The Versions of Us

In one second, lives might be replaced eternally . . . and without end . . . and forever.

the single factor that’s definite is that they met on a Cambridge highway unintentionally and felt a connection that will final an entire life. yet as for what occurred subsequent . . . They fell wildly in love, or went their separate methods. They kissed, or they proposal best of it. They married quickly after, or have been jointly for a couple of weeks ahead of splitting up. They grew distracted and upset with their day-by-day lives jointly, or chanced on solace jointly simply after difficult years spent apart. 

 
With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a global as magical and affecting as those who captivated readers in One Day and Life After Life. It is a story of percentages and effects that earrings around the transferring a long time, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and directly to the current, exhibiting how even the smallest offerings can outline the process our lives. 
 

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The Conquering Family (The Pageant of England Series, Book 1)

By Thomas B. Costain

Thomas B. Costain's four-volume historical past of the Plantagenets starts with THE CONQUERING kinfolk and the conquest of britain by means of William the Conqueror in 1066, final with the reign of John in 1216. The interval after the Norman Conquest, while the rules of presidency have been hammered out among monarch and other people, involves existence via Costain's storytelling ability and ancient mind's eye.

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The Black Death: A Personal History

By John Hatcher

In this clean method of the historical past of the Black loss of life, John Hatcher, a world-renowned pupil of the center a long time, recreates daily life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. by way of targeting the studies of standard villagers as they lived—and died—during the Black loss of life (1345–50 AD), Hatcher vividly locations the reader at once into these tumultuous years and describes in attention-grabbing element the daily life of individuals being affected by the tragic results of the plague. Dramatic scenes painting how contemporaries should have skilled and thought of the momentous events—and how they attempted to make experience of it all.

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The Princes in the Tower

By Alison Weir

Despite 5 centuries of research through historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his more youthful brother Richard, Duke of York, stay of the main attention-grabbing homicide mysteries in English background. Did Richard III fairly kill “the Princes within the Tower,” as is usually believed, or was once the assassin another person totally? rigorously reading each shred of up to date proof in addition to dozens of contemporary money owed, Alison Weir reconstructs the whole chain of occasions resulting in the double homicide. we're witnesses to the competition, ambition, intrigue, and fight for strength that culminated within the imprisonment of the princes and the hushed-up murders that secured Richard’s declare to the throne as Richard III. A masterpiece of historic examine and a riveting tale of conspiracy and deception, The Princes within the Tower eventually offers an answer to this age-old puzzle.

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A Regimental Affair: A Novel

By Allan Mallinson

ALLAN MALLINSON’S A shut Run Thing and Honorable Company stirred readers and critics with the army adventures of younger Captain Matthew Hervey on the conflict of Waterloo and amid the cruel terrain and treacherous intrigues of India. Now, in 1817, Hervey returns to an England whose hard-won peace is shaken via the misery and discord of its humans. or even as he's stuck up within the turbulent sunrise of a brand new period, he needs to strive against a planned try to orchestrate his personal ruin.

The honors he received in India fell in need of Captain Matthew Hervey’s private desire–to go back to his liked sixth gentle Dragoons. yet now conditions let him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the gorgeous woman Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed due to the fact that formative years. in the meantime, notwithstanding, his soldier’s middle is pierced through the sight of fellows in British scarlet crippled within the provider of king and nation, now forgotten and dispose of, decreased to begging and petty crime. it truly is no ask yourself that rabble-rousers clamor for reform and that lawlessness is erupting all over the place, from the towns to the countryside.

As for Hervey’s personal cavalry, guarding Regency Brighton and ambushing French smugglers in dead night coves, he reveals them, too, greatly replaced. Their new lieutenant colonel, Lord Towcester, is a cold-eyed martinet–vain, inept, and bigoted–who cares much less for the welfare of his males than for protecting the shine on their glowing brass buttons. in addition, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to result in Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a warfare hero and previous aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, Towcester sees all that he himself as soon as forfeited via cowardice.

But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an outdated and mystery one and to reveal it'll fee Hervey his rank, the command of his cherished Sixth–and the capability to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the captivating and made up our minds Henrietta, no longer above a bit politicking in excessive areas to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically positioned a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.

As the economic Revolution builds and meals riots cave in to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a common rebel. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by way of enemies either inside of and with out. after which destiny calls his regiment to the darkish frozen wastes of a far off frontier, the place one other people’s lifestyle is being destroyed through the march of switch, and the place tragedy and bloodshed will strength a showdown among Hervey and his nemesis.

A Regimental Affair is a gorgeous tapestry of vibrant characters, rousing motion, and genuine historic aspect that re-creates an international of well mannered English drawing rooms, poverty-stricken London streets, and frozen battlefields, the place human ardour and blind destiny provide delivery to the future of a nation–and a hero.

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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Alison Weir

Drawing on myriad assets from the Tudor period, bestselling writer Alison Weir offers the 1st publication ever to check, in unheard of intensity, the gripping tale of Anne Boleyn’s ultimate days. the girl within the Tower explores the factors and intrigues of these who helped to seal the queen’s destiny, unraveling the tragic story of Anne’s fall, from her miscarriage of the son who could have kept her to the ultimate, dramatic scene at the scaffold. What emerges is a rare portrayal of a lady of significant braveness, confirmed to the extraordinary by means of the negative plight within which she stumbled on herself, a strong queen whose enemies have been bent on totally destroying her. scary yet desirable, The girl within the Tower presents the total array of facts of Anne Boleyn’s guilt—and innocence. in basic terms in Alison Weir’s able fingers can readers research the reality concerning the destiny of 1 of the main influential and engaging figures in English history.

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The Forbidden Queen

By Anne O'Brien

An blameless pawn 

A state and not using a king 

A new dynasty will reign… 

1415. The jewel within the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is ready less than lock and key for King Henry V. whereas he is been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to avoid wasting her from her distress. however the brutal king wishes her crown, no longer her blameless love. 

For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and distrust. And while she is widowed at twenty-one, she turns into a prize ripe for the taking—her younger son the longer term monarch, her hand in marriage worthy a kingdom. 

it is a lethal political online game, one the dowager queen needs to research quick. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who can have her? Who will smash her? this can be the tale of Katherine de Valois. 

 

"Anne O'Brien has joined the unique membership of fine ancient novelists."  —Sunday Express 

"An totally gripping story that's either fantastically written and  meticulously researched."  —The sunlight

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Painter of Silence

By Georgina Harding

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012 Iasi, Romania, the early Nineteen Fifties. A anonymous guy is located at the steps of a clinic. Deaf and mute, he's not able to speak until eventually a tender nurse referred to as Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly, painstakingly, thoughts look at the web page. The thoughts are Safta's additionally. For the fellow is Augustin, son of the prepare dinner on the manor condo which used to be Safta's relatives domestic. Born six months aside, they grew up with a connection that bypassed phrases. yet whereas Augustin's global remained an analogous dimension Safta's extended to include languages, society - and a fleeting love, one lengthy, scorching summer season. yet then got here struggle, and in its wake a brutal Stalinist regime, and not anything could stay an identical.

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