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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. If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
  5. The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews
  6. Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose
  7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  8. Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse
  9. Amnesia by Peter Carey
  10. The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

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Signed First Editions Prize Draws This month's 'featured books'
Signed First Editions Prize Draws
Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
November 2014 Book of the Month. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
JoJo Moyes is an incredible writer whose ability to depict modern life in all its glorious complexities is second to none. This is a touching story of the lengths we’ll go to for the people we love or just to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove me to suicide. Now it’s time to tell the world the truth – I’m...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Miss Carter's War
Sheila Hancock
The actress’s first novel, we know she can write from her autobiographical work, the award-winning The Two of Us about her life with John Thaw amongst them. This is a chronicle of English society through the second half of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed The House of Hades
Rick Riordan
November 2014 Book of the Month. The powerful forces of the gods, demi-gods and monster shape this action packed adventure in which danger lurks in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
 
 

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
 
 

The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
November 2014 Book of the Month. Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

Books for Christmas This month's 'featured books'
Books for Christmas
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
Rachel Joyce
While Harold Fry was walking up through England with his media circus (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry), Queenie preparing to die, was hanging on for him. This is what she did while she waited in her Catholic hospice....
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Plumdog
Emma Chichester Clark
Hello. My name is Plum and I'm a whoosell - that's whippet mixed with Jack Russell and poodle. I especially like swimming, leaping, catching, and croissants, and my favourite fragrance is fox poo. I live with Emma, an illustrator, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
 
 

Tommy Cooper All in One Joke Book Book Joke, Joke Book
Tommy Cooper
My wife is a magician, yesterday she turned our car into a tree. A big white horse walks into a pub. The barman says, 'we have a drink named after you.' The horse says, 'what? Eric?' I said, 'waiter, what's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

Let's Eat Meat Recipes from Prime Cuts, Cheap Bits and Glorious Scraps of Meat
Tom Parker Bowles
Eat meat, but eat less and eat better is Tom Parker Bowles’s mantra, and in this collection of 120 meat recipes he shares everything from a traditional roast to street food which utilises the tiniest amount of meat to good...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Reader Reviewed How to Fall in Love
Cecelia Ahern
Christine, very conscientiously, runs an employment agency where she takes a great interest in her clients, attempting to assist them in every way she can. She is also slightly obsessed with self-help books. She inadvertently stumbles across two young men...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Year I Met You
Cecelia Ahern
Very different from her previous books for there is no supernatural or spiritual element. Just a thoroughly good story of family dynamics, relationships, handicaps in families and it affects all. It’s pensive, soul searching stuff concentrating on two people who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Thanks for the Memories
Cecelia Ahern
What would happen if when you recieved a blood transfusion you also recieved the memories and skills of the person as well? Celia explores this in this romantic, poignant and at the same time very funny novel. A well deserved...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2008
 
 

Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
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
 
 

A Last Act of Charity
Frank Westworth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fast-paced, high-powered thriller featuring a Jack Reacher with balls of added steel character who was once a contract killer for the army and rides a mighty motorcycle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
 
 

Confidentially Yours
Charles Williams
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. By a long arm, the reprint of the month. Charles Williams was, alongside Jim Thompson and David Goodis, one of the savage poets of the noir heyday (DISCLAIMER:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
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 If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
November 2014 Debut of the Month. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon church but the thrust of the novel is how a family of four kids...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

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 The Misbegotten
Katherine Webb
Unusual for Katherine Webb, this new novel of hers is placed in one time only, the early 1800s. It starts slowly but soon you fall for her characters and their predicaments and by the end of the novel you are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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