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All our shimmering skies by Trent Dalton

All our shimmering skies

Trent Dalton

Audio CD

"Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, turns once again to the sky for guidance. She carries a stone heart inside a duffel bag next to the map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer...

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An Ill Wind by David Donachie

An Ill Wind

David Donachie

eBook

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The rebel's mark by S. W. Perry

The rebel's mark

S. W. Perry

eBook

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They came to kill by William W. Johnstone

They came to kill

William W. Johnstone

eBook

Johnstone Justice. Double Barreled. When a legendary frontiersman teams up with a legendary mountain man, the wild west will never be the same. But first they've got to live up to their legends'or die trying ... THEY CAME TO KILL There are some things...

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The teacher of Warsaw by Mario Escobar

The teacher of Warsaw

Mario Escobar

eBook

"International bestselling author Mario Escobar captures the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of kindness in this moving novel based on the true story of a brave Polish teacher who cared for hundreds of orphans in the Warsaw Ghetto...

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The teacher of Warsaw by Mario Escobar

The teacher of Warsaw

Mario Escobar

eAudiobook

For fans of The Warsaw Orphan and The Tattooist of Auschwitz: the start of WWII changed everything in Poland irrevocably--except for one man's capacity to love. September 1, 1939. Sixty-year-old Janusz Korczak and the students and teachers at his Dom...

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Blood meridian, [or, the evening redness in the West] by Cormac McCarthy

Blood meridian, [or, the evening redness in the West]

Cormac McCarthy

eAudiobook

His birth ended his mother's life in Tennessee. Scrawny and wiry, he runs away at the age of 14. As he makes his way westward, the impoverished and illiterate youth finds trouble at every turn. Then he's recruited by Army irregulars, lured by the promise...

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The space between by Diana Gabaldon

The space between

Diana Gabaldon

eAudiobook

#1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon returns to her Outlander universe in "The Space Between," an irresistible novella brimming with adventure, history, and suspense--and available for the first time as a standalone eBook. Joan MacKimmie...

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The secret messenger by Mandy Robotham

The secret messenger

Mandy Robotham

eAudiobook

The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life: by day she works in the lion's den as a typist for the Reich office; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for the Venetian resistance - imparting Nazi secrets, transporting essen...

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Stanley and Elsie by Nicola Upson

Stanley and Elsie

Nicola Upson

eAudiobook

The First World War is over, and in a quiet Hampshire village, artist Stanley Spencer is working on the commission of a lifetime, painting an entire chapel in memory of a life lost in the war to end all wars. Combining his own traumatic experiences w...

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A sister's struggle by Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibson

A sister's struggle

Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibs...

eAudiobook

London, 1935. Ruby is always hungry, but she will go without if it means her young brothers can eat. 1930s Bermondsey might be called the larder of London, with its pie, pickle and jam factories, but for the poor working classes, starvation is often only...

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The resistance girl by Mandy Robotham

The resistance girl

Mandy Robotham

eAudiobook

Norway, 1942: She has lost everything to the Nazis. But now she fights back... War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occu...

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The country girls by Edna O'Brien

The country girls

Edna O'Brien

eAudiobook

All three BBC radio dramatisations of Edna O'Brien's coming-of-age trilogy set in 1950s Ireland Now a much-loved modern classic, The Country Girls Trilogy was fiercely controversial when first published in the 1960s. Banned by the Irish censors and burned...

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Once upon a wardrobe by Patti Callahan Henry

Once upon a wardrobe

Patti Callahan Henry

eAudiobook

Megs Devonshire is brilliant with numbers and equations, on a scholarship at Oxford, and dreams of solving the greatest mysteries of physics. She prefers the dependability of facts--except for one: the younger brother she loves with all her heart doesn't...

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One for all by Lillie Lainoff

One for all

Lillie Lainoff

eAudiobook

Tania de Batz is most herself with a sword in her hand. Everyone in town thinks her near-constant dizziness makes her weak, nothing but "a sick girl." But Tania wants to be strong, independent, a fencer like her father--a former Musketeer and her gre...

