Fiction

Historical Fiction

  • Eagles of Empire Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472250872 - Simon Scarrow
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    Simon Scarrow
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    Simon Scarrow is one of the world's favourite historical fiction authors and his Eagles of the Empire series is a must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

    Under the Eagle, the first book in the series, is set in AD42 and follows bookish Quintus Licinius Cato as he arrives in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman Army. He struggles to adapt to the military lifestyle and things get even tougher when he's appointed a rank above his colleagues, due to his imperial connections. Second in command to Macro, the army find themselves on a special mission to Britain - a land of unparalleled barbarity...

    The army also faces bloody skirmishes with sinister organisations; fall into the hands of a dark sect of Druids; attempt to seize the south west of Britain; and end up as fugitives on the run.

    This collection includes books 1-5 in Simon Scarrow's Eagles of the Empire series.
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    Alison Weir
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    Following the success of Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen last year, historian Alison Weir presents the second book in her fictional Six Tudor Queens series - Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession.

    brilliant novel for fans of Philippa Gregory, it finds Weir presenting an unforgettable portrait of Anne Boleyn and showing that she was an ambitious individual who managed to change the course of history.

    Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne quickly drew attention at the English court and embraced the play of courtly love. She wanted the crown and was determined to get it - by any means necessary...

    The second of Henry's queens, it is common knowledge how she died but this enthralling page-turner of a novel explains how she also lived.
  • Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127679 - Michael Pearce
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    Michael Pearce
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    With impeccable historical detail, the crime thrillers in Mamur Zapt author Michael Pearce's Dead Man series will have you hooked and guessing from the very first page.

    Set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s, A Dead Man in Istanbul follows Seymour of the Special Branch as he looks into the strange death of the Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul. Apparently he'd been attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits (a passage between Europe and Asia heavily used by warships, tankers and cargo vessels) in an attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander. At least that's what the Embassy is claiming. However, there's a bullet in his head and it's up to Seymour to discover exactly what happened.

    These enticing spy thrillers also find Seymour investigating killings and conspiracies in Athens and Barcelona.

    This collection contains books 2, 3 and 5 from Michael Pearce's Dead Man series.
  • C.J. Sansom Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858309 - CJ Sansom
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    CJ Sansom
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    This huge collection will take you back to the 16th century as it brings together the first three bestsellers in C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series.

    Set in 1537, a time of revolution when England had seen its greatest changes since 1066, the trilogy starts with Dissolution. In this book, Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and has brought in new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Meanwhile, Thomas Cromwell has sent a team of commissioners to investigate the monasteries in an attempt to dissolve them. Dr Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer and long-term supporter of Reform, but when he's sent to investigate a horrific murder of one of Cromwell's team he begins to doubt everything he ever believed...

    Dark Fire finds Shardlake trying to keep a low profile but this doesn't last long. He's soon sent to follow the trail of Greek Fire (the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies) across the whole of Tudor London; and Sovereign finds Shardlake investigating the murder of a York glazier who may well be connected to the royal family...
  • Rumer Godden Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136315 - Rumer Godden
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    This three-book collection will act as the perfect introduction to the highly acclaimed author Rumer Godden.

    Including Black Narcissus, the novel that inspired an Academy Award-winning film in 1947, the books are all full of high emotion, intensity and drama.

    Black Narcissus is the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India, while Breakfast with the Nikolides is a coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal and Kingfishers Catch Fire tells the story of a young English woman's dramatic and disturbing experiences in Himalayan Kashmir.

    Stories that will stay with you long after you've finished reading them, this is a collection not to be missed!
  • Alan Furst Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250359 - Alan Furst
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    Alan Furst
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    Three novels full of adventure and intrigue in wartime Europe, these books by Alan Furst will appeal to fans of John Le Carre, Henry Porter and John Lawton.

    Kingdom of Shadows follows former Hungarian cavalry officer Nicholas Morath as he returns home to his mistress in 1938. While away in Vienna, he has done a quiet favour for his diplomat uncle. Desperate for Hungary to stop drifting into alliance with Nazi Germany, his uncle has been trading in conspiracies - meaning Morath is edging closer to danger...

    Mission to Paris and The Foreign Correspondent are equally poignant and compelling, providing a remarkable insight into the frailties and fears of humanity when under pressure.
  • M.C. Beaton: The Six Sisters Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472126641 - M.C. Beaton
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    This collection brings together six stories about six sisters, all written by Book People favourite M.C. Beaton.

    Regency romance from a bygone era, these stories are very funny and are sure to appeal to the Agatha Raisin author's fans - although they are much lighter and very different to her crime writing.

    When Charles Armitage announces that his eldest daughter Minerva is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family; Mrs Armitage has one of her turns and Minerva's sisters all start to cry.

