The Spy Game

By Georgina Harding

'If you have been a sleeper, how lengthy do you're thinking that it's going to take prior to you forgot who you actually have been? in the event you have been residing undercover for years and years. Which individual will be you?' On a freezing January morning in 1961, eight-year-old Anna's mom disappears into the fog. A kiss that hardly touches Anna's cheek, a rumble of exhaust and a blurred wave via an icy windscreen, and her mom is long past. on reflection, Anna will want that she can have paid extra cognizance to the proof of that day. The grownup international shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the problem of loss of life away in addition to the issues that her mom left at the back of. And her stories will waft and settle just like the fog that covers the automobile. that very same morning a undercover agent case breaks within the information - the case of the Krogers, it seems that traditional those that weren't who they stated they have been; those that had disappeared in a single position and reappeared in one other with different identities, prime different lives. Obsessed through tales of the chilly conflict, and of the second one international battle that is nonetheless a clean and painful reminiscence for the adults approximately them, Anna's brother Peter starts to build a idea that their mom, a refugee from jap Germany, was once a secret agent operating undercover and can even nonetheless be alive. As lifestyles returns to common, Anna struggles to variety among truth and delusion. Did her mom have a mystery existence? and the way have you learnt who a individual used to be she is useless? The undercover agent online game is a superbly wrought novel approximately loss, heritage, reminiscence and mind's eye, and how during which we form those to build our personal identities. it's a painful and gentle reminder of the significance of realizing the earlier and, in flip, the significance of letting move.

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Glover's Mistake: A Novel

By Nick Laird

"Terrific. it is the type of booklet Jane Austen would've written had she been male and hipper-and had net access."
-Chicago Tribune

along with his debut novel, Utterly Monkey, Nick Laird gained acclaim on either side of the Atlantic for his deft humor and sharp-eyed powers of remark. during this new novel, disaffected thirty-something collage instructor David introduces his former instructor, American artist Ruth Marks, to his good friend and flatmate James Glover, unwittingly surroundings in position a love triangle loaded with stress, guilt, and heartbreak. Set within the London artwork scene awash with new funds and highbrow pretension, Nick Laird's insightful and drolly satirical novel explores the character of up to date romance between broken souls whose hearts and heads by no means relatively line up lengthy adequate for them to accomplish precise happiness.

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The Forbidden Queen

By Anne O'Brien

An blameless pawn 

A nation with out a king 

A new dynasty will reign… 

1415. The jewel within the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is ready below lock and key for King Henry V. whereas he is been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save lots of her from her distress. however the brutal king wishes her crown, no longer her blameless love. 

For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and distrust. And whilst she is widowed at twenty-one, she turns into a prize ripe for the taking—her younger son the longer term monarch, her hand in marriage worthy a kingdom. 

this can be a lethal political video game, one the dowager queen needs to examine quickly. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who may have her? Who will destroy her? this is often the tale of Katherine de Valois. 

 

"Anne O'Brien has joined the particular membership of fine historic novelists."  —Sunday Express 

"An completely gripping story that's either fantastically written and  meticulously researched."  —The solar

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The Princes in the Tower

By Alison Weir

Despite 5 centuries of research by means of historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his more youthful brother Richard, Duke of York, stay of the main attention-grabbing homicide mysteries in English historical past. Did Richard III quite kill “the Princes within the Tower,” as is usually believed, or was once the assassin another individual completely? rigorously analyzing each shred of up to date facts in addition to dozens of contemporary money owed, Alison Weir reconstructs the whole chain of occasions resulting in the double homicide. we're witnesses to the competition, ambition, intrigue, and fight for energy that culminated within the imprisonment of the princes and the hushed-up murders that secured Richard’s declare to the throne as Richard III. A masterpiece of old study and a riveting tale of conspiracy and deception, The Princes within the Tower eventually presents an answer to this age-old puzzle.

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A Regimental Affair: A Novel

By Allan Mallinson

ALLAN MALLINSON’S A shut Run Thing and Honorable Company stirred readers and critics with the army adventures of younger Captain Matthew Hervey on the conflict of Waterloo and amid the tough terrain and treacherous intrigues of India. Now, in 1817, Hervey returns to an England whose hard-won peace is shaken through the misery and discord of its humans. or even as he's stuck up within the turbulent sunrise of a brand new period, he needs to wrestle a planned try to orchestrate his personal ruin.

The honors he gained in India fell in need of Captain Matthew Hervey’s inner most desire–to go back to his loved sixth mild Dragoons. yet now situations permit him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the attractive girl Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed considering early life. in the meantime, even if, his soldier’s middle is pierced by way of the sight of guys in British scarlet crippled within the carrier of king and nation, now forgotten and eliminate, diminished to begging and petty crime. it's no ask yourself that rabble-rousers clamor for reform and that lawlessness is erupting all over the place, from the towns to the countryside.

