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Corsair

Shades of Milk and Honey

Mary Robinette Kowal
Piatkus

Miss Wonderful

Alistair Carsington really, really wishes he didn't love women quite so much. To escape his worst impulses, he sets out for a place far from civilisation: Derbyshire- in winter, where he hopes to kill two birds with one stone: avoid all temptation, and repay the friend who saved his life on the battlefields of Waterloo. But this noble aim drops him straight into opposition with Miss Mirabel Oldridge, a woman every bit as intelligent, obstinate, and devious as he - and maddeningly irresistible. Mirabel Oldridge already has her hands full keeping her brilliant and aggravatingly eccentric father out of trouble. The last thing she needs is a stunningly attractive, oversensitive and overbright aristocrat reminding her she has a heart - not to mention a body he claims is so unstylishly clothed that undressing her is practically a civic duty. Could the situation be any worse? And why does something that seems so wrong feel so very wonderful?

Constable

Bizarre London

David Long
Abacus

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England

Roy & Lesley Adkins

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England explores the real England of Jane Austen's lifetime. It was a troubled period, with disturbing changes in industry and agriculture and a constant dread of invasion and revolution. The comfortable, tranquil country of her fiction is a complete contrast to the England in which she actually lived. From forced marriages and the sale of wives in marketplaces to boys and girls working down mines or as chimney sweeps, this enthralling social history reveals how our ancestors worked, played and struggled to survive. Taking in the horror of ghosts and witches, bull baiting, highwaymen and the stench of corpses swinging on roadside gibbets, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to discover the genuine story of Jane Austen's England and the background to her novels.

Little, Brown

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England

Roy & Lesley Adkins

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England explores the real England of Jane Austen's lifetime. It was a troubled period, with disturbing changes in industry and agriculture and a constant dread of invasion and revolution. The comfortable, tranquil country of her fiction is a complete contrast to the England in which she actually lived. From forced marriages and the sale of wives in marketplaces to boys and girls working down mines or as chimney sweeps, this enthralling social history reveals how our ancestors worked, played and struggled to survive. Taking in the horror of ghosts and witches, bull baiting, highwaymen and the stench of corpses swinging on roadside gibbets, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to discover the genuine story of Jane Austen's England and the background to her novels.

Constable

Once a Land Girl

Angela Huth

Disasters, disappointments, dashed hopes ... Doesn't seem that easy, just to find a good man, love him and be loved back. But I shan't give up trying.The war is over, but life goes on for Land Girls Prue, Stella and Ag. While two of the girls are married, Prue, the incorrigible flirt, has no one and is engaged in a quest for a man to provide her with security and gold taps.A year after the girls leave Hallows Farm, Prue finds just such a man and a marriage that protects her from the hardships of post-war Manchester. But she still hankers for the life she so loved as a Land Girl, though it's hard to get work on the sort of farm that provided unimaginable happiness during the war. The lives of her two old friends, Stella and Ag, have moved on and neither visit her. Additionally Prue finds that her newly wedded state and fresh horizons fail to supply the answers she seeks. Yet, in the puzzling world beyond the fields, Prue, in her indomitable way, open as ever to each chance encounter, remains buoyant, optimistic and quite sure that the life she imagines is just round yet another corner.Praise for Land Girls:'A first-class writer' Sunday Telegraph'Riveting ... evocative and entertaining' Daily Mail'Huth's controlled, eloquent style has been compared to Jane Austen's, but her talent is entirely original' The Times'Piquant, witty and entertaining' Tatler'Huth is a master of this sort of novel, steeped in period atmosphere and gentle irony' Daily Telegraph'A good story, told with wit and a keen observation of detail' Times Literary Supplement

Corsair

Valour And Vanity

Mary Robinette Kowal

Murano, ItalyWhen a family celebration brings Glamourists Jane and David Vincent to the Continent, they seize the opportunity to voyage for Murano, to study the world-renowned glassblowers at work. But their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs en route - and they arrive in Murano penniless. Fortunately, they meet a gentleman banker who arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. But just as the Vincents start to relax, a solicitor arrives at their house and it becomes clear they have been the victims of an elaborate heist.Trapped, penniless, their safety in fragile shape, they hatch a reckless plan to get their money back. The ensuing adventure is a glorious envisioning of all the best parts of heist narratives, but in a Regency setting - with magic.

