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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Katharine Grant

by Katharine Grant

The Author

Katharine Grant was born into a family described by Lord Burghley, Treasurer to Elizabeth 1st, as of 'more than usual perversity.' Her five times great uncle, Francis Towneley, was the last person in the UK to be hung drawn and quartered- for sedition. Best known as a children's author and especially for her DeGranville Trilogy, Katharine's first novel for adults is Sedition. She lives in Glasgow.

Praise for Katharine Grant

'In its fairly irresistible combination of transgressive sex and a richly layered evocation of history, Sedition demands comparison with Sarah Waters' untouchably brilliant novels . . . a properly subversive and quite unforgettable novel'

The Plot

London, 1794. Revolution creeps across the channel, coffee houses seethe with gossip and the City is full of upstarts, émigrés and speculators. But even in unruly times, daughters need husbands. For five City men, the question is how to get them.

Fathers and daughters; mothers and daughters; husbands and wives; the pursued and the pursuing. Whether in gilded drawing room or dusty workshops, when a city is infected with sedition, everything is reflected through a distorting prism of jealousy, revenge and sexual devilry.

Fierce and bawdy, uproarious and exquisite, Sedition takes its plot at a racing gallop: bold, beautiful and captivating, it is a narrative masterpiece.

Portrait photograph of author Victoria Hislop

The Sunrise
by Victoria Hislop

The Author

Victoria Hislop is a writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback chart for eight consecutive weeks and has sold one million copies. Her second novel, The Return, debuted at number one in the Sunday Times paperback chart.

She was named Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.

Victoria lives in Kent with her husband and two children.

Praise for Victoria Hislop

'A sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious saga that wrestles with the turbulence of the period Hislop covers...All those who loved The Island, her hugely successful first novel, will fall on it'
The Sunday Times

The Plot

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple are about to open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.

When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.

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