Kenneth Grahame born 1859. Grahame wrote a series of letters to his son, Alastair, describing the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger which eventually became The Wind in the Willows. See all books by Kenneth Grahame
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My Notorious Life Kate Manning
March 2014 Book of the Month.
Told by Madam X herself, one Axie Muldoon, this vivid tale is based on a true one. Axie’s voice is angry, urgent, colourful and descriptive. Despite the... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March 2014 Book of the Month.
Longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.
On the surface this is a love story, a coming-of-age novel and a tale of friendship. But Adichie did... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
A Well Tempered Heart Jan-Philipp Sendker
March 2014 Book of the Month.
An intriguing and beguiling read, told with great eloquence and understanding. Burma and the USA are unlikely bedfellows as a setting, however this juxtaposition helps focus on... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
The One Plus One Jojo Moyes
JoJo Moyes is an incredible writer whose ability to depict modern life in all its glorious complexities is second to none. This is a touching story of the lengths we’ll go to for the people we love or just... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Amber Fury Natalie Haynes
March 2014 Debut of the Month.
Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
Mother, Mother Koren Zailckas
March 2014 Debut of the Month.
A very sad and convincing book of a dysfunctional family. A dark piece of fiction which is murder... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase Louise Walters
March 2014 Debut of the Month.
An achingly moving and thought-provoking tale of secrets; told with extreme humanity and compassion. Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase holds... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Son-in-Law Charity Norman
A man leaves prison having served his sentence for the manslaughter of his wife. His in-laws were left to look after his three children. Now he wants them back but his mother-in-law is still very bitter and angry at the... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Seeing Red Kathryn Erskine
From the award-winning author of Mockingbird, this is a powerful and thought-provoking historical novel of family and friendships and the tackling of the important themes of race and responsibility in '70s America in the 'Deep South', but with elements... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2014
Little Egypt Lesley Glaister
I found this book utterly compelling. With a flavour of I Capture the Castle, a hint of Atonement and a dash of A Passage to India; the innocent voice of the teenage Isis - trapped in a rambling mansion with... Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2014
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon Fatima Bhutto
Longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.
Fatima Bhutto is the niece of Benazir Bhutto who publicly accused her aunt of murdering her father Murtaza while she, aged 14, protected her baby brother. She tells of her ordeal in... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Holiday Home Fern Britton
The family has been going down to the lovely old house in Cornwall for years. Now the girls are grown with a teenager each and mum and dad, Dorothy and Henry, have had a bungalow built in the grounds. The... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigeria in the 1960s and the birth of Biafra, a time of massacre, bloody conflict and the end of colonialism. We experience this strife through the household of a university lecturer, his houseboy, his lover and a white man seeking... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
One Last Thing Before I Go Jonathan Tropper
The author of How to Talk to a Widower brings us another witty, impeccably well observed tale of modern America. Silver is a divorced 44 year old who finds out his only daughter is pregnant (which will put more... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
With All My Love Patricia Scanlan
This sensitively portrays the rift between two families and how a vicious act can open up past hurts. The book follows three generations as they begin to repair their relationships after a tragic loss. Patricia Scanlan is particularly good at... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Last Boat Home Dea Brovig
Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mother's love. If you loved The Light Between Oceans or The Snow Child, this is for you. On the wind-swept southern coast of... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
Road Ends Mary Lawson
On a perfect August morning in 1967, above a river just outside a small town in the north of Canada, a young man meets his death. And so begins the unravelling of his best friend Tom's already precarious family. Eighteen... Format: Hardback - Released: 27/02/2014
A Loving Family Dilly Court
She longed to be reunited with her family. The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Workhouse Girl. Eleven-year-old Stella Barry is forced into service when her family find themselves living hand-to-mouth. Leaving her... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Just What Kind of Mother are You? Paula Daly
What if your best friend's child disappears? And it's all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto - overwhelmed working mother of three - one freezing December in the Lake District. She takes her eye off the... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Diary of an Unsmug Married Polly James