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The Iron King by Maurice Druon

The Iron King

Maurice Druon

eAudiobook

The Iron King--Philip the Fair--governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: his sons are weak and their wives adulterous; and his daughter Isabella is unhappily married. Bent on the persecution of the rich and powerful Kni...

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What the lady's maid knew by E. E. Holmes

What the lady's maid knew

E. E. Holmes

eAudiobook

London is a powder keg ... and Eliza Braxton is the match. Imagine a London where magic is real ... real, but feared. This is Eliza Braxton's London, and she has always accepted her place in it gladly. As one of the Riftborn, her magic has relegated her...

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

eAudiobook

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone ruins and is instantly transported to...

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The Bermondsey Bookshop by Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibson

The Bermondsey Bookshop

Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibs...

eAudiobook

Set in 1920s London, this is the inspiring story of Kate Goss's struggle against poverty, hunger and cruel family secrets. Her mother died in a fall, her father has vanished without trace, and now her aunt and cousins treat her viciously. In a freezi...

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Court of swans by Melanie Dickerson

Court of swans

Melanie Dickerson

eAudiobook

Where there is wealth and power, there's always someone willing to do anything to take it. England, 1381: Delia's idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia's seven brothers of treason and murder....

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Remember me by Mario Escobar

Remember me

Mario Escobar

eAudiobook

Amid the shadows of war, one family faces an impossible choice that will change their lives forever. Madrid, 1934. Though the Spanish Civil War has not yet begun, the streets of Madrid have become dangerous for thirteen-year-old Marco Alcalde and his...

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Forever my own by Tracie Peterson

Forever my own

Tracie Peterson

eAudiobook

What is her next step, when every option hurts someone? Kirstin Hallberg thrives on setting things right, eagerly accepting the challenge to cross an ocean to care for her elderly grandmother. She arrives in Duluth, Minnesota, to find the city intent...

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The winter rose by Melanie Dobson

The winter rose

Melanie Dobson

eAudiobook

In this gripping WWII time-slip novel from the author whose books have been called "propulsive" and a "must-read" (Publishers Weekly), Grace Tonquin is an American Quaker who works tirelessly in Vichy France to rescue Jewish children from the Nazis. ...

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A decline in prophets by Sulari Gentill

A decline in prophets

Sulari Gentill

eAudiobook

It's 1932, a time of crisis and doubt. Returning home on a luxury ocean liner after months abroad, Rowland Sinclair and his companions dine with a suffragette, a Bishop and a retired World Prophet. The Church encounters less orthodox religion in the....

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Outrageous horizon  by Adrien Bosc

Outrageous horizon

Adrien Bosc

Book

"March 1941. A converted cargo ship, the Paul-Lemerle, left Marseille on a voyage to the Caribbean, fleeing Vichy France and the devastation of the war. The ship was filled with immigrants from the East, exiled Spanish Republicans, Jews, stateless persons...

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Acts of love and war  by Maggie Brookes

Acts of love and war

Maggie Brookes

Book

"1936. Civil war is tearing Spain apart, and the world is on the brink of chaos... Twenty-one-year-old Lucy is frustrated with her constrained life in Hertfordshire, teaching and keeping house for her domineering father. But she is happy to be living...

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The good servant  by Fern Britton

The good servant

Fern Britton

Book

"1932. Dunfermline, Scotland. Marion Crawford, a bright, ambitious young teacher, is ready to make her mark on the world. Until a twist of fate changes the course of her life forever... 1936. Windsor Castle. At first this ordinary woman is in a new w...

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By her own design  by Piper Huguley

By her own design

Piper Huguley

Book

"The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America's most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy. 1953, New York...

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Violets  by Alex Hyde

Violets

Alex Hyde

Book

"A young woman, Violet, lies in a hospital bed in the closing days of World War Two. Her pregnancy is over and she is no longer able to conceive. With her husband deployed in Burma and her friends caught up in transitory love affairs, she must find a...

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The tulip tearooms  by Pamela (Novelist) Evans

The tulip tearooms

Pamela (Novelist) Evans

Book

"The Second World War is finally over when Lola Brown meets Harry Riggs at a dance. It is love at first sight but when Harry tells Lola that he is a policeman, her heart sinks. Lola's father is a petty criminal, and if Harry ever finds out and turns him...

