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Head of Zeus
3 Great Historical Novels
11 Mar 2013 * EBOOK * £12.99 * 9781781855447

HABITS OF THE HOUSE: An aristocratic household in the last months of the 19th century face bankruptcy, war and social unrest.

THE SILVER THREAD: A murder mystery set at the height of the British Empire

THE CONDUCTOR: The story of how Shostakovich and one valiant, bedraggled orchestra created a defining moment in the siege of Leningrad.

Fiction / FV (Historical Fiction)
Extent: 1120 pages
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3 Great Historical Novels: Habits of the House, The Silver Thread, The Conductorby Fay Weldon, by Kylie Fitzpatrick, by Sarah Quigley

Here are three great historical novels in one volume.

HABITS OF THE HOUSE: Fay Weldon takes us inside an aristocratic household -- upstairs and downstairs -- in the last three months of the nineteenth century. Tea gowns are still laced with diamonds; there are still nine courses at dinner, but bankruptcy, war and social unrest loom.

THE SILVER THREAD: London, 1840. A young woman boards a prison ship bound for the other side of the world. Weaving death, love and adventure, The Silver Thread is plotted like a murder mystery, but narrated with the skill and style of a literary storyteller.

THE CONDUCTOR: Winter, 1941. The story of how Shostakovich and one valiant, bedraggled orchestra created a defining moment in the siege of Leningrad – the bloodiest seige in history – is a gripping testament to the life-affirming power of music.

After hard times and odd jobs as a lone parent, Fay Weldon became one of the top advertising copywriters of her generation. She moved to TV drama (writing the pilot episode of the iconic series Upstairs Downstairs) then turned to novels – including the classic The Life and Loves of a She Devil and The Cloning of Joanna May. Fay's sequence of novels about the Dilberne family, which encompasses her Love and Inheritance trilogy and Before the War, draws to a close with this final instalment, After the Peace. Fay's been made a CBE for services to literature and she's currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
Kylie Fitzpatrick was born in Denmark and grew up in England, America and Australia. She has worked as a researcher and script editor and now teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University. She is the author of The Silver Thread, Tapestry and The Secret of the Ninth Stone, and has been published in eleven languages.
Sarah Quigley is a New Zealand-born novelist, poet and critic. She has a D.Phil. in Literature from the University of Oxford, and has won several awards for her writing. Since winning the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers Residency in 2000, Quigley has been based in Berlin.

'A splendidly fun romp' The Times (on Habits of the House)

'The Silver Thread is an exciting, spirited and ambitious tale.' Andrew Miller

'The Conductor is an up-all-night page-turner' Observer

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