The venerable bank of Tubal & Co is in trouble. It’s not the first time in its 300-year history, but this time will be the last. A sale is under way, and a number of rather important facts need to be kept hidden, especially from any potential buyer. Hundreds of millions of pounds are being diverted - temporarily - to shore it up, masterminded by the bank’s chairman, Julian Trevelyan-Tubal. His aging father Sir Henry would be horrified, but fortunately he is in the early stages of dementia.
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On 20 July 1944, Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped an assassin's bomb. Axel von Gottberg and his conspirators were hunted down and hanged from meat hooks, and the executions filmed. Sixty years later, Conrad Senior is left a legacy of papers by von Gottberg's close friend, the legendary Oxford professor Elya Mendel, and becomes obsessed with what they reveal and finding the brutal film.
David Cross can’t tell Ed or Lucy that he is in some ways happier now that their mother is dead; to his own mind he is more himself than he has been for nearly 40 years. When Nancy was alive, he had secrets that he kept from her. Now that she is dead, he has a secret that he must keep from his children: he is not unhappy. To Heaven by Water is a touching and hilarious portrait of the Cross family trying to come to terms with the loss of their mother.
Richie Cathar’s father, Alaric, was a renaissance man: an intellectual, explorer, archaeologist, and historian. He was also a fantasist, absentee parent, and drug abuser. Alaric named his son after Richard, Coeur de Lion, but left him only conflicting memories when he died. Now Richie is in search of his own role.... Following his father’s trail to the Holy Land to research the Art of the Medieval Latin Kingdom, Richie’s quest is to uncover the fate of Christianity’s most sacred relic and the truth about his father.
The Judds, formerly of London N1, but now scattered, are about to be thrown together again by the shockwaves of their eldest child Juliet's release from prison in New York State. The family is devastated by Juliet's conviction and imprisonment for an art theft, and the nature of this theft and the reasons for it plague all the protagonists.