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How to Get Ahead in Television
Sophie Cousens
September 2015 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. An amusing, wicked taste of the television world sits gleefully alongside a teasing...
 
Queen & Country A Hew Cullan Mystery
Shirley Mckay
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Another wonderfully readable mystery plunging you into the final years of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. This is the fifth in the ‘Hew Cullan Mystery’ series,...
 
Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No...
 
The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
September 2015 eBook of the Month. An enchanting and engaging novel containing two poignant stories that fuse gradually into a captivating read. The flirty, lively prologue, full of society’s elite in 1961,...
 
The Crossing
Andrew Miller
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Prepare a space in time for ‘The Crossing’, float on the surface of awareness before taking a deep breath and sinking slowly into a truly captivating...
 

Other Featured eBooks this Month

Lost & Found
Brooke Davis
September 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. A book to completely lose yourself in, this is a wonderful quirky little gem. Set in Australia, Millie, Agatha and Karl begin a journey of...
 
Noonday
Pat Barker
September 2015 Book of the Month. An atmospheric, touching and compassionate story based in London during the Second World War, where living on the edge and in the moment occurred on a...
 
Asking for it
Louise O'Neill
September 2015 Book of the Month. A courageous, unflinching and emotionally challenging novel, focusing on sexual consent and the issues surrounding social media commentary and uprisings. Covering two time periods, a year...
 
Purity
Jonathan Franzen
September 2015 Book of the Month. One of the year's major new literary offerings, Jonathan Franzen's PURITY doesn't disappoint, if alone by sheer weight of pages and buzzing ideas. And with a...
 
The Man Who Didn't Go to Newcastle
Alison Clink
September 2015 Book of the Month. A wonderfully eloquent, heartfelt and touching recollection of the author’s relationship with her brother, after he has been told he has inoperable cancer and a short...
 
Solomon Creed
Simon Toyne
September 2015 Book of the Month. There is a confusing, almost rambling feel to this thriller that really keeps you on your toes. We are introduced to our charismatic hero Solomon Creed...
 
The Tea Planter's Wife
Dinah Jefferies
September 2015 Book of the Month. An exotically intense, vibrant and memorable tale, set in Ceylon from 1925 and covering a period of eleven years. Nineteen year old Gwen discovers an unfamiliar...
 
The Dress
Kate Kerrigan
September 2015 Book of the Month. Ahh, what a lovely charming book this is, all the more so due to the sharp, genuine tones of realism that lie at the heart of...
 
Seeing Other People
Mike Gayle
September 2015 Book of the Month. Clever and touching, this is a book about love, trust and the reality of bringing up a family. As loveable, weary Joe...
 
The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in the family is catastrophic. Then Sarah begins to worry whether maybe they buried the wrong twin, especially when the remaining one...
 
Whispers Through a Megaphone
Rachel Elliott
September 2015 Debut of the Month. A gentle, yet astute, edgy and absolutely delightful debut novel. Miriam fears her own emotions, Ralph runs away...
 
My Everything
Katie Marsh
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Hannah is waiting for her husband to come home so she can tell him she's leaving him. Months...
 
Alice and the Fly
James Rice
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and...
 
The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter of John Le Carre makes her debut with this...
 
The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that " wild and useless length...
 
The Next Together
Lauren James
At once a sweeping love story and a high-concept page-turner, this ambitious, accomplished debut resonates long after the story has ended. Teenagers Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. And during their incarnations – the Crimean...
 
The House of Shattered Wings
Aliette de Bodard
Maxim Jakubowski September 2015 Highly Recommended. A major new writer comes of an age with this splendid, sprawling fantasy novel quite unlike much of what is sold as fantasy these days, what...
 
One
Sarah Crossan
Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but conjoined twins, sharing the lower half of their bodies....
 
Firewalker
Josephine Angelini
The second book in the breathtaking ‘Worldwalker Trilogy’ leaps straight back into the action packed story which began in ‘Trial by Fire’. Back on her native world, Lily attempts to rebuild her life and her friendships, while a persistent FBI...
 
Unbecoming
Jenny Downham
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, September 2015 Award- winning Jenny Downham launched her career with Before I Die. The story of a young girl facing death, it showed a bold author who could write sensitively about a subject that...
 
Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
September 2015 Book of the Month Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central...
 
