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Touched by Joanna Briscoe

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The latest novel from Joanna Briscoe is written under The Hammer imprint and is very much a “horror” tale however Briscoe has not altered her trademark style. She writes beautifully about lives falling apart and this book is no different. It is 1963 and young mother Rowena Crale has moved with her husband and five children away from London to the small village of Crowsley Beck. They have bought the house next door to her mother in law and are knocking the two houses together. It is a stressful time the house seems to be resisting all efforts at change, strange smells and leaks appear and walls and ceilings bulge. The noise and mess is chaotic and Rowena is struggling to wean her youngest from the breast and worries about Evangeline her daughter; named for the grandmother whose house they have taken over. Evangeline is a strange and possibly disturbed child who wanders all over the village so when she disappears for days on end Rowena and Douglas call the police but they aren’t really …

The Marriage Game

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Alison Weir proves that she is a writer at the top of her game with her latest novel. Alison is one of Britain's foremost historical fiction authors and one of the bestselling historians of all time, just read this book to see why. This is a fantastic pen portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Whether you are already a dedicated fan of Tudor fiction or a newcomer to this period you are bound to discover things new and surprising. Here we meet the vain, domineering and occasionally cruel Elizabeth we have come to know through many films and books but we also discover the tender hearted and vulnerable Elizabeth who has been the victim of the scheming of others and who until the day she succeeded her sister never felt her head was secure on her neck.  The Marriage Game opens with Elizabeth on the day of her acccesion to the throne and the game begins immediately with various European Princes, Kings and Archdukes vying for her hand. Elizabeth however refuses to be a pawn in the political games…