As for Hervey’s personal cavalry, guarding Regency Brighton and ambushing French smugglers in nighttime coves, he unearths them, too, significantly replaced. Their new lieutenant colonel, Lord Towcester, is a cold-eyed martinet–vain, inept, and bigoted–who cares much less for the welfare of his males than for holding the shine on their glowing brass buttons. additionally, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to result in Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a conflict hero and previous aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, Towcester sees all that he himself as soon as forfeited via cowardice.

But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an outdated and mystery one and to reveal it'll fee Hervey his rank, the command of his loved Sixth–and the skill to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the captivating and decided Henrietta, now not above a bit politicking in excessive locations to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically positioned a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.

As the economic Revolution builds and foodstuff riots fall down to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a common rebel. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized through enemies either inside of and with out. after which destiny calls his regiment to the darkish frozen wastes of a far off frontier, the place one other people’s lifestyle is being destroyed through the march of swap, and the place tragedy and bloodshed will strength a showdown among Hervey and his nemesis.

A Regimental Affair is a beautiful tapestry of brilliant characters, rousing motion, and actual historic element that re-creates a global of well mannered English drawing rooms, poverty-stricken London streets, and frozen battlefields, the place human ardour and blind destiny supply delivery to the future of a nation–and a hero.

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The Uncrowned Queen (Short story prequel to The King's Concubine)

By Anne O'Brien

'Anne O’Brien has joined the specific membership of good ancient novelists.’ - Sunday Express

Her route to the throne is paved with treason… 1330.

Philippa of Hainault could be married to King Edward III yet she’s penniless and powerless. England quivers within the clutches of the Dowager Queen Isabella and her darkly bold lover Lord Mortimer whereas her husband rots in prison, a prisoner at Mortimer’s hand. it's going to take a brave younger guy to emerge from the shadows and stand up in contrast bold pair.

Philippa won’t relax and spot Edward puppeteered. She is decided to determine justice performed. It’s her phrases whispered into the younger King Edward’s ear that would see the conflict for England’s throne commence.

Mightier have fallen. Treason threatens. The victor’s prize is England…failure is death.

It’s a robust union that ties Philippa and Edward during this darkly pleasing brief tale yet will it usually be so?

Praise for Anne O’Brien:

‘One of the simplest writers around…she outdoes even Philippa GregoryThe Sun

‘Her writing is highly evocative of the time period… O’Brien has produced an epic story’ Historical Novel Society

Anne O’Brien’s novels supply a voice to the “silent” ladies of historyYorkshire Post

‘Once back O’Brien proves herself a medieval heritage magician, conjuring up a hot, sweeping storyLancashire night Post

‘An interesting and fascinating tale of affection and ancient politics. If you take pleasure in Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you are going to love Anne O'BrienWe Love This Book

‘A brilliantly researched and well-told tale; you won’t manage to placed this e-book downCandis

‘A fast paced old drama that's packed with suspense.’ Essentials

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Jane Austen's England

By Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins

A cultural image of daily life on the planet of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, arguably the best novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly in regards to the gentry and aristocracy of 2 centuries in the past in her debts of younger women searching for love. Jane Austen’s England explores the customs and tradition of the genuine England of her daily life depicted in her vintage novels in addition to these via Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Drawing upon a wealthy array of up to date assets, together with many formerly unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and private letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly painting the day-by-day lives of normal humans, discussing issues as various as start, marriage,  faith, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions.

From chores like fetching water to therapeutic with  medicinal leeches, from promoting other halves on the market to purchasing smuggled gin, from the hardships confronted by way of younger girls and boys within the mines to the universal sight of corpses swinging on gibbets, Jane Austen’s England offers an authoritative and gripping account that's occasionally funny, usually stunning, yet consistently exciting.

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Dogma: A Novel

By Lars Iyer

A plague of rats, the top of philosophy, the cosmic chook, and bars that don’t serve Plymouth Gin—is this the Apocalypse or is it simply the USA?
 
“The apocalypse is imminent,” thinks W. He has committed his existence to philosophy, yet he's approximately to be forged out from his liked college. His pal Lars is not any support at all—he’s too busy battling an infestation of rats in his flat. A drunken lecture journey in the course of the American South proves to be one other substantial mistake. In desperation, the 2 British intellectuals flip to Dogma, a semi-religious code that will but supply intending to their lives.
 
half Nietzsche, half Monty Python, half Huckleberry Finn, Dogma is a unique as ridiculous and profound as faith itself. The sequel to the acclaimed novel Spurious, Dogma is the second one e-book in a single of the main unique literary trilogies considering MolloyMalone Dies and The Unnamable.

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