Book List in Order: 56 titles


  • Her name was Abigail Winterburn – at least that’s what the newspapers said. They also said that she was wanted in connection with the disappearance of her stepson. But Abigail couldn’t remember her stepson – she couldn’t even remember being...



  • Claire Rayner's epic saga of two jewish families:She was born in 1893, in the slums of London. The daughter of immigrants, the descendant of exiles, she was part of a people doomed to wander, forever strangers in the lamds they had chosen as home. Bu...



  • Running a fruit barrow? Dead-easy thought the younger members of the Jackson and Cooper clan marooned in London for a hot and dusty summer. Even Jane, ever sober and practical, thought it could be done. Richard was dubious, but the thought of some pi...



  • Ruthie Lee is seven and England is at war. Brought back from the countryside to live with her mother and baby brother in London, she spends summer in the hot dusty streets and the warm companionship of the East End Jewish community. As if air raids w...



  • Sister Barbara Hughes was disappointed to leave London's busy Royal Free Hospital because of health reasons. But when she begins work at the hospital in Sandleas, she finds it interesting - especially when she meets Geoffrey.Cottage Hospital was Clai...



  • The man admitted to casualty was a Polish 'seaman' - an emergency - in urgent need of an abdominal operation. Four hours later, he died ''accidentally''. From then on, the ''accidents'' became more frequent - and more violent....



  • This Claire Rayner book is the fifth featuring George Barnabas, the female Head of Pathology at the Old East Hospital. Her fiance, Superintendant Gus Hathaway, has got a very hot case on his hands: the brutal murder of Conservative MP Sam Diamond whi...



  • Nurse Avril Gardner had one great ambition, to become a Gold Medallist, even if it meant losing her friends and rejecting the love of Dr Dickon Bartlett. She knew she was right, especially when the handsome new Registrar agreed with her. Before long ...



  • Originally published in 1967 as A Starch of Aprons.A nursing drama in which the author, a former nurse, convincingly evokes the claustrophobic atmosphere of the wards of the Royal Hospital in London. Elizabeth Manton, a new Matron, arrives and is det...







  • A novel that provides an insight into the moral risks involved in scientific efforts to control human life. After Dr Briant masterminds the birth of the world's first test-tube baby, he must defend his ethics when his experiment dramatically alters t...



  • In a hushed courtroom, the scene is set for one of the most celebrated trials of recent years. A tral caused by a bitter family wrangle. A trial that, as it unfolds, will reveal the dramatic story of the turbulent lives and careers of its three centr...



  • 1951. The Festival of Britain announces a time of post-war optimism and hope in the future for the country as shortages come to an end. Poppy is beginning to have some success running her own business and she is enjoying her independence. She contin...



  • It is 1946 and London is still reeling from the destruction and suffering of the Second World War. The formidable Letty Lackland helps to raise funds for Queen Eleanor's Hospital, destroyed in the Blitz. Dr Charlie Lucas helps Brin Lackland come to t...



  • Dr Paul Martin wanted to marry Sister Harriet Brett, but she had different ideas. Trained as a nurse, Claire Rayner turned to writing in the 1960s. Since then, she has written almost 90 books on a broad range of subjects....



  • 'Provides well written entertainment.' - LIBRARY JOURNAL on the Legacy 'A terrific mystery thriller.' - PRIMA on Fourth Attempt At eighteen, Hannah Lazar was left a widow with a two-month-old baby girl. Five years later, Mary Bee is a lively, dema...



  • 'Provides well written entertainment.' - LIBRARY JOURNAL She was born in 1893, in the slums of London. The daughter of immigrants, a descendant of exiles, she was part of a people doomed to wander, forever strangers in the lands they had chosen as ...



    • / Police/Detective/Law Enforcement
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    The gossipmongers at London's Royal Eastern Hospital are working overtime. Three deaths in as many days among the staff? Worse, three suicides? Something must be very wrong. Dr George Bamabas, not one to stand for any nonsense, could have told them t...



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    Student nurse Tricia Oxford wanted to work in the operating theatres at the Royal Hospital. To her dismay she found herself posted to ward duty in the private patients' wing, where the registrar was well aware of her disdainful preconceptions....



  • The marriage between Mildred Amberly and Lizah 'Kid' Harris, a Jewish boxer from the East End seems a union doomed to failure. However, they have a daughter, Poppy who has the strong will and feistiness of her parents as well as an insatiable appetit...







