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  1. The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes
  2. If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
  3. The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman
  4. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  6. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  7. The Queen's Man by Rory Clements
  8. The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault
  9. How to be Both by Ali Smith
  10. Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary

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Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy
Maxim Jakubowski November 2014 Highly Recommended. London-based New Zealand-bred author and actress Duffy is known for her crime books, her fiercely feminist historical novels and various mainstream books, in addition to her work...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2014
 
 

The Art of Robert E. McGinnis
Robert E McGinnis
Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's, James Bond films (seven of them), Barbarella (starring Jane Fonda), The Odd Couple, and Cotton Comes to Harlem....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/12/2014
 
 

The Revolutions
Felix Gilman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A superlative steampunk-like excursion into a teeming world that shadows Dickens, Aleister Crowley, China Mieville and the better masters of the fantastic. In 1893 in the aftermath of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
 
 

An English Ghost Story
Kim Newman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Film critic and speculative fiction author (and Neil Gaiman friend and collaborator) Kim Newman whose exuberant tales of the supernatural underworld, alternate Dracula tales and dizzying excursions into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2014
 
 

Books of the Year 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Year 2014
Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2014. In Tangiers an earthquake rips through the town swallowing buildings including Harry and Robin’s home and Dillon, their sleeping three year old son who Harry should never have left in the house alone....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Once you start, you will find it difficult to put down this compelling and totally captivating novel, so set aside some quality time and take a step into the unknown. The story is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
One of our Books of the Year 2014. May 2014 Debut of the Month. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A gripping story with a brilliantly shocking ending. Rich, beautiful, privileged – the Sinclair clan seem to have it all. For Cadence and her cousins that means long hot summers on their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The House of Hades
Rick Riordan
December 2014 Book of the Month. The powerful forces of the gods, demi-gods and monster shape this action packed adventure in which danger lurks in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The effects on a family of a young sister who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
The Fatal Tree A Bright Empires Novel
Stephen Lawhead
December 2014 Book of the Month. A book to totally abandon and lose yourself in, well written with a fascinating blend of historical and fantastical, this is a fitting end to ‘The Bright...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
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 and being a romance, there are some pretty explicit sex scenes which is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare
December 2014 New Gen Book of the Month. Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Loved Rain They Say That What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You. They're Wrong.
Gerard Kelly
December 2014 Book of the Month. A dramatic, suspenseful, atmospheric tale of a happy, normal teenage boy suddenly tormented by nightmares which fill him with fear and feelings of failure and inadequacy. His...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
 
 

Books for Christmas This month's 'featured books'
Books for Christmas
Life Story
Mike Gunton, Rupert Barrington
Life Story is a tale of survival, laying bare the extraordinary journey animals must make to achieve life's goal – to continue their bloodline. Whether learning new skills, finding a mate or protecting their young, everything they do is a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

A Very Courageous Decision The Inside Story of Yes Minister
Graham McCann
Graham McCann investigates why the BBC TV comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister were so successful. He looks at how the show’s writers, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn were inspired by real events, how the Civil Service and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
 
 

Tommy Cooper All in One Joke Book Book Joke, Joke Book
Tommy Cooper
My wife is a magician, yesterday she turned our car into a tree. A big white horse walks into a pub. The barman says, 'we have a drink named after you.' The horse says, 'what? Eric?' I said, 'waiter, what's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the sudden and cruel loss of her fiancé, Alex moves from London to start a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what is what and then it connects … wow. We meet...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life. The boys are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
 
 

Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity. This is subtle clever writing, you’re encouraged to fully invest in the characters before the tension really starts to increase. Layers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 


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