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eBooks of the Month

The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
June 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set...
 
Career Game
Louise Mensch
June 2015 eBook of the Month. An entertaining, bold and glamorous express of a novel with a fiery steel smouldering beneath the surface. Fans of Louise Bagshawe will know that she...
 
Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
June 2015 eBook of the Month. Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus of a read so if you haven't tried sci/fi before,...
 
Lie of the Land
Michael F. Russell
June 2015 eBook of the Month. A fascinating and disturbing premise that has the ability to swing a profound sledgehammer into your consciousness. Set in what feels like a very possible future,...
 
The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
June 2015 eBook of the Month. An action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave...
 
Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
June 2015 eBook of the Month. 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...
 

Other Featured eBooks this Month

Flood of Fire
Amitav Ghosh
June 2015 Book of the Month. A thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is...
 
The Man Who Watched Women
Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt
Scandinavian crime fiction is well know for being dark, gritty and full of complex characters, The Man Who Watched Women sits confidently alongside its associates. The author pairing of Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt is well established, together they created...
 
All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
June 2015 Book of the Month. All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy read, it’s disturbing, sad, unsettling and… addictive. You are launched...
 
How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of 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...
 
Dacre's War
Rosemary Goring
June 2015 Book of the Month. Historical fiction with a punch of realism and a twist of scheming political intrigue, several characters have returned in this commanding sequel to ‘After Flodden’....
 
The Cartel
Don Winslow
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2015 Book of the Month. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs...
 
Find Me
Laura van den Berg
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A sensitive debut novel by a young American author, previously praised for her short stories, Find Me belongs...
 
The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be solved shelters behind a penetrating and...
 
The Silent Hours
Cesca Major
June 2015 Debut of the Month. Extraordinarily powerful and emotional, this debut fictional tale, based around a true event that occurred during the Second...
 
You
Caroline Kepnes
June 2015 Debut of the Month. Joe, a bookshop manager in Manhattan, seems an average sort of guy but when the beautiful Beck walks...
 
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
You may have read this but it certainly deserves another read. It’s the sort of book that becomes more profound with each reading. It is quite simply brilliant, a tale of prejudices and injustice in small town America which should...
 
Saint Mazie
Jami Attenberg
An astonishing, stimulating, and quite quite wonderful novel based on the life of the indomitable Mazie Phillips who lived in New York through some of the most interesting times of the first part of the 20th century. With a fictional...
 
Asylum City
Liad Shoham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The past few years have allowed us a most welcome introduction to crime fiction from many other countries, with Scandinavia, France and Italy very much to the...
 
Gangsterland
Tod Goldberg
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A wonderfully sprawling thriller of mafia life and aftermath, in which Sal Cupertino, a notorious Chicago hitman is exiled to the dark glitterland of Las Vegas where,...
 
The Vorrh
Brian Catling
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Fantasy fiction for a new generation, with not a trace of dragons or elves, this opening volume in a trilogy by an acclaimed British artist truly confounds...
 
Left of the Bang
Claire Lowdon
Clare Lowdon’s novel is a sharp, sometimes funny but always bracingly honest look at the lives of contemporary young Londoners who below the surface are having a lot less fun than it seems. Tamsin, a failed concert pianist, has an...
 
If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life. The boys are all older men, most suffering from the...
 
Arimathea
Frank McGuinness
A passionate, poetic debut novel from Irish Playwright and Poet Frank McGuiness. 1940’s Donegal and an Italian Painter arrives to work and nothing and no-one is the same afterwards. Told with multiple voices it is a book of close observation,...
 
Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe
Milly Johnson
They say revenge is sweet and there’s nothing sweeter than chocolate! Cheryl, Connie and Della, respectively in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s could be your neighbours, colleagues or relatives. Each of them has been let down in some way and...
 
Telling the Bees
Peggy Hesketh
‘Telling the Bees’ is an original, contemplative, little gem of a book. As you read, try not to overthink, try to stop your thoughts from rushing to and fro and just let the words and feelings evoked wash over you....
 
The Show
Tilly Bagshawe
A simply delightful romp, stuffed to the glamorous brim with revenge, scandal, intrigue and a joyfully good story. This is the second in the ‘Swell Valley’ series, set after ‘The Inheritance’ and while some of the same characters breeze...
 
