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Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria (recommended below) I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
From the bestselling author of Refuge Boy comes a powerful novel about justice, trust and idealism gone wrong that will make you look again at your definition of a terrorist. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large Benjamin Zephaniah's Terror...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

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 I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
September 2014 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in the Second World War. If you are wanting a happy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his thirtieth book. He is ace, although this is not his best but you’ve got lots to indulge in to find...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

The Corporal's Wife
Gerald Seymour
A highly complicated, compulsive and intelligent story of espionage and adventure. The corporal’s wife of the title is one Farideh, a strong-minded, feisty woman used by her husband as barter. For her safety the now captured Iranian corporal, driver to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
 
 

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 Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Yellow Birds... And I am not totally wedded to nostalgia. Anyone wishing to see fiction’s response to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and be confident that the author knows what he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2013
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Beloved Enemy
Eric Van Lustbader
The Secretary of Homeland Security has been shot dead at his home in Washington. The last man to see him alive? Special Agent Jack McClure. Secretary Denis Paull had information so sensitive, it cost him his life. But, before he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
September 2014 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Of Winter's Cost
Geoff Akers
Oh my word! This is an impactive, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time, that of oppression and genocide. Simply and starkly told, this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2013
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
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 century Southern America. The second narrative is Handful, one of their slaves. Sarah...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics in The Rosie Project then you are in for a treat...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

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 Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS Noah Jake, a splendid duo. Their case is dreadful and the faint-hearted should stay away. Set largely in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and marriages galore; tragedy, mysterious students and skulduggery. The head of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Artefacts of the Dead
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although born in Australia, Tony Black was brought up in Scotland and his voice resounds powerful and authentic. D.I. Bob Valentine, a particularly troubled species of cop, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in Whisky from Small Glasses. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/06/2014
 
 

The Night the Rich Men Burned
Malcolm Mackay
Maxim Jakubowski September 2014 Highly Recommended. Acclaimed and garlanded with awards and nominations for his debut Glasgow underworld trilogy which began with The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, Malcolm Mackay now serves...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

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 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
 
 

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 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
 
 

Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley
Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle in the late 1950’s. The author has clearly done her research and written a provocative and yet somehow irresistibly beautiful novel....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2014
 
 

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 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
 
 

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 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
 
 


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