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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
February 2015 eBook of the Month. 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...
 
The Two of Us
Andy Jones
February 2015 eBook of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a beautifully written and utterly compelling relationship tale. It’s easy to find yourself falling in love with this book as...
 
Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper
February 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month. Etta, after being married to Otto for many years, decides, aged 82, that she wants to see the...
 
Wolf Winter
Cecilia Ekback
February 2015 Debut of the Month. The most impressive thing about this extraordinary book is its atmosphere. You can feel the cold and the desperation...
 
The Temporary Gentleman
Sebastian Barry
February 2015 Book of the Month. Like Roddy Doyle, Sebastian Barry is one of those great Irish writers whose characters get under your skin and whose stories stay with you forever. The Temporary...
 
Shifting Colours
Fiona Sussman
February 2015 Book of the Month. Beautifully simple yet holding a complicated and utterly compelling truth, this is an intriguing and thought provoking read. The...
 
Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
February 2015 Book of the Month. An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to...
 
The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
February 2015 Book of the Month. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother Anne is slipping into dementia in her sheltered flat in Scotland. This...
 
Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
February 2015 Book of the Month. No. 5 in the Lovereading top 10 'Readers’ Choice' Books of the Year 2014. This is the first in a new series by this terrific author. It mixes...
 
Sisters of Treason
Elizabeth Fremantle
February 2015 Book of the Month. This is indeed a novel for obviously all the conversations are imagined but it is so bound in fact it might easily be non-fiction. A huge amount...
 
I Was Here
Gayle Forman
February 2015New Gen Author of the Month. Best-selling Gayle Forman’s I Was Here explores the complicated repercussions of suicide on all those who are left behind. Cody and Meg have been best friends forever. Surely they have no secrets between...
 
Galina Petrovna's Three-Legged Dog Story
Andrea Bennett
February 2015 Debut of the Month. A quite slow-moving tale of some old folk in Russia which may not be action-packed but it is certainly...
 
The Kind Worth Killing
Peter Swanson
Maxim Jakubowski's February 2015 Book of the Month. US author Swanson confirms the promise of his excellent debut The Girl with a Clock for a Heart with an oustanding suspense tale that...
 
The Anchoress
Robyn Cadwallader
February 2015 Debut of the Month. A quietly, deep and fascinating debut novel proving that communication doesn't have to be a nonsense of chatter or...
 
The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...
 
The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
February 2015 Debut of the Month. One of those involved family dramas of uncertain parentage, mystery and secrets. Wonderful stuff. It concerns a young woman,...
 
Alice and the Fly
James Rice
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and is...
 
The Earth is Singing
Vanessa Curtis
February 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Of the many stories of the Holocaust, that of the Jews of Riga in Latvia is among the...
 
Love Hurts
Malorie Blackman
Malorie Blackman has compiled a collection of short stories from some of the best young adult authors writing today. For anyone who has ever loved and lost - and loved again - it will amuse, entertain, surprise and maybe provoke...
 
Touch
Claire North
Maxim Jakubowski February 2015 Highly Recommended. Young adult writer Catherine Webb was also known to pen great fantasy adventures as Kate Griffin, but the revelation she was also Claire North, author of last...
 
The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A thoroughly charming book from this witty and intelligent Australian writer. Don leads a very ordered life. He does not consider himself odd, does not notice how much he shares with a group...
 
The Thorn Birds
Colleen Mccullough
The Australian answer to Gone with the Wind became a publishing sensation when it was first published in 1977 and went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide. Readers enjoyed the book's 'large canvas' storytelling, its Australian setting and...
 
Tape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each tell their story. Both are suffering unhappiness following...
 
The Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
This is a debut novel that once readwill never be forgotten. It's a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It's also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful....
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
A remarkable and heart-warming story of survival that avoids sadness or sentimentality because of its original story telling and brilliant black humour. Junior relates the complicated journey of his life travelling from the poverty and lack of opportunity on a...
 
Forever
Judy Blume
Judy Blume's classic novel, now available with a brand-new cover look to celebrate the 40th anniversary. Controversial when it was first published, Forever is a classic title which tenderly describes a first love affair and a first sexual experience. Michael...
 
Arcadia
James Treadwell
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Until this final volume arrived on my doorstep, I was unaware of Treadwell's outstanding fantasy trilogy. Needless to say, I rushed to catch up with the earlier books...
 
Quarry's Choice
Max Allan Collins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Another fast-paced tale featuring a hitman as its hero, Quarry's Choice is actually the eleventh volume in a highly popular series by one of US crime fiction's most...
 
Nunslinger: The Complete Series
Stark Holborn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When was the last time you read a western? Well, the time has come. Following the Booker-nominated success of Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, the pseudonymous Stark...
 
My Heart and Other Black Holes
Jasmine Warga
Provocative, insightful and stimulating, this is a surprisingly simple yet captivating story featuring a deep and harrowing subject that is often avoided. It initially feels as though a story about suicide shouldn't work, yet it emphatically does and on so...
 
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 as such, there are so many things that are recognisable,...
 
Odysseus Abroad
Amit Chaudhuri
Simply clever, lightly understated writing highlighting life decisions, journeys and discoveries. Step into Ananda’s world, where you feel as though you are floating freely through the confines of his mind and hearing...
 
The Immortals
Amit Chaudhuri
Float and wander through a story where an everyday beginning, middle and end, becomes a world transformed. The author sets you adrift, starts to bring your attention to an occasion or individual and then sets a song or a description...
 
Me and Mr J
Rachel McIntyre
February 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Lara is having a tough time at home: her dad’s business has gone bust, money is very tight,...
 
Afternoon Raag
Amit Chaudhuri
Skilfull and delicate writing where the commonplace is described in such a way, you feel as though you are seeing it for the first time. Chaudhuri takes a peek at an everyday normality and describes it with such simplicity, compassion...
 
The Dogs
Allan Stratton
Ghost story and psychological thriller, The Dogs will keep readers nervous and guessing to the very end. Cameron and his mum have been on the run from his violent father nearly all his life, moving from town to town, trying...
 
Paris for One
Jojo Moyes
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes brings us a charming and heart-warming short story in association with Quick Reads. Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows...
 
Herring Girl
Debbie Taylor
A surprising and hauntingly insightful story, that takes you gently by the hand on an intimate journey; emotionally, reflectively and in time. The author has the ability to weave the past, present and place in a beautiful, heartfelt dance. The...
 