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The book of secrets  by Fiona Kidman

The book of secrets

Fiona Kidman

Book

"The past haunts a lone woman in frontier Waipu"--Cover.

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The last grand duchess by Bryn Turnbull

The last grand duchess

Bryn Turnbull

Large Print

"Grand Duchess Olga Romanov comes of age amid a shifting tide for the great dynasties of Europe. But even as unrest simmers in the capital, Olga is content to live within the confines of the sheltered life her parents have built for her and her three...

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The Paris bookseller by Kerri Maher

The Paris bookseller

Kerri Maher

Large Print

"The dramatic story of how a humble bookseller fought against incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world in this new novel from the author of The Girl in White Gloves. When bookish young American Sylvia ...

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The leaving of Liverpool  by Lyn Andrews

The leaving of Liverpool

Lyn Andrews

Book

"At the close of the First World War, two sisters' battles are only just beginning... The Leaving of Liverpool is a poignant saga about the friendship between sisters, the threat of dangerous men and the promise of true love in post-World War I Liverpool....

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Letting in the light by Charlotte Betts

Letting in the light

Charlotte Betts

Large Print

Cornwall, 1914. Edith Fairchild's good-for-nothing husband, Benedict, deserted her when their children were babies. Now the children are almost adult, Edith and Pascal, her faithful lover of two decades, are planning to leave their beloved Spindrift ...

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The ferryman's daughter by Juliet Greenwood

The ferryman's daughter

Juliet Greenwood

Large Print

1908. Hester always loved her mother best, her father had always been a hard man to like, spending more time (and money) in the local than with his family. After her mothers sudden death, followed by an injury forcing her father to give up his job as...

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The orphan's gift by Anne Baker

The orphan's gift

Anne Baker

Large Print

Aimee Kendrick is no stranger to heartache. Having lost her father during the Great War and her mother, a famous French Impressionist painter, in a tragic accident, Aimee is brought up by her troubled grandparents on the banks of the River Mersey. She...

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Secrets and promises by Rosie Hendry

Secrets and promises

Rosie Hendry

Large Print

1944. With deadly doodlebugs terrorising London, Bessie Rushbrook agrees to give shelter to eight-year-old evacuee, Marigold, in her Norfolk home. However, the little girl is no stranger, and Bessie must honour the promise she gave to Marigold's mother,...

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A simple wish by Rosie Goodwin

A simple wish

Rosie Goodwin

Large Print

1885. Ruby Carter works hard in her parents' bakery. Whilst life isn't easy, she's happy enough - her gentle mother protects young Ruby from her cruel father, and loves her unconditionally. So when her mother falls seriously ill, Ruby is heartbroken....

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A valley secret by Anna Jacobs

A valley secret

Anna Jacobs

Large Print

Lancashire, 1930s. When her mother dies, leaving her an old sewing box and a clue to her father's identity, 22-year-old Maisie Bassett is determined to make a fresh start. Changing her name and moving to the small town of Rivenshaw, she finds a respectable...

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The wedding dress sewing circle by Jennifer Ryan

The wedding dress sewing circle

Jennifer Ryan

Large Print

"After renowned fashion designer Cressida Westcott loses both her home and her design house in the London Blitz, she has nowhere to go but the family manor house she fled decades ago. Praying that her niece and nephew will be more hospitable than her...

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Love in a time of war  by Adrienne Chinn

Love in a time of war

Adrienne Chinn

Book

"Three sisters. The Great War. The end of innocence... In 1913, in a quiet corner of London, the three Fry sisters are coming of age, dreaming of all the possibilities the bright future offers. But when war erupts their innocence is shattered and a new...

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The Whalebone Theatre  by Joanna Quinn

The Whalebone Theatre

Joanna Quinn

Book

"One blustery night in 1928, a whale washes up on the shores of the English Channel. By law, all whales belong to the King, but twelve-year-old Cristabel Seagrave has other plans. She and the rest of the household and their guests-her sister, Flossie...

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The French house  by Jacquie Bloese

The French house

Jacquie Bloese

Book

"Left profoundly deaf after an accident, Emile is no stranger to isolation - or heartbreak. Now, as Nazi planes loom over Guernsey, he senses life is about to change forever. Trapped in a tense, fearful marriage, Isabelle doesn't know what has become...

