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

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on A Tale of Two Cities... The most important book to me, the greatest influence on my own writing, has to be ‘Tale of Two Cities’. It is a classic novel and also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2003
 
 

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
 
 

Most Secret
Nevil Shute
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on Most Secret... The stories of Nevil Shute have a timeless appeal. He was a complete story teller, knew how to put together a beginning, a middle, and an end. The reader is transported...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
 
 

The Unknown Soldier
Gerald Seymour
I don’t think that Gerald Seymour’s plot-driven thrillers have wavered in their excellence since he started with Harry’s Game and The Glory Boys, but somewhere along his distinguished career he seemed to go out of fashion. Not any...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Under a Mackerel Sky
Rick Stein
'All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.' Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

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
 
 

The English Girl
Margaret Leroy
When seventeen-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music in Vienna it's a dream-come-true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus, who offer her a place to live. Seduced by the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Rasputin's Shadow
Raymond Khoury
The author is a screenwriter for the BBC series Spooks and Waking the Dead, and his ability to create fast-action mysteries is repeated in this, his fourth book starring FBI agent Sean Reilly. He here uses a nifty time-slip device...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Love, Lipstick and Lies
Katie Price
Katie Price, former glamour model Jordan, is back with the most sensational installment of her life story. The last three years of Katie Price's life have been as dramatic as ever. From the highly publicised divorce from Alex Reid to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Trust Games
Simon Packham
When a young and attractive new drama teacher arrives at school, Beth and many of the other girls are immediately smitten by both his looks and his intense teaching style. Soon the class is deep into rehearsals for Romeo and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

A Discovery of Witches
Deborah E. Harkness
The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2011
 
 

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013. Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Walking the Border A Journey Between Scotland and England
Ian Crofton
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Ian Crofton makes this journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, speculating on what the Border signifies - geographically, culturally and emotionally -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Damage
Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month. Jeff Hinkley, undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, is looking into the shady activities of a racehorse trainer. But as he's tailing his quarry through the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria (recommended below) I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

The Telegraph Book of Champions An Anthology of the Greats Throughout the Sporting Year
Martin Smith
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Taken from the Daily Telegraph archives, an anthology of sports writing that highlights the Greats. One hundred sports men and women feature in interviews, first-person accounts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
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 Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
September 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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

Reader Reviewed Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
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 and subtle sneak, able to blend in and rebuff your attention. This is the sixth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

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 A Place for Us: Part 2
Harriet Evans
September 2014 eBook of the Month. Wonderfully tantalising and entirely captivating, the second part of A Place for Us more than lives up to expectations....
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 


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