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.
The Bertie Project
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
‘The world’s longest running serial novel’ continues, with young Bertie Pollock’s terrible mother back from the Middle East. Life was easy in her absence, now it’s no fun: there are extra classes after school – yoga, Italian and saxophone – and his father looks to be enamoured of another woman.
The End of the Gods
Evacuated to the countryside to escape the Blitz, the young AS Byatt derives little comfort from religion, finding solace instead in ancient legends. The award-winning author weaves together themes of war, natural disaster and reckless gods in this retelling of the Norse myth.
The Day Without Yesterday
The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy Book III
This third title in the Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy begins before the First World War, and fictionalizes Einstein’s formulation of the Theory of Relativity and his links with scientist/priest Georges Lemaitre, explaining how they forged our understanding of astronomy today.
Trouble on the Thames
Newly colour-blind, Owen Bradwell believes his naval career is over. But as Hitler's Germany threatens, he is assigned a special mission: to spy on a spy over a fishing weekend. First published in 1945, this vintage, twist-filled thriller was written by a prolific and unjustly forgotten author.
In Paris in August 1918, Captain Alan Clinton spent the night with a young Frenchwoman and disclosed British military secrets: 17 years later his indiscretion has disastrous consequences. First published in 1936, Horler's spy novel is now part of the British Library's Classic Thrillers series.
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
Predating The Land that Time Forgot and The Lost World, James De Mille's fantasy novel, first published in 1888, similarly presents an uncharted land of prehistoric creatures and a society of humans whose organization and values satirize Victorian society.
In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe
Classic Tales of Terror, 1816–1914
‘Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror’, writes Leslie Klinger, and in this anthology he presents 20 short horror stories by little-known writers or by authors famous in other genres. Beginning with The Sandman by ETA Hoffman, the collection includes works by Sheridan Le Fanu, MR James, Ambrose Bierce and Saki, and ends with The Squaw, a rare short story from Bram Stoker. Klinger provides an introductory note on each author.