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The Beltane Choice (#1, Celtic Fervour Series)
Nancy Jardine is best known as a writer of contemporary romantic fiction. She has even described herself, in the past, as a writer of “light-hearted c...more
Sep 2012
Sep 01, 2012
After Whorl: Bran Reborn (# 2, Celtic Fervour Series)
The second part of a trilogy is perhaps the most difficult to write. The author has already introduced some of the key themes in the first part (promi...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
Bending the Boyne: A Novel of Ancient Ireland
J.S. Dunn’s Bending the Boyne weaves together historical fiction (based, essentially, on archaeological evidence) with Irish myth to create an engagin...more
Feb 23, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks (#3 Celtic Fervour Series)
This novel, the third in its series, follows directly on from “The Beltane Choice” and After Whorl: Bran Reborn.” Each novel carries us forward in tim...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
This is a novel with multiple strands, somewhat in the mould of Doris Lessing's "The Golden Notebook" or David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," but what hold...more
May 10, 2014
May 14, 2014
Girl Reading
Katie Ward's debut novel is a book of extraordinary scope and vision. Like Cloud Atlasor If on a winter's night a traveler, it consists of a number of...more
May 2012
May 06, 2012
Zeus of Ithome
Tim Taylor takes a little known chapter of ancient Greek history (the revolt of the people of the Greek territory of Messenia against the Spartans in...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Stone Lord: The Legend of King Arthur, The Era of Stonehenge
J.P. Reedman's debut novel, like Bernard Cornwell's "Stonehenge," takes for its principal setting the landscape around the iconic monument on Salisbur...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
The Colour Purple
I really enjoyed reading this book for the second time in my life (it was one of those books that I read as a teenager on the recommendation of a teac...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales
A remarkable collection of five short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author. One of the stories, "The Return of Sinuhe," is an adaptation...more
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May 14, 2014
Burial Rites
Stunningly good historical fiction, very evocative of time and place. How can a novel about the last public execution in Iceland be life affirming? Yo...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
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