A romance blossoms in a dusty stationery shop in 1950s Tehran, the shop an oasis amid the political upheaval of the period. But tragedy strikes the young couple on the night of a coup d’état, separating them for more than six decades before they meet again.
£8.99, Gallery Books
Escape the encroaching cold weather with this sun-drenched novel set in 1950s Côte d’Azur against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. This novel explores three decades of love, friendship and tragedy.
From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a new novel immersed in the theatre scene in 1940s New York. Told in retrospect, City of Girls delves into themes of female promiscuity and sexuality, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.
How We Disappeared tells the story of a little-known piece of history when Japanese troops occupied Singapore in the 1940s. It focuses on Wang Di, who was shipped off to a Japanese brothel, memories of which will haunt her for decades to come.
£14.99, One World Publications
Niklas Natt och Dag
For those of you who like your historical fiction on the grisly side, this Scandi thriller set in 1793 Stockholm is perfect. The King of Sweden has been assassinated, the streets are alive with paranoia and malcontent, and one watchman becomes embroiled in intrigue when he finds a body in the city’s swamp.
£12.99, John Murray Press
From her childhood in Italy to adulthood in America, Stella Fortuna (ironically meaning Lucky Star) has escaped death seven (or eight) times. Tackling themes of immigration, family and betrayal, this sweeping novel is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
£14.99, Hodder & Stoughton