By Nigel Tranter
At the end of the 13th century, Scotland was a blood-torn country suffering under the harsh domination of a tyrant usurper, the hated Plantagenet, Edward Longshanks. During the appalling violence of those unsettled days, one man rose to become leader of the Scots. That man was William Wallace.Motivated at first by revenge for the slaughter of his father, Wallace vowed to cleanse his country of the English and set the rightful king, Robert the Bruce, upon the Scottish throne.Though Wallace was a heroic figure, he was but a man - and his chosen path was to lead him through grievous danger and personal tragedy before the final outcome . . .Praise for Nigel Tranter:'One of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers' Times'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday
The Woman From Browhead
By Audrey Howard
The heroine is Annie Abbott, daughter and only child of a poverty-stricken hill farmer and his downtrodden wife, who runs away with a theatrical group at the age of 15. Annie returns to Browhead, the beautiful lonely hill farm above Bassenthwaite Lake, with only her pride and her baby daughter to sustain her. Her parents are dead, her old friends dare not be seen with an unmarried mother and the other farmers will lnot help a woman who presumes to buy sheep and raise crops without a husband at her side. Except for one man. Reed Macaulay, son of the district's most prosperous landowner, knows that Annie is the only woman he will ever love. Secretly, he helps her any way he can. Secretly, because Reed has promised to marry another woman . . .'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' Lancashire Life
A World of Difference
By Audrey Howard
Scottish shipowner Conal MacRae is the most exciting man that cossetted heiress Jenna Townley has ever met, and she is determined to marry him despite the disapproval of her overbearing father. Their courtship is fiery and their marriage passionate. But there are tragic and sinister undercurrents in their lives too: secrets from the past that threaten their happiness and even their safety. Is Jenna destined to repeat her mother's tragedy, or can she triumph over the past and keep both the Townley legacy and the man she was meant to love?
The Wind from the Hills
By Jessica Stirling
An epic of love, greed and betrayal set on the beautiful, remote Isle of Mull . . . Innis and Biddy Campbell have married well - Innis to the handsome shepherd Michael Tarrant, Biddy to rich Austin Baverstock. But Biddy is now a widow, only too accustomed to keeping herself aloof from life and love while Innis, now the mother of three young children, has found that marriage is not the idyll she expected. Then into their lives, still sheltered from a changing world by Mull's very remoteness, come two men. For Biddy, happiness may have come last. But it is Innis who has the hardest choices to make.
When Morning Comes
By Audrey Howard
When Lucy Dean - eighteen, with no money - marries James Buchanan - a man of thirty-four with a great fortune -it is anything but a happy match. For James is hopelessly in love with his wife while Lucy - too young, too serious and too determined to sacrifice happiness to duty - doesn't know what love means. Then the Great War comes, and Lucy's heart wakens, with truly shattering results for them both.
By James Clavell
Whirlwind is the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979: three weeks of fanaticism, passion, self-sacrifice and heartbreak. Caught between the revolutionaries and the forces of international intrigue is a team of professional pilots. They are ordered to flee to safety with their helicopters. Two of them, both Europeans, have Iranian wives whom they love beyond safety and politics.
Waiting for the Tide
By Julia Bryant
Portsmouth in the dark years of the first World War is the setting of Julia Bryant's first novel in her series about the Forrest women of Portsea. The day the Jutland telegrams arrive in Portsea, the lives of three women change dramatically. Miriam Slattery, the barmaid at the Captain Hardy, believes that afternoon in 1916 will be the happiest day of her life. Instead, a terrible betrayal is waiting for her. Beattie Forrest, mother, grandmother and widow of sailors, faces tragedy again - while rescuing a family even harder hit than hers. And Lily Forrest, just twelve years old, will always believe that the telegram boy who brought the news of her brother's death stole her birthday. But all three women have reserves of courage and hope beyond even their own dreams. As the grim days of the war give way to peace at last, Miriam, Beattie and Lily go on to grab their futures with both hands. Soon each of them, in her own way, will find the love and security she has been craving.
