Hello Lume readers,
As summer sizzles to a close, we wanted to celebrate the success of September and provide you with a helpful round-up of last month’s best books. This includes exciting new releases, our bestsellers, upcoming reads to keep your eye out for and a special author spotlight.
1. The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood
Based on true events, this captivating piece of historical fiction retells the inspiring story of the woman who built the Brooklyn Bridge. We love learning about women in history, and discovering the backstory to one of America’s most famous landmarks was a real treat! Set against the backdrop of a burgeoning New York, from the suffragette halls to Manhattan mansions, this book provides an insightful journey to post Civil War America whilst shining a light on the life of a truly exceptional woman.
2. The Queen’s True Worth by David McClure
Have you ever wondered how rich the Queen is, and where her wealth comes from?
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.
3. Typhoon Ace by Russell Sullman
Flight Lieutenant Harry ‘Flash’ Rose is flying Hawker Typhoons in a bid to defend England’s south coast from constant attack by the German Luftwaffe, focusing all his energies into these airborne battles with the enemy until he can be reunited with his wife and child. That is, until he meets somebody just as weary and alone…
Set in 1942, this latest instalment in the bestselling Harry Rose series brilliantly combines grief and emotion with gripping suspense to provide a fascinating glimpse into life as an RAF pilot during the Second World War.
4. Shield of the Rising Sun by Adam Lofthouse
Shield of the Rising Sun is the latest instalment in Adam Lofthouse’s gripping historical thriller series that follows centurion Albinus Silus as war continues to rage at the edge of the Roman Empire.
Chosen to educate Marcus Aurelius’ son and successor, Albinus must protect Commodus from enemies both inside the empire and out. From Pannonia to Rome, to the far reaches of the east, can he nurture, teach, and protect the Caesar?
5. The Denial by Ross Clark
A campaign to cut carbon emissions to zero is beginning to bite. When a storm unexpectedly strikes London, retired meteorologist Bryan Geavis is the first to notice, and later refuses to accept the official explanation that climate change has caused the disaster. Bryan finds himself sucked into a battle against public and political hysteria.
This satirical novel of climate change is a must read for anyone interested in political and social satire, democracy, modern media and green issues.
1. An Archer’s Crusade by Griff Hosker
This rollicking medieval adventure sees our favourite archer, Gerald War Bow, back in battle, working once again for Lord Edward in a crusade to snuff out the last of the rebellions and help to turn the tide of the so-called ‘holy war’. But will he come out unscathed?
Packed with exhilarating action and historical detail, An Archer’s Crusade will delight fans of Giles Kristian and Matthew Harffy
2. The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear
Dark secrets lurk behind the shop façade in this absorbing novel as Thea Goodson, trapped in a violent and unhappy marriage, sees no other option than to powder her bruises, force a smile and continue toiling in her husband’s tobacco shop to keep up appearances. That is, until a handsome stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
3. The Nilsen File by Douglas Bence & Brian McConnell
In the unlikely setting of the staid London suburbs of Cricklewood and Muswell Hill, police began in February 1983 to unearth a tangled mass of human bones. Some dated back years, many were unidentifiable, but all were victims of brutal killings on a systematic scale.
This is the first full account of this series of crimes, put together by two Daily Mirror journalists. Brutal, eccentric, unsettling, The Nilsen File: Re-Opened draws on a range of hitherto neglected material to add further insight and analysis into the inner workings of Dennis Nilsen the man.
4. The Tin Can Crucible by Christopher Davenport
In 1994, Christopher Davenport travels to Papua New Guinea to live with a group of subsistence farmers. Then, one day, the villagers kidnap, torture, and ultimately kill a local woman accused of sorcery. Devastated, Christopher writes this sweeping account of grief, empathy, and the complex mechanisms of humanity.
David Stuart Davies
Born in 1946, he was a teacher of English before becoming a full-time editor, writer, and playwright. Davies has written extensively about Sherlock Holmes, both fiction and non-fiction. He is the editor of Red Herrings, the monthly in-house publication of the Crime Writers’ Association.
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