Books

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The Queens Man By Rory Clements

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In Elizabethan England, where a person’s religious faith could cost them their lives, a suspected plot to overthrow the Queen and replace her with the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots overshadows everything. John Shakespeare, our…

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Mayhem By Sarah Pinborough

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“Mayhem” begins with an italicized section but don’t let that put you off as the following 400 pages are a satisfying and enjoyable read. This is definitely a book to binge on, with likeable and…

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Reckless By William Nicholson

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When I started this book, I was not particularly impressed. While the historical setting was certainly interesting, spanning the end of the second world war up to the Cuban Missile Crisis and including something of…

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Still Waters by Katie Flynn

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When Still Waters first dropped through my letterbox at its full 672 pages, I wasn’t phased. I usually read epic fantasy which can easily be a third again as long. But this wasn’t fantasy, it…

The Miniaturist By Jessie Burton

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“On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as…

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God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian

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2014 will prove to be a cultural warzone fought between devotees to the First World War’s centenary and Norse fanatics, stirred into life by a recent television series and the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibit…

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History’s most notorious dynasty

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Having read Mary Hollingsworth’s new release, ‘The Borgias: History’s most notorious dynasty’ we are inspired to share with you how this family managed to achieve such a reputation. The saying goes that you can’t choose your family,…

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Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory has long been renowned as the undisputed queen of historical fiction, but her recent works have left me a little disappointed, and in my opinion don’t live up to the brilliance of her…