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The woman with the map  by Jan Casey

The woman with the map

Jan Casey

Book

"February 1941. The world is at war and Joyce Cooper is doing her bit for the effort. A proud member of the ARP, it is her job to assist the people of Notting Hill when the bombs begin to fall. But as the Blitz takes hold of London, Joyce is called upon...

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The porcelain doll  by Kristen Loesch

The porcelain doll

Kristen Loesch

Book

"In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land... Rosie lived peacefully in Moscow and her mother told her fairy tales. One summer night, all that came abruptly to an end when her father and sister were gunned down. Now, Rosie's only inheritance from her ...

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Lapvona  by Ottessa Moshfegh

Lapvona

Ottessa Moshfegh

Book

"In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfegh's...

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The last summer  by Karen (Writer) Swan

The last summer

Karen (Writer) Swan

Book

"When the residents of St Kilda ask to be evacuated from their remote island home in the summer of 1930, it's in search of a better life on the mainland rather than the scratch existence on their mountain in the sea. For 18-year old tomboy Effie Gillies,...

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The women of Troy by Pat Barker

The women of Troy

Pat Barker

Large Print

"Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war - including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean; it does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam...

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The Polish girl by Malka Adler

The Polish girl

Malka Adler

eBook

"In the eye of the war That tore the world apart A mother wants a son A daughter needs a mother Winter 1939: Danusha and her family are forced to flee their home when the Nazis invade Poland. Danusha's mother, Anna, changes her name and secures a position...

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By her own design by Piper Huguley

By her own design

Piper Huguley

eBook

The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America's most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy. 1953, New York...

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A trail of crab tracks by Alain Patrice Nganang

A trail of crab tracks

Alain Patrice Nganang

eBook

"In this follow-up to When the Plums Are Ripe, Patrice Nganang writes of a sick father telling his son about the life he lived in Cameroon, the story of his family, the civil war, and his country"--

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In honor's defense by Karen Witemeyer

In honor's defense

Karen Witemeyer

eBook

When her brother dies suddenly, Damaris Baxter moves to Texas to take custody of her nephew. Luke Davenport winds up gravely injured when he rescues Damaris's nephew from a group of rustlers. As suspicions grow regarding the death of her brother, more...

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A mother's love by Daisy Styles

A mother's love

Daisy Styles

eBook

"Three mothers. Three very different backgrounds. And a bond they will never forget . . . The Lake District, 1944, and spring is in the air for the women at Mary Vale Mother and Baby Home. Beautiful Stella, the head-turning cook of a munitions factory,...

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The last station by Nicole Alexander

The last station

Nicole Alexander

eBook

In nineteenth-century New South Wales, the name Dalhunty stood for prosperity and prestige. The family's vast station was home to more than 80 people, and each year their premium wool was shipped down the bustling Darling River to be sold in South Au...

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Ancestor stones by Aminatta Forna

Ancestor stones

Aminatta Forna

eBook

When Abie's family leave her a coffee plantation, she returns to Africa to find herself in a place suspended between past and present; between the real world and the unworldly. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past,...

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Wings of Grace by Tania Roberts

Wings of Grace

Tania Roberts

eBook

"Canterbury 1941: World War II has left New Zealand farms bereft of young men. Whipsnade Farm, home of the McKnight family becomes a training farm for the young women who leave the city to volunteer as land girls. After farewelling her brothers off to...

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Camelot by Giles Kristian

Camelot

Giles Kristian

eBook

"The Saxons have returned and their war bands stalk the land. The lords of Britain look only to their own survival, unable or unwilling to unite as they once did under Arthur. And in a monastery hidden in the marshlands of Avalon, a novice monk prepares...

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Edith and Kim by Charlotte Philby

Edith and Kim

Charlotte Philby

eAudiobook

One of 'the heirs to John le Carré' The Times 'A tremendous achievement' WILLIAM BOYD 'Behold the new Golden Age of Spy Kings' Sunday Times To betray, you must first belong... In June 1934, Kim Philby met his Soviet handler, the spy Arnold Deutsch. The...

