The Birth of Love: A Novel

By Joanna Kavenna

From the winner of the Orange Award for brand spanking new Writers, an epic novel of childbirth―past, current, and destiny

The yr is 1865. In Vienna, Dr. Ignasz Semmelweiss has been hounded into an asylum via his clinical friends, ridiculed for his declare that medical professionals' unwashed palms are the basis reason behind childbed fever. In present-day London, Bridget Hughes juggles her younger son, husband, and mom as she plans her domestic beginning, unprepared for the trial she is ready to suffer. someplace in 2135, in an international the place people are birthed and raised in breeding farms, Prisoner 730004 is on trial for concealing a pregnancy.

Through 3 tales spanning centuries, acclaimed novelist Joanna Kavenna explores the main easy plight of girls, from the slaughterhouse of primitive medication to a futurisic imaginative and prescient of technological oppression. Poised on the midpoint is Bridget, whose fervent trust within the knowledge of nature is confirmed in a single of the main gripping bills of work to seem in fiction.

Original, strong, and performed out opposed to an unlimited canvas, The beginning of Love is straight away a unique in regards to the construction of human lifestyles, technology and religion, insanity and compromise, and the epic trip of motherhood.

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Devil's Consort: England's Most Ruthless Queen

By Anne O'Brien

Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a made up our minds girl who plots and schemes an fabulous direction among both strong males in 12th century Europe, a girl who can manoeuvre and manage to shield her personal lands as successfully as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her fight to maintain her inheritance intact, best her to reject one husband and take one other who will fulfil her wants. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is ready to deliver scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her final prize. Hers is a narrative of energy, political intrigue, ardour and love.

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The Duel in Early Modern England: Civility, Politeness and Honour (Ideas in Context)

By Markku Peltonen

Arguments concerning the perform of the duel in early glossy England have been frequent. Markku Peltonen, the prestigious highbrow historian, examines the talk, and divulges how the ethical and ideological prestige of duelling used to be thought of inside a wider cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. knowing the duel includes understanding the most important matters within the cultural and ideological heritage of Stuart England. Peltonen's wide-ranging learn engages the eye of an important viewers of historians and cultural and literary students.

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Sarum: The Novel of England

By Edward Rutherfurd

A masterpiece that's breathtaking in its scope, SARUM is an epic novel that lines the full turbulent process English historical past. This wealthy tapesty weaves a compelling saga of 5 households who defend their very own specific features over the centuries, and supply a desirable glimpse into the future.

From the Paperback edition.

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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

By Geraldine Brooks

An unforgettable story of a courageous younger girl in the course of the plague in seventeenth century England from the writer The mystery Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

whilst an contaminated bolt of material includes plague from London to an remoted village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an not likely heroine and healer. via Anna's eyes we stick with the tale of the fateful yr of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the unfold of illness and superstition. As dying reaches into each loved ones and villagers flip from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna needs to locate the energy to confront the disintegration of her neighborhood and the entice of illicit love. As she struggles to outlive and develop, a 12 months of disaster turns into in its place annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired by means of the genuine tale of Eyam, a village within the rugged hill nation of England, Year of Wonders is a richly specified evocation of a unique second in heritage. Written with gorgeous emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall highway Journal), Brooks blends love and studying, loss and renewal right into a spellbinding and unforgettable learn.

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A Regimental Affair: A Novel

By Allan Mallinson

ALLAN MALLINSON’S A shut Run Thing and Honorable Company stirred readers and critics with the army adventures of younger Captain Matthew Hervey on the conflict of Waterloo and amid the cruel terrain and treacherous intrigues of India. Now, in 1817, Hervey returns to an England whose hard-won peace is shaken by means of the misery and discord of its humans. or even as he's stuck up within the turbulent sunrise of a brand new period, he needs to strive against a planned try to orchestrate his personal ruin.

The honors he received in India fell in need of Captain Matthew Hervey’s private desire–to go back to his liked sixth gentle Dragoons. yet now situations permit him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the attractive woman Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed seeing that adolescence. in the meantime, although, his soldier’s center is pierced by way of the sight of guys in British scarlet crippled within the provider of king and kingdom, now forgotten and do away with, lowered to begging and petty crime. it really is no ask yourself that rabble-rousers clamor for reform and that lawlessness is erupting all over, from the towns to the countryside.

