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  1. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  2. The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
  3. Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  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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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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

The Red Tent
Anita Diamant
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The Red Tent... I was so bowled over by this extraordinary novel that when I finished it, I couldn’t speak. For hours. And I wept intermittently, for days. It was bought for me...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2002
 
 

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

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 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
 
 

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 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
 
 

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
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
His Majesty's Hope
Susan Elia MacNeal
World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
 
 

Sycamore Row
John Grisham
Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate. The will is dynamite. Seth has left ninety per cent of his vast, secret fortune to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

African Sky
Tony Park
Rhodesia, 1943. Squadron leader Paul Bryant is recovering from a nervous breakdown, confined to a desk job. Pip Lovejoy, a policewoman, is also trying to suppress painful memories. When Felicity Langham, a high profile WAAF, is found raped and murdered,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Reader Reviewed The World is a Wedding
Wendy Jones
June 2014 Book of the Month. Follow-up to The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price has Wilfred, from a small town in Wales, now on his second marriage. This new tale does...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

You're the One That I Want
Giovanna Fletcher
June 2014 Book of the Month. Three school friends from the age of nine, two boys, Ben and Robert, one girl, Maddy, are each other’s ‘best friends’ through thick and thin and so...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A riveting and powerful read, from the very first page to the last you are caught up in this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. On the surface this is a love story, a coming-of-age novel and a tale of friendship. But Adichie did not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

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

Love in the Afternoon and Other Delights
Penny Vincenzi
A strange miscellany – this is a collection of ten of her short stories as well as a few other musings about life. Lighter and much, much shorter than her usual blockbusting novels, fans will enjoy but those new to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

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
 
 

Forbidden Places
Penny Vincenzi
Grace, Florence and Clarissa are three very different women with very different lives and this novel, Vincenzi’s fifth, is all about how the monumental events and social evolution of World War Two inexorably change them. Gripping, tantalising, packed with as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2006
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Inheritance
Tilly Bagshawe
July 2014 Book of the Month. Glamour in the manor! Tilly Bagshawe, author of jet-setting, glitzy novels turns her sights on to the British top set, all very Jilly Cooper-esque and great fun....
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
 
 

Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
July 2014 Food and Drink Book of the Month. A boon for busy cooks, a reissue of Mary Berry’s invaluable Cook Now, Eat Later. She shows how to part-cook or freeze ahead and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 


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