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Take a trip to the days of yore in these historical fiction titles in book, eBook, eAudiobook, large print, or audio CD. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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Girls of the Great War by Freda Lightfoot

Girls of the Great War

Freda Lightfoot

Audio CD

"Cecily Hanson longs to live life on her own terms - to leave the shadow of her overbearing mother and marry her childhood sweetheart once he returns from the Great War. But when her fianc ̌is lost at sea, this future is shattered. Looking for meaning...

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The mercies by Kiran Milwood Hargrave

The mercies

Kiran Milwood Hargrave

Audio CD

"On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, 40 fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an i...

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The wronged daughter by Mary Wood

The wronged daughter

Mary Wood

Audio CD

"Mags has never forgotten the friendship she forged with Flora and Ella, two fellow nurses she served with at the beginning of World War I. Haunted by what she experienced during that time, she fears a reunion with her friends would bring back the horror...

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A woman's war by Simon Block

A woman's war

Simon Block

Audio CD

"As enemy planes continue to bombard the North West of England, the women of Great Paxford fight harder then ever to persevere. Pat thought she'd found true happiness, but as things change at home she finds herself questioning everything she thought she...

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The rapture by Claire McGlasson

The rapture

Claire McGlasson

Audio CD

"Dilys is a devoted member of a terribly English cult: The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies. When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer...

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The night tiger by Yangsze Choo

The night tiger

Yangsze Choo

Audio CD

"1930s colonial Malaysia. Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts. Then one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir. Houseboy Ren is racing to...

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A long petal of the sea by Isabel Allende

A long petal of the sea

Isabel Allende

Audio CD

"In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a...

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The lion rampant by Blanche D'Alpuget

The lion rampant

Blanche D'Alpuget

Audio CD

1154. After years of manipulation and political cunning, young Henry II accedes to the throne of England, with the beautiful and indomitable Eleanor of Aquitaine by his side. But the kingdom he inherits is an impoverished shambles after the long, tro...

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Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

Daughters of Northern Shores

Joanne Bischof

Audio CD

Heartache and regret, boldness and sacrifice. What will restoration cost the beloved Norgaard family? Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just 19, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by...

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This Terrible Beauty by Katrin Schumann

This Terrible Beauty

Katrin Schumann

Audio CD

"Can a wrong be made right? On the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat...

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The Paris model by Alexandra Joel

The Paris model

Alexandra Joel

Audio CD

After a shocking discovery, Grace Woods leaves her vast Australian sheep station and travels to tumultuous post-war Paris in order to find her true identity. While working as a mannequin for Christian Dior, the world's newly acclaimed emperor of fashion,...

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A tale of two sisters by Merryn Allingham

A tale of two sisters

Merryn Allingham

Audio CD

When Alice Verinder's beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her. Lydia was governess to the Sultan's young children and though her letters spoke of exotic delights...

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The Copperettes at war by Sue Wilsher

The Copperettes at war

Sue Wilsher

Audio CD

Essex, 1918. Aggie has tasted freedom working at the local munitions factory. But the Great War is coming to an end, and the men are coming home. Aggie can't bear the idea of going back into service. She wants more from her life, and becoming a Copperette...

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Aurora's pride by AnneMarie Brear

Aurora's pride

AnneMarie Brear

Audio CD

Aurora Pettigrew has a loving family, a nice home, a comfortable life. She's waiting for the right man to offer marriage and the man for her is Reid Sinclair, heir to the Sinclair fortune. But, Reid's mother is against the match and unearths a secret...

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A place to belong by Cathy Mansell

A place to belong

Cathy Mansell

Audio CD

It's 1943 and Ireland has escaped the worst of the war raging in Europe, but life is still hard. When a fire breaks out at the convent in Cavan, orphan Eva Fallon barely escapes with her life. She's offered a bed for the night by Ma Scully, whilst her...

