1295 AD. The Christian empire in the Holy Land lies in ruins. Returning to Paris, Templar Knight Will Campbell is at a crossroads. He has sworn to uphold the principles of the Anima Templi, a secret brotherhood within the Order whose aim is peace - but peace seems ever more impossible. The Temple has forged an alliance with W... read more
This is the second part of a masterful retelling of the stories surrounding the Trojan War. "Return from Troy" begins after the sacking of Troy, covering Odysseus's trials and Agamemnon's fate. "The Heroes Return" is the second volume in this masterful retelling of the myths surrounding the Trojan War. In two parts the final ... read more
Canada 1817 - Captain Matthew Hervey is suffering the effects of unrest within his beloved regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons. Their new commanding officer - wealthy, arrogant and cruel - has taken an immediate dislike to him. Somehow, Hervey must earn promotion while retaining his integrity and the loyalty of his men. Then the... read more
On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest, they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see ... read more
On 15 May 1779, the second son of a prominent but impecunious Corsican family arrives at the gates of a royal military school at Brienne in the east of France. Not yet 10 years old, he barely speaks French. Within 20 years, this solitary child has become Napoleon Bonaparte, on the verge of being appointed First Consul of France.
31st December 1942. In the middle of the North Atlantic, the deadly 'gap' where aircraft cannot protect them, a destroyer and 4 corvettes are shepherding a convoy of ships from America to Britain. But as midnight passes, the New Year is marked by a white flash on the horizon - a German torpedo. What follows is a night scarred... read more
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
We all know the story of Jesus told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but what about the version according to Judas? Judas' name became synonymous with betrayer, but is that how he saw it himself? In this witty, original and teasingly controversial account, some forty years after the death of Jesus, Judas finally tells the sto... read more
Falsely accused of a terrible crime, young aristocrat Lord Dallas Acheson is forced to flee his native Scotland, leaving behind his love, Lady Lorna de Longh. Fate takes him to southern Africa, and he sets off to seek his fortune in Natal and the wilds of Zululand. When the Zulu war breaks out, his loyalties are sorely tested.
Rose Tremain has long been one of the most vigorous and imaginative of novelists; her sweeping narratives (set against the most vividly realised of canvases) have made her books as dramatic and assured as anything being written today. The Colour represents a further burnishing of her considerable talents; it is a powerful dra... read more
A story set in the mid-19th century, when moves to abolish slavery are at their height, and one man's world of love turns to violence when his daughter dies at the hands of her mother. From the author of EN-GENDERING and NOBEL SPEECH.
When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on Diplomatic Business he parks hi sonly daughter Sophy on his sister in Berkeley Square. But Sophy's cousins are in a sad tangle. The heartless and tyrannical Charles is betrothed to a pedantic bluestocking almost as tiresome as himself; Cecilia is beso... read more
The year is 1812 and Hannah Bonner has come home to the mountain cabin in Paradise where she grew up with her father Nathaniel and her stepmother Elizabeth. But she has returned alone, without her husband and without her son, and with a story of horror and loss that she cannot bear to tell. As Hannah struggles to pick up the ... read more
'Makes you want to read every word...serpentine and satisfying' Telegraph Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings. Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures. Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the H... read more
Everyone knows the story of Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII divorced his longstanding, long-suffering, older, Spanish wife for a young, black-eyed English beauty, and, in doing so, severed England from Rome and indeed from the rest of the western world. Then, when Henry had what he wanted, he managed a mere three years of marriage be... read more
An enthralling prequel to his bestselling "Roma Sub Rosa" series of mysteries set in the Ancient World, Steven Saylor takes readers back to the younger days of Gordianus the Finder. The year is 92BC and Gordianus has just turned eighteen and is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: a far-flung journey to see the Sev... read more
1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by viol... read more
I have enjoyed CJ Sansom's books featuring the lawyer Shardlake, set during the reign of Henry VIII, so was keen to read Dominion. It is based on the premise that England capitulated to Hitler and the story begins in 1952 as resistance is mounting. The atmosphere is tense, the idea intriguing and the execution terrific. - Susi
A magical historical novel about an astonishing eight-year-old girl in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It is 1877, on the shores of the Black Sea, and the omens for the newborn Eleonora Cohen are hardly promising. Not only does her mother die in childbirth, but her village is being attacked by the Tsar's Royal Cavalry. ... read more
The story of the most successful espionage coup - and best-kept secret - of this century. It is 1968. Israeli intelligence has learned that Egypt, with Soviet help, will develop atomic bombs within months - an untimely end for the young nation unless a source of uranium for Israeli bombs can be had in complete secrecy. Imposs... read more