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Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Dark Road
Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ian Rankin might have taken a year off from writing novels, but this second offering (following his collection of Rebus stories) offers a new insight into his talent,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Artefacts of the Dead
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although born in Australia, Tony Black was brought up in Scotland and his voice resounds powerful and authentic. D.I. Bob Valentine, a particularly troubled species of cop, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2014
 
 

Entry Island
Peter May
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the bestselling Lewis trilogy which highlighted the cold exotica of the Hebrides,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
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 years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and marriages galore; tragedy, mysterious students and skulduggery. The head of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Finding a Voice Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...
Kim Hood
Jo can't tell anyone how hard it is living with her mentally ill mother. Chris literally has no way to speak at all. Together, can they finally find their voices?
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
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 Genetics in The Rosie Project then you are in for a treat...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
England, Their England
A.G. Macdonell
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on England, Their England... And I can also get another wet eye, but this time from laughter, when I take off the shelves the immortal ‘England Their England’ by A.G. Macdonnell. It is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2011
 
 

The Dealer and the Dead
Gerald Seymour
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2011
 
 

A Deniable Death
Gerald Seymour
One of our Books of the Year 2013. An epic novel of high courage and low cunning, of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world. Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
 
 

The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Yellow Birds... And I am not totally wedded to nostalgia. Anyone wishing to see fiction’s response to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and be confident that the author knows what he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2013
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed We are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
September 2014 Debut of the Month. The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An exceptional and totally engrossing debut novel, viewing WWII from an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

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

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
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 to a Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
Rebus is back on the force after his time in cold case investigations but he has been demoted to Detective Sergeant. He has also mellowed, lost his spark so do not look for the old Rebus, just enjoy Rankin’s involved,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Entry Island
Peter May
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the bestselling Lewis trilogy which highlighted the cold exotica of the Hebrides,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

The Poppy Factory
Liz Trenow
A captivating story of two young women, bound together by the tragedy of two very different wars. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee. With the end of the First World War, Rose is looking forward to welcoming...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

One Last Dance
Judith Lennox
For fans of Downton Abbey and MY LAST DUCHESS...'Times change, and sometimes for the better...' As the twentieth century draws to a close, Esme Reddaway knows that she must uncover the truth. A truth that began during the First World...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and marriages galore; tragedy, mysterious students and skulduggery. The head of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Hopeful - An Autobiography
Omid Djalili
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Omid Djalili was born in the UK to Iranian parents and he has therefore a unique view of the 2 countries and their cultures. Besides being...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Walking the Border A Journey Between Scotland and England
Ian Crofton
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Ian Crofton was born in Edinburgh and after a long career working away once again lives in Scotland, his new book contemplating the potential rupture of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
September 2014 Book of the Month. World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find a fresh take in this exquisite novel. It’s 1946 and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 


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