Thursday, 31 January 2013

'The Once and Future King' by T.H. White

 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Harper Voyager
ISBN No: 978 0007491544
 
Special Edition
 
 
Voyager Classics - timeless masterworks of science fiction and fantasy. A beautiful clothbound edition of The Once and Future King, White's masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend. T.H. White's masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic. Here all five volumes that make up the story are published together in a single volume, as White himself always wished. Here is King Arthur and his shining Camelot, beasts who talk and men who fly; knights, wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad; the masterpiece of fantasy by which all others are judged. The Once and Future King, The Witch in the Wood , The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn.

'The Tudor Rose' by Jennifer Kewley Draskau

 
 
Release date: 1st May 2013
Published by: The History Press Ltd
ISBN No:  978 0752465845
 
 
The beautiful sister of Henry VIII, the spoiled darling of the court, Princess Mary Rose Tudor was married off to the ailing King of France against her will, and, after his death, had to fight for the right to marry Henry's favourite companion, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. After bearing him four children, Mary Rose died in the full flower of her beauty. Her adored husband, too busy to attend her funeral, soon married the 14-year-old fiancee of their only surviving son, who shortly thereafter died of TB. Her older daughter, Frances, was the mother of the ill-fated Jane Grey, the 'Nine Days Queen.' Her second daughter, Eleanor, was the grandmother of Fernando, 5th Earl of Derby, intended by Henry VIII to inherit the throne after Elizabeth. The Tudor Rose is the previously untold story of Mary Tudor and the role she and her descendants played in Tudor England.
 
 
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'Elizabeth of York' by Amy Licence

 
 
Release date: 28th February 2013
Published by: Amberley Publishing
ISBN No: 978 1445609614
 
 

As Tudors go, Elizabeth of York is relatively unknown. Yet through her marriage to Henry VII she became the mother of the dynasty, with her children including a King of England (Henry VIII) and Queens of Scotland (Margaret) and France (Mary Rose), and her direct descendants including three Tudor monarchs, two executed queens and, ultimately, the Stuart royal family. Although her offspring took England into the early modern world, Elizabeth's upbringing was rooted firmly in the medieval world, with its courtly and religious rituals and expectations of women. The pivotal moment was 1485. Before then, her future was uncertain amid the turbulent Wars of the Roses, Elizabeth being promised rst to one man and then another, and witnessing the humiliation and murder of her family. Surviving the bloodbath of the reign of her uncle, Richard III, she slipped easily into the roles of devoted wife and queen to Henry VII and mother to his children, and has been venerated ever since for her docility and beauty. Yet was she as placid as history has suggested? In fact, she may have been a deeply cultured and intelligent survivor who learnt to walk a difficult path through the twists and turns of fortune. Perhaps she was more of a modern woman than historians have given her credit for.
 
 
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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

'The Sweetest Dark' by Shana Abe

 
 
Release date: 9th April 2013
Published by: Bantam
ISBN No: 978 0345531704
 
 
 
“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.


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'The Bride Box' by Michael Pearce

 
 
Release date: 30th April 2013
Published by: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0727883032
 
 
Cairo, 1912. The Pasha receives an unexpected gift: a traditional Bride Box. When opened, however, the box contains an unwelcome jolt from the past - one which connects with practices long thought dead. At the same time, a little girl is discovered riding under a train from Luxor - and the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedive's Secret Police, is called in to investigate. An Englishman squeezed between the demands of a world about to disappear and the emerging needs of a world about to come, the Mamur Zapt, finds himself confronting a political storm as the end of British rule approaches and his investigations uncover a tangled web of family loyalties and betrayals, with its roots in a slave trade long supposed to have been stamped out in Egypt.
 
 
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'The Paris Winter' by Imogen Robertson

 
 
Release date: 11th April 2013
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No: 978 0755390113
 
 
Paris, 1909: a city of contrasts and of ambition, of beauty and of treachery
Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Académie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
 
 
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'Bitter Greens' by Kate Forsyth

 
 
Release date: 25th February 2013
Published by: Allison and Busby
ISBN No: 978 0749013622
 
 
Charlotte-Rose de la Force, exiled from the court of King Louis XIV, has always been a great talker and teller of tales. Selena Leonelli, once the exquisite muse of the great Venetian artist Tiziano, is terrified of time. Margherita, trapped in a doorless tower and burdened by tangles of her red-gold hair, must find a way to escape. You may think you know the story of Rapunzel ...
 
