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The Humans
Matt Haig
April 2014 Book of the Month. It’s incredibly difficult to say anything about The Humans other than to encourage you to read it for yourself to discover how utterly delightful, enjoyable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Arms Wide Open
Tom Winter
April 2014 Book of the Month. A novel of family, identity and aging. Jack and Meredith are non-identical twins of a single mum now rapidly falling into dementia. Their father died before they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Jonathan Evison
April 2014 Book of the Month. An American road trip with a difference. Our travelling companions are a surly, wheelchair bound teenager, Trev, with muscular dystrophy and his damaged carer, Ben, a man...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Skeletons
Jane Fallon
April 2014 Book of the Month. Jen’s father abandoned his family when she was eight years old. Later she discovers her embittered mother has hidden letters and birthday presents from him and is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
April 2014 Book of the Month. A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project. In Val's trademark style...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed Beautiful Day
Kate Anthony
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A gorgeously generous, warm-hearted read, which will hold your hand as you face a poignant wave of emotions. Take...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Indiscretion
Charles Dubow
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A classy, sophisticated and enjoyable read, Indiscretion is almost a misnomer for this book as whilst the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
April 2014 Debut of the Month. An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A riveting and powerful read, from the very first page to the last you are caught up in this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Schroder
Amity Gaige
Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Eric has kidnapped his six year old daughter and is now in prison awaiting trial. This narrative is his account of everything from childhood right up to their week on the run to explain...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

Little Egypt
Lesley Glaister
I found this book utterly compelling. With a flavour of I Capture the Castle, a hint of Atonement and a dash of A Passage to India; the innocent voice of the teenage Isis - trapped in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2014
     

Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March 2014 Book of the Month. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. On the surface this is a love...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
     

Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen
Full to the brim with ready wit and arch social commentary, this amusing and intelligent book is as relevant today as it was when published nearly 200 years ago. If you haven't previously read any of Austen’s works, this is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Lost and Found
Tom Winter
A charming and poignant debut that draws you into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. A widowed postman approaching retirement and a woman trapped in a loveless marriage form an unusual bond through a series of ‘undeliverable’ letters. With a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2013
     

My Last Duchess
Daisy Goodwin
With its lavish period detail, gossip below stairs, and intrigue above My Last Duchess is a genuine genre buster that has the potential to appeal to the widest possible audience. Stylish and atmospheric of time and place it's also full...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2011
     

Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigeria in the 1960s and the birth of Biafra, a time of massacre, bloody conflict and the end of colonialism. We experience this strife through the household of a university lecturer, his houseboy, his lover and a white man seeking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
     

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Eimear McBride
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Black Hills
Nora Roberts
A 2014 World Book Night selection. Cooper Sullivan and Lil Chance were unlikely childhood friends - thrown together each summer when Coop visited his grandparents' South Dakota ranch. But with every year, their friendship deepened from innocent games to stolen kisses...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2010
     

Somewhere Beyond the Sea
Amanda James
When love begins with a lie, where will it end? Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he'll do...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2013
     

Five Days
Douglas Kennedy
Is it ever too late to find the life you always wanted? A modern day Brief Encounter or The Bridges of Madison County, this is a novel which poses the ultimate romantic dilemma, from the bestselling author of The Pursuit...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

The Quarry
Iain Banks
Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

Perfect
Rachel Joyce
Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
     

Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
The author of eight top ten bestselling novels including Folly and The Haunting, Alan Titchmarsh's new novel moves to the Scottish Highlands and has an involving family mystery at its heart. It is the perfect escapist read for fans of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
     

Almost English
Charlotte Mendelson
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 Home is a foreign country: they do things differently there. In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

Carry You
Beth Thomas
For you mum. This is all for you For anyone who has loved, lost or found it hard to let go, CARRY YOU will make you laugh, cry and celebrate your best friends. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

All Change
Elizabeth Jane Howard
It is the 1950s and as the Duchy, the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, dies, she takes with her the last remnants of a disappearing world - of houses with servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived....
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

The View on the Way Down
Rebecca Wait
Emma used to have two brothers, but five years ago Kit died and on the day of his funeral Jamie left home and never came back. Their parents never talk about what happened. But now Emma is older she is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Things We Never Say
Sheila O'Flanagan
Abbey Andersen's life in San Francisco is in serious danger of hitting a rut. She's pretty sure it doesn't get worse than being dumped by post-it note, and her current job is hardly the best outlet for her creative talents....
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

