The Conquering Family (The Pageant of England Series, Book 1)

By Thomas B. Costain

Thomas B. Costain's four-volume heritage of the Plantagenets starts with THE CONQUERING relations and the conquest of britain via William the Conqueror in 1066, last with the reign of John in 1216. The stricken interval after the Norman Conquest, while the principles of presidency have been hammered out among monarch and other people, involves existence via Costain's storytelling ability and ancient mind's eye.

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The Last Banquet

Set opposed to the backdrop of the Enlightenment, the delectable decadence of Versailles, and the French Revolution, The final Banquet is an intimate epic that tells the tale of 1 man’s quest to understand the realm via its many and brilliant flavors. Jean-Marie d’Aumout will test whatever as soon as, with outcomes which are every now and then mouthwatering and at others fascinatingly macabre (Three Snake Bouillabaisse somebody? or maybe a few pickled Wolf's Heart?). while he's not obsessively trying to find a brand new flavor d’Aumout is a quick buddy, a loving husband, a doting father, and an resourceful lover. He befriends Ben Franklin, corresponds with the Marquis de Sade and Voltaire, turns into a favourite at Versailles, thwarts a peasant rebellion, improves upon conventional French tools of birth control, performs an instrumental function within the Corsican battle of Independence, and constructs France’s most interesting menagerie. yet d’Aumout’s each adventurous flip is set by way of his from time to time darkish obsession to grasp all of the world’s flavors prior to that international alterations irreversibly.
 
As gripping as Patrick Suskind’s Perfume, as gloriously bold as Daniel Kehlman’s Measuring the World, and as prize-worthy as Andrew Miller’s natural, The final dinner party is a highly beautiful novel approximately meals and taste, in regards to the Age of cause and the a while of guy, and our obsessions and approximately how, if we be ready to live on them, they could bequeath us knowledge and comfort in outdated age.

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Tales from the Mall

By Ewan Morrison

Fashion, foodstuff courts, undies, fireplace bombing, suicide, loose parking—welcome to the mall.  Winner of the Guardian's no longer the Booker Prize and Glenfiddich author of the Year.

Why may one girl threaten to kill one other for a couple of discounted footwear? Why are cross-dressers attracted to mall automobile parks? What do impulse buys need to do with rioting? How are a few shops "vampiric" while others are "pregnant?" And why are marketplace examine businesses hiding the reality from us?  A mash-up of fiction, essays and real stories, this collection tells of the upward push of the main iconic image of our glossy age: the shopping center. From more than 100 interviews and confessions, Ewan Morrison re-tells the true-life stories of these who paintings, store, or even locate love within their walls. With wry wit, perception, and compassion, he finds how department stores control our feelings, how they're a great area to satisfy a brand new lover or to kill your self, and the way they're taking on the world. As purchasing department shops unfold around the globe on the awesome velocity of 1 new mall each seventy two hours, and everybody, in each nation finally ends up donning a similar models, Tales from the Mall supplies us a page-turning journey of the background of the mall and a imaginative and prescient of our coming destiny. Packed choked with extraordinarily tweetable proof and intestine wrenching, occasionally hilarious tales; this publication will switch how you take into consideration your hair colour, your loyalty playing cards, the worldwide financial system, and your boyfriend or girlfriend—forever.

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After Flodden

By Rosemary Goring

Patrick Paniter was once James IV's right-hand guy, a diplomatic genius who used to be in control of the weapons on the disastrous conflict of Flodden in September 1513 within which the English annihilated the Scots. After the dying of his king he's laid low with guilt as he relives the occasions that ended in warfare. while Louise Brenier, daughter of a rogue sea dealer, asks his assist in checking out if her brother Benoit used to be killed in motion, it's the least he can do to salve his judgment of right and wrong. now not chuffed with the scoop he brings, Louise units off to determine the reality herself, and speedily falls foul of 1 of the lawless clans that rule the ungovernable borderlands. After Flodden is a singular concerning the results of the conflict of Flodden, as noticeable during the eyes of numerous characters who both had a hand in bringing the rustic to battle, or have been profoundly tormented by the end result. there were only a few novels approximately Flodden, regardless of its significance,and none from this angle. It's a racy event, combining political intrigue and romance, and its readership should be an individual who loves historic fiction, or is attracted to the background of Scotland and the turbulent, ungovernable borderlands among Scotland and England.

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Perfect: A Novel

By Rachel Joyce

Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that appears like every different: his college uniform draped over his wood table chair, his sister arguing over the breakfast cereal, the clicking of his mother’s heels as she crosses the kitchen. but if the 3 of them go away domestic, using right into a dense summer time fog, the morning takes an unmistakable flip. in a single bad second, anything occurs, anything thoroughly unforeseen and at odds with lifestyles as Byron knows it. whereas his mom turns out to not have spotted, for eleven-year-old Byron not anything can ever be the same. 
 
What occurred and who's in charge? Over the times and weeks that stick with, Byron’s excellent global is shattered. not able to belief his mom and dad, he confides in his ally, James, and jointly they concoct a plan. . . .
 
As she did in her debut, The not going Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce has imagined bewitching characters who locate their usual lives suddenly thrown into chaos, who study that there are occasions while kids needs to turn into mom and dad to their mom and dad, and who become aware of that during confronting the demanding truths approximately their pasts, they're going to forge unforeseen relationships that experience profound and striking affects. Brimming with love, forgiveness, and redemption, Perfect will cement Rachel Joyce’s acceptance as considered one of fiction’s brightest talents.

