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Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Outrageous Affair
Penny Vincenzi
This is Vincenzi’s third novel and certainly one of her best. It opens with the suicide of a well-loved actor in the early 70s and we’re quickly told that revelations in a forthcoming book about him may be to blame....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2006
 
 

Old Sins
Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi’s first novel is every bit the thrilling blockbuster. Julian Morrell returned from WWII with a passion and drive to set up his own cosmetics industry and his mother’s careful financial management ensured that it grew to be a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2012
 
 

Into Temptation
Penny Vincenzi
This is the final part of Vincenzi’s excellent Spoils of Time series (so don’t even think of reading it if you haven’t read the first two) and sees Lady Celia’s grandchildren now having affairs and adventures of their own whilst...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

Wicked Pleasures
Penny Vincenzi
Penny Vincenzi’s second novel focuses on the dark and sometimes sordid secrets of an aristocratic banking dynasty. But this is far more than ‘just’ a family saga as Vincenzi adds plenty of suspense and thrills to this stylish and intriguing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Pillow Talk
Freya North
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008.Childhood sweethearts meet seventeen years later and the spark is now adult. This is emotional, feel-good, warm stuff with the couple each having a past to sort out. Along the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2008
 
 

Rumours
Freya North
Filled with a cast of brilliant characters this absorbing story of love and redemption is gripping, astute and witty (exactly what you would expect from Freya North). Perfect Summer reading.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
 
 

Carbonel
Barbara Sleigh
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Carbonel... I read this as a child and lost myself in it utterly. It was one of the first occasions when I truly experienced how books can provide the reader with the pleasure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2005
 
 

Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy, Rosemarie Morgan
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: 27/02/2003
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
July 2014 Book of the Month. A tale full of passion, anger, fear and heartache, an excellent read which concerns the love between a lonely school librarian, Lizzie, and a compulsive/obsessive artist, Zach....
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

The Art of Eating Well
Jasmine Hemsley, Melissa Hemsley
July 2014 Food and Drink Book of the Month. Healthy eating for life – Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s aim is to wean readers off grain, gluten and refined sugars and through their recipes...
Format: Hardback - 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
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
Natasha Solomons
July 2014 Book of the Month. A lovely, unpredictable read where you really do not see what’s coming next. There is a lot going on, lots of strong, diverse characters, lots of humour,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Alex As Well
Alyssa Brugman
An incredibly accessible book which explores a controversial subject with honesty and openness. It is a tender, funny, and powerful novel about questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.A Piece of Passion from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Adventures with the Wife in Space Living with Doctor Who
Neil Perryman
Firstly, unreserved sympathy for Mrs Perryman (Sue) who makes all too few interruptions in this account of an experiment in viewing all the Doctor Who episodes – would it turn her into a fan? Yes and No is the answer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Madness of July
James Naughtie
March 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Night Train to Jamalpur
Andrew Martin
Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was first introduced to us in 2002 in The Necropolis Railway. This is now his ninth adventure and as you can see, we are in India. So there is murder to contend with, and snakes,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
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 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 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 If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
July 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a charming tale of will she/won’t she while we know exactly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Making Marion Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?
Beth Moran
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If such a thing can exist, this lovely book feels like a true to life fairy tale, full of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Bloodlines
Marcello Fois
When Giuseppe Mundula first sees Michele Angelo Chironi across the corridor of a Sardinian orphanage, the reserved blacksmith realises he has found the son and heir he never knew he needed. And when, a few years later, Michele himself looks...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Half a King
Joe Abercrombie
A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie. 'A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Prince...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 


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