In lunga vara fierbinte a anului 74, Marcus Didius Falco, informator privat si poet in timpul liber, le citeste din creatiile proprii familiei si prietenilor. Lucrurile scapa de sub control, ca de obicei; Aurelius Chrysippus, un bacher grec bogat si patron al unui grup de scriitori, se ofera sa ii publice poeziile. Falco nu poate rata aceasta sansa si, ajuns in scriptorium-ul lui Chrysippus, se pomeneste implicat intr-o crima literara. Asa incat, cand suprasolicitatul sef al investigatiilor ii i..
Roma, anul 72. Marcus Didus Falco se intoarce dintr-o misiune de sase luni la legiunile germane si isi gaseste apartamentul devastat de vagabonti, iar un fost prieten legional al fratelui sau Festus ii cere banii pe care se pare ca ii datoreaza Festus ca urmare a uneia din schemele lui tembele. Dar ce e mai rau e ca singurul client pe care il poate gasi Falso e propria lui mama care ii cere sa spele numele familiei. Si, pentru ca tot raul poate deveni si mai rau, legionarul e gasit injungheat, i..
Saturnalia is the eighteenth book in Lindsey Davis' bestselling Falco series.
It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome, and brings her home to adorn his Triumph as a ritual sacrifice. The logistics go wrong; she acquires a mystery illness -- then a young man is horrendously murdered and she escapes from house arrest.
Marcus Didius Falco is pitted against his old rival, the Chief Spy Anacrites, ..
Petronius Longus, captain of the Aventine watch and Falco’s oldest friend, has finally nailed one of Rome’s top criminals. Under Roman law, citizens are not imprisoned but are allowed ‘time to depart’ into exile outside the Empire. One dark and gloomy dawn, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard a ship.
But soon after, an outbreak of robbery and murder suggests a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus’ territory. Petro and Falco must descend into the underworld of Vespasian’s R..
'Heart-pounding action' THE TIMES.Winter, 1361.After two decades of conflict, Edward III has finally agreed a treaty with the captive French King, John II. In return for his freedom, John has ceded vast tracts of territory to the English. But for five long years mercenary bands and belligerent lords have fought over the carcass of his kingdom. They will not give up their hard-won spoils to honour a defeated king's promises.If the English want their prize, they'll have to fight for it... Thomas B..
'Hugely readable and profoundly important ... Perry's masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great achievements of our century'The ObserverSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZEOBSERVER FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018'Beautiful, devastating, brilliant'Marian Keyes'Astonishingly dark ... exquisitely balanced'Francis Spufford'Packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy'Susan Hill'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human'Frances Hardinge'Richly atmospheric, daring and su..
'A cracking historical novel – with a twinge of the surreal – about passion and obsession' The TimesSHORLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his captains waiting eagerly on his doorstep. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and thr..
Povestea uneia din cele mai mari experimente ale omenirii: popularea unui tinut necunoscut, ostil, cu criminali, cu oameni nedoriti de societatea engleza. In conditii care rivalizau cu sclavagismul, 'The First Fleet' a fost trimisa in Australia. Aceasta e povestea lui Richard Morgan, un condamnat inteligent, educat, plin de resurse care a gasit puterea de a supravietui, de a iubi si a se bucura, reusind sa marcheze o noua frontiera. Ca toate romanele semnate de McCullough, si acesta se..
Neptune's Brood is a brand new space opera from science fiction legend Charles Stross. Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel. She was looking for her sister. She found Atlantis. Krina Alizond is a metahuman in a universe where the last natural humans became extinct five thousand years ago. When her sister goes missing, she embarks on a daring voyage across the star systems to find her, travelling to her last known location - the mysterio..
It is the dawn of a new world.Henry Tudor has vanquished Richard III and claimed the throne of England, taking possession of a secret map. At the glittering court of the Medici in Florence, Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of the republic and head of the mysterious Academy, is engaged in a dangerous game of power with the Vatican. In Spain, the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, have declared a crusade against Islam, forcing the Moors from Granada. Europe stands upon the brink of war, at t..
