December 2016 New titles: Fiction Previews

Traditionally a quiet month in publishing, december nevertheless has some gems, particularly in historical fiction.

Lesley Lokko, best known for her contemporary blockbusters, takes a new direction with The Last Debutante (Orion), set in a grand english country house in the 1930s. Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton (Scribe) is the story of a 17th-century duchess whose writing for publication drew acclaim and opprobrium in equal measure (the tabloids of the day dubbed her “mad madge”). Tudor England is a perennially popular setting for historical fiction in all its variety (Hilary Mantel...

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