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  1. Daughter by Jane Shemilt
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  4. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  5. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  6. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  7. Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party by Alexander McCall Smith
  8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC). Bellman and Black is darkly, satisfyingly mysterious. Not quite as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Perfect Home
Kate Glanville
October 2014 eBook of the Month. Gloriously moving and delightful, this is the perfect companion to hide from reality with for a few hours. At...
Format: eBook - Released: 06/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
October 2014 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
JoJo Moyes is an incredible writer whose ability to depict modern life in all its glorious complexities is second to none. This is a touching story of the lengths we’ll go to for the people we love or just to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories
Ian Rankin
Maxim Jakubowski's September 2014 Book of the Month. Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Paths of the Dead
Lin Anderson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod has already appeared in eight novels and is, reputedly, being developed for television. A Scottish counterpart to America's Kay Scarpetta or Temperance Brennan,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Dead Men's Bones
James Oswald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In quick succession, affable full-time farmer and writer James Oswald's Inspector Tony Mclean mysteries have captured a large audience and we've already reached his fourth case in Dead...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
The Book of Tomorrow
Cecelia Ahern
Tamara, suffering from the trauma of the suicide of her father and from being a teenager, finds an old blank diary in the mobile library. Very strangely she unknowingly begins to write in it, writing up the day to come....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2010
 
 

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 of My Life
Cecelia Ahern
Touching, warm, funny and poignant and a must for all of her fans. Cecelia Ahern's new novel has Lucy Silchester's Life as a central character (in fact he is a grumpy middle-aged man) who is out to sort out his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
 
 

The Celestine Prophecy
James Redfield
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Celestine Prophecy... The main character goes on a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru. It’s a first person narrative of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/1994
 
 

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 Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
October 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - 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
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
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 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
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle
Kirsty Wark
October 2014 Debut of the Month. An enchanting debut from the journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark set on the Scottish island of Arran. The stories...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley
October 2014 Debut of the Month. Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2014
 
 

An Untitled Novel Miss Carter's War
Sheila Hancock
It is 1948 and Britain is struggling to recover from the Second World War. Half French, half English, Marguerite Carter, young and beautiful, has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. Leaving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Winners
Danielle Steel
This is a story of courage, victory and triumph over adversity. Lily Thomas is an aspiring young ski champion training for the Olympics, a young woman with her heart set on winning the gold. But in one moment, Lily's future...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

The Winter Ghosts
Kate Mosse
The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

Force Benedict
Eric Carter, Anthony Loveless
Second World War fighter pilot Eric Carter is one of only four surviving members of a secret mission, code-named 'Force Benedict'. Sanctioned by Winston Churchill in 1941 Force Benedict was dispatched to defend Murmansk, the USSR's only port not under...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon
Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or 'Porchey', as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 


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