* WINNER OF THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE *
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The rapturously acclaimed new novel by the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, hailed as 'excellent', 'gripping', 'as suspenseful as any thriller', 'engrossing', 'moving' and 'magnificent'.
One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain.
Gradually Lacroix recovers ..
Noul roman semnat de Anne O'Brien Rice se petrece in Roma secolului 15 - un oras al frumusetii si terorii, al srtei si pacatului. Toby O'Dare, fost asasin al guvernului, e chemat de ingerul Malchiah sa rezolve o crima teribila cu otravire si sa gaseasca adevarul din spatele prezentei unui spirit nelinistit - un dybbuk diabolic - care provoaca haos in oras. Toby patrunde in lumea Renasterii italiene, trimis sa incante si sa calmeze acest spirit tulburat. nelinistit. Dar curand se pomeneste in mij..
A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth is Ken Follett's classic historical masterpiece.A MASON WITH A DREAM1135 and civil war, famine and religious strife abound. With his family on the verge of starvation, mason Tom Builder dreams of the day that he can use his talents to create and build a cathedral like no other.A MONK WITH A BURNING MISSIONPhilip, prior of Kingsbridge, is..
Ultimul volum din seria egipteana, dupa River God, The Seventh Scroll si Warlock, acesta continua povestea lui Warlock, intelept cunoscator al vechilor traditii si stapan al magiei si supranaturalului. Egiptul e lovit de o serie de calamitati si apoi urmeaza dezastrul final: secarea apelor Nilului. Ceva catastrofal se intampla in adancurile neexplorate ale Africii, la izvoarele fluviului. Disperat, faraonul trimite dupa Taita, singurul barbat care ar putea sa ajunga la izvoarele Nilului si sa de..
Plasata in vremea razboiului civilenglez, cartea ne spune povestea unor soldati, aventurieri, aristocrati si regi, negustori, politicieni, extremisti si maturatori, is povestea sperantelor si visurilor care i-au purtat printr-una din cele mai turbulente perioade din istoria Angliei. 'Extensive research combined with dunamite storytelling has produced a masterpiece and this comes hugely recommended to all' (Historical Novels Review). 'An epic masterpiece of inspired storytelling, poignant and con..
Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011
Red April evokes Holy Week during a cruel, bloody, and terrifying time in Peru's history, shocking for its corrosive mix of assassination, bribery, intrigue, torture, and enforced disappearance - a war between grim, ideologically driven terrorism and morally bankrupt government counterinsurgence.
Mother-haunted, wife-abandoned, literature-loving, quietly eccentric Felix Chacaltana Saldivar is a hapless, by-the-book, unambitious prosecuto..
In 1364, fapturi infometate strabat padurile intunecoase ale Europei si marea si cerul mustesc de orori inimaginabile. Cu toate acestea, nu exista pacaleala sau batjocura, vrajitoare sau demon care sa rivalizeze cu gemenii Hegel si Manfried Grossbart, jefuitorii de morminte. Aceasta e povestea lor, trista, dar adevarata. 'Darkly funny, profane, erudite, bawdy, and wickedely original... the debut of an amazing new talent' (Jeff Vandermeer)..
A haunting premonition ...A deadly betrayal. Frankia 780AD: Sigwulf, a minor Saxon prince, is saved from execution after his family is slaughtered by the ruthless King Offa of Mercia. Sigwulf is exiled to the Frankish court of King Carolus, the future Charlemagne. He gains the friendship of some -- Count Hroudland, Carolus's powerful and ambitious nephew but -- mysteriously -- several attempts are made on Sigwulf's life. When he obtains a Book of Dreams, a rare text giving understanding to their..
Sigwulf, a Saxon prince exiled to the court of Carolus, King of the Franks, is summoned by the royal advisor Alcuin of York. Carolus has received magnificent gifts from the Caliph of Baghdad and is determined to send back presents that will be equally sensational. White is the royal colour of Baghdad so the most important gifts will be rare white animals from the Northlands. Sigwulf, having proved himself as a royal agent to Moorish Spain, has been selected to obtain the creatures, then take the..