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 on firmly to your horses and enjoy the wild ride....
 
The Exit
Helen FitzGerald
I am a huge fan of this author whose work is frequently categorised as crime but although her books do have a crime element, often sinister, they are so much more. Here 23-year old Catherine, unable to get a job...
 
The Hourglass Factory
Lucy Ribchester
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A splendid debut for a new Scottish author until now best known for her short stories, this is a bracing tale of teeming 1912 London set in the...
 
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 the recipes she developed, all vegetarian, sugar, gluten and dairy...
 
Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what you wish for may not...
 
When I Met You
Jemma Forte
The title actually refers to a daughter meeting her father and not the man of her life as one might imagine. Her mother has always told Marianne that he went to Australia but he was actually in prison for arson...
 
Age, Sex, Location
Melissa Pimentel
A diary of dating which includes inspiration from dating guide books, even an old 1928 one! (great fun), recommending a period of abstinence and eventually internet dating. But what our diarist is actually looking for is a mate. What she...
 
Spark
John Twelve Hawks
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A new anti-hero for Hawks, author of the semi-mystical dystopian adventures of the Fourth Realm Trilogy. Jacob Underwood, following a bad motorcycle accident from which he was brought...
 
Rome's Executioner
Robert Fabbri
Rome's Executioner: the second instalment in the epic Vespasian series that chronicles the rise from humble origins of one man to fulfil his destiny as one of Rome's greatest Emperors. The Vespasian series:1. Tribune of Rome2. Rome's...
 
False God of Rome
Robert Fabbri
Action, adventure and battle in the third instalment of Robert Fabbri's bestselling Vespasian series: rebellions in the provinces, murders and political manoeuvrings in the Eternal City - and a mission to steal one of the greatest artefacts of the ancient...
 
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 dark territory and a sometimes haunting, sometimes steely, lyrical tone. Helen Dunmore,...
 
Will You Remember Me?
Amanda Prowse
This is an extremely moving book which deals with the difficult issue of coping with impending death for the sick person and for their family and friends. Poppy is only 32, an army wife dreaming of setting up a family...
 
The Skin Collector
Jeffery Deaver
This is forensic scientist, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme’s eleventh case. He is an interesting character surrounded by a great team so fans will be among old favourites. Newcomers will be fine for Jeffery Deaver is very good at introducing you to...
 
Now That I've Found You
Ciara Geraghty
A brilliant tale written from the point of view of a single dad of two bruised kids, especially the boy, for their mum, Paula, suffering from bipolar disease, walked out. Dad, Vinnie, is a taxi driver so he can be...
 
Four Sisters:the Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Helen Rappaport
The four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia, overlooked in life and in death, the young women, the eldest only twenty-three were gunned down with their parents at Ekaterinburg in 1918. Helen Rappaport uncovers their lives as children at...
 
Parallax
Sinead Morrissey
Winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013. The Forward Prize-shortlisted fourth collection of poems by the inaugural Belfast laureate, and one of Northern Ireland's greatest female poets. Chair of the judges Ian Duhig said:'In a year of brilliantly...
 
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
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 has been a life-long dream for Helen Macdonald, she accomplishes her dream as she...
 
The Secret of Magic
Deborah Johnson
This story is amazing as indeed is its lyrical writing. From the Southern American dialect to Mr Willie Willie’s made up words to wonderful descriptions of the country, forest and close-knit community full of secrets, this terrific tale is based...
 
Voyager
Diana Gabaldon
The third in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. At the start of the book Jamie and Claire are separated by centuries. Jamie’s survived Culloden but pretty much wishes he hadn’t and his life is certainly far from the one he imagined. Claire...
 
The Fiery Cross
Diana Gabaldon
The fifth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Claire and Jamie are happily helping Brianna and Roger settle into their new life – and family – in pre-independence America. But trouble is brewing and Jamie’s soon called upon to lead a local...
 
Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon
The second in Gabaldon’s Outlander series starts in 1968 with Claire and her daughter Brianna having gone to visit an old family friend following Frank’s death as Claire hopes to uncover a little more of her time travelling mystery and...
 
Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The fourth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Jamie and Claire seem likely to finally have a happy life in Georgia but two hundred years in the future their daughter, Brianna, must come to terms with her mother’s return to the past...
 
The Perfect Match
Katie Fforde
Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane. Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her...
 
Zom-b Clans
Darren Shan
In this latest instalment, B’s fellow Angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister Owl Man who will only release him in exchange for B’s own dangerous captive. B Smith must consider her next move very carefully indeed…Once again,...
 
Zom-B Bride
Darren Shan
From the master of horror comes the 10th Zom-B instalment. B Smith has been reunited with the murderous maniac clown, Mr. Dowling. To her shock and consternation, he's desperate to make B his partner in crime. Mr. Dowling disgusts her,...
 
Love, Tanya
Tanya Burr
A title that was inspired by the author's journey to becoming confident and feeling happy about who she is. It presents the things she has learnt and intends to reveal her top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube... and...
 
Gang Leader for a Day
Sudhir Venkatesh
A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative. Describes the author's time living with the gangs on the Southside of Chicago. This book tells how in the Robert Taylor Homes projects on Chicago's South Side,...
 
Fear the Darkness
Becky Masterman
The second in a series with an unusual older protagonist, Brigid Quinn, ex-FBI special agent now married to an ex-priest philosophy professor living a quiet life in Tuscon, Arizona. She does a little private investigative work to keep her hand...
 
Terms & Conditions
Robert Glancy
First and foremost I think you should know that this is littered with asterisked footnotes in small print, sometimes very small, so very difficult to read as an e-book. As a physical book it is a strange little delight that...
 
The First Bad Man
Miranda July
Cheryl (40-ish) works for a small family concern, Open Palm, which produces fitness programmes based on self-defence. She suffers from ‘globus hystericus’ with her throat becoming very tight when under stress. She has a huge crush on Phillip (65) one...
 
The Boy with No Boots
Sheila Jeffries
Written with clarity, vision and hope, this is a saga spanning the lifetime of a remarkable boy from pre-World War I on. The poverty of the family is shocking and disturbing, (no money for boots), the beauty and connection to...
 
