Devil's Consort: England's Most Ruthless Queen

By Anne O'Brien

Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a decided girl who plots and schemes an marvelous course among both strong males in 12th century Europe, a lady who can manoeuvre and manage to protect her personal lands as successfully as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her fight to maintain her inheritance intact, prime her to reject one husband and take one other who will fulfil her wants. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is ready to carry scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her final prize. Hers is a narrative of energy, political intrigue, ardour and love.

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Sarum: The Novel of England

By Edward Rutherfurd

A masterpiece that's breathtaking in its scope, SARUM is an epic novel that lines the complete turbulent process English historical past. This wealthy tapesty weaves a compelling saga of 5 households who look after their very own specific features over the centuries, and supply a desirable glimpse into the future.

From the Paperback edition.

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The Everlasting Story of Nory

By Nicholson Baker

Our very best fabulist of the normal now turns his recognition on a 9-year-old American lady and produces a unique as enchantingly idiosyncratic as any he has written. Nory Winslow desires to be a dentist or a clothier of pop-up books. She likes telling tales and inventing dolls. She has nightmares approximately the teeth, that can clarify her profession selection. she will college in England, the place she is mocked for her accessory and her friendship with an unpopular lady, and she or he has made it during the yr with no crying.

Nicholson Baker follows Nory as she interacts along with her mom and dad and friends, thinks approximately God and death-watch beetles, and desires of cows with pointed the teeth. during this precocious baby he supplies us a heroine as canny and as whimsical as Lewis Carroll's Alice and inspires youth in all its luminous weirdness.

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A Cure for Cancer: The Cornelius Quartet 2

By Michael Moorcock

A mirror-image of his former self, Jerry Cornelius returns to a parallel London, armed with a vibragun and his notorious aura and charm to boot. at the path of the gruesome Bishop Beesley, Jerry hunts for a mysterious gadget able to manipulating the cosmos. Corruption, violence and greed are rife in a war-torn Europe, yet Jerry is opposed to historical past; he's open air of heritage. He lusts for the equilibrium of anarchy, for randomness supreme—lock up your daughters (and sons), Jerry Cornelius is back.

Dunked into the ether of Chaos, the second one ebook within the Cornelius Quartet, A medication for melanoma, was once one of many first novels of its shape, utilizing hypermedia to spin an online of hauntingly surreal scenes, wickedly humorous social satire and sci-fi vignettes that resonate deeply for the trendy reader.

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Glover's Mistake: A Novel

By Nick Laird

"Terrific. it is the type of booklet Jane Austen would've written had she been male and hipper-and had net access."
-Chicago Tribune

along with his debut novel, Utterly Monkey, Nick Laird gained acclaim on either side of the Atlantic for his deft humor and sharp-eyed powers of statement. during this new novel, disaffected thirty-something collage instructor David introduces his former instructor, American artist Ruth Marks, to his good friend and flatmate James Glover, unwittingly environment in position a love triangle loaded with pressure, guilt, and heartbreak. Set within the London paintings scene awash with new cash and highbrow pretension, Nick Laird's insightful and drolly satirical novel explores the character of up to date romance between broken souls whose hearts and heads by no means really line up lengthy sufficient for them to accomplish actual happiness.

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Conquering Knight, Captive Lady

By Anne O'Brien

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After the demise of her stepfather, woman Rosamund de Longsprey idea to prevent an prepared marriage with a repugnant guy through taking to her newly inherited lands. regardless of the deplorable stipulations and missed lands, Rose is decided to make it paintings as the replacement isn't whatever she is prepared to do. regrettably for Rose, Lord Gervase Fitz Osbern is simply as made up our minds to take again his lands that have been stolen from his family members. Fitz Osbern exhibits up and speedy takes keep an eye on of the citadel a lot to the chagrin and annoyance of Rose. either are confident of sole possession, and either are obstinately attempting to oust the opposite. Neither one is keen to offer any flooring, nor will both one put up. Will an individual live on? And who will lay declare to the lands?

I completely enjoyed this tale. I occurred upon this prize relatively by chance as i used to be shopping the cabinets of a neighborhood paperback trade book place. The blurb at the again stuck my awareness, however it was once some time ahead of I opened it. i used to be fast stuck up within the tale and the characters; I quickly chanced on myself racing to learn to determine the way it could all finish. either Rose and Gervase are robust and dominate characters. fortunately, they stayed precise to these traits through the tale and nonetheless had a truly pleasurable end.

The first scene we learn is of Gervase taking up the property. It comes throughout fairly brutally, and that i came upon myself asking the query "how am I to love this man?" Then, the tale flashes again 2 weeks and we see issues from the start and WOW. i used to be hooked.