A Mother's Shame
Rosie Goodwin
One dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at Hatter's Hall, the local mental asylum, not as an inmate but as a worker. Here, she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land-owner. But Isabelle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

The Story of Before
Susan Stairs
I wonder today how no one else could see the bad thing coming. Not that I knew back then what the bad thing was; and if I had - if I'd known one of us was going to die -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Loss of Innocence
Richard North Patterson
June, 1968. America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane - spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

The Flower Plantation
Nora Anne Brown
Arthur Baptiste knows little of Rwanda's past and is unaware of its emerging troubles. He lives with his half-Tutsi, half-Belgian father and English mother on a flower plantation, where he talks to no one - not even the butterflies he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2014
     

The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle
Kirsty Wark
Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
     

Fly Away
Kristin Hannah
Celebrity news reporter and presenter, Tully Hart, has hit rock bottom. Kate Ryan had been her best friend for more than thirty years. They'd lived, laughed, danced and cried together. Kate had been her anchor, and now Tully was cast...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
     

Deep Blue Sea
Tasmina Perry
Passionate. Explosive. Impossible to put down. Tasmina Perry is back with her most spectacular novel yet. Beneath the shimmering surface lies a dark secret...Diana and Julian Denver have the world at their feet. With a blissful marriage, a darling son...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

What Alice Forgot
Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty, top ten bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, imagines losing the most important ten years of your life in What Alice Forgot. Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She's newly engaged to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/05/2010
     


There’s nothing like a really involving family drama and romance to take you away from your own life. And Lovereading covers the whole range, as you would expect.


You can watch the lives of glamorous dynasties with dark secrets in the totally involving novels from Barbara Taylor Bradford… Empathise with women juggling careers and families in Allison Pearson’s bestsellers… Enjoy the light touch of Charlotte Bingham and the passion of Jojo Moyes…

 

Relax into the warm, wise stories of Elizabeth Buchan and Adriana Trigiani…Share the intelligent insights of Kate Atkinson, Joanna Harris and Maggie O’Farrell… Get new slants on universal problems from Erica James and Elizabeth Noble… Dive into huge-scale family adventures with Nicholas Evans and Sidney Sheldon…

 

Then there are Sally Beauman’s sexily exciting stories, Anita Shreve’s emotional tales, Alice Hoffman’s magical fables, Meera Syal’s witty accounts of multi-cultural Britain… And we’re only touching the tip of the iceberg! All our Family Drama novels are available to order online at discounted prices.

 

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Reader Reviewed The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
March 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. JoJo Moyes is an incredible writer whose ability to depict modern life...
 
 
 


Seeing Red
Kathryn Erskine
From the award-winning author of Mockingbird, this is a powerful and thought-provoking historical novel of family and friendships and the tackling of the important themes of race and responsibility...
 
 
 


Eleven Days
Lea Carpenter
Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eleven Days is, at its heart, the story of a mother and a son. It begins in May 2011: Sara's son Jason...
 
 
 


Fairfield Hall
Margaret Dickinson
Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A fish merchant and self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way...
 
 
 


Family Likeness
Caitlin Davies
In a small Kent town in the 1950s, a bewildered little girl is growing up. Ostracised because of her colour, she tries her best to fit in, but nobody wants...
 
 
 


One Last Thing Before I Go
Jonathan Tropper
The author of How to Talk to a Widower brings us another witty, impeccably well observed tale of modern America. Silver is a divorced 44 year old who finds...
 
 
 


A Hundred Pieces of Me
Lucy Dillon
As heart wrenching and life-affirming as One Day or Me Before You, A Hundred Pieces of Me is a story about what it means to finally live life to the...
 
 
 


Mother of the Year
Karen Ross
Most daughters believe their mums deserve an award. JJ Jackson's mother has a whole shelf full...Beth Jackson is a national treasure. Famous since the age of 15, she's has gone...
 
 
 


One Night in Winter
Simon Sebag Montefiore
If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase
Louise Walters
March 2014 Debut of the Month. This is a delightful debut novel which takes...
 
