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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 Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense....
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month. A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Ran
Sam Baker
February 2016 Book of the Month. The prologue paints a vivid picture of a house fire, of the naked female narrator escaping,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Ballroom
Anna Hope
February 2016 Debut of the Month. A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
February 2016 Debut of the Month. The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller, where for a fairly short novel, there’s an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety
Julie Shaw
‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series, namely that the Hudson’s do not make...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
February 2016 eBook of the Month. Seductively beautiful and evocative writing ensures ‘The Forgotten Summer’ is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Perfect Daughter
Amanda Prowse
Perfect Daughter is a tender, warm-hearted read which has the ability to touch delicate issues with loving care and attention. Jacks still has dreams, she may be married, bringing up two children, be carer for her mother, scrimping and saving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Perfect Gift
Emma Hannigan
Lovely, warm and engaging, 'The Perfect Gift’ is just that, a delightful treat of a book. Loveable, spirited Roisin always knew she was adopted, she came back home to start up her food emporium and lick her wounds after a...
Format: - Released: 18/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Watch the Lady
Elizabeth Fremantle
Elizabeth Fremantle has delivered another fabulously engrossing read, her ability to bring some of the most fascinating women from the 16th century to the forefront of historical fiction is truly impressive. History declares that Penelope Devereux was much more than...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Our Song
Dani Atkins
Quite simply stunning. From the moment I turned the first page, right through to the moment I finished and beyond, I have been transfixed by this beautiful yet heartrending novel. The first few pages set events in motion that will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Chance Developments
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the stunning cover made me ooh with delight. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan
The suppression of women dominates this dual-time tale. Alice, a disgraced pregnant girl, is sent to the country by her mother in 1933. Fascinated by the history of the house she hides in she feels the presence of unhappy spirits....
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
Ferney
James Long
Mysterious, exciting, immensely rewarding, it is one of those memorable books that has to be among your of all-time favourites. I fell in love with this book when it was first published in 1997. It did moderately well but not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
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 also a page-turning gem as Ursula pursues her dreams, goes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Time to Say Goodbye
S. D. Robertson
A sad, sweet, thought-provoking tale about the love and bond between parents and children. ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ is a story about 6 year old Ella and her father Will, however the whole family have a part to play in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
Magnificent and heartbreaking, A Reunion of Ghosts is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound to each other and their remarkable family through the blessings and the burdens bestowed by blood. One of them has terminal cancer. All agree...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
     
Black to White
Sam Hayward
A simply told, compassionate tale, about the journey of one woman experiencing bereavement. Susie is 55 years old, her husband died six months previously, leaving her with a heartbreaking gaping hole filled with memories. With the help of friends and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2015
     
Three Wishes
Liane Moriarty
They say trouble always comes in threes. And for sisters Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle, the year they turn thirty-three is no exception. Through everything, the bonds of the sisters are strong enough to withstand whatever life throws at them....
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This is a completely charming and very different slice of World War Two fiction. ‘Crooked Heart’ explores the relationship of Vera,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude of emotions throughout. Single parent Beth...
 
 

Don't Get Me Wrong
Marianne Kavanagh
A fascinating tale with a big heart that pulls you back and forth from 2015 to 2006. It is told mostly through the voices of rich banker Harry and a...
 
 

Ruby Flynn
Nadine Dorries
The darkest sin casts the longest shadow... Ruby Flynn, set in Ireland and Liverpool, is the enthralling story of a family haunted by ancient wrongs.
 
 

I Hope You Dance
Beth Moran
An appealing, bitter-sweetly emotional tale about friendship and second chances. This is the second novel I’ve read by Beth Moran, she doesn't shy away from heartache or the ups and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed What a Way to Go
Julia Forster
January 2016 Debut of the Month. Sharp, poignant and amusing, this is a beautifully...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
January 2016 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2015....
 
 

Reader Reviewed Highbridge
Phil Redmond
January 2016 Debut of the Month. An intriguing start to a new series by...
 
 

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver, Kate Mosse
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. Narrated by a mother, Eve, in letters to her estranged husband, this is a truly horrific story of a 15-year old boy’s...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Queen's Choice
Anne O'Brien
‘The Queen’s Choice’ is a wonderfully effortless read, where historical fact blends with romance, scheming and subterfuge. Covering a period between 1396 and 1422 the story revolves around Joanna of...
 
 

Only with Blood A Novel of Ireland
Therese Down
Only With Blood is a stirring novel set against the struggle for the heart of Ireland during the Second World War, when the IRA notoriously sought assistance from the Nazis,...
 
 

If I Fall, If I Die
Michael Christie
Will’s mother suffers from agoraphobia and after she lost her father, her brother and her husband she took baby Will back to her home town to protect him and shut...
 
 

The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother...
 
 

A Year of Marvellous Ways
Sarah Winman
A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious, life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Iron Necklace
Giles Waterfield
1910 and a successful German architect, Thomas, marries an up-and-coming British artist, Irene. This is the story of their lives and families through the next three generations and so the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Looking Glass House
Vanessa Tait
‘The Looking Glass House’ is a bright, bold work of fiction, simply told yet holding a complicated ring of truth. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll, is the...
 
 

The Bones of You
Debbie Howells
It's not the first time a book is partly narrated by a dead person observing the chaos his or her own murder has created amongst the living, but this twisty...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
January 2016 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2015....
 
 

Red Letter
Kate Riordan
Published ahead of Kate Riordan’s new novel The Shadow Hour, this evocative short story featuring characters from her debut The Girl in the Photograph is set in the...
 
 

The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
Spanning the lives of a couple (and their friends, lovers and family) over several decades from Cambridge undergraduates to old age with an affection for the characters that drips off...
 
 

Not Quite Nice
Celia Imrie
Sunday Times Bestseller Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her house and moves to a picture-perfect...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Last Sardana
Ray Harwood
Poignant, touching and expressive, ‘Last Sardana’ is a family drama set in Spain when modern tourism was in its infancy. This is book one in a series and the story...
 
 

The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman
Isolated at the tip of Australia as a lighthouse keeper, emotionally traumatised World War I veteran Tom fears for his wife's sanity after her third miscarriage. Then a boat turns...
 
 

Sea Music
Briege Brannigan
A family mystery lies dormant, awaiting discovery in this sorrowful family drama. 29 year old Jess journeys to Northumberland after suffering a tragedy in her life, when she visits a...
 
 

Sardana Encore
Ray Harwood
Sardana Encore welcomes the reader back like an old friend...Peter’s architectural ability removed him from his Spanish homeland, spiriting him off to London and a brief sojourn in Malaysia; yet...
 
 
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