In the summer of 1546, Matthew Shardlake is unexpectedly summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen Catherine Parr. Her secret confessional book is missing and its contents, in the wrong hands, could destroy her. This is the 6th of Sansom's Shardlake series of thrilling mysteries.
Returning home to Liverpool in 1805, William King’s determination to speak out against slavery brings him into direct conflict with his father. Interweaving politics, romance and the fortunes of war, this novel reflects the turmoil that preceded the end of British involvement in the slave trade. (Contains material previously published in Ice King.)
Village Life in the Middle Ages
Based on years of research and imaginatively presented, Ann Baer’s book follows the course of a year in the life of a peasant woman in medieval England. Evoking the hardships of life in feudal England, it tells the story of Marion, a carpenter’s wife, her extended family and the neighbours living in the outlying hamlet ‘down the common’. The book is illustrated with drawings by the author.
Coming Home to Island House
In August 1939, after a tour across Europe promoting her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and her beloved Jack, to find him seriously ill. His estranged family from a previous marriage are summoned, forced by Jack’s illness to accept their young stepmother and bury their resentments.
Primo Levi's Resistance
Rebels and Collaborators in Occupied Italy
Primo Levi is admired for his powerful testimony of survival in Auschwitz, but he was more than a witness. For three months in 1943, he was an anti-Nazi partisan fighter, but neither he nor his biographers have said much about this episode. Combining investigative flair with profound empathy, this pioneering book unearths the ‘ugly secret’ that haunted Levi for the rest of his life, and provides an insight into both Resistance politics and the moral complexity of his work.