The Private World of Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer (1902–74) was the internationally bestselling queen of Regency romance, but never gave interviews and kept her personal life intensely private. ‘You will find me,’ she said, ‘in my work.’ Drawing on unprecedented access to her correspondence and family archives, this biography reveals a formidable woman of Russian descent, with an impeccable sense of style, outspoken views, and a dislike of paying income tax that brought her into conflict with the Inland Revenue.
A Place Called Armageddon
For 1,000 years, Constantinople had ruled its Byzantine Empire; now Mehmet’s 100,000-strong army of Turks are 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.
How to Think Like Einstein
Simple Ways to Break the Rules and Discover Your Hidden Genius
Scott Thorpe describes Einstein as ‘history’s greatest problem solver’, ‘the James Dean of science’ whose successes came from his willingness to break rules and to violate ‘common sense’ thinking. This book shows how we can use Einstein’s principles to help identify the obstacles in our heads and approach problems in new ways – for example, by resizing problems to make them more urgent, practising ‘cerebral sex’ or pretending we’re James Bond.
Before the History You Know... A Novel of Louis XIV
Set in the French court at Fontainebleau, Karleen Koen's meticulously researched novel imagines the young Louis XIV in 1661, about to take control of France on the death of Cardinal Mazarin, and falling in love with the wrong woman.
The Ultimate Book of Impostors
Over 100 True Stories of the Greatest Phonies and Frauds
Kidnappers, murderers and conmen, pretenders to the throne and even an ex-Postmaster General (the infamous John Stonehouse)... Ian Graham presents a collection of impostors who were mostly up to no good, but some had good reason to pretend to be somebody else – warehouseman Marvin Hewitt stole a scientist's identity in order to teach physics, and ME Clifton James became Montgomery's double to fool Nazi intelligence officers.
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.
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.