There Was a Time
By Frank White
On the day the Second World War broke out, Frank White was a 12-year-old schoolboy in Manchester. On the day it ended, he was serving on a Royal Navy warship in the Indian Ocean. In 2013, he started to write this novel.'What I wanted to do,' he says, 'was to capture that feeling of those times and remind people of what the country went through.''Fabulous, often funny . . . the authentic, freewheeling atmosphere of a time when all bets were off' Daily MailAs Churchill and the nation face their darkest hour in 1940, a Lincolnshire village wakes up to a glorious summer's morning.Following Dunkirk, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain. If they fail, Hitler's next step will be invasion.And as the scene comes to life before us over the next six months, this shadow of war will not disappear.From the pub to the church, struggling single mother to the lady of the manor, the paper boy to a traumatised bomb disposal volunteer, this superb jewel of a novel portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense.There Was a Time is a triumph of the storyteller's art.This edition includes a new Author's Note and additional illustrations by the author.
The Third Nero
By Lindsey Davis
'Davis's prose is a lively joy, and Flavia's Rome is sinister and gloriously real' The Times on SaturdayFlavia Albia's day-old marriage is in trouble - her new husband may be permanently disabled and they have no funds. So when Palace officials ask her to expose a traitor in their midst she is ready for the task. Ever since the Emperor Nero committed suicide in AD 68, Rome has been haunted by reports that he is actually alive and ready to reclaim his throne. Two Nero pretenders have emerged from the East and met grisly fates. But now a new pretender has been smuggled into Rome by the traitor. Flavia must negotiate with spies, dodge assassins and reveal this third Nero before he can make his move. Will she act in time or will Rome once more be plunged into civil war?
By Allan Massie
Habitually vilified as a monstrous tyrant, Emperor Tiberius has been one of history's enigmas. Now he speaks for himself - a proud, secretive, troubled man, a great general yet reluctant ruler, disgusted by the degeneracy which surrounds him. In this sequel to Augustus, Allan Massie combines a compelling study in public power and private tragedy with a vibrant portrait of the Roman world.
By Julian Stockwin
'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - GuardianCaptain Sir Thomas Kydd's part in Britain's doomed occupation of Buenos Aires has put him on the wrong side of some powerful men at the Admiralty. He is given a poisoned commission that some hope will destroy his career: a recently mutinied ship.But enemies aboard and on the high seas are just the start of the problem. Soon he will have to take his untested and untrustworthy crew into the Baltic where they will get entangled with Napoleon's invasion of Prussia. With the stakes desperate, the task seemingly impossible and the French implacable, Kydd could return home once more a hero - or find himself facing a court martial.**************What readers are saying about TYGER'A delightful seafaring story' - 5 stars'TYGER is ablaze with brilliant, inventive and authentic storytelling . . . Stockwin's best' - 5 stars'My favourite of the series' - 5 stars'Julian Stockwin - long may you continue writing!' - 5 stars'Another top-notch story' - 5 stars
Thunder of the Gods: Empire VIII
By Anthony Riches
'A master of the genre' The TimesThe eighth book in the Empire sequence takes Centurion Marcus Aquila and his Tungrian legion on a dangerous mission to the heart of the Parthian empire.With Rome no longer safe Marcus and the Tungrians are ordered east, to the desolate border lands where Rome and Parthia have vied for supremacy for centuries.Ordered to relieve the siege of an isolated fortress, their task is doomed to bloody failure unless they can turn the disaffected Third Legion into a fighting force capable of resisting the terrifying Parthian cataphracts.And Marcus must travel to the enemy capital Ctesiphon on a desperate mission, the only man who can persuade the King of Kings to halt a war that threatens the humiliation of the empire and the slaughter of his friends.
