The Last Witchfinder: A Novel

By James Morrow

Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a residing in recovery England. but if she witnesses the unjust and frightening execution of her cherished aunt Isobel, the precocious baby makes a decision to make it her life's challenge to carry down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Armed with little shop the ability of cause, and made up our minds to determine justice be triumphant, Jennet hurls herself right into a sequence of picaresque adventures—traveling from King William's Britain to the fledgling American Colonies to an uncharted island within the Caribbean, braving West Indies pirates, Algonquin Indian captors, the machinations of the Salem Witch court docket, and the sensuous love of a tender Ben Franklin. For Jennet can't and must never relaxation till she has positioned the final witchfinder into bankruptcy.

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A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties

A Day within the Life is the tale of the way the fitting marriage among younger and terribly appealing individuals of the English higher type fell aside because the psychedelic goals of the sixties gave option to the cruel, hard-rock truth of the seventies. a young, relocating, and sometimes harrowing examine the instant in time whilst the counterculture collided with the overseas jet set, an afternoon within the existence captures the spirit of that period and the folk who lived via it with unerring accuracy and heartfelt precision.

When Tommy Weber and Susan “Puss” Coriat, London’s most pretty couple, have been married in 1964, it was once the ideal finish to a storybook romance. however the quick autos Tommy enjoyed to race, their star neighbors, and the large belief fund Puss had inherited masked a tortured truth—both had suffered via oppressive and neglectful childhoods and have been now stuck up in a wildly extravagant way of life that neither Puss’ inheritance nor Tommy’s more and more determined schemes might aid. Six years later, Puss came across herself wandering round India along with her sons whereas Tommy, who was once now smuggling medications to outlive, lived in London with a beautiful younger actress. an afternoon within the lifestyles can be the stirring account of the way the couple’s tow sons—one of whom is the well known actor Jake Weber—somehow controlled to outlive a youth that might have destroyed these of lesser spirit.

An unimaginable true-life story that frequently reads like a unique, an afternoon within the existence persist with the fortunes and misfortunes of 1 amazing kin whereas additionally introducing us to an intensive solid of aiding characters that incorporates Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Charlotte Rampling, in addition to a number of the movers and shakers who helped create the “Swinging London” scene.

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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Alison Weir

Drawing on myriad assets from the Tudor period, bestselling writer Alison Weir offers the 1st booklet ever to ascertain, in unheard of intensity, the gripping tale of Anne Boleyn’s ultimate days. the girl within the Tower explores the reasons and intrigues of these who helped to seal the queen’s destiny, unraveling the tragic story of Anne’s fall, from her miscarriage of the son who may have kept her to the ultimate, dramatic scene at the scaffold. What emerges is a unprecedented portrayal of a lady of serious braveness, demonstrated to the extraordinary by way of the bad plight during which she chanced on herself, a strong queen whose enemies have been bent on totally destroying her. frightening yet pleasing, The woman within the Tower presents the whole array of proof of Anne Boleyn’s guilt—and innocence. purely in Alison Weir’s able palms can readers research the reality concerning the destiny of 1 of the main influential and engaging figures in English history.

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Age, Narrative and Migration: The Life Course and Life Histories of Bengali Elders in London

By Katy Gardner

Whilst the majority of fresh examine on identification and ethnicity among South Asians in Britain has centred upon more youthful humans, this publication offers with Bengali elders, the ‘first iteration' of migrants from Sylhet, in Bangladesh. The e-book describes what percentage of those elders face the procedures of growing older, disorder and ― ultimately ― dying, in a rustic the place they didn't count on to stick and the place they don't unavoidably suppose they belong. The ways that they discuss and take care of this, and specifically, their ambivalence in the direction of Britain and Bangladesh lies on the middle of the e-book.

Centrally, the e-book is predicated round the males and women's lifestyles tales. In her research of those, Gardner exhibits how narratives play an incredible position within the formation of either collective and person id and are key domain names for the articulation of gender and age. Underlying the tales that individuals inform, and occasionally hidden inside of their gaps and silences, are frequently different matters and matters. utilizing specific idioms and narrative units, the elders discuss the contradictions and disjunctions of transmigration, their courting with and infrequently resistance to, the British kingdom, and what they generally current because the ‘breakdown' of ‘traditional' methods. as well as this, the ebook indicates that histories, tales and identification are usually not simply narrated via phrases, but in addition during the physique - a space hardly ever theorized in reviews of migration.

