The Mysteries of Udolpho
A Mystery Story
Stranded in a forbidding medieval fortress, an orphaned heroine battles the devious schemes of her guardians as well as her own melancholy fancies. First published in 1794, the story of Emily St Aubert remains one of the most popular - and most frightening - of the early Gothic novels.
The Sunne in Splendour
Presenting Richard III as a man more sinned against than sinning, Sharon Penman’s classic novel was written from the conviction that ‘history is rewritten by the victors’, and it served Henry Tudor’s purpose to have Richard portrayed as a soulless monster. Set amid the Wars of the Roses, the novel follows Richard from childhood, through battles, love and the treachery of court politics, to his death on Bosworth Field. This 30th-anniversary edition includes some revisions and a new author’s note.
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.
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 Lemaître, explaining how they forged our understanding of astronomy today.
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 Kingmaker's Daughter
The Cousins' War
Daughter of the most powerful noble in 15th-century England, Warwick the ‘Kingmaker’, Anne Neville finds herself alone, widowed at 14, fatherless and stripped of her inheritance. Even when she marries Richard of Gloucester – the future Richard III – danger follows her.
Roy Stolworthy's novel is a brutal portrayal of the realities of the First World War. It tells the story of 15-year-old Thomas Elkin who accepts the blame for his brother's accidental death, takes on his identity and goes to the trenches, aiming for a glorious death in his brother's name.