The People in the Trees
Hanya Yanagihara
The story of the life of Norton from his childhood in Indiana to his eventual acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1974, through to his arrest for sexual abuse in 1995. It is an extraordinary story written in...
 
Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting
Kevin Powers
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait of a life shaped by war.
 
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 has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart, while...
 
Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
Ruth Padel
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. With care and empathy, Ruth Padel suggests how rifts in the Holy Land speak to conflict in our own hearts. 'We identify. Some chasm / through the centre must be in and...
 
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 startling new terrain in a series of brave, painful and profoundly...
 
Bright Travellers
Fiona Benson
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. In this remarkable, intensely moving, first collection, Fiona Benson shows her fascination with human experience. Includes poems that move on archaeological fast-forward from submerged Devonian forests and a Paleolithic cave-bear skull to...
 
The Stairwell
Michael Longley
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The Stairwell is a richly textured, immensely moving work. Michael Longley has the rare ability to fuse emotional depth with complicated artistry: to make them, somehow, the same thing.
 
All One Breath
John Burnside
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Presents the world in a series of still lifes, in tableaux vivants and tableaux morts, in laboratory tests, anatomy lessons, in a Spiegelkabinett where the reflections in the mirrors, distorted as they...
 
Dangerous
Jessie Keane
No one uncovers the underworld like Jessie Keane
 
Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook
Rachel Khoo
Over 100 of Rachel Khoo’s recipes culled from her culinary travels, tried, tested and presented in her Kitchen Notebook, Illustrated with colour photographs and her own sketches Rachel Khoo’s aim is to get her readers to come out of their...
 
Happiness Is Easy
Edney Silvestre
A small package, but one containing a forceful wallop of an impact. The short sharp chapters flit around in time; enabling you to catch up, tripping you so you fall behind again,...
 
Dear Committee Members
Julie Schumacher
Clever, perceptive and amusing writing disclosing a treasure chest of surprising gems. Discover a collection of letters of recommendation covering a period of 11 months, written by a creative writing and literature professor who feels as though his personal life...
 
The Care and Management of Lies
Jacqueline Winspear
A new stand-alone novel from NY Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear.Ties between Kezia & Thea, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's embrace of women's suffrage & the marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the...
 
The Boy in the Shadows
Carl-Johan Vallgren
A little boy vanished. A troubled man on the hunt for the truth.
 
The Boy Who Wept Blood
Den Patrick
Set ten years after The Boy With the Porcelain Blade this is another adventure filled with sword fights, escapes, intrigue and excitement. Now grown into a master swordsman, Dino must turn from bodyguard to spy to assassin in order to...
 
The Room
Jonas Karlsson
What price genius or madness, how close the tie? This little Swedish, Kafka-esque fable asks some pretty big questions as Björn, working for the Authority, finds a secret room between the loos and the photocopier, a room that offers him...
 
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 offers a selection that ranges from ancient Rome to modern...
 
The Tusk That Did the Damage
Tania James
When a young elephant is brutally orphaned by poachers, it is only a matter of time before he begins terrorising the countryside, earning his malevolent name from the humans he kills and then tenderly buries with leaves.
 
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 stop, it’s an often uncomfortable read but there is a...
 
Neverhome
Laird Hunt
This is the story of Gallant Ash during two hard years of war. Married to a quiet, weak man she decides to take his place when he’s called up to defend the American Republic and goes off to war dressed...
 
The Laughing Monsters
Denis Johnson
Freetown, Sierra Leone. A city of heat and dirt, of guns and militia. Alone in its crowded streets, Captain Roland Nair has been given a single assignment. He must find Michael Adriko - maverick, warrior, and the man who has...
 
Holy Cow
David Duchovny
Yes, it is that David Duchnovny, best known as Mulder from the X-Files. Here he has presented a wonderfully silly little novel narrated by a cow. Discontented with life in the barn and unwilling to be slaughtered, she set out...
 
You
Zoran Drvenkar
The chilling new thriller by the author of SORRY
 
Winter Siege
Ariana Franklin
The sad loss of this lovely author brought a fine medieval series featuring Adelia Aguilar to a close but this stand-alone, unfinished manuscript was left. Her daughter, Samantha, decided to finish it. It is impossible to know where Ariana finishes...
 
Who is Tom Ditto?
Danny Wallace
Tom meets Hayley, falls in love and they move to London. He finds work as an early morning newsreader on local radio, she in a dress shop. Life is good then Hayley goes walk-about and Tom tries to find her....
 
Where Love Lies
Julie Cohen
At first Felicity appears a dizzy female, then maybe she’s just confused, then we feel she is actually suffering from something when fragrances start to infect her. She is a girl from a difficult background who is now suffering...
 
Vixen
Rosie Garland
Rosie Garland's extraordinary tale is a story of superstition and devotion in the time of the Black Death and will bewitch both new readers and fans of her much-loved debut, The Palace of Curiosities.
 
Tower Lord
Anthony Ryan
This follows on directly from Blood Song being the next in the Raven’s Shadow series of epic fantasy. Don’t even try it if you have not read the first for you have no recap and no reminder of characters but...
 
Tell Tale: a DI Charlotte Savage Novel
Mark Sennen
DI CHARLOTTE SAVAGE KNOWS WHO KILLED HER DAUGHTER.
 
The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant
A beautifully drawn story of Abbie, an 85-year old daughter of Russian immigrants who relates her entire life to her granddaughter, Ava. We go back to Abbie’s school days, learn of her siblings, her parents, her education, her first love...
 
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 away from reality, appear to be continuously searching for that...
 

Last Month's Featured eBooks

Cemetery Girl
David Bell
David Bell's gripping psychological thriller will have readers biting their nails. A real treat for all fans of Kate Atkinson, Dennis Lehane and Heather Gudenkauf.
 
 
The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel 2014. Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Winner...
 
 
Rasputin's Shadow
Raymond Khoury
The author is a screenwriter for the BBC series Spooks and Waking the Dead, and his ability to create fast-action mysteries is repeated in this, his fourth book starring FBI...
 
 
How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is...
 
 
Winter
Christopher Nicholson
An exquisite retelling of Thomas Hardy’s latter life with his patient and loving second wife Florence. Into their sphere comes Gertrude Bugler, the beautiful woman who is to play Tess...
 
