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The Information Officer
by Mark Mills

This novel is the much-anticipated thriller, set in World War 2, by the author of Richard & Judy bestseller, The Savage Garden.

The British Army represents the only hope of defending the Island of Malta, a lone outpost in Nazi waters. It is the Information Officer's job to ensure that the news and statistics they receive inspire the islanders in their fight.

So when Max hears shocking news that suggests a British officer may be murdering local women, he knows what he has to do. Whether the killings are political or personal, the consequences of discovery are dire. So Max launches his own investigation to find the truth before anyone else. For with the future of the island at stake, Max realizes that this is one piece of information he must do anything to protect…

The author
Mark graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. His first novel, The Whaleboat House won the 2004 Crime Writer's Association for Best Novel by a debut author and The Savage Garden was selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Reads campaign in 2007. Mark is also a successful screen writer. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.

'… Mills is one to watch'
Spectator

'A first-class and unusual crime writer'
Daily Mail

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Mary Tudor - England's First Queen
by Anna Whitelock

Anna Whitelock's assured, impassioned and absorbing debut tells the remarkable story of a woman who was a princess one minute, feted by the courts of Europe, and a disinherited bastard the next. It tells of her Spanish heritage, the unbreakable bond between Mary and her mother (Katherine of Aragon), her childhood, her adolescence, her rivalry with her sister Elizabeth, and finally her womanhood. It explores the formative experiences that made Mary the determined and single-minded queen she became. She fought to survive, fought to preserve her integrity and her right to hear the Catholic mass, and finally she fought for the throne.

The Mary that emerges is not the weak-willed failure of traditional narratives, but a complex figure of immense courage, determination and humanity.

The author
Anna Whitelock is a brilliant young historian who gained her PhD in History from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 2004 with a thesis on the court of Mary I. Her articles and book reviews on various aspects of Tudor history have appeared in publications including the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and BBC History. She has taught at Cambridge University and is now a lecturer in Early Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

'...an impressive and powerful debut.'
David Starkey

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