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The photographer of the lost by Caroline Scott

The photographer of the lost

Caroline Scott

Audio CD

1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. Edie's husband Francis is considered "missing in action", but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken in the post, hope flares. And so she begins to...

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The unforgetting by Rose Black

The unforgetting

Rose Black

Audio CD

When Lily Bell is sold by her father to a "Professor of Ghosts" to settle a bad debt, she thinks she is about to hit the London stage as an actress. But little does she know that the professor intends her to be his very own ghost, part of an elaborate...

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The surplus girls by Polly Heron

The surplus girls

Polly Heron

Audio CD

Manchester, 1922. Belinda Layton is a surplus girl. One of the many women whose dreams of marriage perished in the Great War, with the death of her beloved fiance Ben. After four years of mourning, she finally feels ready to face whatever her future ...

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The light within us by Charlotte Betts

The light within us

Charlotte Betts

Audio CD

Cornwall, 1891. Talented painter Edith Fairchild is poised to begin a life of newlywed bliss and artistic creation in the inspiring setting of Spindrift House, freshly inherited by her charming husband, Benedict. But when her honeymoon turns sour, her...

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Liverpool daughter by Katie Flynn

Liverpool daughter

Katie Flynn

Audio CD

Liverpool, 1940. As the Luftwaffe turns its attention to Liverpool, Shane Quinn decides to move his family back to the safety of Ireland. But his only child, Dana, refuses. Determined to make it on her own, she heads to the city. Lonely and exhausted,...

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Workhouse girl by Holly Green

Workhouse girl

Holly Green

Audio CD

Patty Jenkins has come a long way from her poverty-stricken days in Brownlow Hill workhouse. She now has a coveted position in the kitchens at Freeman's Department store in Liverpool and even the prospect of advancement. For Patty has always enjoyed baking...

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In the lion's den by Barbara Taylor Bradford

In the lion's den

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Audio CD

"London 1889: Victorian London is a place of wealth, privilege and poverty, a city of extremes. For James Falconer, who grew up as a barrow boy on a London market, it is a city of opportunity. Working his way up Henry Malvern's trading company in Pic...

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Aurore by Graham Hurley

Aurore

Graham Hurley

Audio CD

"Aurore connects Billy Angell, an RAF wireless operator selected for a covert mission to occupied France, with Helene Lafosse, a French woman keeping unusual company in her small family chateau in the depths of the Touraine. Helene has begun an affair...

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Snow on the cobbles by Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

Snow on the cobbles

Maggie (Novelist) Sullivan

Audio CD

"When Lizzie moves with her mother and her brothers to No.9 Coronation Street at the end of the Second World War, it's a new start for all of them after the losses and heartache they've endured. Their new neighbour, Elsie Tanner, tells them that the house...

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Ascendancy by Matteo Strukul

Ascendancy

Matteo Strukul

Audio CD

"Florence, 1429. Giovanni de Medici, the family patriarch, has been poisoned. In their quest for political power, the Medici have made bitter enemies in every corner of the republic. And now Giovanni's sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, have become the hereditary...

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Ghost fire by Wilbur A. Smith

Ghost fire

Wilbur A. Smith

Audio CD

1754. Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents. Theo, wracked with guilt, seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and...

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The secrets we kept by Lara Prescott

The secrets we kept

Lara Prescott

Audio CD

1949: the celebrated Russian author Boris Pasternak is writing the novel that will become Doctor Zhivago. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it. But in the rest of the world it is fast becoming a sensation. In Washington DC, the CIA is ...

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The poppy wife by Caroline Scott

The poppy wife

Caroline Scott

Audio CD

"1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie's husband Francis has not come home. He is considered 'missing in action',...

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The thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E Ladd

The thief of Lanwyn Manor

Sarah E Ladd

Audio CD

Cornwall, England 1818. A diversion is what Julia Twethewey needs to mend her broken heart, so when her aunt invites her to Lanwyn Manor to be a companion to her pregnant cousin, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall's minin...

