The Whistlers' Room
Three Great War soldiers with throat wounds are the patients in ‘the Whistlers’ room’: their stories are told by the German novelist and poet Paul Alverdes, who sustained the same kind of war wound. Translated by Basil Creighton. Introduction by Emily Mayhew. First published 1929.
The Three Musketeers
The adventures of d'Artagnan and his dare-devil companions, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, amid the intrigues of the French ancien régime, was a sensation when it first appeared in 1844 and has never lost its swashbuckling appeal. This abridged version is published in the Macmillan Collector’s Library. Gilt-edged pages and silk marker.
Sensational Tales of Terror
Beginning with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this collection of twenty 19th-century ‘sensation stories’ includes some of the most famous Gothic, supernatural or grisly tales, among them Edgar Allen Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum and James Malcolm Rymer’s The String of Pearls, or Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Off-mint.
Rivals of the Republic
A Blood of Rome Novel
Following two suspicious deaths, Hortensia, the daughter of Rome’s most celebrated lawyer, investigates a trail of murders amid the high political drama of 70 BCE. Why have the authorities turned a blind eye and why are key witnesses being silenced? Young adult.
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
A Wartime Romance
Valerie, a wartime Land Girl, meets and falls in love with an American pilot; meanwhile, her cousin has rescued a mistreated border collie named Peter Woodhouse. Together, Val, Mike and Peter Woodhouse do their bit for love, the war and international relations.
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.
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.)
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.
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 Pharmacist's Wife
When Alexander Palmer opened his pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, Rebecca, his new wife, looked forward to a prosperous and genteel future. Instead, Alexander’s infidelities, sexual desires, greed and his invention – heroin – leads them both into a world of dark passions and addiction.
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.
A Place Called Armageddon
For 1,000 years Constantinople had ruled its Byzantine empire; now Mehmet’s 100,000-strong army of Turks is at the gates and the city’s survival lies in the hands of one tortured and long-exiled man – Gregoras. CC Humphreys’s novel tells the story of one of history’s greatest battles.
The Lady Elizabeth
The Lady Elizabeth is the daughter of Henry VIII, but disinherited and declared a bastard after the execution of her mother. How the young Elizabeth survives the savage world of Tudor politics, inherits the throne and becomes queen is the subject of Alison Weir's novel. It is read here by Emma Fielding. Abridged.
Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain
In the third of her Elizabethan novels, Margaret Irwin (1889–1967) introduces Philip, Mary Tudor's unwilling bridegroom, who is intrigued by young Princess Elizabeth. As sister to the queen, Elizabeth must walk the razor-thin line between Mary's jealousy and Philip's ardour.
Set in Victorian London, where a young artists' model, Eliza Dunlop, meets the illusionist Hector Crumhall, aka Devil Wix, and his companions at the run-down Palmyra Theatre, this is the story of one woman and four men and the dark threads that entangle them. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
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.