Historical Fiction

  • Elliott, Patricia / Pimpernelles

     Eugenie de Boncoeur is growing up in Paris, unaware that her guardian has contracted her to marry the sinister spymaster known as 'le Fantome' when she turns sixteen. She finds herself falling for the handsome lawyer, Guy Deschamps, but there is...

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  • Lofts, Norah / Crown of Aloes

     Crown of Aloes" is presented as a personal chronicle. Within the framework of known fact and detail drawn from hitherto unexploited contemporary Spanish sources, a novelist's imagination and understanding have provided motives, thoughts, and...

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  • Hamley, Dennis / Divided Loyalties

       War has once again come to Europe. Ellen, now married to a German and with a family of her own, must once again face terror and prejudice as World War II rages. Ellen is married to Matthias with three children - angry, rebellious Walter,...

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  • Sharp, Cathy / An Orphan's Courage

     Heartache and hardship in London's East End, from the bestselling author of The Orphans of Halfpenny StreetSt Saviours children's home in London's East End has provided a safe refuge for local children for decades and Sister Beatrice and her team...

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  • Morgan, Jude / Symphony

     An audacious, brilliant and haunting novel about the composer Hector Belioz, by the author of PASSION.In 1827 Harriet Smithson, a beautiful and talented young Irish actress joins an English company taking Shakespeare to Paris. With the ferment of...

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  • Corder, Zizou / Halo

     Washed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins . . ...

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  • Sington, Philip / Zoia's Gold

     A mysterious, gripping novel spun from the secret life of Zoia Korvin-Krukovsky, last-known survivor of the Romanov court and the woman who found fame as teh audacious 'painter on gold'.Stockholm, December 1999. Madam Zoia, artist and Russian-born...

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  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan / Water Music

       In London, Ned Rise, thief and whoremaster, is drinking Strip-Me-Naked with Nan Punt and Sally Sebum at the Pig and Pox Tavern in Maiden Lane. And, far from his native Edinburgh, the explorer Mungo Park is stranded in the Sahara, a prisoner...

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  • Vreeland, Susan / The Passion of Artemisia

     From extraordinary highs - patronage by the Medicis, friendship with Galileo and, most importantly of all, beautiful and outstandingly original paintings - to rape by her father's colleague, torture by the Inquisition, life-long struggles for...

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  • Irwin, Margaret / The Galliard

     Queen of Scotland at six days old. Queen of France at seventeen years old. A widow at eighteen. The young and trusting Mary, Queen of Scots, is sailing home to her kingdom after years in exile. The danger from her cousin, the English Queen, has not...

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  • Borodale, Jane / The Book of Fires

     A stunning historical novel, 'The Book of Fires' is the unforgettable story of Agnes Trussel - and love, fireworks and redemption.Brought up in rural Sussex, seventeen-year-old Agnes Trussel is carrying an unwanted child. Taking advantage of the...

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  • Fugard, Athol / Tsotsi

       Tsotsi is an angry young gang leader in the South African township of Sophiatown. A man without a past, he exists only to kill and steal. But one night, in a moonlit grove of bluegum trees, a woman he attempts to rape forces a shoe box into...

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  • Campbell, Duncan / The Paradise Trail

     A witty, wildly funny, poignant and, at times, tragic novel about the passing of an age where nothing seems to matter until the hard, cruel world comes knocking at the door. It's 1971, and the travellers who end up in the flea-pit Lux Hotel in...

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  • Smith, Wilbur / War Cry

     That time is upon us. I can feel it coming. That evil barbarian will not be satisfied until he has engulfed the whole world in war and death. I fear for us all.'In a triumphant return to his much-loved Courtney series, Wilbur Smith introduces us to...

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  • Morgan, Jude / Passion

       Jude Morgan brings the world of Keats, Byron and Shelley to life in a stunning novel of supercharged emotion, individualism, violence and sensuality. They were the Romantic generation, famous and infamous, and in their short,...

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  • Barker, Pat / Life Class

     From the Booker Prize-winning and Women's Prize-shortlisted author of The Silence of the Girls The first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed 'Life Class' trilogy - an unforgettable story of art and war, from one of our greatest writers on war and...

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  • Gaffney, Elizabeth / Metropolis

       This story is set in New York, in the year 1868. Irish Beatrice is a 'hot-corn girl', selling corn-on-the-cob to passers-by, and picking their pockets into the bargain. German Georg, arriving in Manhattan on the run from a scandal - or...

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  • Chadwick, Elizabeth / The Wild Hunt

     In the wild, windswept Welsh marches a noble young lord rides homewards, embittered, angry and in danger. He is Guyon, lord of Ledworth, heir to threatened lands, husband-to-be of Judith of Ravenstow. Their union will save his lands - but they have...

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  • Erskine, Barbara / The Warrior's Princess

     The powerful new timeslip novel from the worldwide bestselling author of Lady in Hay, in which the fate of a young woman becomes entwined with the extraordinary history of a Celtic princess.When Jess is attacked by someone she once trusted, she...

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  • Gloss, Molly / The Hearts of Horses

     In the winter of 1917, a big-boned young woman shows up at George Bliss's doorstep. She's looking for a job breaking horses, and he hires her. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war in Europe, and he glimpses beneath her showy rodeo...

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  • Jefferies, Dinah / Before the Rains

       A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author 1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera...

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  • Steel, Danielle / The Duchess

     Orphaned. Betrayed. Determined.Angelique Latham grew up at the magnificent Belgrave Castle with her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her mother. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally deny her very existence and send her...