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The second sleep by Robert Harris

The second sleep

Robert Harris

Audio CD

"1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artifacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect....

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The winter orphan by Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sharp

The winter orphan

Cathy (Domestic fiction writer) Sha...

Audio CD

"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 lost sisters by Lindsey Hutchinson

The lost sisters

Lindsey Hutchinson

Audio CD

"Orpha Buchanan and Peg Meriweather had a very different start in life. Orpha surrounded by wealth and riches, Peg dumped on a doorstep as a baby with nothing to her name. But one thing they had in common was a mother who despised them and wished them...

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Snow angels by Nadine Dorries

Snow angels

Nadine Dorries

Audio CD

"The nurses of St Angelus Hospital face the hardship of another winter, in this heartbreaking story by Nadine Dorries. The Angels must battle through the snow to save Victoria's baby and young doctor Teddy Davenport begins to make some serious mistakes....

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The ragged edge of night by Libbie Hawker

The ragged edge of night

Libbie Hawker

Audio CD

"IN SMALL-TOWN GERMANY, ONE MAN RISKS HIS LIFE IN DEFIANCE OF HITLER'S REGIME. Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed ...

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A fight in silence by Melanie Metzenthin

A fight in silence

Melanie Metzenthin

Audio CD

"Germany, 1926. When Richard and Paula meet in bustling, cosmopolitan Hamburg, everything feels possible. They fall in love, marry and are soon blessed with twins, a beautiful boy and girl. When Richard qualifies as a psychiatrist, life ahead looks b...

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Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Stay

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Audio CD

"In the summer of 1969, 14-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues....

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A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

Audio CD

While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, Count Alexander Rostov, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint ...

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Josephine's garden by Stephanie Parkyn

Josephine's garden

Stephanie Parkyn

Audio CD

France, 1794. In the aftermath of the bloody end to the French Revolution, Rose de Beauharnais stumbles from prison on the day she is to be guillotined. Within a decade, she'll transform into the scandalous socialite who marries Napoleon Bonaparte, b...

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A ration book childhood by Jean Fullerton

A ration book childhood

Jean Fullerton

Audio CD

"In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever. With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London's East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, a...

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The young lion by Blanche D'Alpuget

The young lion

Blanche D'Alpuget

Audio CD

"Queen Eleanor of France, said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe, has not been able to give birth to an heir. A strategic liaison with Geoffrey the Handsome, the virile and charming Duke of Normandy, could remedy that - or lead to her downfall...

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A maiden's voyage by Rosie Goodwin

A maiden's voyage

Rosie Goodwin

Audio CD

"London, 1912. Flora Butler lives a settled life. She enjoys her work as a maid for her young mistress which means she can still live close to her family home, visiting her parents and siblings often and helping out when she can, plus she's recently met...

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The girl who came from rags by Gracie Hart

The girl who came from rags

Gracie Hart

Audio CD

Eliza Wild has come a long way from her hungry childhood days in a rented miner's cottage on Pit Lane on the outskirts of Leeds. Her sewing skills have enabled her to go into business with a wealthy patron and to give her young niece, Victoria, a better...

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A thimbleful of hope by Evie Grace

A thimbleful of hope

Evie Grace

Audio CD

Dover, 1864. Violet Rayfield leads a happy life with her family in a beautiful terrace on Camden Crescent. But Violet's seemingly perfect world is shattered when her father makes a decision that costs her family everything. Now Violet must sacrifice all...

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The telephone girls by Jenny Holmes

The telephone girls

Jenny Holmes

Audio CD

1936. West Yorkshire is home to a gleaming, brand-new telephone exchange where Cynthia, Norma and Millicent work the complicated electrical switchboards. They relish the independence and friendship their jobs have given them. But when a colleague connects...

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Blackpool sisters by Maggie Mason

Blackpool sisters

Maggie Mason

Audio CD

Separated from each other soon after being taken from their mother Tilly by a travelling group of gypsies, Beth and Babs have no idea where the other is, but never forget each other. Each remembers and yearns for the other, but their lives couldn't be...

