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The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre: A Novel

by Dominic Smith

When the vision came, he was in the bathtub. So begins the madness of Louis Daguerre. In 1847, after a decade of using poisonous mercury vapors to cure his daguerreotype images, his mind is plagued by delusions....


The Infidel

by Elisabetta L. Faenza

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The Infidel is a work of historical fiction set against the backdrop of the religious wars known as the Crusades. It is a story of espionage, family tragedy, and an arcane labyrinth of secret orders,...


Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance: A Mystery

by Gyles Brandreth

Lovers of historical mysteries will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. The first in a series of fiendishly clever historical murder mysteries, it casts British...


Nevermore

by Harold Schechter

Praised by Caleb Carr for his "brilliantly detailed and above all riveting" true-crime writing, Harold Schechter brings his expertise to a marvelous work of fiction. Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne's crowning achievement, a masterpiece that has stood the time. Hester a young woman whose husband has been lost at sea becomes pregnant by another man. Though the Puritan...


The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril: A Novel

by Paul Malmont

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril is a thrilling debut novel that casts the rivalry between two of pulp fiction's most revered writers into its own saga, which bursts from the pages with blood, cruelty, fear,...


The Physic Garden

by Catherine Czerkawska

Moving, poetic and quietly provocative' – The Independent. City life in the early nineteenth century was never short of drama: poverty and pollution preyed on all but the lucky few, and ‘resurrection men’...


Love and Music Will Endure: A Novel based on the Life of Mairi Mhor nan Oran

by Liz Macrae Shaw

Historical novel based on the life of Mairi Mhor nan Oran


The Black Arrow

by Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Black Arrow", by Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson is a historical adventure set during the Wars of the Roses.


Golden Country: A Novel

by Jennifer Gilmore

Golden Country, Jennifer Gilmore's masterful and irreverent reinvention of the Jewish American novel, captures the exuberance of the American dream while exposing its underbelly -- disillusionment, greed, and...


Harriet and Isabella

by Patricia O'Brien

It is 1887, and Henry Ward Beecher lies dying. Reporters from around the world, eager for one last story about the most lurid scandal of their time, descend on Brooklyn Heights, their presence signaling the...


Blue Nude

by Elizabeth Rosner

Once a prominent painter, Danzig now shares his wisdom and technique with students at San Francisco’s Art Institute—yet his own canvases remain empty. When he meets Israeli-born Merav, the beautiful new...


Telegraph Days: A Novel

by Larry Mcmurtry

I've come to think that in times of crisis human beings don't have it in them to be rational. The Yazee gang was riding down upon us, six abreast. We all ran outside and confirmed that fact. The sensible thing...


Iridescence

by Peter Wells

A novel of scandal and secrets in the Victorian age, spanning two decades and two sides of the world.Can you keep a secret?Remittance men were sent away from Britain to live in a colony on a small and regular...


The Open World

by Stephanie Johnson

A fascinating novel about secrets, finding a home and early colonial New Zealand.'I miss my smiling son more than any other man before or since.'London 1866. Elizabeth Smith is struggling to survive when she...


Skylark

by Jenny Pattrick

A lively, unconventional love story set amid real figures from nineteenth-century theatre, from the author of the best-selling The Denniston Rose.The little French girl, Lily Alouette, was singing and dancing...


Both Sides of the Moon

by Alan Duff

A powerful novel by the author of Once Were Warriors about a half caste and his Maori warrior ancestor, cast out of his tribe.Jimmy understands all about belonging and not belonging. he sees himself as part...


The Day She Cradled Me

by Sacha De Bazin

A fascinating novel based on the life of the infamous baby farmer Minnie Dean, the only woman in New Zealand history ever to be hanged. Accused of infanticide and awaiting trial and then sentence, Minnie confides...


Catching the Current

by Jenny Pattrick

A terrific historical novel full of compelling events, vivid communities and the irresistible character of Conrad Rasmussen. In this companion novel to the bestselling Denniston novels, the free spirit is pitted...


To Have and To Hold

by Mary Johnston

Even his King could not force him to give up the woman he loved! One of America's most famous and beloved historical novels.