The Tudor Vendetta
By Christopher Gortner
November, 1558: Elizabeth I has ascended the throne but the first days of her reign are already fraught with turmoil, the kingdom weakened by past strife and her ability to rule uncertain. When Brendan Prescott, her intimate spy, returns to court at the new queen's behest, he soon finds himself thrust into a deadly gambit against his old foe, Robert Dudley. But Elizabeth has an even more dangerous assignation in store for him when her favoured lady-in-waiting, Lady Parry, vanishes in Yorkshire. Sent from court to a crumbling manor that may hold the key to Lady Parry's disappearance, Brendan becomes the quarry of an elusive stranger with a vendetta- one that could expose both Brendan's own secret past and a long-hidden mystery that will bring about Elizabeth's doom.
This Proud and Savage Land
By Alexander Cordell
Hywel Mortymer's story begins in 1800 when he is sixteen and a dramatic change in fortune leads him, innocent and inexperienced, to a brutal anddangerous life working in the coal mines. In the mines children can be horribly maimed in devastating gas explosions,or grow deformed with the burden of their labours and babies are born underground. Wales is in turmoil. A tragic divide between rich and poor, the workers powerless,penniless, starving and diseased sparks growing unrest as the newly founded Unions move inexorably towards the Chartist Rebellion. This Proud and Savage Land is a brilliantly detailed chronicle of early nineteenth-century Wales and a prelude to the bestselling Rape of the Fair Country.
To Slay The Dreamer
By Alexander Cordell
From the Spanish sierras to the French Pyrenees, one desperate cause unites them.As the stromclouds gather in the passionate fight against the Fascists, a young Spanish countess and a trained american assassin join forces with the partisans in a desperateattempt on the life of General Franco.TO SLAY THE DREAMER is a rich and compelling story of a group of patriots ready to die for their country - a moving novel of dangerous loyalty amidst the ultimate futility ofwar.
Tales From Tiger Bay
By Alexander Cordell
The people who inhabited the dockland area of Cardiff, know as Tiger Bay,have engraved their personalities on the very air of Bute Street and, under Alexander Cordell's vivid pen, the streets are crammed again with everycreed and nationality; from priests and nuns to dockers and drunks; boxers,rugby fanatics, concubines and Bute Street ladies. The place comes alive in all its bawdy strength and colour.
This Sweet And Bitter Earth
By Alexander Cordell
The men of the North Wales slate quarries lived dangerous, unhealthy and underpaid lives; as a boy Toby Davies joined them. The quarries taught himprecious truths about poverty and exploitation, but Toby also learned of love from the two beautiful women in his life - Bron and Nanwen O'Hara. Toby moved south to seek work in the coal mines, but found no easier future.He was there at the notorious Tonypany riots of 1910 and the police occupationof the Rhondda, and would never forget the savagery of the battles fought betweenthe workers and the bosses.
A Thought of Honour
By Alexander Cordell
John Macmasters is an expert in the highly specialised skill of defusing explosives. his is the most nerve-racking job of them all - face to face with the possibility of a sudden and violent death. But in times of war new weapons must be tested. Macmasters' job is dangerous enough but he has something else to battle againsttoo. His love for Loetia has made him intensely vulnerable. Suddenly he finds himself exposed to the ravages of fear, the enemy within.First published in 1954, A Thought of Honour was the first book in Alexander Cordell's highly prolific and successful career.
By Anya Seton
The spellbinding story of a gifted woman who leaves the magic mountains of her native New Mexico for the chaotic New York of the 1870s. 'To read Seton is to enter into another time with such conviction that it seems as real as the present' (Philippa Gregory) Santa Fe Cameron, named for the place of her birth, is the child of a Spanish mother and a Scotch father and inherited from both a high degree of psychic ability. A Native American medicine man senses this and gives the little orphan a turquoise amulet as a keepsake; this turquoise, the Navajo symbol of the spirit, dominates her life. For Fey, life is made up of violent contrasts: the rough wagon of the young Irishman who brings her East and the scented hansom cabs and carriages waiting before her own Fifth Avenue mansion; the glittering world of the Astor family and a dreary cell in The Tombs prison. All the rich period detail which characterises Anya Seton's novels is here, together with one of her most unusual heroines.