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Agent in Berlin by Alex Gerlis

Agent in Berlin

Alex Gerlis

eAudiobook

To live among wolves, first you must become one ... An unmissable new spy thriller from best-selling master of the genre, Alex Gerlis. War is coming to Europe. British spymaster Barnaby Allen begins recruiting a network of agents in Germany. With dip...

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Have you forgotten yet?  by A. N. Arthur

Have you forgotten yet?

A. N. Arthur

Book

"The families of Samuel and Jimmy face all the challenges of living with men damaged and broken by the Great War. New Zealand and the world descend again into chaos but this time it's economic as the Depression destroys lives and livelihoods. Wilhelm...

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Wings of Grace  by Tania Roberts

Wings of Grace

Tania Roberts

Book

"Canterbury 1941: World War II has left New Zealand farms bereft of young men. Whipsnade Farm, home of the McKnight family becomes a training farm for the young women who leave the city to volunteer as land girls.After farewelling her brothers off to...

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Sins of the fathers  by Herbert Jay Stern

Sins of the fathers

Herbert Jay Stern

Book

"Based on historical facts, this is the story of a coup that didn't happen - a coup to remove Hitler from power in 1938. A group of German military leaders, career civil servants, and clergy waited for a phone call that would order the invasion of...

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The god of that summer  by Ralf Rothmann

The god of that summer

Ralf Rothmann

Book

"As the Second World War enters its final stages, millions in Germany are forced from their homes by bombing, compelled to seek shelter in the countryside where there are barely the resources to feed them. Twelve-year-old Luisa, her mother, and her o...

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The women of Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke

The women of Mulberry Lane

Rosie Clarke

Large Print

"The war is nearly over - or is it? The women of Mulberry Lane anxiously wait for news. Peggy doesn't know if she'll ever again see Able, the American father of her twins, while a very odd letter from estranged husband, Laurie, threatens to set the cat...

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Immortal by Jessica Duchen

Immortal

Jessica Duchen

Audio CD

"Who was Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved'? After Ludwig van Beethoven's death, a love letter in his writing was discovered, addressed only to his 'Immortal Beloved'. Decades later, Countess Therese Brunsvik claims to have been the composer's lost love....

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The fallen women by Lindsey Hutchinson

The fallen women

Lindsey Hutchinson

Large Print

"Since the death of her parents when she was just a girl, orphan Ann Felton has had to struggle to survive. The grimy and gruelling Black Country is no place for a girl all alone and Ann is relieved when she gets works at The Bell public house, and i...

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A sister's song by Molly Green

A sister's song

Molly Green

Large Print

"When World War II breaks out, Suzanne Linfoot's dream of one day forming an all-women orchestra crumbles. Dedicated to doing her bit for the war effort but determined not to give up her music, Suzanne joins a swing band who are members of the ENSA -...

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The winter orphan by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The winter orphan

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

Large Print

"Ella has never known love. Left as a baby outside the workhouse, Ella has only ever been treated with unkindness; especially from the hateful guardians of the workhouse, who hold the fate of the inmates in their cruel hands. When she is sold as a sc...

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The missing sister by Dinah Jefferies

The missing sister

Dinah Jefferies

Large Print

"Belle Hatton has embarked upon an exciting new life far from home: a glamorous job as a nightclub singer in 1930s Burma, with a host of sophisticated new friends and admirers. But Belle is haunted by a mystery from the past - a 25-year-old newspaper...

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At the wolf's table by Rosella Postorino

At the wolf's table

Rosella Postorino

Large Print

"Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of WWII. Impoverished and alone, she makes the fateful decision to leave war-torn Berlin to live with her in-laws in th...

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An orphan's courage by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

An orphan's courage

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

Large Print

"St Saviours children's home in London's East End has provided a safe refuge for local children for decades and Sister Beatrice and her team are as busy as ever. New staff member Jinny is glad to escape the lewd advances of her drunken and slovenly m...

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Ten Bells Street by Mary Collins

Ten Bells Street

Mary Collins

Large Print

"The East End of London, 1930. Work is scarce, food is in short supply and there is political unrest on the streets. But in the face of all this hardship, there's always friendship. Becky, Bernie and Rose - three best friends from very different backgrounds...