As for Hervey’s personal cavalry, guarding Regency Brighton and ambushing French smugglers in dead night coves, he reveals them, too, drastically replaced. Their new lieutenant colonel, Lord Towcester, is a cold-eyed martinet–vain, inept, and bigoted–who cares much less for the welfare of his males than for holding the shine on their glowing brass buttons. additionally, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to result in Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a battle hero and previous aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, Towcester sees all that he himself as soon as forfeited via cowardice.

But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an outdated and mystery one and to show it will price Hervey his rank, the command of his loved Sixth–and the capability to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the captivating and made up our minds Henrietta, now not above a bit politicking in excessive locations to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically placed a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.

As the commercial Revolution builds and meals riots crumple to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a normal insurrection. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by means of enemies either inside and with no. after which destiny calls his regiment to the darkish frozen wastes of a far off frontier, the place one other people’s lifestyle is being destroyed by way of the march of switch, and the place tragedy and bloodshed will strength a showdown among Hervey and his nemesis.

A Regimental Affair is a beautiful tapestry of shiny characters, rousing motion, and genuine ancient aspect that re-creates an international of well mannered English drawing rooms, poverty-stricken London streets, and frozen battlefields, the place human ardour and blind destiny provide delivery to the future of a nation–and a hero.

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The Uncrowned Queen (Short story prequel to The King's Concubine)

By Anne O'Brien

'Anne O’Brien has joined the unique membership of fine old novelists.’ - Sunday Express

Her route to the throne is paved with treason… 1330.

Philippa of Hainault can be married to King Edward III yet she’s penniless and powerless. England quivers within the clutches of the Dowager Queen Isabella and her darkly bold lover Lord Mortimer whereas her husband rots in detention center, a prisoner at Mortimer’s hand. it's going to take a brave younger guy to emerge from the shadows and stand up in contrast ambitious pair.

Philippa won’t relax and notice Edward puppeteered. She is set to work out justice performed. It’s her phrases whispered into the younger King Edward’s ear that may see the conflict for England’s throne commence.

Mightier have fallen. Treason threatens. The victor’s prize is England…failure is death.

It’s a strong union that ties Philippa and Edward during this darkly attractive brief tale yet will it usually be so?

Praise for Anne O’Brien:

‘One of the easiest writers around…she outdoes even Philippa GregoryThe Sun

‘Her writing is highly evocative of the time period… O’Brien has produced an epic story’ Historical Novel Society

Anne O’Brien’s novels provide a voice to the “silent” ladies of historyYorkshire Post

‘Once back O’Brien proves herself a medieval background magician, conjuring up a scorching, sweeping storyLancashire night Post

‘An interesting and interesting tale of affection and old politics. If you get pleasure from Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will adore Anne O'BrienWe Love This Book

‘A brilliantly researched and well-told tale; you won’t be ready to placed this publication downCandis

‘A fast paced historic drama that's choked with suspense.’ Essentials

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Dogma: A Novel

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 United States?
“The apocalypse is imminent,” thinks W. He has dedicated his existence to philosophy, yet he's approximately to be forged out from his liked collage. His good friend Lars is not any support at all—he’s too busy battling an infestation of rats in his flat. A drunken lecture travel in the course of the American South proves to be one other giant mistake. In desperation, the 2 British intellectuals flip to Dogma, a semi-religious code that will 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 booklet in a single of the main unique literary trilogies seeing that MolloyMalone Dies and The Unnamable.

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Chosen for the Marriage Bed

By Anne O'Brien

Elizabeth de Lacy is instructed she needs to wed her family's sworn enemy! Lord Richard Malinder needs to produce an inheritor, and a union with the de Lacy relations may perhaps turn out advantageous...Elizabeth has no longer anticipated to believe such excessive allure and the warmth of anticipation rises as they make their method to the bridal chamber...

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The Versions of Us

In one second, lives can be replaced ceaselessly . . . and eternally . . . and forever.

the single factor that’s yes is that they met on a Cambridge road by accident and felt a connection that may final an entire life. yet as for what occurred subsequent . . . They fell wildly in love, or went their separate methods. They kissed, or they proposal best of it. They married quickly after, or have been jointly for a number of weeks earlier than splitting up. They grew distracted and upset with their day-by-day lives jointly, or chanced on solace jointly basically after tough years spent apart. 

With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created an international as magical and affecting as those who captivated readers in One Day and Life After Life. It is a story of chances and outcomes that jewelry around the moving a long time, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and directly to the current, displaying how even the smallest offerings can outline the process our lives. 

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