 
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

'Tyringham Park' by Rosemary McLoughlin

 
 
Release date: 14th February 2013
Published by: Penguin Books
ISBN No: 978 1405910521
 
 
Rosemary McLoughlin elegantly captures period glamour and darkness in "Tyringham Park" - a brilliant and epic tale of love and loss. It is 1917 and Charlotte Blackshaw is only eight years old when her little sister Victoria vanishes from the magnificent country estate of Tyringham Park. The feverish search for Victoria soon uncovers jealousies and deceits that the inhabitants of the grand house have fought for years to keep hidden. As the years pass and her sister's disappearance casts a long shadow over their lives, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in the passions and secrets, lives and deaths, trysts and betrayals that affect the days of everyone connected to this once great house. And though she tries to escape, she knows that Tyringham Park and its mysteries will never release their hold on her...
 
 
 
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'Red Sky in Morning' by Paul Lynch

 
 
 
Release date: 25th April 2013
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No: 978 1780879161
Spring 1832: Donegal, north west Ireland. Coll Coyle wakes to a blood dawn and a day he does not want to face. The young father stands to lose everything on account of the cruel intentions of his landowner's heedless son. Although reluctant, Coll sets out to confront his trouble. And so begins his fall from the rain-soaked, cloud-swirling Eden, and a pursuit across the wild bog lands of Donegal. Behind him is John Faller - a man who has vowed to hunt Coll to the ends of the earth - in a pursuit that will stretch to an epic voyage across the Atlantic, and to greater tragedy in the new American frontier. Red Sky in Morning is a dark tale of oppression bathed in sparkling, unconstrained imagery. A compassionate and sensitive exploration of the merciless side of man and the indifference of nature, it is both a mesmerizing feat of imagination and a landmark piece of fiction.


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'The Silver Dream: An Interworld Novel' by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

 
 
Release Date: 23rd April 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN No: 978 0062067968
 
 

New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves deliver a thrilling sequel to the science fiction novel InterWorld, full of riveting interdimensional battles and alternate realities.
After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, Joey Harker and his fellow InterWorld freedom fighters are now on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds.
When a stranger named Acacia somehow follows Joey back to InterWorld's base, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she's from—or how she knows so much about InterWorld.
Dangerous times lie ahead for Joey and the mission. There's a traitor hidden among them, and if Joey has any hope of saving InterWorld, the multiverse, and the mission, he's going to have to rely on his wits—and, just possibly, on the mysterious Acacia Jones.



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'The Why of Things' by Elizabeth H.Winthrop

 
 
Release date: 23rd May 2013
Published by: Sceptre
ISBN No: 978 1444755480
 
 
As the summer begins, the Jacobs family arrive at their holiday home in Massachusetts, only to find that a truck has been driven into their water-filled quarry and a young man has drowned. It is a dreadful echo of another recent death: the suicide of Joan and Anders' eldest daughter. When details emerge of the man's identity, fifteen-year-old Eve becomes obsessed with proving that his death wasn't an accident, while her little sister unwittingly adopts his orphaned dog. Joan is more interested in tracking down the drowned man's mother, while Anders, who cannot talk about his own daughter's death, doesn't want to get involved. As they simultaneously try to adjust to their own loss and absorb this apparent tragedy, each in their own way confronts life's normal hurdles - growing up, sustaining a marriage, facing the future. Here are characters so vividly imagined and drawn with such emotional insight that they leap off the page. When the summer ends, you will not want to let them go.
 
 
 
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The Love Book' by Fiona O'Brien

 
 
Release date: 2nd February 2013
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 0340994924
 
 
On an autumn day in 1981, three schoolgirls write their petitions for love at St Valentine's shrine in Whitefriar St Church, Dublin. Thirty years later, freelance journalist Vonnie unexpectedly returns home from her life in California and reunites with her two friends: Abby, now married to a plastic surgeon, desperate to maintain the facade of a perfect life, and Diana, a high-powered businesswoman. As the three friends examine their lives, they learn that finding love was the easy part ...it's what comes afterwards that proves complicated. If they were to do it all again, would they wish for the same things? And does St Valentine still have some surprises in store?
 
 
 
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Monday, 28 January 2013

'The Book' by Jessica Bell


Ever wondered how a five-year-old girl perceives the world? Then you definitely need to get your hands on THE BOOK, a novella by Jessica Bell.

