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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

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Girls by Lisa Jewell
The Girls
Lisa Jewell
May 2016 Book of the Month. A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Keep Me Posted
Lisa Beazley
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An entertaining, perceptive and sharply witty debut, this is a novel that will have you cringing one minute and smiling the next. Sisters Cassie and Sid, separated by half the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks
Beneath the Surface
Heidi Perks
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An emotional and tense tale of family drama and intrigue. When she was 17, Abigail’s two young half-sisters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
This Must be the Place
Maggie O'Farrell
May 2016 eBook of the Month. Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel. This Must Be The Place is a story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/05/2016
The Madam by Jaime Raven
The Madam
Jaime Raven
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A fierce and provocative read, where a young woman released from prison is hellbent on revenge. 27 year old Lizzie was framed for a murder she didn't commit, in prison...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Nest by Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
The Nest
Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
May 2016 eBook of the Month. A thought-provoking and wittily pointed debut, about the life and loves of the Plumb family. There are four siblings at the centre of this novel, Leo causes uproar when a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
My Husband's Wife
Jane Corry
A thriller, full of family drama and suspense… this is a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of tense uncertainty. The short prologue set my mind racing, the few lines on the following page, proceeded...
Format: Ebook - Released: 26/05/2016
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
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: 28/04/2016
Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret. by Casey Watson
Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret.
Casey Watson
A very readable, poignant recollection by Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym and is a specialist foster carer. This is Casey’s 12th book and she takes us back to a time before she was a foster carer, to when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
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
Daughter of the House by Rosie Thomas
Daughter of the House
Rosie Thomas
A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists however you don't need to read these...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Parrots by Alexandra Shulman
The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments, desires and encounters. The entitled, affluent setting is almost immaterial, it’s the hidden emotions at play that really matter here. Alexandra Shulman astutely introduces...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family and the meaning of love. We think it is one of the Debuts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
According to Yes by Dawn French
According to Yes
Dawn French
21st century family life - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - delivered head on by none other than comic genius Dawn French. Rosie, after a sad occurrence in Cornwall, takes herself off to New York to work as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
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 Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring compassion and a delicious secretive quirk, so I was really looking forward to starting this, her twelfth novel. ‘The Marble Collector’ lived up to my expectations as a really touching, quite, quite...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
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 a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2016
The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans
The Butterfly Summer
Harriet Evans
A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real. Nina Parr is 25, divorced, living at home and working...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
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
The Lake House by Kate Morton
The Lake House
Kate Morton
The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper .
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
The Novel Habits of Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith
The tenth wonderful story in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series. With her young son and devoted husband her home life is blissfully content. Which is the best possible launching pad for the next issue of the Review -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
God Help the Child
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all life's hopes and passions continually press...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
Early One Morning
Virginia Baily
This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful, suspenseful, heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and war's reverberations down the years.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
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 House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted 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
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in time. It tells of a Japanese couple, Ameterasu and Kenzo,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted 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
The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home
The Woman Who Walked into the Sea
Mark Douglas-Home
Another intriguing and fascinating mystery from the author of ‘The Sea Detective Series’. Oceanographer Cal McGill finds himself in a small Scottish costal town attempting to solve a 26 year old mystery. Violet was abandoned as a baby, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to Natalie and in one summer her life changes beyond all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman

Reader Reviewed My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous...

The Turning Point by Freya North

Reader Reviewed The Turning Point
Freya North
April 2016 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the...

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...

The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control by Cathy Glass

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

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...

The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Reader Reviewed 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,...

The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed 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...

No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Missing by C. L. Taylor

The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month. An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing...

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Reader Reviewed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a...

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons

Reader Reviewed 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...

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

In Her Wake
Amanda Jennings
April 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month. A compelling, almost bittersweet...

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...

The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

Reader Reviewed The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month. Absolutely enchanting, and not in a...

A Good Catch by Fern Britton

Reader Reviewed 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...

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.

The Month Before'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...

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...

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