'A remarkable feat of imagination ... I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent1627. In a notorious historical event, pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted 400 people into slavery in Algiers. Among them a pastor, his wife, and their children.In her acclaimed debut novel Sally Magnusson imagines what history does not record: the experience of Asta, the pastor's wife, as she faces her losses with the one thing left to her - the stories from home..
"Extraordinar de impresionant. Cel mai bun roman politist pe care l-am citit anul acesta" (Colin Dexter). "Remarcabil… Soaptele, vocile, pana si mirosul din acea tulburata perioada par sa se ridice dintre pagini" (P.D.James). In 1537, emisarul lui Cromwell e gasit ucis la manastirea Scarnsea. Cromwell il trimite pe avocatul Shardlake, adept al reformei, sa investigheze crima.Curand, acesta incepe sa se indoiasca de tot...
Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Dark Fire is the second thrilling historical crime novel from C. J. Sansom.
It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minist..
Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazie..
Primavara lui 1543. Regele Henry VIII o asediaza pe Catherine Parr pe care o vrea ca a sasea lui sotie. Arhiepiscopul Cranmner si factiunea protestantilor ferventi de la curte sunt cu ochii pe Lady Catherine, cunoscuta drept o simpatizanta a Reformei. In vremea asta, Matthew Shardlake lucreaza la cazul unui adolescent care a fost bagat la casa de nebuni Bedlam si se teme ca teribila manie religioasa a baiatului l-ar putea duce la rug. Cand un prieten vechi e ucis intr-un mod ingrozitor, Shardlak..
E vara lui 1545. Anglia se afla in razboi. Invazia Frantei a mers prost pentru Henry VIII si o uriasa flota franceza se pregateste sa traverseze Marea Manecii. In acest timp, Matthew Shardlake primeste un caz ciudat de la un vechi slujitor al regimei Catherine Parr - sa investigheze 'eroarea monstruoasa' comisa de Sir Nicholas Hobbey impotriva tanarului sau gardian, Hugh Curteys. Shardlake si asistentul lui, Barak, pleaca la Portsmouth unde intentioneaza sa investigheze si trecutul mis..
Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of history's greatest epic'Magnificent... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard'Chilling, powerful, audacious... A searing twist on The Iliad. Amid the recent slew of rewritings of the great Greek myths and classics, Barker's stands out for its forcefulness of purpose and earthy compassion' The Times..
The first of two epic novels which tell the story of one of the most charismatic heroes history has ever known - Spartacus, the gladiator slave who took on and nearly defeated the might of Rome, during the years 73-71 BC.
Historically very little is known about Spartacus. We know that he came from Thrace, a land north of Greece, that he once fought in the Roman legions and that, during two fateful years, he led a slave army which nearly brought Rome to its knees.
In Ben Kane's brilliant no..
The mighty slave army, led by Spartacus, has crushed all before it, scattering the legions of Rome. Now invincible, he marches towards the Alps and freedom.
But storm clouds are growing on the horizon. Crassus, the richest man in Rome, has raised an army to rival Spartacus, and there are murmurings of rebellion in Spartacus’ own army.
Spartacus, on the brink of glory, must make a crucial decision - to go forward over the Alps to freedom, or back to face the might of Rome and try to break i..
E anul 1714. Daniel Waterhouse s-a intors in Anglia unde si-a unit fortele cu ale prietenului sau Isaac Newton pentru a urmari un grup care urmareste sa ii asasineze pe Filosofii Naturali. In acelasi timp, o lupta tot mai crancena pentru coroana Angliei tulbura tara. Tot acum, o veche disputa dintre Newton si Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz se apropie de culme, cu consecinte potentiale catastrofice... Finalul Ciclului Baroc. 'Multi cred ca Cryptonomicon e cea mai buna carte a lui Stephenson. The Syst..