By Sally Worboyes
It is 1959 and the Armstrong family - Jack, Laura and their daughter, Kay - are setting off on their annual hop-picking holiday. Far from the bustle of the Stepney, the Kent hop fields offer hard work but fresh clean air and lively social gatherings around the campfires.Laura hopes to continue her seasonal love affair with the farm owner, Richard Wright, despite the presence of his wife and her husband; Kay, on the brink of womanhood, craves adventure and is thrown into turmoil by the handsome gypsy lad, Zacchi; and news is spreading of plans to mechanise the hop-picking, robbing the East Enders of their country idyll. As tensions grow between the cockneys and the local gypsies, it becomes clear that this summer will change lives for ever...
The Wise Child
By Jessica Stirling
Both Kirsty and Craig Nicholson sacrifice lovers to hold their marriage together for the sake of their crippled son. For a time all seems well until Kirsty seizes an opportunity to buy a small shop and makes a roaring success of her new career.Lonely and rejected, Craig seeks ways to gain the upper hand on his wife and her partners until only a brittle band of conscience stands between them and ruin.
By David Wishart
When Pegasus, racing mega-star and lead driver of the Whites faction, is found stabbed to death in the alleyway beside a wineshop, Marcus Corvinus is already on site. The local District Watch - crooked to a man - claim that the killer's motive was a simple theft. Tracking the murderer down with the often-unwilling help of his wife Perilla takes Marcus deep into the murky world of Roman chariot-racing with all its secrets, skulduggeries and scams; and his task is not made any easier by the fact that in the process he has a lovesick major-domo, an invisible dagger and Mount Etna to contend with.
The Well Of Lost Plots
By Jasper Fforde
Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409. But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is 'accidentally' eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it ... With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, 'The Well of Lost Plots' is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'. In the words of one critic: 'Don't ask. Just read it.'
Wives at War
By Jessica Stirling
Jessica Stirling's enthralling novel set in the darkest days of the Second World War.With her husband away in the army, mother-of-four Babs sends three of her darlings to the country and goes back to work. Her routine is disrupted, however, when a charming American news photographer walks into her life.Rosie's job as a factory worker is marred by the taunts of her snobbish co-workers. Eager to start a family but fearful of passing on her deafness to her children, she blames her husband for her unhappiness and risks not only her marriage but her future because of it.Wealthy and self assured, Polly manages her husband's shady empire, conducts a loveless affair with a lawyer, and tries to forget that her children now live with their father in New York. When Dominic explodes back into her life, Polly is forced to choose between loyalty and betrayal, and, as bombs begin to fall, tragedy overtakes the Conway girls.
By Jill Dawson
In 18th-century France, a child is captured in the forests near Aveyron where he seems to have been living wild for seven years. Now 12 years old, the Wild Boy is put on public display as a freak, and finally handed over to the ambitious, emotionally repressed Doctor Itard, who is charged with educating the boy, whom he names Victor, and trying to discover the secrets of his strange, secret life. But Victor soon becomes a pawn in the raging debate about nature vs nurture, and Itard's attempts to civilise him bear little fruit. Instead, Victor seems drawn to Mme Guerin, his motherly guardian - and to her vivacious daughter, Julie, who is herself falling for Itard as he struggles to understand both Victor and his own confused emotions. Giving a vivid sense of the Revolutionary period, the novel brings to life through the stories of three fascinating characters a mysterious case that resonates in the modern day preoccupation with autism.
Write Away: One Novelist's Approach To Fiction and the Writing Life
By Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George is one of the most successful writers of crime fiction in the world. Her twelve novels have appeared on bestseller lists in the UK, USA and Australia, and several of them have been dramatised by BBC Television as the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. She has also written a collection of short stories and edited a crime anthology.Now she shares this wealth of experience with would-be novelists, and with crime fiction fans. Drawing extensively on her own work, and that of other bestselling writers including Stephen King, Harper Lee, Dennis Lehane and many others, she illustrates her points about plotting, characterisation and technique with great clarity. She also includes extracts from her own Journals - the diaries she keeps as she writes each of her novels - and these give us an unprecedented insight into the creative mind, with all its highs and lows.
