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Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
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
 
 

Love in the Afternoon and Other Delights
Penny Vincenzi
A strange miscellany – this is a collection of ten of her short stories as well as a few other musings about life. Lighter and much, much shorter than her usual blockbusting novels, fans will enjoy but those new to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

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
 
 

Windfall
Penny Vincenzi
Set in the 1930s, this is a delight from start to finish. Cassia is a very normal housewife, married to a parochial doctor when she inherits a mysterious half a million pounds. At first she’s determined not to spend it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
July 2014 Food and Drink Book of the Month. A boon for busy cooks, a reissue of Mary Berry’s invaluable Cook Now, Eat Later. She shows how to part-cook or freeze ahead and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

All Day and a Night
Alafair Burke
July 2014 Book of the Month. This novel feels as though you are involved in an actual case; it’s full of clever, clear, concise writing without an annoying overload of background noise. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
July 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Scottish Baking
Sue Lawrence
July 2014 Food & Drink Book of the Month. A look at traditional Scottish baking and introducing some new contemporary favourites, Sue Lawrence shares her passion for her homeland and for baking. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of art and its organic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Lie of You
Jane Lythell
One woman's fear is a another woman's weapon... When I look back on my relationship with Kathy I marvel at how naive she was, how little she knew. But then, she always thought she had everything: the job; the baby;...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
This is a gripping debut psychological crime novel about family lies and dark secrets in an isolated community as a series of women go missing. People still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother who vanished years ago from the town of...
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
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
July 2014 Debut of the Month. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Home Truths
Freya North
Cat, Fen and Pip of her earlier books come together for a fab read that does not require knowledge of the previous books to throughly enjoy. It's excellent and fans of Daisy Waugh and Belinda Jones will love...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 06/11/2006
 
 

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
 
 

A Widow for One Year
John Irving
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on A Widow for One Year... This is a stunning novel by one of my favourite authors. Typical Irving, it’s the perfect blend of drama and bawdiness beautifully told. His heroine, Ruth Cole, is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/1999
 
 

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
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 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 Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
March 2014 Debut of the Month. Do not be fooled into thinking that this will be ‘just another Detective story’; this is clever, shockingly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Eimear McBride
Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

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 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 My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
July 2014 Book of the Month. A fun and easy read, Alliott’s novel is a look at domesticity gone wrong and particularly at what happens to us when we brush things under the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Perfect for readers looking for an authentic teenage voice - moving and funny, this is the story of true-to-life in all their complex, frustrating, lovable glory, messing up, falling out, and pulling together when it really counts.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Insurrection
Robyn Young
Out now in paperback, the epic beginning of the new trilogy from the fastest-growing author in historical fiction.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2011
 
 


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