 
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 Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
PI Cormoran Strike and his sidekick Robin follow The Cuckoo's Calling with a murder involving an author and so Galbraith (aka J K Rowling of Potter fame, in case...
 
 
The Dark Defiles
Richard Morgan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Game of Thrones not set to return to the TV screens for ages and hungry for more dark...
 
 
The Peripheral
William Gibson
Maxim Jakubowski's January 2015 Book of the Month. No one writes better about the future than William Gibson. He almost single-handedly created the...
 
 
The Sins of the Father
Graham Hurley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Despite twelve sterling titles in his Faraday and Winter gritty and atmospheric Portsmouth-set cop series, Graham Hurley is...
 
 
Inflicted
Ria Frances
An intelligent and wisely written novel that deals with several difficult topics with sensitivity and understanding. Set in the year 2010 and proving that friendship can cross many boundaries including...
 
 
The King's List
Peter Ransley
If read alone, this conclusion to the Tom Neave trilogy will seem muddled and disjointed. As it rounds off the story it is fine. Tom, now adopting his father’s name...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Life I Left Behind
Colette McBeth
January 2015 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead,...
 
 
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do
Amy Morin
Bad habits can drag you down; learn how to identify the thoughts, behaviours and emotions that are keeping you from fulfilling your potential. Amy Morin first constructed her list to...
 
 
Afraid
Mandasue Heller
A gritty tale of the dangers of chat-lines for naïve, vulnerable teenagers. Skye, after her mother stabs her father and she has been put into care, escapes and flees to...
 
 
After the Storm
Jane Lythell
Relationships shift and suppressed secrets are stirred up when two young couples spend ten days at sea.
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
January 2015 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2014. An excellent...
 
 
Before You Die
Samantha Hayes
A sad, dark tale of teenage suicides/murder(?) that Birmingham-based DI Lorraine Fisher accidently becomes involved with while visiting her sister in a village in Warwickshire. It starts with a tragedy...
 
 
Beneath the Ice
Patrick Woodhead
A grim, cold tale of Antarctic exploration, of a hidden fresh water lake thousands of feet below the ice, unfrozen, and a bunch of scientists trying to discover what it...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites. This is present day. A 16-year old girl is down by the river at the time...
 
 
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 rather...
 
 
Bliss House
Laura Benedict
This is the start of a series based at Bliss House over the generations. Here, as it opens there is a feel of menace and the boy’s character is unveiled....
 
 
Border Angels
Anthony Quinn
Tension and foreboding seem to ooze from every page of this beautifully written thriller. Set mostly in the Irish border country, it displays a dark, bleak area of poverty and...
 
 
Bought and Sold
Megan Stephens
A holiday romance that went horribly wrong, at 14 Megan Stephens left her family and stayed behind quickly finding that her Mediterranean holiday dream quickly turned into a hell of...
 
 
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade
Den Patrick
The first in a new trilogy in a Medieval Italian inspired kingdom where all is not as it seems. Our hero is an orphan, one of the Orphani, raised and...
 
 
The Burn
Haylie Pomroy
Managed to lose weight but left with those last few stubborn pounds? Haylie Pomroy’s diet promises to supercharge your metabolism and The Burn will shift that excess weight – fast....
 
 
The Burning
M. R. Hall
A great, rather horrific tale with perhaps a tad too many red-herrings and characters so keep your wits about you. It stars Bristol coroner Jenny Cooper of past books (all...
 
 
The Cake Shop in the Garden
Carole Matthews
Struggling to keep the family home by running the main rooms of the house as a café keeps Fay ultra-busy. Add a demanding, bedridden mother and a narrow boat at...
 
 
Campari for Breakfast
Sara Crowe
Seventeen-year old Sue moves to her Aunt Coral’s crumbling mansion shortly after her mother committed suicide and her father takes up with a Danish lady. Coral has an array of...
 
 
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...
 
 
The Curvy Girls Club
Michele Gorman
Meeting in a slimming club, four normal women with normal problems, form a friendship and expand their social time together with the idea of encouraging other overweight people to get...
 
 
Dead Girl Walking
Christopher Brookmyre
Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist not averse to breaking the rules to get to the truth and expose corruption in high places. He’s a familiar character has now served...
 
 
Die Again
Tess Gerritsen
I am a fan of the Rizzoli and Isles TV series and like the dynamics of their relationship, both as friends and colleagues, but in my mind the books are...
 
 
The Dukan Diet 2 - the 7 Steps
Dr Pierre Dukan
A new, easier to follow version of the Dukan diet, the weight-loss promise stays the same but the new seven-day eating-plan means you can lose weight at your own pace....
 
 
East of Innocence
David Thorne
A tough, gripping and at times graphic thriller. David Connell, isn’t your typical crime thriller hero, he’s not a cop, an ex-cop or has any hard-nosed background, but as a...
 
 
Echoes of Scotland Street
Samantha Young
A sexy, emotional drama of an abused and battered girl, Shannon, who finally leaves her truly bad relationship and runs to her brother for protection. Her brother, incensed and enraged,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one...
 
 
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
Romain Puertolas
A truly crazy scenario, a modern fairy tale with a conman, a very clever illusionist, our ‘hero’. Armed with a 100 euro note (printed on one side only) Fakir...
 
 
The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
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 inhabitants that dominate....
 
 
Fatal Impact
Kathryn Fox
The seventh in Kathryn Fox’s Anya Crichton series, about an Australian forensic pathologist. This one’s set in Tasmania and goes in to quite a lot of detail about the potential...
 
 
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...
 
 
First Love
James Patterson
They met on a cancer ward, one is in remission, one is not. Axi is 16, Robinson 17 and their sweet relationship blossoms so gently and tenderly here until it...
 
 
Food Unwrapped
Daniel Tapper
Read Food Unwrapped to discover what is in the food you eat. After the recent horsemeat scandal are we right to be worried? Are all these additives good for us?...
 
 
Cry Wolf: a Mafia Thriller Set in Rural Italy
Michael Gregorio
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 'Gregorio' is in fact an Anglo-Italian married couple who write as Michael Gregorio and were, until now, best...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan
The suppression of women dominates this sad, dual-time tale. Alice, a disgraced pregnant girl, is sent to the country by her mother in 1933. She is fascinated by the history...
 
