The forgotten story of 1066
1066, the year Duke William of Normandy became famed as a conqueror.
The Battle of Hastings is one of the great foundation stones of English history.
But another battle took place that year.
One that, though not as well remembered, was equally instrumental in sealing English fate.
It has its own heroes and champions, most of which are forgotten from your school textbook.
This is the story of Stamford Bridge, of everyday men and women and their climactic role in the end of an era. Continue reading
One of the first books to really give the world an insight into 20th century China.
Three women, three generations and one epic journey through time.
A grandmother, sold by her father to become a concubine to a warlord general.
A mother, who gave everything she had to fight for a better China with the Communist Party.
And a daughter, disillusioned by politics and desperate to break out into the world.
Over 80 years of Chinese history beautifully packaged and masterfully retold.
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
Unable to escape the mines that claimed his father’s life, the future appears bleak for orphaned dreamer Werner.
Blind since the age of six, curious Marie-Laure has always lived a sheltered life full of mystery and puzzles.
Little do they realise that seismic events are about to shift everything they thought they knew.
And when the tide of war sweeps them away, they will finally learn the truth about redemption, loyalty and sacrifice.
But most importantly, they’ll learn that their fates are inescapably intertwined.
One juicy 1950s revenge tale with bags of personality and social satire.
Exiled as a child for a murder she didn’t commit, Tilly Dunnage has always felt a shadow hanging over her life.
Now, 20 years later, Tilly has returned to her rural Australian hometown and she has a point to prove.
But can the small-minded residents really put the past behind them?
And what are they prepared to lose if they can’t?
Couldn’t believe this was a debut novel!
Two sisters never to meet, bound by blood but not by fate.
Effia, beautiful and strong, has been living a lie.
Esi, defiant and lonely, lives in blissful ignorance of what’s to come.
One is destined to be a slave traders wife, the other a slave bound for the Americas.
And so our story begins, panning seven generations and three continents – this is a tale of identity and humanity unlike any other.
When a body is washed up from the Blackwater, old rumours start to circle again in Essex. The serpent has awoken, they say.
With leathery wings and snapping beak, it has returned to wreak divine judgement upon us all.
But pragmatic local vicar William Ransome is unconvinced, fearing the creature to be a symptom of his parish’s flight from faith.
Only with the help of newly widowed naturalist, Cora Seaborne can he hope to dispel the gossip.
But as the pair stumble deeper into their investigation, can even the Essex Serpent distract them from their growing mutual attraction?
“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.