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There’s nothing hits home quite like a home hit by tragedy, conflict or drama. These are the great hand-picked books that tell those stories.

Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
May 2015 Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Shoes for Anthony
Emma Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month. A gloriously evocative and touching read, capable of chattering with energy one minute and settling into an expressive silence the next. It feels as though the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Sudden Departure of the Frasers
Louise Candlish
Full of intrigue, this is a story about relationships, deception and trust. Christy and Joe have scrimped and saved to move into their dream home, once owned by Amber and Jeremy Fraser who have sold up without explanation. Two tales...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
May 2015 Book of the Month. We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about their history together. There is the high achiever, the one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Good Catch
Fern Britton
May 2015 Book of the Month. Four young people, friends since school, are the main players in this fine portrayal of families and their secrets. The young don’t always make...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
May 2015 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to her roots, to old flames, the love of brothers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed Before I Go
Colleen Oakley
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A convincing and remarkably readable novel, writing with a lightness of touch, the author balances a tricky tightrope...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed How I Lost You
Jenny Blackhurst
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Emma, who once was Susan, has served time in a psychiatric unit for murdering her twelve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. May 2015 Debut of the Month. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles to break a...
Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something awful has happened at the school Quiz Night, you are then whisked back...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Us
David Nicholls
After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that masterpiece but give the man some slack and sit back and enjoy this. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of the grumpiest people you’ll meet but, he has been an upstanding pillar of the community for decades. The last six months have taken their toll and he decides perhaps that life is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Lost Garden
Katharine Swartz
A charming, warm and evocative tale, told in two time frames, this is the second in theTales from Goswell’ series set in Cumbria. Eleanor’s story starts in 1918, while Marin’s although not dated, feels as though it is set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2015
     
One Small Act of Kindness
Lucy Dillon
Jason, Stock Exchange trader, is dismissed from his city job for misconduct. His wife, Libby, stands by him and they go back to his roots to help run his family’s B & B, his father having recently died. Libby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 who Harry should never have left in the house...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     
God Help the Child
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay
Andrea Gillies
Nina is convalescing in Greece after a road accident. She has returned to her honeymoon island of twenty-five years ago to find calm after separating from her husband Paolo. Nina grew up in a Scottish village and married one of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Girls from Corona del Mar
Rufi Thorpe
An engaging tale of friendship. We follow the relationship of two Californian schoolgirls, Lorrie Ann and Mia, as they grow from teenagers to young women. It is narrated retrospectively by 28-year old Mia and is entirely from her perspective. Interestingly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
A Cornish Stranger
Liz Fenwick
A truly lovely, involved, family saga of wartime secrets only coming to the surface as dying ‘Jaunty’ scribbles down her story for her granddaughter to read and better understand her parentage. It is the sort of tale that twists and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Boxer Handsome
Anna Whitwham
This book opens with a fight scene so brilliant and bloody and violent that you can’t help but be catapulted into the book. Connor and Bobby are fighting over Theresa on a canal side in East London. It is bare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Sahar Delijani
Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations...
 
 

Infidelities
Kirsty Gunn
What can one say about such a collection of stories on infidelity except read them. They cover the spectrum, divided into three sections, “Going Out”, “Staying Out” and “Never Coming...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised...
 
 

The Walk Home
Rachel Seiffert
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to...
 
 

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers, a long tale...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
April 2015 Book of the Month. A slight departure for this highly regarded author being an historical tale of Edwardian London and...
 
 

I am Radar
Reif Larsen
One of those incredible once-in-a-lifetime books that is almost impossible to describe. It is about family history, physics, art, politics, performance, sacrifice, identity and so much more. It is essentially...
 
 

A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Magnificent and heartbreaking, A Reunion of Ghosts is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound...
 
 

Ava's Gift
Jason Mott
A sad tale of the extraordinary power of a 13-year old girl who in an unguarded moment saves her dear friend’s life after an accident. News spreads of a miracle...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer...
 
 

Reader Reviewed That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers...
 
 

The Boy I Love
Lynda Bellingham
Young actress Sally lands herself an assistant stage manager and bit-part acting job at a repertory theatre in Crewe. This is 1982 when rep theatre was still profitable ... just,...
 
 

The Night Falling
Katherine Webb
The devastating effect of the First World War in rural Italy is portrayed here in Puglia in 1921. The absentee landowners left their farms to be run by fascist black...
 
 

The Storms of War
Kate Williams
A wealthy English family suffers the effects of World War I. The hook here is that the father is of German extraction and imprisoned once the war starts. Naturally...
 
 

Reader Reviewed If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a charming tale of will she/won’t she while we know exactly what she should do. Whether she does or...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Day We Disappeared
Lucy Robinson
April 2015 Book of the Month. A hugely enjoyable romance with the horsey world of thee-day eventing as its backdrop overshadowed by...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Iron Necklace
Giles Waterfield
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1910 and a successful German architect, Thomas, marries an up-and-coming British artist, Irene. This is the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Good Girl
Fiona Neill
April 2015 Book of the Month. The basis of this novel is a porn video that goes viral and the story behind...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Cavendon Women
Barbara Taylor Bradford
April 2015 Book of the Month. This follows on from Cavendon Hall and is a projected series of novels set around...
 
