Historical Literary Fiction

The Walworth Beauty by Michèle Roberts

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By Michèle Roberts

From the Booker-shortlisted writer comes a sensuous, evocative novel exploring the lives of ladies in Victorian London, for enthusiasts of Sarah Waters, Emma Donoghue and Kate Atkinson

2011: while Madeleine loses her task as a lecturer, she makes a decision to depart her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, the place historical past by no means feels distant, and movement to Apricot position. but right here too, during this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the earlier encroaching: a moving within the surroundings, a present of unseen lifestyles.

1851: and Joseph Benson has been hired by way of Henry Mayhew to assist examine his articles at the operating sessions. A relatives guy with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he's tempted through brothels' delivers of enjoyment – and as he struggles together with his project, he seeks solutions in Apricot position, the place the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house.

As those entwined tales spread, alive with the sensations of London previous and current, the 2 eras brush opposed to one another – a breath at Madeleine's neck, a voice in her head – the murmurs of ghosts echoing via time. Rendered in quick, intoxicating prose, The Walworth good looks is a haunting story of wish and exploitation, isolation and loss, and the faltering look for human connection; this is often Michèle Roberts at her masterful best.

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Die Reise des Zeichners: Roman (German Edition) by Christian Schärf

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By Christian Schärf

Ein außergewöhnlicher Mann auf abenteuerlicher Reise: Am 29. November 1777 bricht der junge Johann Wolfgang Goethe in den Harz auf. Er reist unter falschem Namen und gibt sich als Zeichner aus Gotha aus. Als erster Mensch will er im wintry weather den Brocken besteigen.Wieder eine Aufgabe, mit der er beweisen kann, dass etwas Einzigartiges um ihn ist.

Lebendige Figuren, pointierte Dialoge, abenteuerliche Begebenheiten - so frisch ist uns Goethe lange nicht mehr begegnet.

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Sirkusboere (Afrikaans Edition) by Sonja Loots

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By Sonja Loots

“Welkom through die Suid-Afrikaanse Boereoorlog-vertoning,” bulder Ben. “U is via die grootste militêre skouspel wat die wêreld nog gesien het!”  Hy stap van een kant van die enviornment na die ander. “Ek wil u voorstel aan ’n groep helde uit die mees verafgeleë dele van Suidelike Afrika. Hulle het onverdrote in die oorlog geveg – en hulle doen dit vandag weer. Dié keer vir u plesier.” Hy observe luid toegejuig. Dan verskyn daar uit die stof en rook ’n stil figuur. Agter hom huiwer ’n vrou en ’n agterryer wat lyk asof daar trane oor sy wange loop. Die gehoor versober. Die applous rafel uit. “Generaal Piet Cronjé,” roep Ben oor sy megafoon. Cronjé gaan staan met ’n geboë hoof voor die gehoor. Twee keer consistent with dag voer hy sy grootste vernedering op: sy oorgawe in die slag van Paardeberg. Wanneer die kanonne commence bulder, is hy nie in die Amerikaanse stad St. Louis, waar hy aan die sirkusbaas Frank Fillis se Boereoorlogspektakel deelneem nie. In sy gedagtes is hy weer op die slagveld.  Waarom doen Cronjé dit? Waarom het soveel ander oudstryders in 1904 besluit om skouspel van hul trauma te maak? En wat voer die rustelose Ben Viljoen in die mou? In Sirkusboere herken jy in die karakters mense wat jy steeds teëkom: Cronjé wat verknog is aan sy smaad; Viljoen wat die verlede soos ’n vrot vel van hom afskud; Fillis vir wie die lewe ’n sirkus is. En so gebeur dit dat verlede én hede oormekaar skuif, met die makabere gedreun van applous in die ore.

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Oonagh by Mary Tilberg

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By Mary Tilberg

In 1831, eighteen-year-old Oonagh Corcoran emigrates along with her sister from southern eire to top Canada. within the deep folds of cool, eco-friendly wooded area off the massive inland sea of Lake Ontario, she believes she has came upon paradise — basically to find that the recent international harbours its personal terrible injustices whilst she meets a fugitive slave from Virginia named Chauncey Taylor. Love grows among them as Chauncey slowly finds his negative earlier to Oonagh, reliving the soreness and tragedy he and his family members suffered as slaves. the 2 locate that even of their small, accepting group, there are specific traces which may by no means be crossed.

Based on old study, Oonagh is either a strong love tale and a gripping story that reaches deep into the key center of our nation’s past.

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The Leper Colony by Philip K Edwards

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By Philip K Edwards

Readers will interact with this tale of Andrew, a doctor within the interval of the yank Civil battle. A saga of the doctor's trip from his first posting in pre-war Louisiana to his demise in Maryland within the 1870s, the radical revolves round a fantastic kind of leprosy referred to as Cain's Leprosy, together with the invention of its factors and the improvement of a remedy routine. The under-nurtured Andrew, a short research in issues clinical, is a gradual research in issues human and rarely is familiar with the right way to believe approximately something, rather in his own relationships.