Meet Molly Bennett. Married to Max and mother to two warring teenagers, she's just 'celebrated' a significant birthday. Bridget Jones would call Molly a smug married . So why doesn't she feel it? Is it because everyone seems to be... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
Bring Me Home Alan Titchmarsh
The author of eight top ten bestselling novels including Folly and The Haunting, Alan Titchmarsh's new novel moves to the Scottish Highlands and has an involving family mystery at its heart. It is the perfect escapist read for fans of... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
One Night in Winter Simon Sebag Montefiore
If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead.... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Mother of the Year Karen Ross
Most daughters believe their mums deserve an award. JJ Jackson's mother has a whole shelf full...Beth Jackson is a national treasure. Famous since the age of 15, she's has gone from hitting the headlines as a teenage mum to being... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
A Hundred Pieces of Me Lucy Dillon
As heart wrenching and life-affirming as One Day or Me Before You, A Hundred Pieces of Me is a story about what it means to finally live life to the full. Letters from the only man she's ever loved. A... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
Fairfield Hall Margaret Dickinson
Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A fish merchant and self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way into society. When Annabel's secret meetings with Gilbert, a young... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
Eleven Days Lea Carpenter
'An extraordinary accomplishment...' - Kevin Powers, author of THE YELLOW BIRDS 'Think HOMELAND in fiction form...' - Red Magazine 'An extraordinarily gifted writer...' - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Eleven Days is, at its heart, the story of a... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle Kirsty Wark
Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a bold new novel for the modern world. This book is a self-help book. Its objective, as it says on the cover, is to show you how to get... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
The Rose Garden Marita Conlon-mckenna
Molly's perfect life comes crashing down following the unexpected death of her husband David. She is left alone with a big old house to maintain, finances in disarray and her hopes for happiness in a heap. But Molly is a... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
A Mother's Love Maggie Ford
Can she escape the hardships of her past? Growing up in London's tough East End, young Sara Porter has had to learn to take care of herself. Her mother resents her maternal responsibilities and has never shown her daughter the... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
His Brother's Wife Val Wood
1860 Harriet Miles is trying to take care of her seriously ill mother, and just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse she is fired from her job at the hostelry. The last thing she expects after her mother... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
A Heart Bent Out of Shape Emylia Hall
From the author of The Book of Summers, picked for Richard & Judy's 2012 summer book club, comes the story of a first love, a terrible tragedy, a snow-filled paradise; a year that will never be forgotten. For Hadley Dunn,... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Grace and Mary Melvyn Bragg
Reaching from late 19th-century Cumbria to the present, this elegiac novel celebrates two spirited women: Grace, a farm labourer's daughter who fatefully followed her heart, and Mary, the child she was forced to give up. Unsung heroines according to Mary's... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Fly Away Kristin Hannah
Celebrity news reporter and presenter, Tully Hart, has hit rock bottom. Kate Ryan had been her best friend for more than thirty years. They'd lived, laughed, danced and cried together. Kate had been her anchor, and now Tully was cast... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
A Dark and Distant Shore Reay Tannahill
Reay Tannahill's great bestseller is the story of an extraordinary woman's determination to win back her birthright - the remote and beautiful West Highland castle of Kinveil - sold by her father to a Glasgow merchant when she was seven... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Clever Girl Tessa Hadley
All the qualities that readers praised in The London Train are present in Clever Girl, Tessa Hadley's brilliant new novel. It follows the story of Stella, from her childhood as the daughter of a single mother in a Bristol bedsit... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Be Careful What You Wish for Jeffrey Archer
Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
The All-girl Filling Station's Last Reunion Fannie Flagg
With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men's work, from fixing flats to driving the tow truck. Wearing smart little caps, short skirts and roller skates, they fly round the forecourt of The All-Girl's... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
Family Likeness Caitlin Davies
In a small Kent town in the 1950s, a bewildered little girl is growing up. Ostracised because of her colour, she tries her best to fit in, but nobody wants anything to do with her. A nanny climbs the steps... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
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The Memory Book Rowan Coleman
This has all the ingredients required to curl up with and savour. Compelling in its originality, heart-breaking in its sadness yet so uplifting it will also make your heart soar....
The Son Michel Rostain
Winner of the Prix Goncourt for Debut Fiction in 2011.
A story of grief as a father mourns his 21-year old son who died of a particularly virulent form of meningitis....