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Dogma: A Novel

By Lars Iyer

A plague of rats, the top of philosophy, the cosmic poultry, and bars that don’t serve Plymouth Gin—is this the Apocalypse or is it simply the United States?
 
“The apocalypse is imminent,” thinks W. He has committed his lifestyles to philosophy, yet he's approximately to be solid out from his liked college. His buddy Lars isn't any aid at all—he’s too busy struggling with an infestation of rats in his flat. A drunken lecture travel in the course of the American South proves to be one other big mistake. In desperation, the 2 British intellectuals flip to Dogma, a semi-religious code that will but supply aspiring to their lives.
 
half Nietzsche, half Monty Python, half Huckleberry Finn, Dogma is a unique as ridiculous and profound as faith itself. The sequel to the acclaimed novel Spurious, Dogma is the second one publication in a single of the main unique literary trilogies on account that MolloyMalone Dies and The Unnamable.

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Jane Austen's England

By Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins

A cultural photo of daily life on the planet of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, arguably the best novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly concerning the gentry and aristocracy of 2 centuries in the past in her debts of younger women searching for love. Jane Austen’s England explores the customs and tradition of the genuine England of her daily lifestyles depicted in her vintage novels in addition to these by way of Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Drawing upon a wealthy array of up to date assets, together with many formerly unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and private letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly painting the day-by-day lives of standard humans, discussing issues as various as beginning, marriage,  faith, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions.

From chores like fetching water to therapeutic with  medicinal leeches, from promoting better halves available to buy to purchasing smuggled gin, from the hardships confronted through younger girls and boys within the mines to the time-honored sight of corpses swinging on gibbets, Jane Austen’s England offers an authoritative and gripping account that's occasionally funny, usually stunning, yet continually exciting.

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The Last Banquet

Set opposed to the backdrop of the Enlightenment, the delectable decadence of Versailles, and the French Revolution, The final Banquet is an intimate epic that tells the tale of 1 man’s quest to understand the area via its many and terrific flavors. Jean-Marie d’Aumout will try out something as soon as, with effects which are from time to time mouthwatering and at others fascinatingly macabre (Three Snake Bouillabaisse a person? or maybe a few pickled Wolf's Heart?). whilst he isn't obsessively trying to find a brand new flavor d’Aumout is a quick pal, a loving husband, a doting father, and an innovative lover. He befriends Ben Franklin, corresponds with the Marquis de Sade and Voltaire, turns into a favourite at Versailles, thwarts a peasant rebellion, improves upon conventional French tools of birth control, performs an instrumental position within the Corsican battle of Independence, and constructs France’s most interesting menagerie. yet d’Aumout’s each adventurous flip is determined via his from time to time darkish obsession to grasp the entire world’s flavors earlier than that international alterations irreversibly.
 
As gripping as Patrick Suskind’s Perfume, as gloriously bold as Daniel Kehlman’s Measuring the World, and as prize-worthy as Andrew Miller’s natural, The final dinner party is a highly beautiful novel approximately meals and taste, in regards to the Age of cause and the a while of guy, and our obsessions and approximately how, if we have the capacity to live to tell the tale them, they could bequeath us knowledge and comfort in previous age.

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Billy Liar

By Keith Waterhouse, Nick Bentley

'Buy, borrow or beg Keith Waterhouse's remarkable new novel. i cannot suggest it too hugely. Waterhouse has an uncanny present for recapturing each angle, ache and word of adolescence and youth.' - Daily Mirror

'I needed i might written Keith Waterhouse's first novel; and now, much more, I want i would written his moment . . . Billy Liar is especially humorous: humorous in a wild and sardonic and high-spirited approach with out malice or cruelty.' - John Braine, writer of Room on the Top

'A really good novel, in language clean and candy, with characters brilliant and singular in a creative and dynamic tale. It teems, it bursts with originality.' - Saturday Review

'Extremely humorous . . . its lambent humour, quick-changing from powerful to the fragile, is usually clean . . . should still gladden the hearts of even the main exacting readers.' - Daily Telegraph

