By Anne O'Brien
An blameless pawn
A state with no king
A new dynasty will reign…
1415. The jewel within the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is ready less than lock and key for King Henry V. whereas he is been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to avoid wasting her from her distress. however the brutal king desires her crown, no longer her blameless love.
For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and distrust. And whilst she is widowed at twenty-one, she turns into a prize ripe for the taking—her younger son the long run monarch, her hand in marriage worthy a kingdom.
it is a lethal political online game, one the dowager queen needs to examine quickly. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who can have her? Who will destroy her? this can be the tale of Katherine de Valois.
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"An completely gripping story that's either beautifully written and meticulously researched." —The sunlight
By Georgina Harding
'If you have been a sleeper, how lengthy do you think that it can take sooner than you forgot who you actually have been? for those who have been dwelling undercover for years and years. Which individual will be you?' On a freezing January morning in 1961, eight-year-old Anna's mom disappears into the fog. A kiss that hardly touches Anna's cheek, a rumble of exhaust and a blurred wave via an icy windscreen, and her mom is long past. on reflection, Anna will want that she can have paid extra cognizance to the proof of that day. The grownup international shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the problem of loss of life away in addition to the issues that her mom left in the back of. And her stories will flow and settle just like the fog that covers the automobile. that very same morning a undercover agent case breaks within the information - the case of the Krogers, it seems that traditional those that weren't who they acknowledged they have been; those who had disappeared in a single position and reappeared in one other with different identities, major different lives. Obsessed through tales of the chilly struggle, and of the second one global struggle that is nonetheless a clean and painful reminiscence for the adults approximately them, Anna's brother Peter starts off to build a concept that their mom, a refugee from jap Germany, used to be a secret agent operating undercover and may even nonetheless be alive. As existence returns to basic, Anna struggles to style among truth and fable. Did her mom have a mystery lifestyles? and the way have you learnt who a individual used to be she is lifeless? The undercover agent video game is a fantastically wrought novel approximately loss, background, reminiscence and mind's eye, and how during which we form those to build our personal identities. it's a painful and delicate reminder of the significance of knowing the prior and, in flip, the significance of letting move.
By Kelly Hart
By Nicholson Baker
Our ultimate fabulist of the normal now turns his awareness on a 9-year-old American lady and produces a unique as enchantingly idiosyncratic as any he has written. Nory Winslow desires to be a dentist or a clothier of pop-up books. She likes telling tales and inventing dolls. She has nightmares approximately the teeth, that may clarify her profession selection. she will university in England, the place she is mocked for her accessory and her friendship with an unpopular woman, and she or he has made it in the course of the 12 months with no crying.
Nicholson Baker follows Nory as she interacts along with her mom and dad and friends, thinks approximately God and death-watch beetles, and goals of cows with pointed the teeth. during this precocious baby he offers us a heroine as canny and as whimsical as Lewis Carroll's Alice and conjures up formative years in all its luminous weirdness.
By Peter Fieldman
ENGLAND'S DEFINING second IN background a thousand YEARS in the past ON essentially the most very important DATES IN ENGLISH HISTORY.
A NORMAN DUKE LED THE final INVASION of britain TO turn into KING of britain. APPOINTED DUKE OF NORMANDYAT THE AGE OF 8 at the demise OF HIS FATHER, HE SURVIVED makes an attempt ON HIS existence AND GREW UP IN A MEDIEVAL global packed with INTRIGUE, TREACHERY AND VENGEANCE . AFTER YEARS OF clash HE grew to become the main robust FEUDAL WARLORD IN NORMANDY AND received THE FRIENDSHIP OF HIS maximum RIVAL, HAROLD, THE SAXON EARL, till the ultimate war of words at the box close to HASTINGS GAVE HIM THE CROWN . this can be 1066, THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.
By Georgina Harding
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 Iasi, Romania, the early Fifties. A anonymous guy is located at the steps of a clinic. Deaf and mute, he's not able to speak until eventually a tender nurse referred to as Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly, painstakingly, thoughts seem at the web page. The stories are Safta's additionally. For the guy is Augustin, son of the cook dinner on the manor apartment which used to be Safta's relatives domestic. Born six months aside, they grew up with a connection that bypassed phrases. yet whereas Augustin's international remained an identical dimension Safta's multiplied to include languages, society - and a fleeting love, one lengthy, scorching summer time. yet then got here battle, and in its wake a brutal Stalinist regime, and not anything could stay an analogous.
By Lars Iyer
A plague of rats, the top of philosophy, the cosmic bird, and bars that don’t serve Plymouth Gin—is this the Apocalypse or is it simply the US?
“The apocalypse is imminent,” thinks W. He has dedicated his existence to philosophy, yet he's approximately to be solid out from his cherished collage. His pal Lars is not any aid at all—he’s too busy combating an infestation of rats in his flat. A drunken lecture travel in the course of the American South proves to be one other sizeable mistake. In desperation, the 2 British intellectuals flip to Dogma, a semi-religious code that may but supply intending to their lives.
half Nietzsche, half Monty Python, half Huckleberry Finn, Dogma is a unique as ridiculous and profound as faith itself. The sequel to the acclaimed novel Spurious, Dogma is the second one publication in a single of the main unique literary trilogies due to the fact Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable.
By Tracy Chevalier
A voyage of discovery, awesome girls, and a rare time and position enhance this New York Times bestselling novel by way of Tracy Chevalier, writer of At the sting of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring.
at the windswept, fossil-strewn shorelines of the English coast, bad and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a different present: "the eye" to identify fossils nobody else can see. whilst she uncovers an strange fossilized skeleton within the cliffs close to her domestic, she units the non secular group on area, the townspeople to gossip, and the medical international alight. After enduring sour chilly, thunderstorms, and landslips, her demanding situations in simple terms develop whilst she falls in love with an most unlikely man.
Mary quickly unearths an not going champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who stocks her ardour for scouring the shores. Their dating moves a fragile stability among fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and infrequently suppressed envy, yet eventually seems to be their maximum asset.
Remarkable Creatures is a gorgeous old novel that follows the tale of 2 notable nineteenth century fossil hunters who replaced the medical international eternally.
By Rebecca West
Within the VIRAGO glossy vintage sequence, a family members saga and political mystery, within which eighteen-year-old Laura Rowan unwittingly turns into a witness to the momentous occasions best as much as the Russian Revolution.