Thirty years after his death, private correspondence between Albert Einstein and his first wife, the Serbian mathematician Mileva Maric, was opened to public scrutiny for the first time. It revealed glimpses of a tragedy at the heart of their troubled marriage: a secret they went to extraordinary lengths to keep hidden from t... read more
The Theory of Evolution was the greatest scientific concept of its age. It was so revolutionary that its author, Charles Darwin, revealed to a friend in 1854 that even mentioning it felt like 'confessing a murder'. Both the man and his theory are still the subject of intrigue and debate. How was it that the unremarkable young... read more
The new novel from Susan Fletcher, author of the bestselling Eve Green and Oystercatchers. 1692. Corrag, a wild young girl from the mountains of Scotland, has been imprisoned as a witch. Terrified, in a cold, filthy cell, she awaits her fate of death by burning - until she is visited by Charles Leslie, a young Irishman, hung... read more
There was once no greater advocate for revolution than Michel Wery. No voice spoke louder, was more impassioned, on the need for a new order, for an end to disparity and injustice - not just in France but throughout the continent. Strange, then, that such a man should find himself in the employ of the Prince Bishop of Erzberg... read more
Second volume in the magnificent Queen of Freedom trilogy 17th century B.C. The barbaric Hyksos have taken possession of the whole of Egypt, imposing their harsh rule with unimaginable cruelty. Only Queen Ahhotep has yet to succumb. Not far from Thebes, the only city which retains its independence, she has established a secre... read more
In the last years of the Tang Dynasty, a beautiful girl is born in a fort along the Great Wall of China, and is set to become the most famous and celebrated courtesan of her age. Set in the 9th century, Passing Under Heaven tells the tragic love story of Lily, a Chinese poet and documents a time when Chinese women enjoyed a w... read more
Venice, 1468. Sosia Simeon, a free spirit with a strange predilection for books and Venetians is making her particular mark on the fabled city. On the other side of the Grand Canal, Wendelin von Speyer from Germany is setting up the first printing press in Venice and looking for the book that will make his fortune.
A lo... read more
Seduction, betrayal and murder: the true art of the renaissance. Cesare Borgia, Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci - three of the most famous, or notorious, names in European history. In the autumn of 1502, their lives intersect in a castle in Italy's Romagna. In this hugely intelligent and entertaining novel, Samuel B... read more
Born in Seville to a dishonoured governess, Diego Clemente finds solace from the turmoil of his early years in the world of books. Presented with the tremendous opportunity to assist in compiling the first guide to the birds of Mexico's Yucat
The Moving Story of a Young Woman in the Convict Town of Sydney and the South Seas
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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.
Shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Winner of three awards for Haweswater, set in the rain-drenched Lake District, Sarah Hall now visits very different territory: the riotous, colourful world of the Edwardian entertainment industry. The Electric Michelangelo is the remarkable story of a master tattooist. ... read more
When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court in 1177 to settle a bitter inheritance dispute with his half-brothers, he encounters Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II. A victim of Henry's seduction and the mother of his son, Ida is attracted to Roger and sees in him a chance of lasting... read more
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this action-packed adventure follows one boy on his remarkable journey from powder monkey to war hero. At 12 years old, John Barr is cruelly separated from his father and pressganged into the Navy. Now a powder monkey onboard the mighty HMS Fearless, John has his first taste of bloody sea ba... read more
As southern Africa is torn apart by a so-called âwhite manâs warâ, Dallas Granger-Acheson and his beloved wife Lorna are caught up in a conflict between fiercely proud descendants of Dutch settlers and the might of Britainâs colonial empire. At stake, possession of a land rich in gold, diamonds and cheap human resourc... read more
A woman gives birth to her child in a village in Northern England, the cold northern edge of the Roman Empire. As she struggles through a painful labour she begins to scream out a series of words in Latin. A language she has never heard before, much less spoken. One of the family recognises the words for what they are. Only l... read more
"The Sunne in Splendour" is a magnificent historical novel about Richard III. Set against a vast, colourful canvas, it covers the whole period of The War of the Roses opening with Richard as a child of seven and following him through a turbulent youth and manhood to his betrayal and death at The Battle of Bosworth Field. The ... read more
The 4th novel in the bestselling Conqueror series, continuing the life and adventures of the mighty Khan dynasty. Genghis Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capital for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis' son... read more
'I have lost my father in battle, my sister to Elizabeth Woodville's spy, my brother-in-law to Elizabeth Woodville's executioner, my nephew to her poisoner, and now my son to her curse...' The gripping and ultimately tragic story of Anne Neville and her sister Isabel, the daughters of the Earl of Warwick, the most powerful ma... read more
A stunning novel of war, from the bestselling author of Red Dust and Ice Road.
In Khartoum the trumpeters, layers of red sand glittering on their faces, are posted at each corner of the palace roof. Trapped between the desert and the Jihad, oblivious to the heat and the impending dust storm, General Gordon is waiting, h... read more