Billy Fisher feels trapped via his working-class mom and dad, his unfulfilling task as an undertaker's clerk, and his existence in a lifeless, provincial city. His in simple terms safe haven is in his daydreams, the place he's the chief of the rustic of Ambrosia. regrettably, Billy's wild mind's eye leads him to inform lies continuously: to his mom and dad, his agency, and his 3 girlfriends. On one tragi-comic Saturday, as Billy plots his break out to a lifetime of event and pleasure in London, all his lies ultimately meet up with him, with hilarious and disastrous effects. A damage bestseller and one of many nice comedian novels of the 20 th century, Billy Liar (1959) encouraged an award-winning movie, a play, a musical, a tv sequence, and a sequel. This variation marks the novel's first booklet in the United States in additional than fifty years and features a new creation via Nick Bentley and a duplicate of the unique jacket artwork by means of William Belcher.

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Der Spion des Königs: Historischer Roman

By Simon Beaufort

Im Jahre 1101 kehrt Sir Geoffrey Mappestone aus Jerusalem nach England zurück. Doch auch hier kann er sich nicht von den Gräueln des Kreuzzuges erholen. Niemand hat mit seiner Rückkehr gerechnet, und so heißt guy ihn nicht eben herzlich willkommen. Zudem liegt sein Vater im Sterben. Er behauptet, von den eigenen Kindern vergiftet worden zu sein, used to be niemand glaubt, bis er eines Morgens tot aufgefunden wird: erstochen mit Geoffreys Messer.

Auch von außen droht Gefahr: Der Earl of Shrewsbury und der Waliser Rhodri of Llan Martin strecken ihre gierigen Hände nach dem Besitz der Mappestones aus. Wieder einmal muss Geoffrey sich als Detektiv betätigen - und stößt bald auf eine Intrige, die bis zum Königshof reicht ...

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A Regimental Affair: A Novel

By Allan Mallinson

ALLAN MALLINSON’S A shut Run Thing and Honorable Company stirred readers and critics with the army adventures of younger Captain Matthew Hervey on the conflict of Waterloo and amid the tough terrain and treacherous intrigues of India. Now, in 1817, Hervey returns to an England whose hard-won peace is shaken via the misery and discord of its humans. or even as he's stuck up within the turbulent sunrise of a brand new period, he needs to strive against a planned try and orchestrate his personal ruin.

The honors he gained in India fell wanting Captain Matthew Hervey’s inner most desire–to go back to his liked sixth gentle Dragoons. yet now situations let him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the gorgeous girl Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed given that adolescence. in the meantime, in spite of the fact that, his soldier’s middle is pierced via the sight of guys in British scarlet crippled within the carrier of king and nation, now forgotten and eliminate, diminished to begging and petty crime. it's no ask yourself that rabble-rousers clamor for reform and that lawlessness is erupting all over, from the towns to the countryside.

As for Hervey’s personal cavalry, guarding Regency Brighton and ambushing French smugglers in dead night coves, he reveals them, too, significantly replaced. Their new lieutenant colonel, Lord Towcester, is a cold-eyed martinet–vain, inept, and bigoted–who cares much less for the welfare of his males than for preserving the shine on their glowing brass buttons. furthermore, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to result in Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a warfare hero and previous aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, Towcester sees all that he himself as soon as forfeited via cowardice.

But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an outdated and mystery one and to show it'll expense Hervey his rank, the command of his loved Sixth–and the potential to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the captivating and made up our minds Henrietta, no longer above a bit politicking in excessive locations to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically placed a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.

As the economic Revolution builds and nutrition riots cave in to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a normal revolt. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by way of enemies either inside and with out. after which destiny calls his regiment to the darkish frozen wastes of frontier, the place one other people’s lifestyle is being destroyed via the march of swap, and the place tragedy and bloodshed will strength a showdown among Hervey and his nemesis.

A Regimental Affair is a gorgeous tapestry of bright characters, rousing motion, and actual ancient element that re-creates a global of well mannered English drawing rooms, poverty-stricken London streets, and frozen battlefields, the place human ardour and blind destiny supply beginning to the future of a nation–and a hero.

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