Spilt Milk Amanda Hodgkinson
The second novel from historical novelist Amanda Hodgkinson whose debut 22 Britannia Road garnered lots of praise and attention. Beginning in early 20th century Suffolk and moving through to...
Benediction Kent Haruf
One long last summer for Dad Lewis in his beloved town, Holt, Colorado. As old friends pass in and out to voice their farewells and good wishes, Dad's wife and...
The Child's Child Barbara Vine
The Child's Child is the new crime novel by bestselling, prize-winning author Barbara Vine. What sort of betrayal would drive a brother and sister apart? When Grace and her brother...
Fallen Land Patrick Flanery
A gothic tale of death and property in a dystopian America, absolutely terrific. The author gets inside the heads of his characters in a very convincing way and draws a...
Jellybird Lezanne Clannachan
Years ago Jessica loved a boy, a strange, dangerous lad, her first love, forbidden and hidden. Now with a sudden panic that something may be wrong in her marriage she...
Never Mind Miss Fox Olivia Glazebrook
Clive and Martha have been together since they met at university; they have a young daughter, Eliza. Their marriage appears serene and content but when Eliza's adored new piano teacher...
Never Say Goodbye Susan Lewis
This is a compelling and deeply moving novel of friendship, family and the power of love, from the Sunday Times top ten bestseller. How would you cope with the threat...
East End Angel Kay Brellend
Katherine and Jennifer Finch are like chalk and cheese: Katherine is a midwife, dedicating her life to helping others - and Jennifer is a prostitute. Leaving home age 15, Jennifer...
The Shock of the Fall Nathan Filer
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013.
Having won the Costa First Novel award, this went on to win the overall prize for the Best Book of 2013...
Tell Me Tomorrow Lynda Bellingham
Meredith Lee is one of the most successful women in television. She has a daytime show that has an audience of millions. She seems to have it all. But behind...
Truth About You Susan Lewis
This is a powerful and emotionally engaging novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Don't Let Me Go. Lainey Hollingsworth has spent her whole life on the outside of...
A Wartime Wife Lizzie Lane
Trapped in a marriage to the wrong man...Struggling to make ends meet, Mary Anne Randall is offered no help by her drunk and abusive husband. A pawnbroking business run from...
The One Plus One Jojo Moyes
Jess Thomas wants...to be more than a single mum getting by day after day...to do her best for her gifted but sensitive daughter Tanzie...to find a way back from the...
The Month Before's Featured Books
Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas
January 2014 Book of the Month.
After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author...
All My Tomorrows Ellie Dean
This is the compelling new Second World War novel from the author of Always in My Heart. In defending herself against her brutal husband, eighteen-year-old Ruby Clark is forced to...
& Sons David Gilbert
Who is A. N. Dyer? For fans of 'The Art of Fielding' and 'Wonder Boys' - this is the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist and the heartbreaking...
The Storyteller Jodi Picoult
A strong tale of an unlikely friendship between a young woman and an old man. He has a secret that is so dark he does finally want to end his...
Big Brother Lionel Shriver
Once again Shriver takes on a contentious topic head-on. In the case of Big Brother it is the effects on a family of a morbidly obese ‘big brother'. Rich with...
Boxer Handsome Anna Whitwham
Boxing runs in Bobby's blood. His Irish dad was a boxer. So was his Jewish grandfather. Yanked up by their collars at Clapton Bow Boys Club and taught how to...
Clover's Child Amanda Prowse
When eighteen-year-old Dot meets Sol, she feels that love has arrived at last. Solomon Arbuthnott is a man who can bring colour and warmth to her drab life in sixties...
Cooking with Bones Jess Richards
My sister is a formwanderer: she is a mirror of want. Each person she meets sees what they want, when they look at her. And she changes for each pair...
The Crying Game June Hampson
1944. Trixie has only even known turmoil. As a teenager, she covered up the terrible truth of her father's death, and was forced on the run with her pregnant mother....
A Daughter's Duty Maggie Hope
She's bound by her duty to her family...Forced to leave school at the age of fourteen, young Rose Sharpe's dreams of independence are ruined by her domineering father and constantly...