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The soldier's daughter by Rosie Goodwin

The soldier's daughter

Rosie Goodwin

Audio CD

"For as long as Briony can remember, she has been soft on the boy next door, Ernie, but her best friend Ruth has feelings for him too. When the Luftwaffe begin their bombing campaign of the Midlands, Ernie is called up to serve, as is her father, and...

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Home front girls by Rosie Goodwin

Home front girls

Rosie Goodwin

Audio CD

"Dotty, Lucy and Annabelle all turn up for work at Coventry's department store Owen Owen at the same time as war is declared. Dotty is an orphan, Lucy is the sole carer for her little sister, and although Annabelle has led a life of privilege until n...

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The Stockport girls  by Lilly (Historical novelist) Robbins

The Stockport girls

Lilly (Historical novelist) Robbins

Book

"Stockport, 1944. Alice seems to have it all, but the truth is her marriage isn't as solid as it seems. Busy running her husband's family shop while he's at war, everything changes when she meets handsome Louis, fresh in from Guernsey with young evacuee...

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The dance tree  by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The dance tree

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Book

"Strasbourg, 1518. In the midst of a blisteringly hot summer, a lone woman begins to dance in the city square. She dances for days without pause or rest, and as she is joined by hundreds of others, the authorities declare an emergency. Musicians will...

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Privilege  by Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown

Privilege

Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown

Book

"'I thought of the books we carried and the hands that would one day hold them. The pages read, turned and discussed. And how the book would become thought and the thought then become the person gone out into the world. Let Gilbert try and put a stop...

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The stone rose  by Carol McGrath

The stone rose

Carol McGrath

Book

"London, 1350. Agnes, daughter of a stonemason, is struggling to keep her father's trade in a city decimated by plague. And then she receives a mysterious message from the disgraced Queen Isabella: mother of King Edward III, and widow of Edward II. I...

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A wedding for the biscuit factory girls  by Elsie Mason

A wedding for the biscuit factory girls

Elsie Mason

Book

"Her wedding day should have been the happiest day of Mavis Kendricks' life. Marrying handsome Sam, the youngest of the Farley boys, means joining the Farley clan, and there's nothing Mavis has ever wanted more than a family of her own. But the appearance...

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The resistance girl  by Mandy Robotham

The resistance girl

Mandy Robotham

Book

"War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occupied territory. One night, when he braves a storm to complete an ill-fated mis...

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A daughter's hope  by Donna Douglas

A daughter's hope

Donna Douglas

Book

"Autumn, 1942. The Blitz has come to an end, but for many families, it's not over yet. As the residents of Jubilee Row begin to rebuild their lives, twins Sybil and Maudie Maguire decide to go off and do their bit by joining the WAAFs. But what starts...

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The blast  by Joseph Matthews

The blast

Joseph Matthews

Book

"San Francisco, 1916. The streets roiling: pitched battles between radical workers and the henchmen of industrial barons, and between a vibrant, largely Italian anarchist milieu and the forces of state and church. All in the shadow of Europe's raging...

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The Strudlhof steps  by Heimito von Doderer

The Strudlhof steps

Heimito von Doderer

Book

"The Strudlhof Steps is an unsurpassed portrait of Vienna in the twentieth century, a novel crowded with characters who range from an elegant, alcoholic Prussian aristocrat, to an innocent ingénue, to 'respectable' shopkeepers and tireless sexual adv...

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The saints of Swallow Hill  by Donna Everhart

The saints of Swallow Hill

Donna Everhart

Book

In Georgia's Swallow Hill turpentine camp in 1932, Rae Lynn Cobb, disguised as a man, hides out from those who would wrongly accuse her for murdering her husband and struggles to survive harsh, brutal conditions with the help of two individuals with their...

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Beyond the wire  by James D. Shipman

Beyond the wire

James D. Shipman

Book

"October 1944: In the long, narrow undressing rooms in Auschwitz-Birkenau, prisoner Jakub Bak toils under the scrutiny of SS guards. Like other members of the Sonderkommando, Jakub was selected on arrival for an unthinkable job: sorting through the clothes...

