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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 A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
March 2015 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome. It is long, it is big, it is brilliant, perhaps...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
The Darkest Hour
Barbara Erskine
March 2015 Book of the Month. What can I say about this fabulous book? That it is classic Erskine time-slip drama of passion and incident; that it covers the war years and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
March 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and one that exposes an emotionally challenging and often hidden world....
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller that makes the reader question everything, and it will stay...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
March 2015 Debut of the Month. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude of emotions throughout. Single parent Beth has a hard time...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not from where. Her father is dead, her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed We Are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of view. In her mid-forties her son Connell becomes a teenager and we see how he feels too. Round the middle of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Ladies of Missalonghi
Colleen Mccullough
The story of three women in the Blue Mountains in Victorian Australia, all without their men and all hampered by the social restrictions of the time. A tale of genteel poverty, of small-town pettiness and of overcoming prejudices. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics in The Rosie Project then you are in for a treat...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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, the background to the various people involved, the moving of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Secrets Sisters Keep
Sinead Moriarty
This is Sinead Moriarty’s tenth novel and it’s at her heart-warming, tear-jerking best. The Devlin sisters are best friends, but each has a secret in her life that she can’t possibly admit to herself, let alone her sisters, or their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Remember Me This Way
Sabine Durrant
A tale full of passion, anger, fear and heartache, an excellent read which concerns the love between a lonely school librarian, Lizzie, and a compulsive/obsessive artist, Zach. It is fast-paced, told from two points of view. That in itself is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
As Good as it Gets?
Fiona Gibson
A great insight from the female point of view into the modern family and of the burdens of holding the family together when things go down hill. Happy unit, Mum, Dad, two kids, falls apart when Will (Dad) is made...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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, each lot best friends with the others. The wives have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
The Storms of War
Kate Williams
A wealthy English family suffers the effects of World War I. The hook here is that the father is of German extraction and imprisoned once the war starts. Naturally this really does shatter the family. We see the whole...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
After I'm Gone
Laura Lippman
A wife, three daughters and a mistress, Felix has it good. But then he is confronted with a racketeering scam, he can’t face prison and disappears. The novel fluctuates between then, the investigation into the death of his mistress twenty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Runaway Wife
Rowan Coleman
Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back - and her most precious possession, her seven year old daughter Maddie. But Rose does have one other thing left -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Every Mother's Son
Val Wood
A pure delight from start to finish. Val Wood is very good at nineteenth century history. This moves from manor house and farming in Yorkshire to Italy and a fist full of coincidences that wrap the story up. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
A to Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Forty year old Ivo is dying of kidney failure. As he lies in his hospice bed his sister tries to persuade him to see an old and dear friend but Ivo refuses. He cannot forgive the man for something we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Life Intended
Kristin Harmel
The night before Patrick was killed in a car accident he was going to tell his young wife Kate some wonderful news. She never hears it. Twelve years later Kate is a music therapist for special needs children and engaged...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
A Time for Friends
Patricia Scanlan
Another excellent read from Ms Scanlan. This looks at the dynamics of a long female friendship over some thirty years, of the jealousies, demands and trials and how they can be so one-sided. We then have the friendship of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Susan Lewis Too Close to Home
Susan Lewis
Prolific writers do, every now and again, produce a tale that is not perhaps up to their normal standard so this is not one of Susan Lewis’ best but it is still a strong tale about a family falling apart....
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first in a trilogy, a family saga following the Langdons over one hundred years, beginning in 1920. This volume goes through to 1953. They are a farming family of hardworking, stoical parents and five children. On the whole it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Saving Grace
Jane Green
Coming from a disruptive and unhappy childhood Grace eventually falls on her feet and marries a famous American author. Life is good for some twenty years until their reliable assistant leaves and is replaced by gold digger Beth. You know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Behind Closed Doors
Susan Lewis
The English Jodi Picoult who has always written a good plot has suddenly taken a leap forward with her writing too. She tackles nutty issues, winds a crime round them and keeps you furiously turning the pages. Here the disappearance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
February 2015 Debut of the Month. One of those involved family dramas of uncertain...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper
February 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month. Etta, after being married to Otto for...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Now That I've Found You
Ciara Geraghty
A brilliant tale written from the point of view of a single dad of two bruised kids, especially the boy, for their mum, Paula, suffering from bipolar disease, walked out....
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father...
 
 
When I Met You
Jemma Forte
The title actually refers to a daughter meeting her father and not the man of her life as one might imagine. Her mother has always told Marianne that he went...
 
 
The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
February 2015 Book of the Month. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother Anne...
 
 
Away from You
Kay Langdale
Monica, mother of 6-year old Ruby and 18-month Luce, lands a big job in LA and hires a nanny/housekeeper, Ursula, for her husband and kids. Ursula is reluctant to work...
 
 
I Do Not Sleep
Judy Finnigan
A light, easy read of a boating accident in Cornwall where the body was never found. The lad, Joey, was twenty and went to Cornwall with a good chum, Danny,...
 
 
Losing it
Helen Lederer
The comedian and media personality turns her considerable talent to fiction. Millie writes an agony column for a magazine, has a scientist daughter doing an important project in Papua New...
 