Capital
John Lanchester
The lives of a disparate group of characters based on a street in London - Pepys Road. We dart quickly between their stories, building up portraits of each and leading us through the dramas of their mostly separate lives. It's...
 
Concentr8
William Sutcliffe
Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult novel from the bestselling author of Are You Experienced? and...
 
The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Published alongside the author's second novel HOUSE OF THIEVES, an equally accomplished thriller set in New York at the turn of the 20th century, this polished...
 
Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reader favourites Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return in another impeccable, major thriller with all the McDermid trademarks of breathless tension, unsettling graphic criminal details and a...
 
Muse
Jonathan Galassi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A witty tale of the book world, writers, muses and the vagaries of the intellectual mind, this short debut novel by a veteran US publisher and accomplished...
 
The Dead Lands
Benjamin Percy
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In RED MOON, Percy reinvented the werewolf and made the monster both terrifying and sympathetic in a twisted sort fo way. In THE DEAD LANDS, he...
 
Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper
Etta, after being married to Otto for many years, decides, aged 82, that she wants to see the sea before she dies so she sets off from their farm in the middle of Canada to walk to the coast –...
 
Dark Tides
Chris Ewan
This is a pretty horrific tale but it is written in such a simplistic style it might almost have been designed for young adults. Indeed it features a bunch of teenagers who set each other dares on “Hop-tu-naa”, the Isle...
 
Orkney Twilight
Clare Carson
Our narrator is Sam, an eighteen-year old girl just accepted at Oxford, who goes with her father and a fellow school chum, Tom, to the Orkneys to ‘keep an eye’ on her dad for her mother is unable to go....
 
The Death's Head Chess Club
John Donoghue
A captivating, moving and skilfully expressive novel, set between 1935 and 1962, focusing on guilt, forgiveness and the linked lives of three men. Although this is a fictional story, it has a firm base in history, with much of the...
 
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power to reveal truths, particularly about teenage lives....
 
Demon Road
Derek Landy
Buckle up, because you are in for a hell of a ride! Amber’s parents strike readers – and her – as eccentric, but nothing prepares her for the awful truth, revealed on her sixteenth birthday: they are demons, and so...
 
The Seasoning
Manon Steffan Ros
A novel to tease your senses and surprise your soul, this is a beautifully bittersweet read. Peggy’s son asks her to write her story, so she writes a recipe and with each recipe comes a slice of history, a memory,...
 
Touch
Claire North
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 year's unique The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, was a major...
 
Galina Petrovna's Three-Legged Dog Story
Andrea Bennett
A quite slow-moving tale of some old folk in Russia which may not be action-packed but it is certainly observation packed. Set about twenty years ago it is frequently damning of the country. Once glorious buildings are now damp, run-down...
 
Me Before You
Jojo Moyes
A gifted, high achiever walks out of his flat one morning and gets hit by a taxi. We pick up on him a few years later when he is finding it impossible to accept and adapt to his paraplegic life....
 
Cold Revenge
Alex Howard
A tenacious crime thriller with a difference; where the focus is a self contained, single minded and absolutely fanatical DCI who is prepared to ignore or even trample over any police policies and procedures that are in her way. You...
 
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 consciousness and understanding flows into your heart… they stay with...
 
House of Windows
Alexia Casale
Going up to Cambridge University can be a daunting experience for even the most confident of Freshers. For one thing, there’s having to face a whole new set of emotional and academic hurdles. For another, there’s having to get your...
 
Freedom
Jonathan Franzen
The long awaited new novel from Jonathan Franzen is a masterpiece, being heralded as the return of the Great American Novel and so it should be. The story revolves around the close relationships of a family living in modern day...
 
The Age of Magic
Ben Okri
We haven’t had a new Ben Okri for some five years so this is something of a celebration. Sadly it is not quite magical enough, not in the same league as his magnificent The Famished Road. Charmingly written with...
 
The Last Escaper
Peter Tunstall
Peter Tunstall, WWII bomber pilot and - after being shot down, he became renowned as a determined tormentor of his German captors and also one of the most determined escapers. The last of the Colditz survivors tells his story. ~...
 
The Raven's Head
Karen Maitland
The quest for eternal life; a tale of alchemy and skulduggery in the thirteenth century. Starting in France our young hero, Philippe, in the employment of a count in the court of Louis VIII discovers some false documents which he...
 
