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‘Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy,’ by Phyllis Birnbaum 
  Fri, 01 May 2015 14:27:52 GMT 
    A Qing royal led resistance forces, often dressed as a man.

‘The Battle of Versailles,’ by Robin Givhan 
  Fri, 01 May 2015 14:27:29 GMT 
    American design faced off with French fashion in a 1973 show.

‘The Fair Fight,’ by Anna Freeman 
  Fri, 01 May 2015 14:27:04 GMT 
    Anna Freeman sets her novel in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late-18th-century England.

‘Academy Street,’ by Mary Costello 
  Fri, 01 May 2015 14:26:54 GMT 
    Mary Costello’s debut novel is an intimate portrait of one Irish immigrant’s life.

The Shortlist: Topical Fiction 
  Fri, 01 May 2015 14:26:45 GMT 
    New books by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Amanda Eyre Ward, Andrew Roe and Margaret Vandenburg.
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