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Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam

Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam

Set in Karachi, Pakistan and alternating between two time periods, Under the Tamarind Tree is an appealing debut ...
The Star on the Grave by Linda Margolin Royal

The Star on the Grave by Linda Margolin Royal

  In Sydney 1968 everything changes when Rachel Margol finds out her name is Rachel Margolin. Everything ...
Maya’s Dance by Helen Signy

Maya’s Dance by Helen Signy

Maya's Dance is an inspiring novel is based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor. Maya is only 17 when she ...
The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan

Cecily is desperate to be more than a housewife to a low-level bureaucrat in British-colonised Malaya. A chance ...
My Brilliant Sister by Amy Brown

My Brilliant Sister by Amy Brown

For readers who like repeating patterns and symmetry in their novels, this is a most satisfying work by Brown, a ...
The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

An audacious heist set amidst the sumptuous glamour of an Edwardian ball. The Housekeepers follows a gang of ...
Like Fire-hearted Suns by Melanie Joosten

Like Fire-hearted Suns by Melanie Joosten

Women in 1906 England were campaigning for entry to the professions and, most importantly, votes for women. The ...
The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West by Sara Ackerman

The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West by Sara Ackerman

Fascinated by reading about the Dole Air Race from California to Hawaii in 1927, this author determined to make it ...
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

In a bitter winter, at the end of the first decade of the 1600s, a servant girl escapes through a gap in the wall ...
Pericles and Aspasia by Yvonne Korshak

Pericles and Aspasia by Yvonne Korshak

This is the love story of Pericles and Aspasia. About Pericles we know a great deal. He was born in 495 BCE and ...
The Beasts of Paris by Stef Penney

The Beasts of Paris by Stef Penney

A set of diverse characters, each with a connection to the animals of the Pairs menagerie move through life ...
Wolves of Winter by Dan Jones

Wolves of Winter by Dan Jones

In Wolves of Winter Dan Jones continues the story of the Essex Dogs, a small band of professional soldiers ...
The Armour of Light by Ken Follett

The Armour of Light by Ken Follett

The Armour of Light is set in late 18th- and early 19th-century England, and begins with young wife and mother ...
Salt River Road by Molly Schmidt

Salt River Road by Molly Schmidt

When Elana finally loses her battle with cancer, the Tetley family implodes. She leaves behind a hole in their ...
The Royal Windsor Secret by Christine Wells

The Royal Windsor Secret by Christine Wells

Cleo Davenport is an orphan and has been living at the Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo, having the run of the place and ...
Good As Gold by Justin Smith

Good As Gold by Justin Smith

Forget everything you know about the first Melbourne Cup and its winner before you immerse yourself in this ...
The Berlin Traitor by A W Hammond

The Berlin Traitor by A W Hammond

Auguste Duchene realises that the task to track down a Gestapo Oberführer for the French and Americans is one that ...
The Rust Red Land by Robyn Bishop

The Rust Red Land by Robyn Bishop

The Rust Red Land is about life and death on the land in Australia. The first chapter, in fact, shows how the ...
The Sugar Palace by Fiona McIntosh

The Sugar Palace by Fiona McIntosh

The Sugar Palace is the new historical romance that weaves elements of suspense, making it a treat for fans of the ...
Night in Passchendaele by Scott Bennett

Night in Passchendaele by Scott Bennett

The battle of Passchendaele, which took place from July to September 1917, was marked by heavy rain, turning the ...
The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse

The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse has been a lover of adventure books since her father read them to her as a little girl. The Ghost Ship, ...

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