‘Predator’s Gold’ by Philip Reeve

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‘Tom and Hester are running for their lives.
Chased by the grim aviators of the Green Storm, they find refuge- but is Anchorage a safe haven or a trap?
Devastated by plague, the ice city is on course for the Dead Continent- America…’  
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‘Shadow of the Hangman’ by Edward Marston

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‘1815. Peter and Paul Skillen, identical twins and fearless thief-takers, stalk all who dare to walk in the shadow of the hangman. When they catch a notorious burglar, they claim a handsome reward and infuriate the Bow Street Runners who believe they have a monopoly on policing in the capital.
The Home Secretary, Viscount Sidmouth, faces a crisis. During a massacre of American prisoners of war at Dartmoor, two escape and come to London in search of retribution. If their demands are not met, Sidmouth will be killed. The Skillen brothers are hired to catch the fugitives and must compete with the runners to bring the villains to justice in a compelling tale of murder, kidnap, revenger, intrigue and political machination.’ 
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‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan

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‘On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her too is Robbie Turner who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.’ Continue reading

‘Shakespeare’ by Bill Bryson

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‘World famous writer Bill Bryson brings us this brilliantly readable biography of our greatest dramatist and poet William Shakespeare.
Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson tries to make sense of the man behind the masterpieces. In a journey through the streets of Shakespeare’s time, he brings to life the hubbub of Elizabethan England and a host of characters along the way. Bryson celebrates the glory of Shakespeare’s language- his ceaseless inventiveness gave us hundreds of now indispensable phrases, images and words- and delights in details of his fall-outs and folios, poetry and plays.
Stitching together information from a vast array of sources, he has created a unique celebration of one of the most significant, and least understood, figures in history, not to mention a classic piece of Bryson.’  
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‘The Book of Aron’ by Jim Shepard

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‘Aron is a nine-year-old Polish Jew, and a troublemaker. His mother despairs of him. His father beats him. He tries to be good. But in 1939, as the walls go up around the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, as lice and typhus rage, families starve and fight, it is Aron who finds a way- however dangerous, however treacherous, to survive, It isn’t until he lands at the feet of Janusz Korczak- orphanage director and reluctant hero- that he learns of something greater than survival.’ Continue reading

‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Philip K Dick

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”All these hundreds of thousands in this city, here. Do they imagine that they live in a sane world? Or do they guess, glimpse, the truth…?’
America, after the Second World War. The Allies have lost, and their enemies have conquered the world. Those who survive live in fear. The Nazis have taken over New York, while the Japanese control California. Yet in a neutral buffer zone between these two rival superpowers lives the author of an underground bestseller that, it is rumoured, offers an alternate version of history. Does ‘reality’ lie with him, or is his world just one among many others?’  
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‘March Violets’ by Philip Kerr

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‘Bernhard Gunther is a private eye, specialising in missing persons. And in Hitler’s Berlin, he’s never short of work…
Winter 1936. A man and his wife have been shot dead in their bed. The woman’s father, a millionaire industrialist, wants justice- and the priceless diamonds that disappeared along with his daughters life. As Bernie follows the trail into the cesspit that is Nazi Germany, he’s forced to confront a horrifying conspiracy. One that takes him to the very heart of  government, and eventually, to Dachau.’ 
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‘HHhH’ by Laurent Binet

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‘Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of he Gestapo.
This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Nazi secret services. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says ‘Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich’, which in German spells out 
HHhH.
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 HHhH are real. All the events depicted are true.  But alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up?’ Continue reading