Perfect for fans of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', this is a remarkable love story with a background of religious and political turmoil in Tudor England. The year is 1527. Hans Holbein makes his first visit to England, sent by the great Erasmus to paint Thomas More, courtier, scholar, patron, and his family. More's splendid hou... read more

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H.M.S. Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues and the enemy, accepting a mission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smell... read more

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Hidden away in the vast and forbidding deserts of North Africa, Taita has passed the years since the death of his beloved Queen Lostris in prayer and study. He has become the Warlock, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods, an adept of magic and the supernatural. Now, Taita answers the summons from the beyond. He leaves the des... read more

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Based on a remarkable true story of honour, treachery and love spanning the turbulent reigns of four great Mediaeval kings, award-winning author Elizabeth Chadwick brings the thirteenth century vividly to life in the tale of Fulke Fitz Warin. From inexperienced young courtier to powerful Marcher lord, from loyal knight to... read more

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A Novel of Ancient Egypt In the north, the barbaric Hyksos still rule with unimaginable brutality. Queen Ahhotep, meanwhile, has recaptured much of the south - but at a terrible price: her husband has been killed in combat and her elder son, Kames, was mysteriously poisoned. Ahhotep refuses to be crowned pharaoh and prepa... read more

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A priceless 16th century locket threads two riveting stories together in this saga set in and around Darwin. This legendary story of disaster and depravity is told in alternating chapters with the story of the Galloway family, station owners, and the story of Darwin itself.

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As the British cavalry prepared to launch themselves against the Russian guns at Balaclava, Harry Flashman was petrified. But the Crimea was only the beginning: beyond lay the snowbound wastes of the great Russian slave empire, torture and death, headlong escapes from relentless enemies, savage tribal hordes to the right of h... read more

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The sequel to the author's A Conspiracy of Paper. Benjamin Weaver is awaiting death in Newgate gaol. Mysteriously convicted for a murder he didn't commit by a judge determined to see him hang, he is suddenly - and equally mysteriously - offered the means to escape. What, you may well ask, is going on? It's a question Weaver ... read more

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Pell Ridley has watched her mother suffer the intolerable burden of too many children, too little money, and a terrible descent into sorrow. So, before dawn on her wedding day, Pell escapes. But as Pell rides farther and farther from home, her emotional ties refuse to release her, surprising her instead with their tenacity.

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This coming-of-age novel is set in war-torn Europe. Told through the eyes of two protagonists, Elsa and Josef, it is a moving account of children caught up in war. Based on events experienced by the author's family, it depicts the fragile love that springs up in the most unlikely places.

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Awards:Winner of Heywood Hill Literary Prize 1995.

Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the fourteenth book in the serie... read more

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From one of the best-loved and best-known historical novelists, Regency Buck is a delightful game of cat-and-mouse between two orphans and their guardian. From one of the best-loved and best-known historical novelists. Regency Buck is a delightful game of cat-and-mouse between two orphans and their guardian. It is in regr... read more

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Impetuosity is Arabella's only fault. An enchanting debutante and the eldest daughter of a country parson, she should know better than to allow herself to be provoked by Mr. Beaumaris, the most eligible Nonpareil of the day.

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August 1914: the whole country is thrilled by the declaration of war. The British Experditionary Force goes off toe France to defend gallant little Belgium, and thousands more young men rush to volunteer, hoping to see action before the war ends at Christmas. At home everyone competes to be doing the most for the war effort. ... read more

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980 B.C. Having succeeded in bringing peace and prosperity to his people, King Solomon, the son of David, is determined to build a magnficient temple on the rock of Jerusalem. A temple where the sacred Ark of the Covenant could be housed. A temple to rival in splendour the great pyramids of Egypt: a land he both loathed and a... read more

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Hawkwood is a brilliant illumination of one of the outstanding figures of English and European history The second son of a minor Essex landowner, John Hawkwood chose to head south in 1360 after serving as a captain in the Black Prince's wars against France. He and other freebooters besieged the Pope at Avignon, and when t... read more

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Richard Sharpe and the battle of Assaye, September 1803. Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery by an English officer who has defected from the East India Company to join the Mahratta Confederation. In the hunt for the renegade Englishman, Sharpe penetrates deep into enemy territory where he is follow... read more

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"Satantango" is the masterpiece of post-war Hungarian literature, now available for the first time in English. In the darkening embers of a Communist utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian town has come to a virtual standstill. Flies buzz, spiders weave, water drips and animals root desultorily in the barnyard of a collective f... read more

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Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-twentieth century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother's formid... read more

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