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  1. Bookworms, Dog-Ears and Squashy Big Armchairs A Book Lover's Alphabet by Heather Reyes
  2. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  3. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
  4. Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose
  5. Amnesia by Peter Carey
  6. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
  7. If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
  8. Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse
  9. The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews
  10. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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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
 
 

One Hundred Names
Cecelia Ahern
A seemingly random list of 100 names is all journalist Kitty Logan has to go on to complete an article started by her, now dead, mentor and dear friend. Her own life is in a state of turmoil and perhaps...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2013
 
 

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
 
 

Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography
Paul Merton
The ups and the downs of Paul Merton’s life so far, twenty five years in the public eye, he has a tremendous story to tell and his wit and humour shine through. I haven’t been allowed to see the book...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Never Say Never
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter is one of golf's most charismatic figures, with an appeal extending way beyond his sport. Here he tells his inspirational story, from his early rejection as an Arsenal youth player, right through to his match-winning contributions to successive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

Fabulous Family Food Gorgeous Family Meals in Minutes
Nadia Sawalha
Nadia's cooking has made her a firm favourite with women everywhere. She knows how challenging it can be to get good food on the table in the midst of school runs, husband-wrangling, dog walking and a busy day job -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Us
David Nicholls
Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2014
 
 

Books for Christmas This month's 'featured books'
Books for Christmas
More Fool Me
Stephen Fry
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A third volume of autobiography from Stephen Fry, at its heart is a frank admission of his cocaine fuelled life in the 80’s and 90’s. Wrapping...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

The Secret Lives of People in Love Includes the Award-Winning Collection Love Begins in Winter
Simon Van Booy
Everyone has the ability to make words… how Van Booy is able to arrange them so simply into such excruciatingly exquisite stories is quite simply breathtaking. The stories draw you in, whether you are reading about a man, a woman,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

We Should All be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name. An eBook short. What does feminism mean today? That is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour On Retirement from Sport
Brian Moore
In What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour, acclaimed sports personality Brian Moore recalls the best and funniest stories from the world of rugby, calling on experiences from nearly a decade touring with the England and British Lions teams. Travelling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive, yet in a few paragraphs the author paints the four streets and its inhabitants so that they resonate vibrantly in your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Hacked
Tracy Alexander
A clever, interesting and refreshing read, prepare for your thoughts to be thoroughly provoked. Dan is far too clever for his own good and he is sucked in and down onto the murky, dangerous road of hacking. The author shows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
November 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later the opulent life of the film industry. At the centre...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Saintly Killing
Martha Ockley
The ‘Faith Morgan Mystery’ series continues in the same comforting vein with this classic whodunit. As vicar, Faith is rushed off her feet organising St James’s 900th anniversary, so the murder of the prickly artist commissioned to paint the church...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/10/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
November 2014 Book of the Month. Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape for adventure hewn from Greek...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Loved Rain They Say That What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You. They're Wrong.
Gerard Kelly
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 adopted mother takes him to Miriam, a counsellor friend of hers and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
November 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of Austen’s classics so Joanna Trollope did Pride and Prejudice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Girl Online
Zoe Sugg
Vlogger Zoella’s fans will fall headlong into this sharply observed, super-realistic teen story. Against a background of first the ordinary ups and downs of life at school followed by an amazing fairy tale trip to New York with her wedding-planner...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive, yet in a few paragraphs the author paints the four streets and its inhabitants so that they resonate vibrantly in your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Winner of the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes ...New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer - The Axeman - stalks the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
November 2014 Debut of the Month. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
The Few
Nadia Dalbuono
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Leone is a Roman detective whose father once was a leading figure in the Mafia. When he is handed a file of compromising photographs of a high-placed politician,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

A Man Lies Dreaming
Lavie Tidhar
There have been many alternate histories with a crime setting before but this new novel by a young Israeli author writing in English is one of the most challenging and rewarding. It's 1939 in London and the Nazis never came...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

Brainquake
Samuel Fuller
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The legendary macho American film director of THE NAKED KISS, PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET and many other brutalist thrillers and war movies also enjoyed a career as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2014
 
 

World of Trouble The Last Policeman Book III
Ben H. Winters
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2014 Book of the Month. The final volume in THE LAST POLICEMAN trilogy reaches a melancholy and moving end. A subtle combination of police thriller and science fiction, this trilogy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/07/2014
 
 

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