Rush Oh!

By Shirley Barrett - Published 2015Published 2016



Australians may be familiar with the shore whaling enterprises that operated in Twofold Bay, New South Wales, until the early 20th century. A ...Read Review

Early One Morning

By Virginia Baily - Published 2015


In 1939, as families are being deported from an Italian Jewish ghetto on their way to almost certain death, a mother on the train ...Read Review

Circling the Sun

By Paula McLain - Published 2015


Paula McLain, author of the highly successful novel The Paris Wife, returns in Circling the Sun with another fictional biography. This is story ...Read Review

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf

By Norah Vincent - Published 2015


Biographical Fiction

Taking us from 1925 to 1941, this novel of Virginia Woolf (whose given name was Adeline) is quietly fascinating. Written in a style reminiscent of ...Read Review

The Paying Guests

By Sarah Waters - Published 2014



Frances Wray, in her mid-twenties, lives in genteel poverty with her widowed mother in a large house in Camberwell, London. It is 1922, just ...Read Review

Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness

By Lisa Appignanesi - Published 2014



The author focuses on a small number of criminal trials in England, France and the United States in the latter years of the 19...Read Review


By Katharine Grant - Published 2014


As a fan of K.M. Grant’s historical fiction for children, I was eager to read her adult debut. Set in London ...Read Review

At Break of Day

By Elizabeth Speller - Published 2013



Ho-hum, thinks the reader – yet another novel about the Great War. Misgivings increase when the story, starting on the morning of 1st July 1916 ...Read Review

The Engagements

By J. Courtney Sullivan - Published 2013


Biographical Fiction

While perhaps no one remembers Mary Frances Gerety’s name, we all know that “A diamond is forever”. Frances created the inspired ad ...Read Review

In Diamond Square

By Mercè Rodoreda (trans. Peter Bush) - Published 2013



This classic Catalan novel was first published in 1962, and this is the third English translation, to mark the book’s fiftieth anniversary. Rodoreda ...Read Review