The Kingmaker's Daughter is the fourth novel in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War Series and features all the period detail, authoritative voice and immaculate research shown in The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Lady of the Rivers. Set against the backdrop of the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, this wonderful hardback tells the riveting story of Anne Neville, the youngest daughter of the ruthless Earl of Warwick. Gripping and ultimately tragic, this is full of suspense and sure to delight any fan of historical fiction.
From Robyn Young, the bestselling author of the Brethren trilogy, Renegade tells the story of Robert the Bruce. Epic in scope and superbly researched, it is a dazzling story of conspiracy and divided loyalties, battle and betrayal. A brilliantly drawn portrait of the medieval world, it describes how Edward, the King of England is marching to Scotland, desperate to unite the British Isles under one crown, but Robert Bruce is the only man who can stop him. Determined to stop Edward, Robert seems a long way from achieving his ambition of fulfilling his family's claim to the throne of Scotland. And there are other eyes on Scotland's crown too... This superb piece of historical fiction offers an enlightening portrait of the medieval world.
Hard working and good-hearted despite facing tragedy, the O'Neils cling together and help each other, and a whole community. Meanwhile, Rosh Allen mourns the loss of the love of her life Phil and the apparently greedy and selfish Tess Compton is on the verge of separation from her husband. Behind the three families, two men are at work. One will do serious damage, while the other will reunite a clan that came ashore from the ships of the Spanish Armada. Lights of Liverpool is a stunning novel from Ruth Hamilton, the author of The Judge's Daughter and Mersey View.
The Forgotten Legion Chronicles trilogy is bestselling author Ben Kane's gritty portrayal of first century BC Rome in all its grandeur. Fast-paced historical fiction that perfectly captures the era, these books are exciting and unputdownable. Romulus and Fabiola are twins born into slavery but at thirteen years old, they are sold. Tarquinius is a born enemy of Rome, but doomed to fight for the Republic. Brennus' entire family was killed by the Romans, and he rises to become one of the most famous and feared gladiators. The lives of these characters are bound and interwoven in an odyssey which begins in a Rome riven by political corruption and violence, but ends at the very border of the known world, where the tattered remnants of a once-huge Roman army - the Forgotten Legion - will fight against overwhelming odds. The following books continue their adventures, taking in North Africa and the assassination of Julius Caesar.
What should be an incredible journey for May Smith and her husband ends up being engulfed in tragedy when the Titanic hits an iceberg in April 1912. May was looking to leave her life in the back streets of Bolton behind and start afresh in the United States. Leah Fleming's powerful novel brings the disaster vividly to life. It describes how human stories of lost babies, abusive husbands and friendships forged in the traumatic circumstances. The Captain's Daughter is a sweeping read full of incident and human emotion that marks the centenary of the ship's sinking.
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.
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.
Bestselling author C.J. Sandom 's Heartstone tells the story of Henry VIII's invasion of France in 1545. An invasion that has gone badly wrong and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Soon events will converge on board one of the king's great warships gathered in Portsmouth harbour, waiting to sail out and confront the approaching French fleet... A thrilling read for anyone interested in historical fiction!
Featured on the Richard & Judy Book Club, The Visible World by Mark Slouka is a remarkable story that refers back to one man?s vague memories of his childhood in war-torn Czechoslovakia. Fascinatingly constructed, this beautifully written tale sees the man, whose parents whisked him from his homeland to America at a young age, attempt to discover more about his family history and make sense of the memories he has of his mother?s love for another man. Told in two distinct halves, this powerful and gripping historical love story packs a real emotional punch.
Written by Frances Osborne, the bestselling author of The Bolter, Park Lane is set in Edwardian London and tells the story of housemaid Grace Campbell and Lady Beatrice - two young women of very different social standing who both dream of breaking free from tradition and obligation. They know that suffragettes are on the march and that war looms, but at 35 Park Lane, Lady Masters insists that life is about service and duty. The book expertly delves inside one of London's most exclusive residences where the walls between two social worlds are crumbling and the lives of these two women are about to collide in a way they could never have imagined. This gripping and tense hardback brilliantly captures a deeply fascinating period of British life in which the normal boundaries of behaviour were overturned and the social hierarchy could no longer be taken for granted.
The debut novel from Amor Towles, Rules of Civility follows Katey Kontent and Evie Ross as they celebrate New Year's Eve in an empty jazz club in New York, a city they are both relatively new to. While celebrating they meet the wealthy Theodore 'Tinker' Grey, and it is this meeting that changes both their lives dramatically over the next year. Narrated with humour and panache by Katey, a character compared to Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly, this is a book that beautifully brings the age it is set in to life while retaining a sense of fun and wonder.
Josephine Tey is one of the best-known and most-loved of all crime writers. She began to write full time after the successful publication of her first novel in 1929 and continued to write until her death in 1952. With her original, mysterious plots and a winning combination of interesting characters and genuinely surprising outcomes, stories like The Franchise Affair, The Man in the Queue and A Shilling for Candles are rightly heralded as classics. An author very much in the style of Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, these books, all set against well-drawn period backdrops, will appeal to fans of detective fiction.