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Victory for the East End Angels by Rosie Hendry

Victory for the East End Angels

Rosie Hendry

Audio CD

The war is almost over - and it's up to the East End Angels to keep the home fires burning! Frankie's fiance, a doctor, is away looking after the troops in Europe - will he return safely home? Winnie has a happy secret - but can she carry on at Station...

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The locket by Jessica Blair

The locket

Jessica Blair

Audio CD

When Emily Thornton discovers a will linked with the murder of a sea captain in Hull in the 1860s, she is determined to discover what happened - but a vital witness is missing. So, Emily enlists the help of Thomas Laycock, a young man who has come to...

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The Titanic sisters by Patricia Falvey

The Titanic sisters

Patricia Falvey

Audio CD

Sisters Nora and Delia have been given the chance of a lifetime to escape their poor Irish farm and travel on the Titanic to a new life in America. Delia is to become a treasured governess for a rich family, while Nora has only a lowly maid's position....

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Indian summer by Sara Sheridan

Indian summer

Sara Sheridan

Audio CD

Brighton, 1957. Mirabelle Bevan can't resist a cry for help, be it the little girl at a seaside sanatorium who is getting bullied or the strange behaviour of Uma, the Indian nurse who is looking after her. Intrigued, she soon finds herself drawn into...

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Traitors of Rome by Simon Scarrow

Traitors of Rome

Simon Scarrow

Audio CD

AD 56. Battle-hardened veterans of the Roman army Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro are garrisoned at the border with dangerous, mysterious Parthia. But the enemy within could be the deadliest threat to the Legion...and the Empire. There's a traitor in...

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First love, last love by Judith Saxton

First love, last love

Judith Saxton

Audio CD

It wasn't a privileged childhood, but it was a happy one. Sybil and Lizzie Cream, brought up in a fisherman's cottage on the edge of the cold North Sea, were content to leave privilege where it belonged: with their friends the Wintertons. Christina W...

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Four sisters by Valerie Wood

Four sisters

Valerie Wood

Audio CD

Hull, 1852. Matty has been the mother to her three younger sisters since their mother's death ten years ago. To celebrate her 18th birthday, their father takes all four sisters on holiday where two painters offer to immortalise their happiness forever....

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A modest independence by Mimi Matthews

A modest independence

Mimi Matthews

Audio CD

"He needed peace ... Solicitor Tom Finchley has spent his life using his devious intellect to solve the problems of others. As for his own problems, they're nothing that a bit of calculated vengeance can't remedy. But that's all over now. He's finally...

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Once night falls by Roland Merullo

Once night falls

Roland Merullo

Audio CD

"Italy, 1943. Luca Benedetto has joined the partisans in their fight against the German troops ravaging the shores of his town on Lake Como. While risking his life to free his country, Luca is also struggling to protect Sarah, his Jewish lover who's hiding...

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Lady Bird & the Fox by Kim (Novelist) Kelly

Lady Bird & the Fox

Kim (Novelist) Kelly

Audio CD

No conviction, no reward. It's 1868 and the gold rush is spreading across the wild west of New South Wales, bringing with it a new breed of colonial rogue - bushrangers. A world far removed from hardworking farm girl, Annie Bird, and her sleepy village...

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Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Tidelands

Philippa Gregory

Audio CD

England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different ... Midsummer's Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands...

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The favoured child by Philippa Gregory

The favoured child

Philippa Gregory

Audio CD

The Wideacre estate is bankrupt, the villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But in the Dower House two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of Wideacre, rivals for the...

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Meridon by Philippa Gregory

Meridon

Philippa Gregory

Audio CD

It's the eighteenth century and Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show, while her sister Dandy risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing...

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Cilka's journey by Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. Cilka is just 16 years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the...

