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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

Reader Reviewed That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?). Our...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Wolf Border
Sarah J. E. Hall
April 2015 Book of the Month. Rachel has been studying wolves in Idaho but gets seduced back to England when a wealthy earl and politician approaches her to help him...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Cavendon Women
Barbara Taylor Bradford
April 2015 Book of the Month. This follows on from Cavendon Hall and is a projected series of novels set around a stately home in Yorkshire and its occupants, upstairs and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Good Girl
Fiona Neill
April 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Iron Necklace
Giles Waterfield
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1910 and a successful German architect, Thomas, marries an up-and-coming British artist, Irene. This is the story of their lives and families through the next three...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Day We Disappeared
Lucy Robinson
April 2015 Book of the Month. A hugely enjoyable romance with the horsey world of thee-day eventing as its backdrop overshadowed by a creepy tale of a power freak and his outrageous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
April 2015 Book of the Month. 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....
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Last Night in Montreal
Emily St. John Mandel
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. Following the multi-award nominations of her 4th novel, the subtle post-apocalyptic Station Eleven, Mandel's earlier novels are finally being released in the UK...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Ava's Gift
Jason Mott
A sad tale of the extraordinary power of a 13-year old girl who in an unguarded moment saves her dear friend’s life after an accident. News spreads of a miracle worker and the press bombard her home. We get fascinating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer Guest, will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Magnificent and heartbreaking, A Reunion of Ghosts is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound to each other and their remarkable family through the blessings...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
What Ends
Andrew Ladd
An achingly poignant and touching read, and one that leaves you with a lingering wistful thoughtfulness as you turn the last page. Humans are abandoning and rats are taking over the small Scottish island of Eilean Fior, one guesthouse remains,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Last Pier
Roma Tearne
The Second World War looms and young, curious Cecily desperately wants to know her 16-year old sister’s secret. But there is a lot more she wants to know too. Why is her mother’s sister, Kitty, always staying on their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home for a holiday to Ireland in 1979. A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a charming tale of will she/won’t she while we know exactly what she should do. Whether she does or not is up to you to find out in this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers, a long tale of three generations of the Whitshank family and the house...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised as never before. These bees are not anthropomorphised or overly sentimentalised into cute cartoon characters; the action...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 Home”. Poignant and beautifully poetic, they leave you with an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     
Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Sahar Delijani
Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations of men and women driven by idealism, inspired by love...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Third Wife
Lisa Jewell
It is when the third wife is killed that Adrian at last has a long hard look at his life. He has five kids, two from the first marriage, three from the second. It is when his eldest son...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Beekeeper's Daughter
Santa Montefiore
1932 and Grace, the estate’s beekeeper’s daughter, falls for Rufus the son and heir of the big house. Knowing he is far beyond her reach she marries faithful Freddy. World War II arrives and heroic Freddy actually saves Rufus’...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
All My Puny Sorrows
Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Academy Street
Mary Costello
Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street establishes Mary Costello as one of Ireland's most exciting literary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
     
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
     
The Night Falling
Katherine Webb
The devastating effect of the First World War in rural Italy is portrayed here in Puglia in 1921. The absentee landowners left their farms to be run by fascist black shirts, often at a loss. The poor live a hand-to-mouth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Boy I Love
Lynda Bellingham
Young actress Sally lands herself an assistant stage manager and bit-part acting job at a repertory theatre in Crewe. This is 1982 when rep theatre was still profitable ... just, and the HIV problem had not been properly addressed or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 about life, the heightened life as mirror of art as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Walk Home
Rachel Seiffert
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to Scotland who initially have ambitions to try to better themselves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
Boxer Handsome
Anna Whitwham
This book opens with a fight scene so brilliant and bloody and violent that you can’t help but be catapulted into the book. Connor and Bobby are fighting over Theresa on a canal side in East London. It is bare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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...
 
 
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 Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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....
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller...
 
 
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...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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...
 
 
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,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
March 2015 Debut of the Month. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude...
 
 

The Month Before'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...
 
 
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Barbara Taylor Bradford 
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Victoria Clayton 
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Joanne Harris 
Kate Atkinson 
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Adriana Trigiani 
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Alice Hoffman 
Anita Shreve 
Meera Syal 
Monica Ali 
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