Pillars of Light

‘Epic and tender, as thrilling as it is moving, Pillars of Light deftly spins a story of the crusader world that is rich, deep, complex and quite unlike anything I’ve read before. I couldn’t put it down.’ Dan Jones’A masterpiece of historical fiction.’ Anne Fortier Pillars of Light is a powerful and moving novel about the triumph of the human spirit against all the odds. It will delight fans of Philippa Gregory, Ken Follett and Diana Gabaldon. In the Syrian city of Akka, Nathanael, a young Jewish doctor, and a Muslim girl called Zohra are about to fall in love. But Saladin’s army has just taken Jerusalem, and soon their own city will be engulfed by war. Meanwhile in England, John Savage, a foundling boy, runs away from his cruel life in a priory with the Moor, a mysterious man driven by a dream of perfection. They join a band of conmen travelling through the English countryside faking religious miracles for cash, until they are recruited in Richard the Lionheart’s army and sent to regain the Latin Kingdom from the infidel. Akka awaits. It will be the site of the greatest – and cruellest – siege of its time. But even in the midst of war, lovers find ways to make transactions of beauty. Praise for Jane Johnson:’Written with empathy and a flair for the dramatic’ Daily Mail’An engaging adventure story brimming with atmosphere and romance’ Sunday Mirror’Beautifully written’ The Times’A sweeping story… Powerful’ Best

The White Hare

‘A brilliant novel of love, loss, forgiveness, and healing wrapped in Cornwall start to finish.’ Liz Fenwick’This book does not hesitate to evoke a sense of wonder.’ Robin HobbIn a valley steeped in legend lies an abandoned house where Edens may be lost, found and remade…The White Valley in the far west of Cornwall cuts deeply through bluebell woods down to the sea. The house above the beach has lain neglected since the war. It comes with a reputation, which is why Mila and her mother Magda acquire it so cheaply in the fateful summer of 1954.Magda plans to restore the house to its former glory: the venue for glittering parties, where the rich and celebrated gathered for bracing walks by day and sumptuous cocktails by night. Mila’s ambitions, meanwhile, are much less grand; she dreams of creating a safe haven for herself, and a happy home for her little girl, Janey.The White Valley comes with a long, eventful history, laced with tall tales. Locals say that a white hare may be seen running through the woods there; to some she’s an ill omen, to others a blessing. Feeling fragile and broken-hearted, Mila is in need of as many blessings as she can get. But will this place provide the fresh start she so desperately needs?Praise for Jane Johnson:’This book does not hesitate to evoke a sense of wonder. It’s a renewal of ‘what if’ and it does that better than I’ve seen it done in quite a while’ Robin Hobb’Sings of an earth alive with power’ Jackie Morris’A brilliant novel of love, loss, forgiveness, and healing… I loved every page’ Liz Fenwick