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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

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 2015 to 2006. It is told mostly through the voices...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 thriller. We are told right at the start that baby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

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 you haven’t read the first book it matters not...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
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
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 other dearly. Bette is young and frivolous and has her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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: 28/09/2015
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
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 until the final tragedy and yet it is so full...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
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 as a man. We join the intriguing Hana as she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
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 family, drift apart. Now Peter’s bank (Lehman Brothers) has gone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 friend, Sam, and the present when she has been involved...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 and a Somalian who needs freedom for his family make...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
A Few of the Girls
Maeve Binchy
From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical. But at the heart of all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
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 her married life doing everything right - making sure her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
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 of two women, born decades apart, whose paths are destined...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Quartet for the End of Time
Johanna Skibsrud
Set in America and Europe between the 1930s and the 1940s, it charts the lives of three teenagers and is told from their perspectives, mostly in linear chapters. It starts with Alden and his sister Sutton helping members of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
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

Last Month'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...

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
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...

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...

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,...

The Month Before'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...

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...
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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