Fiction

Historical Fiction

  • Versailles - Paperback - 9781782399988 - Elizabeth Massie
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    Elizabeth Massie
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    Now a major BBC Two drama, Versailles follows the life of Louis XIV as he creates his incredible palace.

    It's 1667 and at the age of just 28 years old, Louis XIV is King of France. Haunted by the memory of the Fronde - an opposition lead by the nobility against his father - Louis knows that he must tame the French aristocracy or risk being toppled by them.

    To do this, he conceives the construction of Versailles. He wants it to be not only the greatest palace the world has ever seen, but also a gilded prison that can keep the nobles out of Paris and under his control. As his enemies circle around him Louis proves himself to be an extraordinary strategist and a manipulative Machiavellian who will stop at nothing to ensure his sovereignty.

    While all this is going on, Louis' queen Theresa of Austria must fight to keep her husband's attentions while he falls for his mistress - the sister of the King of England.

    Covering an era and place laced with passion, death, love and vengeance, this sweeping, dramatic and captivating tale will delight any fans of the show and those interested in history
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    Philippa Gregory
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    Widely known as the queen of historical fiction - and a huge favourite with Book People customers (and staff!) - we're excited and delighted to bring you Philippa Gregory's latest bestseller, The Taming of the Queen, in beautiful hardback.

    The novel answers the question of just who was King Henry VIII's last wife, Kateryn Parr? Was she a faithful wife and scholarly queen, or a heretic and disloyal citizen before the Tudor court? Philippa Gregory has written about all of Henry VIII's queens in the past and this book offers an intimate portrayal of a 30-year-old widow who longed for both passion and power.

    Kateryn is given no choice when Henry VIII commands her to marry him. Having buried four wives, she knows the dangers that await but as Henry shows care and compassion for her, he begins to grow on her... But is this enough to keep her safe?
  • The Butcher's Hook - Hardback - 9781473625112 - Janet Ellis
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    Janet Ellis
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    The Butcher's Hook is the debut novel from former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis. Submitted to publishers anonymously after graduating from the Curtis Brown creative writing school, it's set in Georgian London and tells the story of 19-year-old Anne Jaccob - the daughter of a well-to-do family who decides to swerve her arranged marriage in favour of finding her own happiness.

    When Anne meets butcher's apprentice Fub, she begins to imagine a life of passion with him... but her parents have found someone who they deem to be far more suitable for her. Fiercely independent and idiosyncratic, she makes the decision to follow her own dreams - even if that means getting some blood on her hands.

    An atmospheric and riveting story that has plenty of dark and twisted turns, this is a page-turning novel that will appeal to fans of The Miniaturist and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.
  • Lamentation - Hardback - 9780230744196 - C. J. Sansom
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    C. J. Sansom
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    This is the latest novel in historical author C.J. Sansom's bestselling Lamentation series - and it's available in hardback for an unbelievable Book People price.

    It's summer, 1546 and King Henry VIII is slowly and painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle to decide who will control the government of his successor, the eight-year-old Prince Edward.

    As Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife - and Matthew Shardlake's old mentor - Queen Catherine Parr. It turns out she's hiding a secret; she's written a confessional book so radically Protestant that if the King saw it, it would bring her and her sympathisers crashing down - and it's been removed from its safe place.

    Shardlake's tasked with investigating the disappearance of the book and soon discovers it's linked tot the terrible death of Anne Askew - and he, too, could be in trouble.
  • Daphne du Maurier Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349008097 - Daphne du Maurier
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    Daphne du Maurier
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    One of the 20th century's most original writing talents, Daphne du Maurier's novels are never anything less than magical - and here we've collected our favourites for one unbelievable Book People price. This set includes her bestseller Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek and Jamaica Inn, perhaps one of the best historical romances ever written.

    Frenchman's Creek is a tale of adventure, set during the reign of Charles II. It is the breathtaking story of a woman searching for love, who embraces the dangerous life of a fugitive on the high seas. du Maurier's much-praised Rebecca is a gothic tale of love, murder and secrets; and Jamaica Inn is a classic story with murder, mystery and plenty of passion.

    Complete with stunning new jackets, this three-book collection will delight fiction fans who love gripping page-turners.
  • Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth Collection - 20 CDs - Audio - 9781509818358
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    With 20 CDs adding up to over 25 hours' running time, this audiobook collection contains Ken Follett's epic masterpiece Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End.

    Pillars of the Earth is a thrilling drama set in 12th century England that revolves around a family conflict surrounding the building of a cathedral. World Without End is set two centuries later in medieval Kingsbridge and it once again finds men, women and children having to grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

    Both are read by beloved actor Richard E. Grant and provide captivating listening whether you're at home, in the car or on a longer journey.
  • Philippa Gregory Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781471155185 - Philippa Gregory
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    Philippa Gregory
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    Six historical novels for one unbelievable Book People price, this is the entire collection of Philippa Gregory's bestselling Cousins' War series. Certain to transport you back in time to England during the War of the Roses, the books' settings have been richly researched and the plots are completely compelling.

    Although not released in this order, it's widely thought that reading the books in chronological order (The Lady of the Rivers, The Red Queen, The White Queen, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The White Princess, The King's Curse) offers the best experience. Covering Henry VIII's predecessors and Elizabeth Woodville's rise to the throne, the books are full of shocks, scandals, murders and have some healthy romance added for good measure.

    By reading all the books in the series, you'll see why Philippa Gregory is heralded as the queen of historical fiction - and how her Cousins' War books inspired the hit BBC show The White Queen.