 
 


Diary of an Unsmug Married
Polly James
Meet Molly Bennett. Married to Max and mother to two warring teenagers, she's just 'celebrated' a significant birthday. Bridget Jones would call Molly a smug married . So why doesn't...
 
 
 


The All-girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg
With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men's work, from fixing flats to driving the tow truck. Wearing smart little caps, short skirts and...
 
 
 


Be Careful What You Wish for
Jeffrey Archer
Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Well Tempered Heart
Jan-Philipp Sendker
March 2014 Book of the Month. An intriguing and beguiling read, told with great eloquence and understanding. Burma and the USA are unlikely...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Mother, Mother
Koren Zailckas
March 2014 Debut of the Month. A very sad and convincing book of a...
 
 
 


Clever Girl
Tessa Hadley
All the qualities that readers praised in The London Train are present in Clever Girl, Tessa Hadley's brilliant new novel. It follows the story of Stella, from her childhood as...
 
 
 


A Dark and Distant Shore
Reay Tannahill
Reay Tannahill's great bestseller is the story of an extraordinary woman's determination to win back her birthright - the remote and beautiful West Highland castle of Kinveil - sold by...
 
 
 


Grace and Mary
Melvyn Bragg
Reaching from late 19th-century Cumbria to the present, this elegiac novel celebrates two spirited women: Grace, a farm labourer's daughter who fatefully followed her heart, and Mary, the child she...
 
 
 


A Heart Bent Out of Shape
Emylia Hall
From the author of The Book of Summers, picked for Richard & Judy's 2012 summer book club, comes the story of a first love, a terrible tragedy, a snow-filled paradise;...
 
 
 


His Brother's Wife
Val Wood
1860 Harriet Miles is trying to take care of her seriously ill mother, and just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse she is fired from her job at...
 
 
 


Just What Kind of Mother are You?
Paula Daly
What if your best friend's child disappears? And it's all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto - overwhelmed working mother of three - one freezing December...
 
 
 


A Loving Family
Dilly Court
She longed to be reunited with her family. The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Workhouse Girl. Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into...
 
 
 


A Mother's Love
Maggie Ford
Can she escape the hardships of her past? Growing up in London's tough East End, young Sara Porter has had to learn to take care of herself. Her mother resents...
 
 
 


Road Ends
Mary Lawson
On a perfect August morning in 1967, above a river just outside a small town in the north of Canada, a young man meets his death. And so begins the...
 
 
 


The Rose Garden
Marita Conlon-mckenna
Molly's perfect life comes crashing down following the unexpected death of her husband David. She is left alone with a big old house to maintain, finances in disarray and her...
 
 
 


My Notorious Life
Kate Manning
March 2014 Book of the Month. Told by Madam X herself, one Axie Muldoon, this vivid tale is based on a true one....
 
 
 


The Holiday Home
Fern Britton
The family has been going down to the lovely old house in Cornwall for years. Now the girls are grown with a teenager each and mum and dad, Dorothy and...
 
 
 


How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a bold new novel for the modern world. This book is a self-help book. Its objective, as it says...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
March 2014 Debut of the Month. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the...
 
 
 


With All My Love
Patricia Scanlan
This sensitively portrays the rift between two families and how a vicious act can open up past hurts. The book follows three generations as they begin to repair their relationships...
 
 
 


Last Boat Home
Dea Brovig
Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mother's love. If you loved The Light Between Oceans or The Snow Child,...
 
 
 


The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Fatima Bhutto
Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Fatima Bhutto is the niece of Benazir Bhutto who publicly accused her aunt of murdering her father Murtaza while she, aged 14,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Son-in-Law
Charity Norman
A man leaves prison having served his sentence for the manslaughter of his wife. His in-laws were left to look after his three children. Now he wants them back but...
 
 
 


Without You
Saskia Sarginson
1984, Suffolk When 17-year-old Eva goes missing at sea, everyone presumes that she tragically drowned. Her parents' relationship is falling apart, undermined by guilt and grief. But her younger sister,...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Schroder
Amity Gaige
Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. How can such a simple thing like changing your surname end up with a good and likeable person and father ending up in prison? Amity...
 
 
 


Cavendon Hall
Barbara Taylor Bradford
February 2014 Book of the Month. A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of...
 
