Category Archives: England

Mrs. Engels: A Novel

By Gavin McCrea

"The illiterate lover and eventual spouse of a coauthor of The Communist Manifesto is the big name of this captivating paintings of historic fiction."O: The Oprah Magazine

"Lizzie has been delivered to existence with exuberant force."The manhattan Times

"Impressive. . . . A memorable portrait of a lady searching for a reason behind her personal, particular from the only made well-known through her husband."The Wall highway Journal

"Lizzie is as lively a narrator as a reader may wish to encounter."The Minneapolis superstar Tribune

Very little is understood approximately Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman and longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s debut novel, Lizzie is ultimately given a voice that won’t be forgotten.

Lizzie is a terrible employee within the Manchester, England, mill that Frederick owns. after they circulation to London to be toward Karl Marx and kin, she needs to discover ways to navigate the advanced landscapes of Victorian society. we're aware about Lizzie’s intimate, wry perspectives on Marx and Engels’s venture to spur revolution one of the operating periods, and to her ambivalence towards her newly circumstances.

Yet regardless of their profound adjustments, Lizzie and Frederick are drawn jointly during this high-spirited love story.

Show description

Continue reading

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 cruel 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 private desire–to go back to his loved sixth gentle Dragoons. yet now situations permit him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the gorgeous girl Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed on account that youth. in the meantime, in spite of the fact that, his soldier’s middle is pierced through the sight of fellows in British scarlet crippled within the carrier of king and nation, now forgotten and get rid of, decreased to begging and petty crime. it really is 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, enormously 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 protecting the shine on their sparkling brass buttons. additionally, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to lead to Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a battle 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 reveal it is going to fee Hervey his rank, the command of his loved Sixth–and the skill to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the fascinating and decided Henrietta, no longer above a bit politicking in excessive areas to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically placed a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.

As the economic Revolution builds and nutrients riots collapse to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a common revolt. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by means of enemies either inside of and with no. after which destiny calls his regiment to the darkish frozen wastes of a far off frontier, the place one other people’s lifestyle is being destroyed through 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 brilliant characters, rousing motion, and actual old 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 provide delivery to the future of a nation–and a hero.

Show description

Continue reading

Painter of Silence

By Georgina Harding

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 Iasi, Romania, the early Nineteen Fifties. A anonymous guy is located at the steps of a health facility. Deaf and mute, he's not able to speak until eventually a tender nurse known as Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly, painstakingly, thoughts look at the web page. The thoughts are Safta's additionally. For the fellow is Augustin, son of the prepare dinner on the manor condominium which was once Safta's relatives domestic. Born six months aside, they grew up with a connection that bypassed phrases. yet whereas Augustin's global remained a similar dimension Safta's accelerated to embody languages, society - and a fleeting love, one lengthy, sizzling summer season. yet then got here struggle, and in its wake a brutal Stalinist regime, and not anything might stay a similar.

Show description

Continue reading

Chosen for the Marriage Bed

By Anne O'Brien

Elizabeth de Lacy is advised she needs to wed her family's sworn enemy! Lord Richard Malinder needs to produce an inheritor, and a union with the de Lacy kin may well end up advantageous...Elizabeth has no longer anticipated to think such excessive allure and the warmth of anticipation rises as they make their strategy to the bridal chamber...

Show description

Continue reading

The Last Witchfinder: A Novel

By James Morrow

Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a dwelling in recovery England. but if she witnesses the unjust and scary execution of her cherished aunt Isobel, the precocious baby comes to a decision to make it her life's project to convey down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Armed with little keep the ability of cause, and decided to determine justice succeed, 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 courtroom, and the sensuous love of a tender Ben Franklin. For Jennet can't and must never leisure until eventually she has positioned the final witchfinder into chapter 11.

Show description

Continue reading

The Conquering Family (The Pageant of England Series, Book 1)

By Thomas B. Costain

Thomas B. Costain's four-volume background of the Plantagenets starts with THE CONQUERING kinfolk and the conquest of britain by way of William the Conqueror in 1066, final with the reign of John in 1216. The afflicted interval after the Norman Conquest, whilst the rules of presidency have been hammered out among monarch and other people, involves existence via Costain's storytelling ability and ancient mind's eye.

Show description

Continue reading

The Spy Game

By Georgina Harding

'If you have been a sleeper, how lengthy do you're thinking that it should take sooner than you forgot who you actually have been? if you happen to have been residing 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. in retrospect, Anna will want that she can have paid extra recognition to the evidence of that day. The grownup international shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the problem of dying away besides the issues that her mom left in the back of. And her thoughts will flow and settle just like the fog that covers the automobile. that very same morning a undercover agent case breaks within the information - the case of the Krogers, it seems that traditional those who weren't who they stated they have been; those who had disappeared in a single position and reappeared in one other with different identities, major different lives. Obsessed by way of tales of the chilly warfare, and of the second one international conflict that is 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 jap Germany, used to be a undercover agent operating undercover and may even nonetheless be alive. As lifestyles returns to common, Anna struggles to style among truth and myth. Did her mom have a mystery lifestyles? and the way have you learnt who a individual used to be she is useless? The secret agent video game is a superbly wrought novel approximately loss, heritage, reminiscence and mind's eye, and how during which we form those to build our personal identities. it's a painful and delicate reminder of the significance of figuring out the previous and, in flip, the significance of letting cross.

Show description

Continue reading

1066 The Conquest

By Peter Fieldman

ENGLAND'S DEFINING second IN background 1000 YEARS in the past ON probably the most vital DATES IN ENGLISH HISTORY.

A NORMAN DUKE LED THE final INVASION of britain TO turn into KING of britain. APPOINTED DUKE OF NORMANDYAT THE AGE OF 8 at the demise OF HIS FATHER, HE SURVIVED makes an attempt ON HIS existence AND GREW UP IN A MEDIEVAL global choked with INTRIGUE, TREACHERY AND VENGEANCE . AFTER YEARS OF clash HE grew to become the main strong FEUDAL WARLORD IN NORMANDY AND won THE FRIENDSHIP OF HIS maximum RIVAL, HAROLD, THE SAXON EARL, until eventually the ultimate war of words at the box close to HASTINGS GAVE HIM THE CROWN . this can be 1066, THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

Show description

Continue reading

Glover's Mistake: A Novel

By Nick Laird

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

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

Show description

Continue reading

The Mistresses of Henry VIII

By Kelly Hart

The complete tale of the "other ladies" in Henry VIII's existence is gifted here—everyone is familiar with concerning the six better halves, yet this exciting account of affection, lust, and betrayal examines the mistresses
 
From an exhilarating new voice in Tudor heritage comes the tale of Henry's mistresses—the six mistresses that historians agree upon, and several other more possible girls who have been concerned with Henry. Seventeen-year-old Henry VIII was once "a youngling, he cares for not anything yet women and hunting," and through the years, this did not swap a lot. Henry used to be thought of a demi-god by way of his topics, so each one girl he selected used to be an individual who had controlled to face out in a crowd of beautiful women. taking a look solid was once no longer adequate, she had to be phenomenal to maintain the king's curiosity, and Henry's girls have been every piece as fascinating because the guy himself. The sixteenth century used to be a time of profound adjustments in faith and society throughout Europe, and a few of Henry’s enthusiasts have been on the vanguard of influencing those events. Here, they are finally rescued from obscurity. A must-read for Tudor and Anne Boleyn enthusiasts, this quantity additionally features a worthy chronology of Henry’s marriages, liaisons, and children.

Show description

Continue reading