From the bestselling author of WARRIOR OF ROME comes the second book in an epic new series set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. In a world of battle and betrayal men will fight – and kill – to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.
Emperor Maximinus’ reign hangs in the balance. At the helm of an empire that is bleeding manpower and money to sustain his wars in the north, rebellions flare in the far reaches of its territories.
Povestea incepe cu moartea ultimului roman si sfarseste in 1066 cu incoronarea unui rege si nasterea unei lumi noi. Un impresionant thriller istoric care arunca o lumina stralucitoare asupra unei perioade intunecate din istoria Britanniei si o aduce la viata...
Glory. Death. Well-born Athenian cavalry officer, Kineas, fought shoulder to shoulder with Alexander in his epic battles against the Persian hordes. But on his return from the east to his native city, he finds not glory but shame - and exile. With nothing to his name but his military skills, Kineas agrees to lead a band of veterans to the city of Olbia, where the Tyrant is offering good money to train the city's elite cavalry. But soon Kineas and his men find they have stumbled into a deadly maz..
The death of Alexander the Great was the signal to begin the greatest war in human history - a war that swept like a firestorm from one end of the known world to the other, as his former generals fought like jackals to make his vast empire their own. By 305 BC, the most powerful players in this deadly game faced each other across the Mediterranean: Ptolemy, the master of Egypt, and Antigonus One-Eye, master of Asia. And between them, the island of Rhodes, a strategic fortress city that neither c..
The vast and deadly conflict between Alexander the Great's former generals as they battle for control of his empire has reached a tense stalemate. No one seems able to strike the decisive blow. But with everything in the balance, a secret emerges - hidden in the remote mountains is a young man who could change everything - Herakles, the son of Alexander. Whoever aspires to Alexander's mantle must now control his one legitimate heir - or destroy him - and a war being played across the known world..
Satyrus and Melitta, twin heirs to a rich kingdom on the Black Sea, become desperate fugitives when their mother, the Scythian warrior-princess Srayanka, is cut down in a savage act of betrayal. Accompanied by their tutor, the Spartan Philokles, they must make a perilous journey west, pursued by ruthless assassins, to find sanctuary with the army of their father's closest friend, Diodorus. But Diodorus is caught up in the tangled web of alliances, betrayals and intrigue that followed Alexander t..
They were born in the middle of a battle, into a world at war. And from their first moments of life, twins Satyrus and Melitta were fighting for survival. Their father, a Greek mercenary, was cut down not long after they had taken their first breath; their Scythian mother was cruelly murdered when they were still children. But Satyrus and Melitta are children no more. They have learned how to fight, how to love, how to plot and how to kill. Now it is time to leave their adopted home, the city of..
The stunning sequel to Christian Cameron's epic TYRANT.
Kineas, the Athenian cavalry commander, has come a long way since being dismissed from the army of Alexander and vengefully exiled by his own city. Together, his mercenary force and their Scythian allies have defeated a mighty Macedonian army at the Ford of the River God, and his adopted city of Olbia is now free once more. But his destiny will not allow him to enjoy the fruits of victory for long. Far to the east, at the farthest edge o..
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘His masterpiece’ Antony Beevor, Spectator‘A masterful performance’ Sunday Times‘By far the best book on the Vietnam War’ Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the YearVietnam became the Western world’s most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the United States in 1975. Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a mult..
In 999 se naste Thorgils Leifsson, fiul lui leif Norocosul si al Thorgunnei, o nobila irlandeza misterioasa. Baiatul e crescut de feluriti mentori in Islanda si Groenlanda care il invata traditiile vikinge, avertizandu-l asupra invaziei 'Christului Alb' pe taramul 'Stravechilor Zei'. In copilarie ajunge in Vineland, cel mai indepartat avanpost din vest, unde e martorul masacrului condus de o matusa care sterge de pe fata pamantului asezarile vikinge. Apoi e prins intr-o lupta sangeroasa intre fa..