The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Flirty, unconventional and diverting, yet there is a darker deeper tone that really sets this fabulous novel apart. The somewhat audacious beginning sets the scene, allows you to settle in… don't get too comfy though! Within a short time it’s...
 
Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to Mr Mercedes and several of the characters return, this could be read without knowledge of the previous...
 
The Ballymara Road
Nadine Dorries
Step into an emotional and expressive read, one that takes you back in time and yet explores issues that remain in the public eye today. ‘The Ballymara Road’ is the final part of ‘The Four Streets’ Trilogy and in...
 
I Saw a Man
Owen Sheers
June 2015 Book of the Month. Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in unexpected directions, yet encouraging reflection in every day issues, the...
 
The Turning Point
Freya North
June 2015 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts. Frankie and Scott, both in their forties, both with children,...
 
The Island Escape
Kerry Fisher
With hidden depths, it’s easy to sink into this delightfully warm and pleasing read. The synopsis suggests there is one tale on offer here, in actual fact we hear the stories of two friends, Octavia and Roberta in alternate chapters....
 
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
Antonia Hodgson
June 2015 Book of the Month. This wonderfully intriguing and exciting historical mystery really packs a wallop. Although a sequel to ‘The Devil in the Marshalsea’ you can most definitely read...
 
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. Izzy has been travelling for three years in India and...
 
Remix
Non Pratt
Two best friends set off for a music festival and the long awaited chance to leave behind school, exams, parents – and ex-boyfriends – for a weekend of hedonism. As those who’ve read Non Pratt’s much praised debut Trouble will...
 
My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend
Eleanor Wood
Tuesday Cooper describes herself as an average girl with a weird name, too-big ambitions, chubby thighs and delusions of grandeur. But surely even for girls like her dreams can come true? It certainly seems so when cool, gorgeous rock star...
 
The Day Shift
Charlaine Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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)...
 
We are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
June 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
June 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...
 
If You Go Away
Adele Parks
June 2015 Book of the Month. A dramatically absorbing and readable family drama, where between the covers prowl the social injustices and horror experienced during World War One. The author sets the...
 
Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
Continuing the series of Jane Austen 'reboots', Alexander McCall Smith updates the story of interfering Emma . She is exactly as she is in the original, giving dinner parties and picnics, attempting matchmaking and generally meddling in other people’s affairs....
 
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 house in Camberwell. They take in lodgers, a young married...
 
Canary
Duane Swierczynski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept in the jacket of a handsome friend she's in thrall...
 
The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2015. A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for food and essentials in a constant state of fear. You...
 
Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014. A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her...
 
Moriarty
Anthony Horowitz
Author of the global bestseller The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breathtaking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights...
 
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...
 
England and Other Stories
Graham Swift
June 2015 Book of the Month. A collection of stories giving us glimpses into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people; twenty-five stories which by turn are moving, unsettling and entertaining. Putting all...
 
The Sun is God
Adrian McKinty
Alongside Ken Bruen and Stuart Neville, McKinty sits atop the Irish contemporary crime writing scene, so this comes as a pleasant surprise: a quirky historical mystery, based on a true life case, set in 1906 on a remote South Pacific...
 
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 as never before. These bees are not anthropomorphised or overly...
 
Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their newly divorced mother a man will lead to happiness and...
 
Harvest
Jim Crace
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing and exciting it is that rare thing, a hugely enjoyable...
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
A forty year old mystery all mixed up with family feuds, fraud and corruption this is the first of a trilogy. There is plenty to keep your interest hooked and the two main characters are original and engaging. In places...
 
The Thirty List
Eva Woods
A loveable hug of a book, one that retains a positive feel of realism while embracing you with its warmhearted wit. Rachel can’t foresee a time when she will ever want to rejoin the dating game, while Patrick has created...
 
Your Servants and Your People
David Towsey
In the wake of World War Z, the 28 Days movies and TV series The Walking Dead, we've been deluged by a surfeit of zombie trash, but The Walkin' Trilogy by Towsey succeeds in infusing the sub-genre with both empathy...
 
One Summer in Venice
Nicky Pellegrino
In the maze of Venice's canals, bridges and piazzas, one woman sets herself a goal to find the ten things that could be the key to her happiness. Once she's found them, she'll construct a new life around them, but...
 