 
The Girl Who Wasn't There
Ferdinand von Schirach
A clever murder mystery where we follow the life of a very controversial German photographic artist who creates complex, shocking images, some based on known artists’ work. The first section,...
 
 
The Whole & Rain-domed Universe
Colette Bryce
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet. Bryce is one of the most widely acclaimed poets of the post-Heaney generation, and this is...
 
 
My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2014. This debut collection of poetry, My Family and Other Superheroes, by Jonathan Edwards, introduces us to a vibrant new voice from Wales. The Costa Judges...
 
 
The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
Kei Miller
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection. In his new collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one system of...
 
 
Man v Fat
Andrew Shanahan
Men fare badly when they come to look for a diet book, they don’t all want to look like muscle man and many mainstream diets often don’t take a male...
 
 
The Martini Shot and Other Stories
George Pelecanos
A collection of stories, mostly gritty low-level crime stories set on Washington DC's mean streets.
 
 
Mobile Library
David Whitehouse
A misleading title to my mind for this is not a tale of literature and reading but of dysfunctional people with sad back stories. The library is a nice literary...
 
 
Near Enemy
Adam Sternbergh
The sequel to SHOVEL READY, featuring kill-for-hire antihero Spademan. Perfect for fans of INCEPTION, LOOPER and Hugh Howie. 'Anyone who still lives in Manhattan and has anything of real value...
 
 
Night Heron
Adam Brookes
A splendid debut spy thriller about a British journalist in Peking who unwittingly becomes involved in a huge conspiracy plot when he is approached by a local dissident and labour...
 
 
The Silent Sister
Diane Chamberlain
When Riley returns to her childhood home to sort it out after the death of her father she finds an unexplained mystery. Believing her sister committed suicide after shooting her...
 
 
Goodhouse
Peyton Marshall
Echoes of other great stories litter this futuristic tale, especially the classic 1984. We are in a strange house of detention for boys where the inmates have not necessarily...
 
 
Power Play
Danielle Steel
Two powerful CEOs’ lives are followed in this glorious new epic from Danielle Steel. One is a single mother who makes special quality time for her children and one a...
 
 
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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Truth and lies collide in a superbly twisty, heart-in-mouth thriller. Nick Lake's masterful storytelling and narrative trickery gives There Will Be Lies genuine crossover appeal and will appeal to anyone...
 
 
Half a King
Joe Abercrombie
This is a wonderfully readable book, exciting and not too long, unlike so much fantasy. It’s really good to be able to follow a single character on his journey without...
 
 
Her
Harriet Lane
A psychological thriller that builds slowly as two women, in alternating chapters, tell of their lives. They overlap now and did years ago but one long forgotten. This is a...
 
 
Honestly Healthy Cleanse
Natasha Corrett
A guide to eating for health that provides a range of vegetarian cleansing diets presenting everything from a weekend cleanse to a 30-day plan to overhaul your eating habits. Natasha...
 
 
How To Make A Friend
Fleur Smithwick
A strange tale told in the first person that flips back and forth between a past when Alice, our narrator, was a lonely child and relied heavily on her imaginary...
 
 
The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst
A Booker winner which was first published in 2005, it tells of Nick Guest’s life as a lodger with a privileged tory London family of which Nick was at Oxford...
 
 
If I Should Die
Matthew Frank
An exciting start to a South London-based crime series starring damaged Afghan army veteran training to be a detective. There is a lot about returning soldiers and their problems woven...
 
 
In Real Life
Chris Killen
Shifting between 2004 and 2014 this concerns a uniformly miserable group of people who seem to have more or less given up on life, can’t make decisions and have nothing...
 
 
In the Light of Morning
Tim Pears
Tim Pears, a chronicler of our land, who has given us beautiful prose reminiscent of Thomas Hardy, now turns his attention to the Slovenian partisans of the Second World War....
 
 
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 Jigsaw Man
Elena Forbes
More of a who-did-what-and-why than a whodunit. Divided very much into two stories, one of which follows on from a previous book. This is the fourth to feature London-based...
 
 
The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of art and its organic relationship with the...
 
 
The Restoration of Otto Laird
Nigel Packer
Famed architect returns to London to save his 1960’s building from demolition. In doing so he reflects on the past and invests in the future. This is about reconciliation, about...
 
 
The Rocks
Peter Nichols
A big, generational novel interestingly told in reverse. We begin in 2005 and travel back through 1995, 1970, 1951 and 1948 where the mystery began. There is a small closure...
 
 
Runaway
Peter May
Once started you will find this almost impossible to put down. Jumping between 1965 and 2015 it beautifully illustrates the differences in the periods; fascinating. Back in 1965 a bunch...
 
 
The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
This stunning debut has a fascinating premise that 'the earth is slowing down' and it provides a unique framework for this memorable, haunting and bittersweet coming of age novel. It...
 
 
The Winter War
Philip Teir
On the surface, the Paul family are living the liberal, middle-class Scandinavian dream. Max Paul is a renowned sociologist and his wife Katriina has a well-paid job in the public...
 
 
See How Small
Scott Blackwood
The dreadful effect of the murder of three teenage girls on the inhabitants of a Texas town. There are five main characters: the mother of two of the victims, a...
 
 
Shades of Jamie Dornan
Jo Berry
Jamie Dornan turned from modelling to acting stepping into the role of the infamous Christian Grey in the new film Fifty Shades of Grey. The publicity machine is already cranked...
 
 
Reader Reviewed War at the Edge of the World
Ian Ross
January 2015 Debut of the Month. A well-written and interesting account of the Romans in...
 
 
Tigerman
Nick Harkaway
Harkaway’s first novel The Gone Away World rather blew my mind and remains one of my favourites of all time. That was a work of fantasy. Tigerman is perhaps even...
 
 
Single Woman Seeks Revenge
Tracy Bloom
What do you do when you find your love-life in ruins? Get revenge on every man who ever broke your heart of course... Suzie Miller, a disillusioned agony aunt, can't...
 
 
Skin
Tobias Hill
First published in 1998 this is a collection of short stories by an impressive storyteller, most famous for his complex literary novels. Moving effortlessly between cultures and ages Hill focuses...
 
 
Son of the Morning
Mark Alder
It is the height of the Hundred Years War, England versus France, Edward III versus Philippe de Valois, but this isn’t quite the same as the history we’re taught in...
 
