Download E-books The Forbidden Queen PDF

By Anne O'Brien

An blameless pawn 

A nation with no king 

A new dynasty will reign… 

1415. The jewel within the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is ready lower than lock and key for King Henry V. whereas he is been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save lots of her from her distress. however the brutal king wishes her crown, now not 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 long run monarch, her hand in marriage worthy a kingdom. 

it is a lethal political online game, one the dowager queen needs to examine quickly. 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 particular membership of fine old novelists."  —Sunday Express 

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

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Download E-books Tales from the Mall PDF

By Ewan Morrison

Fashion, nutrition courts, undies, hearth bombing, suicide, unfastened parking—welcome to the mall.  Winner of the Guardian's now not the Booker Prize and Glenfiddich author of the Year.

Why could one girl threaten to kill one other for a couple of discounted sneakers? Why are cross-dressers interested in mall motor vehicle parks? What do impulse buys need to do with rioting? How are a few shops "vampiric" while others are "pregnant?" And why are marketplace study businesses hiding the reality from us?  A mash-up of fiction, essays and real stories, this collection tells of the upward thrust of the main iconic image of our glossy age: the shopping center. From more than 100 interviews and confessions, Ewan Morrison re-tells the true-life stories of these who paintings, store, or even locate love within their walls. With wry wit, perception, and compassion, he finds how shops control our feelings, how they're an excellent house to satisfy a brand new lover or to kill your self, and the way they're taking on the world. As purchasing shops unfold around the globe on the remarkable velocity of 1 new mall each seventy two hours, and everybody, in each state finally ends up donning a similar models, Tales from the Mall offers us a page-turning journey of the historical past of the mall and a imaginative and prescient of our coming destiny. Packed filled with extraordinarily tweetable evidence and intestine wrenching, occasionally hilarious tales; this ebook will switch how you take into consideration your hair colour, your loyalty playing cards, the worldwide economic climate, and your boyfriend or girlfriend—forever.

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Download E-books Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague PDF

By Geraldine Brooks

An unforgettable story of a courageous younger lady in the course of the plague in seventeenth century England from the writer The mystery Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 

whilst an contaminated bolt of fabric includes plague from London to an remoted village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an not going heroine and healer. via Anna's eyes we persist with the tale of the fateful yr of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the unfold of sickness and superstition. As dying reaches into each loved ones and villagers flip from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna needs to locate the power to confront the disintegration of her group and the entice of illicit love. As she struggles to outlive and develop, a yr of disaster turns into as an alternative annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."

Inspired via the genuine tale of Eyam, a village within the rugged hill kingdom of England, Year of Wonders is a richly specified evocation of a novel second in background. Written with gorgeous emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall highway Journal), Brooks blends love and studying, loss and renewal right into a spellbinding and unforgettable learn.

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Download E-books Age, Narrative and Migration: The Life Course and Life Histories of Bengali Elders in London PDF

By Katy Gardner

Whilst nearly all of fresh examine on id and ethnicity among South Asians in Britain has centred upon more youthful humans, this publication bargains with Bengali elders, the ‘first new release' of migrants from Sylhet, in Bangladesh. The booklet describes what percentage of those elders face the procedures of growing old, disorder and ― eventually ― dying, in a rustic the place they didn't anticipate to stick and the place they don't inevitably think they belong. The ways that they discuss and take care of this, and specifically, their ambivalence in the direction of Britain and Bangladesh lies on the middle of the booklet.

Centrally, the booklet is predicated round the males and women's existence tales. In her research of those, Gardner exhibits how narratives play an immense function within the formation of either collective and person id and are key domain names for the articulation of gender and age. Underlying the tales that individuals inform, and occasionally hidden inside their gaps and silences, are frequently different concerns and issues. utilizing specific idioms and narrative units, the elders speak about the contradictions and disjunctions of transmigration, their dating with and infrequently resistance to, the British kingdom, and what they typically current because the ‘breakdown' of ‘traditional' methods. as well as this, the ebook exhibits that histories, tales and identification are usually not simply narrated via phrases, but in addition throughout the physique - a space not often theorized in reports of migration.

