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Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Dark Road
Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ian Rankin might have taken a year off from writing novels, but this second offering (following his collection of Rebus stories) offers a new insight into his talent,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories
Ian Rankin
Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally popular Rebus novels. Brought together for the first...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Mothers of the Disappeared: a J. McNee Mystery Set in Scotland
Russel D. McLean
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The Dundee-based A.J. McNee series reaches its fourth volume. McNee is a former cop and disgraced private investigator whose life has been marked by a distinct streak of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2014
 
 

The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series features a half-Greek and half-Scots private sleuth who specialises in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns to a Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

The Island
Victoria Hislop
A 2013 World Book Night selection. Winner of Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.Something a bit different, a bit special. A well-researched family history which takes the present day characters back to Crete and the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 10/04/2006
 
 

The Thread
Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
 
 

The Return
Victoria Hislop
A tale of passion, pain and pride in war-torn Spain, written with a dual-time element. Personally I found the subject-matter of her first, The Island, far more intriguing, probably because I knew little about it. The Spanish Civil War has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2009
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
If you're an armchair detective it’s always satisfying when you have a lightbulb moment but you might find this particular lightbulb a canny and subtle sneak, able to blend in and rebuff your attention. This is the sixth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Daughter
Jane Shemilt
September 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of abduction/murder/disappearance? We the reader know not and so the tension and mystery builds. It is about a medical couple with three children, prosperous, hardworking,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems Geoffrey Chaucer has lost an important book that has been tampered with and its content now treasonable. It contains a secret some will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Damage
Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month. Jeff Hinkley, undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, is looking into the shady activities of a racehorse trainer. But as he's tailing his quarry through the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
I am at home with my brother Andrew banging on about the joys of walking. Suddenly he says, 'You should do the Wayfarer's Walk. We always talked about it, do you remember?' So I start thinking about it seriously. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

The Telegraph Book of Champions An Anthology of the Greats Throughout the Sporting Year
Martin Smith
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Taken from the Daily Telegraph archives, an anthology of sports writing that highlights the Greats. One hundred sports men and women feature in interviews, first-person accounts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
September 2014 Book of the Month. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
A Deniable Death
Gerald Seymour
One of our Books of the Year 2013. An epic novel of high courage and low cunning, of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world. Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
 
 

The Dealer and the Dead
Gerald Seymour
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2011
 
 

The Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Day of the Jackal... I have big respect for Frederick Forsyth. There have been very few lurches in direction for thriller writers in the last half century. Ian Fleming changed direction with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
 
 

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on A Tale of Two Cities... The most important book to me, the greatest influence on my own writing, has to be ‘Tale of Two Cities’. It is a classic novel and also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2003
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
The Art of Baking Blind
Sarah Vaughan
With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book comes to further nurture our appetite. It is indeed about baking, but its heart is about relationships, about being wives and mothers. It’s a dual-time telling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

The Second World War
Antony Beevor
The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
 
 

Away from You
Kay Langdale
When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel. She hires Ursula...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Entry Island
Peter May
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the bestselling Lewis trilogy which highlighted the cold exotica of the Hebrides,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
September 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
September 2014 Debut of the Month. The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An exceptional and totally engrossing debut novel, viewing WWII from an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 


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