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The lace balcony by Johanna Nicholls

The lace balcony

Johanna Nicholls

Audio CD

Vianna Francis, known in the colony as 'The Sydney Venus', is a notorious young mistress in keeping to a former gentleman convict, who uses her to entice wealthy men to his gaming tables. A woman of mystery, Vianna is a magnet for scandal. Was she the...

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Black diamonds by Kim (Novelist) author. Kelly

Black diamonds

Kim (Novelist) author. Kelly

Audio CD

It is 1914 and Lithgow is booming. Daniel is a young German-Australian, a coalminer and a socialist; Francine is the bourgeois, Irish-Catholic, too-good-for-this-place daughter of one of the mine's owners. When their paths collide, they fall in love ...

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You'll never see me again by Lesley Pearse

You'll never see me again

Lesley Pearse

Audio CD

"Young Betty dreams of settling down to an ordinary life in Hallsands with her fisherman husband. But when he returns broken and haunted from the Great War, she finds herself persecuted by his distraught mother - and yearns to escape. It is only when...

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The water dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The water dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Audio CD

"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force...

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A single thread by Tracy Chevalier

A single thread

Tracy Chevalier

Audio CD

"Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiancé and her brother and regarded by society as a ‘surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it is one of dra...

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Entertaining Mr Pepys by Deborah Swift

Entertaining Mr Pepys

Deborah Swift

Audio CD

"London, 1666. Elizabeth 'Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the...

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The shop girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes

The shop girls of Lark Lane

Pam Howes

Audio CD

"Liverpool, 1945. As the war draws to a close, Alice and Terry Lomax are building a new life with their young daughter Cathy. After years away fighting, Terry is a stranger to his daughter and must work hard to win her trust and love. Alice and old f...

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The diamond hunter by Fiona McIntosh

The diamond hunter

Fiona McIntosh

Audio CD

When six-year-old Clementine Knight loses her mother to malaria during the 1870s diamond rush in southern Africa, she is left to be raised by her destitute, alcoholic father, James. Much of Clementine's care falls to their trusty Zulu companion, Jose...

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A winter hope by Sheila Newberry

A winter hope

Sheila Newberry

Audio CD

"All they want for Christmas is a new home. Number five Kitchener Avenue heralds the start of a new life for the Hope family. For pregnant Miriam it is a warm, safe environment to bring up her child. For her sister, 14-year-old Barbara, it means inde...

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A transcontinental affair by Jodi Daynard

A transcontinental affair

Jodi Daynard

Audio CD

They boarded the train knowing their journey would make history. What they didn't know was how profoundly it would change them. May 1870. Crowds throng the Boston station, mesmerized by the mechanical wonder huffing on the rails: the Pullman Hotel Express,...

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One snowy night by Rita. author. Bradshaw

One snowy night

Rita. author. Bradshaw

Audio CD

"It's1922 and the Depression is just beginning to rear its head in Britain, but Ruby Morgan is about to marry her childhood sweetheart and nothing can mar her happiness. Or so she thinks. An unimaginable betrayal by those she loves causes her to flee...

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A mind of her own by Paula author. McLain

A mind of her own

Paula author. McLain

Audio CD

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any ...

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Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk

Nottingham

Nathan Makaryk

Audio CD

No king. No rules. England, 1191. King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition. Back home, his country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy. People with power are running unchecked. People without are growing angry....

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The Spitfire sisters  by Margaret Dickinson

The Spitfire sisters

Margaret Dickinson

Audio CD

"It is the 1930s and the Maitland family have spent the years following the Great War struggling to come to terms with its catastrophic aftermath, and their hopes now lie with the next generation. Their Lincolnshire village of Doddington suffered terrible...

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The companion by Kim Taylor Blakemore

The companion

Kim Taylor Blakemore

Audio CD

1855, New Hampshire. Lucy Blunt is set to hang for a double murder. Murderess or victim? Only Lucy knows the truth. In the shadow of the gallows, Lucy reflects on the events that led to her bitter downfall--from the moment she arrived at the rambling...

