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Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 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
 
 

I am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
A smashing first novel from the screenwriter of DEAD CALM and the MAD MAX movies, this has been hyped as in the footsteps of Day of the Jackal, Silence of the Lambs, The Girl with the Dragon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Jumbo The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
John Sutherland
You only have to read the newspapers to know that elephants are in serious danger; huge numbers being killed for their ivory but from reading John Sutherland’s Jumbo we learn that tragedy and the elephant have long been linked. Jumbo...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Friend & Foe A Hew Cullan Mystery
Shirley Mckay
The fourth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series spins a crooked web of devious plotting and deceit. It comes as no surprise to discover the author studied linguistics at the University of St Andrews, as a lot of love, care...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
The Red Tent
Anita Diamant
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The Red Tent... I was so bowled over by this extraordinary novel that when I finished it, I couldn’t speak. For hours. And I wept intermittently, for days. It was bought for me...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2002
 
 

Not That Sort of Girl
Mary Wesley
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Not That Sort of Girl... Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain, Barbara Trapido and Jane Gardam – I really do owe my career to them. But this book in particular really...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2006
 
 

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
 
 

The History of Tom Jones
Henry Fielding
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on The History of Tom Jones... I have to admit that I saw the film version with Albert Finney and Susannah York first – but I loved it so much I read the novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2005
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
July 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you...
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
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Confessions of a Bad Mother
Stephanie Calman
Funny, acutely observed, frighteningly honest and drawing on her own and hundreds of other mum's real experiences, Stephanie Calman serves up the perfect antidote to all those books that tell you that your children must be perfect, and to all...
Format: Paperback - 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
 
 

Ghostman
Roger Hobbs
Fast, hard and knowing: this is an amazing debut full of intrigue, tradecraft and suspense. Read it immediately! (Lee Child (author of the Jack Reacher novels)). I make things disappear. It's what I do. This time I'm tidying up the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Innocence
Dean Koontz
Heart-stopping supernatural thriller from the master of suspense. Addison Goodheart is not like other people...Addison Goodheart lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from a society which will destroy him if he is ever seen. Books are his refuge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Sinner
Maggie Stiefvater
The stunning companion novel to the bestselling and acclaimed Shiver, Linger and Forever trilogy is the book that every Maggie Stiefvater and paranormal romance fan has been waiting for! You thought it ended with Forever, but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Scarlett Fever
Maureen Johnson
Filled with Maureen's signature wit, Scarlett Fever is the fantastically funny follow-up to Suite Scarlett. This is a heart-warming and heart-breaking story set in the big apple that's full of love, loss and friendship. A Piece of Passion from Sara...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Outrageous Affair
Penny Vincenzi
This is Vincenzi’s third novel and certainly one of her best. It opens with the suicide of a well-loved actor in the early 70s and we’re quickly told that revelations in a forthcoming book about him may be to blame....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2006
 
 

The Best of Times
Penny Vincenzi
The Best of Times opens with an horrific car crash – told in plain and simple terms – that becomes the central event in our characters’ lives. We’re taken back to discover something of how they lived before the accident...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2010
 
 

No Angel
Penny Vincenzi
This is the first in Vincenzi’s Spoils of Time trilogy that follows the Lyttons and their eponymous publishing house from the Edwardian belle époque to the ???? – though No Angel stops in the 1920s. Celia Lytton, the matriarch of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2006
 
 

The Decision
Penny Vincenzi
One of the hallmarks of Penny Vincenzi’s bestselling books is that many of the characters are very far from nice. This is certainly the case in The Decision, set in the swinging sixties, socialite Eliza and up and coming Matt...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
July 2014 Book of the Month. A tale full of passion, anger, fear and heartache, an excellent read which concerns the love between a lonely school librarian, Lizzie, and a compulsive/obsessive artist, Zach....
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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 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
 
 


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