A veteran of the Crimean War, William May returns to London to a job working on the transformation of the London sewers. There, in the darkness of the stinking tunnels, May escapes his demons and discovers another side of the greatest city in the world. But when a violent murder is committed, he finds himself once again in the firing line.
It is 1718 and Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 15, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, she is forced to travel to London where she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary. But can she trust him to salvage what remains of her reputation?
In the swamps of Louisiana in 1704, France is clinging on to its new colony with less than two hundred men. Twenty three women are sent from Paris to be their wives, one of them the bookish Elisabeth Savaret. To her amazement Elisabeth finds herself head over heels in love, but in such a hostile land happiness can never come easily.
Maribel Campbell Lowe is the bohemian wife of a radical Member of Parliament whose outspoken views inspire enmity and admiration in equal measure, but Maribel is not who she appears. When a notorious newspaper editor starts to take an uncommon interest in her, Maribel fears he will destroy not only Edward's career but both of their reputations. Inspired by a true story.
It is 1910 and to ten-year-old Oskar Grunewald, the Melville family is impossibly, incomprehensibly glamorous. It is a world to which Oskar, mathematics prodigy and son of a penniless German composer, has no wish to belong. But when Theo Melville is killed in the Great War, shattering his family’s lives, Oskar finds himself drawn reluctantly into the gaping hole his death has left behind. As Theo’s two sisters struggle to forge their paths in a world that no longer plays by the old rules, Oskar’s life becomes entwined with theirs in ways that will change all of their futures forever.
In the Full Light of the Sun follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in a devastating scandal of 1930s' Germany. It tells the story of Emmeline, a wayward, young art student; Julius, an anxious, middle-aged art expert; and a mysterious art dealer named Rachmann who are at the heart of Weimar Berlin at its hedonistic, politically turbulent apogee and are whipped up into excitement over the surprising discovery of thirty-two previously unknown paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Based on a true story, unfolding through the subsequent rise of Hitler and the Nazis, this gripping tale is about beauty and justice, and the truth that may be found when our most treasured beliefs are revealed as illusions.