 
The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant
A beautifully drawn story of Abbie, an 85-year old daughter of Russian immigrants who relates her entire life to her granddaughter, Ava. We go back to Abbie’s school days, learn...
 
 
Will You Remember Me?
Amanda Prowse
This is an extremely moving book which deals with the difficult issue of coping with impending death for the sick person and for their family and friends. Poppy is only...
 
 
Shifting Colours
Fiona Sussman
February 2015 Book of the Month. Beautifully simple yet holding a complicated truth, this...
 
 
The Exit
Helen FitzGerald
I am a huge fan of this author whose work is frequently categorised as crime but although her books do have a crime element, often sinister, they are so much...
 
 
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....
 
 
The Thorn Birds
Colleen Mccullough
The Australian answer to Gone with the Wind became a publishing sensation when it was first published in 1977 and went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide. Readers...
 
 
Reader Reviewed My Heart and Other Black Holes
Jasmine Warga
Provocative, insightful and stimulating, this is a surprisingly simple yet captivating story featuring a deep and harrowing subject that is often avoided. It initially feels as though a story about...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Night of the Water Spirits
Barbara Bisco
An intriguing, involving and at times surprising family saga of two cousins over many turbulent years. Set mostly in Thailand and taking in the dreadful Boxing Day tsunami, I personally...
 
 
The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel 2014. Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards...
 
 
Reader Reviewed A Place for Us
Harriet Evans
Fans of Harriet Evans will probably agree that this big family drama is possibly her best book so far. It is terrific. Like so many of this type of involved...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites. This is present day. A 16-year old girl is down by the river at the time...
 
 
Campari for Breakfast
Sara Crowe
Seventeen-year old Sue moves to her Aunt Coral’s crumbling mansion shortly after her mother committed suicide and her father takes up with a Danish lady. Coral has an array of...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan
The suppression of women dominates this sad, dual-time tale. Alice, a disgraced pregnant girl, is sent to the country by her mother in 1933. She is fascinated by the history...
 
 
Mobile Library
David Whitehouse
A misleading title to my mind for this is not a tale of literature and reading but of dysfunctional people with sad back stories. The library is a nice literary...
 
 
The Silent Sister
Diane Chamberlain
When Riley returns to her childhood home to sort it out after the death of her father she finds an unexplained mystery. Believing her sister committed suicide after shooting her...
 
 
Power Play
Danielle Steel
Two powerful CEOs’ lives are followed in this glorious new epic from Danielle Steel. One is a single mother who makes special quality time for her children and one a...
 
 
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...
 
 
Jam and Roses
Mary Gibson
Three different sisters, a drunken wife-beating father who also beat them when he could catch them and a very tough life in the back streets of London’s East End in...
 
 
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...
 
 
The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
This stunning debut has a fascinating premise that 'the earth is slowing down' and it provides a unique framework for this memorable, haunting and bittersweet coming of age novel. It...
 
 
The Winter War
Philip Teir
On the surface, the Paul family are living the liberal, middle-class Scandinavian dream. Max Paul is a renowned sociologist and his wife Katriina has a well-paid job in the public...
 
 
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...
 
 
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Anna McPartlin
A poignant book about the final days of cancer, of how family and friends react and how the 40-year old Mia (Rabbit), copes. The book begins with her cancer blog...
 
 
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...
 
 
A Taste for Green Tangerines
Barbara Bisco
Disillusioned with her London Life, anthropologist Bethany Parker accepts an offer to work with an international team of environmentalists on an eco-tourism project in the Indonesian rainforest. Thrust into a...
 
 
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...
 
 
Lonely Girl
Josephine Cox
The new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Josephine Cox gets straight to the heart and heartbreak of family drama.
 
 
When We Were Sisters
Beth Miller
If you grew up in the UK in the 1970s then there’ll be lots about this book that will have you happily reminiscing and even laughing out loud. It’s concerns...
 
 
Wake
Anna Hope
A story set just after the First World War and revolving around half a dozen people, the choosing of the body that became ‘the unknown soldier’, its journey to London...
 
 
As the Earth Turns Silver
Alison Wong
Set in New Zealand at the turn of the twentieth century this is a, practically forbidden, love story between a widowed mother and an immigrant Chinese shopkeeper. Exploring tensions around...
 
 
Requiem
Berlie Doherty
Best known for her books for children and young adults, Berlie Doherty is one of the finest writers of today, an author who writes – as Barry Hines once advised...
 
 
Tiger with a Human Soul
Barbara Bisco
A dual-time feast for the senses from the author of A Taste of Green Tangerines. It begins in Java 1200 years ago and at the end even peeks into...
 
 
The House of Frozen Dreams
Sere Prince Halverson
Set in the stunning, eerie Alaskan mountains, this is a love story you will never forget. Step into the home that lay empty for decades...
 
 
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...
 
 
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Victoria Clayton 
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Charlotte Bingham 
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Nicholas Evans 
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Joanne Harris 
Kate Atkinson 
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Adriana Trigiani 
Sally Beauman 
Alice Hoffman 
Anita Shreve 
Meera Syal 
Monica Ali 
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