Historical Fiction

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    Bernard Knight Collection - 10 Books (Collection)

    Bernard Knight

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    It is November 1194 and Richard the Lionheart appoints Sir John de Wolfe, an ex-crusader, as the first coroner for the county of Devon. The coroner is sent to a lonely moorland village to hold an inquest on an unidentified body but he quickly finds that his new appointment might not be as straightforward as he first thought - particularly when his own brother-in-law seems intent on thwarting the investigation...

    Full of twists and turns, these brilliantly realised murder mysteries, set against a wonderfully accurate historical backdrop, come from Bernard Knight, a talented writer whose 40-year career as a Home Office pathologist and Professor of Forensic Pathology lends real authenticity to the gripping tales.

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    The Care and Management of Lies (Hardback)

    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.
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    Len Deighton Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    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!

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    Jack Higgins Collection - 12 Books (Collection)

    Jack Higgins

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    From the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling thriller The Eagle Has Landed, the Book People are pleased to introduce this fantastically gripping set of 12 books from Jack Higgins - a true master of tension.

    Containing masterful tales of intrigue, suspense and full-blown action, Higgins cleverly crafts uncertainty into every chapter - leaving you yearning for more. Featuring assassins, IRA members, Nazis, al-Qaeda killers and many more than we can mention, this high-octane set of sensational Jack Higgins books is sure to appeal to fans of Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, Len Deighton and Clive Cussler books. Simply unputdownable!

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    Fay Weldon Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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.

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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...

    Please note this collection contains books 1 to 6 in the Daughters of Mannerling series.

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    Blood & Beauty (Paperback)

    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.
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    Tasha Alexander Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Tasha Alexander

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    From New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander, the Lady Emily set introduces fans of M.C. Beaton and Carola Dunn to Victorian London's most colourful and unsuspecting sleuth - Lady Emily Ashton.

    Brimming with both historical texture, emotional depth and the perfect balance of climaxing cliffhangers and clever quips, stolen antiquities, betrayal and murder mysteries are just some of the fascinating high society secrets uncovered by this lady of leisure.

    Enchanting readers since their first publication in 2005, we are pleased to present this exclusive set of books one to three in the Lady Emily series - witty, creative and most importantly, thoroughly enjoyable!

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    Small Change Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    Spare Brides (Hardback)

    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...
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    The Queen of Four Kingdoms (Hardback)

    HRH Princess Michael of Kent

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    This is a special signed edition of The Queen of Four Kingdoms. order today to avoid disappointment!

    Written by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent and perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory's The White Queen and other fictional historical epics, The Queen of Four Kingdoms is a tantalising read about a feisty heroine - Yolande of Aragon.

    With its unique insider's perspective, the vast and sweeping epic covers a riveting period of European history in which France became a unified nation. At the age of just 19, Yolande of Aragon is sent away from everything she knows to marry the Duke of Anjou, King Charles VI's first cousin as part of a politically arranged marriage... The couple soon fall in love, but as Louis spends more time in Italy to claim the Kingdom of Naples, Yolande is left alone with their six children to govern their lands. Through charm, intelligence and clever use of spies, she soon becomes the saviour of not just her kingdom, but also the whole of France...
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    Nicholas Bracewell Set - 3 Books (Collection)

    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 almost impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.
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    Rome Trilogy - 3 Books (Collection)

    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!
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    Dominion (Hardback)

    C. J. Sansom

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    It's 1952 and Britain has been under Nazi rule for 12 years. The press, radio and television are controlled, the police are violent and corrupt and British Jews face ever greater constraints... But defiance is growing, with Winston Churchill's Resistance organisation becoming increasingly powerful. In Birmingham, incarcerated scientist Frank Muncaster may be privy to a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle forever more. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, acting as a spy for the Resistance, is tasked with rescuing Frank and getting him out of the country. Before long, the duo will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog.

    From C.J. Sansom, the creator of the bestselling Shardlake series, Dominion is a gripping spy thriller set in an alternative 1950s Britain.
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    Elizbethan Mystery Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Edward Marston

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    A favourite with Book People customers, this well-crafted trilogy brings together three of Edward Marston's Elizabethan mysteries, all based around an esteemed theatrical company. In the books, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series offers plenty of murder and mayhem that is sure to delight his legion of fans. Set in the 1500s against the background of the Spanish Armada, the tales star Nicholas Bracewell, a resourceful manager who is unafraid to rise to the challenges that the fast-paced and danger-filled times throw at him.