 
 


The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
Elizabeth L. Silver
A gripping, thought-provoking and intriguing novel about murder, death row and how a life can change in a heartbeat. An irresistible read for those who loved WE NEED TO TALK...
 
 
 


The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
This has all the ingredients required to curl up with and savour. Compelling in its originality, heart-breaking in its sadness yet so uplifting it will also make your heart soar....
 
 
 


The Son
Michel Rostain
Winner of the Prix Goncourt for Debut Fiction in 2011. A story of grief as a father mourns his 21-year old son who died of a particularly virulent form of meningitis....
 
 
 


Ten Things I've Learnt About Love
Sarah Butler
Alice is back in the family house that has never felt like home, waiting out the last few days of her father's life and yearning to escape. Across the city,...
 
 
 


Spilt Milk
Amanda Hodgkinson
The second novel from historical novelist Amanda Hodgkinson whose debut 22 Britannia Road garnered lots of praise and attention. Beginning in early 20th century Suffolk and moving through to...
 
 
 


The Forever Girl A Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
February 2014 Book of the Month. Clover (real name Sally) meets James in primary school. She is six years old. By the time...
 
 
 


Benediction
Kent Haruf
One long last summer for Dad Lewis in his beloved town, Holt, Colorado. As old friends pass in and out to voice their farewells and good wishes, Dad's wife and...
 
 
 


The Child's Child
Barbara Vine
The Child's Child is the new crime novel by bestselling, prize-winning author Barbara Vine. What sort of betrayal would drive a brother and sister apart? When Grace and her brother...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Fallen Land
Patrick Flanery
A gothic tale of death and property in a dystopian America, absolutely terrific. The author gets inside the heads of his characters in a very convincing way and draws a...
 
 
 


Jellybird
Lezanne Clannachan
Years ago Jessica loved a boy, a strange, dangerous lad, her first love, forbidden and hidden. Now with a sudden panic that something may be wrong in her marriage she...
 
 
 


Never Mind Miss Fox
Olivia Glazebrook
Clive and Martha have been together since they met at university; they have a young daughter, Eliza. Their marriage appears serene and content but when Eliza's adored new piano teacher...
 
 
 


Never Say Goodbye
Susan Lewis
This is a compelling and deeply moving novel of friendship, family and the power of love, from the Sunday Times top ten bestseller. How would you cope with the threat...
 
 
 


East End Angel
Kay Brellend
Katherine and Jennifer Finch are like chalk and cheese: Katherine is a midwife, dedicating her life to helping others - and Jennifer is a prostitute. Leaving home age 15, Jennifer...
 
 
 


The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having won the Costa First Novel award, this went on to win the overall prize for the Best Book of 2013...
 
 
 


Tell Me Tomorrow
Lynda Bellingham
Meredith Lee is one of the most successful women in television. She has a daytime show that has an audience of millions. She seems to have it all. But behind...
 
 
 


Truth About You
Susan Lewis
This is a powerful and emotionally engaging novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Don't Let Me Go. Lainey Hollingsworth has spent her whole life on the outside of...
 
 
 


A Wartime Wife
Lizzie Lane
Trapped in a marriage to the wrong man...Struggling to make ends meet, Mary Anne Randall is offered no help by her drunk and abusive husband. A pawnbroking business run from...
 
 
 


The Dead Wife's Handbook
Hannah Beckerman
February 2014 Debut of the Month. At the age of 36 Rachel suffers a fatal aneurism leaving her husband, Max, and...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Blind Man's Garden
Nadeem Aslam
From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers comes a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11 - a story of war,...
 
 
 


Hidden
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Drama, danger and heartbreak. This is a gripping story from a master storyteller...A Quick Reads 2014 title.
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Sketcher
Roland Watson Grant
This atmospheric, uplifting and deeply moving debut, set in the 1980s in an impoverished area of Louisiana, is a novel about the beauty of life no matter how broken it...
 
 
 


The Piano Player's Son
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
This novel focuses on family dynamics and the power struggles within; which can threaten even the strongest bonds. At the centre is a secret - kept by the parents from...
 
 
 


The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
Jess Thomas wants...to be more than a single mum getting by day after day...to do her best for her gifted but sensitive daughter Tanzie...to find a way back from the...
 
 
 


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