Amnesia
Peter Carey
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 high ranking Australian politician. She manages to get prison doors to unlock and...
 
Entry Island
Peter May
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in...
 
From a Distance
Raffaella Barker
A family story that moves from 1946 Cornwall to present day Norfolk with some wonderful characters who do eventually link as their stories connect to a lighthouse. Lots of symbolism, lots of beauty in landscape and language and lots of...
 
Bittersweet
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
A great story, very hard to put down but just a bit too long for a one-sitting read which it deserves. It concerns a rich American family with parental and financial secrets. Our narrator, Mabel, is not of their world....
 
You, Me and Other People
Fionnuala Kearney
A fabulous debut novel, You, Me and Other People is clever, wistful and endearing. Beth and Adam have been married for years, secrets also kept for years are set to rampage though and trample over their lives. In alternate chapters...
 
The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. 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 hit...
 
The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
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 to a Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
 
The Way Back Home
Freya North
June 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...
 
Hide Her Name
Nadine Dorries
A moving and at times harrowing read, the second in the trilogy drops you straight back into the traumatic aftermath of ‘The Four Streets” so brace yourself and prepare for a maelstrom of emotions to surge over you. If...
 
The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters, it is the Devon seaside village of Limeburn and its...
 
The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2014. Set between the death...
 
Summer at Shell Cottage
Lucy Diamond
Another must-pack beach read from the bestselling author of The Beach Cafe.
 
Burn
James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett is coming home to New York. And a world of unimaginable evil awaits. Having brought an end to the vengeful mission of the ruthless crime lord who forced the Bennett family into hiding, Michael is finally back...
 
Twisted
Lynda La Plante
The exciting new standalone thriller from the No. 1 bestselling mistress of suspense
 
Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
Mary Higgins Clark
A collection of Mary Higgins Clark's acclaimed short stories, with her most famous unfinished story finally completed. From the first-ever published story (1956's 'Stowaway'), to classic 'Alvirah and Willy', 'My Gal Sunday' and many more, Death Wears a Beauty Mask...
 
Hereward: Wolves of New Rome
James Wilde
The fourth in the series sees Hereward finally defeated and in exile. He is off to Constantinople where rumour has it the streets are paved with gold and employment for skilled men at arms plentiful. So we have mini...
 
Ghost Ship
Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
The 12th in the NUMA series and one of the best. They are a state of the art marine research organisation with a great team led by Kurt Austin. They tend to hark back to some historical disaster, here...
 
Cop Town
Karin Slaughter
Atlanta 1974 and two female cops join forces, one old hand, one brand new. This excellent thriller certainly makes you think about the prejudices of the time and how much attitudes have changed. This stand-alone, part social history, part gripping...
 
The Falcon Throne
Karen Miller
The eponymous throne is that of the Duchy of Clemen, one of two warring Dukedoms that take centre stage in this medieval epic which spans over a generation. Both the aristocracy and the common people live short dangerous lives threatened...
 
Cobra
Deon Meyer
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. You’ve got to push through the bitty start, sort out the difficult names and allow the book to get going for then you are in for a great ride. The core is...
 
Bones Never Lie
Kathy Reichs
Dr Temperance Brennan is at it again – bones, bones and more bones. This is another involved, gripping tale of murder and mayhem featuring copycat killings … or are they? It also features Tempe’s mother, an old woman in a...
 
Young Winstone
Ray Winstone
An exploration of Ray Winstone’s past, growing up in an East End recovering the bombing of WWII. Ray Winstone reveals not only his childhood but also how it helped mould him as an actor. ~ Sue Baker Like...
 
Please, Mister Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Having written of his childhood in This Boy, Labour MP, Alan Johnson follows on with the next stage in his life in Please, Mr...
 
The Zone of Interest
Martin Amis
1942, every day the trains arrive bringing Jews for the gas chambers or slave labour. We witness the terrible events through the eyes of the German commanders and a Jew who worked for them. Amis is seeking answers to unanswerable...
 
The Woman Who Fell in Love for a Week
Fiona Walker
Three years on from a rather messy divorce Jenny does a spot of house-sitting to supplement her proof-reading income. She is off to the country for two weeks to look after a beautiful house and an unruly dog. The gardener...
 
