By Lewis Grassic Gibbon

The rebellion of the slaves opposed to the Romans in seventy three BC, led via the gladiator Spartacus, has been an proposal to generations of people that have stood up opposed to oppression. by the point he used to be captured via Marcus Licinius Crassus in seventy one BC and accomplished by means of crucifixion, his military of round ninety 000 slaves and dispossessed had defeated numerous Roman armies and devastated a lot of the southern a part of the Italian peninsula. For Karl Marx, Spartacus was once 'the such a lot most suitable fellow that every one old background has to teach; nice normal, noble personality, genuine consultant of the traditional proletariat'. For Grassic Gibbon, a lifelong Marxist foreign and profitable historian of early civilisations, Spartacus allowed him to target his fiercely held ideals within the nature of society, the liberty of the person, and the inevitable cave in of 'civilisation'.

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By Bernard Cornwell

Philadelphia in 1777 is a urban at battle - not only been American troops and the British military, yet inside of itself. For an occupied urban throws jointly loyalist and patriot, soldier and civilian, guy and girl; divides households and breeds treachery. right here ruthless Captain package Vane and lovely Martha Crowl, passionate patriot Caroline and her idealist younger lover Jonathon, unscrupulous Ezra Woollard and the brutal Sergeant Scammell, forge and holiday moving allegiances that force them to harmful lengths. And stuck among them deepest Sam Gilpin, seduced into warfare through a dare and a purple coat, needs to study the sour classes of affection, loss and the genuine which means of loyalty.

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By Barbara Kingsolver

In The Lacuna, her first novel in 9 years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling writer of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A 12 months of nutrients Life, tells the tale of Harrison William Shepherd, a guy stuck among worlds—an unforgettable protagonist whose look for identification will take readers to the guts of the 20 th century’s so much tumultuous events.

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By Maria Angels Anglada

A world sensation now on hand in English for the 1st time, The Violin of Auschwitz is the unforgettable tale of 1 man's refusal to give up his dignity within the face of history's maximum atrocity.

In the iciness of 1991, at a live performance in Krakow, an older girl with a marvelously pitched violin meets a fellow musician who's immediately captivated via her software. while he asks her how she bought it, she unearths the awesome tale at the back of its beginning. . . .

Imprisoned at Auschwitz, the infamous focus camp, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. precious stories of the younger lady he enjoyed and the prayers that when lingered on his lips turn into hazier with every one passing day. Then a trip from a mysterious stranger adjustments every little thing, as Daniel's former id as a crafter of excellent violins is printed to all. The camp's most threatening males use this knowledge to make a merciless bet: If Daniel can construct a profitable violin inside of a definite variety of days, the Kommandant wins a case of the best burgundy. If now not, the camp surgeon, a torturer, will get carry of Daniel. And so, combating exhaustion, Daniel attempts to recapture his misplaced artwork, realizing all too good the most likely rate of failure.

Written with lyrical simplicity and haunting beauty--and interspersed with chilling, real Nazi documentation--The Violin of Auschwitz is greater than only a novel: it's a testomony to the energy of the human spirit and the facility of attractiveness, artwork, and desire to overcome the darkest adversity.

From the Hardcover edition.

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By M. Louisa Locke

It's the summer time of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a tender San Francisco widow, is in hassle. Annie's husband squandered her fortune ahead of committing suicide 5 years prior, and one among his collectors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to repay a debt. Annie Fuller additionally has a mystery. She vitamins her source of revenue through giving family and enterprise recommendation as Madam Sibyl, one in every of San Francisco's so much unique clairvoyants, and one in all Madam Sibyl's consumers, Matthew Voss, has died. The police think his dying used to be suicide introduced upon by way of financial ruin, yet Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his resources were stolen. Nate Dawson has an issue. because the Voss relatives legal professional, he would really like to think that Matthew Voss didn't go away his grieving kin destitute. yet that will suggest operating with Annie Fuller, a lady who however draws and infuriates him as she shatters each thought he ever had of right ladylike habit. Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the reality concerning the homicide of Matthew Voss during this light-hearted old secret set within the foggy gas-lit international of Victorian San Francisco.

