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  1. Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz
  2. The Good Life by Martina Cole
  3. Us by David Nicholls
  4. It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  6. The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
  7. The Green Door by Christopher Bowden
  8. Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography by Paul Merton
  9. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
  10. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
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 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
 
 

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 House of Hades
Rick Riordan
The powerful forces of the gods, demi-gods and monster shape this action packed adventure in which danger lurks in every corner of the universe. Hazel is back from the Underworld and she has a vital mission to complete; on her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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 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
 
 

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
 
 

Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

A Vision of Fire
Gillian Anderson
The first in a series, A Vision of Fire is the thrilling science fiction debut of actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Scully on The X-Files with David Duchovny and for The Fall. Renowned child psychologist Caitlin...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Paul Hollywood's British Baking
Paul Hollywood
Bakewells, Bannocks, Cornish Fairings, Dingle Pies, Welsh Cakes, Yorkshire Parkin . . . you don't get better than a traditional British bake.Join Paul Hollywood for a personal tour around the regions of Britain and discover the charming history of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
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 hit with Guillain-barre, the illness which attacks the linings of the nerves and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

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

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer
Michael Smith
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A new perspective on one of history’s great heroes, with access to Shackleton’s original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith is able to present a fresh...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
October 2014 Book of the Month. In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned upside down and her innocence lost as she is taken...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

The Good Life
Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month. Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never free... especially if you are already married and fall in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

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
 
 


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