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The Heart of Winter
Emma Hannigan
October 2014 eBook of the Month. This follows the development of the country house Huntersbrook begun in Driving Home for Christmas where the family of three siblings and their appendages discovered from...
   

A Place for Us: Part 3
Harriet Evans
October 2014 eBook of the Month. Oh, this is such a gorgeously glorious read, the third part is as immensely satisfying as the first two. The party day, in all its harrowing fateful...
   

A Perfect Home
Kate Glanville
October 2014 eBook of the Month. Gloriously moving and delightful, this is the perfect companion to hide from reality with for a few hours. At first glance Claire appears to have a heavenly life, her husband is...
   

Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
October 2014 eBook of the Month. If you're an armchair detective it’s always satisfying when you have a lightbulb moment but you might find this particular lightbulb a canny...
   

Other Featured eBooks this Month


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...
   

It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the...
   

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
November 2014 Book of the Month. To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a...
   

Amnesia
Peter Carey
November 2014 Book of the Month. A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a...
   

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...
   

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...
   

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...
   

The Good Life
Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month. Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never free... especially if you are already married and fall in...
   

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,...
   

Don't Look Back
Gregg Hurwitz
October 2014 Book of the Month. Fantastic from start to finish. Real edge-of-your-seat stuff. In the prologue Theresa is spying on a man in a jungle in Mexico. She is spotted and caught...
   

No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven...
   

Wars of the Roses: Trinity
Conn Iggulden
October 2014 Book of the Month. The second instalment following Stormbird. It is 1454, Henry VI is ill. Richard of York is Regent in conflict with Queen Margaret who is determined her...
   

The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
October 2014 Book of the Month. The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of...
   

Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
October 2014 Book of the Month. In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned upside down and her innocence lost as she is taken...
   

The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th...
   

The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
   

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during World War II, working on the Thai-Burma railway. It moves backwards and forwards in time as we...
   

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....
   

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle
Kirsty Wark
October 2014 Debut of the Month. An enchanting debut from the journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark set on the Scottish island of Arran. The stories...
   

Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley
October 2014 Debut of the Month. Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is steeped in the history of the American school integration struggle...
   

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...
   

Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Maxim Jakubowski October 2014 Highly Recommended. Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in the UK later), Canadian author Mandel breaks through with a beautifully modulated post-apocalypse tale, where a virus...
   

City of Stairs
Robert Jackson Bennett
Although still relatively unsung, Robert Jackson Bennett is, in my view, one of imaginative literature's great new talents and no new book of his is alike. Beginning with horror with Mr Shivers, he transcended cyberpunk with the teeming
   

Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge...This thrilling final instalment of this...
   

The Maze Runner
James Dashner
A cracking sci-fi post-apocalyptic adventure thriller for teens. When Thomas wakes up, walks out of the lift he’s in he finds himself in a walled encampment – the Glade - surrounded by a maze alongside lots of boys. He wonders...
   

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of the near future, The Hunger Games is set in the ruins of a place once known as North...
   

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
Hot on the heals of the adrenaline rush that was Hunger Games comes the equally excellent and relentles sequel Catching Fire. Katniss's hopes of an easy life after she was top dog in the leathal game show are short-lived after...
   

ZOM-B Mission
Darren Shan
Mission number seven in the brilliantly horror-rich Zom-B series in which the dead have taken over the world. The undead, whether they are a revitalised or a revived, are being hacked down and killed everywhere. B Smith sets off on...
   

The Monster's Wife
Kate Horsley
A sprightly, well overdue first novel by a young British author better known until now for her short stories and academic work, this gripping gothic thriller manages to put an imaginative new spin on the Frankenstein story. The doomed and...
   

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
James Runcie
From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 to the wedding of...
   

Belzhar
Meg Wolitzer
From internationally bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and published by John Green's editor, Belzhar is a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.
   

Afterworlds
Scott Westerfeld
A clever, stimulating novel painting a picture of first loves and first drafts. Darcy, at eighteen, moves to New York City after her book wins a publishing deal. As her story unfolds, with writers block and deadlines galore, we also...
   

Undone
Kristina Lloyd
It's a shame that the success of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY hasn't given a boost (with a few rare exceptions) to the better writers of erotica who'd been writing much more superior books before E.L. James hit the bedrooms. Lloyd...
   

The Drop
Dennis Lehane
Begun as a wry story of low level crime set in Boston, Lehane's short novel is a rich mix of humanity, compassion and sudden violence. Animal Rescue was the tale of a lonely and deceptively harmless barman who finds a...
   

The Mysteries
Lisa Tuttle
A Texan writer who has lived in Britain for many years, Lisa Tuttle is a secret treasure. Her work has for years skirted the tenuous, poetic reaches of horror and fantasy (and she once collaborated with Game of Thrones'
   

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...
   

Serena
Ron Rash
George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town. But Serena is unlike any woman this town has ever seen: overseeing crews, and hunting rattlesnakes. So...
   

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one we meet George, a 16...
   

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this is every bit as good as everyone says it is....
   

J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up....
   

This is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
Tropper’s comic novel about American life has now been made into a film starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. It is a delightful rom-com as four very different, slightly estranged siblings are forced back into the family home...
   

One Kick
Chelsea Cain
A new series by the popular author of the chilling Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell novels introduces Kick (once Kit) Lannigan. The tough as nails survivor of an abduction in her childhood, Kick is now an angel of retribution and...
   

The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one...
   

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. 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 what it’s all about and I do hope...
   

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Joshua Ferris
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Paul O’Rourke is a New York dentist who admits to passions for baseball and one or two women. A bogus website is set up in his name and in trying to uncover the perpetrator...
   

Fourth of July Creek
Smith Henderson
A splendid and gripping slice of deep Americana, this extremely powerful first novel parachutes its author to the forefront of of the literary scene. When a social worker with problems of his own comes upon an almost feral boy in...
   

The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. There are a lot of books about India, this is one of the best. It is a huge 500+ page family saga with a family tree in the front which you will need to...
   

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
James Runcie
A clever and charming series, cosy crime at its finest, with each book taking the form of six linked short mysteries and the entire series spanning from Elizabeth II’s coronation to Charles and Diana’s wedding. It would be a pity...
   

Mr Mac and Me
Esther Freud
It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs, the son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast. He is the youngest child, and the only son surviving. Life is quiet - shaped...
   

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...
   

Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home for a holiday to Ireland in 1979. A...
   

The Beat Goes on: the Complete Rebus Stories
Ian Rankin
Over the years, Ian Rankin has amassed an incredible portfolio of short stories. Published in crime magazines, composed for events, broadcast on radio, they all share the best qualities of his phenomenally...
   

Us
David Nicholls
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 live up to that masterpiece but give the man some slack and sit back...
   

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...
   

This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Easter Quillby: Wade disappeared on us when I was six, and I never saw him again until I turned twelve, after Mom was buried. She always said...
   

The Food of Love Cookery School
Nicky Pellegrino
Rich with passion, sunshine and humanity this is a heartfelt page-turner about learning to live again and, of course, mouthwatering food! In the sun-drenched Sicilian hills four women, all at turning points in their lives, learn lessons of a lifetime...
   

Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC). Bellman and Black is darkly, satisfyingly mysterious. Not quite as...
   

The Lives of Stella Bain
Anita Shreve
Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory: she...
   

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...
   

Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
None of my books is just about race, Levy has said. They're about people and history. Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society...
   

The Runaway Woman
Josephine Cox
No-one thought she had the courage...Those looking in from the outside think Lucy Lovejoy's life is like any other, but at the centre of her family there is a big empty hole where all the love and warmth should be....
   

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...
   

The Thicket
Joe R. Lansdale
Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a bank robber. Alongside bounty hunter Shorty, an eloquent...
   

The Supreme Macaroni Company
Adriana Trigiani
'A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything.' The Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has been creating sumptuous shoes for a hundred years. And now it falls to Valentine Roncalli, heir to the...
   

Spark
John Twelve Hawks
Jacob Underwood is not like other people. He has Cotard's Syndrome. He believes he is dead. Which makes his job as a hired assassin neutralising 'problems' for DBG, a massive multinational corporation, very simple. He carries out the task -...
   

The Seafront Tea Rooms
Vanessa Greene
The Seafront Tea Rooms is a peaceful hideaway, away from the bustle of the seaside, and in this quiet place a group of women find exactly what they've been searching for. Charismatic journalist Charlotte is on a mission to scope...
   

Killer
Jonathan Kellerman
The latest addictive thriller from No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense, in his acclaimed series featuring Doctor Alex Delaware. Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a joking death threat...
   

The Gray Man
Mark Greaney
To those who lurk in the shadows, he's known as the Gray Man. He is a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible and then fading away. And he always hits his target....
   

Duffy
Dan Kavanagh
When Brian McKechnie finds his wife attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed by a man with a suspiciously erratic accent, he engages the services of London's most unusual private eye - Duffy. A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of...
   

Dead Lions
Mick Herron
London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The 'slow horses,' as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up...
   

Dark Witch
Nora Roberts
Iona Sheehan has always felt a powerful connection to Ireland. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is...
   

The Coincidence Authority
J.W. Ironmonger
Thomas Post is an expert on coincidences. He's an authority. People come to see him, to ask him if he can explain strange events that have befallen them, and he can always explain these things away. We poor humans, he...
   

The Boleyn Bride
Emily Purdy
Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to...
   

The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn
Vina Jackson
I always knew I was different from other women...An eminent psychiatrist has established there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When Dominik died, I experienced none of these. I initially found myself reeling in shock,...
   

So, Anyway...
John Cleese
Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a comedy giant. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the...
   

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Simon Singh
You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realising that they contain enough maths to form an entire university course. In The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon Singh explains how...
   

The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in...
   

You
Caroline Kepnes
Gone Girl meets Fatal Attraction in Caroline Kepnes' You, a chilling account of the twisted psychology behind unrelenting passion. When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has...
   

Silencer (Nick Stone Book 15)
Andy McNab
Nick Stone has always kept his job as ex-SAS trouble shooter at arms' length from his home life. But when his son falls dangerously ill and the doctor who saves him comes under threat from an old adversary, it is...
   

Saving Grace
Jane Green
From the number one bestselling author of Tempting Fate and The Accidental Husband comes Jane Green's stunning new novel about a shattered marriage and a devastating betrayal A perfect stranger wants her perfect life. Grace Chapman has the perfect life,...
   

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...
   

The Edge of the Water
Elizabeth George
On Whidbey Island, secrets never stay buried. A mysterious girl who won't speak; a coal-black seal named Nera that returns to the same place every year; a bitter feud of unknown origin - strange things are happening on Whidbey Island...
   

Beauty
Sarah Pinborough
BEAUTY is a beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts...
   

The Shining Girls
Lauren Beukes
Winner of the Best Horror Novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2014. Breathtakingly chilling, this is written so convincingly the fact that there is a time-travelling serial killer seems completely plausible. Each chapter is headed with either the killer or...
   

Last Days in Eden
Ann Kelley
She had made me envious. Strange as it might seem, I had not known envy before. Surely there must be other ways of living, I thought, not hand-to-mouth, alone, in a draughty old shack looking out at the same scene,...
   

Midnight Crossroad
Charlaine Harris
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it? Welcome to Midnight, Texas,...
   

Last Winter We Parted
Fuminori Nakamura
This is the third novel to be translated by cult Japanese writer Fuminori Nakamura and it's brilliant. Exquisitely written, taut and gripping, this is a clever, literary mystery, the genre at its finest. Told partly in first person by a...
   

The Silent Sister
Diane Chamberlain
THE BRAND NEW NOVEL BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE MIDWIFE'S CONFESSION. WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVED TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE? Riley MacPherson is returning to her childhood home in North Carolina. A place that holds cherished...
   

The Soundtrack to My Life
Dermot O'Leary
With a wonderful gift for storytelling, Dermot describes his journey from a childhood in Colchester with his Irish family, to some of the biggest jobs in TV and radio in the UK. It's a story which is accompanied, in every...
   

The Red Eagles
David Downing
World War II is nearly over. For the Russians, the enemy is no longer Nazi Germany, but the American behemoth that threatens to topple the Communist revolution.Deep within the walls of the Kremlin, Stalin's top man hatches a brilliant...
   

Night After Night
Phil Rickman
Contains scenes some viewers may find disturbing...Leo Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. But, as the head of an independent production company, he does believe in high-impact TV. Defford hires journalist Grayle Underhill to research the history of Knap Hall, a...
   

Lists of Note
Shaun Usher
Humans have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes; rules for living and loving; records of our memories and...
   

Lila
Marilynne Robinson
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister...
   

Consumed
David Cronenberg
The debut novel by the iconic film director. Stylish and tech-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other...
   

The Book of Strange New Things
Michel Faber
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world...From the author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, the first novel from Michel Faber in fourteen years is a wildly original tale of...
   

Hearts of Darkness
Paul Lawrence
1666. London is recovering from the Great Plague and mourning it's dead - The city is free at last, like a great old bear, beaten to its knees, bloody but unbowed. But the disease slithered out of London to wreak...
   

Winter Siege
Ariana Franklin
Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men. He is powerless to stop them. But a strange twist...
   

The Winter Ghosts
Kate Mosse
The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie...
   

The Winter Gathering
Deirdre Purcell
It's ten years on from the first winter gathering, when four of Maggie Quinn's closest friends rushed in to spend Christmas with her after her husband walked out just days before. And at Christmas, it doesn't take long for an...
   

The Winter Garden
Jane Thynne
Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow...Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler's notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS...
   

Winners
Danielle Steel
This is a story of courage, victory and triumph over adversity. Lily Thomas is an aspiring young ski champion training for the Olympics, a young woman with her heart set on winning the gold. But in one moment, Lily's future...
   

Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly
Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age; fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK...
   

Very Valentine
Adriana Trigiani
Meet Valentine, an unforgettable and passionate woman with a heart and a dream as big as New York City. Her dream? To design the perfect pair of shoes ...The Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is...
   

Together for Christmas
Carol Rivers
August 1914, London. Britain has just declared war on Germany, and the whole country seems to be in uproar. Flora, Hilda and Will, who grew up together in St Boniface orphanage sit in the sunshine in Hyde Park on a...
   

Timebomb
Scott K. Andrews
Perfect for fans of Alex Scarrow and Michael Grant, this is the first in an incredible new time-travel trilogy by the author of The Afterblight Chronicles: School's Out Forever. New York City, 2141: Yojana Patel throws herself off a skyscraper,...
   

Son of a Gun
Justin St. Germain
In Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001, Debbie St. Germain is found dead in her trailer, apparently murdered by her fifth husband. For her twenty-year-old son, Justin, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after. Long after...
   

Sand
Hugh Howey
This is the new novel from the international bestselling author of the Wool trilogy. The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four...
   

Rowdy
Jay Crownover
After the only girl he had ever loved told him he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and decided he was going to do everything in his power to live up to...
   

The Returned
Seth Patrick
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED? Camille: A young girl wakes cold and alone on the side of a mountain, with no memory of how she got there - and no idea that she died four years' ago. When...
   

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar
Martin Windrow
'Perched on the back of a sunlit chair was something about 9 inches tall and shaped rather like a plump toy penguin with a nose-job. It appeared to be wearing a one-piece knitted jumpsuit of pale grey fluff with brown...
   

The New World
Andrew Motion
Jim and Natty are shipwrecked on the coast of Texas, blown off course on their way home from Treasure Island. But they have stolen something they should have left well alone, something that will haunt them until what was taken...
   

The New Collected Short Stories
Jeffrey Archer
This edition brings together three of Jeffrey Archer's classic collections of short stories: To Cut a Long Story Short, Cat O' Nine Tales and And Thereby Hangs a Tale, showcasing the master storyteller's skill like never before. Every reader will...
   

The Moon Pool
Sophie Littlefield
North Dakota is like nowhere Colleen has ever seen. Vast rolling plains of silvery snow, studded with shimmering black pools, lit by occasional flares of orange light. It is a landscape both beautiful and terrible. It is the landscape that...
   

Malice
Keigo Higashino
Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, within his locked house, by...
   

I'll be Watching You
Beverly Barton
With the suspense of Karen Rose, and the sensual thrills of Sylvia Day, this is an addictive story of forbidden love and cold-blooded revenge. Not for the faint-hearted' CLOSER Ella, sweet Ella, you were meant to be mine. You can't...
   

Hunting Season
Andrea Camilleri
Sicily, 1880. When a stranger arrives in Vigata, the town's inhabitants immediately become unsettled. It seems the young man, Fofo, is the son of a local peasant legendary for his home-grown medicines; a man who was murdered many years before....
   

The House is Full of Yogis
Will Hodgkinson
A witty memoir about the trials of adolescence, the tribulations of family life and the embarrassment that ensues from having larger-than-life parents Neville and Liz Hodgkinson bought into the Thatcherite dream of home ownership, aspiration and advancement. The first children...
   

Deadline
John Sandford
Special Investigator Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension uncovers his most complex case to date.
   

Cut Out
Fergus McNeill
Nigel never meant for it to happen. At first, he just wanted to be Matt's friend. But when he discovers he can hear what is going on in the flat below him, his fascination with his new neighbour drifts into...
   

Borderline
Liza Marklund
A mother is found dead along a snowy pathway after dropping her son off at nursery school. She is the fourth murder victim to be found in a short time displaying the same characteristics. News reporter Annika Bengtzon is trying...
   

The Beast in the Jungle
Louis Bayard
April 1914. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit have embarked on a dangerous expedition down an uncharted river in the Brazilian Amazon. Threatened as they are by disease, drowning and starvation, an even greater peril awaits them...
   

The Abyss Beyond Dreams
Peter F. Hamilton
TO SAVE THEIR CIVILISATION HE MUST DESTROY IT ...When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially...
   

Republic of Imagination
Azar Nafisi
Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her...
   

Crap CVs
Jenny Crompton
Application for Employment I refer to the recent death of the Technical Manager at your company and hereby apply for the replacement of the deceased manager. Each time I apply for a job, I get a reply that there is...
   

Letters of Not
Dale Shaw
A collection of remarkable and completely made-up correspondence from the great and the good across history. Many books have collated the exceptional letters and personal writing of the famous, offering a fascinating insight into well-known figures' personal lives and hidden...
   

Force Benedict
Eric Carter, Anthony Loveless
Second World War fighter pilot Eric Carter is one of only four surviving members of a secret mission, code-named 'Force Benedict'. Sanctioned by Winston Churchill in 1941 Force Benedict was dispatched to defend Murmansk, the USSR's only port not under...
   

The Life and Loves of a He Devil
Graham Norton
Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly twenty years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and...
   

Command Authority
Tom Clancy
Command Authority sees the return of Tom Clancy's greatest hero, Jack Ryan. Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the...
   

Taking Command
David Richards
Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the modern armed forces. His outspokenness and candour extends to his...
   

Warrior of Rome: the Amber Road
Harry Sidebottom
Warrior of Rome: The Amber Road is the sixth book in Harry Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome series. AD 264 - The Roman Empire is torn in two. The western provinces - Gaul, Spain and Britain - have been seized by...
   

Curry Easy Vegetarian
Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey is the queen of curries and the world authority on Indian Food, having published over 15 cookbooks on the subject over the last 40 years. Following on from her bestselling cookbook, Curry Easy, Madhur is back with a...
   

The October List
Jeffery Deaver
You wait, desperately, for news of your daughter. At last, the door opens. But it is not the negotiators, or the FBI. It is her kidnapper. And he has a gun ...Two days ago, life was normal. How did it...
   

Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon
Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or 'Porchey', as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before...
   

Truth or Dare
Tania Carver
Darren Richards opened his eyes to find himself duct-taped to a chair with a crossbow pointing at him. Behind the crossbow is a hooded figure wearing a black-faced, round-eyed gas mask. The figure tells him what Darren knows: that he...
   

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'. Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten...
   

Her Last Whisper
Karen Robards
Now she's determined to stick to research - and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the 'Cinderella Killer', a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to...
   

Travels with a Mexican Circus
Katie Hickman
Katie Hickman went to Mexico looking for magic. She found it in the circus - Big Top, clowns, elephants and all - where cheap, torn materials and tarnished sequins are transformed into nights of glittering illusion. Gradually adjusting to the...
   

Midnight Crossroad
Charlaine Harris
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it? Welcome to Midnight, Texas,...
   

Breathless for You
Elizabeth Anthony
Set in the 1920s, this passionate, provocative tale is perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey. November 1921. Since arriving in London, Madeline, the young French ward of Ash, the new Duke of Belfield,...
   

Tampa
Alissa Nutting
A challenging but ultimately rewarding (and even in its own wonderfully twisted way, comic) exploration of the perverse mind of an older female teacher who is totally obsessed with young boys. Set aside your inborn societal prejudices and read this...
   

Driving Ambition - My Autobiography
Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss, one of the most successful and respected England cricket captains of the modern era, announced his retirement from professional cricket at the end of 2012. In DRIVING AMBITION he gives a candid account of the highs and lows...
   

The Second Half
Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle
In an eighteen-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest (under Brian Clough), Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel...
   

My Life in Football
Trevor Brooking
When Trevor Brooking was still at school, the Essex-born teenager was one of the most eagerly pursued prospects in London, but he chose to go to West Ham United - the only club that was prepared to allow him to...
   

Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
A boon for busy cooks, a reissue of Mary Berry’s invaluable Cook Now, Eat Later. She shows how to part-cook or freeze ahead and finish on the day, presenting a good range of basic recipes with plenty of tips and...
   

Infinite Sky
C. J. Flood
One of our Books of the Year 2013 Shot through with danger as adolescence can be, this is a powerful coming of age novel which combines dark realities with optimism and naivety. When Iris’s mother takes off on a road...
   

Zom-B Family
Darren Shan
B Smith is discovering the true meaning of family. Another terrifying instalment, 9th in the 12 book series, from the master of horror.
   

Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the Hush, Hush series, Black Ice is...
   


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Katherine Clements
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Camilla Lackberg
This is a huge, complex, dark Swedish psychological thriller which you need to pay attention to in order to sort out the names if nothing else! It gives you a...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault
Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've finished it. Set in Montreal, the world of Bilodo...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Madness of July
James Naughtie
A tale of spying and political machinations as a new British ambassador to Washington is about to be announced. There are several candidates who must be whistle clean. A mid-ranking...
 
 
 


If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay is a haunting novel about the power of love and loss – a story that won’t quite let you go. It will...
 
 
 


Maps: Their Untold Stories
Rose Mitchell, Andrew Janes
A map is a snapshot of a place, a city, a nation or even the world at a given point in time - fascinating for what they tell us about...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Of Winter's Cost
Geoff Akers
Oh my word! This is an impactive, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time,...
 
 
 


The Blazing World
Siri Hustvedt
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment:...
 
 
 


The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If...
 
 
 


The Dog
Joseph O'neill
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The new novel from Joseph O'Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning 'Netherland'. In 2007, a New...
 
 
 


Orfeo
Richard Powers
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab - the latest experiment...
 
 
 


The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Everyone knows the date of the Battle of Hastings. Far fewer people know what happened next...Set in the three...
 
 
 


Close to Home
Lisa Jackson
Sarah McAdams needs a fresh start. So she's come home to the shores of Oregon's wild Columbia river, to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters,...
 
 
 


The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
When time is running out every moment is precious...When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters...
 
 
 


Plenty More
Yotam Ottolenghi
Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate, grains celebrated with colour and flair. It's a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty changed...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Game Control
Lionel Shriver
From the Orange Prize-winning author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN comes a grimly comic tale of bad ideas and good intentions. With a deft, droll touch, Shriver highlights...
 
 
 


Rooms
Lauren Oliver
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton,...
 
 
 


Dark Road
Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ian Rankin might have taken a year off from writing novels, but this second offering (following his collection...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and...
 
 
 


Artefacts of the Dead
Tony Black
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although born in Australia, Tony Black was brought up in Scotland and his voice resounds powerful and authentic....
 
 
 


Mothers of the Disappeared: a J. McNee Mystery Set in Scotland
Russel D. McLean
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The Dundee-based A.J. McNee series reaches its fourth volume. McNee is a former cop and disgraced private investigator...
 
 
 


The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series...
 
 
 


The Thing About December
Donal Ryan
'He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand quiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldn't hear them talking. Mother must have been giving out about him...
 
 
 


Angelica's Smile
Andrea Camilleri
After sitting in the car on the hill for about ten minutes, Montalbano realized this was a big mistake. Because he didn't think at all about the investigation, the burglars,...
 
 
 


Remember, Remember
Lisa Cutts
This second book in the DC Nina Foster series (now optioned for a major TV drama) is a taut and gripping police procedural crime novel. When Nina returns to work...
 
 
 


The Quick
Lauren Owen
You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first, reader, you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother...
 
 
 


Alarm Girl
Hannah Vincent
When 11-year-old Indigo and her older brother Robin arrive in South Africa to stay with their father, they find a luxury lifestyle that is a world away from their modest...
 
 
 


Desert God
Wilbur Smith
Ex-slave. Philosopher. Chosen one. Taita has risen from nothing to become the most trusted man at the Pharaoh's side. Only he can plot a mission that will return Egypt to...
 
 
 


Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett
As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale...
 
 
 


Exposure
Kathy Reichs
Tory Brennan - great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan - and the Virals return for their most terrifying adventure yet. Morris Island has barely had a chance to return to...
 
 
 


Quartet for the End of Time
Johanna Skibsrud
This is a mesmerising tale of love, justice and the connections that transcend the passage of time, from the Giller prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud. The year is 1932, and America...
 
 
 


River God
Wilbur Smith
Ancient Egypt is the land of the Pharaohs, a kingdom built on gold as well as a legend shattered by greed. Now, the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by...
 
 
 


The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
You’ve probably already read the novel and seen the film but this beautiful foil hardback gift edition will be the icing on your bookshelf or that of another Fault in...
 
 
 


Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes
Tom Kerridge
'Every day I try to make each dish as good as it can be: my personal best ever. I like getting the balance of taste and texture just right, using...
 
 
 


The Visionist
Rachel Urquhart
'It was years before a Visionist came to the City of Hope. How could I have fathomed that her presence in our small, remote sanctuary - as unforeseen to her...
 
 
 


The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
Peter Swanson
In a Boston bar, George Foss catches sight of a woman from his past, someone he has been trying to forget ever since, as much in love with as in...
 
 
 


The House of Journalists
Tim Finch
A fashionable house in a London terrace, the House of Journalists is renowned around the world as a place of refuge for exiled writers who have fallen foul of oppressive...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Gabriel's Clock
Hilton Pashley
This fast-paced debut novel tells how Jonathan, the only half-angel, half- demon in the universe, sets out to find the mysterious Gabriel’s clock which has gone missing. Protected by his...
 
 
 


Monument to Murder
Mari Hannah
HE SELECTS. THEY DIE ...When skeletal remains are found beneath the fortified walls of an ancient castle on Northumberland's rugged coastline, DCI Kate Daniels calls on a forensic anthropologist to...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England....
 
 
 


Trial by Fire
Josephine Angelini
Fabulously different, this wonderfully exciting novel captures your imagination and allows it to soar alongside a truly captivating cast of characters. Lily Proctor, sick and traumatised, is lured into a...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Messenger of Fear
Michael Grant
Warning: if you only like lovely, gentle, sweet books, read this at your peril! This is painful, often uncomfortable, yet utterly fascinating… this is quite simply a novel to bury...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Awful Auntie
David Walliams
From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and...
 
 
 


Guinness World Records 2015
Guinness World Records
The world's best-selling annual is back and crammed with thousands of amazing new records, cool facts and awesome pictures! Ever wondered how far a dog can ride a scooter or...
 
 
 

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