Check out these awesome reviews:
"Jessica Bell’s surprising risks with language capture a child’s clear vision in a world of adult heartbreak. Indelible. Courageous." ~Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger's Glasses and Enchantment

"THE BOOK is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's going to rip your blood pump out of your chest, kick it around like a football, and then shove it back inside you, leaving you with a potently reinvigorated faith in humanity. A curiously captivating read that somehow manages to encapsulate the length and breadth of love and family in one slim volume." ~Josh Donellan, author of Zeb and the Great Ruckus

Here's the blurb:
This book is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both the goodie and the baddie.

Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather, would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.

To Bonnie, The Book is sadness.
To Penny, The Book is liberation.
To John, The Book is forgiveness.
To Ted, The Book is envy.
But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.

If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand, what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.

Intrigued?

Available at all major retailers in e-book and paperback, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

'Tapestry of Fortunes' by Elizabeth Berg

 
 
 
Release date: 9th April 2013
Published by: Random House
ISBN No: 978 0812993141
 
 
 
In this superb new novel by the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Open House, Home Safe, and The Last Time I Saw You, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes.

Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move—all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction.

She downsizes her life, sells her suburban Minnesota home and lets go of many of her possessions. She moves into a beautiful old house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef’s kitchen, and three housemates: Lise, the home’s owner and a divorced mother at odds with her twenty-year-old daughter; Joni, a top-notch sous chef at a first-rate restaurant with a grade A jerk of a boss; and Renie, the youngest and most mercurial of the group, who is trying to rectify a teenage mistake. These women embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves long denied. For Cece, that means finding Dennis Halsinger. Despite being “the one who got away,” Dennis has never been far from Cece’s thoughts.

In this beautifully written novel, leaving home brings revelations, reunions, and unexpected turns that affirm the inner truths of women’s lives.
 
 
 
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'The River Of No Return' by Bee Ridgway

 
 
 
Release date: 23rd April 2013
Published by: Dutton Books
ISBN No: 978 0525953869
 
 
 
An utterly engrossing historical romance from debut novelist Bee Ridgeway, The River of No Return is a must-read.


'Time is like a river. It always flows in one direction.'


What if everything you thought was certain was not?


1812: On a lonely battlefield in Spain, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown, is about to die .... But, the next moment, he inexplicably jumps forward in time, nearly two hundred years - very much alive. Taken under the wing of a mysterious organisation, The Guild, he receives everything he could ever need under the following conditions:

He can't go back.

He can't go home.

He must tell no one.


Accepting his fate, Nicholas begins a life of luxury as a twenty-first century New York socialite, living happily thus for the next ten years. But, when an exquisite wax sealed envelope brings a summons from the Alderwoman of The Guild, Nicholas is forced to confront his nineteenth century past.


Back in 1815, Julia Percy's world has fallen apart. Her enigmatic grandfather, the Earl of Darchester, has died and left her with a closely guarded secret, one she is only now discovering - the manipulation of time. In terrible danger from unknown enemies, Julia flees her home to the sanctuary of neighbouring Falcott House. In this strange place Julia and a recently returned Nicholas are drawn to each other and together they realise how little Julia knew about her beloved grandfather and begin to understand his ominous last words...


'Pretend.'



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'Touch & Go' by Lisa Gardner

 
 
 
Release Date:14th February 2013
Released by: Headline
ISBN No: 978 0755388271
 
 
Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter; a gorgeous house; a great marriage, admired by all. Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive - just a perfect little family, gone. But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?
 
 
 
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'The Dancing Goddesses' by Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Release date: 19th March 2013
Published by: W. W. Norton and Co.
ISBN No:  978 0393065367
 
 
From southern Greece to northern Russia, people have long believed in female spirits, bringers of fertility, who dance in the fields and forests. So appealing were these spirit-maidens that they took up residence in nineteenth-century Romantic literature. Elizabeth Wayland Barber has sleuthed through ethnographic lore and archaeological reports of east and southeast Europe, translating folktales about these "dancing goddesses" as well as eyewitness accounts of traditional rituals - texts that offer new perspectives on dance in agrarian society. She then traces these goddesses and their dances back through the Romans and Greeks to the first farmers of Europe. Along the way, she locates the origins of many customs, including colouring Easter eggs and throwing rice at the bride.
 
 
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Saturday, 26 January 2013

'The City' by Stella Gemmell

 
 
Release date: 25th April 2013
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No: 978 0593070987
 
 
Built up over the millennia, layer upon layer, the City is ancient and vast. Over the centuries, it has sprawled beyond its walls, the cause of constant war with neighbouring peoples and kingdoms, laying waste to what was once green and fertile.