The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
A chilling psychological thriller with two distinct strands. The detection of a murder for Lucy’s friend Cheri’s body is discovered and Lucy’s mother’s tale, a woman who disappeared years earlier. The two tales do eventually link with Lucy making a...
 
We are Called to Rise
Laura McBride
Four different voices relate this remarkable tale; a woman whose marriage is disintegrating, an eight-year old immigrant boy, a woman working with troubled teenagers and a soldier recently returned from his third tour in Iraq. There is a big cast...
 
Under a Cornish Sky
Liz Fenwick
For fans of Judy Finnigan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spelling-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast. In Under a Cornish Sky Liz Fenwick weaves another deliciously irresistible tale.
 
Savage Magic
Lloyd Shepherd
The third in this excellent series featuring Constable Charles Horton of the River Police. He is investigating strange goings-on in a grand house in Surrey where the locals fear witchcraft is afoot. Then a group of powerful men who call...
 
The Playground
Julia Kelly
A thoughtful novel that may be depressing for some but well worth a read. Set in Ireland the reader is ‘dropped’ into Eve’s life, nothing is clear to start with, then slowly you meet people as Eve does, slowly you...
 
Perfidia
James Ellroy
Ellroy is most famous for two exquisite series. The LA Quartet (including LA Confidential) set in the 40s and 50s and centred on the LAPD; and the Underworld USA Trilogy which runs from 58-73 and takes in the sweeping...
 
The Nightmare Place
Steve Mosby
A scary, well-written frightener not for young women living alone, especially if they have a vivid imagination. It involves a killer who is able to enter houses undetected. The press name him The Creeper. Creepy he certainly is! This is...
 
Lost for Words
Edward St. Aubyn
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking and entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity...
 
The King Without a Kingdom
Maurice Druon
The world of fiction and fact merge in this feast of historical intrigue, bloody battle and cankerous corruption. Translated from French, visit the beginning of the Hundred Years War; with ‘narration’ by Cardinal Perigord, helping to draw you in, to...
 
The Kill Switch
James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
If your idea of a great read is a pacy, rip roaring thrilling adventure featuring a hard man hero and his faithful canine companion then this is the novel for you. A spin off from Rollins’ best-selling Sigma Force series,...
 
Into a Raging Blaze
Andreas Norman
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. Swedish crime gives way to Swedish spy! It also raises questions about disclosing secrets, what is “not in the public interest”. Indeed, what is the public interest and who determines it? All very...
 
In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume
Inspired by real events, Judy Blume uses her imagination to interweave the stories of three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are forever changed in the aftermath. In The Unlikely Event is a captivating, deeply moving and unforgettable...
 
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 by the authorities, so begins their love. In 2013 a...
 
Half the World
Joe Abercrombie
Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War...Thorn lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Must Thorn be a tool in other hands or can she carve her own...
 
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Valerie Martin
Arthur Conan Doyle meets, on a promotional tour in America, one Violet Petra, a famed medium of the period who seems to have a connection within or to the fated ship whose passengers and crew disappeared in 1872. Violet is...
 
Fortress
Andy McNab
Famous for his Gulf War memoir Bravo Two Zero which gave him the basis for his SAS character Nick Stone, McNab has now created a new series character, Tom Buckingham, for whom this is the second outing. We met...
 
Five Days Left
Julie Lawson Timmer
A lovely, lovely book, very sad, heartbreaking but so sensitively written. We follow Mara who prepares for suicide once her incurable illness, Huntingdon’s disease, becomes incapacitating and unbearable. She has a loving husband and a five-year old daughter. We also...
 
The Final Silence
Stuart Neville
Irish cop DCI Jack Lennon returns for another searing thriller. Suspended from the force following the decidely traumatic events of the previous novels in which he appeared, his assistance is sought when Rea Carlisle inherits a house from an uncle...
 

Last Month's Featured eBooks


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...
 
 

Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the USA. Before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, he took one last trip...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Trouble
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors,James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Brothers' Fury
Giles Kristian
The second book in a new English Civil War series, you shouldn’t read this unless you’ve read book one, The Bleeding Land, but only because this is such a...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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 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...
 
 

The Bletchley Girls
Tessa Dunlop
January 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic...
 
