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Family Drama Family Drama Books

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 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 in Australia, Millie, Agatha and Karl begin a journey of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 the hidden and the things that have remained unsaid. You...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/09/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Tea Planter's Wife
Dinah Jefferies
September 2015 Book of the Month. An exotically intense, vibrant and memorable tale, set in Ceylon from 1925 and covering a period of eleven years. Nineteen year old Gwen discovers an unfamiliar...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
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, genuine tones of realism that lie at the heart of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 reality of bringing up a family. As loveable, weary Joe...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in the family is catastrophic. Then Sarah begins to worry whether maybe they buried the wrong twin, especially when the remaining one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Whispers Through a Megaphone
Rachel Elliott
September 2015 Debut of the Month. A gentle, yet astute, edgy and absolutely delightful debut novel. Miriam fears her own emotions, Ralph runs away...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
My Everything
Katie Marsh
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Hannah is waiting for her husband to come home so she can tell him she's leaving him. Months...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 middle of Canada to walk to the coast –...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 series and although you really should start at the beginning,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
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 consciousness and understanding flows into your heart… they stay with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
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 call necessitates a return to the home she has avoided....
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 with each recipe comes a slice of history, a memory,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 a deep breath and sinking slowly into a truly captivating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 of the country. Once glorious buildings are now damp, run-down...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 it impossible to accept and adapt to his paraplegic life....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2012
     
Freedom
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 the close relationships of a family living in modern day...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
     
Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
A slight departure for this highly regarded author being an historical tale of Edwardian London and Canada based on a true story from his family history. Harry Case, a gentleman in suburban London, marries and has a daughter. Unexpectedly he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 quest to piece the history of her family together. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
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, love and marriage that is impossible to put down.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Blue Guitar
John Banville
From John Banville, one of the world's greatest writers, comes The Blue Guitar, a story of theft and the betrayal of friendship...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
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 more so once her mean-spirited widowed father remarries. Agnes is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 ballrooms to icy gutters, this is a tale of prejudice...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/09/2015
     
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? Honest and compelling, the new novel from the author of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 one family in particular. It is a gentle read with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 her previous books but you can pick up most of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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 send it so it becomes cathartic and helps her to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
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, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about three women...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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 an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother Anne is slipping into dementia in her sheltered...
 
 

The Sunshine Cruise Company
John Niven
The Sunshine Cruise Company is a sharp satire on friendship, ageing, the English middle classes and the housing bubble from one of Britain's sharpest and fun
 
 

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,...
 
 

Something Only We Know
Kate Long
Sometimes a secret is too big to hide... The new novel from the author of the number one bestselling novel The Bad Mother's Handbook.
 
 

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...
 
 

Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy
These 36 short stories were written over many decades and have now been published posthumously. They all feature the inhabitants of Chestnut Street in Dublin though there is little connection...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Daughter of the House
Rosie Thomas
August 2015 Book of the Month. A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
August 2015 Debut of the Month. With a hammer hitting hard prologue, this intensely...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Art of Baking Blind
Sarah Vaughan
August 2015 Reading Group Book of the Month. With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book...
 
 

Generation A John Murray Original
Paula McGrath
Ambitious and gripping, Generation moves effortlessly from the smallest of details to the largest of canvases, as the repercussions of the decisions taken by parents play out in the lives...
 
 

The Bones of You
Debbie Howells
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's not the first time a book is partly narrated by a dead person observing the chaos...
 
 

Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett
The conclusion of his huge trilogy featuring five families through the last century and now covers the Cold War period and the Civil Rights movement: 1961-2009. There is little plot,...
 
 

The Story of Land and Sea
Katy Simpson Smith
A big, lush, three-generational, historical novel in three parts from 1771 to 1793. Sad, moving and poignant, it is a beautifully written story of love and loss, of hope and...
 
 

Stranger Child
Rachel Abbott
With an unusual focus, this stimulating, taut thriller hinges on a knife edge of secrets, lies and the innermost thoughts of a family in despair. This isn't about whether you...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Too Close to Home
Susan Lewis
August 2015 Book of the Month. A page-turner of a family drama that twists and wrenches at your heart strings. The author...
 
 

The New Woman
Charity Norman
So completely, effortlessly and joyfully readable, this is a beautifully compassionate story highlighting the essence of humanity in us all. The introduction snares and intrigues your attention, which is then...
 
 

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...
 
 

Among the Ten-Thousand Things
Julia Pierpont
Provocative and challenging, this is a novel to set minds and discussions spinning. A parcel posted with intent shatters the Shanley family into separate little pieces. Although each family member...
 
 

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over...
 
 

The Summer of Secrets
Sarah Jasmon
A suspenseful, spell-binding coming-of-age story about how one simple action on a summer's day can echo through the years. When Helen is sixteen, the Dover family move in next door,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller that makes the reader question everything, and it will stay with you - as all good thrillers do - long after you...
 
 

The Artificial Anatomy of Parks
Kat Gordon
As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves. This is her story...
 
 

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

Reader Reviewed The Good Girl
Fiona Neill
The basis of this novel is a porn video that goes viral and the story behind those involved and those affected, told partly by the 17-year old girl of the...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not from where. Her father is dead, her mother has destroyed all evidence...
 
 

Reader Reviewed If You Go Away
Adele Parks
A dramatically absorbing and readable family drama, where between the covers prowl the social injustices and horror experienced during World War One. The author sets the two main characters apart,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Only We Know
Karen Perry
July 2015 Book of the Month. A compelling and thought-provoking read, ‘Only We Know’ binds a childhood secret into a tight knot...
 
 

An Untamed State
Roxane Gay
A very good book, not a nice one but certainly an excellent one. Told mostly from Mireille’s perspective it tells of her kidnapping in Haiti and her mental and physical...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
July 2015 Book of the Month. ‘The Song Collector’ subtly tiptoes under your skin, the first few sentences call to you, draw...
 
 

Reader Reviewed You, Me and Other People
Fionnuala Kearney
July 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulous debut novel, You, Me and Other...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all...
 
 

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...
 
 

A Proper Family Adventure
Chrissie Manby
A two week luxury cruise … thumbs up to that. The problem is that it is with your family and last time that happened there was nearly blood on the...
 
 

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate...
 
 

Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not...
 
 

The Missing Husband
Amanda Brooke
Would Jo's husband David really walk out on her – leaving no message – no trace of his whereabouts. She's pregnant and although their relationship had rocked when she told...
 
 

Motherland A Novel
Jo McMillan
A charming, witty and original debut reminiscent of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
 
 

The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
July 2015 Book of the Month. A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments,...
 
 

Something to Hide
Deborah Moggach
Petra's romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she's still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an...
 
 

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy Or the Letter That Was Never Sent to Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce
While Harold Fry was walking up through England with his media circus (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry), Queenie preparing to die, was hanging on for him. This is...
 
 

The Rocks
Peter Nichols
A big, generational novel interestingly told in reverse. We begin in 2005 and travel back through 1995, 1970, 1951 and 1948 where the mystery began. There is a small closure...
 
 

Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The introduction to Fascism in Florence just before World War Two, when...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
One of those involved family dramas of uncertain parentage, mystery and secrets. Wonderful stuff. It concerns a young woman, Kate, who at the age of six loses her mother in...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France for a month. Out...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Mother's Story
Amanda Prowse
I am a big fan of this author. She tackles gritty, sensitive issues in a thrilling manner. This one is about post-natal depression which it displays in its worst form....
 
 

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 Dress
Kate Kerrigan
August 2015 eBook of the Month. Ahh, what a lovely charming book this is,...
 
 
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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