Animal Farm
George Orwell
2015 is the 70th anniversary of Animal Farm. To commemorate this important anniversary, Penguin Classics is republishing the classic illustrated Animal Farm by Joy Batchelor and John Halas.Orwell's chilling 'fairy story' is a timeless and devastating satire of idealism betrayed...
 
The Night the Rich Men Burned
Malcolm Mackay
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Acclaimed and garlanded with awards and nominations for his debut Glasgow underworld trilogy which began with The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, Malcolm Mackay now serves up a terrific and...
 
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 during the Blitz. This is a war story with a...
 
My Sister's Secret
Tracy Buchanan
A beautifully descriptive and cleverly intriguing read with a monumental secret lying buried at it’s heart. As Willow realises her memories of her childhood may be distorted, she begins a quest to piece the history of her family together. The...
 
Queen of Babble in the Big City
Meg Cabot
Disaster-prone Lizzie Nichols manages to put her foot in it again, in Queen of Babble in the Big City, the second in Meg Cabot's witty and romantic series.
 
Killing Pretty
Richard Kadrey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Already the seventh volume in the blood and guts-strewn Sandman Slim series and Kadrey's imagination is still not running on empty as his high octane tales of...
 
The Taming of the Queen
Philippa Gregory
Who was Kateryn Parr, Henry VIII's last wife? Faithful wife and scholarly queen, or a heretic and disloyal, faithless citizen before the Tudor court? From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of...
 
The Other Side of the World
Stephanie Bishop
In the tradition of Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work or Maggie O'Farrell's The Hand That First Held Mine comes a complex, tender and gorgeously written novel of parenthood, love and marriage that is impossible to put down.
 
Camille
Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2015. The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and is a great story even without the background. Here Camille,...
 
The Blue Guitar
John Banville
From John Banville, one of the world's greatest writers, comes The Blue Guitar, a story of theft and the betrayal of friendship...
 
The First Thing You See
Gregoire Delacourt
The First Thing You See is a warm, witty novel about two fragile souls learning to look beyond the surface - for the first thing you see isn't always what you get!
 
Willful Child
Steven Erikson
Hadrian Sawback is a dangerously gung-ho captain who makes James Bond look like a tender conservationist. His crew! Well … his chief engineer is claustrophobic, his security chief is drunk (admittedly not her fault), his doctor is an inflatable alien...
 
The Judge's Daughter
Ruth Hamilton
One of this lovely author’s best books, originally published in 2007. If you’ve missed it you must catch up. Helen is the Judge’s daughter, a sad, neglected child who becomes more so once her mean-spirited widowed father remarries. Agnes is...
 
Where My Heart Used to Beat
Sebastian Faulks
On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks, an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer, is forced to confront the events that made up his life....
 
We Never Asked for Wings
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
How far would you go for your children? Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job? Honest and compelling, the new novel from the author of...
 
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Salman Rushdie
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an...
 
Submission
Michel Houellebecq
The new novel by the enfant terrible of European writing proves as controversial as its much-debated predecessors and will have readers and critics arguing for ages yet again. The as-ever-Houellebecq-like alter ego narrator is a minor middle-aged academic whose weasely...
 
The Silent History
Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett
A Silent History that is in itself an interesting history, a high-tech story with an old-fashioned feel. Told in short chapters from numerous points of view, it has apparently had input from the public as the author’s offered an app...
 
The Sense of an Elephant
Marco Missiroli
A well-observed and beautifully written tale of Pietro who becomes concierge of a block of ten flats in a quiet Italian town. We get his interactions with the inhabitants and one family in particular. It is a gentle read with...
 
Mosquitoland
David Arnold
A story of the difficulties we face and the strength we find to overcome them. For those who loved Little Miss Sunshine, All the Bright Places, The Fault in Our Stars and Juno.
 
Indian Summer
Marcia Willett
A Devon country estate with the big house running into financial trouble and the younger brother, a retired actor, coming to the rescue. It is full of familiar characters from her previous books but you can pick up most of...
 
The Girl Who Wasn't There
Ferdinand von Schirach
A smart, chilling tale of truth, deception and the reach of the law, THE GIRL WHO WASN'T THERE is the latest crime thriller from the acclaimed author of The Collini Case, a Waterstones Book Club pick.
 
Dear Thief
Samantha Harvey
The book begins in 2001 when an unnamed woman starts to write to an estranged friend. She reminisces back to 1976 and takes some months writing it with nowhere to send it so it becomes cathartic and helps her to...
 
