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    Adele Parks

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    Adele Parks' If You Go Away has been chosen as the Book People Book Club title for July 2015. Save 10% on this book with code ADELE10 - expires 31 July.

    Book People favourite Adele Parks returns with If You Go Away, a story set around the outbreak of World War I that combines glamorous debutantes with themes of heartbreak and discovering just what it is that is really worth fighting for...

    Young debutante Vivian has been hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover up a scandal, but when her husband enlists on their wedding day she is left with no choice but to take up the management and running of his estate - despite her lack of experience in this field...

    Meanwhile, young playwright Howard has rushed to the front to see the horrors of war for himself - and to observe both the best and worst of humanity. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he steadfastly refuses to join the ranks and becomes one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of all time...

    Handsome, famous and seen as a threat to the government, he narrowly escapes a death sentence and agrees to work on Vivian's farm - when the two meet, they quickly form a bond...

    This is a lovely slice of historical romance!
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    Simon Scarrow

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    Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow is now available for pre-order. Please note all orders containing this title will be delivered in their entirety once it comes into stock.

    Simon Scarrow is one of the most successful writers of historical fiction - and a Sunday Times bestselling author - and here he turns his hand to the fierce courage of the men and women of the Greek Resistance in World War II.

    Peter, visiting from Germany while his father leads an archaeological dig on the Greek island of Lefkas, has become close friends with locals Andreas and Eleni. As the world slides towards conflict and Peter is forced to leave, they swear they'll meet again. As conflict steps ever nearer to Greece, Andreas and Eleni join the partisan forces resisting the German invasion and Peter returns a dangerously well-informed enemy intelligence officer, turning their peacetime-forged friendship into a desperate battle between enemies sworn to sacrifice everything for the countries they love...

    Gripping, exceptionally well-paced and ferociously compelling, Hearts of Stone is historical fiction of the highest calibre. A must-read book for fans of Scarrow's Gladiator series and the likes of Bernard Cornwell.
  • Georgette Heyer Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780099598640 - Georgette Heyer
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    Georgette Heyer

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    Georgette Heyer, one of the finest historical fiction authors of all time, transports you back to Regency England with this six-book collection of romantic novels.

    Beautifully repackaged with stunning new jackets, the collection includes Faro's Daughter, Frederica, The Convenient Marriage, Regency Buck, Friday's Child and The Grand Sophy. Every book contains memorable characters, sumptuous period detail and are full of wit that brings the era to life.

    From unlikely relationships to class wars and family failures, these books are sure to appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory, Mary Balogh and Loretta Chase.

  • India Black Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783297306 - Carol K Carr
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    Carol K Carr

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    Become acquainted with India Black, the Madam of Espionage, in this three-book collection of Victorian crime capers!

    Written by Carol K. Carr, you'll be thoroughly entertained as you follow the amusing murder mysteries. The first self-titled novel to star India Black finds India keeping her tarts in line and avoiding the police, but when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies of a heart attack while visiting her brothel, the madam finds herself thrust into a deadly game of blackmail and deceit between British and Russian agents...

    India Black and the Widow of Windsor finds the Queen under threat from assassination, while India Black and the Gentleman Thief has India's double life of operating a brothel and running espionage in considerable danger of unravelling...

    Witty, addictive and full of surprises, the India Black series is historical crime fiction at its finest!

    Please note, this collection contains books 1, 2 and 4 of the Madam of Espionage series.

  • Molly Murphy Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472118066 - Rhys Bowen
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    Featuring the first three books in Rhys Bowen's wonderful Molly Murphy series, this collection is an ideal introduction to a New York Times bestselling author.

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees Ireland - and her identity - for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes the prime suspect... Using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Determined to find the killer on her own, Molly escapes Ellis Island to pound the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side - and a private investigator is born.

    Tightly plotted whodunnits, cleverly and expertly entwined with comedy, Murphy's Law, Death of Riley and For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen are sure to delight fans of Carola Dunn and introduce a new legion of fans to a wonderful character.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series.