Dot Araminta Hall
The remarkable new novel from the bestselling author of Everything and Nothing is a warm and heartbreaking tale of three generations of women. In a higgledy-piggledy house with turrets and...
Vanishing Acts Jodi Picoult
I cannot recommend this author highly enough. She always tackles nutty social issues, high emotional topics but refrains from being overly sentimental. She lets the power of the plot speak...
The Fields Kevin Maher
We'd never seen anything like that around our place before. Not right in front of our eyes. You always heard about it, though. Through friends of friends. Or when The...
The Forgotten Seamstress Liz Trenow
A stunning novel set in the Edwardian era about a seamstress working at Buckingham Palace. Full of drama, betrayal and addictive real-life detail - The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow...
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd
From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her...
Kiss Me First Lottie Moggach
A clever scenario. A girl wishing to commit suicide ‘hires’ a web-double so her family and friends will believe she still lives. She then tells them she’s going abroad to...
Larkswood Valerie Mendes
Larkswood House. The very name suggests birdsong, peace and elegance. It is home to the Hamilton children - Edward, Cynthia and Harriet - who enjoy the freedom and excitement of...
Longbourn Jo Baker
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at...
Midnight Rose Lucinda Riley
Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a...
Mother, Mother Koren Zailckas
An electrifying debut novel about what happens when the one who should love you the most becomes your worst enemy. Sure to appeal to fans of GONE GIRL and WE...
Mums on Strike Laura Kemp
From the author of Mums Like Us comes a fun, witty novel about what it's like when an ordinary mum has had enough. It is perfect for fans of Pedigree...
One Last Dance Judith Lennox
For fans of Downton Abbey and MY LAST DUCHESS...'Times change, and sometimes for the better...' As the twentieth century draws to a close, Esme Reddaway knows that she must uncover...
The Road to Reckoning Robert Lautner
A novel that hits right to the heart of fans of Cold Mountain and True Grit. Set in 1837, this is the remarkably poignant story of 12-year-old orphan Thomas Walker...
Season to Taste Natalie Young
Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving...Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita....
The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan
This book is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the winner of Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2012. My father still lives back the...
The Taste of Apple Seeds Katharina Hagena
For Iris, childhood memories are of long, hot summers spent playing with her cousin in their grandmother's enchanted garden. But Iris is now a young woman and her grandmother, after...
Three Brave Women Elizabeth Waite
Linked through marriage to three brothers, the Underwood women prove time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Jodie has travelled a hard road to reach...
Unfaithfully Yours Nigel Williams
A novel in letters starting with Elizabeth Price to a private detective worried about her eminent barrister husband having an affair, from said barrister to a retired BBC producer, and...
What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty, top ten bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, imagines losing the most important ten years of your life in What Alice Forgot. Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep,...
The Railwayman's Wife Ashley Hay
In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace,...
Ghost Moth Michele Forbes
GHOST MOTH will transport you to two hot summers, 20 years apart. Northern Ireland, 1949. Katherine must choose between George Bedford - solid, reliable, devoted George - and Tom McKinley,...
The Missing One Lucy Atkins
Kal McKenzie always had a tricky relationship with her mother, Elena, but when Elena dies of breast cancer, Kal is bereft: how do you mourn a mother whose love you...
Hostage Three Nick Lake
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 14-16 age category A menacing chill is never far below the surface in this gripping young adult novel. Amy is dealing with...
Turtle Moon Alice Hoffman
January 2014 Guest Editor Jodi Picoult on Turtle Moon, because it was my first Alice Hoffman novel. This was the first book I remember reading for pleasure after I...
Sisterland Curtis Sittenfeld
For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect - they share a hidden gift. But...
Perfect Match Jodi Picoult
This American author takes gritty, social issues as the themes of her hard-hitting tales and keeps you turning the pages in astonishment through twists, misunderstandings and injustices. Here we have...
The Tenth Circle Jodi Picoult
She has done it again. I keep waiting for this lady to produce a mediocre book for, with some seven published over here in quick succession, one expects at least...
The Runaway Woman Josephine Cox
Lucy lives a normal life in a normal street. Was she a fool or an angel to want to run away? Lucy Lovejoy married her childhood sweetheart at 16, but...