 
The Son
Jo Nesbo
Originally hailed as ‘the new Stieg Larsson’, Jo Nesbo now sets the international standard for brilliant, heart-pumping, Scandinavian noir. Most famous for his Harry Hole series, this is a standalone...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
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...
 
 
The Story of Land and Sea
Katy Simpson Smith
A big, lush, three-generational, historical novel in three parts from 1771 to 1793. Sad, moving and poignant, it is a beautifully written story of love and loss, of hope and...
 
 
Summertime
Vanessa LaFaye
In 1935 one of the most ferocious hurricanes ever hit the Florida coast. This dramatic tale features that hurricane but in essence it is a tale of race, prejudice, small-town...
 
 
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Anna McPartlin
A poignant book about the final days of cancer, of how family and friends react and how the 40-year old Mia (Rabbit), copes. The book begins with her cancer blog...
 
 
The Liar's Chair
Rebecca Whitney
David and Rachel, aged around 40, have built up a very successful promotional business together but a less successful marriage. When Rachel, driving home from a night with her lover,...
 
 
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography
Laura Thompson
A biography that captures the wit and humour of Nancy Mitford and her sisters, it will make you return to Nancy’s writings to experience the worlds she created that were...
 
 
The Lightning Tree
Emily Woof
A wonderful book about two people whose paths cross throughout their lives and whereas we know they should be together, they do not. Beautifully written and lightly philosophical, it is...
 
 
Tell No Tales
Eva Dolan
Set round Peterborough and featuring the detectives Ferreira and Zigic of The Hate Crime Unit introduced to us in Long Way Home, this follows a hit-and-run case, a violent racial...
 
 
The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again!
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
You're never too old to have some fun ...
 
 
Lives in Writing
David Lodge
To say this is a book of essays on writers and writing makes Lives in Writing sound so dull, however delve into its pages and you’ll find essays highlighting what...
 
 
That Part Was True
Deborah McKinlay
In an age where long distance internet relationships are increasingly becoming normal it’s quite fascinating to read a book about a cross-continental relationship that comes about through a good old...
 
 
Thief
Mark Sullivan
A James Patterson co-author with another cracking tale starring a modern-day Robin Hood character, one Robin Monarch, the thief of this, his third adventure. As a child in an Argentine...
 
 
The Ties That Bind
Erin Kelly
A wonderfully written tale of an investigative journalist, Luke, wanting to write a book about the criminal world of the 60s and in particular an ace safe cracker. You learn...
 
 
Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Thomas Sweterlitsch
Heralded as a mix of Philip K. Dick, William Burroughs and Raymond Chandler, this splendid slice of future noir hits all the right buttons and demonstrates that...
 
 
Touching Distance
Graham Hurley
A killing without mercy. A crime with no motive. A thriller from the author of the highly acclaimed Faraday and Winter novels.
 
 
The Tournament
Matthew Reilly
The game in question is chess, the board Constantinople and the prize, a broader education for Elizabeth I! This imagines Princess Elizabeth, aged 13 (1546) being accompanied by her tutor,...
 
 
The Way Inn
Will Wiles
Neil Double lives up to his name, he goes to conferences so others don’t need to, in other words he acts as their double. That’s what he does, goes to...
 
 
Lonely Girl
Josephine Cox
The new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Josephine Cox gets straight to the heart and heartbreak of family drama.
 
 
Black Valley
Charlotte Williams
Maxim Jakubowski January 2015 Highly Recommended. A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew...
 
 
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...
 
 
Vigilante
Shelley Harris
Jenny is a bored mum and charity bookshop manager. One day, in a superhero fancy dress costume, she accidentally gets caught up in an attempted mugging and saves the day....
 
 
When We Were Sisters
Beth Miller
If you grew up in the UK in the 1970s then there’ll be lots about this book that will have you happily reminiscing and even laughing out loud. It’s concerns...
 
 
While We're Apart
Ellie Dean
This is part of the author’s Second World War seaside boarding house series. Each is self-contained but it is nice to run through the series. This is the eighth. We...
 
 
The Visitors
Sally Beauman
Egypt in the 1920s and a glorious sweeping tale of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb seen from the point of view of an English girl, Lucy, sent to Egypt with...
 
 
The Wind is Not a River
Brian Payton
A tragic World War II love story told in alternating chapters, his and hers. He, John, mourning the death of his brother, flies to Alaska to expose a Japanese invasion...
 
 
The Winter Foundlings
Kate Rhodes
A creepy, psychological thriller, a lesson on the effects of strong minds influencing weaker ones. Alice Quentin takes a break from her job and takes a post in a North...
 
 
Wake
Anna Hope
A story set just after the First World War and revolving around half a dozen people, the choosing of the body that became ‘the unknown soldier’, its journey to London...
 
 
The Wolf in Winter
John Connolly
A Charlie Parker mystery, for fans I’ve said enough, you know you have to have it and will be rewarded with more on Angel and Louis still chasing the Collector....
 
 
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Martyn Waites
The follow-up to Susan Hill’s brilliant ghost story, also due as a film. Set in the same house across the tidal washed causeway, we move into 1940. A group of...
 
 
Written in the Blood
Stephen Lloyd Jones
The sequel to The String Diaries which you just have to read before tackling this, not necessarily to understand this, for you are given a lot of background, but...
 
 
The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos
Bryony Gordon
Most of us pretend our teens and twenties are the best years of our lives but not many of us are as brave as Bryony Gordon and confess to the...
 
 
The Year of Taking Chances
Lucy Diamond
Three women meet at a New Year’s Eve party and form a bond. We follow them through an eventful period. In the middle of the year they realise that this...
 
 
You Will Never Find Me
Robert Wilson
“You will never find me” is the note 17-year old Amy leaves when she disappears to Madrid. Her separated parents are members of a police kidnap department so well placed...
 
 
Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
January 2015 Debut of the Month. A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking...
 
 
Atom Bomb Angel
Peter James
Originally published in 1982, fans of Roy Grace are in for a treat. This is James Bond territory, a terrific read of a global terrorist threat where nuclear power stations...
 
 
The Blooding
James Mcgee
Hawkwood goes to America! Or rather, returns, as he was born there. He’s trapped in an odd corner of the north east with enemies on all sides, just trying to...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Sleepless
Lou Morgan
It is summer time at Clerkenwell and the pressure is on. At this school for the academically elite, failure is not an option and exams are looming. Rich, smart and...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson
January 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with...
 