  • Iain Gale Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007944699 - Iain Gale
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    Iain Gale

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    A hugely vivid series that finely combines action and intrigue, the Book People's collection of Iain Gale books is a set of brilliantly old-fashioned tales of military strategy and valour, starring a hero who is both colourful and powerful - Jack Steel.

    In Man of Honour, fresh from victory over Louis XIV's France, Jack Steel, Lieutenant of the finest infantry in Queen Anne's army, must lead his men through the battle for Blenheim to collect a letter whose controversial contents could destroy the Duke of Marlborough. Rules of War follows Jack as he is sent undercover to discover and deal with national traitors; while Brothers in Arms sees Jack promoted to captain as his Grenadier troops are ambushed by the French cavalry.

    Sure to appeal to fans of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe - which was dramatised for television and starred Game of Thrones' and Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean - and Patrick O'Brian books, our three-book Iain Gale Collection is a powerful and stunning series of historical adventures - a treat for every history buff.

    This collection contains books 1, 2 and 3 of Iain Gale's Jack Steel series.

  • Military History Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407244068 - Various
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    Anyone with an interest in military history will be captivated by the ten books featured in this collection. A mixture of moving real-life stories and thought-provoking and emotional fiction, the books offer the reader a glimpse into what life must have been like during both World War I and World War II.

    As we approach the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Six Weeks reveals the British Junior Officers who went straight from the classrooom to the most dangerous job in the world, while Paths of Glory tells the story of WWI from the French point of view. Other books in the collection focus on the brave aviators and test pilots, while it also includes the highly acclaimed Das Boot.

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    Jessie Burton

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    There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed ...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways ...Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
  • Professor Moriarty Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783297320 - Michael Kurland
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    Michael Kurland

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    You know Professor James Moriarty from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes stories, but in this three-book set Michael Kurland gives a fascinating insight into the mind of Sherlock's arch-nemesis!

    Including the brand-new novel Who Thinks Evil, the books are full of the kind of twists that would not be out of place in a contemporary spy thriller. Described as the 'Napoleon of Crime', among the cases Moriarty has to solve are that of a killer slitting the throats of England's aristocracy and a search for a missing prince...

    A new take on a famous character, these books are sure to delight not only fans of Sherlock Holmes, but also those who like quirky and cosy crime stories.

    Please note this collection includes books 1, 2 and 5 in Michael Kurland's Professor Moriarty series.

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    Sheila Hancock

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    A stunning debut novel from the iconic actress and bestselling author of The Two of Us, Sheila Hancock, Miss Carter's War tells the story of one incredible woman on a mission to fight social injustice, prevent war and educate young girls.

    Britain, 1948. Against the backdrop of a nation struggling to recover from World War II, half French-half English Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and is working for the SOE. Leaving her lover and friends behind, Carter returns to England to earn a degree from Cambridge and begins a life as a teacher at a girls' grammar school.

    A novel of love, war, change and enlightenment, Miss Carter's War presents to readers a powerful portrait of Britain through the life of one amazing woman!
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    Daisy Goodwin

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    Best-known for the wonderful My Last Duchess, Daisy Goodwin has a talent for writing highly enjoyable and thoroughly engaging historic romps - and The Fortune Hunter is no exception!

    Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything - except happiness. Bored with the etiquette of the Hapsburg Court, Sisi comes to England to hunt, looking for excitement. And she finds it in the form of the dashing Captain Bay Middleton. Ten years her junior and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for Sisi. But they are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

    A rich and textured tale of late 19th century society, The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin is the ideal read for fans of the critically acclaimed Off by Heart and Silver River.
  • Daughters of Mannerling Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472116888 - M. C. Beaton
    DMAN
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    The Book People's customers have been entertained by M. C. Beaton's murder mystery novels for many years and have grown to love the likes of Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin. In this collection, she turns her attention to regency romance.

