Book List in Order:21 titles

  • Phyllis Bentley, OBE, (1894-1977) was an important regional novelist of her native Yorkshire. so important that she received the unusual honor of being on a cigarette card. In the 1930s she began to write detective short stories, featuring a detectiv...


  • Phyllis Bentley returns to the West Riding to tell tales of life, love, murder, betrayal and friendship. Amongst the familiar mills, towns and rolling hills, we find heart-warming and sometimes heartbreaking characters brought to life with Bentle...


  • It is a strange partnership which the two women, Lydia and Annice, share. “Some people are born to live,” reflects Lydia bitterly, “and others to make it possible for them to do so.” Lydia the conscientious, inhibited do-gooder, daughter o...


  • Young Tom and his father arrive in the Calder Valley on a dark stormy night in 1722. Tom is soon an orphan and finds himself a pauper in the workhouse until Mr. Firth, a hilltop clothier, agrees to take him on as an apprentice. Tom tries his best ...


  • It is a wonderfully wide and multifarious pageant of West Riding life that Phyllis Bentley has spread before us down the years: and now, in Tales of the West Riding (six stories, one of them almost a novel in itself), she enriches it with a number of...


  • The moors and valleys of Miss Bentley's Native Yorkshire and the mill town of Hudley, just a few miles away from the Ire Valley of her novel Inheritance, form the scene of this new book. A Modern Tragedy is the dramatic story of Walter Haigh, who mak...


  • Peter Trahier thought it was a small matter to walk out of his office without permission in order to talk with a man who might be able to further his political career...What possible harm could his action have had? Phyllis Bentley, while painting a v...


  • The West Riding: setting for the earlier novels in the Oldroyd saga - the novels that were so successfully televised as the Inheritance trilogy. Now the story is continued. The old, closely-knit world of the textile families has changed. When old Hen...


  • A collection of seven short stories, from the master of regional fiction, Phyllis Bentley.A native of Yorkshire, Bentley elegantly captures the essence of a simple rural life in her words, while expressing the lives, loves and difficulties of the peo...






  • A Man of His Time continues the chronicles of the Oldroyd and Morcar families, which began with Inheritance and The Rise of Henry Morcar, to complete an unforgettable trilogy of the West Riding. The years of change from 1958 to 1965 present Henry Mo...


  • Phyllis Bentley a native of Halifax, has written many novels with a background set in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Her descriptive power has been compared to that of the Brontes, who lived but twelve miles from Miss Bentley's home. Of her stories Th...


  • This is the final instalment of Bentley's famous Inheritance Trilogy .Filmed by Granada in 1967, the Inheritance trilogy is Phyllis Bentley's most widely acclaimed work.Set against the backdrop of the textile industry in the West Riding of Yorkshire...


  • This is the first part of Bentley's famous Inheritance trilogy. Filmed by Granada in 1967, the Inheritance trilogy is Phyllis Bentley's most widely acclaimed work. Set against the backdrop of the textile industry in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the ...



  • A note from the author: "All the characters in this novel are real people, revived from the pages of Yorkshire history to enact again their significant drama of love and strife, human strength and human weakness. If I have sometimes deepened the line...


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    Cats and crime make an irresistible combination in this second volume of Mystery Cats. Bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun uses her favorite breed, the Siamese, to chill us with a tale of a sinister violin-playing villain who gets his comeuppance...



  • An atmosphere of undefined evil cloaked the ghost- ridden house of the Moreys. But Eleanor was penniless, with no choice but to accept the home of her, distant cousin Charles as her own. Soon she found herself irresistibly drawn to the brooding, torm...


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    Alfred Armistead and Henry Hinchliffe are partners in Blackshaw Mills, a cloth-manufacturing firm in Yorkshire. The Armistead and Hinchliffe families differ in politics, in religion, in social outlook, but with their workmen they are representative a...