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The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent
  • Author(s): John Steinbeck
  • Location(s): California
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): mid 20th century

Ethan Allen Hawley has lost the acquisitive spirit of his wealthy and enterprising forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family...

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th century

From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—...

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen
  • Author(s): Boris Akunin
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 19th Century

It’s strange that there’s no contemporary crime fiction coming out of Putin’s Russia, but Boris Akunin makes up for that with his intricate, allusive Erast Fandorin books, set at the turn of the last century.

The Winter Rose

The Winter Rose
  • Author(s): Jennifer Donnelly
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

It is 1900 and the dangerous streets of East London are no place for a well-bred woman. But India Selwyn Jones is headstrong: she has trained as one of a new breed, a woman doctor, and is determined to...

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier
  • Author(s): Daniel Mason
  • Location(s): Austria, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW1

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered...

The Wish List

The Wish List
  • Author(s): Sophia Money-Coutts
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘You want me to write a list? Like a shopping list?’ Gwendolyn nodded. ‘Exactly. But for what you want from a man, not ASDA.’ Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and...

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Author(s): Elizabeth George Speare
  • Location(s): Connecticut
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 17th century

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of...

The Witch’s List

The Witch’s List
  • Author(s): Andrew Cairns
  • Location(s): France, Ivory Coast, Scotland
  • Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 80s to present day

Sandy Beech doesn’t believe in witches and the supernatural. However, certain strange events occur which put his scepticism to the test: a burning book, a falling crucifix, a mysterious illness, and a fire in a convent which kills all...

The Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town

The Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town
  • Author(s): Amos Tutuola
  • Location(s): Nigeria
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

After four years of marriage, the brave hunter of the Rocky Town and his beautiful wife, Lola, are still without a child. Equipped with juju, sharpened machete, bow and poisonous arrows, flints and thunderbolts, he sets off in search...

The Witches

The Witches
  • Author(s): Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)
  • Location(s): Bournemouth, Norway
  • Genre(s): Children, Fantasy
  • Era(s): 1980s

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So...

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