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Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
The Tiny Wife
Andrew Kaufman
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Tiny Wife... This is a short novel by one of my favourite authors, who also wrote All My Friends Are Superheroes, another of my favourites. A robber charges into a bank with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Year I Met You
Cecelia Ahern
Very different from her previous books for there is no supernatural or spiritual element. Just a thoroughly good story of family dynamics, relationships, handicaps in families and it affects all. It’s pensive, soul searching stuff concentrating on two people who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Of Things Gone Astray
Janina Matthewson
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on Of Things Gone Astray... This is one of my favourite books of 2014. One morning in London, a group of people all lose something precious to them, these things are precious but extremely...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Time Traveler's Wife... This is one of my all time favourite novels, about a woman who’s husband has a rare disorder which means that his periodic clock keeps resetting itself, forcing him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/05/2004
 
 

Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
The Corridor of Certainty
Geoffrey Boycott
After a period of his life when a court case and then throat cancer threatened first his career and then his life, Geoffrey Boycott re-emerged as an apparently changed man - but how true had the caricatured image of him...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of Austen’s classics so Joanna Trollope did Pride and Prejudice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography
Paul Merton
The ups and the downs of Paul Merton’s life so far, twenty five years in the public eye, he has a tremendous story to tell and his wit and humour shine through. I haven’t been allowed to see the book...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Damage
Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month. The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Man Booker 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Man Booker 2014
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during World War II, working on the Thai-Burma railway. It moves backwards and forwards in time as we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one we meet George, a 16...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The effects on a family of a young sister who disappears. It is a good third of the way through the book before you find out what it’s all about and I do hope...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan
When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods - despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2011
 
 

Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Saintly Killing
Martha Ockley
The ‘Faith Morgan Mystery’ series continues in the same comforting vein with this classic whodunit. As vicar, Faith is rushed off her feet organising St James’s 900th anniversary, so the murder of the prickly artist commissioned to paint the church...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico loves computers and he is brilliant at fixing and developing them. And at hacking into sites which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Books for Christmas This month's 'featured books'
Books for Christmas
Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove me to suicide. Now it’s time to tell the world the truth – I’m...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Tommy Cooper All in One Joke Book Book Joke, Joke Book
Tommy Cooper
My wife is a magician, yesterday she turned our car into a tree. A big white horse walks into a pub. The barman says, 'we have a drink named after you.' The horse says, 'what? Eric?' I said, 'waiter, what's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the Hush, Hush series, Black Ice is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
 
 

The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 


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