The Hive by Gill Hornby

In 1714’s The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope wrote about a small (albeit creepy) incident – the appropriation of a piece of someone’s hair without permission – which caused a rift between two families. In his mock-heroic poem, this disagreement becomes a battle worthy of the gods: ‘Then cease, Bright Nymph! to mourn thy…

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The house in Amsterdam is full of secrets. It is 1686 and 18-year old Nella Oortman has arrived from the country on the doorstep of the imposing building on Herengracht. Armed only with a caged parakeet and some naive ideas about what it will mean to be a wife, she is beginning her new life…