 

The Wolf Border
Sarah J. E. Hall
April 2015 Book of the Month. Rachel has been studying wolves in Idaho but gets seduced back to England when...
 
 

Academy Street
Mary Costello
Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street...
 
 

All My Puny Sorrows
Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men:...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Pier
Roma Tearne
The Second World War looms and young, curious Cecily desperately wants to know her 16-year old sister’s secret. But there is a lot more she wants to know too....
 
 

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...
 
 

The Beekeeper's Daughter
Santa Montefiore
1932 and Grace, the estate’s beekeeper’s daughter, falls for Rufus the son and heir of the big house. Knowing he is far beyond her reach she marries faithful Freddy....
 
 

What Ends
Andrew Ladd
An achingly poignant and touching read, and one that leaves you with a lingering wistful thoughtfulness as you turn the last page. Humans are abandoning and rats are taking over...
 
 

The Third Wife
Lisa Jewell
It is when the third wife is killed that Adrian at last has a long hard look at his life. He has five kids, two from the first marriage,...
 
 

Last Night in Montreal
Emily St. John Mandel
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. Following the multi-award nominations of her 4th novel, the subtle post-apocalyptic Station Eleven,...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Behind Closed Doors
Susan Lewis
The English Jodi Picoult who has always written a good plot has suddenly taken a leap forward with her writing too. She tackles nutty issues, winds a crime round them...
 
 

Saving Grace
Jane Green
Coming from a disruptive and unhappy childhood Grace eventually falls on her feet and marries a famous American author. Life is good for some twenty years until their reliable assistant...
 
 

Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first in a trilogy, a family saga following the Langdons over one hundred years, beginning in 1920. This volume goes through to 1953. They are a farming family of...
 
 

A Time for Friends
Patricia Scanlan
Another excellent read from Ms Scanlan. This looks at the dynamics of a long female friendship over some thirty years, of the jealousies, demands and trials and how they can...
 
 

Prodigal Son
Danielle Steel
A story of twin brothers, of rivalry, jealousy and pure evil. Michael is the blue-eyed boy, Peter a failure. Michael became a doctor, Peter a banker. Both marry, raise a...
 
 

As Good as it Gets?
Fiona Gibson
A great insight from the female point of view into the modern family and of the burdens of holding the family together when things go down hill. Happy unit, Mum,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secrets Sisters Keep
Sinead Moriarty
This is Sinead Moriarty’s tenth novel and it’s at her heart-warming, tear-jerking best. The Devlin sisters are best friends, but each has a secret in her life that she can’t...
 
 

Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the preparation, the family entanglements,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
March 2015 Book of the Month. James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics in
 
 

Every Mother's Son
Val Wood
A pure delight from start to finish. Val Wood is very good at nineteenth century history. This moves from manor house and farming in Yorkshire to Italy and a fist...
 
 

The Life Intended
Kristin Harmel
The night before Patrick was killed in a car accident he was going to tell his young wife Kate some wonderful news. She never hears it. Twelve years later Kate...
 
 

The Tears of Dark Water
Corban Addison
A huge drama of nearly 500 compulsive pages where the kidnapping of an American boy, the death of his father and the complications of the negotiator tackling the Somali pirates...
 
 

A to Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Forty year old Ivo is dying of kidney failure. As he lies in his hospice bed his sister tries to persuade him to...
 
 

The Darkest Hour
Barbara Erskine
March 2015 Book of the Month. What can I say about this fabulous book? That it is classic Erskine time-slip drama of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
March 2015 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome....
 
 

The Ladies of Missalonghi
Colleen Mccullough
The story of three women in the Blue Mountains in Victorian Australia, all without their men and all hampered by the social restrictions of the time. A tale of genteel...
 
 

Reader Reviewed We Are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of view. In her mid-forties her son Connell becomes a teenager and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller...
 
 

The Runaway Wife
Rowan Coleman
Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back - and her most precious possession, her seven year old daughter...
 
 

Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
A tale full of passion, anger, fear and heartache, an excellent read which concerns the love between a lonely school librarian, Lizzie, and a compulsive/obsessive artist, Zach. It is fast-paced,...
 
 

After I'm Gone
Laura Lippman
A wife, three daughters and a mistress, Felix has it good. But then he is confronted with a racketeering scam, he can’t face prison and disappears. The novel fluctuates between...
 
 

With a Friend Like You
Fanny Blake
An excellent read with a great plot underlining that however well you know your friends there are still secrets that need to be kept. This features two very close families,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
March 2015 Debut of the Month. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude...
 
 
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Barbara Taylor Bradford 
Allison Pearson 
Erica James 
Victoria Clayton 
Elizabeth Noble 
Charlotte Bingham 
Jojo Moyes 
Nicholas Evans 
Sidney Sheldon 
Joanne Harris 
Kate Atkinson 
Maggie O'farrell 
Elizabeth Buchan 
Adriana Trigiani 
Sally Beauman 
Alice Hoffman 
Anita Shreve 
Meera Syal 
Monica Ali 
Andrea Levy