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The gold letter by Lena Manta

The gold letter

Lena Manta

Audio CD

"After years spent in Germany struggling to come to terms with a dispirited and abusive past, Fenia Karapanos has returned to her roots in Greece. Her estranged grandfather has bequeathed her his villa in Athens, a gesture she assumes is reparation for...

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The girl in the painting by Tea Cooper

The girl in the painting

Tea Cooper

Audio CD

"Maitland 1913. Miss Elizabeth Quinn is something of an institution in Maitland Town. For longer than anyone can remember she and her brother, businessman Michael, have lived in the impressive two-storey stone house next to the church. When she is di...

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Cilka's journey by Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Cilka's journey

Heather (Screenwriter) Morris

Audio CD

Her beauty saved her life and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from...

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Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

Khaki Town

Judy Nunn

Audio CD

"'It seems to have happened overnight, Val thought . How extraordinary. We've become a khaki town."' It's March 1942. Singapore has fallen. Darwin has been bombed. Australia is on the brink of being invaded by the Imperial Japanese Forces. And Val Ca...

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Girls on the Home Front by Annie Clarke

Girls on the Home Front

Annie Clarke

Audio CD

August 1941: As war sweeps across Britain and millions of men enlist, women must fight the battle on the home front. Fran always thought she would marry her childhood sweetheart and live in Massingham, the beloved pit village she has always called home....

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A Christmas wish for the Land Girls by Jenny Holmes

A Christmas wish for the Land Girls

Jenny Holmes

Audio CD

Winter, 1942. Brenda and Joyce are just two of the girls who have joined the Women's Land Army and are doing their bit for the war effort. But after months working on farms in the Yorkshire Dales, they're looking for a fresh challenge. Despite the bitter...

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Christmas with the shipyard girls by Nancy Revell

Christmas with the shipyard girls

Nancy Revell

Audio CD

Sunderland, 1942: Christmas is fast approaching. Against all odds, Polly's fiance has finally returned home from the front line. She might get the winter wedding she's always dreamed of. Meanwhile shipyard manager Helen is determined to move on after...

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We'll meet again by Rosie Archer

We'll meet again

Rosie Archer

Audio CD

Gosport, 1941. The Bluebird Girls - Rainey Bird, Bea Herron and Ivy Sparrow - are on their way to stardom. From working men's clubs to the glamour of the Savoy Hotel, fame and fortune beckon as the south coast's favourite singing trio work their way into...

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Blackpool's angel by Maggie Mason

Blackpool's angel

Maggie Mason

Audio CD

Tilly has come a long way from the run-down tenements in which she grew up. She has a comfortable home, a loving husband, two beautiful girls - and she earns a little money weaving wicker baskets. Life is good. Until the day Tilly finds a policeman standing...

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Ha'penny schemes by Gemma Jackson

Ha'penny schemes

Gemma Jackson

Audio CD

In 1920's inner city Dublin Tenements, Ivy Rose Murphy struggles to survive in the harsh poverty-stricken environment she was born into. She is trying to adapt to her new role as a married woman. There are those jealous of the improvements she has managed...

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Fire queen by Joanna (Novelist) author. Courtney

Fire queen

Joanna (Novelist) author. Courtney

Audio CD

The world knows Ophelia as Hamlet's troubled lover; but behind Shakespeare's tragedy stands a real woman: this is her story...--Summary from CD jacket.

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The black earth by Philip Kazan

The black earth

Philip Kazan

Audio CD

1922. When the Turkish Army occupies Smyrna, Zoe Haggitiris escapes with her family, only to lose everything. Alone in a sea of desperate strangers, her life is touched, for a moment, by a young English boy, Tom Collyer, also lost, before the compassion...

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A kiss and a promise by Katie Flynn

A kiss and a promise

Katie Flynn

Audio CD

Sometimes hope is all you need. Liverpool, 1917. When Irish seaman Michael Gallagher docks in Liverpool after years of fighting with the British Navy, he never expects to fall in love. But the moment he glimpses Stella Bennett, all thoughts of returning...