Andrew, clean out of his residency, takes a submit at a Louisiana leper colony, the place a majority of the inmates have an extraordinary type of the disorder. The Civil conflict breaks out and Andrew is drafted right into a Louisiana regiment. The conflict freaks havoc with the leprosarium and Andrew's profession. This reluctant soldier and not going hero yearns to come to the one humans he has ever bonded with to renew his look for a cure.

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The French Occupation Trilogy: The Sixth Man, The Woman on by Rupert Colley

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By Rupert Colley

Historical fiction at its most sensible… 3 engrossing novels set in international warfare Nazi-occupied France.

The 6th Man

What’s the Worst factor You’ve Ever performed? could you ADMIT it in the event that your lifestyles trusted it?

Six Frenchmen are in a Nazi felony: a physician, a postman, a policeman, a soldier, a instructor and a priest.

Tomorrow, 5 of the six prisoners could be done. they've got until eventually sunrise to come to a decision which certainly one of them will be allowed to live.

“Rupert Colley’s extraordinary and unusual six tales in ‘The 6th guy’ are so awesome of their originality; you may be intrigued and spellbound by means of this engrossing novel. Colley is a grasp storyteller, and his character-driven stories will remain on your reminiscence for a protracted, lengthy time.”

”A attractive and touching tale. The six men’s stories will depart the reader breathless and the finishing will go away you with goose bumps.”

“A actual web page turner. i used to be studying at each chance. a stupendous story with an unforeseen twist on the end.”

The lady at the Train

Someone saves your existence. How a long way will you visit pay off the debt?

A girl on a educate saves a fearful younger Frenchmen from the clutches of the Gestapo. 26 years later, the younger guy is now the main winning conductor in France. it truly is then, on the peak of his popularity, he gets a letter from the girl at the educate, begging him to come back to her reduction. Honour-bound, he gladly deals to come the favour.

But whilst he realises accurately what repaying his debt includes, he faces a challenge that threatens to damage his occupation. Torn among these he loves and his experience of honour, his lifestyles speedily spirals uncontrolled.

”Why have not I heard of this writer ahead of? this can be a little jewel field of a book.”

“The significant premise is exciting, the writing is crisp, and the tale unfolds at velocity. learn it in an evening.”

“Short, sharp and beautiful. could not positioned it down. Mysterious and beautifully written!!”

The White Venus

When the binds of loyalty are severed, whom do you trust?

World conflict . France falls to the invading Germans. To their dismay, 16-year-old Pierre and his mom and dad are compelled to deal with a German significant. he's the enemy inside their midst; the invader in their kingdom, and, extra pertinently, the undesirable lodger inside of their domestic.

The challenge, although, is that the German is annoyingly friendly. the most important, with a son of his personal, empathises with Pierre in a fashion Pierre’s father hasn't ever been in a position to. instantly the 2 of them discover a bond, leaving Pierre careworn and his knowing of excellent and undesirable, of black and white, shattered.

”Colley attracts his characters with positive strains, illustrating either the brutality and compassion proven through contributors on each side of this war.”

“Told with nice poignancy. enjoyed the characters and their involvement within the story.”

“This is a ebook with difference.”

Historical fiction with center and drama.

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Anna's Tears by Nathalie M. Holmes

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By Nathalie M. Holmes

How deep do the scars on one relatives run, and will the wounded dare desire for therapeutic? Anna’s Tears, the stirring, starkly sincere paintings of fiction by means of Nathalie M. Holmes, mines the inherited affliction of 1 family members, which spans generations and international locations. all through, the line to redemption is as hard-won as its matriarch Anna’s painfully absent tears. This stylish, hard-edged paintings is bound to resonate with readers looking a masterfully written trip deep into the center, which illuminates the delicate mercies that emerge from the long-hidden damages of existence. In a chilly stretch of Canada, Helene desperately attempts to either triumph over and suppress a adolescence of trauma, alcoholism and sexual abuse. via booze-fueled, foggy nights of excessive chance and deep remorse, Helene leers via her early maturity, combating flashes of early stories which are too terrible to endure, and as a substitute causing her personal clean ache. past the painful miasma of her formative years, Helene is confident that there's anything much more aggravating in her family's furtive earlier. Helene seeks chilly convenience in her paternal grandmother, Anna, whose taciturn, inarticulate unhappiness deals her a curious shelter. Anna's tragic tale begins prior to the second one international battle in Holland and ends whilst she strikes to Canada after having persisted one of the most unbelievable ravages of conflict. Ernst, who's Helene's father, is affected by his personal legacy of ghosts, which appear themselves in a dysfunctional marriage to his spouse Jolie, whose blatant narcissism and alcoholism submerge her personal self-hatred. The die is forged to propagate an inherited melancholy, which simply the fiercest of reckonings can wrestle. A visceral, gripping foray into tough mental terrain, Anna’s Tears travels to the center of a family’s darkness to discover its means towards the sunshine of wish. With evocative aspect of occasions either prior and current, this wonderful paintings publications readers via time and psyche, and guarantees they emerge with transformative hope.

