Oh What Tangled Webs We Weave: A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien

When it comes to a gripping historical thriller, you can't get better than a bit of Anne O'Brien. And with Tapestry of Treason, she's surpassed herself: it's a tightly plotted, tense and fascinating bit of political intrigue, with (gasp!) a woman at its centre. The woman in question is Constance of York, or Lady Despenser. She's a …

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Two wartime novels to give you your history kick

Happy Monday fellow readers! How was your weekend? I spent my getting through my Netgalley list, and this month, for some reason, I went history-heavy. Though the weather in the UK is actually less than ideal for lounging around in any kind of open space with a good book in hand (nothing like rain to …

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Review: Deep River, by Karl Marlantes

Who knew that Finns have such a long and proud history of immigration to America? Certainly not I: in fact, this whole book was an eye-opener. By turns passionate, informative and political, this book is definitely a stonking piece of fiction, and hats off to Karl Marlantes for tackling such a huge topic over the …

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Review: The Sword and the Dagger, by Robert Cochran

Roll up, roll up for some good old-fashioned historical fun! We're going all the way back to the Middle East during the time of the Crusades, for an adventure to the court of Genghis Khan... This book had all the makings of a historical epic. What it turned out to be instead was something a …

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Review: The Doll Factory, by Elizabeth Macneal

It’s not often that I come across a book that does so many things on so many levels. But with The Doll Factory: It’s an excellent Victorian novel with more genuine grime and filth than I’ve seen in any other Victorian novel It’s a story about a woman having the courage to break free and …

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