And at the heart of the City resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a small number have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to stop the ceaseless slaughter is to end the emperor's unnaturally long life.

From the rotting, flood-ruined catacombs beneath the City where the poor struggle to stay alive to the blood-soaked fields of battle where so few heroes survive, these rebels pin their hopes on one man. A man who was once the emperor's foremost general. A man, a revered soldier, who could lead an uprising and unite the City. But a man who was betrayed, imprisoned, tortured and is now believed to be dead...


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'Sever' by Lauren Destefano

 
 
Release Date: 14th February 2013
Published by: Harper Voyager
ISBN No: 978 0007483518
 
 
 
The third and final novel in Lauren DeStefano’s breathtaking dystopian romance series, The Chemical Garden Trilogy.

Time is running out for Rhine.

With less than three years left until the virus claims her life, Rhine is desperate for answers. Having escaped torment at Vaughn’s mansion, she finds respite in the dilapidated home of her husband’s uncle, an eccentric inventor who hates Vaughn almost as much as Rhine does.
Rhine’s determination to be reunited with her twin brother, Rowan, increases as each day brings terrifying revelations to light about his involvement in an underground resistance. She realizes must find him before he destroys the one thing they have left: hope.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s The Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future – and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.


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'Scottish Heritage Knits' by Martin Storey

 
 
Released date: 7th February 2013
published by: Rowan
ISBN No: 978 1907544385
 
 
Stunning colour combinations breathe new life into traditional colourwork patterns, along with some great cables, in this beautiful new collection of designs from Martin Storey. He offers a great range of projects, jackets, sweaters, cardigans and more, as well as two throws, a cushion and a range of accessories. Inspired by traditional Scottish knit patterns, his designs offer a contemporary twist. For example, he translates the popular Argyll pattern into some singing colour contrasts and then uses a Scottish plaid design as border, while great traditional cable patterns translate into a modern style tunic, a cropped cardigan or a great poncho. Martins great eye for colour is aided and abetted by the exquisite colour palette of some of Rowans most beautiful pure wool yarns in a range of weights, from 4 ply for the finer colourwork to Aran for some of the cables. If you are looking for something special to knit, this is the book you need.
 
 
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Friday, 25 January 2013

'The Blue Castle' by L.M.Montgomery

 
 
Release date: 29th March 2013
Published by: Hesperus Press Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1843913948
 
 
A timeless, heart-warming classic from the author of Anne of Green Gables, The Blue Castle is a delightful and witty romance that will sweep you away.
 
Valancy Stirling is twenty-nine, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the 'forbidden' books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle - a place where all her dreams come true and she can be who she truly wants to be. Shortly after her birthday Valancy receives some news about her health that makes her decide to throw caution to the wind and make a fresh start. Rebelling against her family, she soon discovers a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.
 
 
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'The Secret of Crickley Hall' by James Herbert

 
 
Release date: 22th October 2012
Published by: Pan Books
ISBN No: 978 1447231035
 
 
A TV tie-in edition of the huge blockbusting bestseller. The Caleighs have had a terrible year ...They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what's happened to them ...Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil's Cleave, a massive tree-lined gorge - the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It's perfect for them ...if a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it's constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it's always open again in morning ...
 
 
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'The Dream House' by Rachel Hore

 
 
Release date: 22nd November 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1849835312
 
 


Everyone has a dream of their perfect house - in the heart of the countryside, or perhaps a stately residence in the middle of a wonderful city? For Kate Hutchinson, the move to Suffolk from the tiny, noisy London terrace she shares with her husband Simon and their two young children was almost enough to make her dreams come true. Space, peace, a measured, rural pace of life have a far greater pull for Kate than the constantly overflowing in-tray on her desk at work. Moving in with her mother-in-law must surely be only a temporary measure before the estate agent's details of the perfect house fall through the letterbox. But when Kate, out walking one evening, stumbles upon the house of her dreams, a beautiful place, full of memories, it is tantalizingly out of her reach. Its owner is the frail elderly Agnes, whose story - as it unravels - echoes so much of Kate's own. And Kate comes to realize how uncertain and unsettling even a life built on dreams can be - wherever you are, at whatever time you are living and whoever you are with.
 
