Boyd, William Restless An espionage thriller, intertwines the stories of Eva, a Russian émigré and erstwhile British spy, and her daughter, Ruth, a single mother who lives a more mundane life teaching English as a foreign language in Oxford. Ruth tells her story in the third person; Eva in the first, and the book opens as Eva hands Ruth a memoir of her life as a young woman in the Second World War. Bradshaw, Rita The Rainbow Years Amy Shawe gets off to a bad start as her unmarried mother dies in the 1919 flu epidemic and Amy is only spared the workhouse because her uncle grudgingly takes her in. Her cousin torments her as she grows up and when she gets the chance to marry a rather older loving man, she seizes the chance to escape what is becoming a dangerous situation. Braine, John Room at the Top The ruthlessly ambitious Joe Lampton rises swiftly from the petty bureaucracy of local government into the unfamiliar world of inherited wealth, fast cars and glamorous women. But the price of success is high. Brodrick, William The Sixth Lamentation The story is set in present day England. However, the plot revolves around the events that took place sixty years ago in Nazi occupied Paris. In the present day, Agnes is an old dying woman. She is finally ready to tell to her granddaughter, Lucy, the tale of her survival from the Holocaust ... Brookmyre, Christopher A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil Put on your uniform and line up in an orderly fashion for the funniest and most accurate trip back to the classroom you are likely to read, as well as a murder mystery like nothing that has gone before it. Forget the forensics: only once you've been through school with this painfully believable cast of characters will you be equipped to work out what really happened decades later. Even then, you'll probably guess wrong and be made to stand in the corner.
Brooks, Geraldine March Brooks imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in LouisaMayAlcott's Little Women. An idealistic Concord cleric, March becomes a Union chaplain and later finds himself assigned to be a teacher on a cotton plantation that employs freed slaves. His narrative begins with cheerful letters home, but he gradually reveals to the reader what he does not to his family: the cruelty and racism of Northern and Southern soldiers, the violence and suffering, and his reunion with Grace, a beautiful, educated slave whom he met years earlier as a Connecticut peddler to the plantations. The novel drives home the intimate horrors and ironies of the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly with the knowledge of human suffering. Butcher, Tim Blood River Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomised the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to increase the interest of "Daily Telegraph" correspondent Tim Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000. Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley's original expedition, except travelling alone, despite warnings from old Africa hands that his plan was 'suicidal'! Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat. But the story of the Congo told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still. Byrne, Paula Perdita : The Life of Mary Robinson Sex fame and scandal in the theatrical, literary and social circles of late 18 th Century England. One of the most flamboyant women of her time, Mary Robinson’s life was marked by reversals of fortune. Byrski, Liz Gang of Four The story of four very different journeys and a celebration of women in their prime of life. They have been close friends for almost two decades, supporting each other through personal and professional crises.