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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Memoirs of a Geisha

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Rich, sumptuous and terribly engrossing – no wonder it has become such a huge success!

When her beloved mother is overtaken by cancer, 9-year-old  Chiyo is sold to a prominent geisha house in Kyoto.

Far away from the poverty of her small fishing town, Chiyo must learn to master not only the demanding training but the jealous rivals that would see her destroyed.

Only then will she be free to seek her true destiny.

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The Scandalous Lady W

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The elopement and trial that shook Georgian England to its core.

At just seventeen, Seymour Dorothy Fleming was a spirited and rich heiress.

The well travelled baronet, Sir Richard Worsley was handsome – with vast estates and a rising career in government.

Their marriage on September 15th 1775 should have been the stuff of dreams.

But instead it ended in nightmare. And as one of the most high profile and shocking divorce cases in history…

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