  • The sequel to 'London Lodgings'. Tilly Quentin has successfully turned Quentin's into a thriving guest house. But with the demanding guests, particularly the handsome Silas Geddes, and her beloved son, Duff, falling into unsuitable company, her probl...



    • / Police/Detective/Law Enforcement
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    A severed leg is found, but there is not much the police or their pathologist George Barnabus can do. After two further deaths George's suspicions are aroused, and when her lover, Chief Inspector Gus Hathaway, finds himself in trouble, George begins ...



  • A hospital romance about a lonely young girl, who leaves behind her sheltered upbringing when she begins training as a nurse and discovers an exciting new life within the hospital's social circle. Originally published under the name of Sheila Brandon...



  • Nurse Isabel Cameron had taken a job for six months at the Cadiz, a luxury hotel in Majorca. Leaving an unhappy love affair behind her in London, she swore that there would be no emotional complications in Spain, but that was before she met Biff Squi...



  • Dr Phillipa Fenwick accepted a post as a GP in a large group practice, the only woman on an all-male team. While some of the doctors were prepared to accept her, Dr Max Lester was not. He made it plain that he disapproved of women doctors in general,...



  • It is the Sixties. Poppy is devastated at the loss of her mother. But with typical resolve she faces the future with courage and determination. Poppy has steered herself and her family to great achievements. Poppy's business is flourishing. Her daugh...



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    The second installment in Claire Rayner’s medical murder mystery series featuring sensationally scalpel-minded heroine, Dr. George Barnabas. Claire Rayner’s instinctive understanding of character, motive and emotion and, like First Blood, Second ...



  • When her less-than-idyllic husband dies and leaves her in near poverty in Victorian London, Tilly Kingsley is unwilling to return to her abusive family and decides to open a lodging house, despite the rigid social codes that would repress her...



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    The first installment in a pathological murder mystery series featuring Claire Rayner’s sensationally scalpel-minded heroine, Dr. George Barnabas―the new pathologist at a big inner city hospital. She is also a police surgeon - and the first woman...



  • For a widow with small children, a job at the local school should be ideal, but Hattie joins the Foundation with misgivings, to help look after the first intake of girls in the sixth form. There are problems with the teachers, and with the girls, and...







  • In the eleventh book in The Performers family saga the wedding between Letty Lackland's nephew Harry and Leah Landis, eight yearshis senior, provokes some uncharitable gossip. The Landis family,however, are more worried about the future of their cous...



  • The powerful, personal stories of Shaftesbury Avenue are set against the dramatically changing social and political background of post-Great War Britain. The war has ended but Theo Caspar, devastated by his experiences in the trenches, cannot join th...



  • Martha Lackland dies in 1905. Her great-niece, Letty attends the funeral. Here she meets Luke O'Hare, an aspiring actor with plans to start a theatre for the poor of London. Letty falls under the spell of Luke and his circle of Bohemian friends. In a...



  • In the sixth instalment of The Performers family saga, Amy and Fenton, grandchildren of Lilith, arrive as orphans in the London of the 1860s determined to find fame and fortune on the stage. Amy's deeper quest to find her forbears and present relatio...



  • London in the Blitz. Poppy is a mature and capable woman. She struggles to enable her family to lead normal lives. The problems they create are known to all mothers-a daughter torn between two men and a difficult and headstrong stepdaughter. It is a ...



  • Filmmaker Abner Wiseman, the son of Holocaust survivors, goes to London to make a film about an incident where a group of refugees had been betrayed to the Nazis by a boy for a bag of apples, but his search for the truth of the matter, and for the pe...



  • Abel Lackland, rescued from the gutter as a child, has achieved great success as a surgeon. His eldest son, Jonah refuses to follow in his father's footsteps. He secretly nurtures a desire to act on the stage. Lilith Lucas, saved from destitution at ...



  • Medical decisions can kill or cure, and this book documents one month in a hospital where staff are challenged by such decisions. Problems are faced daily by people like Kate Sayers, a surgeon whose dedication to her work makes any private life diffi...



  • During the First World War Poppy finds freedom and real love. She marries, but is widowed after a brief but idyllically happy marriage. She is left to cope with Chloe, her determined and strong-willed stepdaughter who is enjoying the life of a brigh...



  • It is New Year's Eve 1948, and Maddie Braham's birthday party. She sees Jay Kincaid, a handsome American in London on business, and immediately falls wildly in love with him. Spoiled from childhood, what Maddie wants she gets, but the price of obsess...