A Time Without Shadows
By Ted Allbeury
When the SS destroyed Special Operations Executive's Scorpio network in Occupied France, only Henri Masson escaped. Then his post-war trial was abruptly halted after a high level British intervention. Forty years later, awkward questions are raised in Westminster and the case has been reopened. The first thing Harry Chapman of MI6 discovers is that all records were destroyed by a senior SIS officer. The second is that there are still survivors from the Scorpio affair - and that Henri Masson might be among them. Chapman begins a jouney into the past, to France in the 1940s, to a time when few men were what they seemed - and fewer still could be trusted.A TIME WITHOUT SHADOWS is a classic espionage thriller from one of the true masters of the genre.
The Tudor Conspiracy
By Christopher Gortner
Bristling with treachery, death and intrigue, THE TUDOR CONSPIRACY is as fast-paced and thrilling as THE TUDOR SECRET, its predecessor in the ELIZABETH'S SPYMASTER series. 1553: Harsh winter falls across the realm. Mary Tudor has become queen and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower, but rumours of a plot to depose her swirl around the one person many consider to be England's heir and only hope-- her half-sister, Princess Elizabeth. Brendan Prescott's foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings news that sends Brendan back to London on a dangerous mission. Intent upon trying to save Elizabeth, he soon finds himself working as a double-agent for Mary herself. Plunged into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a shadowy opponent who hides a terrifying secret, Brendan races against time to retrieve a cache of the princess's private letters, even as he begins to realize that in this dark world of betrayal and deceit - where power is supreme and sister can turn against sister - nobody can be trusted. 'Gortner has again produced a richly detailed book that is hard to put down.' Historical Novels Review on THE QUEEN'S VOW.
By Stephen Leather
The Russian oligarchs are the world's new elite. They treat the world as their plaything, travelling without borders and living lives of unimaginable luxury without fear or restraint. But when an assassin starts killing off some of the world's richest men, an oligarch with friends in high places seeks the protection of MI5. And Spider Shepherd is placed in the firing line.But while Shepherd has to save the life of a man he neither likes nor respects, he has to deal with a face from his past. The Taliban sniper who put a bullet in his shoulder turns up alive and well and living in London.And Shepherd is in no mood to forgive or forget.
By Pat O'keeffe
Steve Jay is a fireman on the edge. Crippling debts and the recent return of his unfaithful partner Jenny have bent him out of shape, getting between him and the job he loves.But Jay's problems are only just beginning. A horrific fire in an East London fashion store and workshop tests him and his watch to the limit. And when an old friend offers him serious money to investigate the Sheldon family's history of fires, it sounds like the answer to a prayer.His decision to accept the case plunges him into a nightmare of arson and murder.
By Malcolm Macdonald
London, 1888. Tessa d'Arblay is the 22-year-old daughter of an eccentric widower-clergyman living in the East End. The household is managed by her even more eccentric aunt, a situation that leads Tessa to seek the help of one Dr. Segal, a noted Victorian brain specialist. Her innocent enquiries draw her into a bizarre and ultimately horrific sequence of events. Through Dr. Segal, she meet the strangely compelling Dante Rosen, a successful artist and member of the Oscar Wilde set. Another of her new acquaintences, budding actress Connie Saunders, warns Tessa against any involvement with Rosen, whom she thinks of as Satan made flesh. But Tessa comes to believe Segal is the evil influence, not her beloved Dante. Too late she learns the dreadful truth, more appalling than even Connie Saunder's wildest imaginings...For more information and a full bibliography visit www.malcolmmacdonald.org
The Thursday Next Collection 1-3
By Jasper Fforde
The first three novels in Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, following the adventures of Swindon's favourite literary detective: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK and THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS.
The Twelfth Tablet
By Tom Harper
Twelve golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Each has taken its own journey, and each has its own story to tell. This is one of those stories.
The Three Mike Cramer Novels
By Stephen Leather
Three page-turning action thrillers from Stephen Leather: THE CHINAMAN, THE DOUBLE TAP and THE LONG SHOT.