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By Alan Bradley


[b]NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE 12 months via NPR[/b]
• [b]NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER

From award-winning writer Alan Bradley comes the following comfortable British secret starring intrepid younger sleuth Flavia de Luce, hailed by way of USA Today as "one of the main notable creations in contemporary literature."[/b]

Eleven-year-old beginner detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, no matter if they're came across one of the potions in her laboratory or among the pages of her unbearable sisters' diaries. What she is not conversant in is digging up our bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred's dying, the English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey is busily getting ready to open its shopper saint's tomb. not anyone is extra excited to peek contained in the crypt than Flavia, but what she unearths will halt the complaints useless of their tracks: the physique of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta opposed to Mr. Collicutt, and why might they conceal him in any such sacred resting position? The irrepressible Flavia comes to a decision to determine. And what she reveals will end up there's by no means such factor as an open-and-shut case.

BONUS: This version comprises an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The lifeless of their Vaulted Arches.

Acclaim for Speaking from one of the Bones

"[Alan] Bradley ratings one other good fortune. . . . This sequence is a grown-up model of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and all these mysteries you fell in love with as a child."--The San Diego Union-Tribune

"The precocious and irrepressible Flavia . . . keeps to delight."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fiendishly great . . . Bradley has created an completely fascinating solid of characters . . . as quirky as any British secret fan may perhaps wish for."--Bookreporter

"Delightful and entertaining."--San Jose Mercury News

Acclaim for Alan Bradley's cherished Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' organization Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award

"Every Flavia de Luce novel is a cause to celebrate."--USA Today

"Delightful."--The Boston Globe, on the wonder on the backside of the Pie

"Utterly beguiling."--People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

"Irresistibly appealing."--The manhattan instances publication Review, on A purple Herring with out Mustard

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By Suzanne Joinson

It really is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the traditional Silk street urban of Kashgar. notwithstanding Lizzie is on fireplace together with her non secular calling, Eva's reasons usually are not really as noble, yet along with her eco-friendly bicycle and a fee from a writer to write down A girl Cyclist's advisor to Kashgar, she is prepared for adventure.

In ultra-modern London, a tender lady, Frieda, returns from an extended journey out of the country to discover a guy dozing open air her entrance door. She supplies him a blanket and a pillow, and within the morning unearths the bedding well folded and a stupendous drawing of a fowl with an extended feathery tail, a few smooth Arabic writing, and a ship produced from a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni place of birth, befriends Frieda and, while she learns she has inherited the contents of an condo belonging to a useless girl she hasn't ever heard of, they embark on an unforeseen trip together.

A woman Cyclist's advisor to Kashgar explores the fault traces that seem whilst traditions from diverse components of an more and more globalized international crash into another. fantastically written, and peopled by way of a forged of unforgettable characters, the unconventional interweaves the tales of Frieda and Eva, steadily revealing the hyperlinks among them and the ways that they every one problem and negotiate the limitations in their societies as they make their hard-won means towards domestic. A woman Cyclist's consultant to Kashgar marks the debut of a superbly proficient new author.

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By Joyce Carol Oates

A big old novel from "oneof the nice creative forces of our time" (The Nation)--an eerie, unforgettablestory of ownership, strength, and loss inearly-twentieth-century Princeton,a cultural crossroads of thepowerful and the damned

Princeton, New Jersey, on the flip of the 20 th century: a tranquil position to elevate a relations, a genteel city for genteel souls. yet anything darkish and hazardous lurks on the edges of the city, corrupting and infecting its citizens. Vampires and ghosts hang-out the goals of the blameless. a robust curse besets the elite households of Princeton; their daughters start disappearing. a tender bride at the verge of the altar is seduced and kidnapped by means of a dangerously compelling man--a shape-shifting, vaguely eu prince who may well simply be the satan, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving neighborhood of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And within the Pine Barrens that border town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up.

When the bride's brother units out opposed to all odds to discover her, his course will go these of Princeton's so much ambitious humans, from Grover Cleveland, clean out of his moment time period within the White residence and retired to city for a quieter existence, to soon-to-be commander in leader Woodrow Wilson, president of the college and a posh person obsessed to the purpose of insanity along with his have to hold strength; from the younger Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair to his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the main recognized author of the period, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain--all tormented by "accursed" visions.

An completely clean paintings from Oates, The Accursed marks new territory for the masterful author. Narrated together with her unmistakable mental perception, it combines fantastically transporting historic element with chilling supernatural components to beautiful impact.

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