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  1. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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  4. My Husband Next Door by Catherine Alliott
  5. All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke
  6. The House on the Hill by Kevin Sampson
  7. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
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  9. Love, Lipstick and Lies by Katie Price
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Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
July 2014 Book of the Month. A fun and easy read, Alliott’s novel is a look at domesticity gone wrong and particularly at what happens to us when we brush things under the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Perfect for readers looking for an authentic teenage voice - moving and funny, this is the story of true-to-life in all their complex, frustrating, lovable glory, messing up, falling out, and pulling together when it really counts.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Deborah Kay Davies
A sometimes uncomfortable yet utterly compelling read that shreds and shatters conventional thought processes and feelings. The surprise when you open the book and start to read is your first hint of the distinctive tale to come. The author builds...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Glimpse
Kendra Leighton
A poem from the past is woven into this haunting contemporary story in which a teenager tries to come to terms with her grief after the death of her mother. Liz wants to be normal but she is haunted by...
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
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
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
 
 

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
 
 

Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy, Margaret R. Higonnet
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: 30/01/2003
 
 

Rumours
Freya North
Filled with a cast of brilliant characters this absorbing story of love and redemption is gripping, astute and witty (exactly what you would expect from Freya North). Perfect Summer reading.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Scarlett Fever
Maureen Johnson
Filled with Maureen's signature wit, Scarlett Fever is the fantastically funny follow-up to Suite Scarlett. This is a heart-warming and heart-breaking story set in the big apple that's full of love, loss and friendship. A Piece of Passion from Sara...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Rain
Virginia Bergin
A dystopian story told with the refreshing addition of a dollop of good humour. Ruby thinks nothing of it when it begins to rain. Why should she? But, what she doesn’t know is that just one drop is all it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
July 2014 Book of the Month. A fun and easy read, Alliott’s novel is a look at domesticity gone wrong and particularly at what happens to us when we brush things under the...
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
 
 

Into Temptation
Penny Vincenzi
This is the final part of Vincenzi’s excellent Spoils of Time series (so don’t even think of reading it if you haven’t read the first two) and sees Lady Celia’s grandchildren now having affairs and adventures of their own whilst...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
June 2014 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome. It is long, it is big, it is brilliant, perhaps her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Reader Reviewed The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay
Savour every second of this stunning novel, take your time, don't rush, don't miss a single solitary word. The setting, Thirroul in Australia at the end of the Second World War, is described with such heartrending and vibrant beauty, you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

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 How to Fall in Love
Cecelia Ahern
April 2014 Book of the Month. Christine, very conscientiously, runs an employment agency where she takes a great interest in her clients, attempting to assist them in every way she can. She is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Astonish Me
Maggie Shipstead
May 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of the nature of talent, of personal achievement, of the shadow of the past and of ballet. The author writes beautifully, having won the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 


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