 
 
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'The Fever Tree' by Jennifer McVeigh

 
Release date: 3rd January 2013
Published by: Penguin USA
ISBN No: 978 0670920907
 
 

The critically acclaimed debut novel "The Fever Tree", by Jennifer McVeigh, a Richard and Judy bookclub pick. 1880, South Africa - a land torn apart by greed...Frances Irvine, left penniless after her father's sudden death, is forced to emigrate to the Cape. In this barren country, she meets two very different men - one driven by ambition, the other by ideals. When a smallpox outbreak sends her to the diamond mines, she is drawn into a ruthless world of greed and exploitation, of human lives crushed in the scramble for power. But here - at last - she sees her path to happiness. Torn between passion and integrity, she makes a choice that has devastating consequences...Places and people come alive in this book.
 
 
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'The Betrayal of Trust' by Susan Hill

Release date: 27th September 2012
Published by: Vintage
ISBN No: 978 0099499343
 
 
Heavy rain falls on Lafferton, flooding the cathedral town and causing a landslip out on the moors. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed. It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago. But a cold case isn't a priority for a police force already struggling with staff shortages and cuts: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone. Meanwhile, his sister, Dr Cat Deerbon, is fighting for funding to prevent the closure of the local hospice that offers respite to so many of her patients.
 
 
 
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Thursday, 24 January 2013

'Gilt' by Katherine Longshore

 
 
Release date: February 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster
ISBN No: 978 1471116940
 
 
When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.
 
 
 
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'The Last Templar' by Michael Jecks

 
 
Release date: June 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster
ISBN No: 978 1471126451
 
 
Paris: The Knights Templar has been destroyed by Pope Clement, having been persuaded by a jealous king that they are corrupt devil worshippers. There is one survivor - a knight, who swears vengeance.

Devon: A charred body is discovered in a burned-out building - general consensus is that it is an accidental death. However, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill believes differently. As he and Simon Puttock, the bailiff, piece together the evidence, they hear of a gruesome murder in a nearby village, where the victim was clearly burned alive…
 
 
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'Sing Me Home' by Annie Wilkinson

 
 
Release date: February 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster
ISBN No: 978 1471115431
 
 
Previously published as 'A Sovereign for a Song'. 
As a poverty-stricken miner's daughter growing up in the small village of Annsdale, near Durham, fifteen-year-old Ginny Wilde yearns for adventure. But she gets more than she bargained for when her dark good looks, fiery spirit and beautiful singing voice catch the eye of the unscrupulous Charlie Parkinson, her employer's brother. Fleeing the wrath of her irate father when he discovers his daughter's flirtation with the notorious womaniser, Ginny heads for London, where Charlie seduces her and puts her to work on the stage as a music hall artiste.
As she embarks on a hugely successful singing career, Ginny remains unhappy at Charlie's continual refusal to marry her and descends into an increasingly louche lifestyle. Can she ever find the courage to leave Charlie and return to her beloved north east? And will she ever be able to recapture the heart of her one true love, miner Martin Jude?
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

'Hunters in the Snow' by Daisy Hildyard



Release date: 18th April 2013
Published by: Jonathan Cape
ISBN No: 978 0224097444
 
 
 
After his death, a young woman returns to her grandfather's farm in Yorkshire. At his desk she finds the book he left unfinished when he died. Part story, part scholarship, his eccentric history of England moves from the founding of the printing press into virtual reality, linking four journeys, separated by the centuries, of four great men. The exiled Edward IV lands in England and marches on London for one final attempt to win back the throne; Tsar Peter the Great, implausibly disguised as a carpenter, follows his own retinue around frozen London; the former African slave Olaudah Equiano takes his book-tour down a Welsh coal-mine; and Herbert, Lord Kitchener, mysteriously disappears at sea in 1916.

These are the stories she remembers him telling her, and others too - about medieval miracles and EU agricultural subsidies; old people and fallen kings; homemade fireworks and invented dogs; Arctic ice cores, sunk ships, drowning horses, salt, sperm, carbon and miners. The history of great men loses its way in the stories of ordinary great-grandparents, grandparents and parents, including the historian's own.

Hunters in the Snow marks the debut of a truly remarkable young writer.


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'Fly Away' by Kristin Hannah

 
 
Release date: 23rd April 2013
Published by: St Martin's Press
ISBN No:  978 0312577216
 
 
Kristin Hannah's FIREFLY LANE became a touchstone novel in women's lives. Across the world, women embraced the story of Tully and Kate's enduring friendship. They laughed with Tully and cried with Kate and anguished over Tully's fractured relationship with her mother. Now, five years later, in FLY AWAY, Kristin Hannah returns to the world of these unforgettable characters and asks the question...How do you hold yourself together when your world has fallen apart...FLY AWAY is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other--plus a miracle--to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heartwrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, FLY AWAY reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.
 
