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The best new books of 2014



It looks as though there are going to be rich pickings in 2014, with a strong, often nostalgic offering for the women's market. The Midnight Rose is written by international bestseller Lucinda Riley.

The four generational history sweeps us from the heyday of the British Raj through the stately homes of England to the present day when a young couple discover their family's dark secrets.

Famed for her searing accounts of the siege of Leningrad and its aftermath, Helen Dunmore moves to England after the World War I in The Lie. She chronicles the struggle of a young man, without family and homeless amid the quiet landscape of Cornwall, trying to escape his memories of trench warfare.

Readers who enjoyed reading about the Mitfords, Anne de Courcy's The Fishing Fleet and Stella Tillyard's Aristocrats will relish Claudia Renton's elegant Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters At The Heart Of Power. This enthralling period portrait describes the life of three aristocratic women at the centre of political life in late Victorian and Edwardian England. Rosie Thomas's The Illusionists is an ambitious novel, set round a late Victorian London theatre. Love, seduction, magic and illusion collide as she takes us on a spellbinding journey through an extremely shadowy world.

February also sees the publication of the latest novel by Joanna Trollope, whose evocations of human relationships are as ever penetrating and engaging. Balancing Act  is the story of a successful business run by a mother and her three daughters which is threatened by a set of changing family dynamics.

History is also at the centre of Sally Beauman's The Visitors, a sweeping epic set against the hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb in the 1920s out on February 6. This March accomplished biographer and social commentator Kate Colquhoun is taking on Victorian murder in Did She Kill Him? A Victorian tale of deception, adultery and arsenic conveying the hypocrisy and claustrophobia of middle-class life at the time it is likely to hit the spot with anyone who was intrigued by The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher.

Out March 6. A murder mystery and tale of the captivating Edwardian Wyndham sisters are due this year. Fans of The Outcast will be eagerly awaiting the new novel from Sadie Jones is the story of four friends trying to make their way in London's theatreland in the 1970s.

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