    Told with her trademark wit and candour, scandal and intrigue follow the Beverley family around after their father loses their fortune, including their family mansion Mannerling. The eldest daughter, Isabella, is chosen to court the bachelor who won the house, but Irish rake Lord Fitzpatrick is also determined to win her affections...

    This collection contains books 1 to 6 in M. C. Beaton's Daughters of Mannerling series.

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    Jessie Burton

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    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed ...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways ...Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
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    Sarah Dunant

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    By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched only by its brutality and corruption. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy, he is defined not just by his wealth, charisma and power, but by his blood: a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If he is to succeed, he must use his Machiavellian son and innocent daughter. Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty breathes life into the astonishing family of Alexander VI and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex, and relentless.
  • Jo Walton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472116871 - Jo Walton
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    Jo Walton

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    Jo Walton is an award-winning author whose Small Change trilogy is a gripping and addictive tale of life set in an alternative history following the Second World War. Farthing tells how The Farthing set overthrew Churchill and negotiated a peace with Hitler. While gathering for a weekend retreat, they are joined by the estranged scion Lucy Kahn, who can't understand why she and her husband's presence was so forcefully requested, When Sir James Thirkie is murdered, with a yellow Star of David pinned to his chest, Lucy realises her Jewish husband is about to be framed for a crime he didn't commit... Ha'Penny and Half a Crown continue this alternate timeline of post-war Britain with more dark twists and turns.
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    Adele Parks

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    Book People favourite Adele Parks has always specialised in bringing beautifully heartfelt and emotional stories to fans of contemporary romantic fiction and Spare Brides is no exception. It tells the heart-wrenching story of four damaged and beautiful women who were left to pick up the pieces of their lives in the era following the First World War.

    With so many men lost at war, it seems only wealth and beauty will secure women a husband from those men who returned, but Beatrice, tired and lonely, has neither. Ava does but is not interested in marriage, while Sarah is still grieving for her husband who she lost at war. Lydia, meanwhile should be grateful her husband's desk job kept him safe, but she thinks of him as a coward. A chance encounter between these women changes their lives forever...
  • David Downing Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781908699992 - David Downing
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    David Downing

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    Fizzing with suspense from the first page to the last, our collection of David Downing books is an outstanding set of three post-war fiction titles that follow the exploits of British spy John Russell.

    Fast forward four years since Russell left his son, Paul, and lover Effi Koenen in volatile Berlin: Potsdam Station sees Russell return to Germany to find out if they're alive and to protect them from the advancing Red Army. But his plan is faltered by the Soviets, who find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind the German lines. Forced into becoming a double agent for the Soviets in Lehrter Station and embarking on the most dangerous task of his life in Masaryk Station, our David Downing Collection is convincing, compelling and captivating - just perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Robert Harris.

    This book contains books 3-6 of David Downing's John Russell series.

  • Short Story Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784081447 - Victoria Hislop
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    Victoria Hislop

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    Perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop, Virginia Woolf and Alice Munro, our Victoria Hislop Collection is a perfect selection of short stories about the lives of women.

    Featuring no less than two centuries' worth of stunning short fiction from the world's most prolific writers, the stories of Life, Loss and Love make this a collection for every occasion.

    A passionate ambassador and champion for short stories, the pieces chosen by Victoria Hislop make this three-book collection a real treasure chest of treats for fans of short fiction.

  • J.D. Davies Quinton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781908699954 - J.D. Davies
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    J.D. Davies

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    Set in the 17th century, J.D. Davies' Quinton series finds England in an unsettled period of transition. Cromwell is dead and England's king has been restored... Yet rumours of treason in the Scottish Isles abound - enter Matthew Quinton, an inexperienced but loyal 22-year-old sea captain.