 
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'An Alternative History of Britain: The War of the Roses' by Timothy Venning

 
Release date: 20th March 2013
Published by: Pen and Sword Military
ISBN No: 978 1781591277
 
 
Timothy Venning's exploration of the alternative paths that British history might easily have taken moves on to the Wars of the Roses. What if Richard of York had not given battle in vain? How would a victory for Warwick the Kingmaker at the Battle of Barnet changed the course of the struggle for power? What if the Princes had escaped from the tower or the Stanleys had not betrayed their king at Bosworth? These are just a few of the fascinating questions posed by this book. As always, while necessarily speculative, Dr Venning discusses all the scenarios within the benefit of a deep understanding of the major driving forces, tensions and trends that shaped British history. In so doing, he helps the reader to understand why things panned out as they did, as well as what might have been in this tumultuous period.
 
 
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'Lost Letters of Medieval Life' by Martha Carlin and David Crouch

 
 
Release date: 7th February 2013
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN No: 978 0812244595
 
 
Everyday life in early thirteenth-century England is revealed in vivid detail in this riveting collection of correspondence of people from all classes, from peasants and shopkeepers to bishops and earls. The documents edited here include letters between masters and servants, husbands and wives, neighbors and enemies, and cover a wide range of topics: politics and war, going to fairs and going to law, attending tournaments and stocking a game park, borrowing cash and doing favors for friends, investigating adultery and building a windmill. While letters by celebrated people have long been known, the correspondence of ordinary people has not survived and has generally been assumed never to have existed in the first place. Martha Carlin and David Crouch, however, have discovered numerous examples of such correspondence hiding in plain sight. The letters can be found in manuscripts called formularies-the collections of form letters and other model documents that for centuries were used to teach the arts of letter-writing and keeping accounts. The writing-masters and their students who produced these books compiled examples of all the kinds of correspondence that people of means, members of the clergy, and those who handled their affairs might expect to encounter in their business and personal lives. Tucked among the sample letters in these formularies from popes to bishops and from kings to sheriffs are examples of a much more casual, ephemeral kind of correspondence. These are the low-level letters that evidently were widely exchanged, but were often discarded because they were not considered to be of lasting importance. Two manuscripts, one in the British Library and the other in the Bodleian Library, are especially rich in such documents, and it is from these collections that Carlin and Crouch have drawn the letters and other documents in this volume. They are presented here in their first printed edition, both in the original Latin and in English translation, each document splendidly contextualized in an accompanying essay.
 
 
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'The Elite' by Kiera Cass

 
 
Release date: 23rd April 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN No: 978 0062059963
 
 
 
The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the prince.

Six girls, one life-changing prize…


America Singer has the chance to leave normal life for a world of glamour and luxury… for ever.


She was chosen for The Selection, a reality TV competition to be gorgeous Prince Maxon’s bride.


Surviving the rivalry and turmoil of the first round was tough, especially with secret feelings to conceal. But America’s gone further than she dared to dream and made it to The Elite – the final six.


Friendships are tested to breaking point as favourites emerge. America’s feelings for Maxon grow ever stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his family past. With Aspen close-by offering comfort, solace and something more, where do her loyalties truly lie?



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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

'Starting Now' by Debbie Macomber

 
 
Release date: 11th April 2013
Published by: Arrow
ISBN No:  978 0099563983
 
 
For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.
 
 
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Monday, 21 January 2013

'Long Live the King' by Fay Weldon

 
Release date: 1st April 2013
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No: 978 1781850602
 
 
The year is 1901 and London Society is in a frenzy of anticipation for the coronation of Edward VII. Lord and Lady Dilberne, their fortune restored by their son's recent marriage to a Chicago heiress, are caught up in the lavish preparations from their home in Belgrave Square. But while they fuss over diamonds and ball-gowns, their sixteen-year-old niece, Adela, has joined a troupe of spiritualists. As the Dilbernes seek to avoid scandal, it falls to Viscount Arthur and his new wife to bring her back to the fold. Fay Weldon's wit, wisdom and warmth brings this collision of Edwardian worlds to fabulous, exuberant life.
 
 
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