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The Unwitting

The Unwitting

Author(s): Ellen Feldman

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1963

At the height of the Cold War, words are weapons and secrecy reigns. These are challenging times to be a writer and a wife, as Nell Benjamin knows only too well. One bright November day in 1963, the dazzling...

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The Valentine House

The Valentine House

Author(s): Emma Henderson

Location(s): French Alps, Geneva

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1914 - 1976

In 1914, Sir Anthony Valentine builds a chalet high up in the French Alps and every summer les rosbifs arrive, to the benefit of the curious locals who work for them. For Mathilde, one of the domestic ‘uglies’ chosen...

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The Valley at the Centre of the World

The Valley at the Centre of the World

Author(s): Malachy Tallack

Location(s): Shetland Islands

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Shetland: a place of sheep and soil, of harsh weather, close ties and an age-old way of life. A place where David has lived all his life, like his father and grandfather before him, but where he abides only...

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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Author(s): Felicity McLean

Location(s): New South Wales

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller

Era(s): 1992 and modern

‘We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one came back, she wasn’t the one we were trying to recall to begin with.’ Tikka Molloy was eleven...

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The Vanishing of Ruth

The Vanishing of Ruth

Author(s): Janet MacLeod Trotter

Location(s): Central Asia, Europe, India

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery

Era(s): 1970's and present day

1976: Ruth English and her lover Marcus, go missing in Afghanistan during an overland bus trip to Kathmandu. A generation later, Ruth’s niece Amber, haunted by the disintegration of her family, determines to get at the truth of their...

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The Vanishing Season

The Vanishing Season

Author(s): Joanna Schaffhausen

Location(s): Massachusetts

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She’s an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim...

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The Venetian Mask

The Venetian Mask

Author(s): Rosalind Laker

Location(s): Venice

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1770s

The Versions of Us

The Versions of Us

Author(s): Laura Barnett

Location(s): Cambridge

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

What if you had said yes? The moments that change everything… One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing world Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you...

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The Vibe

The Vibe

Author(s): Rae Stewart

Location(s): Goa

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Late 1990s

You go to Goa for sun, sea, sand and serious prawn curry. For cheap drugs, full moon parties and a time-warped hippy vibe. To find yourself, lose yourself, chill yourself right out. But murder? Police corruption? Obsessive revenge? Maybe...

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The Viking Hostage

The Viking Hostage

Author(s): Tracey Warr

Location(s): France, Wales

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 10th century

The Viking Hostage is set in late 10th century France and Wales, and tells the stories of three women living through turbulent power struggles across Europe, Viking raids, and fears of The End of Time. Sigrid is a Norwegian...

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