Londra 1019. Au trecut cateva luni de cand Thorgils a evadat din ghearele Bisericii Irlandeze doar ca sa se pomeneasca implicat intr-o poveste de dragoste cu Aelfgifu, sotia lui Knut cel Mare, conducatorul Angliei si unul din cei mai puternici oameni din lumea vikingilor. Cand idila lor iese la iveala, Thorgils e silit sa fuga. Pe drum se intovaraseste cu Grettir, un proscris temut pentru comportamentul lui volatil. Cei doi se fac frati de cruce. Din pamantul inghetat dinnord, de-a lungul marilo..
Constantinopole, 1035. Thorgils a devenit membru al garzii varangiene si e martor al gloriei celui mai bogat oras din lume, dar si al crimelor din familia imperiale. Sub comanda sefului razboinic Harald Sigurdsson, devine momeala intr-o ambuscada mortala planuita impotriva piratilor arabi care hartuiesc flota bizantina din Mediterana, iar mai tarziu se alatura campaniei de recucerire a Siciliei de la Sarazini. Cand harald ajunge pe tronul Norvegiei, Thorgils e trimis intr-o misiune secreta la du..
Thoroughly updated and with a new foreword'The Viking Age is shot through with the spirit of adventure. For 300 years, from just before AD800 until well into the eleventh century, the Vikings affected almost every region accessible to their ships, and left traces that are still part of life today'Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history..
AD 98, Vindolanda. A fort on the edge of the roman world.
The bustling army base at Vindolanda lies on the northern frontier of Britannia and the entire Roman world. In just over twenty years time, Emperor Hadrian will build his wall. But for now defences are weak as local tribes rebel against Rome.
It falls to Flavius Ferox, Briton and Roman centurion, to keep the peace. But it will take more than just a soldier's courage to survive life in Roman Britain.
This is a hugely authentic his..
From bestselling historian Adrian Goldsworthy, a profoundly authentic, action-packed adventure set on the northern frontier of the Roman Empire.
AD 100: VINDOLANDA.
A FORT ON THE EDGE OF THE ROMAN WORLD.
Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman centurion, is charged with keeping Rome's empire safe. But from his base at the northern frontier of Britannia, he feels enemies closing in from all sides.
Ambitious leaders await the chance to carve out empires of their own. While men nearer at hand ..
DRACULA. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality.
Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his story not of a monster but of a man - and a contradiction. For the one they called 'The Devil's Son' was both tyrant and lawgiver, crusader and mass slaughterer, torturer and hero, lover and murderer.
His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved, who he must sacrifice. His closest comrade and traitor. And his priest, betraying the se..
A Times Best Book of 2019. 'Paver is one of Britain's modern greats. This sinister, gothic chiller shows why' BIG ISSUE, Books of the Year 2019."Something has been let loose..."In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakene..
The hero is Eupolis, weary, cynical and believing only in comedy. The heroine is Athens, at the height of her schizophrenic glory. A startling mixture of comedy and tragedy, THE WALLED ORCHARD is the poignant, charming story of their turbulent relationship. With unforgettable characters and a powerful and moving story, THE WALLED ORCHARD is a wonderful evocation of life in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BC...
LONGLISTED FOR THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAREdinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson's housemaid, and has all of Raven's intelligence but none of his privileges.As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld. And if either of them are to make it out alive, they will have to work together to ..
1940: -The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war. Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett - a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old schoolfriend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself..
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the YearShortlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction‘Simply exceptional…I envy anyone who hasn’t yet read it’ Daily Mail‘A gripping story of tumbling fury and terror’ Independent on SundayWith this historic win for Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel becomes the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes.By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with..
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and late..
From the international bestselling Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Wolves of Rome is a historical thriller about two brothers and the betrayal of Teutoburg Forest that devastated the Roman Empire. This is a must read for fans of Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden.Bound by Blood. Divided by an Empire.Deep in a dark, foreboding forest, the Roman Empire will face its bloodiest test.3 BC. Two wild Germanic brothers, Armin and Wulf, are held hostage in Rome to keep their father from rebelling agains..