 
As the Earth Turns Silver
Alison Wong
Set in New Zealand at the turn of the twentieth century this is a, practically forbidden, love story between a widowed mother and an immigrant Chinese shopkeeper. Exploring tensions around...
 
 
The Sugar Impact Diet
JJ Virgin
How to find the hidden sugars in your food – the sugars that can stop you losing weight on your diet. Learn about these hidden sugars lurking in even seemingly...
 
 
Private India
James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
The Private Investigation Agency now opens a branch in India. Not knowing how the India police operate it’s difficult for me to comment on but I did feel it was...
 
 
Curtain Call
Anthony Quinn
On a sultry afternoon in the summer of 1936 a woman accidentally interrupts an attempted murder in a London hotel room. Nina Land, a West End actress, faces a dilemma:...
 
 
The City
Dean Koontz
A gripping read combining the thriller element and the excitement of a chase alongside social history and the popular music of the late 60s, with a good smattering of supernatural...
 
 
The Rose Cord
J.D. Oswald
A fabulously absorbing sequel to ‘Dreamwalker’ and a gloriously tantalising world to visit. The timescale of the dragon’s fall from grace and the rise of the comparatively short-lived humans...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Mind of Winter
Laura Kasischke
Clever, persuasive writing where the ending has you reaching for the beginning. The first few sentences grab your attention and from then on, you find yourself analysing, speculating, wondering. This...
 
 
10:04
Ben Lerner
From the author of the acclaimed debut Leaving the Atocha Station, here is a dazzling new novel of contemporary New York that will draw you into its tentacle-like embrace and...
 
 
The House of Frozen Dreams
Sere Prince Halverson
Set in the stunning, eerie Alaskan mountains, this is a love story you will never forget. Step into the home that lay empty for decades...
 
 
Hope in a Ballet Shoe
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Door That Led to Where
Sally Gardner
January 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. A new novel by multi-award winning Sally Gardner is always highly anticipated. She is one of...
 
 
Gun Street Girl
Adrian McKinty
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Now Australia-based award-winning Irish author McKinty, after a detour into historical crime, finally delivers a sparkling fourth volume...
 
 
Hunger Type Diet
Lowri Turner
With the aid of a questionnaire helping to identify the reasons for over-eating, Lowri Turner highlights why diets so often fail, fasting, calorie-counting, low-fat whatever regime is followed they don’t...
 
 
Reader Reviewed All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Fans of John Green will love this heart-wrenching teenage novel. School students Violet and Theodore Finch first meet on the ledge at the top of the school bell-tower. Of course,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Frozen Charlotte
Alex Bell
Following the sudden death of her best friend, Sophie hopes that spending the summer with family on a remote Scottish island will be just what she needs. But the old...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after...
 
 
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...
 
 
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
The greatest literary sensation of recent times - and now the inspiration for a major BBC series, starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis and directed by Peter Kosminsky.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured eBooks

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 it difficult...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Across a huge canvas that touches on almost everything a teenager might think about, this is a sexy, sharp-eyed, funny and totally...
 
 
I am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
Winner of the Crime/Thriller Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. A smashing first...
 
 
Reader Reviewed We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A gripping story with a brilliantly shocking ending. Rich, beautiful, privileged – the Sinclair clan seem to have it all. For Cadence...
 
 
Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly...
 
 
The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Winner of the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real...
 
 
Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what...
 
 
Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
One of our Books of the Year 2014. After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good....
 
 
Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites. This is present day. A 16-year old girl is down by the river at the time...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday...
 
 
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 son...
 
 
Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've...
 
 
Us
David Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal...
 
 
The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This...
 
 
The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This has all the ingredients required to curl...
 
 
Plenty More
Yotam Ottolenghi
Winner of the Food & Drink Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Is there likely to be a more popular cookery book this year? Yotam Ottolenghi...
 
 
Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant,...
 
 
The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales
Kate Mosse
A beautiful collection of short stories from the author of Labyrinth. These simple, perfectly crafted tales are a selection of ghost stories and tales inspired from English and French...
 
 
Rowdy
Jay Crownover
Riveting, an excellent addition to a terrific series. This brings in all the main characters from the previous four books but it is so well done that you could read...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Closer Than You Think
Karen Rose
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This is the first in a...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The King's Sister
Anne O'Brien
A passionate, all-consuming yet very sad love story in violent times, that of Elizabeth of Lancaster, a Plantagenet, for John Holland, Duke of Exeter. We are in the 1380s and...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
December 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later...
 
 
The American Lover
Rose Tremain
One of our Books of the Year 2014. The American Lover has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. A collection of sensitive, absorbing and beautifully rendered stories. Only...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Heart of Winter
Emma Hannigan
This follows the development of the country house Huntersbrook begun in Driving Home for Christmas where the family of three siblings and their appendages discovered from their mother that...
 
 
Awful Auntie
David Walliams
Winner of the Children's Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure
 
 
The Job
Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
He's a charming con man and she's a dedicated FBI agent, and they're about to drive each other crazy ...again!
 
 
The Naked Scientist: Everyday Life Under the Microscope
Chris Smith
Radio’s Naked Scientist aka Chris Smith brings you a book stuffed to the brim with facts, fancies, fandagoes and farragoes as well as some answers to everyday science questions. A...
 
 
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....
 
 
Robert Ludlum's The Janson Option
Robert Ludlum
An action-packed tale involving Somali pirates, the mafia, oil, bombs, new gimmicks to baffle even Bond’s Q, and lots of fun. Paul Janson is a disenchanted US agent now out...
 
 
Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You
Alice Munro
Perhaps the greatest contemporary short story writer we have produces yet another gem. If you haven’t discovered her do so now, if you don’t like short stories these will make...
 
 
Ultima
Stephen Baxter
Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA.
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Queen's Man
Rory Clements
December 2014 Book of the Month. It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal...
 
 
The Balloonist
James Long
Captain William Fraser, Scottish laird, womaniser and insubordinate officer resigned his commission and got roped into the Belgium army as special adviser to the King! Partnering up with Lieutenant Claude...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Hacked
Tracy Alexander
A clever, interesting and refreshing read, prepare for your thoughts to be thoroughly provoked. Dan is far too clever for his own good and he is sucked in and down...
 
 
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 Shape of Shit to Come
Alan McArthur, Steve Lowe
What happened to the future we were promised – for good or ill - the personal jet packs and holidays on the moon? For the real future the authors have...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Hide Her Name
Nadine Dorries
December 2014 Book of the Month. A moving and at times harrowing read, the second in the trilogy drops you straight back into...
 
 
Ostrich
Matt Greene
A hugely exciting debut novel from an author who’s bound to have a bright future ahead of him. Alex is a very clever and precocious young man on the cusp...
 
 
The Affairs of Others
Amy Grace Loyd
Celia, a young, still grieving widow, buys an apartment building in New York and chooses her tenants carefully so that they will blend but not encroach on her life. We...
 
 
And She Was
Alison Gaylin
PI Brenna suffers from a rare disorder called hyperthymestic syndrome which enables her to recall any day in her life in graphic detail except the one in which her sister...
 
 
Cold Blooded
Lisa Jackson
A reissue of one of Lisa Jackson’s classic supernatural romance suspenses, the second in her New Orleans series featuring detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. When Olivia Bechet has a...
 
 
The Convert's Song
Sebastian Rotella
A thriller with an Argentinian and a Lebanese forming a childhood friendship that carries through to their adult life. The problem is that one becomes a security guard, the other...
 
 
The Dying Place
Luca Veste
Launching onto the crime writers’ scene with Dead Gone which introduced troubled DI David Murphy and eagle-eyed DS Laura Rossi, the author continues his series with another gritty Liverpool-based...
 
 
The Ever After of Ella and Micha
Jessica Sorensen
The conclusion of Sorensen’s Ella and Micha series (though one imagines she won’t necessarily leave two of her best loved characters forever) sees the troubled best friends from childhood finally...
 
 
The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix
Paul Sussman
Fans of Sussman’s tremendous historical adventures will be very surprised by this. It was his first novel and yet the last to be published. Sadly he died recently aged only...
 
 
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...
 
 
Hangman
Stephan Talty
Marcus Flynn, aka Hangman, is in prison for murdering three girls. When he was arrested he had a bullet wound in his head causing memory loss. A fourth girl is...
 
 
Hush
Karen Robards
In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards's latest heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, a woman must track down her husband's murderer - or risk being the next victim of a...
 
 
I'll Take New York
Miranda Dickinson
A highly entertaining tale of relationships that centres on two couples with problems, one matrimonial, the other a long relationship going nowhere. When one from each couple meets, you know...
 
 
Larkswood
Valerie Mendes
On becoming unwell, London society girl, Louisa, is packed off to her grandfather, Edward, in the country and well attended by his staff. She builds a relationship with the old...
 
 
No Life But This
Anna Sheehan
Narrated by a voiceless, blue-skinned alien hybrid who communicates telepathically along with other youngsters, this is an intergalactic tale of terror, assassination, love, identity and deceit. With various traits attributed...
 
 
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...
 
 
Red Rose, White Rose
Joanna Hickson
There are three family trees at the start of this to attempt to keep you straight for this is the Wars of the Roses, a complicated and confusing time. Here...
 
 
The Seven Streets of Liverpool
Maureen Lee
A busy story about the residents of Pearl Street centring on four families with quite a mix of relationships, some inbreeding and some uncertainty about who is related to whom;...
 
 
The Slim Solution
Karl Henry
Lose weight and gain health without shakes, fad diets or supplements.
 
 
Slingshot
Matthew Dunn
On receipt of two notes coming from different directions, an assassin can be activated. This can only occur in extreme circumstances for it is the security device that protects an...
 
 
Still Waters
Linda Kavanagh
Overflowing with intrigue and suspense this story just gallops along. You don’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes aficionado to enjoy this tale, it is an easy and entertaining read,...
 
 
The Strange Library
Haruki Murakami
This is a strange little book indeed; soulful, sorrowful and yet curiously engaging and charming. Translated from Japanese and including wonderful illustrations, drawings and photos, this quirky tale draws you...
 
 
That Night
Chevy Stevens
A thriller told from the perspective of a young woman wrongly accused of her sister’s murder who serves her time then when finally freed goes home, looking for justice. Told...
 
 
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...
 
 
Tom Clancy's Full Force and Effect
Mark Greaney
Mark Greaney has co-written three of Clancy’s novels so the fact that the master died last year shouldn’t really make a lot of difference here but somehow it has. Maybe...
 
 
Winter
William Horwood
The fourth in this magnificent quartet which began with Hyddenworld: Spring and really should be read in order. As it is the end of the series I really must not...
 
 
Winter Garden
Kristin Hannah
A prolific American author who is hugely popular in the States and has only recently been introduced to book lovers over here. This is her fifth out of eighteen to...
 
 
In Honour Bound
Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour is a master thriller writer, most famous for Harry’s Game, whose classic books are being reissued to excite a new generation. Set in the Russian Afghan war and...
 
 
Rat Run
Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour is a master thriller writer, most famous for Harry’s Game, whose classic books are being reissued to excite a new generation. This is one of Seymour’s later books,...
 
 
Timebomb
Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour is a master thriller writer, most famous for Harry’s Game, whose classic books are being reissued to excite a new generation. The time bomb of the title is...
 
 
Hush Little Baby
James Carol
If you enjoy HUSH LITTLE BABY then you might like to try the first eBook chronicle, PRESUMED GUILTY, or the full-length thrillers, BROKEN DOLLS and WATCH ME.
 
 
Traitor's Kiss
Gerald Seymour
Gerald Seymour is a master thriller writer, most famous for Harry’s Game, whose classic books are being reissued to excite a new generation. When the Cold War ended it left...
 
 
The Snow Angel
Lulu Taylor
An involved family saga centring on an old house in Cumbria and a complicated relationship in the 1960s which is unearthed in the present. We follow both stories but are...
 
 
Christmas for One
Amanda Prowse
If you have not discovered Amanda Prowse yet you are in for a treat. This is part of her No Greater Love series and tells of a single mum trying...
 
 
The Every Other Day Diet
Krista Varady, Bill Gottlieb
If you’re a fan of the fasting diet then here is the Doctor whose research is behind the fasting trend – the publisher is labelling this as “the only fasting...
 
 
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 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 Ireland -...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
December 2014 eBook of the Month. Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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