1. Governors Island by Kate Mosse
Kate Mosse burst onto the literary scene in 2006 with Labyrinth (which has sold 2m copies to date and was the number one paperback in the UK for six months) and has since gone on to become one of the most respected British female authors of her generation. She followed up her debut success with Sepulchre and then, in October, the final instalment of her Languedoc trilogy, Citadel. Her standalone novel, The Winter Ghosts, was also an international bestseller in 2010. A regular columnist, broadcaster and playwright, Mosse also co-founded the Women’s Prize For Fiction in 1996.