    Hailing from a family of staunch loyalists, Quinton's first command was lost at sea and he only barely survived. This time around, he is determined to complete his mission with no losses. Vital to this mission is young mariner Kit Farrell, who has promised to teach him how to master the sea in return for Quinton teaching him how to read and write. But the duo face many obstacles as they embark, not least a resentful Cornish crew, a suspicion of murder and a feeling that treason may be closer to home than anyone thought...

    Written by a respected historian, this is a swashbuckling adventure series for fans of Conn Iggulden, Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester.

    Please note this collection contains books 1 to 3 in J.D. Davies' Quinton series.

  • David Donachie Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749011956 - David Donachie
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    David Donachie

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    Three novels written by the Scottish historical author David Donachie, all featuring the unforgettable character John Pearce.

    By the Mast Divided sees young firebrand Pearce illegally press-ganged on to a brutal life aboard the HMS Brilliant in 1793. He becomes the leader of an exclusive gun crew as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel during an action-packed two weeks.

    A Shot Rolling Ship finds Pearce pressed into the navy for the second time in a month, this time working aboard the HMS Griffin, a slow and over-crowded ship that sails the Channel in search of French privateers that prey on English merchant shipping. But Pearce has to save his ailing father from the dangers of revolutionary Paris and to do that, he must somehow leave the ship...

    An Awkward Commission sees Pearce having to take ship and follow fellow Pelicans who have been shipped off to the Mediterranean. As he arrives at the port of Toulon, the tension between crews and captains intensifies and comes to a brilliant head when the HMS Brilliant is detached from the fleet and heads for North Africa, under the orders of Captain Horatio Nelson.

    Three action-packed reads!

    Please note: after receiving feedback from customers, these books have now been reprinted with larger text.

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    Jacqueline Winspear

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    Written by the bestselling author of the brilliant Maisie Dobbs mysteries, Jacqueline Winspear's The Care and Management of Lies is a stunning and heartbreaking tale of human spirit from the trenches of France to the fields of England.

    It's 1914, and the ties between childhood friends Kezia and Thea are becoming more strained by the day; Thea's passionate advocation for women's rights leads her reluctantly into battle and with Tom, Kezia's future husband and Thea's brother, enlisting to fight for his country, Kezia is made responsible for the running of the family farm. Each now must find their own way of enduring the turmoil of war...

    Evocative, heartfelt and and engaging, Jacqueline Winspear has created yet another charming novel where the characters appear to leap from the page and into the hearts of readers.
  • Len Deighton Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780007937196 - Len Deighton
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    Len Deighton

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    Heralded as 'a master of fictional espionage', our Len Deighton Collection contains six suspenseful books from the bestselling Harry Palmer (which was made into a classic movie starring Michael Caine) and Bomber author.

    From hunting a spy on the streets of Cairo in City of Gold, to the occupation of Britain by the Nazis in SS-GB, Deighton paints a vivid picture of life lived at the extreme - full of suspense, intrigue and explosive pace.

    Comprised of intricate plots, compelling characters and brilliantly drawn backgrounds, Len Deighton is a special talent whose tales will fascinate every reader. Completely unputdownable!

  • Fay Weldon Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784080778 - Fay Weldon
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    Fay Weldon

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    Meet Countess Isobel, the wife of the bankrupt Earl of Dilberne, in this set of three fantastic turn-of-the-century romps written by Weekend author Fay Weldon.

    Penned the Love & Inheritance trilogy, Isobel thinks she has found a solution to the family's financial hardship by marrying off their handsome son to the heiress of a Chicago businessman's fortune in Habits of the House; gets caught up in the preparations for Edward VII's coronation in Long Live the King; and prepares her home to entertain royalty in The New Countess. Unfortunately for this aristocratic Edwardian, things do not go as smoothly as she would hope.

    Stylish, intelligent and full of witty social observations with an ironic twinkle, Upstairs, Downstairs meets Downton Abbey in the brilliant historical fiction books in our Fay Weldon Collection.

  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection- 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    Edward Marston

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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.