Advance compliment for Perfect
 
“Out of the smallest, so much gentle construction blocks, Rachel Joyce steadily builds a towering feel of risk. She knows humans, in all their intricacy and vulnerability, in a manner few writers do. Perfect is a poignant and robust ebook, wealthy with empathy and charged with appealing, atmospheric writing.”—Tana French, bestselling writer of In the Woods and Broken Harbor
 
Praise from the U.K.
 
“Readers who enjoyed The not going Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will no longer be disappointed.”The Sunday Times
 
“Joyce is not any novice—she has performed whatever extra bold, darker and extra sincere [than The not going Pilgrimage of Harold Fry].”The Guardian
 
“A compelling novel in regards to the crushing regulations that type and gender can impose, the weight of parental expectation, and the stigma hooked up to psychological ailment . . . an affecting tale.”The Independent
 
“If in basic terms there have been extra novelists like Rachel Joyce. . . . Diana herself is wonderful. She is to Perfect what Harold Fry was once to Unlikely: a completely rounded hero, somebody to fall in love with.”The Telegraph
 
“You will turn out grinning dippily and recommending this wild, looking out e-book to every body you know.”The instances (London)
 
“[Perfect’s] unputdownable issue . . . lies in its exploration of such a lot of multilayered feelings. there's the unbreakable bond among mom and son, the terror of no longer belonging, loneliness, grief, guilt, melancholy, loss, the harmful nature of psychological sickness and the way love can supply redemption. even supposing Joyce made her identify as a playwright and offers nice discussion, it's her descriptive powers that make the radical so vivid.”London night Standard

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The Versions of Us

In one second, lives could be replaced endlessly . . . and without end . . . and forever.

the single factor that’s convinced is that they met on a Cambridge road accidentally and felt a connection that may final an entire life. yet as for what occurred subsequent . . . They fell wildly in love, or went their separate methods. They kissed, or they inspiration best of it. They married quickly after, or have been jointly for a number of weeks ahead of splitting up. They grew distracted and disillusioned with their day-by-day lives jointly, or stumbled on solace jointly in basic terms after tough years spent apart. 

 
With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a global as magical and affecting as those who captivated readers in One Day and Life After Life. It is a story of percentages and effects that earrings around the moving many years, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and directly to the current, exhibiting how even the smallest offerings can outline the process our lives. 
 

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Devil's Consort: England's Most Ruthless Queen

By Anne O'Brien

Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a decided lady who plots and schemes an remarkable direction among both strong males in 12th century Europe, a girl who can manoeuvre and manage to protect her personal lands as successfully as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her fight to maintain her inheritance intact, best her to reject one husband and take one other who will fulfil her wishes. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is ready to carry scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her final prize. Hers is a narrative of energy, political intrigue, ardour and love.

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The Everlasting Story of Nory

By Nicholson Baker

Our preferrred fabulist of the standard now turns his awareness on a 9-year-old American lady and produces a unique as enchantingly idiosyncratic as any he has written. Nory Winslow desires to be a dentist or a clothier of pop-up books. She likes telling tales and inventing dolls. She has nightmares approximately tooth, that can clarify her profession selection. she's going to institution in England, the place she is mocked for her accessory and her friendship with an unpopular woman, and she or he has made it during the yr with no crying.

Nicholson Baker follows Nory as she interacts along with her mom and dad and friends, thinks approximately God and death-watch beetles, and goals of cows with pointed tooth. during this precocious baby he supplies us a heroine as canny and as whimsical as Lewis Carroll's Alice and inspires formative years in all its luminous weirdness.

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1066 The Conquest

By Peter Fieldman

ENGLAND'S DEFINING second IN background a thousand YEARS in the past ON the most very important DATES IN ENGLISH HISTORY.

A NORMAN DUKE LED THE final INVASION of britain TO develop into KING of britain. APPOINTED DUKE OF NORMANDYAT THE AGE OF 8 at the dying OF HIS FATHER, HE SURVIVED makes an attempt ON HIS lifestyles AND GREW UP IN A MEDIEVAL global jam-packed with INTRIGUE, TREACHERY AND VENGEANCE . AFTER YEARS OF clash HE turned the main robust FEUDAL WARLORD IN NORMANDY AND won THE FRIENDSHIP OF HIS maximum RIVAL, HAROLD, THE SAXON EARL, until eventually the ultimate disagreement at the box close to HASTINGS GAVE HIM THE CROWN . this can be 1066, THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

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The Last Witchfinder: A Novel

By James Morrow

Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a residing in recovery England. but if she witnesses the unjust and scary execution of her liked aunt Isobel, the precocious baby makes a decision to make it her life's project to deliver down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Armed with little retailer the facility of cause, and made up our minds to work out justice be triumphant, Jennet hurls herself right into a sequence of picaresque adventures—traveling from King William's Britain to the fledgling American Colonies to an uncharted island within the Caribbean, braving West Indies pirates, Algonquin Indian captors, the machinations of the Salem Witch courtroom, and the sensuous love of a tender Ben Franklin. For Jennet can't and must never leisure till she has positioned the final witchfinder into chapter 11.

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