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    Barbara Comyns Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Barbara Comyns

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    Barbara Comyns was a very talented author who lived an extraordinary life and wrote a number of unique and witty novels that will have fans of cosy crime and murder mysteries hooked. Having received acclaim from the likes of Sarah Waters and Graham Greene, the books are set in Edwardian London and are heaving with quirky characters, strange events, love affairs and mysteries to solve. We hope that this three-book set, featuring The Vet's Daughter, Sisters By A River and Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, will help bring her talent to a whole new audience.
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    Angela Thirkell Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    The The Queen of Four Kingdoms (Hardback)

    HRH Princess Michael of Kent

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    Written by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent and perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory's The White Queen and other fictional historical epics, The Queen of Four Kingdoms is a tantalising read about a feisty heroine - Yolande of Aragon. With its unique insider's perspective, the vast and sweeping epic covers a riveting period of European history in which France became a unified nation. At the age of just 19, Yolande of Aragon is sent away from everything she knows to marry the Duke of Anjou, King Charles VI's first cousin as part of a politically arranged marriage... The couple soon fall in love, but as Louis spends more time in Italy to claim the Kingdom of Naples, Yolande is left alone with their six children to govern their lands. Through charm, intelligence and clever use of spies, she soon becomes the saviour of not just her kingdom, but also the whole of France...
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    Bittersweet (Hardback)

    Colleen McCullough

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    Colleen McCullough, author of the bestselling and internationally renowned The Thorn Birds, returns with an epic saga of love, betrayal and redemption set in 1920s Australia.

    The four Latimer sisters are famous throughout New South Wales for their ambition, beauty and wit. The sisters have always been close and been there for each other, then one day, something changes...

    When they leave home to train as nurses, the Depression is casting a dark shadow over the beautiful country and the girls are forced to confront their own demons and desires as the world around them changes. Will they find the independence they all want, or will life - like love - always be bittersweet?

    With real characters that will make you quiver and writing that makes the novel totally unputdownable and stunning from start to finish, Colleen McCullough's 'Australian Gone With the Wind' will not disappoint.
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    The Autobiography Of Jack The Ripper (Hardback)

    James Carnac

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    The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper purports to be the confession of the world's most notorious serial killer, apparently written by James Carnac in the 1920s, but only recently discovered. Whether it actually is or not is up for the reader to judge, but it is an extraordinary memoir that appears to have inside knowledge of the Whitechapel murders of 1888 and gives a wealth of detail about Victorian London, as well as giving a credible motive for the murders. Either fiction or non, this is a fascinating piece of period writing that is a worthy addition to the Ripper cannon and is sure to inspire heated debates.

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    Jean Plaidy Collection - 12 Books (Collection)

    Jean Plaidy

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    Jean Plaidy's epic and unforgettable historical novels set during the times of England's most tumultuous Tudor years display a skillful blend of superb storytelling and intricate historical detail. Likely to appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory, 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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    Eloisa James Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Eloisa James

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    Containing Duchess in Love, Fool for Love and A Wild Pursuit, this three-book collection from the queen of Regency seduction, Eloisa James, will appeal to fans of historical romance.

    Full of complex relationships and a hint of scandal, the books are teeming with passionate tension and could appeal to fans of both Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, while also retaining a captivating historical angle. From the arranged marriage that saw a husband flee on his wedding night only to find himself falling in love with his wife on his return through to a steamy love letter that shockingly becomes public and Lady Beatrix Lennox's pursuit of the Earl of Spade, this is a collection full of page-turners!

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    Railway Detective Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Edward Marston

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    Including The Stationmaster's Farewell, Railway to the Grave and Blood on the Line, Edward Marston's Railway Detective series features some fascinating 'whodunit?' mysteries along with a likeable lead character in Robert Colbeck.

    Throughout the books, Colbeck will have to make use of all of his skills to investigate the unlikely suicide of an old friend, investigate the shock death of stationmaster Joel Heygate on Bonfire night and track down his elusive arch nemesis - the conman, thief and murderer Jeremy Oxley. Vividly bringing the mid-Victorian period to life, these are intriguing stories that will keep you hooked.

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    The Lion and the Lamb (Hardback)

    John Henry Clay

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    Although no-one would think of it to look at him, Paul is the heir to one of Roman Britain's wealthiest families. Condemned to a hovel, beaten by a merciless commander and forced to survive on rations, Paul did have a reason for joining the army and fleeing the family he loves. But upon hearing rumours of a barbarian uprising from beyond the wall, Paul realises that his family are now in danger and undertakes a hazardous journey to keep them safe.

    An epic, sweeping historical debut novel from John Henry Clay that mixes love, war, family and politics.

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