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Ruby in the Ruins

By Shirley Hughes - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

Set in 1945, this book reveals the devastation the Blitz has had on Ruby and her neighbours as the city around them is bombed ...Read Review

Blood on the Heather

By Griselda Gifford - Published 2017


Children/Young AdultTime-slip

Set in the Highlands of Scotland in 2017, with a time-slip to 1745, an era of red coats and Jacobites, this charming novel reveals the ...Read Review

A Hero Born: A Novel (Legends of the Condor Heroes)

By Anna Holmwood (trans.) - By Jin Yong - Published 2018Published 2019



China, 1200 AD. The Song Empire is being attacked by the northern Jurchen Jin tribes, which threaten its peace and existence. Meanwhile, Genghis Khan ...Read Review

Anglo-Saxon Boy

By Tony Bradman - Published 2017


Children/Young Adult

Magnus, son of Harold Godwinson, lord of the Southern Saxons, leads us through the events that led to his father’s fateful death ...Read Review

The Returning Tide

By Liz Fenwick - Published 2017


This beautifully written novel slips effortlessly in time between 2015 and 1943 as the complex relationship between two sisters, Adele and Amelia, are intriguingly revealed. ...Read Review

Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison

By Jerry White - Published 2016



This thoroughly engaging book manages to present the factual and dark history of the notorious London debtors’ prison, Marshalsea, in an accessible and ...Read Review

The Last Pearl

By Leah Fleming - Published 2016


1879, York. Greta Costello is poor. She helps her widowed mother and two siblings to survive poverty by working as a Saturday girl for ...Read Review

Land of the Gods

By Sally Prue - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

Lucan, a Celtic boy, hides when he sees the amazing, if frightening, sight of a legion of Roman soldiers. Unfortunately, he makes the ...Read Review

Discover the Roman Empire

By Imogen Greenberg - By Isabel Greenberg - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultNonfiction

This very attractive slim hardback is well designed to introduce young readers to the history and complexity of the Roman Empire. The language ...Read Review

Akin to Murder: The Inspector Faro Series

By Alanna Knight - Published 2016



It is 1864, and Detective Sergeant Jeremy Faro is counting his blessings. He has what many would consider an ideal family life with his ...Read Review