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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
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
July 2014 Debut of the Month. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
All Day and a Night
Alafair Burke
July 2014 Book of the Month. This novel feels as though you are involved in an actual case; it’s full of clever, clear, concise writing without an annoying overload of background noise. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
July 2014 Book of the Month. The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
July 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a charming tale of will she/won’t she while we know exactly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Scottish Baking
Sue Lawrence
July 2014 Food & Drink Book of the Month. A look at traditional Scottish baking and introducing some new contemporary favourites, Sue Lawrence shares her passion for her homeland and for baking. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Half a King
Joe Abercrombie
A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie. 'A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Prince...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Lie of You
Jane Lythell
One woman's fear is a another woman's weapon... When I look back on my relationship with Kathy I marvel at how naive she was, how little she knew. But then, she always thought she had everything: the job; the baby;...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

The Last Banquet
Jonathan Grimwood
Starting life in the gutter, Jean-Marie d'Aumout rises through the ranks of eighteenth-century French society propelled by his wits and an obsession with finding the perfect taste. But beyond the palace walls, revolution is in the air and the country...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

First Sight
Danielle Steel
New York. London. Milan. Paris. Fashion week in all four cities. A month of endless interviews, parties, unflagging work and attention to detail. At the centre of the storm is Timmie O'Neill, who has created an international empire that inspires,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
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 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 She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn’t go alone; she takes her seven year old brother with her because she needs...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Home Truths
Freya North
Cat, Fen and Pip of her earlier books come together for a fab read that does not require knowledge of the previous books to throughly enjoy. It's excellent and fans of Daisy Waugh and Belinda Jones will love...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 06/11/2006
 
 

Carbonel
Barbara Sleigh
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Carbonel... I read this as a child and lost myself in it utterly. It was one of the first occasions when I truly experienced how books can provide the reader with the pleasure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2005
 
 

Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy, Patricia Ingham
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Thomas Hardy... For me, no other writer so definitively captures both the beauty and challenges of Britain - its landscape, weather, village life versus city life and of course the class system. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/1998
 
 

Love Rules
Freya North
Interestingly different style for this lovely author who starts by introducing us to her four main characters through the voice of each one. They link, entwine and react over a few years and the book closes with a chapter on...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 24/10/2005
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
The Illusionists
Laure Eve
A second adventure for Rue, the powerful young heroine of Fearsome Dreamer. On the run from her former world and everything she hated about it, Rue is haunted by dreams of White, the boy she abandoned in it. Alone and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

An Englishman Aboard Discovering France in a Rowing Boat
Charles Timoney
After reading An Englishman Aboard, I enjoyed it so much I went and immediately purchased his other two books, Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. Charles Timoney is a charming and entertaining guide to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Madness of July
James Naughtie
March 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

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

An Absolute Scandal
Penny Vincenzi
Before Bernie Madoff and his pyramid scheme brought the wealthiest in the world to their knees, there was another scandal with Lloyds of London, it’s ‘Names’, and the asbestos reinsurance crisis that would ruin many. It’s not, perhaps, the most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2008
 
 

No Angel
Penny Vincenzi
This is the first in Vincenzi’s Spoils of Time trilogy that follows the Lyttons and their eponymous publishing house from the Edwardian belle époque to the ???? – though No Angel stops in the 1920s. Celia Lytton, the matriarch of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

Something Dangerous
Penny Vincenzi
This is the second in Vincenzi’s glorious Spoils of Time trilogy and readers should definitely start at the beginning with No Angel. Celia Lytton’s children are all grown up and Something Dangerous focuses on their lives as twenties roar into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 


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