leaves her life of pious integrity reeling ... Read more


  • Dark Tides

    The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Tidelands

    Number One bestselling author Philippa Gregory's new historical novel tracks the rise of the Tidelands family in London, Venice and New England.Midsummer Eve 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted twenty-one years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the ... Read more


  • Circus of Wonders

    The Dazzling Sunday Times Bestseller from the Author of The Doll Factory

    The Sunday Times bestseller from the bestselling author of The Doll Factory, Elizabeth Macneal.'Glitters and gleams . . . utterly beguiling' – Daily MailSet in a spectacular circus in the pleasure gardens of Victorian London, this is an addictive novel about power, fame, and a love that is threatened by a terrible secret.1866. In a coastal ... ... Read more


  • A Light in the Window

    A completely gripping WW2 historical novel with a heartbreaking twist

    Margarete stumbles out of the bombed-out house, the dust settling around her like snow. Mistaking her for the dead officer’s daughter, a guard rushes over to gently ask her if she is all right and whether there’s anything he can do to help her. She glances down at where the hated yellow star had once been, and with barely a pause, she replies “Yes”. Berlin, 1941: Margarete Rosenbaum is working ... Read more


  • A Ration Book Childhood

    Perfect for fans of Ellie Dean and Lesley Pearse

    series Ration Book series #3
    In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London's East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.When Ida's oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick ... Read more


  • The Evening and the Morning

    The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

    by Ken Follett ...
    From the bestselling author Ken Follett, The Evening and the Morning is a historical epic that ends where The Pillars of the Earth begins.A Time of ConflictIt is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. The king’s grip on the country is fragile and chaos reigns. A young boat builder dreams of a better future after a devastating Viking raid shatters the life he hoped for.Lives IntertwinedA Norman n... ... Read more


  • The Secret of Provence House

    by Aubrey Rhodes ...
    A sweeping, breath-taking tale of love, betrayal…and a secret that could change the course of history.The secret of Provence House might just be best left untold…Translator Laura has travelled a world away from her New York home to the turquoise seas and rugged beauty of the Cornish coast. She has been summoned to Provence House, a magnificent English country estate, in order to translate a ... Read more


  • The Missing Sister

    They'll Search the World to Find Her

    by Lucinda Riley ...
    series The Seven Sisters
    From the Sunday Times number one bestselling author Lucinda Riley, The Missing Sister is the seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy epic series The Seven Sisters.They’ll search the world to find her.'I’ve loved the Seven Sisters from the get-go and this latest in the series is just as great as the rest . . . As ever there’s a brilliant historical subplot' - Daily MailThe six ... ... Read more


  • Her Heart for a Compass

    THE MOST TALKED ABOUT ROMANCE DEBUT OF 2021‘A tale of daring and determination, set against the glamorous heights, and the harsh restrictions of aristocratic society in the middle years of the British nineteenth century.’Sir Julian Fellowes creator of Downton Abbey and The Gilded Age‘Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has looked deep into her own generous impul... ... Read more