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Beyond the horizon by Ella Carey

Beyond the horizon

Ella Carey

Audio CD

"At the height of World War Two, Eva Scott's dream comes true. Accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she leaves balmy California and the man she loves for gruelling training in Texas, ultimately landing at formidable Camp Davis in N...

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The girls from Greenway by Elizabeth Woodcraft

The girls from Greenway

Elizabeth Woodcraft

Audio CD

"Angie Smith lives in Greenway, Chelmsford, with her elder sister Doreen, their struggling mother and their drunk, violent father. Bored of her job, and of her dull, ordinary boyfriend, Angie dreams of bigger and better things. But then she meets bou...

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Inland by Téa Obreht

Inland

Téa Obreht

Audio CD

"Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life – her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with ...

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The giver of stars by Jojo Moyes

The giver of stars

Jojo Moyes

Audio CD

"Alice Wright has travelled halfway across the world to escape her stifling life in England. Handsome American businessman Bennett Van Cleve represents a fresh start. But she soon realises that swapping the twitching curtains of suburbia for newlywed...

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Virgin earth by Philippa Gregory

Virgin earth

Philippa Gregory

Audio CD

"John Tradescant the Younger has inherited his father's unique collection of plants along with his unerring ability to nurture them. But as gardener to Charles I, he confronts an unbearable dilemma when England descends into Civil War. Fleeing from the...

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The tinker's girl by Catherine Cookson

The tinker's girl

Catherine Cookson

Audio CD

"Close to her fifteenth birthday, Jinnie Howlett, a reluctant inmate of a northern workhouse, was offered a position as a maid-of-all-work by the Shalemans at Tollet's Ridge Farm, a bleakly isolated farm near the Cumbrian border. Before long, However,...

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Christmas with the bomb girls by Daisy Styles

Christmas with the bomb girls

Daisy Styles

Audio CD

"Christmas is approaching at the Phoenix Munitions Factory and the Bomb Girls are determined to make this a year to remember. But Gladys, back from performing for the troops on the front, is sullen and sad and her friends are sure she is hiding something....

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A family's heartbreak by Kitty Neale

A family's heartbreak

Kitty Neale

Audio CD

"When Jenny’s mother abandons her and her younger siblings, Jenny is left at the mercy of her abusive father Henry. And when Henry beats his eldest daughter so badly that she ends up in the hospital, it seems like there’s nowhere left for them all to...

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The boy with blue trousers by Carol Jones

The boy with blue trousers

Carol Jones

Audio CD

"On the goldfields of 19th-century Australia, two very different girls are trying to escape their past. English governess Violet Hartley has fled from England after a scandalous liaison. Now she is angling for a rich husband and a new life. Little Cat...

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Written in my own heart's blood by Diana Gabaldon

Written in my own heart's blood

Diana Gabaldon

Audio CD

"It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her...

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Tears of the dragon by Jean (Novelist) Moran

Tears of the dragon

Jean (Novelist) Moran

Audio CD

"1941. One sultry evening in Kowloon, Dr Rowena Rossiter and Sister Alice Huntley are off-duty and in search of fun - little knowing that their world is on the brink of collapse. That night, Rowena will meet two men who will fight for her heart for the...

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The girl from the corner shop by Alrene Hughes

The girl from the corner shop

Alrene Hughes

Audio CD

"Widowed early in World War Two, heartbroken Helen Heaton is working in the family corner shop, trying to rebuild her shattered life. When the shop is robbed, she meets Matthew, a young police constable and he inspires her to join the Women's Auxiliary...

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

A sister's struggle

Mary (Romantic fiction writer) Gibs...

Audio CD

"London, 1935. Working at the Crosse & Blackwell's food factory, Ruby Scully is trying hard to live a good life. She goes to church, puts food on the table for her younger brothers and turns a blind eye to her father's questionable money-making schemes....

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