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Hello Lume readers, 

This week we’re bringing you a multitude of brilliant new releases in both fiction and nonfiction, including an exposé on what the Queen is really worth and an exciting spy thriller based on the ‘lost’ James Bond manuscript. Enjoy!

The Queen’s True Worth by David McClure

Have you ever wondered where the funding for the Queen’s priceless jewellery, gilded carriages and opulent palaces comes from? Not to mention the lavish royal weddings that we’ve seen over recent years. So, just how rich is the Queen?

Drawing on previously-unseen state papers and interviews with palace insiders, David McClure’s investigation leaves no stone unturned in this quest to find out just how much the Queen is worth. This fascinating study casts fresh light onto the finances of the current Queen and her predecessors, explaining the many ways in which funds are secured to maintain their lifestyles.

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Gandhi by Geoffrey Ashe

Geoffrey Ashe deftly separates myth from reality and clarifies the incredible polarities of his protagonist’s life, from middle-class lawyer to nonviolent revolutionary, from family man to man of the world. 

Gandhi’s everyday experiences are examined as closely as his extraordinary accomplishments to reveal a portrait that offers readers an acute insight into the influence of one memorable man.

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The Book of Kings by James Thackara

Charged with a rich evocation of Hemingway’s Paris and rivaling the scope of Dostoevsky and Melville, The Book of Kings traces Germany’s drift toward Fascist tyranny from 1932, when a quartet of students at the Sorbonne share an apartment on the Rue de Fleurus.

Tracking the fate of its characters to reveal enduring questions of absolute evil and human responsibility, The Book of Kings is a work of extraordinary vision and range that magnificently fuses myth and the inexorable events of history.

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Per Fine Ounce by Peter Vollmer

Trained MI6 agent Geoffrey Peace is sent undercover to infiltrate a group of ultra right-wing Afrikaaners in a country undergoing great political change.

The hard-right Afrikaner movement refuses to forfeit its supremacy in the new democratic South Africa. To that end, they hijack gold bullion shipments to finance their insurrection and sabotage the decommissioning of South Africa’s nuclear arsenal, while retaining a number of warheads for themselves.

Not only must Peace find and disarm the nukes, but he must salvage the shipment of gold that lies buried in the ocean. Together with covert MI6 agent Cherry Boxx, Peace must traverse deserts and snow-covered mountains to save a country from a threat it did not realise was right on its doorstep…

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Tuscan Mystery Trilogy by Margaret Moore

Set in beautiful Tuscany, discover all three of Margaret Moore’s Tuscan Mysteries in this thrilling omnibus. It may seem like paradise, but a murderer has other ideas…

This collection of whodunnits are perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Agatha Christie.

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