    This collection contains books 1-6 in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series.
  • Pat Barker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976234 - Pat Barker
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    Pat Barker
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    Focusing on the treatment of casualties during World War I, our Pat Barker Collection is a powerful, harrowing examination of the insanity of conflict. Here, we are delighted to bring you her complete Regeneration series for less than the RRP of just one book - we're sure once you pick them up, you won't be able to put them down.

    In Regeneration, the first book in the series, a decorated English officer is sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Combining real-life and fictional characters, and issues of class and politics, the book effortlessly weaves heart-rending prose and expert plotting.

    Completing this trio of poignant wartime novels are The Eye in the Door and the Man Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road.

    An ideal set of books for anyone who is interested in powerful writing, historical fiction and military history, our three-book Pat Barker Collection is shocking, eye-opening and completely immersive.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Pat Barker's Regeneration series.
  • Poldark Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781509815074 - Winston Graham
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    Winston Graham
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    With the BBC dramatisation of Winston Graham's Poldark still fresh in the mind of millions of viewers, we are delighted to bring our customers this TV tie-in set of the beloved books.

    Ross Poldark introduces our hero. Tired from a long-fought war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his homeland but the joyful homecoming he anticipated turns sour: his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. His sympathies for the locals are strong and they lead to him saving an impoverished miner's daughter from a fairground brawl, changing the course of his life forever...

    In Demelza, the miner's daughter he saved from the fairground brawl is now his wife and the turbulent years in which they live are testing their marriage and their love for one another. Demelza is trying to adapt to the ways of the gentry bring her only heartache and headaches, despite the joy of the first child. And Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of miners with his enemy, George Warleggan.

    Period writing of the highest calibre, this two-book set is ideal for fans of the Poldark show and those yet to read the incomparable works of Winston Graham.

    This set contains books one and two in Winston Graham's Poldark series

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    Adele Parks
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    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!
  • 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-defence, 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.
  • Edward Marston Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749011901 - Edward Marston
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    Edward Marston
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    From Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective and Domesday series, this set contains three enthralling historical adventures set in early 1700s France. Vividly detailed, follow soldier of fortune Captain Daniel Fawson as he faces three deadly battles against a backdrop of espionage, treachery and dastardly politics. Historical fiction that is full of adventure.

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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.
  • Rome Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409608165 - M.C. Scott
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    M.C. Scott
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    M.C. Scott's Rome books brilliantly bring to life a fascinating and popular historical era. The three novels included in this collection are all extremely gripping and capture the passion, tension and intrigue of the time. The Emperor's Spy finds a mysterious prophecy foretelling that Rome will burn, and only one man can save it, while in The Coming of the King Sebastos Pantera, known to his enemies as the Leopard, must find the most dangerous man in the empire and bring him to justice. The Eagle of the Twelfth tells the story of Demalion and his legionnaires as they go undercover into Jerusalem to recover their pride... Likely to appeal to fans of Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden, this exciting and captivating historical fiction set is sure to keep you hooked!
  • 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.

    This collection contains books 1 to 3 in J.D. Davies' Quinton series.

  • 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 along with two more of our favourites from the series, 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 the 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.

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

  • Ross Leckie Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780857861566 - Ross Leckie
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    Ross Leckie
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    A fascinating set of historical novels based around the Punic Wars, Ross Leckie's Carthage Trilogy is packed with imaginative and convincing detail and includes the acclaimed books Hannibal, Scipio and Carthage.

    Told with great verve and gusto, making each novel as compelling as the next, these chronicles of love, hate, heroism and cruelty are entertaining from start to finish and offer a fresh new take on the Roman era.

  • Jean Plaidy Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780099586364 - Jean Plaidy
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    Jean Plaidy
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    Jean Plaidy's epic and unforgettable historical fiction novels set during the times of England's most tumultuous Tudor years display a skilful blend of superb storytelling and intricate historical detail.

    Likely to appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel, this 12-book collection includes incredible novels such as Defenders of the Faith, which tells the story of the dark days in England as the Tudor succession hung in the balance; Royal Road to Fotheringay, the tale of Mary Stuart's turbulent years before her 19-year imprisonment; and novels from the ever-popular Tudor Saga series, full of full-blooded drama and excitement with Henry VIII at their heart.

    Compelling and full of meticulous attention to detail, this powerful collection is completely unputdownable.
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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.
  • 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.

  • 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!
  • Angela Thirkell Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136780 - Angela Thirkell
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    Angela Thirkell
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    Perfect for fans of P. G. Wodehouse and Alexander McCall Smith, this three-book collection from Angela Thirkell is full of 1930s satirical humour that still resonates today.

    High Rising finds Laura Morland and her boisterous son heading to spend Christmas in her country home, but her wealthy friend and neighbour has a scheming new secretary whose designs on marriage could threaten the social fabric of the village... Pomfret Towers centres around a house party in a magnificent seventeenth century home that shy young Alice Barton is lucky enough to attend, while Wild Strawberries finds the pretty Mary Preson looking for a man - but not the one her mother had in mind...

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    William Shakespeare
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    Richard Burton narrates the second volume of this famous dramatic chronicle of the English Crown, a treasure of the BBC radio archive published on CD for the very first time. Vivat Rex is the landmark drama series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Over the course of 26 instalments, each one narrated by Richard Burton with a full cast, the fortunes of the English Crown are followed through 225 years of British history, from Edward II's accession in 1307 to the birth of Elizabeth I. Each drama is adapted by Martin Jenkins from the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe and their Elizabethan contemporaries. This second volume features the final 13 instalments, beginning with Martin Jarvis as Henry V and concluding with the birth of Elizabeth I. Vivat Rex includes a stirring musical score by Christopher Whelen.