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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

I Hope You Dance
Beth Moran
December 2015 Book of the Month. An appealing, bitter-sweetly emotional tale about friendship and second chances. This is the second novel I’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2015
Reader Reviewed The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
December 2015 Book of the Month. Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring compassion and a delicious secretive quirk, so I was really looking forward to starting this, her twelfth novel....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

According to Yes
Dawn French
November 2015 Book of the Month. 21st century family life - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - delivered head on by none other than comic genius Dawn French. Rosie, after a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
November 2015 Book 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,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
The Largest Baby in Ireland After the Famine
Anne Barnett
A gently paced, reflective debut novel, yet it still reveals the diversions, the slights and sometimes harsh stings of everyday life. Prepare to open a window to a different time, to an Ireland of faith, gossip, envy, friendship and love,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2015
The Early Morning Light
Edward Forde Hickey
This is an absolutely charming story, with occasional bites of reality, about life in rural Ireland during the early 1940’s. Newborn Teddy is evacuated from bomb ravaged London to Tipperary and bought up by his Grandmother and Uncle. This is,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2015
The Cavendon Women
Barbara Taylor Bradford
This follows on from Cavendon Hall and is a projected series of novels set around a stately home in Yorkshire and its occupants, upstairs and down. The present earl, Charles, divorced with four daughters and one son and heir,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Saints and Sailors
Pam Rhodes
A comfortable, entertaining read, ’Saints and Sailors’ is the fourth in the ‘Dunbridge Chronicles’, following the career of curate, now vicar Neil Fisher and the characterful folk that surround him. ‘Saints and Sailors’ departs village life and sets sail...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2015
Girl Alone Joss Came Home from School to Discover Her Father's Suicide. Angry and Hurting, She's Out of Control.
Cathy Glass
This is an achingly sad yet compelling tale, Cathy Glass, foster mother to over 150 children over 25 years, has written a number of books under a pseudonym. Not only does she reveal a heartbreaking story in ‘Girl Alone’, she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
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 their home was under threat. They decided to turn it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
Ruth's Journey
Donald McCaig
The story of Mammy from Gone With the Wind from age 4 to her life with Miss Scarlett as we know her. It is jaw-droppingly good, quite magnificent. There is so much tenderness, hardship, joy and emotion, it fair...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
The Ballymara Road
Nadine Dorries
Step into an emotional and expressive read, one that takes you back in time and yet explores issues that remain in the public eye today. ‘The Ballymara Road’ is the final part of ‘The Four Streets’ Trilogy and in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2015
The Dressmaker
Rosalie Ham
An unforgettable novel of love, hate and haute couture. Packed with memorable characters, acid humour and luscious clothes, The Dressmaker is an irresistible gothic tale of small-town revenge. The film adaptation, starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Lake House
Kate Morton
The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper .
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Colm Toibin
A great family drama about a young girl moving from Ireland to New Yok in search of work in the 1950's. Just as she feels life is going somewhere in Brooklyn she has to return to Ireland and the pleas...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
The World According to Anna
Jostein Gaarder
On the 20th anniversary of SOPHIE'S WORLD, Jostein Gaarder returns with a spell-binding fable about a girl who begins to receive messages from another time... Haunting, gripping and magical, The World According to Anna is a fable for our time....
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/11/2015
A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Rachel Joyce
Seven stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A beautiful, long tale of three generations of the Whitshank family and the house they have built and live in. Nothing really happens...

Reader Reviewed The Drowning Lesson
Jane Shemilt
October 2015 Book of the Month. A well-observed domestic drama turns half way through the book into a compulsive, emotional...

Reader Reviewed After You
Jojo Moyes
Jojo admits that this follow-up to Me Before You came as a result of popular demand. Fans wanted to know what happened to Lou after Will died. However if...

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...

Don't Get Me Wrong
Marianne Kavanagh
October 2015 Book of the Month. A fascinating tale with a big heart that pulls you back and forth from...

Sworn Virgin
Elvira Dones
A provocative, engaging and absolutely fascinating novel about one woman’s decision to move from a struggling post communist Albania, to the complexity of America, after she has spent years living...

Quartet for the End of Time
Johanna Skibsrud
A complicated, confusing book that demands close attention if you are to gather its points. Set in America and Europe between the 1930s and the 1940s, it charts the lives...

The Letter
Kathryn Hughes
Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. The Letter tells the story...

Between Sisters
Cathy Kelly
The sparkling new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Honey Queen and It Started with Paris. Meet the women of Delaney Square ...Cassie has spent...

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...

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...

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...

For All Our Tomorrows
Freda Lightfoot
A stirring and elaborately sweeping saga set in Cornwall during the Second World War. Two sisters, Sara and Bette are as different as different can be, however they love each...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

Reader Reviewed 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...

A Week in Paris
Rachel Hore
A dual-time tale set during World War II and 1961 when our heroine takes a job as a violinist in Paris and researches into her childhood when both her parents...

Reader Reviewed Seeing Other People
Mike Gayle
September 2015 Book of the Month. Clever and touching, this is a book about love, trust and the...

Reader Reviewed 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...

Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
September 2015 Book of the Month. Bold and surprising in character and style,Fates and Furies is a fascinating novel that delights in...

Reader Reviewed 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,...

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...

Reader Reviewed 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...

Reader Reviewed The Tea Planter's Wife
Dinah Jefferies
September 2015 Book of the Month. Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. An exotically intense, vibrant and...

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers...

My Everything
Katie Marsh
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Hannah is waiting for her husband to come...

Whispers Through a Megaphone
Rachel Elliott
September 2015 Debut of the Month. A gentle, yet astute, edgy and absolutely delightful...

Letting You Go
Anouska Knight
An engaging romance where secrets held and truths untold dominate lives. Eight years ago, Alex Foster ran away from her family and the man in her life, now an unexpected...

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...

Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...

Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. A slight departure for this highly regarded author being an historical tale of Edwardian London and Canada based on a true story from...

The Revolving Door of Life A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the...

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,...

All We Had A Novel
Annie Weatherwax
The stunning debut novel from sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax, a wry and sharply observed portrait of a gritty mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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?...

The Food of Love Laura's Story
Prue Leith
The first instalment of an epic multi-generational saga about an Anglo-Italian family that founds a restaurant dynasty by award-winning restaurateur Prue Leith. From Cotswolds farmland to London fish markets, society...

Reader Reviewed 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 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,...
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Tragedy Begins at Home

Whether it’s Barbara Taylor Bradford’s window into the dark secrets of dynastic powerhouses, or the hard realities of Allison Pearson’s writing: the incisively humourous observations of Nick Hornby, or the light touch of Charlotte Bingham: the engrossing passion of Jojo Moyes, or the captivating worlds conjured by Jodi Picoult and Daisy Waugh, the range of fantastic stories in the Family Drama section is almost endless. Luckily our unique expert reviews and hand-picked recommendations are here to help match you with your perfect next read. Sign up to our monthly emails to stay in touch with the latest output from warm, wise Elizabeth Buchan, insightful Kate Atkinson, sensory-stimulating Joanna Harris, huge-scale Sidney Sheldon, magical Alice Hoffman and so many more in the varied family of fantastic authors of the genre.


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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

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