Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her
husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known
painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.
Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted The Garden of Lost and Found, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them.
One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down…
When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the
key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house
holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers. For who would choose
to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or, in Juliet’s
case, her own children’s happiness.
Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?
A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to
1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in
disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her
baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.
Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist
desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the
contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be
rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of
unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set
for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery
before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…
Read her letter. Remember her story…
‘What a heartfelt emotional story, made even more so because it’s based on a shocking truth. I raced through it, involved, moved and gripped’ Fanny Blake
A hypnotic and thought-provoking novel inspired by the
sensational Lord Lucan case, by the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Fred
In the summer of 1974, Mandy River arrives in London to make
a fresh start and begins working as nanny to the children of one Lady Morven.
She quickly finds herself in the midst of a bitter custody battle and the house
under siege: Lord Morven is having his wife watched. According to Lady Morven,
her estranged husband also has a violent streak, yet she doesn’t seem the most
reliable witness. Should Mandy believe her?
As Mandy tries to shield her young charges from harm, her
friend Rosemary watches from the wings – an odd girl with her own painful past
and a rare gift. This time, though, she misreads the signs.
Drawing on the infamous Lord Lucan affair, this compelling novel explores the roots of a shocking murder from a fresh perspective and brings to vivid life an era when women’s voices all too often went unheard.
She has never approved of you. But it’s when her body is
found the secrets really start to come out …
From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she
was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and perfectly
friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. Even so,
Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.
That was five years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, a
suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to
live because of a battle with cancer.
But the autopsy finds no cancer. The autopsy does find
traces of poison and suffocation.
Everyone in the family is hiding something. But what? And where will the secrets stop?
With Lucy’s secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.
‘Fiction at its finest’ – Liane Moriarty, Number One bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers
Behind the most famous movie ever made is a tale of love, magic and one incredible woman.
Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to visit the set.
Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book – because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets…
But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of ‘Over the Rainbow’, Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her rebellious youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired his famous work. With the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her – the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.
This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.
‘Sumptuous and moving. Velton weaves her tale with the threads of betrayal, thwarted dreams and good intentions gone awry‘ Laura Purcell
‘A richly imagined and brilliantly twisty tale’ Anna Mazzola
‘A plot as finely detailed as Spitalfields silk’ Stacey Halls
WHEN ESTHER THOREL, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God’s will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping ‘madam’ is too good to refuse.
INSIDE THE THORELS’ tall house in Spitalfields, where the strange cadence of the looms fills the attic, the two women forge an uneasy relationship. The physical intimacies of washing and dressing belie the reality: Sara despises her mistress’s blindness to the hypocrisy of her household, while Esther is too wrapped up in her own secrets to see Sara as anything more than another charitable cause.
IT IS SILK that has Esther so distracted. For years she has painted her own designs, dreaming that one day her husband will weave them into reality. When he laughs at her ambition, she unwittingly sets in motion events that will change the fate of the whole Thorel household and set the scene for a devastating day of reckoning between her and Sara.
THE PRICE OF a piece of silk may prove more than either is able to pay.
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‘A sumptuous garden maze of a novel’
They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among us…
In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth forever.
Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother’s debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.
As time runs out for Ren’s mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths will cross in ways they will never forget.
Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.
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‘Heartwarming and hilarious’ Telegraph
An unusual dalmation, a TV star with cancer, an
out-of-control budgie. Charlotte Rea has seen them all, and more.
Animal Matters is Charlotte’s diary of real-life
cases written during a one year of her work as a veterinary surgeon in a
24-hour inner-city London animal charity. The diary reveals the reality of
working as a vet, how it can be both emotional and amusing, one minute you can
be consoling an owner on the loss of their much-loved pet, the next trying to
catch an escaped budgie. Charlotte mixes deeply sad moments with amusing and
unimaginable ones along with more detailed accounts and reflections back on her
training and the experiences she has come up against over the decade since she
Throughout the book you will get to know both the animals
and the people and how close the bond between us can be. Charlotte also
discusses contemporary issues in veterinary medicine such as animal euthanasia,
RSPCA welfare cases, mental health issues within the veterinary profession,
ethical concerns around pedigree dog breeding and the laws on dangerous dogs.
Animal Matters is a moving and heartwarming book about the unconditional love between animals and humans.
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Iris Massey is gone.
But she’s left something behind.
For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR
maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died,
taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and
colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris
created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life
not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her
posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly
forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last
Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’s big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.
Funny and moving in equal measures, When You Read This is a sparkling debut about love, life, and all the emails you really wish you’d never sent.
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