Boy, Snow, Bird
Helen Oyeyemi
The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, who was named in 2013 as one of Granta's best of young British novelists. A retelling of the Snow White myth, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women...
 
Revival
Stephen King
Those who know how good Stephen King’s works are do not need to be told any more than “the next one’s here – eat it up!” To those who do not know King I say this, “You are missing a...
 
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, before attempting this for there are many characters to take...
 
Second Life
S. J. Watson
It must be exceedingly difficult for an author to follow a hugely successful debut but S J Watson has risen to the task. Very different from his sensational Before I Go to Sleep this is nonetheless a terrific, tense...
 
Gone
Rebecca Muddiman
Fluctuating between 2010 and 1999 this is the tale of missing teenager Emma who may or may not be dead, of Lucas an evil, manipulative psycho, Ben a young adult working in a hostel and Jenny who takes too many...
 
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 her friend Jade. Of course, Jade is really Tom and...
 
The Book of Memory
Petina Gappah
Memory is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The...
 
Arcadia
Iain Pears
In the basement of a professor's house in 1960s Oxford, fifteen-year-old Rosie goes in search of a missing cat - and instead finds herself in a different world. Anterwold is a sun-drenched land of storytellers, prophecies and ritual. But is...
 
Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Lit by the clarity of understanding that true sadness brings, Did You Ever Have a Family is an elegant, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love,...
 
Rooms
Lauren Oliver
A fast-moving mystery with each character telling their side of the story per chapter. Some may well be unreliable narrators! We even get the ghost’s perspective which is enlightening but this is not really a ghost story as such, more...
 
Mightier Than the Sword
Jeffrey Archer
The fifth volume in the Clifton Chronicles being the life of the Barringtons. The last finished with the IRA trying to sabotage their new Atlantic liner. Arch enemies reappear, Giles Barrington’s former wife is still out for blood, the Argentine...
 
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, accidentally kills a homeless man and drags his body out...
 
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 to crime. Seeing how well Jane has done for herself...
 
The Fires of Autumn
Irene Nemirovsky
The prequel to Suite Française, written two years before the author died in Auschwitz and published posthumously in France in 1957. It is the tale of an innocent who proudly went to war in 1914 only to return a very...
 
The Abyss Beyond Dreams
Peter F. Hamilton
This book is huge in all senses: seven hundred pages of history, politics, science, relationships, conflict, deception and even a little bit of time travel; with the kinds of twists only possible in a void that distorts space time. It...
 
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
China Mieville
Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this breath-taking collection poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet...
 
Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. Drawing on a host of enthralling characters a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager...
 
The Republic of Imagination
Azar Nafisi
A more impassioned plea for the importance of reading you will be hard pressed to find. Coming from Iran, a repressed state where to read fiction was to invite extreme personal danger Azar Nafisi lives now in America where it...
 
Life After You
Lucie Brownlee
Lucie Brownlee lost her husband Mark when he suddenly dropped dead at the age of 37. Through her blog, Wife after death and now in her autobiography she charts the two years she has spent as a widow and how...
 
Into the Fire
Manda Scott
Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why she is one of the most exciting, innovative and highly...
 
Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me
Bernard Sumner
For the first time, Bernard Sumner writes of his career in music, first with Joy Division and then New Order. He goes back to his childhood tracing his earliest musical influences taking readers through to the manic years of New...
 
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 Jacobean Rebellion in 1743. She fell for a highlander, an...
 
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 Connery and Robert Burns, the 50 people who he thinks...
 
Consumed
David Cronenberg
There are fascinating arguments about whether the pinnacle of art can be reached best through collaboration or solo work. From Renaissance artists’ studios to Warhol’s Factory to the Writers Rooms of much of film and TV, collaboration has a rich...
 
Short and Sweet
Dan Lepard
Anyone who says “I truly believe that life is improved by cake” gets my vote. Dan Lepard knows what he is about - he knows cake adds a twinkle to the day even if we have to beware too much...
 

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Reader Reviewed The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Vaseem Khan
August 2015 Debut of the Month. Prepare to be completely and utterly charmed in...
 
 

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Life Class
Pat Barker
Life Class is the first novel in Pat Barker's Life Class Trilogy, a powerful and unforgettable story of art and war.
 
 
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