Ophelia and the Great Idea

By Deborah Levy

All through this, the 1st choice of brief tales from playwright Deborah Levy, wisdom and instinct, technological know-how and love are juxtaposed as conflicting assets of motivation. each one personality portrayed embodies a hindrance and enacts a drama in settings that fluctuate from Ibiza to Camden city, from rural Spain to a precarious rowing-boat. the writer is worried with chaos and lack of desire, with corruption and dedication to discovering a fact. She takes our international because it is, because it has been and lifestyles because it might be. Deborah Levy is an actress, poet and playwright whose performs "Heresies" and "Ruins" have been commissioned by means of The Royal Shakespeare corporation.

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A Cure for Cancer: The Cornelius Quartet 2

By Michael Moorcock

A mirror-image of his former self, Jerry Cornelius returns to a parallel London, armed with a vibragun and his notorious air of secrecy and charm to boot. at the path of the gruesome Bishop Beesley, Jerry hunts for a mysterious gadget in a position to manipulating the cosmos. Corruption, violence and greed are rife in a war-torn Europe, yet Jerry is opposed to background; he's open air of heritage. He lusts for the equilibrium of anarchy, for randomness supreme—lock up your daughters (and sons), Jerry Cornelius is back.

Dunked into the ether of Chaos, the second one e-book within the Cornelius Quartet, A medication for melanoma, was once one of many first novels of its shape, utilizing hypermedia to spin an online of hauntingly surreal scenes, wickedly humorous social satire and sci-fi vignettes that resonate deeply for the trendy reader.

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Sarum: The Novel of England

By Edward Rutherfurd

A masterpiece that's breathtaking in its scope, SARUM is an epic novel that strains the full turbulent process English heritage. This wealthy tapesty weaves a compelling saga of 5 households who safeguard their very own specific features over the centuries, and provide a desirable glimpse into the future.

From the Paperback edition.

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The Spy Game

By Georgina Harding

'If you have been a sleeper, how lengthy do you're thinking that it's going to take sooner than you forgot who you actually have been? if you happen to have been dwelling undercover for years and years. Which individual will be you?' On a freezing January morning in 1961, eight-year-old Anna's mom disappears into the fog. A kiss that hardly touches Anna's cheek, a rumble of exhaust and a blurred wave via an icy windscreen, and her mom is long gone. on reflection, Anna will want that she can have paid extra cognizance to the proof of that day. The grownup international shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the difficulty of dying away in addition to the issues that her mom left in the back of. And her thoughts will flow and settle just like the fog that covers the auto. that very same morning a secret agent case breaks within the information - the case of the Krogers, it sounds as if usual those that weren't who they acknowledged they have been; those that had disappeared in a single position and reappeared in one other with different identities, prime different lives. Obsessed through tales of the chilly struggle, and of the second one global warfare that's nonetheless a clean and painful reminiscence for the adults approximately them, Anna's brother Peter starts to build a thought that their mom, a refugee from japanese Germany, was once a undercover agent operating undercover and may even nonetheless be alive. As lifestyles returns to basic, Anna struggles to variety among truth and delusion. Did her mom have a mystery lifestyles? and the way have you learnt who a individual was she is useless? The undercover agent online game is a fantastically wrought novel approximately loss, heritage, reminiscence and mind's eye, and how within which we form those to build our personal identities. it's a painful and delicate reminder of the significance of knowing the previous and, in flip, the significance of letting move.

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The Birds Fall Down

By Rebecca West

Within the VIRAGO glossy vintage sequence, a kinfolk saga and political mystery, during which eighteen-year-old Laura Rowan unwittingly turns into a witness to the momentous occasions prime as much as the Russian Revolution.

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The Forbidden Queen

By Anne O'Brien

An blameless pawn 

A state and not using a king 

A new dynasty will reign… 

1415. The jewel within the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is ready below lock and key for King Henry V. whereas he is been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to avoid wasting her from her distress. however the brutal king desires her crown, now not her blameless love. 