Forever

Unstoppable

Shannon Richard
Constable

England: The Panoramas

Mark Denton

This unique photographic volume presents the greatest landscape views in England, including a host of secret treasure viewpoints. They range from the famous - Roseberry Topping, Derwentwater, Durham Cathedral across the river, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge - to the lesser known.All the views are shown in full panorama. Unlike conventional formats, panoramic photography is uniquely able to reproduce the full field-of-view, the expansive sense of vision that makes these vistas such a dizzying experience. Shot entirely with a classic panoramic camera, Mark Denton's distinctive photography is thus as close as it's possible to get to being there. The majority of the panoramic images featured are taken at the magic hours of dusk and dawn, offering richly saturated new interpretations of England's most breathtaking scenery.Complete list includes: The North: Bamburgh; Blencathra from Low Rigg; Place Fell and Ullswater; Border Hills at Yetholm; Crag Lough; Rydal Water; Catbells; Castlerigg; Langdon Common, Teesdale; Dunstanburgh; Tarn How; Skiddaw from Catbells; St Mary's Lighthouse; Hadrian's Wall; Wetherlam; High Cup; Alnwick Castle; Millennium Bridge, Newcastle; Catbells; Dawdon Beach. The West: Golitha; Stourhead; Clifton Suspension Bridge; Bedruthan Steps; Foreland Point, Lynmouth; Salcombe; Hameldown, Dartmoor; Corfe Castle; Mupe Bay; Royal Crescent, Bath; Burton Bradstock; Avebury; Gold Hill, Shaftesbury; Lyme Regis; Mullion Cove; Mousehole; Botallack Head; Porlock Hill; Durdle Door; Brent Tor; St Andrew's, Corton Denham. The Heart of England: Bolton Abbey; All Saints; River Avon; Ironbridge; Gordale Scar; Arlington; Curbar Edge; Hazleton Clump; Clumber Chapel; Long Mynd; Ribblehead Viaduct; River Avon and Hereford Cathedral; Lower Slaughter; Brimham; Dyneley Farm; Wycoller, Lancashire; Blackpool Black Hill, Herefordshire; Warwick Castle; Malvern Hills; Oxford; Beezley Falls. The East: Selwicks Bay; Whorl Hill, Swainby; Humber Bridge; Drax Power Station; Burghley House; Londesborough; Southwold; Fairy Dale; Thorpeness; Bishop Burton; Lincoln Cathedral; Hunstanton; Brancaster; Ely; Nurnburnholme; Whitby Harbour; Robin Hood's Bay; Cambridge; Roseberry Topping; York. The South: Beachy Head; Scotney Castle; Denge; Virginia Water; Arundel; Lancing College; New Forest; Bodiam Castle; Hurst Point; Rochester Cathedral; Camber; Jubilee Bridge, London; Duncton Hill; Bury Hill; West Pier, Brighton; Canterbury; The Needles, Isle of WightPraise for Mark Denton's The Lake District - The Panoramas:'If ever a book was to reawaken a sense of delight and pride in the places on our doorstep, then this is it.' Wanderlust

Virago

All Passion Spent

Vita Sackville-West

When Lady Slane was young, she nurtured a secret, burning ambition: to become an artist. She became, instead, the dutiful wife of a great statesman, and mother to six children. In her widowhood she finally defies her family. Her children, all over sixty, have planned for her to spend her remaining days quietly, as a paying guest of each of them in turn. Much to their dismay, Lady Slane rents a small house in Hampstead and chooses to live independently, free from her past. She revels in her new-found freedom, living the life she forfeited seventy years earlier to the conventions of a Victorian marriage, and attracts an odd assortment of companions. Among them is Mr FitzGeorge, an eccentric millionaire who met her in India, when she was very young and very lovely?.?.?.First published in 1931, All Passion Spent is the fictional companion to her friend Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

How To Books

Business In A Backpack

Adam Costa, Darcie Connell
Virago

The Virago Book Of Wicked Verse

Jill Dawson
Canvas

Perfecting Fiona

M.C. Beaton

'If you have a Wild, Unruly, or Undisciplined Daugher, two Ladies of Genteel Birth offer to Bring Out said Daughter and Refine what may have seemed Unrefinable. We can make the Best of the Worst'When Amy and Effie Tribble, two charming but impoverished spinster sisters, lose out on an inheritance, they place this advertisement in The Morning Post and hire themselves out as professional chaperones. Vowing to prepare even the most difficult misses for marriage, the Tribble sisters will spend a London season on each client, educating them in their School for Manners.Fiona has been sent to them by her guardians as a last resort, for at nineteen, the beautiful and wealthy Scottish heiress still has no prospect of a suitable marriage. The Tribbles are puzzled, however, by their charge's demure perfection, until they take her to her first ball - and discover she is an incorrigible flirt! And when quizzed by the Tribbles Fiona betrays her real feelings ... so the sisters are forced to confront the truth about her past!

Virago

Deep Water

Patricia Highsmith

Melinda Van Allen is beautiful, rebellious, tempestuous and sexy. Unfortunately for wealthy socialite Vic Van Allen, she is his wife. An incorrigible flirt, Melinda spares no opportunity to flaunt her many lovers to her husband. In response, Vic doesn't miss an opportunity to let them know that he's the jealous type. When Malcolm McRae, one of Melinda's former lovers, is murdered in the city, Vic is swift to suggest to her latest paramour that he might have been responsible. But as rumours about Vic's nasty streak begin to spread amongst their friends, fiction and reality start to converge. It's only a matter of time before Vic really does have blood on his hands.

C & R Crime

Murder at Mansfield Park

Lynn Shepherd
Blackfriars

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

Amazon.com's #1 Book of the Year 2014Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

Sphere

Winds Of Fortune

E. V. Thompson
Sphere

The Summer Wedding

Fiona Walker

The hotly anticipated wedding of Iris Devonshire, ravishing teenage daughter of celebrity couple Mia and Leo, is to be held in the gardens of their grand Palladian pile alongside the Thames. But Mia and Leo worry that she's rushing into the marriage. Just ask their best friends since college, Simon and Laney de Montmorency, whose relationship is on the rocks again - and they've already married each other twice.On the big day, Iris's hellraiser fianc? Dougie Everett is not the only one flying high. As Iris rides up the aisle on a white stallion, a hot air balloon appears over the woods, heading straight for the ceremony. Its arrival is about to transform the lives and loves of some of the wedding guests for ever.The Summer Wedding is a sizzling summer comedy set against the beautiful backdrops of the Chilterns, Spain, Africa and LA.

Piatkus

Brighter Than The Sun

Forever

Tempting the Billionaire

Jessica Lemmon

BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job! After her husband walks out on her, she's determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitely no falling in love... Shane August is all business, all the time. He's a self-made man who's poured his heart and soul into his company and he'd never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt - and he can't keep his mind or his hands off her! But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger?