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eBooks of the Month

The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set...
 
British Bulldog A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
May 2015 eBook of the Month. The ‘Mirabelle Bevan Mystery’ series continues to maintain the same convincing atmosphere and assured quality, yet with each book the author skilfully delivers a refreshingly different...
 
The Infidel Stain
M. J. Carter
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Another impressive and enthralling investigation by the newest and most original investigating team in town. It’s a bit of a shock to find Blake and Avery...
 
Without a Trace
Lesley Pearse
May 2015 eBook of the Month. An enjoyable, comforting read, even with murder, intrigue and abuse, sneaking and scheming their way through the pages. Set after the Second World War in 1953,...
 
The Cellar
Minette Walters
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however a more rational yet none the less uncomfortable and captivating...
 
Solitude Creek
Jeffery Deaver
May 2015 eBook of the Month. Feel the fear of the victims and witnesses, hear the thoughts of the cunning and extremely intimidating perpetrator, turn the final page and find yourself wanting...
 
No Other Darkness
Sarah Hilary
May 2015 eBook of the Month. An amazingly touching and immensely sad tale, we have DI Marnie Rome of Someone Else’s Skin investigating her second case after the bodies...
 

Other Featured eBooks this Month

What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime...
 
The Two of Us
Andy Jones
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a beautifully written and utterly compelling relationship tale. It’s easy to...
 
Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
May 2015 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...
 
Shoes for Anthony
Emma Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month. A gloriously evocative and touching read, capable of chattering with energy one minute and settling into an expressive silence the next. It feels as though the...
 
We are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
May 2015 Book of the Month. Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the...
 
The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
May 2015 Book of the Month. Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’ series is a distinctive and stimulating read. Simple punchy sentences...
 
The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month. A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story...
 
All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
May 2015 Book of the Month. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A big book in every way, powerful, intensely moving and awe inspiring. It traces the lives of blind...
 
The Illusionists
Rosie Thomas
May 2015 Book of the Month. A bit of a diversion for Rosie Thomas for this is a period novel of the late Victorian theatre world. It revolves around an illusionist who...
 
When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
May 2015 Book of the Month. We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about their history together. There is the high achiever, the one...
 
The Way Back Home
Freya North
May 2015 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to her roots, to old flames, the love of brothers...
 
World Gone by
Dennis Lehane
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2015 Book of the Month. Set during WW2 in Florida, this is a an epic recreation of Mafia life witnessed through the eyes of an Irish mob 'consigliere' whose...
 
Before I Go
Colleen Oakley
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A convincing and remarkably readable novel, writing with a lightness of touch, the author balances a tricky tightrope...
 
How I Lost You
Jenny Blackhurst
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Emma, who once was Susan, has served time in a psychiatric unit for murdering her twelve...
 
I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year old and a CID police partnership with a spark between...
 
The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Three young friends set out on a summer road trip, each one carrying secrets and sorrows. Squashed...
 
The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
Maxim Jakubowski May 2015 Highly Recommended. For a change, my highly recommended choice of the month is not a work of fiction, but a splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes...
 
Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin and Margo,...
 
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...
 
How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 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...
 
Paper Towns
John Green
A special hardback edition of John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at its heart is the powerful relationship between Quentin...
 
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...
 
The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which acts as the perfect encore. The start of each story begins with an extract and...
 
Bad Bones
Graham Marks
Suspend disbelief and throw yourself into an action-packed, creepy tale. 16 year old Gabe finds himself on the wrong side of an ambitious drug dealer in Los Angeles and life takes an even sharper turn for the worse when he...
 
Sister Noon
Karen Joy Fowler
An enticing and quite beguiling historical tale containing a strange but perfectly balanced blend of quirky fiction and political and social commentary. Set in San Francisco in the late 19th century you will find some of these characters are based...
 
The Strangler Vine
M. J. Carter
Absolutely riveting and fascinating in equal measure, the author seamlessly merges a fictional thrilling quest within the history of India and the East India Company during the mid 19th century. It’s a joy to read the interplay between the two...
 
Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his thirtieth book. He is ace and once hooked you’ve got lots to indulge in to find your favourite. Here we...
 
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm and could well prove a similar phenomenon in its English language edition. The tale of a young writer and his complex entanglement with an older more established novelist who is...
 
The Three
Sarah Lotz
A story told in journalistic style as a series of interviews, blogs, recorded conversations and official reports. As a style that can be irritating but Lotz pulls it off extremely well and I found it truly engaging. It is basically...
 
Labyrinth
Kate Mosse
I was privileged to visit Kate in her Carcassonne retreat and be shown the numerous locations she used throughout this novel; the exact tower, steps, house, street etc that feature in the action in this exciting tale. It’s a time-slip...
 
Dodger of the Dials
James Benmore
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The Artful Dodger is back! London streets' most vivacious thief, leaping through sewers onto roofs and down foggy streets, finds the metropolis a different place after some...
 
After the Crash
Michel Bussi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Arriving so soon after the recent Barcelona-Dusseldorf sad plane disaster, this novel about the aftermath and consequences of an Airbus crash in mountains can prove unsettling, although...
 
Nobody Walks
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Dead Lions, Herron's second Slough House spy thriller was, justly rewarded with the CWA Gold Dagger and his...
 
The Snow Kimono
Mark Henshaw
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An allusive and at times terribly poetic novel, this debut by an Australian author innovatively balances events that take place in contemporary Paris, the near past in...
 
The Fifth Heart
Dan Simmons
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another mighty impressive doorstopper from American author Dan Simmons who seems as adept at large canvas galactic SF opera as he is in pulling the strings of...
 
Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern...
 
The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and...
 
Day Four
Sarah Lotz
Walking in the footsteps of Stephen King, Lotz follows up on her impressive horror breakthrough The Three with yet another literal descent into unimaginable dread with this gripping tale of the cruise from hell (or should it be...
 
Us
David Nicholls
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 and enjoy this. It is...
 
Black Run
Antonio Manzini
An enthralling murder investigation set in stunning Alpine scenery where the scheming, shrewd, mercenary of a man in command appears to have materialised from the Dark Ages. Don’t be too hasty to make up your mind though, this is a...
 
One Small Act of Kindness
Lucy Dillon
Jason, Stock Exchange trader, is dismissed from his city job for misconduct. His wife, Libby, stands by him and they go back to his roots to help run his family’s B & B, his father having recently died. Libby...
 
Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase. He is best known for his horror but I think his greatest achievement is the way he shows...
 
Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy
Far From The Madding Crowd is a tale of loyalty, obsession and tragedy from a storytelling master. 2015 sees a major film release of probably Thomas Hardy's best novel, starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. The film...
 
Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy
A tale of love and loss - the first of Thomas Hardy's novels to win him widespread recognition and popularity - reissued to accompany a major motion picture due for release in May 2015. The film version of Far...
 
Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist. Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident in a Welsh hospital. Not only does it jump viewpoints,...
 
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015. 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...
 
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
A very special book indeed, magical in all its senses, which won the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award for best book. Slow to get into and long, it is written in the style of the period in which...
 
Broken Monsters
Lauren Beukes
A truly sensational thriller; intelligent, pacey and unusually beautiful. It borders on the supernatural, taking you just as far as “suspension of disbelief” will allow, and is certainly not just your ordinary cop-chases-serial-killer. Disparate characters drawn from the seething streets...
 
Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not...
 
Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one...
 
Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in the UK later), Canadian author Mandel breaks through with a...
 
After Flodden
Rosemary Goring
Meticulous research and superlative writing brings to life the little known but important Battle of Flodden in 1513 and the consequences to Scotland and its people. Combining political intrigue and romance it is told through the eyes of several characters...
 
Trouble
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors,James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your...
 
River of Smoke
Amitav Ghosh
You really should read the first in this trilogy, The Sea of Poppies, before embarking upon this huge, sprawling epic history for, although not all the characters of that first book are followed here, you will appreciate this so...
 
No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
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 years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their...
 
Jam and Roses
Mary Gibson
Three different sisters, a drunken wife-beating father who also beat them when he could catch them and a very tough life in the back streets of London’s East End in the 1920s. The girls certainly had some stories to tell,...
 
Can't and Won't
Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories. The stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language - achieving always the extraordinary, unmatched precision which makes...
 
The Secret Life of Sleep
Kat Duff
Why do we sleep? Do we know how we cross from waking to sleep? And dreams and nightmares how do they fit in? These questions and more are addressed in The Secret Life of Sleep. For the lucky majority sleep...
 
Sea of Poppies
Amitav Ghosh
The first in the breathtaking trilogy on the history of the opium wars. This starts just before in a time of colonial upheaval, the 1830s. Full of minutiae, strong characters and vivid images, this sweeps you through a fascinating period...
 
The Boy Who Could See Death
Salley Vickers
From Salley Vickers, bestselling author of Miss Garnet's Angel, comes The Boy Who Could See Death, an enchanting and unsettling collection of short stories. Charming, sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always well written, these are little jewels from...
 
The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of...
 
The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2014. In Tangiers an earthquake rips through the town swallowing buildings including Harry and Robin’s home and Dillon, their sleeping three year old son who Harry should never have left in the house...
 
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
If you have only recently discovered Coelho, or if you have yet to discover this utterly brilliant and breathtaking author, who until quite recently was one of the world’s most unsung authors then jump into one of his novels right...
 
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious,...
 
Wild and Free
Wendy Holden
A witty, at times cynical look at life through the antics of a group of people at a music/literary festival. Some are going there to forget, some to reclaim youth, some to re-establish old links and some just to...
 
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Winner of the Costa Book of the year 2014. Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2014. Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. Owning and training a hawk...
 
Cut Out
Fergus McNeill
An extraordinary, well-written, fast-moving and intelligent murder mystery. It is a tale of obsession and murder, both premeditated and unintentional, the contrasts are intriguing. The fine line between sanity and insanity is beautifully drawn. We follow a reclusive computer geek,...
 
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn
Vina Jackson
So, so much more than just erotica - this arty highly provocative novel includes themes of loss, release and liberation. Summer’s partner has died, as a violinist she is able to truly escape and express her feelings through her music....
 
God Help the Child
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.
 
The Stolen Ones
Owen Laukkanen
Beware, not for the faint-hearted! We have Balzano and Byrne of The Killing Room picking up a cold case with little paperwork attached as the previous detective died suddenly of a brain aneurysm and was obviously ill when working on...
 
Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
Opening with an essay on how writing has helped the author understand her background and heritage, this short, sharp collection takes us right through her career. Each story has an introduction, impressive and enlightening. But it is the stories themselves...
 
Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. This magnificent series continues with one of the best. New readers will miss out a little on the character development but still be captivated by the tale … then read the rest....
 
Keep Your Friends Close
Paula Daly
A tale of a complicated relationship, a cunning predator and fatal repercussions. It is very good. Nat and Sean are solidly married but an old university friend of Nat’s upsets the equilibrium and now both women seem to become a...
 
The Incorruptibles
John Hornor Jacobs
Is it a simple adventure or an analysis of class structure? Either way it’s a great read. Down at the bottom, half-breed mercenary Shoestring is unaware of the political struggle into which he and his friend Fisk are being drawn...
 
Hunting Season
Andrea Camilleri
Camilleri turns away from his famed Detective Inspector Montalbano series and gives us a tongue-in-cheek historical romp in 1880 Sicily. Don Filippo wants a son, his eccentric noble friends all give him suggestions as to the best sexual ploys to...
 
The Hilltop
Assaf Gavron
We are in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank, present day. Its patriarch is Athniel Assis, a wheeler dealer who is adept at playing the system and various bits of the Government off against each other. It turns out...
 
Gwendolen
Diana Souhami
Set in the middle of the 19th century, this is the story of Gwendolen Harleth from her early twenties on. It is always from her point of view and told as if she were writing to Daniel Deronda, the recipient...
 
The Gracekeepers
Kirsty Logan
Tells a magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home. When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the...
 
The Fugitives
Panos Karnezis
In his first novel for five years, Panos Karnezis tells a story of almost elemental directness. The dilemmas faced by his characters are stark in their simplicity, and yet seemingly incapable of resolution. This short novel has profound things to...
 
First Impressions
Charlie Lovett
A dual-time tale, one tracing the relationship of Jane Austen with a fictional character, Richard Mansfield, who may have influenced her work, and the other with present-day Sophie who may have proof of that influence, but others want that proof,...
 
The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay
Andrea Gillies
Nina is convalescing in Greece after a road accident. She has returned to her honeymoon island of twenty-five years ago to find calm after separating from her husband Paolo. Nina grew up in a Scottish village and married one of...
 
The Emperor Waltz
Philip Hensher
Three narrative strands, three impressive recreations of 4th century Rome, 1920’s Germany and London in the 80s. It is an epic ‘blockbuster’ of a book, eccentric, powerful, challenging, full of secrets, hostility, passion and love; huge in scope, impossible to...
 
Desert God
Wilbur Smith
It started with the magnificent River God in 1993. Now we have its sequel. Wilbur Smith has gone back to the start of his Egyptian series but you do not have to have read any of them to revel in...
 
The Crooked House
Christobel Kent
An atmospheric, creepy tale of a deeply traumatised girl, the sole survivor of her murdered family; mother, brother, twin sisters and then the father who turned the gun on himself … or did he? She, Alison, is brought up by...
 
The Children Act
Ian McEwan
The slow decline of a long and happy marriage set against the ascent of a young life recovering from a near fatal illness. The boy is a Jehovah’s Witness and his parents and church forbid blood transfusions. The hospital wants...
 
At Night We Walk in Circles
Daniel Alarcon
Set in Peru (although the country is never named), this is a gentle tale that gets under your skin in a way you would least expect. Nothing dramatic occurs for a long time and you are carried along, totally absorbed,...
 
Acts of Omission
Terry Stiastny
An intriguing novel, set in late 90s London but with its secrets and privacy, press vs the government vs the security services story, managing to be terribly relevant to today as well. Terry Stiastny was a BBC journalist and the...
 
Adventures in Human Being
Gavin Francis
In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the...
 
Nigella Bites (Nigella Collection)
Nigella Lawson
Packed with fresh ideas and exciting new twists on old favourites, this book brings you simple recipes to add flavour to your busy life - from quick family meals and easy suppers to dinner party menus and roast lunches.
 
Thief's Magic
Trudi Canavan
A highly enjoyable fantasy adventure and the start of a new series by an acclaimed and prolific author. Two parallel stories unfold in very different locations. The first plot concerns a young sorcerer who steals a truly remarkable book, leading...
 
The Day Shift
Charlaine Harris
The second volume in Charlaine Harris's Midnight, Texas new series, sees the saga growing in scope, and could well soon be rivalling her Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) predecessor in reader popularity. A close-knit community where supernatural activities are a quiet...
 
The Corridor of Certainty
Geoffrey Boycott
Does this new autobiography denote a changed man? Geoffrey Boycott has had to cope with some life-changing events in recent years, the stress and resultant media furore over his court case for assault and then surgery and strenuous radiotherapy for...
 
The Letters of Ivor Punch
Colin MacIntyre
ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING meets Ross Raisin via HAMISH MACBETH: an exuberant debut by Colin MacIntyre, an acclaimed Scottish musician and 'a real storyteller' (according to Simon Mayo).
 

Last Month's Featured eBooks

I Left My Tent in San Francisco
Emma Kennedy
Startlingly honest and ridiculously funny, I Left My Tent in San Francisco is the miraculous story of how the hapless pair made it back alive to tell the disastrous tale....
 
 
I am China
Xiaolu Guo
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A tale of love and politics, of poetry and repression. In 1999 two Chinese students hid as a café is stormed...
 
 
Natural Born Heroes
Christopher McDougall
Everything you've been told about exercise is wrong. This book takes us to research laboratories in Germany, an assault course in the Brazilian jungle and Parisian parkour routes, exploding exercise...
 
 
More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlistedfor the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with...
 
 
Aren't We Sisters?
Patricia Ferguson
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. If you are a fan of Ferguson’s last book, The Midwife’s Daughter, you will recognise some characters but if you haven’t...
 
 
The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. London 1922. Frances and her mother lost all their male relatives in the war and are left struggling with a big...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Sahar Delijani
Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations...
 
 
Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A touching tale of an educated, free thinking lad and his relationship with an unscrupulous family upon whom he is billeted...
 
 
Dear Thief
Samantha Harvey
Longlisted for the Bailey's Womens Prize for Fiction 2015. The book begins in 2001 when an unnamed woman starts to write to an estranged friend. She reminisces back to 1976...
 
 
How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive...
 
 
The Lady from Zagreb
Philip Kerr
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Cynical Berlin cop Bernie Gunther who has, through a series of captivating novels, engineered his way through...
 
 
Infidelities
Kirsty Gunn
What can one say about such a collection of stories on infidelity except read them. They cover the spectrum, divided into three sections, “Going Out”, “Staying Out” and “Never Coming...
 
 
The Death House
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. British author Pinborough has a strong record in the horror and SF field, and...
 
 
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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised...
 
 
The World's War
David Olusoga
That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t...
 
 
The Dressmaker of Dachau
Mary Chamberlain
Spanning the intense years of war, The Dressmaker of Dachau is a dramatic tale of love, conflict, betrayal and survival. It is the compelling story of one young woman's resolve...
 
 
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Heather O'neill
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A coming-of-age novel that will stay long in your memory. At 6, Nouschka is the child star daughter of Quebecs most...
 
 
The Taxidermist's Daughter
Kate Mosse
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. This is magnificent. It’s a gothic tale of murder, superstition and mystery that will really keep you glued to your seat. Four...
 
 
Wartime Sweethearts
Lizzie Lane
The Sweet family have run the local bakery for as long as anyone can remember. Twins Ruby and Mary Sweet help their widowed father out when they can. Mary loves...
 
 
Revolution
Russell Brand
Russell Brand lays bare the discontent running below the surface of life, everything from the political inaction on corruption in the financial industry to the demonization of the poor and...
 
 
The Walk Home
Rachel Seiffert
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Silence of the Sea
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
April 2015 Book of the Month. In Iceland grandparents and a young child go to the port to meet a yacht with...
 
 
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
It is almost impossible to talk about how good Neil Gaiman’s writing is in a short review like this; once started it is hard to stop. He is wonderful. Truly....
 
 
The Porcelain Thief
Huan Hsu
China, 1938 and Huan Hsu’s grandfather had to save the the family heirlooms, they were facing the Japanese invasion and had to flee, hoping their possessions would stay hidden in...
 
 
Acts of the Assassins
Richard Beard
Sequel to Lazarus is Dead but it easily stands alone. It is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, a ‘what if’ story. Here it asks ‘what if the Roman Empire...
 
 
The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very different...
 
 
Havana Sleeping
Martin Davies
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. A tale of early espionage and skulduggery that spills over from London to Cuba. George Blackhouse is immensely flattered when promoted and...
 
 
I am Radar
Reif Larsen
One of those incredible once-in-a-lifetime books that is almost impossible to describe. It is about family history, physics, art, politics, performance, sacrifice, identity and so much more. It is essentially...
 
 
Miracle at Augusta
James Patterson
The sequel to Miracle on the 17th Green published in 2005 where Travis’ golf turned a corner but he loses everything else in his life. It is very untypical for...
 
 
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
Harry Bingham
Fiona has Cotard’s Syndrome, an illness fully explained in her first book. This is book three and once again we are given essential back-story information so you do not need...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Half Wild
Sally Green
April 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Half Bad was one of the most talked about Young Adult books of 2014....
 
 
Barbarians
Tim Glencross
April 2015 Debut of the Month. The Islington Labour Party set and a bunch...
 
 
No Name Lane
Howard Linskey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Over the past couple of years, Penguin have been renewing their local crime stable with enterprise and...
 
 
Ava's Gift
Jason Mott
A sad tale of the extraordinary power of a 13-year old girl who in an unguarded moment saves her dear friend’s life after an accident. News spreads of a miracle...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer...
 
 
The Honours
Tim Clare
April 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Quite simply breathtaking, it’s all too easy...
 
 
Reader Reviewed That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulously refreshing and fascinating debut, there’s nothing...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl...
 
 
Black Valley
Charlotte Williams
A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely shortly before publication...
 
 
The Boy I Love
Lynda Bellingham
Young actress Sally lands herself an assistant stage manager and bit-part acting job at a repertory theatre in Crewe. This is 1982 when rep theatre was still profitable ... just,...
 
 
The Doll Maker
Richard Montanari
Although part of a series that features Byrne and Balzano there is no need to read the previous books in order to enjoy this one. The story is tightly plotted...
 
 
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Laini Taylor
The third in the amazing trilogy which began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. These books are like nothing else. The depth of imagery, the twisting of plot and ideas,...
 
 
The Golem of Hollywood
Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
This slightly weird but intensely wonderful crime novel has more than a whiff of fantasy weaving through the hard edged gritty hunt for a killer. The ancient tale of Cain...
 
 
Inside Enemy
Alan Judd
Charles Thoroughgood is now boss of MI6. Fans will welcome him back, newcomers will get more out of this with a bit of background knowledge but it is not strictly...
 
 
The Mill Girl
Rosie Goodwin
1850 and the story of Maryann whose life seems to be doomed with one disaster after another. Many early deaths leave her the central female figure of a large family....
 
 
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...
 
 
The Night Falling
Katherine Webb
The devastating effect of the First World War in rural Italy is portrayed here in Puglia in 1921. The absentee landowners left their farms to be run by fascist black...
 
 
Otherwise Engaged
Amanda Quick
Amanda Quick is one of the pseudonyms of Jayne Ann Krentz, one of the bestselling romance writers in the world. Many of Krentz’s books have a supernatural element but this...
 
 
Shopaholic to the Stars
Sophie Kinsella
Becky’s husband Luke and young daughter Minnie move to LA for a few months while Luke takes up a new client, a movie star. Becky can’t wait! She’ll meet A-list...
 
 
The Storms of War
Kate Williams
A wealthy English family suffers the effects of World War I. The hook here is that the father is of German extraction and imprisoned once the war starts. Naturally...
 
 
Theft of Life
Imogen Robertson
London 1785. The effects and cruelty of the slave trade appals many but there are those who will kill to protect their reputation. This is the heart of this wonderful...
 
 
The White Russian
Vanora Bennett
A great story, a great read and a fascinating period. This is Paris 1937 set mostly among the Russian émigré community. Twenty-one year old Evie, an American girl, goes to...
 
 
The Forever Girl
Alexander McCall Smith
Clover (real name Sally) meets James in primary school. She is six years old. By the time she is 13 she realises she is truly in love with James but...
 
 
Reader Reviewed If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a charming tale of will she/won’t she while we know exactly what she should do. Whether she does or...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Day We Disappeared
Lucy Robinson
April 2015 Book of the Month. A hugely enjoyable romance with the horsey world of thee-day eventing as its backdrop overshadowed by...
 
 
Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Seed
Lisa Heathfield
Fifteen year old Pearl has lived all her life at Seed, a nature-worshipping cult led by a self-imposed father figure, Papa S. Pearl is happy, despite, or maybe because of,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
A rollercoaster story that will pick all readers up and sweep them along in a story that is romantic, tragic, funny and profound. Twins Noah and Jude live their lives...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Good Girl
Fiona Neill
April 2015 Book of the Month. The basis of this novel is a porn video that goes viral and the story behind...
 
 
Littlejohn's Lost World
Richard Littlejohn
Born in the early 1950’s, Richard Littlejohn, experienced childhood without computers and wall-to-wall TV and had the freedom to roam in town or country. Now, when parents would be prosecuted...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Cavendon Women
Barbara Taylor Bradford
April 2015 Book of the Month. This follows on from Cavendon Hall and is a projected series of novels set around...
 
 
The Whole Pantry
Belle Gibson
Packed with over 80 scrumptious new recipes to heal the body Belle Gibson's first cookbook, The Whole Pantry, refreshes our food habits with recipes that are as easy-to-do as they...
 
 
Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
April 2015 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark...
 
 
50 People Who Screwed Up Scotland
Allan Brown
Allan Brown, former Scottish journalist of the year, offers us some withering criticism of those who, in his opinion, have screwed up Scotland. Targets range from Alex Salmond to Sean...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
April 2015 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all...
 
 
How to Be a Husband
Tim Dowling
Not wishing to lead by example, Tim Dowling, does however have over 20 years of husbandly experience to offer those who would like to ask; Tim, how can I be...
 
 
Academy Street
Mary Costello
Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street...
 
 
Adultery
Paulo Coelho
Short chapters, staccato dialogue, easy to read, profoundly disturbing, easy to understand and simply beautiful. This is classic Coelho, author of the renowned The Alchemist. It is extraordinary how he...
 
 
All My Puny Sorrows
Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men:...
 
 
All That is Solid Melts into Air
Darragh McKeon
An Irish writer addresses the collapse of the Soviet Union through the lives of people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It is a terrific book. Through a set of...
 
 
The Lost Child
Caryl Phillips
This is a beautifully articulate and poignant novel, at times it maintains a discreet solitary distance from its own moving story, ensuring that as moments of realisation steal into your...
 
 
Normal
Graeme Cameron
Our narrator serial killer randomly selects his female victims, killing without compunction, dismembers the bodies and buries the parts. Sometimes he incarcerates them in a purpose-built cage bolted to...
 
 
Pleasantville
Attica Locke
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a...
 
 
The Beekeeper's Daughter
Santa Montefiore
1932 and Grace, the estate’s beekeeper’s daughter, falls for Rufus the son and heir of the big house. Knowing he is far beyond her reach she marries faithful Freddy....
 
 
Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany. We follow two fourteen year old girls longing to lose their virginity but...
 
 
California
Edan Lepucki
Economic collapses have left the world in ruins. It hasn’t ended, just changed. A couple survive alone in the woods until curiosity drives them to seek a community. And with...
 
 
Caught
Lisa Moore
A tale of drug running, of a couple of ineffectual lads, one who keeps getting caught, of undercover cops, a strange loyalty and great adventure. Slaney and Hearn are in...
 
 
What Ends
Andrew Ladd
An achingly poignant and touching read, and one that leaves you with a lingering wistful thoughtfulness as you turn the last page. Humans are abandoning and rats are taking over...
 
 
Child 44
Tom Rob Smith
This is a brilliant first novel from an exceptional writer. Set in Stalinist Russia, it is a tight and gripping tale of an MGB officer who starts to question his...
 
 
The Country of Ice Cream Star
Sandra Newman
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Set in the ruins of a futuristic America, this is about a 15-year old girl, Ice Cream Star. She lives in...
 
 
Disappeared
Anthony Quinn
A string of murders are all connected by a single strand spun out of the past... but as Inspector Celcius Daly knows, the past is never dead... it's not even...
 
 
The Escape
David Baldacci
Great story well told and even worth reading a second time. I say this for it does feel a lot like an earlier book only brought up to date to...
 
 
The Hawley Book of the Dead
Chrysler Szarlan
It starts with what could be a murder; a magician’s theatrical trick gone fatally wrong. It continues into a magic-laced family drama. It ends up as a vision-fuelled thriller full...
 
 
The Heroes' Welcome
Louisa Young
The sequel to My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You which was set during World War I. This is 1919 and Riley has returned from the front with part...
 
 
How to Build a Girl
Caitlin Moran
Dumpy teenager scores ... or does she? Do her rebellious and outrageous actions actually benefit her? Is this indeed how you build a girl? I hope not. Dropping out of...
 
 
It's Not Me, it's You
Mhairi McFarlane
The overall message in this witty read is that even if things don’t work out, risks are worth taking. This is Mhairi’s third romantic comedy and I would recommend them...
 
 
Kill Baxter
Charlie Human
Teenage involuntary super hero, Baxter Zevcenko was first introduced in the manic Apocalypse Now Now, which managed to feature high school porn rings, zombies, pan dimensional octopi and transsexual valkyries....
 
 
The Killing Season
Mason Cross
A suspenseful thriller debut introducing Carter Blake, a bullet-proof American hero in the mould of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne, created by a new British author. Blake is a professional...
 
 
The Long Mars
Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
With its origins in a 'doodle' of a few thousand words that Terry Pratchett wrote nearly thirty years ago, 'The Long Earth' series, written with Stephen Baxter, goes from strength...
 
 
The Moon Pool
Sophie Littlefield
Two women from very different backgrounds go to the frozen wastes of North Dakota in search of their teenage sons. They form an uneasy, slightly mistrusting alliance realising they will...
 
 
Private Vegas
James Patterson
The ninth in his Private series sees Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, in heaps of trouble, mostly in LA, despite the title. You’ve got three or four sub-plots running...
 
 
The Repercussions
Catherine Hall
A heartbreaking story of war contrasting two women, one a nurse during World War I who is based in the Brighton Pavilion nursing injured Indian soldiers but only in a...
 
 
The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins
Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh, renowned for the shocking, is, I think, trying to do so with this title. He characteristically embraces contemporary subjects such as our obsession with food, sex and keeping...
 
 
Sleeping Late on Judgement Day
Tad Williams
This is the third in the trilogy which began with The Dirty Streets of Heaven. Bobby Dollar is an angel, though he often seems to have more in common...
 
 
Summer of the Dead
Julia Keller
The third murder mystery to feature Belfa (Bell) Elkins, the County Prosecutor of a small community in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia. Her troubled past plays on her. Her imprisoned...
 
 
The Third Wife
Lisa Jewell
It is when the third wife is killed that Adrian at last has a long hard look at his life. He has five kids, two from the first marriage,...
 
 
Wartime Girls
Anne Baker
The story of a widow and her three very different daughters. They all have babies, in and out of wedlock, and the mother is hard pressed to do the right...
 
 
Young God
Katherine Faw Morris
Elliptical and powerful, this savage novel follows the blighted life of Nikki, a wild teenager in North Carolina on the run from a children's home seeking refuge with her drug...
 
 
The Whitehall Mandarin
Edward Wilson
Praised as the thinking man's John Le Carre, Wilson has a natural touch for the intrigues of intercontinental spying like no other. His new thriller revisits the darkest days of...
 
 
The Serpentine Road
Paul Mendelson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Mendelson's debut thriller The First Rule of Survival, shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, was a...
 
 
Kill Fee
Owen Laukkanen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A third successful outing for Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens and his occasional FBI special agent and...
 
 
The Shore
Sara Taylor
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, The Shore is a richly unique, breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut novel by...
 
 
After Before
Jemma Wayne
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. “That was the day that Mama made the rules: If they come, run. Be quiet and run. But not together. Never...
 
 
When Mr Dog Bites
Brian Conaghan
Shortlistedfor the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal This is the launch of a major new writing talent. Brian Conaghan makes you travel every step of the way in Dylan's shoes,...
 
 
The Secret Countess
Eva Ibbotson
By the award-winning and bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea, a novel that sings with characteristic Ibbotson warmth and wit, now with a beautiful new cover look.
 
 
Magic Flutes
Eva Ibbotson
Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock...
 
 
The Offering
Grace McCleen
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A stunning novel about faith, innocence and sin, the tale of an unusual rite of passage with terrible consequences by the...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured eBooks

Half Bad
Sally Green
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015. Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. Important questions are posed in this richly imagined...
 
 
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to...
 
 
The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks
Two stories, two very different couples and their lives come together right at the end in a real tear-jerking manner. One story is of 91-year old Ira reflecting on his...
 
 
The Invisible Library
Genevieve Cogman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. I've always been a sucker for bibliomysteries, stories involving books, lost, real or apocryphal and Cogman's science...
 
 
The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter of John Le Carre makes her debut with...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The King's Sister
Anne O'Brien
March 2015 Book of the Month. A passionate, all-consuming yet very sad love story in violent times, that of Elizabeth of Lancaster,...
 
 
Deliciously Ella
Ella Woodward
Successful health blogger, Ella Woodward knows all about eating a poor diet overloaded with sugar and, having reformed her own diet she now shares her healthy eating regime. She includes...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Holy Spy
Rory Clements
A galloping good yarn, stuffed full to the brim with double crossing intrigue, yet intelligently braced against historical fact and figures. The mostly cool, calm and collected spy John Shakespeare...
 
 
14th Deadly Sin
James Patterson
Another ace in one of his best series with one of his best co-authors, Maxine Pietro. It is a Women’s Murder Club which, if this is your first, fear not,...
 
 
Behind Closed Doors
Susan Lewis
The English Jodi Picoult who has always written a good plot has suddenly taken a leap forward with her writing too. She tackles nutty issues, winds a crime round them...
 
 
The Betrayers
David Bezmozgis
A fascinating departure for Bezmozgis who had quickly established itself as a superior chronicler of Jewish immigration to North America and now turns his talents to an ambiguous tale of...
 
 
Bravo
Greg Rucka
The second in the Jed Bell spy series following Alpha but it does stand alone. It is classic save-the-country-from-a-terrifying-assault tale with Bell and his team after a terrorist leader, the...
 
 
Celebrations in Burracombe
Lilian Harry
Continuing the lives in a Devon village of a lovely bunch of characters in the late 50s who, if you have not met before, you will get to know very...
 
 
The Devil's Seal
Peter Tremayne
The 25th in Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fedelma series, murder mysteries set in 7th Century Ireland. If you’ve not read the series before you should absolutely start at the beginning with...
 
 
The Distance
Helen Giltrow
A complicated book which requires getting inside an experimental prison called “The Programme” to eliminate, well I won’t tell you. Hit-man Simon Johanssen is given the job and Charlotte Alton...
 
 
The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have reverted back to a sort of medieval state. Births are always twins, one alpha, healthy...
 
 
The Leopards of Normandy: Devil
David Churchill
The first in a trilogy of William the Conqueror. With four pages of Personnae and over 500 pages of story you really do get a huge slice of history which,...
 
 
Frost in the Sun
Claire Lorrimer
A daughter of a Spanish aristocrat is sent to a boarding school in England, becomes friendly with a quiet girl and embraced by her family. But this is the 1930s...
 
 
Glow
Ned Beauman
Named by Granta as one of the 20 best novelists of his generation, this is Beauman’s third novel and something of a departure for him. A complex, sophisticated, modern thriller...
 
 
Hell's Gate
Richard Crompton
An African Kenyan-based police novel. It is the second outing for former Maasai Warrior Mollel who has a strange and volatile brother. In book one they leave the reservation to...
 
 
Invisible
James Patterson
A female FBI analyst uses all her powers of persuasion to track a killer she believes murdered her sister and others in what the force is putting down to accidental...
 
 
The Killing 3
David Hewson
Fans of the TV series should also love these books as, to be honest, should any fan of excellent crime fiction. This one pretty faithfully follows the plot of the...
 
 
The Whispering City
Sara Moliner
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Since the deserved worldwide success of Zafon's cultured thrillers, Barcelona has been the place to go...
 
 
Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims
Toby Clements
A novel of the Wars of the Roses which is becoming the new Tudors, if you get my meaning, i.e. the new favourite period for historical novelists. This is the...
 
 
The Dandelion Years
Erica James
A meatier read than is the author’s norm with a lot of research into the World War II years at Bletchley Park for our present day protagonist, Saska, discovers a...
 
 
Last Year's Nightingale
Claire Lorrimer
First published in 1984 Hodder are bringing this lovely author’s work back for a new audience. Being historical novels they don’t date. Claire is a prolific and passionate writer who...
 
 
The Lincoln Myth
Steve Berry
The ninth in Berry’s Cotton Malone series and though they’re fun, so worth reading, they’re designed as standalone books so don’t have to be read in order. This one delves...
 
 
Lost Lake
Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen’s novels are literally magical. Set in the deep South and imbued with just the right mixture of romance and magic, they are beautiful, whimsical joys to read....
 
 
Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites
Mary Berry
Based on Mary Berry’s new 6-part BBC2 TV series, a selection of her absolute favourite recipes, tried and trusted, fuss-free recipes for meals that provide the bedrock for any aspiring...
 
 
The Munitions Girls
Rosie Archer
A Glasgow-based, wartime saga about the importance of friendship. Three girls work in the munitions factory and help each other in their different ways. Of course when the factory blows...
 
 
No Mercy
Roberta Kray
This is the tenth London gangland thriller from an author who obviously knows her stuff. She was married to Reggie Kray, albeit only for three years until he died, but...
 
 
Fourth of July Creek
Smith Henderson
Rural Montana in the 80s. Pete Smith is a young social worker with huge problems of his own. In attempting to return a near-feral lad to his family he becomes...
 
 
Mightier Than the Sword
Jeffrey Archer
The fifth volume in the Clifton Chronicles being the life of the Barringtons. The last finished with the IRA trying to sabotage their new Atlantic liner. Arch enemies reappear, Giles...
 
 
Pyramid
David Gibbins
Another of the famed archaeologist Jack Howard’s great adventures. Set mostly in present day Egypt with the unrest taking over the country, resulting in horrendous acts of cruelty and murder....
 
 
Reckless
William Nicholson
From Hiroshima to the Cuban Crisis, a novel that centres on the fear of the nuclear bomb, bringing in the Profumo affair, the Cold War and the threat of the...
 
 
War Babies
Annie Murray
Childhood urchins Danny and Rachel turn into sweethearts and an early pregnancy ensues resulting in a daughter they both adore. All is good but along comes World War II. Danny...
 
 
Saving Grace
Jane Green
Coming from a disruptive and unhappy childhood Grace eventually falls on her feet and marries a famous American author. Life is good for some twenty years until their reliable assistant...
 
 
The Scent of Almonds and other stories
Camilla Lackberg
This is a collection of stories previously released individually in digital editions, available together for the first time. The title story is very much in the style of Agatha Christie...
 
 
The Silent Boy
Andrew Taylor
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. In the Scent of Death Andrew Taylor introduced us to Edward Savill, a young English clerk in British controlled Manhattan at the...
 
 
Single, Carefree, Mellow
Katherine Heiny
Displaying a light deftness of touch while highlighting a contorted darkness, these eleven short stories emphasise the more twisted and melancholy side of relationships. Plaintive hearts and minds, often shying...
 
 
Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first in a trilogy, a family saga following the Langdons over one hundred years, beginning in 1920. This volume goes through to 1953. They are a farming family of...
 
 
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan
A stand-alone sequel to The Little Beach Street Bakery but much enhanced if you’ve read the first for this continues the life of Polly and Huckle (and the puffin Neil)....
 
 
Tell the Girl
Sandra Howard
A glamorous novel geared towards the older woman coming to terms with age and all it entails … wrinkles etc! With fascinating detail on the modelling life in America in...
 
 
The Unwitting
Ellen Feldman
A relationship tale with a difference; original, clever and set during the Cold War. The story spans a fascinating period in USA history, when the country was rocked by racial...
 
 
Prodigal Son
Danielle Steel
A story of twin brothers, of rivalry, jealousy and pure evil. Michael is the blue-eyed boy, Peter a failure. Michael became a doctor, Peter a banker. Both marry, raise a...
 
 
The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Amanda Owen
Well known from her appearances on ITV’s The Dales, Amanda Owen is one of those lucky people living their dreams. Amanda Owen lives in a remote corner of Yorkshire; she’s...
 
 
Zodiac Station
Tom Harper
Tom Harper might well be the best thriller writer you’ve never heard of. Set deep in the Arctic Circle, Zodiac begins from the perspective of the captain of an ice-breaking...
 
 
Redeployment
Phil Klay
An utterly compelling read giving an insight into the wars in Iraq, written with a frank, decisive and convincing hand. Once you start reading, you quite simply don't want to...
 
 
Road Ends
Mary Lawson
A gentle story about people and in particular a family where the wife just loves having babies. She has had eight children, one boy died and there is one hard-working,...
 
 
Creature Comforts
Trisha Ashley
One of Trisha Ashley’s best, a charming romance with lots going on and a good central character in Izzy. Some chapters start with her dreams which add a nice touch....
 
 
The Sandman
Lars Kepler
This is a powerhouse of a read, it will tempt and cajole you into reading faster and faster, the last page will whisper seductively to you but hold...
 
 
As Good as it Gets?
Fiona Gibson
A great insight from the female point of view into the modern family and of the burdens of holding the family together when things go down hill. Happy unit, Mum,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Secrets Sisters Keep
Sinead Moriarty
This is Sinead Moriarty’s tenth novel and it’s at her heart-warming, tear-jerking best. The Devlin sisters are best friends, but each has a secret in her life that she can’t...
 
 
Alex Hollywood: My Busy Kitchen - A Lifetime of Family Recipes
Alex Hollywood
Paul Hollywood steps aside from the spotlight to reveal his wife Alex. A self-taught cook who comes from an impressive food-loving family she believes in good cooking without fuss, simple...
 
 
The Poetry of Sex
Sophie Hannah
Romance and poetry seem to go hand in hand but - implicit, explicit, nuanced or starkly frank - sex itself has long been a staple subject for poets. This book...
 
 
Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
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 preparation, the family entanglements,...
 
 
Welcome to Braggsville
T. Geronimo Johnson
A strangely original and wonderfully thought provoking novel. By no means a simple read, the author writes in such a way as to make you think and consider. The lack...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Raven's Head
Karen Maitland
March 2015 Book of the Month. The quest for eternal life; a tale of alchemy and skulduggery in the thirteenth century. Starting...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Catalyst
Helena Coggan
Positively and dynamically different, this debut provokes and challenges your interest from the first few pages. Although classed as fantasy, it doesn't feel as though it should be exclusively pigeon-holed...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
March 2015 Book of the Month. James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother,...
 
 
I Knew the Bride
Hugo Williams
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. I Knew the Bride is no mere rehearsal of old lives lived; instead it takes the author and his readers into...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
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 Genetics in
 
 
Insurgent
Veronica Roth
This is heart-pounding dystopian fiction at its very best. Insurgent is the thrillingly dark sequel to the New York Times bestselling debut, Divergent. No teenager should miss these great...
 
 
Once Upon a Time in the West...Country
Tony Hawks
Not one for the rural life, Tony, partner Fran and their child on the way move to the deep countryside. Is this Tony’s challenge to himself, to take up rural...
 
 
Every Mother's Son
Val Wood
A pure delight from start to finish. Val Wood is very good at nineteenth century history. This moves from manor house and farming in Yorkshire to Italy and a fist...
 
 
Camille
Pierre Lemaitre
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and...
 
 
Landmarks
Robert Macfarlane
Infused with the poetry of the land, Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks explores and celebrates the close relationship between the landscape and the words we use to describe it, an outpouring of...
 
 
The Life Intended
Kristin Harmel
The night before Patrick was killed in a car accident he was going to tell his young wife Kate some wonderful news. She never hears it. Twelve years later Kate...
 
 
The Tears of Dark Water
Corban Addison
A huge drama of nearly 500 compulsive pages where the kidnapping of an American boy, the death of his father and the complications of the negotiator tackling the Somali pirates...
 
 
A to Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Forty year old Ivo is dying of kidney failure. As he lies in his hospice bed his sister tries to persuade him to...
 
 
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery
Julie Wassmer
Who would have thought Whitstable was such a centre of crime? First it seems there is some mystery surrounding the oyster beds, then two connected dead bodies turn up within...
 
 
Toxic
Jamie Doward
A frightening thriller showing how easy it might be for the stock market to be manipulated by the unscrupulous. It is a complicated tale of an Arab prince and supporter...
 
 
The Midwife's Sister
Christine Lee
The woman whose stories were the foundation for the books and later the TV series Call the Midwife had a troubled start in life. Here Jennifer Worth’s sister reveals their...
 
 
Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro
March 2015 Book of the Month. Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is like nothing he's ever written before though many of...
 
 
The Darkest Hour
Barbara Erskine
March 2015 Book of the Month. What can I say about this fabulous book? That it is classic Erskine time-slip drama of...
 
 
The Last Word
Hanif Kureishi
March 2015 Book of the Month. As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent, amusing and intimate...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Cold Revenge
Alex Howard
A tenacious crime thriller with a difference; where the focus is a self contained, single minded and absolutely fanatical DCI who is prepared to ignore or even trample over any...
 
 
The Ladies of Missalonghi
Colleen Mccullough
The story of three women in the Blue Mountains in Victorian Australia, all without their men and all hampered by the social restrictions of the time. A tale of genteel...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Kingdom
Robyn Young
Fans of Robyn Young will know of her superb research for this is the concluding volume of an epic trilogy of Robert the Bruce, so the first half of the...
 
 
Reader Reviewed We Are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of view. In her mid-forties her son Connell becomes a teenager and...
 
 
The Vanishing Witch
Karen Maitland
Set against the Peasants’ Revolt and the poll tax (yes, they had one in the 1380s), this is an involved, long, medieval drama of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller...
 
 
The Runaway Wife
Rowan Coleman
Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back - and her most precious possession, her seven year old daughter...
 
 
Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
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. It is fast-paced,...
 
 
After I'm Gone
Laura Lippman
A wife, three daughters and a mistress, Felix has it good. But then he is confronted with a racketeering scam, he can’t face prison and disappears. The novel fluctuates between...
 
 
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg
Just sit down and wallow in the glorious comfort of this book. It is small-town America which Fannie Flagg is so good at. It stars Sookie, a sweet, slightly dippy,...
 
 
Ashes in the Wind
Christopher Bland
Successful businessman and former chairman of the BBC writes his first novel aged 75. It is a huge history of the 20th century from 1908 as seen through the eyes...
 
 
The Bones Beneath
Mark Billingham
Billingham's brooding London cop Tom Thorne makes a welcome return. A terrible psychopath whose path he had once crossed to his peril and narrowly managed to incarcerate is promising to...
 
 
Breaking Light
Karin Altenberg
A sad, bittersweet tale written out of sequence that slowly reveals an idyllic childhood shattered by the callous deeds of kids. Years of rebuilding, searching, guilt and pain are slowly...
 
 
Bryant & May - the Bleeding Heart
Christopher Fowler
I believe this is the eleventh in the amazingly quirky Bryant and May detective series. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is in yet more trouble. Graves are being dug up, the...
 
 
By its Cover
Donna Leon
Commissario Brunetti is getting older and slowing down so it seems inevitable that his cases are too. This one concerns the theft of ancient books from the Venice library and...
 
 
The Cairo Affair
Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer is, in my opinion, one of the unsung masters of the murky Mittel-Europa spy thriller but his new book abandons the penumbra of Furst and le Carre...
 
 
Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly...
 
 
The Edge of Dark
Pamela Hartshorne
An enthralling dual-time novel with a large country house finally giving up its secrets. In the present day it is to become an events centre. In its past, back in...
 
 
Frog Music
Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue has done it again, produced another novel totally unlike anything she has written so far. This one is a light, easy read of the tangled relationships of colourful...
 
 
From Liverpool with Love
Lyn Andrews
A rags-to-riches tale of workhouse Jane marrying her boss. It’s a lovely read full of joy and then Jane’s brother turns up. He escaped the workhouse aged 14 and turned...
 
 
Gleam
Tom Fletcher
This book is seriously weird. I loved it. Not the ordinary post-apocalypse, dystopian discontent, not by a long way. It’s twisted, meaty and original, surprising and certainly hard to put...
 
 
Gone are the Leaves
Anne Donovan
A big, lush, historical novel with an unusual concept at its core, that of a boy’s decision to become a castrato or not. He falls for a girl and wishes...
 
 
In Dark Service
Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt is a masterful writer and I don’t know why he is not more popular. Well, this is the book to launch him to new heights. Old fans, here’s...
 
 
The King's Curse
Philippa Gregory
A big detailed account of Henry VIII’s life from pre-throne to courting Jane Seymour, only all seen through the life of Margaret Pole, née Plantagenet, the family displaced by Henry...
 
 
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman
A wonderful American author who writes across a diverse array of areas, often touching gently on the fey. This is unusual for her for, as with The Dovekeepers, it...
 
 
The Princess Matilda Comes Home
Shane Spall
From their winter berth at Cardiff, Tim and Shane Spall set out on a new journey to follow the Welsh Coast before striking out for the Isle of Man and...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Dolls
Kiki Sullivan
March 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. This is a delicious treat of a book, the equivalent of a bar of your...
 
 
Turning the Stones
Debra Daley
The story opens in Ireland in 1766 where a mystical woman is turning stones to influence events and so “bring the child home …” We then move to London and...
 
 
With a Friend Like You
Fanny Blake
An excellent read with a great plot underlining that however well you know your friends there are still secrets that need to be kept. This features two very close families,...
 
 
Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It’s published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th birthday...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Once you start, you will find...
 
 
Being Binky
Binky Felstead
Another Made in Chelsea participant reveals their inner life – and for Binky Felstead there’s plenty to tell – not just her sudden rise to TV fame and also looking...
 
 
Kolymsky Heights
Lionel Davidson
Maxim Jakubowski March 2015 Highly Recommended. Lauded quite rightly by Philip Pullman, who supplies a new introduction, as the best thriller...
 
 
The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands...
 
 
Rook Song
Naomi Foyle
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second instalment in The Gaia Chronicles (following debut volume Astra) by young British science fiction...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
March 2015 Debut of the Month. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude...
 
 
Desert God
Wilbur Smith
It started with the magnificent River God in 1993. Now we have its sequel. Wilbur Smith has gone back to the start of his Egyptian series but you do not...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Alex Crow
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle, a wild and totally original adventure about giant killer bugs terrorizing a small US town, is on the longlist for the Carnegie Medal. Here...
 
 
Under My Skin
James Dawson
March 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. March 15 Book of the Month A thoughtfully provocative and chillingly eerie tale that seizes...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with...
 
 
Devil You Know
Cathy MacPhail
Award-winning writer Cathy MacPhail, master of the unexpected twist, leads readers into a tense and sometimes violent story before revealing the truth. Newly arrived on an estate in Glasgow, Logan...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Flesh and Blood
Simon Cheshire
This creepy story is a great addition to the Red Eye horror series for teens. Sam moves into a new neighbourhood when his family come into some money. Everything looks...
 
 
Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 -One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 *** Suitable for...
 
 
The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014...
 
 
Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
Winner of the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015 -Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 In a dystopian future women are created...
 
 
Wolf
Mo Hayder
I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent. Fourteen years ago...
 
 
Demon Dentist
David Walliams
The latest jaw-achingly funny, number-one bestselling novel from David Walliams - now out in paperback. Make your appointment if you dare...
 
 
Family Life
Akhil Sharma
Winner of the Folio Prize 2015. Darkly comic, Family Life is a story of a boy torn between duty and survival amid the ruins of everything he once knew.
 
 
The Skeleton Road
Val McDermid
McDermid fans may well be surprised with this ‘crime mystery’ for it is more a history of the recent Balkan War and the siege of Dubrovnik than it is a...
 
 
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