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When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold
The French Lesson
Hallie Rubenhold
May 2016 Book of the Month. This wonderful, bawdy, fictional memoir began with Mistress of My Fate which eventually saw Henrietta Lightfoot fall for the daring Lord Allenham. Here they are off to Belgium when...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave
May 2016 Book of the Month. 'War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.' With these words begins the most breathtaking novel of the year, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave....
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
Lionel Shriver
May 2016 Book of the Month. A huge tale of a future America and its economic downfall. It centres on four generations of one family, the Mandibles, and attempts to explain how the economics of 2029...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/05/2016
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
May 2016 Book of the Month. Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that intensely encompasses and overpowers those that fall for it's high energy 'stomping' - dancing. Young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden
Ravenspur
Conn Iggulden
May 2016 Book of the Month. A stunning conclusion to ‘The Wars of the Roses’ series, ‘Ravenspur’ launches Henry Tudor, while around him Kings battle for survival. This series is absolutely fascinating and even more compelling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters
A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Alexander Masters
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A detective story, investigating the life of the person whose diaries – 148 of them at least – turned up in a skip in 2001. Who was...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read All at Sea an account that shows how, in minutes,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
May 2016 Book of the Month. Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The Austen Project consists of six contemporary authors, each retelling one of Jane Austen’s novels....
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
May 2016 Book of the Month. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers the first of a projected series to cover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
May 2016 Book of the Month. What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to control hitman, and 19 criminals on the warpath… you get an unholy, riotous whirlwind...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
My Italian Bulldozer
Alexander McCall Smith
May 2016 Book of the Month. A fabulously quirky, ‘stand-alone’ romance-cum-farce from this feel-good author. Abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, travel writer Paul goes to Tuscany to research his next book. Arrangements are made but upon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Whisper to Me by Nick Lake
Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month. This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA. There's a murderer on the loose in Cassie's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Girls by Lisa Jewell
The Girls
Lisa Jewell
May 2016 Book of the Month. A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons
The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
May 2016 Book of the Month. The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
May 2016 Book of the Month. Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak isn't a kid, he's a highly trained killer with his humanity surprisingly intact. Smoak...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Unrivalled by Alyson Noel
Unrivalled
Alyson Noel
May 2016 Book of the Month. Oozing with ambition, glamour and more ruthless Hollywood backstabbing than you can shake a designer stiletto at, this is the sassy first instalment of Alyson Noël’s Beautiful Idols series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2016
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month. This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
May 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions - Shakespeare's Othello and science fiction - to create a thrilling outer-space-set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman

Reader Reviewed My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous...

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Reader Reviewed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Set in a society in...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Reader Reviewed Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
April 2016 Book of the Month. An outrageously stunning read, that takes...

The Turning Point by Freya North

Reader Reviewed The Turning Point
Freya North
April 2016 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the...

Eat Real Food Simple Rules for Health, Happiness and Unstoppable Energy by Julie Montagu

Eat Real Food Simple Rules for Health, Happiness and Unstoppable Energy
Julie Montagu
April 2016 Health and Lifestyle Book of the Month. Maybe you're new to the healthy eating message and looking for advice on how eating...

The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil

Reader Reviewed The Brilliant & Forever
Kevin MacNeil
A delightfully unique and quirky novel that is able to provoke a sledgehammer of emotions into action. Three friends are due to take part in the annual Brilliant and Forever...

Hunting the Eagles Eagles of Rome by Ben Kane

Reader Reviewed Hunting the Eagles Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
April 2016 Book of the Month. A truly wonderful and ferocious slice of historical fiction, this is the second in the ‘Eagles of Rome’ series and...

Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little

Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
April 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five...

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. From the creator of...

The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be...

Desolation by Derek Landy

Reader Reviewed Desolation
Derek Landy
April 2016 New Gen Book of the Month. No-one writes teen horror...

The Missing by C. L. Taylor

The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing...

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2016 Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even...

Who's That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane

Reader Reviewed Who's That Girl
Mhairi McFarlane
April 2016 Book of the Month. One kiss and your world falls apart, and you didn’t even instigate it! So this is Edie’s problem and the...

The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

Reader Reviewed The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month. Absolutely enchanting, and not in a...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence
Alice Oseman
March 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Frances’ life has been mapped out since forever. She’s set on reading English Literature at...

Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Reader Reviewed Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
May 2015 Book of the Month. Blasting straight into action, some shockingly organised crime rages across the pages in this fast-paced, thrilling...

Broken Sky by L. A. Weatherly

Broken Sky
L. A. Weatherly
March 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Broken Sky is the stunning start to ‘The Broken Trilogy’, an intriguing and wonderful mix...

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
March 2016 Book of the Month. If you're looking for a fresh,...

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping Prince
Melinda Salisbury
This spellbinding sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter heralds a welcome return to Salisbury’s rich realm of fantastical fiction.“It’s hard to remain on the side of reason...

First Response by Stephen Leather

First Response
Stephen Leather
March 2016 Book of the Month. Completely and brilliantly captivating, it all...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Reader Reviewed At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
March 2016 Book of the Month. In her last novel, The...

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Reader Reviewed Missing Pieces
Heather Gudenkauf
March 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing, easy reading family drama...

Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge

Reader Reviewed Little Boy Blue
M. J. Arlidge
March 2016 Book of the Month. Sit on the edge of your...

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Black-Eyed Susans
Julia Heaberlin
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. March 2016 Book...

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