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Hello Lume readers,

It’s been a wet and snowy January for us at Lume HQ in London. But bad weather is the perfect excuse for more reading, not that we need an excuse. Here are some of our January bestsellers, our latest and upcoming releases and an author spotlight on an exciting crime series. Happy reading!

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1. The Treasure of Westminster Abbey by John Rae

Emily and her sisters, wandering Westminster Abbey after dark, spot a mysterious stranger in a monk’s habit with only a stump where his hand should be…

What follows is an encounter with a strange group of French monks and a race to find treasure hidden within the Abbey walls.

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2. J.F.K.: A Hidden Life by Robin Cross

A celebration of the man who touched the hearts of millions and changed the perception of nations.

Neither a turgid biography, nor a muck-raking exposé of private sins or public misdemeanours, this book celebrates the man who changed the perception of the world and Americans’ perception of themselves and their nation after the drab Eisenhower years, and perceptions of what was possible worldwide at the start of the 1960s.

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3. Give Me One Summer by Emilie Loring

Another beautiful romance from Emilie Loring. Melissa Barclay has grown up in an atmosphere of security and ease. But now she finds herself totally alone with only two men to turn to.

They are Johnny Grant, the wealthy playboy she has known since childhood and Lex Carson, the mysterious stranger who has asked for her love. Lissa must choose one man before the summer ends, or lose her chances of happiness forever.

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4. David Bowie: The Pitt Report by Kenneth Pitt 

This riveting account covers the early days of Bowie’s career, written by the man who knew him well as a friend and as his manager. 

David Bowie’s stature has only magnified since his death in 2016, and The Pitt Report is an invaluable addition to our information about his life. Written with style and perception, it supplies great insight into the singer’s character and artistic development, as well as a vivid picture of the music scene in 1960s-1970s London.

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5. Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets by David Stafford

The special relationship was cemented by shared enemies: Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. On these foundations, Churchill and Roosevelt constructed a fighting alliance unlike any other in history.

In Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets, David Stafford draws on recently declassified information and his own specialist understanding of intelligence to illuminate the relationship between two men who, as leaders and allies, were towering figures of twentieth-century history.

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A Slight Folly by Elizabeth Harris

‘Enigmatic … the author really captures the imagination’ – Sunday Independent

As the twentieth century draws to a close, a group of people in southern England are also bringing their old ways to an end and establishing new lives. They just don’t know it yet…

Beautifully written with compelling characters and an often humorous narrative, A Slight Folly is the third and final book in Elizabeth Harris’s The Wilderness Series.

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Perfect Happiness: The sequel to Jane Austen’s Emma by Rachel Billington

‘Delicious. Ms Billington is both witty and wilful and in love with her heroine. It is exhilarating fun’ – Fay Weldon

‘Faithful, gratifyingly orderly, delicately thrilling … It is great fun to read’ – The Spectator 

‘I forgot about Austen, forgot about Billington, and just allowed the characters to hold me and lead me forward’ – Maureen Lipman 

Perfect Happiness finds Emma one year on from where Austen left her. This is a novel to delight Austen’s legions of fans across the globe, and a brilliant recreation of Emma’s world.

Read more here

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D. J. Harrison

D. J. Harrison is a scientist, businessman and writer, ‘not always in that order’. He lives in Lancashire with his wife Anne Marie and has four children. He is an active member of Chorley & District Writers’ Circle and blogs as Northern Writer. Among his influences are Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Chandler, and Bob Dylan.

The exciting Jenny Parker thrillers are now on sale at 0.99 each. Grab all four whilst you can!

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