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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

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson
That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2016 Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?). Our hero, Smitty, a black girl,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Turning Point by Freya North
The Turning Point
Freya North
April 2016 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood
The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month. Absolutely enchanting, and not in a sugary syrupy sweet way, oh no, instead this is earthy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2016
The Missing by C. L. Taylor
The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing with family drama. Claire tells her story, which is set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty
The Way We Were
Sinead Moriarty
A gorgeous loveable book, to make you cry, smile and even, with perfect timing, roar with laughter. Alice, Dan, and their two daughters are a practically perfect family, when the unthinkable happens, their world is thrown into chaos. Each chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
A Good Catch by Fern Britton
A Good Catch
Fern Britton
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 the right choices and with domineering fathers and big profits at stake they bend to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings
In Her Wake
Amanda Jennings
April 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month. A compelling, almost bittersweet read, where a shocking discovery leads to an emotional journey....
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2016
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis
No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one in England, however fate isn't prepared to hold her hand....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Green Island A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan
Green Island A Novel
Shawna Yang Ryan
‘Green Island’ is a breathtaking novel, it’s emotional, thought provoking and absolutely fascinating. Set in Taiwan and the USA between 1947 and 2003, the novel focuses on one family, yet the story is presented on an epic scale. This is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2016
Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks
Beneath the Surface
Heidi Perks
An emotional and tense tale of family drama and intrigue. When she was 17, Abigail’s two young half-sisters and her mother disappeared. 14 years later, while undergoing counselling, Abi makes some decisions to revisit and explore the past. Heidi Perks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Disappearance by Annabel Kantaria
The Disappearance
Annabel Kantaria
‘The Disappearance’ is a wonderfully tense and readable family tale, capable of delivering sharp shocks as you sink into the story. 70 year old Audrey vanishes during a cruise after telling her two children that they are set to receive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons
The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
‘The Song Collector’ subtly tiptoes under your skin, the first few sentences call to you, draw you in, envelop you… and then it doesn't let you go until the very last page. Fox recollects meeting the love of his life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be an unsettling and riveting read. Jules’s life was altered forever...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
The Silk Merchant's Daughter
Dinah Jefferies
Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Broken Road by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
The Broken Road
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
An engaging and satisfying family tale, full of drama and emotion. Brother and sister, Ollie and Louise have never quite met their father’s expectations, neither are happy, and while Ollie keeps a distance and attempts to save his marriage, Louise...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2015
The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control by Cathy Glass
The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control
Cathy Glass
Another emotional and open-hearted story from Cathy Glass, who has been foster mother to over 150 children. ‘The Silent Cry’ travels back in time, to when Cathy’s own children were young, and she was taking a short break from fostering...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson
The Woman Who Upped and Left
Fiona Gibson
‘The Woman Who Upped and Left’ is an entertaining and effortlessly readable novel. The first paragraph had me chortling and I settled in with a smile. 43 year old Audrey Pepper is genuinely engaging, she is divorced, rushes around after...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives in California, is followed by a squirrel and has a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
Eden Gardens by Louise Brown
Eden Gardens
Louise Brown
A vividly striking and entirely captivating debut novel set in Calcutta, covering both the Second World War and Indian Independence during the 1940’s. Beautiful adventurous Maisy and loyal, knowing ayah Pushpa tell their own tales, which are inextricably linked to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into the beastly heart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Ruby
Cynthia Bond
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Voodoo, faith and racism converge in an East Texas town, where a man is forced to choose between the sister who raised him and the disgraced woman he has loved since...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
The Dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain
The Dressmaker of Dachau
Mary Chamberlain
Spanning the intense years of war, The Dressmaker of Dachau is a dramatic tale of love, conflict, betrayal and survival. It is the compelling story of one young woman's resolve to endure and of the choices she must make at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
I am Radar by Reif Larsen
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 about life, the heightened life as mirror of art as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
A Family Scandal by Kitty Neale
A Family Scandal
Kitty Neale
An effortless and warmhearted read, focusing on the drama surrounding a family and their friends. If you are a fan of Kitty Neale, then this sequel to ‘Lost and Found’ will suit you down to the ground. Set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
Pretending to Dance
Diane Chamberlain
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain, the bestselling author of The Silent Sister, is a fascinating and deftly-woven novel, that reveals the devastating power of secrets.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Unravelling by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

Unravelling
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Unravelling is a wonderful escapist read that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you become totally embroiled in the passionate relationship between Gerald and Vanessa. But all...

The Piano Player's Son by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

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 Weekend Wives by Christina Hopkinson

The Weekend Wives
Christina Hopkinson
Three women meet at a party and bond over the fact that they spend too much time without husbands. Only one is truly a ‘weekend’ wife for the other two...

The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan

Reader Reviewed The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
Winner Epic category Romantic Novel of the Year 2016 . Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author...

Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn

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...

Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

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...

The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan

The Shadow Hour
Kate Riordan
March 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month. Kate Riordan has written...

Precocious by Joanna Barnard

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and fascinating read. Fiona reconnects...

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

Reader Reviewed The Butcher's Hook
Janet Ellis
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. March

Look at Me by Sarah Duguid

Look at Me
Sarah Duguid
March 2016 Debut of the Month. Two years after the death of a beloved...

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

Reader Reviewed The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
March 2016 eBook of the Month....

Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

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 Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Ballroom
Anna Hope
A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles find themselves at the edge of an impossible future, each decision they...

Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety by Julie Shaw

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...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Reader Reviewed At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
March 2016 Book of the Month. In her last novel, The...

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Reader Reviewed Missing Pieces
Heather Gudenkauf
March 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing, easy reading family drama...

The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

Reader Reviewed The Mountain Can Wait
Sarah Leipciger
March 2016 Debut of the Month. Simply captivating and beautiful, there is a raw...

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Quicksand
Steve Toltz
Author, Liam, researches the police force to write his novel from an officer’s point of view and ends up reluctantly becoming a policeman himself! His book fails. His next subject...

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
Jonathan Evison
Career girl (brief) Wife (fifty-five years); mother of two now widowed, Harriet discovers that her late husband had been planning an Alaskan cruise. Ignoring the advice of her children and...

Freya by Anthony Quinn

Freya
Anthony Quinn
Stretching from the Nuremberg war trials to the advent of the TV celebrity, from innocence abroad to bitter experience at home, Freya presents the portrait of an extraordinary woman taking...

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

Reader Reviewed The Dress
Kate Kerrigan
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 The Dress. New York...

The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and one that exposes an emotionally challenging and often hidden world. The diverting way in which the author introduces Abby, suggests that something is...

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Girl at War
Sara Novic
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Girl At War is a haunting, compelling debut from a brilliant young writer, rooted in historical fact and personal experience. Sara...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan

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...

Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith

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...

Our Song by Dani Atkins

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 Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month. A remarkably touching and quite, quite...

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping...

We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

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...

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. February

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

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...

Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle

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...

Ferney by James Long

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...

The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Ran
Sam Baker
February 2016 Book of the Month. The prologue paints a vivid picture...

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold...

Black to White by Sam Hayward

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...

Time to Say Goodbye by S. D. Robertson

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,...

The Lightning Tree by Emily Woof

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...

The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan

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...

Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse

Reader Reviewed Perfect Daughter
Amanda Prowse
A 2016 World Book Night selection. 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,...

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

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...

Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

Cometh the Hour
Jeffrey Archer
The sixth and penultimate book in the spellbinding, number one bestselling Clifton Chronicles.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for...

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