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  • Court, Dilly / The Christmas Rose

     Standing on London's Victoria docks with the wind biting through her shawl, Rose Munday realises she's been abandoned by her sweetheart. She had risked everything to get to London but, stumbling through the peasoup fog, she has nowhere to go,...

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  • Mantel, Hilary / Bring up the Bodies

       Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the YearShortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction`Simply exceptional...I envy anyone who hasn't yet read it'Daily Mail`A gripping story of tumbling fury and...

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  • Trollope, Joanna / The City Of Gems

       On the fifteenth of February, 1879, the day on which Queen Supayalat of Mandalay ordered eighty members of of royal family to be clubbed to death, Maria Beresford celebrated her twenty-first birthday. On that day Maria knew nothing of...

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  • Hope, Maggie / An Orphan's Secret

     Life is a long, tough struggle for Meg Maddison... Growing up caring for her brothers after the death of their mother, it is only her indomitable spirit that gets her through the hard times. And when she marries and starts a family of her own,...

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  • Kunzru, Hari / The Impressionist

     A sweeping, colourful adventure from the acclaimed author of White TearsDiscover Hari Kunzru's smash-hit debut novelThis is the extraordinary story of a child conceived in a wild monsoon night, a boy destined to be an outsider, a man with many...

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  • De Kat, Otto / Julia

     From the moment he meets Julia, Christiaan Dudok is dangerously close to love. But their first date is interrupted by S.A. Brownshirts storming into the cafe. It is 1937, and Germany is heading for war and fanaticism. Chris, a Dutchman, is both...

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  • King, Katie / The Evacuee Christmas

     A heart-warming story of friendship and family during the first Christmas of World War Two.Autumn 1939 and London prepares to evacuate its young. In No 5 Jubilee Street, Bermondsey, ten-year-old Connie is determined to show her parents that she's a...

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  • Flegg, Aubrey / Wings over Delft

       Book 1: The Louise trilogyWinner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award 2004As the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family, Louise Eeden knows that certain things are expected of her. When her father commissions a famous artist to paint her...

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  • Urquhart, Jane / The Stone Carvers

     In 1867 Pater Archangel Gstir is sent by God to the Canadian wilds. Soon the backwoods are transformed into a parish and the settlers into a congregation, and Joseph Becker, a woodcarver, is brought together with his future wife. Decades later...

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  • Brown, Dan / Origin

     Sunday Times #1 BestsellerNew York Times #1 BestsellerThe global bestseller - Origin is the latest Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code.'Fans will not be disappointed' The TimesRobert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and...

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  • De Kretser, Michelle / The Rose Grower

     In a corner of south-western France, a young rose grower nurtures a private passion to breed an exotic new flower. But the year is 1789, and the world is about to change... The Rose Grower throws a subtle, slanting light on the underside of...

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  • Ford, Fiona / Christmas at Liberty's

       The first novel in the Liberty Girls series will be loved by fans of Elaine Everest, Nancy Revell and Mr Selfridge.`A wonderful, uplifting story of friendship and courage. Characters that you can't help falling in love with! This new saga...

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  • Shalev, Meir / The Blue Mountain

     The Blue Mountain is the first novel by one of Israel's most important and acclaimed contemporary writers and as with all his writing is a virtuoso example of Shalev's skill as a storyteller. Published to outstanding reviews all over the world, its...

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  • Jefferies, Dinah / The Separation

       FROM THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE The Separation, Dinah Jefferies' stunning debut novel, is the heartbreaking tale of a family fractured by lies and one mother's love reaching across the distance of years...

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  • Oksanen, Sofi / Purge

     Deep in an Estonian forest, two women, one young, one old, are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors - men who know how to punish a woman. Aliide offers refuge but not safety: she has her own criminal...

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  • Rees, Celia / Sovay

     Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and its impact on British politics, this action-driven novel shows once again that Celia Rees is one of our very best writers for teenage readers. Wild and beautiful, spoilt and wilful, Sovay finds...

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  • Bolger, Dermot / The Woman's Daughter

     Paperback re-issue of classic Bolger novel 'One of the essential Irish novels, certainly of the decade, and possibly of many another.' Sunday Tribune Set in the grimy, backstreets and suburbs of Dublin. Bolger has often used a woman's voice to tell...

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  • Weaver, Ashley / Death Wears a Mask

     Amory Ames is looking forward to a tranquil period of reconnecting with reformed playboy husband Milo after an unexpected reconciliation following the murderous events at the Brightwell Hotel. Amory hopes a quiet stay at their London flat will help...

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  • Tennant, Emma / An Unequal Marriage

     This is Emma Tennant's inventive continuation of Pride and Prejudice. As in her earlier novel Pemberley, Emma has written an original work of stylish irony, wit and insight into early 19th century life and manners.      All of our...

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  • Harrison, Kathryn / Enchantments

     From the author of The Kiss, a magical, riveting story of doomed love, set at the fall of Russia's last Tsar.New Year's Day, St Petersburg, 1917. Divers pull the body of Rasputin, the Mad Monk, from the icy waters of the Neva River. Within hours,...

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  • Scarrow, Simon / Fire and Sword

     FIRE AND SWORD is the unputdownable third novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Wellington and Napoleon Quartet. A must read for fans of Robert Harris.1804. Napoleon Bonaparte is Emperor of France, his ultimate aim: to rule Europe. After defeat at...

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  • De Jong, Eleanor / Delilah

     Maligned as the courtesan who revealed the mighty Samson's secret for money, Delilah has become synonymous with treachery. But behind the myth is a tale far more tragic...From the moment they met, there was a fire in their relationship, with Samson...

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