For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and distrust. And whilst she is widowed at twenty-one, she turns into a prize ripe for the taking—her younger son the long run monarch, her hand in marriage worthy a kingdom. 

it is a lethal political video game, one the dowager queen needs to study speedy. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who may have her? Who will wreck her? this can be the tale of Katherine de Valois. 

 

"Anne O'Brien has joined the specific membership of good ancient novelists."  —Sunday Express 

"An totally gripping story that's either fantastically written and  meticulously researched."  —The sunlight

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Babel Tower

By A. S. Byatt

On the center of Babel Tower are legislations circumstances, dual strands of the Establishment's internet, that form the tale: a painful divorce and custody go well with and the prosecution of an "obscene" publication. Frederica, the self sufficient younger heroine, is focused on either. She startled her highbrow circle of buddies by way of marrying a tender state squire, whose violent streak has now been became opposed to her. Fleeing to London with their younger son, she will get a educating activity in an paintings institution, the place she is thrown into the thick of the hot decade. Poets and painters are denying the worth of the prior, fostering desires of uprising, which concentration round a wierd, charismatic determine -- the near-naked, unkempt and pungent Jude Mason, along with his flowing grey hair, a hippie earlier than his time.

We think the transforming into unease, the undertones of intercourse and cruelty. the stress erupts over his novel Babbletower, set in a previous innovative period, the place a band of individuals retire to a fort to stumbled on an amazing group. during this e-book, as within the courtrooms, as within the paintings school's haphazard periods and at the committee arrange to check "the educating of language," humans functionality more and more in teams. Many are keen about maintaining the younger, however the trendy thought of kids as blameless and loose slowly involves appear wishful, and perilous.

Babel Tower is the 3rd, following The Virgin within the Garden and Still Life, of a deliberate quartet of novels set in numerous mid-century time frames. the non-public and criminal crises of Frederica reflect these of the age. this can be the last decade of the Beatles, the demise of God, the start of computing device languages. In Byatt's imaginative and prescient, the presiding genius of the Nineteen Sixties looks a mix of the Marquis de Sade and The Hobbit. The ensuing confusion, charted with an excellent innovative sympathy, is as comedian because it is threatening and peculiar.

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Devil's Consort: England's Most Ruthless Queen

By Anne O'Brien

Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a made up our minds lady who plots and schemes an incredible direction among both strong males in 12th century Europe, a girl who can manoeuvre and manage to protect her personal lands as successfully as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her fight to maintain her inheritance intact, prime her to reject one husband and take one other who will fulfil her wants. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is ready to carry scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her final prize. Hers is a narrative of strength, political intrigue, ardour and love.

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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

By Geraldine Brooks

An unforgettable story of a courageous younger girl through the plague in seventeenth century England from the writer The mystery Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

while an contaminated bolt of material includes plague from London to an remoted village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an not going heroine and healer. via Anna's eyes we persist with the tale of the fateful 12 months of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the unfold of disorder and superstition. As demise reaches into each loved ones and villagers flip from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna needs to locate the energy to confront the disintegration of her group and the trap of illicit love. As she struggles to outlive and develop, a yr of disaster turns into as an alternative annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired via the genuine tale of Eyam, a village within the rugged hill state of England, Year of Wonders is a richly particular evocation of a unique second in historical past. Written with gorgeous emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall road Journal), Brooks blends love and studying, loss and renewal right into a spellbinding and unforgettable learn.

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Glover's Mistake: A Novel

By Nick Laird

"Terrific. it is the type of booklet Jane Austen would've written had she been male and hipper-and had web access."
-Chicago Tribune

along with his debut novel, Utterly Monkey, Nick Laird received acclaim on each side of the Atlantic for his deft humor and sharp-eyed powers of statement. during this new novel, disaffected thirty-something university instructor David introduces his former instructor, American artist Ruth Marks, to his good friend and flatmate James Glover, unwittingly surroundings in position a love triangle loaded with pressure, guilt, and heartbreak. Set within the London paintings scene awash with new cash and highbrow pretension, Nick Laird's insightful and drolly satirical novel explores the character of up to date romance between broken souls whose hearts and heads by no means fairly line up lengthy sufficient for them to accomplish precise happiness.

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