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Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Sahar Delijani
Post-revolutionary Iran, 1983-2011, and three women prisoners’ lives are torn apart. Through linked stories we follow the utter pain of many characters as they try to find some sense in their world. Here is love at a terrible price. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Thomas Sweterlitsch
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. Heralded as a mix of Philip K. Dick, William Burroughs and Raymond Chandler, this splendid slice of future noir hits all the right buttons and demonstrates that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Little
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A great American thriller debut. Janie Jenkins is released from prison on a technicality. Ten years earlier she killed her mother and is now determined to unravel the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
August 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
The Christmas Party
Carole Matthews
Another great romp from this fab author. The party of the title is an office party in a very posh country house hotel with no expense spared, including a free bar all night! Most of our action is concentrated on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Save Yourself
Kelly Braffet
When Patrick Cusimano's alcoholic father kills a child in a hit-and-run, Patrick is faced with a terrible choice: turn his father in - destroying what's left of his family in the process - or keep quiet. But can Patrick's brother,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

The Betrayers
David Bezmozgis
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis: read it in a sitting; remember it for the rest of your life. This unforgettable novel squanders no words in its brilliant, deft depictions of love, of memory, of compassion and, ultimately, despite its title,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
The Boy That Never Was is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters' innermost hearts . (Tana French). You were loved and lost - then you came back...Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Dreamwalker
J.D. Oswald
August 2014 Book of the Month. The first in a new fantasy series. Our hero Sir Benfro is a dragon and this is a world where dragons walk upright but have also been...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fall from Grace David Raker Novel
Tim Weaver
August 2014 Book of the Month. The follow up to Never Coming Back sees David Raker helping Melanie Craw, a Met police officer from the earlier book, find her missing father, also a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find a fresh take in this exquisite novel. It’s 1946 and there’s an uneasy tension in Hamburg between the occupying forces, hunting war criminals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

The Love Object Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien
August 2014 Book of the Month. Whether or not you have previously read any of O’Brien’s works, this is a perfectly sublime book of short stories, first published between 1968 and 2011. O’Brien...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Friend of the Devil The 17th DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
The 17th instalment of the Inspector Banks books but the first to be televised, Friend of the Devil delves deeply into Banks’ and Cabbot’s past and memories and is best read as part of the series, particularly as it regularly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
 
 

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead; his distorted body strewn across a disused railway track near his home. There's no sign of a struggle, and no concrete evidence except for one distinguishing package: GBP5,000 of cash, tucked inside the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
 
 

Bad Boy
Peter Robinson
The 20th in the DCI Banks series, Bad Boy is arguably not Robinson’s best and certainly not one to start with if you’re not a pre-existing fan of the series. Absent for much of the novel, it lacks Banks narrative...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Piece of My Heart
Peter Robinson
This DCI Banks thriller was first published in 2006 but is being reissued to coincide with the TV adaptation. This is an exciting dual time story as Banks’ investigation of the murder of a freelance music journalist sees him having...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Secrets Women Keep
Fanny Blake
Thirty years of happiness rocked by a text message! The family gather in Tuscany, which is beautifully described, the secret is revealed, tragedy strikes and everything falls apart. It is so refreshing to have an author who writes sensitively and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay
Savour every second of this stunning novel, take your time, don't rush, don't miss a single solitary word. The setting, Thirroul in Australia at the end of the Second World War, is described with such heartrending and vibrant beauty, you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their newly divorced mother a man will lead to happiness and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Moment Collector
Jodi Lynn Anderson
Bestselling Jodi Lynn Anderson tells a mesmerising story of the complications of teen romance against a chilling backdrop of multiple murders. Newly arrived to live in a ramshackle house on the shore of Lake Michigan, seventeen year old Maggie soon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
England, Their England
A.G. Macdonell
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on England, Their England... And I can also get another wet eye, but this time from laughter, when I take off the shelves the immortal ‘England Their England’ by A.G. Macdonnell. It is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2011
 
 

The Unknown Soldier
Gerald Seymour
I don’t think that Gerald Seymour’s plot-driven thrillers have wavered in their excellence since he started with Harry’s Game and The Glory Boys, but somewhere along his distinguished career he seemed to go out of fashion. Not any...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his thirtieth book. He is ace, although this is not his best but you’ve got lots to indulge in to find...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on A Tale of Two Cities... The most important book to me, the greatest influence on my own writing, has to be ‘Tale of Two Cities’. It is a classic novel and also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2003
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Ace, King, Knave
Maria McCann
A lush, sumptuous and vivid historical novel, the language is exquisite, the storytelling brilliant, the characters engaging and the humanity palpable. Ace, King, Knave is full of all the shallow respectability and dark underbelly of 18th Century London and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
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 and Scotland, the novel explores the problems...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
May 2014 Book of the Month. If you have read his debut, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared then you will know the delightful, wacky style of this fellow....
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 


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