  • Part of a series which follows the life of Poppy as a youngster in the Boer war to a formidable grand old lady in the 60s, this book features Poppy back in Britain and caught up in the horror of the First World War....



  • THE VOICE IN THE SHADOWS The bolt clattered, the huge door swung open, and Jeffrey loomed in the deep shadows. "Let me in, Jeffrey," Harriet pleaded. "I've never seen you before in my life." "I'm your wife," she cried hysterically. ...



  • Laura's in Soho' is the fashionable place to meet and eat. Only a select few can guarantee an advance booking. The food is good, the ambiance attractive, buts its success is due to one woman alone, and that is Laura herself. But now Soho is changin...



  • At 7am, on her twelfth birthday, Miranda Hallam is found dead in bed at Bluegates school, but her's is only the first death. For some time, Ben Pitman has been dedicated to his work towards a breakthrough antiviral cure at Minster Hospital. Jessie Hu...



  • How many hearts will a woman break to reach the top? Lexie Asher had talent and looks, and nerve - but more than that she had charm. And she knew how to get her own way. She could will her own way out of the slums and onto the West End stage. She cou...



  • A family divided by destiny... -- The Lammecks, the Damonts, and the Lazars -- once they had been one family. Through the centuries they'd been forced to separate, to flee Jerusalem to Baghdad and Bombay, to Spain and Holland. The Lammecks and Damo...



  • In late-nineteenth-century Victorian London, the lives of two families, the Lacklands and the Lucases, cross as Lewis, a young surgeon determined to surmount his destitute past, and Claudette, a would-be actress, fall in love...



  • Maggy Dundas is a star jazz pianist with looks, style, and a keen business brain. And when her hated mother Dolly dies, she is free at last from the memories that mar it all - from the woman whose wanton selfishness threatened to keep her from succes...



  • In the seventh book in The Performers saga, it is 1873 and impoverished Sophie Lackland must marry if she is to escape a lifeof genteel poverty. Then comes a letter telling of the death of her step-grandmamma, and of a strange bequest which could mak...









  • Abby Lackland Caspar knew the heartbreak of being disowned by her family. Her father totally disapproved of her marriage -- and even after the tragic death of her beloved husband the feud had gone on. For ten bitter years. Now she thought she had fou...



  • The Crimean war is raging a world away from London. Martha Lackland, Abel Lackland’s daughter, astonishes her family and friends by announcing her intention to go to the Crimea to work amongst the British soldiers. After the initial shock, her fami...



  • The Rand McNally Atlas of the Body and Mind is an exciting account of man's knwoledge of himself. The complexity and beauty of the human machine are presented here in a new and imaginitive way. More than four hundred photographs and illustrations com...



  • Passion-filled rivalry .. Lydia Mohun was the darling of the London theater, the consummate mistress of her art, and a beauty wise in the ways of the world and the flesh. Phoebe Lackland was Lydia's niece, barely emerged from the cocoon of her wealth...



  • Set against the sprawling London of the early years of the last century, Gower Street magnificently re-creates the turbulent life of the theater and the medical world of the time as it follows the careers of two ambitious "guttersnipes" who seek to m...



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    Dr Harriet Berry is a woman research doctor who apparently discovers a cure for cancer. She is confronted with the scepticism and jealousy of her colleagues and in spite of her efforts, the lives of those with whom she is intimately involved are put ...



    • / Historical Romance
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Complete Series List in Order

Dr. George Barnabas

1) First Blood (1993)
2) Second Opinion (1994)
3) Third Degree (1995)
4) Fourth Attempt (1996)

The Performers

1) Gower Street (Aug-1973)
2) The Haymarket (Aug-1991)
3) Paddington Green (Jun-1977)
4) Soho Square (Jan-1976)
5) Bedford Row (Jan-1977)
6) Long Acre (Feb-1992)
7) Charing Cross (Jan-1979)
8) The Strand (Jan-1981)
9) Chelsea Reach (Aug-1992)
10) Shaftesbury Avenue (Oct-1992)
11) Piccadilly (Dec-1992)
12) Seven Dials (Jul-2002)

The Poppy Chronicles

1) Jubilee (Jan-1996)
2) Flanders (Oct-1989)
3) Flapper (Oct-1990)
4) Blitz (Dec-1991)
5) Festival (Jul-2002)
6) Sixties (Feb-1994)