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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

Shifting Colours
Fiona Sussman
February 2015 Book of the Month. Beautifully simple yet holding a complicated and utterly compelling truth, this is an intriguing and thought provoking read. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
     
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 is slipping into dementia in her sheltered flat in Scotland. This...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 many years, decides, aged 82, that she wants to see the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Twins, the mother Sarah favours one, the father Angus the other. When one dies aged six the devastation in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
February 2015 Debut of the Month. One of those involved family dramas of uncertain parentage, mystery and secrets. Wonderful stuff. It concerns a young woman,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
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 enjoyed the book's 'large canvas' storytelling, its Australian setting and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2007
     
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 suicide shouldn't work, yet it emphatically does and on so...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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. Jessica and Matthew are happy, young and in love. Their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 more. Here 23-year old Catherine, unable to get a job...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
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 to Australia but he was actually in prison for arson...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
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 32, an army wife dreaming of setting up a family...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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. Dad, Vinnie, is a taxi driver so he can be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2015
     
A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
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 they have built and live in. Nothing really happens...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/02/2015
     
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 of her siblings, her parents, her education, her first love...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 Guinea, a weight problem and is heavily in debt. Through...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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, to sail. They had a row and Joey went out...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 with kids. When she arrives we get her routine observed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     

Last Month'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 2014. Winner...
 
 
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 The Bees
Laline Paull
January 2015 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2014. An excellent...
 
 
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 Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one...
 
 
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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A...
 
 
Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the...
 
 
Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. 59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of...
 
 
Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
One of our Books of the Year 2014. After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good....
 
 
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...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2014. In Tangiers an earthquake rips through the town swallowing buildings including Harry and Robin’s home and Dillon, their sleeping three year old son...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns to a Mediterranean...
 
 
The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This...
 
 
The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This has all the ingredients required to curl...
 
 
Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant,...
 
 
Rowdy
Jay Crownover
Riveting, an excellent addition to a terrific series. This brings in all the main characters from the previous four books but it is so well done that you could read...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
December 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Heart of Winter
Emma Hannigan
This follows the development of the country house Huntersbrook begun in Driving Home for Christmas where the family of three siblings and their appendages discovered from their mother that...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the...
 
 
The Balloonist
James Long
Captain William Fraser, Scottish laird, womaniser and insubordinate officer resigned his commission and got roped into the Belgium army as special adviser to the King! Partnering up with Lieutenant Claude...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Loved Rain They Say That What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You. They're Wrong.
Gerard Kelly
December 2014 Book of the Month. A dramatic, suspenseful, atmospheric tale of a happy, normal teenage boy suddenly tormented by nightmares which fill...
 
 
Ostrich
Matt Greene
A hugely exciting debut novel from an author who’s bound to have a bright future ahead of him. Alex is a very clever and precocious young man on the cusp...
 
 
The Affairs of Others
Amy Grace Loyd
Celia, a young, still grieving widow, buys an apartment building in New York and chooses her tenants carefully so that they will blend but not encroach on her life. We...
 
 
Larkswood
Valerie Mendes
On becoming unwell, London society girl, Louisa, is packed off to her grandfather, Edward, in the country and well attended by his staff. She builds a relationship with the old...
 
 
Winter Garden
Kristin Hannah
A prolific American author who is hugely popular in the States and has only recently been introduced to book lovers over here. This is her fifth out of eighteen to...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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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