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Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
July 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me
Lucy Robinson
July 2014 Book of the Month. Sally and Fiona, cousins but brought up together so more like sisters, move to London and later New York. Fiona falls in with a bad lot. Sally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Inheritance
Tilly Bagshawe
July 2014 Book of the Month. Glamour in the manor! Tilly Bagshawe, author of jet-setting, glitzy novels turns her sights on to the British top set, all very Jilly Cooper-esque and great fun....
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
July 2014 Food and Drink Book of the Month. A boon for busy cooks, a reissue of Mary Berry’s invaluable Cook Now, Eat Later. She shows how to part-cook or freeze ahead and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of the grumpiest people you’ll meet but, he has been an upstanding pillar of the community for decades. The last six months have taken their toll and he decides perhaps that life is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
July 2014 eBook of the Month. A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Ace, King, Knave
Maria McCann
A lush, sumptuous and vivid historical novel, the language is exquisite, the storytelling brilliant, the characters engaging and the humanity palpable. Ace, King, Knave is full of all the shallow respectability and dark underbelly of 18th Century London and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
July 2014 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to her roots, to old flames, the love of brothers and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Pillow Talk
Freya North
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008.Childhood sweethearts meet seventeen years later and the spark is now adult. This is emotional, feel-good, warm stuff with the couple each having a past to sort out. Along the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2008
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
July 2014 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to her roots, to old flames, the love of brothers and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

A Widow for One Year
John Irving
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on A Widow for One Year... This is a stunning novel by one of my favourite authors. Typical Irving, it’s the perfect blend of drama and bawdiness beautifully told. His heroine, Ruth Cole, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/1999
 
 

Not That Sort of Girl
Mary Wesley
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Not That Sort of Girl... Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain, Barbara Trapido and Jane Gardam – I really do owe my career to them. But this book in particular really...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Daughter of Catalonia
Jane Mackenzie
1935. Luis, a charismatic Spaniard, elopes with Elise and they move to a small village in Catalonia. But little do they know that war will soon rip them apart. Some twenty years later, stifled by her life in England, their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 

Natchez Burning
Greg Iles
The first in a new series featuring attorney turned writer Penn Cage who Iles first introduced in The Quiet Game, though you don’t need to have read it or anything else by Iles to be completely engaged by Natchez Burning....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Everything Beautiful Began After
Simon Van Booy
This is a truly exceptional novel. It's a love story set in Athens in which three very different people meet up and their lives will become defined by their actions in that long hot summer. Incredibly atmospheric of both time...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

Jumbo The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
John Sutherland
You only have to read the newspapers to know that elephants are in serious danger; huge numbers being killed for their ivory but from reading John Sutherland’s Jumbo we learn that tragedy and the elephant have long been linked. Jumbo...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Wicked Pleasures
Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi’s second novel focuses on the dark and sometimes sordid secrets of an aristocratic banking dynasty. But this is far more than ‘just’ a family saga as Vincenzi adds plenty of suspense and thrills to this stylish and intriguing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

Forbidden Places
Penny Vincenzi
Grace, Florence and Clarissa are three very different women with very different lives and this novel, Vincenzi’s fifth, is all about how the monumental events and social evolution of World War Two inexorably change them. Gripping, tantalising, packed with as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2006
 
 

Outrageous Affair
Penny Vincenzi
This is Vincenzi’s third novel and certainly one of her best. It opens with the suicide of a well-loved actor in the early 70s and we’re quickly told that revelations in a forthcoming book about him may be to blame....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2006
 
 

The Best of Times
Penny Vincenzi
The Best of Times opens with an horrific car crash – told in plain and simple terms – that becomes the central event in our characters’ lives. We’re taken back to discover something of how they lived before the accident...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2010
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Will You Remember Me?
Amanda Prowse
This is an extremely moving book which deals with the difficult issue of coping with impending death for the sick person and for their family and friends. Poppy is only 32, an army wife dreaming of setting up a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

The Professionals
Owen Laukkanen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Four bright university friends turn to professional kidnapping for profit in a failing job market. All goes well with this new business venture until the day they kidnap...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Lawless
Jessie Keane
Only the lawless will survive ...It is 1975 and Ruby Darke is struggling to deal with the brutal murder of her lover, Michael Ward. As her children, Daisy and Kit, battle their own demons, her retail empire starts to crumble....
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
July 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
July 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Making Marion Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?
Beth Moran
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If such a thing can exist, this lovely book feels like a true to life fairy tale, full of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2014
 
 

Do Opposites Attract?
Kathryn Freeman
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If you are looking for easy, relaxing romance then the Choc Lit authors should suit you. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/07/2014
 
 


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