Imogen Varney

The Bermondsey Bookshop

By Mary Gibson - Published 2020


The Bermondsey Bookshop was founded in 1921 by Ethel Gutman. Its inspiration was similar to that of the better-known Workers’ Educational Association founded eighteen ...Read Review

The French Wife

By Diney Costeloe - Published 2020


Readers of Diney Costeloe’s Children of the Siege will welcome the chance to find out what happened to the St. Clair family ...Read Review

The Animal Gazer

By Edgardo Franzosini - Published 2019


Biographical FictionLiterary

This is a prize-winning fictionalised biography of the sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916).  In his brief life Bugatti created over 300 bronzes, nearly all animal ...Read Review

Mulberry Lane Babies (The Mulberry Lane Series)

By Rosie Clarke - Published 2019



The subject matter for this story, set in WW2 London, is obvious from the book’s cover: three young women totally absorbed by ...Read Review

Children of the Siege

By Diney Costeloe - Published 2019


In 1870 the wealthy St Clair family had left their comfortable Parisian home to spend the summer in the country. However, they did not ...Read Review

The Girl in the Pink Raincoat

By Alrene Hughes - Published 2018


As with many romantic novels set in wartime, the special circumstances of England in 1939 are not only a background but central to the ...Read Review

The Good Doctor of Warsaw

By Elisabeth Gifford - Published 2017


This gripping true love story about a young Polish Jewish couple is set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Misha and Sophia meet at a lecture ...Read Review

Codename Suzette: An Extraordinary Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi Paris

By Anne Nelson - Published 2018



This book is both uplifting and horrifying. It charts the occupation of Paris by the Nazis in WW2 and their persecution of the ...Read Review

Lizzie’s War

By Rosie Clarke - Published 2017


The setting of this novel is WW2, but the chief character also has her own personal struggles. The action centres on Lizzie, the ...Read Review

Christmas Angels

By Nadine Dorries - Published 2017


This is a story of a 1950s hospital and the poor community in Liverpool it serves. The theme throughout, inside or outside the ...Read Review