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  1. Us by David Nicholls
  2. The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
  3. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
  4. Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz
  5. More Fool Me by Stephen Fry
  6. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  8. The Good Life by Martina Cole
  9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  10. It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly

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Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
The Monogram Murders
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. The bestselling novelist of all time. The world's most famous detective. The literary event of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
 
 

The Book of Life
Deborah E. Harkness
The arrival of this book on my desk made me extraordinarily happy. It allowed me to reconnect with characters I have come to love, yet it also made me sad as I really do not want this amazing series to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2014
 
 

Rod Laver An Autobiography
Rod Laver
Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains one of the most powerful reputations in men’s tennis. He was World No 1 for seven years and the only player to achieve the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
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 A Little in Love
Susan Fletcher
Eponine tells the heart wrenching story of her own life of suffering and cruelty in this emotional roller coaster taken from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Brought up in poverty, from the youngest age possible Eponine has been sent out to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC). Bellman and Black is darkly, satisfyingly mysterious. Not quite as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
October 2014 Book of the Month. In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned upside down and her innocence lost as she is taken...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico loves computers and he is brilliant at fixing and developing them. And at hacking into sites which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Of Things Gone Astray
Janina Matthewson
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on Of Things Gone Astray... This is one of my favourite books of 2014. One morning in London, a group of people all lose something precious to them, these things are precious but extremely...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Book of Tomorrow
Cecelia Ahern
Tamara, suffering from the trauma of the suicide of her father and from being a teenager, finds an old blank diary in the mobile library. Very strangely she unknowingly begins to write in it, writing up the day to come....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2010
 
 

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 Tiny Wife
Andrew Kaufman
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Tiny Wife... This is a short novel by one of my favourite authors, who also wrote All My Friends Are Superheroes, another of my favourites. A robber charges into a bank with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
 
 


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