The Winter Crown

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“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Sir John Dalberg-Acton

Repeatedly marginalised and humiliated by a husband who excessively hoards power, Eleanor’s patience is wearing thin.

Not a woman to be easily crossed, she has grown used to biding her time.

But Henry’s actions will have their consequences and he will yet need his wife in ways even he cannot imagine.

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Elephant Moon

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“To the refugees who fled Burma in 1942 and the elephant men and their elephants, who did their best to save them” – John Sweeney.

It’s early 1942 and British occupied Rangoon has fallen to the Japanese.

For Grace Collins and her school of 62 Anglo-Burmese orphans, these are desperate times.

Their only hope is India and fast – the monsoon rain will soon be upon them, making the trek impossible.

But with an onset of tragedies, options dwindle to nothing – until an unlikely herd of rescuers cross their path.

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The Secret Life of Bees

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Quite honestly one of my favourite books I’ve read all year!

Lily has always had a huge hole in her heart – one that only a mother’s love can fill.

Believing that she accidentally killed her mother when she was four has been a heavy burden to carry.

But ten years on, Lily wants answers.

And when racial tensions explode one summer afternoon in 1964 – she may just have found the chance to chase them. But is she ready to hear the truth…

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The Last Kingdom

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Sublime writing from a true master of historical fiction!

Born a Saxon, raised a Dane – Uhtred, son of Uhtred, is many things to many people.

Usurped lord; pagan; warrior; husband; political spy – but who does Uhtred want to be?

To the viking raiders he is a brother and to his people, hope.

To Alfred he is political pawn and the church, a damned blasphemer.

But to England, he might just be an unlikely saviour.

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The Courtesan

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Five lives, many hardships and one very enjoyable read.

“I have come back to the Maple Bridge, Baba, to tell you the story that you asked me to tell you all those years ago, a story you have never heard before.

“I have come to tell you the affairs of my life. They are like five course of a banquet served up one after the other.

“The five tastes have come and gone: there has been spicy, sweet, and sour; there have been tastes that were bitter and salty, and often the tastes have blended together.

“Some have been hard to swallow. Others have been delicious. All have lingered.”

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The Last Woman Standing

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Loud, crass and I just adore her! Adams’ depiction of Josephine is a real triumph.

At 3pm on 26th October 1881, nine men stepped out to face each other.

The gunfight at the O.K. Corral will last just 30 seconds.

Three will die, two will run, three will be injured and one man will still be standing without a scratch.

One man shall become immortalised in the most famous shootout of the Wild West. But what sort of woman can tame such a man?

Well, Josephine Marcus might just know…

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Tudor: The Family Story

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From 1437 to 1603, this masterpiece is literally the Holy Grail of all biographies!

Henry VIII and Elizabeth I – two of, certainly if not the most, iconic monarchs in British history.

Both father and daughter perhaps equally well-known for their marital choices – the father for having six spouses and the virgin daughter for having none at all.

And yet their stories only partly contribute to that of a dynasty that reigned almost 118 years, with five crowned kings and queens.

From their obscure ancestor who quite literally fell into a queen’s lap; to an unrelenting mother whose every move was to see her underdog son crowned; to the tragic fate of the ‘Nine Day Queen’ – this is the whole story and one well worth the time and trouble.

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