What I enjoyed:
1. woman Rose--she is astounding! She is opinionated, made up our minds, crafty, proud, and clever. She can also be compassionate and courageous. I enjoyed that she grew because the tale advanced. certain, she used to be blameless of some ways of the area, yet she wasn't overly naïve and silly approximately it. She used to be headstrong, occasionally to her detriment, yet consistently for a cause.
2. Lord Gervase--what a hottie! He used to be robbed of his lands and stole them correct again. even if he's an honorable knight, he performs the position of a rowdy brigand in hopes it is going to ship Rose working. His makes an attempt are fairly humorous due to the fact that he betrays himself with acts of generosity and civility every now and then. And as soon as he cleans himself up...all his traditional attraction fairly shines through.
3. Contess Petronilla and Lord Hugh de Mortimer--Rose's mom and Gervase's good friend further a pleasant contact of sanity to stability out the bullheadedness of either Rose and Gervase. additionally, I enjoyed Rose's mother for simply being there and being a mother. She wasn't controlling, yet supportive.
4. The Undermining of Authority--I enjoyed the subtleties (and no longer so sophisticated methods) utilized by either Rose and Gervase to achieve the higher hand. I additionally liked that it wasn't consistently one who got here out on best. actually, it usually appeared considered. It's infuriating to learn tales the place the girl is so naïve that she is needs to be rescued via an all realizing guy. right here, we had a well-balanced conflict the place nobody ever appeared to actually be accountable for the situation.
5. The Romance--with such headstrong humans, there's absolute to be sparks after they meet. They either slowly and punctiliously fall in love with the opposite. And it used to be effortless to determine why they enjoyed every one other.
6. The Ending--with either made up our minds to be the conqueror, it used to be nail-biting to attend and notice how obdurate humans might come jointly with no filing. It was once good performed. I enjoyed how Rose placed to take advantage of the unorthodox suggestion of the Queen.

What I didn't like:
The in basic terms factor that I didn't like was once different flashbacks: it used to be a section complicated from time to time. Am I studying anything occurring at once? Or did this ensue previously?

All in all, i actually loved this tale. It was once a hugely enjoyable tale with plausible characters and an emotional romance. this can be one I'm going to carry directly to and never ship again to the paperback alternate shop.

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Walking the South Coast of England

Each year, humans flock to England’s south coast to go to historical past websites or just to sit back at the seashore. yet to work out the genuine good looks that those excellent counties need to provide, decide up this unique consultant to a few of the easiest strolling in Britain.

David Bathurst has walked 650 miles of coast, taking in breath-taking common landscapes and demanding landmarks at the method. With rugged cliffs and historical cathedral towns, old ports and lovely natural world, there’s whatever for everybody; even if you’re a professional hiker able to tackle the full stroll, or a summertime stroller who desires to event this worthwhile ramble in smaller doses.

With a close description of the entire direction, helpful information regarding the geography and background, and sensible suggestion concerning navigation and native facilities, this necessary guidebook is a must have for an individual going jogging on England’s south coast.

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The Duel in Early Modern England: Civility, Politeness and Honour (Ideas in Context)

By Markku Peltonen

Arguments concerning the perform of the duel in early sleek England have been frequent. Markku Peltonen, the prestigious highbrow historian, examines the controversy, and divulges how the ethical and ideological prestige of duelling used to be thought of inside a wider cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. knowing the duel comprises understanding the most important concerns within the cultural and ideological heritage of Stuart England. Peltonen's wide-ranging learn engages the eye of an important viewers of historians and cultural and literary students.

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The Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus: Four Novels: Out, Such, Between, Thru

These 4 novels by way of Christine Brooke-Rose each one enhance special narrative styles, altering the constructions, textures, varieties, and idioms of fiction to discover the principal tensions and contradictions in tradition. The novels are exclusive by means of their excessive wit, stressed inventiveness, and the pointy concentration of a eu humanist reflecting on that culture.

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The poor in England 1700-1850: An economy of makeshifts

This attention-grabbing learn investigates the adventure of English poverty among 1700 and 1900 and the ways that the terrible made ends meet. The word 'economy of makeshifts' has frequently been used to summarise the patchy, determined and infrequently failing options of the bad for fabric survival. within the negative of britain many of the prime, younger historians of welfare research how merits received from entry to universal land, mobilisation of kinship help, resorting to crime, and different marginal assets might prop up suffering families. The essays try to clarify how and while the terrible secured entry to those makeshifts and recommend how the stability of those thoughts may perhaps swap over the years or be converted through gender, life-cycle and geography. This e-book represents the one most important try out in print to provide the English 'economy of makeshifts' with a superior, empirical foundation and to improve the idea that of makeshifts from a imprecise yet handy label to a extra detailed but inclusive definition.

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