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  1. Bookworms, Dog-Ears and Squashy Big Armchairs A Book Lover's Alphabet by Heather Reyes
  2. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
  3. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  4. Amnesia by Peter Carey
  5. Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse
  6. Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose
  7. The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews
  8. If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
  9. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  10. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

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Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Winner of the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes ...New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
November 2014 Debut of the Month. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
November 2014 Debut of the Month. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive, yet in a few paragraphs the author paints the four streets and its inhabitants so that they resonate vibrantly in your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Books for Christmas This month's 'featured books'
Books for Christmas
My True Love Gave to Me
Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, David Levithan
Romance isn’t dead – and it isn’t a soppy thing either! At least according to the twelve fabulous stories about love of all kinds that are included in this collection. Rainbow Rowell’s Midnights will strike a chord with all those...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

How to be Normal Advice for the Perplexed
Guy Browning
Normal people are extremely unusual. Think of all the people you know and ask yourself how many are normal. None of them! In fact you're probably the most normal of the lot and, let's face it, even you're not that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

The Monogram Murders
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. The bestselling novelist of all time. The world's most famous detective. The literary event of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
 
 

The Secret Lives of People in Love Includes the Award-Winning Collection Love Begins in Winter
Simon Van Booy
Everyone has the ability to make words… how Van Booy is able to arrange them so simply into such excruciatingly exquisite stories is quite simply breathtaking. The stories draw you in, whether you are reading about a man, a woman,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
November 2014 Book of the Month. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Amnesia
Peter Carey
November 2014 Book of the Month. A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
 
 

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
November 2014 Book of the Month. To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
November 2014 Book of the Month. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth is indeed missing. She tells her daughter,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon church but the thrust of the novel is how a family of four kids...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
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 Gift
Cecelia Ahern
What would your greatest gift be? For the workaholic hero here, Lou, it is time, and magically he is given it. This is another tender, ethereal tale from a very talented author. You’ll love it. Comparison: Audrey Niffenegger,
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2009
 
 

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
 
 

Love Rosie (Where Rainbows End)
Cecelia Ahern
The original book was called Where Rainbows End. It covers some 45 years of emails, letters, text and instant messages between Rosie in Ireland and her childhood best friend, Alex in America. You laugh, you cry, you long for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Brainquake
Samuel Fuller
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The legendary macho American film director of THE NAKED KISS, PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET and many other brutalist thrillers and war movies also enjoyed a career as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2014
 
 

Confidentially Yours
Charles Williams
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. By a long arm, the reprint of the month. Charles Williams was, alongside Jim Thompson and David Goodis, one of the savage poets of the noir heyday (DISCLAIMER:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

The Betrayers
David Bezmozgis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating departure for Bezmozgis who had quickly established itself as a superior chronicler of Jewish immigration to North America and now turns his talents to an ambiguous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

World of Trouble The Last Policeman Book III
Ben H. Winters
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2014 Book of the Month. The final volume in THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy reaches a melancholy and moving end. A subtle combination of police thriller and science fiction, this trilogy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/07/2014
 
 

Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
Time and Time Again
Ben Elton
It's the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be. Stanton...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Winning Recipes Food for Every Day
Natalie Coleman
Natalie Coleman won MasterChef 2013 with a Scotch egg, and ever since she's been showcasing the same fresh, fun, down-to-earth cooking that made her a star. Now, she shows you how to do it too, guiding you through easy techniques...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Rod Laver An Autobiography
Rod Laver
Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains one of the most powerful reputations in men’s tennis. He was World No 1 for seven years and the only player to achieve the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

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