Whiter Than The Lily
By Alys Clare
The young beautiful Galena and her husband, the much older Ambrose are trying for a child but to no avail. When Josse d'Acquin tells her of the healing waters of Hawkenlye she is overjoyed and sets off with her escort. But she arrives alone. A few days later her husband, befuddled and unwell, arrives and within hours she dies in agony on the infirmary floor. On examination it appears she has been poisoned and that she was pregnant after all. Josse and Helewise are determined to solve the riddle of her death even if it leads themselves also into danger.
We'll Meet Again
By Hilary Green
Liverpool 1942. Seventeen-year-old Frankie Franconi falls in love with charismatic British officer Nick Harper as quickly and certainly as the bomb that falls on their shelter. He is impressed by her good looks and intelligence, and the fact that, like him, she speaks fluent Italian. When she insists on staying to help rescue others who have been trapped he realises that she has courage, too. He gives her a business card with a Baker Street address, and suggests she put her skills to good use. Within a month Frankie has joined the FANYs and started her training. Stationed first in England, then Africa and finally Italy, Frankie and her fellow recruits work tirelessly decoding messages from agents in the field by day, and enjoying the wartime parties at night. But when she signs the Official Secrets Act she has no idea of the danger, adventure and terrible choices that are in store.
The White Witch
By Elizabeth Goudge
The White Witch is a story set at the time of the beginning of the English Civil War and the men and women drawn into it on both sides. Robert Haslewood, the local squire turns puritan and follows his boyhood hero to war leaving his children and wife behind him. His cousin Froniga, half gypsy and the White Witch of the title, a wise woman with the power of healing lives in danger. Her gypsy cousins sometimes camp near her but will always move on. They have befriended Yomen, who conceals a grand past but is now a tinker and royalist spy. He loves the puritan Froniga. A journey man painter, Francis, delights in painting the Haslewood children while spying too for the royalist cause. Their lives entwine until the bloodiness of war forces them to be loyal to their side whatever their personal ties, threatening to destroy friendships and humanity and kindness in the process.
The Wanton Redhead
By Meg Hutchinson
When her selfish, flighty sister leaves home to become the wife of a wealthy sugar plantation owner, Alyssa becomes solely responsible for her poor, deranged mother as well as for Thea's bastard son. Viciously raped, then thrown out of the family home, the girl goes on the run, fleeing her cruel rapist.Alyssa's journey is a perilous one. It will take her far from the Black Country to the wild shores of the Caribbean and put her in the path of evil men determined to despoil the young girl. For the palm-fringed island of Jamaica is home to a pernicious trade: white slavery...
The Woman Who Waited
By Andreï Makine, Andrei Makine
When a young, rebellious writer from Leningrad arrives in a remote Russian village to study local customs, one woman stands out: Vera, who has been waiting thirty years for her lover to return from the Second World War. As fascinated as he is appalled by the fruitless fidelity of this still beautiful woman, he sets out to win her affections. But the better he thinks understands her the more she surprises him, and the more he gains uncomfortable insights into himself. Lyrically evoking the haunting beauty of the Archangel region, Makine tells a timeless story of the human heart and its capacity for enduring love, selfish passion and cowardly betrayal.
The Welsh Girl
By Peter Ho Davies
In 1944, a German Jewish refugee is sent to Wales to interview Rudolf Hess; in Snowdonia, a seventeen-year-old girl, the daughter of a fiercely nationalistic shepherd, dreams of the bright lights of an English city; and in a nearby POW camp, a German soldier struggles to reconcile his surrender with his sense of honour. As their lives intersect, all three will come to question where they belong and where their loyalties lie. Peter Ho Davies's thought-provoking and profoundly moving first novel traces a perilous wartime romance as it explores the bonds of love and duty that hold us to family, country, and ultimately our fellow man. Vividly rooted in history and landscape, THE WELSH GIRL reminds us anew of the pervasive presence of the past, and the startling intimacy of the foreign.