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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 Renegade
Robyn Young
The second novel in the bestselling INSURRECTION trilogy, an epic new historical novel from the author of BRETHREN.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2013
 
 

Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good. Tsiolkas has succeeded in doing just that. Set in Australia and Scotland, the novel explores the problems...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

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
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
The Killing Room
Christobel Kent
When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking into. Behind the ancient and luxurious facade of Palazzo San...
Format: Paperback - 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
 
 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good. Tsiolkas has succeeded in doing just that. Set in Australia and Scotland, the novel explores the problems...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

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

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
 
 

The Decision
Penny Vincenzi
One of the hallmarks of Penny Vincenzi’s bestselling books is that many of the characters are very far from nice. This is certainly the case in The Decision, set in the swinging sixties, socialite Eliza and up and coming Matt...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
 
 

Windfall
Penny Vincenzi
Set in the 1930s, this is a delight from start to finish. Cassia is a very normal housewife, married to a parochial doctor when she inherits a mysterious half a million pounds. At first she’s determined not to spend it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

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

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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 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
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
The Lemon Grove
Helen Walsh
A racy read, ideal for a holiday, which is where it’s set. Almost claustrophobically focused on Jenn, her husband Greg, step-daughter Emma and Nathan, the 17 year old temptation with whom Jenn becomes obsessed. There are moments which are barely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Department 19: Zero Hour
Will Hill
Department 19 is utterly addictive. Packed with great characters and brilliantly plotted, the series sets a new benchmark for YA thrillers. This is book four in the explosive series from bestselling author, Will Hill. if you're looking for a fast-paced...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Summer Guest
Emma Hannigan
Life, loves, laughs and a few bumps amid a group of folk in an Irish seaside town. Kathleen has returned to visit her childhood home now lived in by Lexie and Sam. The three hit it off and Kathleen is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

The White Goddess: An Encounter
Simon Gough
This novel is quite simply sublime. The author narrates an ‘auto-bi-fantasy’, detailing his life as he grows up in the orbit of his ‘Grand’-uncle, Robert Graves in Majorca. If you’ve had the pleasure of reading the work of Graves, you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/06/2014
 
 

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
 
 

The History of Tom Jones
Henry Fielding
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The History of Tom Jones... I have to admit that I saw the film version with Albert Finney and Susannah York first – but I loved it so much I read the novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2005
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 


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