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Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Damage
Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month. The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Us
David Nicholls
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that masterpiece but give the man some slack and sit back...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2014
 
 

Fabulous Family Food Gorgeous Family Meals in Minutes
Nadia Sawalha
Nadia's cooking has made her a firm favourite with women everywhere. She knows how challenging it can be to get good food on the table in the midst of school runs, husband-wrangling, dog walking and a busy day job -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is the first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes crime with romance and rattles along at a cracking pace. It is long...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Walking the Border A Journey Between Scotland and England
Ian Crofton
November 2014 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 two...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2014
 
 

Man Booker 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Man Booker 2014
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during World War II, working on the Thai-Burma railway. It moves backwards and forwards in time as we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one we meet George, a 16...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. 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 what it’s all about and I do hope...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Books for Christmas This month's 'featured books'
Books for Christmas
Our Life on Ice The Autobiography
Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean
When Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean collapsed to the ice at the climax of their routine to Bolero in the 1984 Winter Olympics, the judges could find no fault, awarding them 12 maximum scores of 6.0, while 24 million viewers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Chaser Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words
Dr. John W. Pilley, Hilary Hinzmann
The incredible story of Chaser the dog with owner, John Pilley claiming that she knows more than 1,000 words, not only can recognising the names of hundreds of toys but also nouns and even sentences. As well as telling Chaser’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the Hush, Hush series, Black Ice is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of Austen’s classics so Joanna Trollope did Pride and Prejudice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan
When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods - despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2011
 
 

Reader Reviewed Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
October 2014 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape for adventure hewn from Greek mythology. Time is running out for the demi-gods in their fight against Gaia, the all-powerful mother earth. She needs these demigods...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Reader Reviewed How to Fall in Love
Cecelia Ahern
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 also slightly obsessed with self-help books. She inadvertently stumbles across two young men...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Night Circus... A circus arrives without warning, no announcements preceed it. It opens at nightfall closes at dawn. I felt like I went on an epic and wild adventure when I read...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
 
 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on the Five People You Meet in Heaven... I like the writing style and this book has such a fantastic premise. The main character is an elderly man, an amusement park maintenance worker named...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2004
 
 

The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Time Traveler's Wife... This is one of my all time favourite novels, about a woman who’s husband has a rare disorder which means that his periodic clock keeps resetting itself, forcing him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/05/2004
 
 


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