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2010 Books

1. Fidelity, by Susan Glaspell
2. The Queen’s Governess, by Karen Harper
3. Twilight of Avalon, by Anna Elliott*
4. O Juliet, by Robin Maxwell
5. Road to Jerusalem, by Jan Guillou*
6. The Carlyles at Home, by Thea Holme
7. Within the Hollow Crown, by Margaret Campbell Barnes
8. The Splendour Falls, by Susanna Kearsley
9. The Love Knot, by Elizabeth Chadwick
10. The Victory, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
11. Heresy, by SJ Parris

1. The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters, ed. by Charlotte Mosley
2. Someone at a Distance, by Dorothy Whipple
3. The Unquiet Bones, by Melvin Starr*
4. Brigid of Kildare, by Heather Terrell
5. A Hollow Crown, by Helen Hollick
6. The Regency, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
7. Island of Ghosts, by Gillian Bradshaw
8. The Dead Travel Fast, by Deanna Raybourn*
9. The Brontes Went to Woolworths, by Rachel Ferguson
10. Wild Romance, by Chloe Schama
11. The Sheen on the Silk, by Anne Perry
12. The Lute Player, by Norah Lofts
13. Mister Slaughter, by Robert McCammon*

1. Fitzempress' Law, by Diana Norman
2. The Love Knot, by Vanessa Alexander
3. Of the Ring of Earls, by Juliet Dymoke
4. The Creation of Eve, by Lynn Cullen
5. 31 Bond Street, by Ellen Horan
6. Hester, by Paula Reed
7. Miss Marjoribanks, by Margaret Oliphant
8. The Queen's Pawn, by Christy English
9. The Far Cry, by Emma Smith
10. The Lady Tree, by Christie Dickason
11. A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel, by Melvin Starr*
12. High Rising, by Angela Thirkell*
13. The Marsh King's Daughter, by Elizabeth Chadwick
14. My Brother Michael, by Mary Stewart
15. Paths of Exile, by Carla Nayland

1. Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn
2. The Expendable Man, by Dorothy Hughes
3. The Peacock and the Pearl, by Jennifer Lang
4. Spooky Little Girl, by Laurie Notaro
5. The Royal Griffin, by Juliet Dymoke*
7. Gildenford, by Valerie Anand*
8. My Fair Lazy, by Jen Lancaster
10. The Campaigners, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
11. Clouds of Witness, by Dorothy L. Sayers*
12. The Young Pretenders, by Edith Henrietta Fowler
13. Jerusalem, by Cecelia Holland

1. Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen
2. The Tulip Virus, by Danielle Hermans
3. They Were Sisters, by Dorothy Whipple
4. A London Child of the 1870s, by Molly Hughes
5. Still Missing, by Beth Gutcheon
6. The Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart*
7. Flapper, by Joshua Zeitz
8. How Did You Get This Number, by Sloane Crosley
9. Shadow Princess, by Indu Sundaresan
10. No Angel, by Penny Vincenzi*
11. Legacy, by Susan Kay
12. The Reckoning, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
13. Airs Above the Ground, by Mary Stewart

1. Frost in May, by Antonia White
2. The Crowded Street, by Winifred Holtby
3. Child of the Morning, by Pauline Gedge
4. Dracula, My Love, by Syrie James
5. Invitation to the Waltz, by Rosamond Lehmann
8. The King's General, by Daphne Du Maurier
9. Good Evening Mrs. Craven, by Mollie Panter-Downs
10. Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, by DE Stevenson
12. Nightingale Wood, by Stella Gibbons
13. Love's Shadow, by Ada Leverson
14. Unnatural Death, by Dorothy L. Sayers*
15. Poison, by Sarah Poole

1. Chatterton Square, by EH Young
2. Great Maria, by Cecelia Holland
3. The Sixth Surrender, by Hana Samek Norton
4. The Devil's Horse, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
6. The Rector's Daughter, by FM Mayor
7. Lord of the Far Island, by Victoria Holt
8. Shinju, by Laura Joh Rowland*
9. To Defy a King, by Elizabeth Chadwick
10. Bright Young People, by DJ Taylor
11. The Rising Tide, by Molly Keane
12. Into the Wilderness, by Sara Donati*

1. The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim
2. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
3. The Lacquer Lady, by F Tennyson Jesse
4. South Riding, by Winifred Holtby
5. Mrs. Ames, by EF Benson
6. The Ante-Room, by Kate O'Brien
7. Diana of the Crossways, by George Meredith
8. The Edwardians, by Vita Sackville-West
9. The Orchid House, by Phyllis Shand Allfrey
10. Jane and Prudence, by Barbara Pym
11. High Wages, by Dorothy Whipple
12. The Pindar Diamond, by Katie Hickman*
13. Henry of the High Rock, by Juliet Dymoke*

1. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, by Dorothy L. Sayers*
2. The King's Daughter, by Penny Ingham
3. Taking Chances, by Molly Keane
4. The Poison Tree, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
5. Every Secret Thing, by Emma Cole
6. William: An Englishman, by Cicely Hamilton
8. The Tortoise and the Hare, by Elizabeth Jenkins
9. City of Light, by Lauren Belfer
10. This Rough Magic, by Mary Stewart
11. Told By an Idiot, by Rose Macaulay
12. Mini-Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella*

1. The Countess, by Rebecca Johns
2. Penmarric, by Susan Howatch*
3. The Abyss, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles*
4. Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell
5. Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh
6. Making Conversation, by Christine Longford
7. Mary Lavelle, by Kate O'Brien
8. The Gentlewomen, by Laura Talbot
9. Dimanche and Other Stories, by Irene Nemirovsky
10. Dark Road to Darjeeling, by Deanna Raybourn*

1. Lords of the White Castle, by Elizabeth Chadwick
2. American Rose, by Karen Abbott
3. The Land of Green Ginger, by Winifred Holtby
4. The King's Daughter, by Christie Dickason
5. The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton
6. Some Tame Gazelle, by Barbara Pym
7. The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough
8. Amberwell, by DE Stevenson

1. The Anatomy of Ghosts, by Andrew Taylor
2. The Hidden Shore, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
3. The Ladies of Lyndon, by Margaret Kennedy
4. Strong Poison, by Dorothy L. Sayers
5. Tell it to a Stranger, by Elizabeth Berridge
6. Loving Without Tears, by Molly Keane
7. The Saracen Blade, by Frank Yerby
8. Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland
9. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, by Elizabeth Taylor
10. Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary, by Ruby Ferguson
11. The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters


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