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Download E-books The Last Witchfinder: A Novel PDF

By James Morrow

Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a residing in recovery England. but if she witnesses the unjust and scary execution of her liked aunt Isobel, the precocious baby makes a decision to make it her life's undertaking to deliver down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Armed with little shop the facility of cause, and made up our minds to determine justice be triumphant, Jennet hurls herself right into a sequence of picaresque adventures—traveling from King William's Britain to the fledgling American Colonies to an uncharted island within the Caribbean, braving West Indies pirates, Algonquin Indian captors, the machinations of the Salem Witch court docket, and the sensuous love of a tender Ben Franklin. For Jennet can't and mustn't ever relaxation till she has positioned the final witchfinder into chapter 11.

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Download E-books The Birth of Love: A Novel PDF

By Joanna Kavenna

From the winner of the Orange Award for brand new Writers, an epic novel of childbirth―past, current, and destiny

The 12 months is 1865. In Vienna, Dr. Ignasz Semmelweiss has been hounded into an asylum by way of his clinical friends, ridiculed for his declare that medical professionals' unwashed fingers are the foundation explanation for childbed fever. In present-day London, Bridget Hughes juggles her younger son, husband, and mom as she plans her domestic delivery, unprepared for the trial she is set to suffer. someplace in 2135, in a global the place people are birthed and raised in breeding farms, Prisoner 730004 is on trial for concealing a pregnancy.

Through 3 tales spanning centuries, acclaimed novelist Joanna Kavenna explores the main simple plight of ladies, from the slaughterhouse of primitive drugs to a futurisic imaginative and prescient of technological oppression. Poised on the midpoint is Bridget, whose fervent trust within the knowledge of nature is demonstrated in a single of the main gripping money owed of work to seem in fiction.

Original, strong, and performed out opposed to an unlimited canvas, The delivery of Love is without delay a unique in regards to the production of human existence, technological know-how and religion, insanity and compromise, and the epic trip of motherhood.

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Download E-books The Spy Game PDF

By Georgina Harding

'If you have been a sleeper, how lengthy do you're thinking that it should take prior to you forgot who you actually have been? when you have been dwelling undercover for years and years. Which individual will be you?' On a freezing January morning in 1961, eight-year-old Anna's mom disappears into the fog. A kiss that hardly touches Anna's cheek, a rumble of exhaust and a blurred wave via an icy windscreen, and her mom is long past. on reflection, Anna will want that she may have paid extra cognizance to the evidence of that day. The grownup global shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the problem of dying away in addition to the issues that her mom left at the back of. And her stories will go with the flow and settle just like the fog that covers the automobile. that very same morning a undercover agent case breaks within the information - the case of the Krogers, it sounds as if traditional those that weren't who they acknowledged they have been; those who had disappeared in a single position and reappeared in one other with different identities, top different lives. Obsessed through tales of the chilly struggle, and of the second one international battle that's nonetheless a clean and painful reminiscence for the adults approximately them, Anna's brother Peter starts to build a idea that their mom, a refugee from japanese Germany, was once a undercover agent operating undercover and may even nonetheless be alive. As existence returns to common, Anna struggles to kind among truth and delusion. Did her mom have a mystery lifestyles? and the way have you learnt who a individual used to be she is lifeless? The undercover agent video game is a fantastically wrought novel approximately loss, background, reminiscence and mind's eye, and how during which we form those to build our personal identities. it's a painful and smooth reminder of the significance of knowing the earlier and, in flip, the significance of letting pass.

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Download E-books The Mistresses of Henry VIII PDF

By Kelly Hart

The complete tale of the "other ladies" in Henry VIII's existence is gifted here—everyone understands in regards to the six better halves, yet this exciting account of affection, lust, and betrayal examines the mistresses
From an exhilarating new voice in Tudor heritage comes the tale of Henry's mistresses—the six mistresses that historians agree upon, and a number of other more possible girls who have been concerned with Henry. Seventeen-year-old Henry VIII was once "a youngling, he cares for not anything yet ladies and hunting," and through the years, this did not switch a lot. Henry used to be thought of a demi-god by means of his matters, so every one girl he selected was once anyone who had controlled to face out in a crowd of lovely women. taking a look sturdy used to be now not adequate, she had to be out of the ordinary to maintain the king's curiosity, and Henry's ladies have been each piece as fascinating because the guy himself. The sixteenth century used to be a time of profound adjustments in faith and society throughout Europe, and a few of Henry’s fans have been on the vanguard of influencing those events. Here, they are finally rescued from obscurity. A must-read for Tudor and Anne Boleyn enthusiasts, this quantity additionally contains a worthy chronology of Henry’s marriages, liaisons, and children.

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