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MAGNIFICAT: Conspiracy and Murder in Renaissance Florence by Jack Rein

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By Jack Rein

The yr is 1478: rising from the darkness and superstition of the center a while and the frightening impression of the bubonic plague, guy is prepared for the 1st time in centuries to upward push to the potential for his expertise and mind. the guts of this new dynamic, this 'humanism', is town of Florence.

First in expertise, strength and wealth the Medici kin has governed town for greater than forty years. by no means has the town been in a greater place of energy. Lorenzo De Medici, the 28 12 months outdated chief of the relations, oversees the torrent of production that flows in the course of the streets. Helped by way of his loved more youthful brother Giuliano, Lorenzo makes definite that Florence leads the world.

But there are others who're jealous of the Medici. The Pazzi, too-long conversant in being the 'second family', are more and more outraged at being marginalized. equivalent in wealth, the Pazzi starve for strength, and Francesco Pazzi, the eldest brother of the relations, will lend himself to any plot that would carry the Medici down.

Pope Sixtus IV has a mystery son. He may do whatever, use somebody, to work out the son prevail. What higher endowment than the Ducal Throne of Florence? The Pope and the Pazzi develop into common allies within the conspiracy. They draw the Archbishop of Pisa into their circle. Bishop Salviati is outraged that Lorenzo has denied his ascendancy, and eagerly joins the plotters.

They desire somebody to supply mercenaries and logistics, anyone with an army brain, to manage town as soon as the murders were dedicated. The Pope chooses considered one of his Papal Generals, a tender army guy with nice strength, Giovan Battista, the count number of Montesecco, to prepare and organize the 'commission'.

A unusual quirk of destiny brings Lorenzo and Giovan jointly, and the younger soldier is astounded on the intensity of ardour and effort of the Medici brothers. He reveals himself attracted to them. Deeply conflicted, he maintains to make preparations to kill them.

On Sunday, April twenty sixth, in the course of excessive Mass and in entrance of countless numbers of terrified spectators, the assassins strike. Their motion plunges the whole peninsula into warfare. just a miracle can store Florence from overall destruction.

Set opposed to the canvas of the best inventive epoch within the background of guy, Magnificat tells a narrative of conspiracy and treachery that extend the loftiest reaches of human strength. it's a tale of greed and lust for strength. It tells the tale of guys that had every little thing, yet within the phrases of 1 of the captured conspirators, 'They sought after more.'

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The River by Starlight: A Novel by Ellen Notbohm

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By Ellen Notbohm

Asylum. Redemption. Inextinguishable love.

Moving clear of unsettling pasts and thrown jointly by way of situation, Montana homesteaders Annie Rushton and Adam Fielding are sure through a powerful chemistry they don’t realize as love. opposed to a backdrop of financial growth and bust, catastrophic weather occasions and battle, they marry expectantly and prosper yet in brief, overtaken through own and typical catastrophe ruled by means of Annie’s episodic post-partum psychosis. One will meet the problem with unforgettable resilience. One could be damaged by means of it.

Despite iron nerve and backbone, Annie’s sessions of depthless melancholy and violent episodes shatter her lifestyles and extract a negative cost. because the city she calls domestic turns opposed to her, her allies and concepts are few, forcing her into the one therapy on hand: involuntary dedication to the kingdom medical institution for the insane. From there, Annie starts off her tenacious quest for regulate over her future as a girl, mom, and lover. A century-old tale as suitable as ever to ladies this day, The River via Starlight reaches around the years with a compelling message for our personal time: that therapeutic and reconciliation can emerge from devastating emotional and monetary wreckage.

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Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman by Wayne Tefs

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By Wayne Tefs

Twelve Bricks of Gold.
A snowfall in Winnipeg.
No one goes wherever … yet jail.

In the spring of 1966 Ken Leishman stepped onto the tarmac of the Winnipeg Airport and into the pages of Canadian heritage. by means of then, the mastermind at the back of the country’s biggest gold heist had already received Dillingeresque notoriety as a gentlemanly financial institution robber. Toronto headlines had unfold the inside track concerning the brazen and well mannered ‘Flying Bandit’. This time, he nearly acquired away. Almost.

In Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman, Wayne Tefs imagines what occurred in the back of the headlines, intertwining the full-on motion of Leishman’s exploits with the tale of a sensible yet stricken child starting to be up in a small and stifling prairie city. As a married guy and father of 7, Leishman desires of greatness, and an exceptional existence for his relatives. while he plots the best caper in Canadian historical past, he's ridden with guilt over his failed delivers to head instantly. during this fictionalized model of a big real tale, readers might be hard-pressed to pass judgement on the lifetime of this Canadian people hero who dared to fly some distance out of bounds.

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