 

Boxer Handsome
Anna Whitwham
This book opens with a fight scene so brilliant and bloody and violent that you can’t help but be catapulted into the book. Connor and Bobby are fighting over Theresa...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Runner-up for the Betty Trask Award 2015. One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to...
 
 

The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Two of Us
Andy Jones
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Fire Songs
David Harsent
Winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The poems in David Harsent's new collection, whether single poems, dramatic sequences, or poems that 'belong to one another', share a...
 
 

Fauverie
Pascale Petit
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Fauverie, the new Seren poetry collection by Pascale Petit is named after the Parisian zoo that haunts her imagination. This book...
 
 

Early Warning
Jane Smiley
The second volume of her Last Hundred Years trilogy which begins with Walter’s funeral so we move into the next generation. You must read the first volume, Some Luck,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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....
 
 

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man
James Smythe
This is a dark dystopian thriller set in the not very distant future (2020) where a new technology, Clear Vista, can seemingly predict the future based on a handful of...
 
 

The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. A complicated, thrilling tale with many threads all leading to a Royalist plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Our hero, Damien Seeker, is...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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,...
 
 

The Burning Room
Michael Connelly
Two old cases form the centre of this new Harry Bosch thriller, one from ten years previously, the other 25. So ten years ago a musician was shot while playing...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Guy Martin: My Autobiography
Guy Martin
Shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Find out what motivates Guy Martin to confront the dangers of road racing, you’ll experience the...
 
 

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...
 
 

My Life in Football
Trevor Brooking
Trevor Brooking’s early talent led to a number of clubs anxious to sign him, as West Ham was the only to allow him to continue his school studies, that’s where...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

The Days of Anna Madrigal
Armistead Maupin
Anna Madrigal is 92. Knowing she hasn’t long left she travels with her old extended family, the stars of the original series, into the dessert in Nevada. The road trip...
 
 

Reader Reviewed How I Lost You
Jenny Blackhurst
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Emma, who once was Susan, has...
 
 

The Empty Throne
Bernard Cornwell
The latest novel to feature Uhtred of Bebbonburg, surely one of historical fiction’s most charismatic characters. Uhtred is getting old now so Bernard Cornwell has the prologue narrated by his...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Girls from Corona del Mar
Rufi Thorpe
An engaging tale of friendship. We follow the relationship of two Californian schoolgirls, Lorrie Ann and Mia, as they grow from teenagers to young women. It is narrated retrospectively by...
 
 

The High Druid's Blade
Terry Brooks
Settle in for a rollicking good yarn; discover a tale stuffed full of adventure, sorcery, survival and heroics. The author has set this book within the world of his...
 
 

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...
 
 

There Will Be Better Days
Elizabeth Waite
For a book in this family saga area this has a great deal more sex than is the norm. Chloe, born of a very poor family, is determined to better...
 
 

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...
 
 

Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Diana Gabaldon
This is an incredible series which began with Cross Stitch in 1994. Back then Claire stepped through a stone circle in Scotland in 1945 and found herself in the...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Lost Garden
Katharine Swartz
A charming, warm and evocative tale, told in two time frames, this is the second in theTales from Goswell’ series set in Cumbria. Eleanor’s story starts in 1918, while...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Killing Lessons
Saul Black
A brilliant debut serial killer thriller from a frighteningly talented writer.
 
 

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).
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Children Act
Ian McEwan
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. The slow decline of a long and happy marriage set against the ascent of a young life recovering...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Before I Go
Colleen Oakley
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A convincing and remarkably readable novel, writing with...
 
 

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,...
 
 

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
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Nobody Walks
Mick Herron
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Dead Lions, Herron's second Slough House spy thriller...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe
Alexander McCall Smith
Unusually for this lovely series the investigation at the centre is into a much darker mystery than is the norm. We encounter illegal immigration, albeit in a very genteel way!...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

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....
 
 

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...
 
 

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.
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Three young friends set out on a...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Darke Mission
Scott Caladon
Winner of the Peoples' Book PrizeThe British government is secretly bankrupt. There is no money to pay the police, armed forces and the NHS. JJ Darke, lone parent and Scottish...
 
 

The Month Before'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
Winner of 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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Almost Grace
Rosie Rowell
Grace and her Cape Town friends are renting a house on the coast - after exams it's their rite of passage into adulthood. Yet 'maturity' means different things to each...
 
 

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...
 
 
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