History is two things: event and report, which are not necessarily the same. In this provocative book, historian Simon Schama uses the techniques of fiction to explore the eccentric 19th-century Parkman family of Boston – and to interrogate the practice of his own profession.
Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk
The Mystery Crossbow Boy Who Saved the Fortunes of York at The Battle of Towton
Jack Holroyd’s novel tells the story, ‘missing’ from history, yet kept alive in folk memory, of the young Yorkshire crossbow archer, Edmund Hawksworth, who killed two prominent Lancastrian lords and turned events in York’s favour at the Battle of Towton.
The Curse of Anne Boleyn
Twenty years have passed since Jean Rombaud kept his promise to the woman he executed; he wanted to forget his days as an executioner, but he can't shake off the dark legacy of Anne Boleyn's six-fingered hand. Humphreys's thriller is the sequel to The French Executioner.
The Girl Who Would Be Queen
A classic of historical fiction, Young Bess was first published in 1944 and made into a film starring Jean Simmons in 1953. It tells the story of the young Princess Elizabeth, declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, yet facing even greater challenges after Henry VIII's death.
The Chosen Ones
In 1941, eleven-year-old Adrian Ziegler was sent to Am Spiegelgrund in Vienna, ostensibly a reform school for boys and girls and clinic for chronically ill children. Through Adrian’s experience, this novel examines one of the Nazis’ cruellest institutions. Translated by Anna Paterson.
Death Comes to Pemberley
A much-acclaimed sequel to Pride and Prejudice, PD James’s bestselling thriller is set in 1803, six years after Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage. Their orderly world at Pemberley is shattered when Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia Wickham, arrives in distress, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
Stories from the Golden Age of Gaslight Crime
Sherlock Holmes was not the only fictional sleuth foiling criminal masterminds in late Victorian England. Here are his rivals: Robert Barr’s Eugene Valmont; GK Chesterton’s amiable Father Brown; and one of the first women detectives, CL Pirkis’s Loveday Brooke.
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.
Every Short Story
The five published collections of short stories by the Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray (b.1934) – Unlikely Stories Mostly, Lean Tales, Glaswegians, Ten Tales Tall and True, and The Ends of Our Tethers – are joined here by 16 new stories, Tales Droll and Plausible, drawings by Gray and his ‘Endnotes’, telling ‘more about my life as a fiction writer than I first intended’.
The Great Swindle
A winner of the Prix Goncourt, this powerful novel follows Henri d’Aulnay Pradelle, a lieutenant who shoots two of his own men, from the Western Front into the dark side of post-war France, where Pradelle’s fate becomes entangled with two men who know of his crime. Translated by Frank Wynne.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, hitchhiking around the galaxy after the demise of Earth, are in trouble: the Improbability Drive fails in their host’s ship, Arthur has jammed the computer by asking it for a cup of tea and the restaurant is 576,000 million miles away. Part two of the five-part Hitchhiker trilogy.
Jonathan Coe: Three Novels
This set of three novels by the award-winning author of What a Carve Up! comprises his first book, The Accidental Woman (1987); The Dwarves of Death (1990), in which a small-time rock-band musician becomes embroiled in a murder mystery; and Coe's funny and painfully honest story of boys growing up in the 1970s, The Rotters' Club (2001).