The Young Survivors

By Debra Barnes - Published 2020


Even before the outbreak of World War II, the Laskowski children’s lives aren’t easy. Their parents are Polish Jews who have ...Read Review

Stanley and Elsie

By Nicola Upson - Published 2019


Biographical FictionLiterary

Stanley and Elsie is the story of the artist Stanley Spencer, told mostly through the eyes of his housekeeper, Elsie Munday. It focuses ...Read Review

The Butcher’s Daughter

By Victoria Glendinning - Published 2018


Agnes Peppin, the butcher’s daughter of the title, has been caught in the age-old way of young women. Forced to leave behind ...Read Review

Rivals of the Republic: The Blood of Rome, Book 1

By Annelise Freisenbruch - Published 2016



Hortensia is the daughter of a renowned orator and lawyer. She has been taught by her father in his art and utilizes this ...Read Review

The Ornatrix

By Kate Howard - Published 2016


In 16th-century Italy, two women rejected by their families weave in and out of each other’s lives in this novel about the ...Read Review

Midnight in Berlin

By James MacManus - Published 2016



What can I say about this book except that it ticks all the right boxes?  It is a spy thriller with: – a tightly ...Read Review

Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined

By John Spurling - Published 2015Published 2016



With Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined, John Spurling, winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, makes an ambitious bid to ...Read Review

The Ten Thousand Things

By John Spurling - Published 2014Published WSP15



Wang Meng is a low-level government worker in 14th-century China. A gifted painter who is devoted to his art, Wang becomes entangled in ...Read Review

The Ice-Cold Heaven

By Mirko Bonné - Published 2013


Biographical Fiction

In 1914, in spite of impending war, King George V gives the go-ahead for Irishman Sir Ernest Shackleton, expedition commander on the ship Endurance, ...Read Review

Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

By R. Clifton Spargo - Published 2013


Biographical Fiction

“That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool,” wrote Fitzgerald in his famous book, The ...Read Review