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Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
The Dealer and the Dead
Gerald Seymour
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2011
 
 

The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Yellow Birds... And I am not totally wedded to nostalgia. Anyone wishing to see fiction’s response to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and be confident that the author knows what he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2013
 
 

Harry's Game
Gerald Seymour
A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2013
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Finding a Voice Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...
Kim Hood
Jo can't tell anyone how hard it is living with her mentally ill mother. Chris literally has no way to speak at all. Together, can they finally find their voices?
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
September 2014 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
September 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed A Song for the Dying
Stuart MacBride
Famous for his DI Logan McRae series, this new violent tale stars DI Ash Henderson who is in prison for murdering his brother. Now his peers need his help in finding the ‘inside man’ who Henderson was investigating eight years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
September 2014 Book of the Month. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
I am at home with my brother Andrew banging on about the joys of walking. Suddenly he says, 'You should do the Wayfarer's Walk. We always talked about it, do you remember?' So I start thinking about it seriously. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Damage
Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month. Jeff Hinkley, undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, is looking into the shady activities of a racehorse trainer. But as he's tailing his quarry through the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Payback
Kimberley Chambers
This is a long, involved, complicated and very violent, multi-faceted family saga of London gangland through several generations ruling Whitechapel. Full of sadistic violence, torture, murder, abortions, deceit and addiction, it is brilliant. Underlying the disregard for others is the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Everything Beautiful Began After
Simon Van Booy
This is a truly exceptional novel. It's a love story set in Athens in which three very different people meet up and their lives will become defined by their actions in that long hot summer. Incredibly atmospheric of both time...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The World is a Wedding
Wendy Jones
June 2014 Book of the Month. Follow-up to The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price has Wilfred, from a small town in Wales, now on his second marriage. This new tale does...
Format: Paperback - 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
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns to a Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

The Island
Victoria Hislop
A 2013 World Book Night selection. Winner of Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.Something a bit different, a bit special. A well-researched family history which takes the present day characters back to Crete and the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 10/04/2006
 
 

The Return
Victoria Hislop
A tale of passion, pain and pride in war-torn Spain, written with a dual-time element. Personally I found the subject-matter of her first, The Island, far more intriguing, probably because I knew little about it. The Spanish Civil War has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2009
 
 

The Thread
Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
September 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An exceptional and totally engrossing debut novel, viewing WWII from an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
September 2014 Debut of the Month. The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Don't Stand So Close
Luana Lewis
This is a lingering, compulsive debut novel that will keep you tightly in its grip. What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help? If it was snowing and she was freezing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Tales from the Dance Floor
Craig Revel Horwood
In this new paperback edition, bringing all the gossip (from on and off stage) bang up to date, Craig Revel Horwood reveals some sensational stories from his life and times in TV and theatre. The true star of Strictly Come...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Firestorm
Tamara McKinley
Becky Jackson's family has been managing the hospital in far-flung Morgan's Reach for three generations. When Becky's husband is tragically lost at war, she and her young son Danny must leave the city and return to her birthplace to start...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

The Watcher
Charlotte Link
Carla Roberts lives alone in a high-rise in Hackney. The lift keeps stopping on her floor, but nobody gets out. Days later, she's found brutally murdered. Samson Segal has taken to spying on his neighbours, particularly beautiful and successful Gillian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 


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