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Elizabeth of York  by Alison Weir

Elizabeth of York

Alison Weir

Book

Eldest daughter of the royal House of York, Elizabeth dreams of a crown to call her own. But when her beloved father, King Edward, dies suddenly, her destiny is rewritten. Her family's enemies close in. Two young princes are murdered in the Tower. Then...

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For those who are lost  by Julia Thomas

For those who are lost

Julia Thomas

Book

"On the island of Guernsey, as WWII looms, many islanders make the heartbreaking choice to ship their children to safety in England, not knowing when (or if) they will be reunited. Acting on faith, Ava and Joseph Simon reluctantly send their 9-year-old...

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The girl from Liverpool  by Elizabeth Morton

The girl from Liverpool

Elizabeth Morton

Book

"Will the coming war divide them. . . ? For as long as she can remember Peggy O'Shea has been expected to work at the family dairy, look after her younger siblings and eventually marry cow-keeper Martin Gallagher. And that's the way it has predictably...

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Trouble in the Valleys  by Francesca Capaldi

Trouble in the Valleys

Francesca Capaldi

Book

"Can Polly finally escape her haunting past? Spring 1919: WW1 might be over, but the inhabitants of Dorcalon in the Welsh Valleys still feel the pain of the war that took so many of their men. Polly Smith is trying to survive her own battle at home. After...

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A ration book victory  by Jean Fullerton

A ration book victory

Jean Fullerton

Book

"Queenie Brogan wasn't always an East End matriarch. Many years ago, before she married Fergus, she was Philomena Dooley, a daughter of Irish Travelers, planning to wed her childhood sweetheart, Patrick Mahone. But when tragedy struck and Patrick's.....

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The girl by the sea  by Sheila Newberry

The girl by the sea

Sheila Newberry

Book

"1934. Following the death of her beloved mother, twelve-year-old Tess Rainbow cares for her brother and father. Until one day, when a small plane crashes near the Rainbow family business and everything is turned upside down. The pilot inside is the ...

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The orphanage girls  by Mary Wood

The orphanage girls

Mary Wood

Book

"Children deserve a family to call their own. Ruth dares to dream of another life - far away from the horrors within the walls of Bethnal Green's infamous orphanage. Luckily she has her friends, Amy and Ellen - but she can't keep them safe, and the s...

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The twilight world  by Werner Herzog

The twilight world

Werner Herzog

Book

"Werner Herzog, one of the most revered filmmakers of all time, in his first book in many years, tells the story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who continued to defend a small island in the Philippines for twenty-nine years after the end of World...

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The postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

The postmistress of Paris

Meg Waite Clayton

eAudiobook

Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure that transcends her Midwestern roots. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins...

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Summer secrets at Bletchley Park  by Molly Green

Summer secrets at Bletchley Park

Molly Green

Book

"September 1939. London is in blackout, war has been declared, but Dulcie Treadwell can think only of her heartbreak over a whirlwind romance with American broadcaster, Glenn Reeves, who didn't say goodbye before leaving for Berlin. Humiliated, Dulcie...

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Dr. B.  by Daniel Birnbaum

Dr. B.

Daniel Birnbaum

Book

"The true story behind DR. B. is so spectacular, it's difficult to choose only way to tell it. On the one hand you have the exiled German publisher Gottfried Bermann Fischer, owner of the legendary S. Fischer Verlag, who with the assistance of the Bo...

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I was never the first lady by Wendy Guerra

I was never the first lady

Wendy Guerra

eAudiobook

A lush, sensuous, and original tale of family, love, and history, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath. Nadia Guerra's mother, Albis Torres, left when Nadia was just ten years old. Growing up, the proponents of revolution...

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An island at war by Deborah Carr

An island at war

Deborah Carr

eAudiobook

A moving historical novel inspired by the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2. This is a story of courage, resilience and everyday acts of defiance from ordinary people forced to live in an extraordinary time. June 1940 While her little...

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Sister stardust  by Jane Green

Sister stardust

Jane Green

Book

"In her first novel inspired by a true story, Jane Green re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty in this transporting story from a forgotten chapter of the Swinging '60s. From afar Talitha's life seemed perfect. In her twenties, and already...

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