Sugar Money

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Based on actual events of a 1765 plot by French Mendicant friars.

Brothers Lucien and Emile, divided by their age, outwardly appear opposites.

And so, when coerced by French masters into a dangerous rescue mission, it’s unsurprising they react differently.

Lucien, young and unaware of the peril, is desperate to play hero and prove himself.

Emile, much older and more worldly, is far more reluctant but cannot miss a chance to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart – whose fate he fears and longs to learn of in equal measure.

Can the brothers overcome the insurmountable odds and save their friends or have they just been sent to their deaths?

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The Silk Weaver

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Fend off the cold nights with this warming story of love, passion and artistry.

Escaping a sheltered country life after the death of her mother, Anna is desperate for the new freedoms she thinks London will provide.

But, strangled by strict society rules and prejudices, she soon finds herself longing for home and the simple peace of her drawing.

Meanwhile, after years of sacrifice and hard work, Henri is poised on the edge of becoming a freeman.

All he needs is to create one ‘master piece’ and he believes he’s found the artist to help him accomplish it.

But as their two lives become further entwined, can they escape the violence that has erupted onto the streets of Spitalfields with their love intact?

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Half of a Yellow Sun

 

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Amid a maelstrom of hate, betrayal and deprivation – learn what it is to be human.

As the 1960s start to unfold across Nigeria, there is a sense of new beginnings.

Ugwu lives in awe of his new liberal master – eccentric university lecturer, Odenigbo.

Olanna has rejected her rich parents’ hypocrisy to begin a new life in Nsukka as Odenigbo’s lover.

Englishman Richard, tired of the parties and pleasantries of old colonial Nigeria, feels his stuffy world implode when he meets Kainene, Olanna’s reticent twin.

But as political stability deteriorates, it’s time to learn what is worth forgiving and what is worth dying for.

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The Edge of Dark

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Be careful what you wish for and more careful still what you promise.

Sorting through her late Aunt’s papers, Roz Acclam makes a startlingly discovery.

Everything she thought she knew about her family’s death was a lie.

As one deception turns to many, Roz seeks refuge in a new job in York.

But her solace quickly becomes a nightmare.

Increasingly pulled into a another woman’s life and time, Roz can feel her reality slipping away from her and the marriage she longs to save with it.

As their worlds continue to collide, and the secrets come spilling out, how can she stop the pain of the past poisoning the future she hopes for?

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Mistress of the Art of Death

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Exquisite! Unlike any novel I have read of this time period.

When little Peter is found murdered on the banks of the Cam, rumours spread that the Jews are to blame.

One is lynched. His wife torn apart by the same vengeful mob.

But as more children disappear, it’s clear the killer is still at large and a vexed Henry II wants answers.

What he unwittingly gets is Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar, doctor of Salerno and practised in the study of death and decay.

But can Adelia and her team catch the culprit, before the killer finds them?

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Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa

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In the mad scramble for power, what will be lost and what will be gained?

From the Algerian Conquest to South African Apartheid, witness the shaping of a continent that was bribed, bullied and dragged into subservience and fought for its independence.

Along the way, we will meet the unsung visionaries, opportunists, nationalists, liberals and oppressors who clambered to impose their will on African shores.

Eloquent and erudite, the narrator will take you deep into the heart of this African tale. A tale quite different, perhaps, from the glossy versions you have heard before.

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The Underground Railroad

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Cora can run but can she hide?

Ridgeway, The Slave Catcher. There was a man to be feared.

Infamous, cunning and brutal – no runaway from the Randall Plantation has ever escaped him. No runaway except Cora’s mother.

So when recently arrived Caesar plots of escape, there’s only one slave he’s set on bringing as his lucky charm.

But Ridgeway is a brooding man. Spurred on by hatred for Mabel, he will track her daughter and her companions to the very edges of the new world.

Unless, of course, they can find some way to evade him…

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