    As well as Minerva, this collection gives all the sisters a chance to shine - Annabelle passionately falls for Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester; Deidre wants to marry for love and nothing else; Diana loves to hunt while dressed as a man; and Frederica runs away from home when she has to follow her sisters in marrying magnificently.
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858347 - Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
  • Margaret Pemberton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858354 - Margaret Pemberton
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    Margaret Pemberton
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    Margaret Pemberton's The Londoners trilogy is a saga set in the nation's capital that touches on many of the social issues that engulfed the country during the 1940s and 50s.

    The first book introduces Carl Voigt, a First World War prisoner of war who had married a Cockney girl and never moved back to his native Germany. Now a widower, Carl and Kate were always popular but during the Second World War, they start to be treated as outcasts. Finding friends is hard and Kate finds herself alone and pregnant. However, during the blitz Kate forms a bond with a wounded sailor called Leon Emmerson who is also being shunned by society...

    The following books find Kate facing a battle just after the war to keep her young son with her; and her new family celebrating the Coronation in 1953.
  • David Downing Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781908699992 - 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 and 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.
  • Diney Costeloe Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786696113 - Diney Costeloe
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    Written by Diney Costeltoe, these three powerful novels are set against a background of war and are heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting.

    The Girl With No Name transports you back to London in August, 1939 and follows 13-year-old Lisa as she escapes Nazi Germany and finds herself trying to make a life in England's capital city. She's adopted by a childless couple, but then the Blitz blows her new home apart - and she wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from...

    The Lost Soldier spans 80 years and finds a timeless memorial becoming under threat from developers. Rachel Elliott is determined to save it, but her findings will take her into the dark heart of her own family's history; and The Throwaway Children is the story of two sisters who are sent first to an English and then an Australian orphanage in the aftermath of World War II.
  • Rome Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409608165 - 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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    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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    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.
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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!
  • Frederick Forsyth Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780099586326 - Frederick Forsyth
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    Frederick Forsyth
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    Featuring unputdownable novels alongside an array of short stories, this fantastic 12-book collection features the very best work from bestselling author Frederick Forsyth, including The Day of the Jackal.

    Other highlights include The Odessa File, a story set in 1963 which finds a young German reporter in a life-and-death hunt for a notorious former concentration camp commander; The Fourth Protocol, a tale of espionage and international intrigue; and No Comebacks, a collection of 10 stories encompassing deception, blackmail, murder and revenge.

    Great for lovers of both short stories and gripping, suspenseful fiction, this is a must-have collection of Forsyth's writing that is fascinating, pacy and informative.

    The dimensions of each book in this collection are 178 x 111mm
  • Pat Barker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976234 - 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.
  • 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.

  • Poldark Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781509815074 - Winston Graham
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    With the BBC dramatisation of Winston Graham's Poldark set to return to our screens very soon, 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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    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 not only be 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 hit show and those interested in history
  • War Real Lives Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945474
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    Sure to appeal to fans of Call the Midwife and Our Girl, this is a wonderfully nostalgic trio of real-life reads that shines a light on what life was like for the women left at home during the wartime era and beyond.

    The touching GI Brides takes a look at four girls who left their homeland to follow their new husbands across the Atlantic shortly after the end of the War. Not only did these girls - Gwendolyn, Rae, Margaret and Sylvia - have to cope with a new culture, they also had to get to know their husbands outside of the army... But after the Blitz, they were sure they could cope with anything and this book reveals how much fun they had!

    The Sweethearts is about those women who worked at the Rowntree's factory in York from the 1930s right the way through to the 1980s and how they kept the treats coming, no matter what was thrown at them... The Sugar Girls follows the women who worked at Tate & Lyle's factory in the East End during the Second World War - they're the ones who kept Britain sweet during the time of rations.

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    A signed edition of Alison Weir's Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon.

    The first in six novels from Alison Weir about Henry VIII's queens, this huge book covers the life and times of Katherine of Aragon with a combination of groundbreaking truth and breathtaking fiction.

    Aiming to give readers an extraordinary insight into the way in which Katherine lived, this is a thoroughly researched and eye-opening read that will appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory. It reveals Katherine as a strong and determined woman who believed to be the wife of a king was her destiny.

    A Spanish princess who was raised to be modest, obedient and devout, the book follows Katherine as she leaves her home country and finds herself in a place where everything is different. She has to learn a new language and discover a new way of life as she struggles to cope without her mother and mourns the loss of her brother... seven years after the death of her first husband, Arthur, Prince of Wales, she married Henry VIII and they began a tumultuous marriage that ended with her banishment and death.
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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.
  • Max Hastings Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781447287261 - Max Hastings
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    Chronicling some of the most astonishing chapters of our times, our three-book Max Hastings Collection brings together three very different - but equally compelling - analyses of modern history's most gripping military stories.

    The Battle for the Falklands takes a thoughtful look at one of the British military's most strange and unbelievable conflicts from a social, governmental and tactical standpoint; Bomber Command details the Allies' six-year air offensive against Germany; and the march of the 2nd SS Panzer Division through France to reinforce the front line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe is skilfully accounted in Das Reich.

    Written by award-winning journalist and former Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard editor Max Hastings, this three-book military history collection will make gripping reading for the armchair historian.