J.R.R. Tolkien looked up from pile of student exam papers he was marking, gazed out the window and then after a time wrote down the first line of the book that would bring him fame: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Read The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
Read the opening extract of the brand new Gregg Hurwitz book before its publication on 25/09/2014
For all of you in reading groups and need guidance to select your next group read look no further than our reading group category. Why not print off a few opening extracts to read before you decide? And you get an extra 5% discount when you order 5, or more, copies of the same title.
Daughter Jane Shemilt
September 2014 Book of the Month.
A tale of abduction/murder/disappearance? We the reader know not and so the tension and mystery builds. It is about a medical couple with three children, prosperous, hardworking,... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
The Secret Place Tana French
September 2014 Book of the Month.
A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship,... Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman Denis Theriault
Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've finished it. Set in Montreal, the world of Bilodo the postman is a simple one, but he regularly sneaks... Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2014
The Crimson Ribbon Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month.
Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of... Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
Of Winter's Cost Geoff Akers
Oh my word! This is an impactive, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time, that of oppression and genocide. Simply and starkly told, this... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2013
The Art of Baking Blind Sarah Vaughan
With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book comes to further nurture our appetite. It is indeed about baking, but its heart is about relationships, about being wives and mothers. It’s a dual-time telling... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014.
The effects on a family of a young sister who disappears. It is a good third of the way through the book before you find out what it’s all about and I do hope... Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
The Thread Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
A thoroughly charming book from this witty and intelligent Australian writer. Don leads a very ordered life. He does not consider himself odd, does not notice how much he shares with a group of children with Asperger’s syndrome, approaches everything... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2014
The Ruby Slippers Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday reality filled with exquisite loss and longing. With harrowing memories of the savagery of Nazi Germany, tantalising... Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
Did you know that the first recorded reading groups were among women working in factories in the nineteenth century?
And now, according to research undertaken a few years ago, there are tens of thousands of groups meeting regularly in the UK reading everything from literary classics to technical manuals!
Of course, if you are in a book group, choosing what to read next can be a serious matter as not every book has subject matter that can really be dicussed. So to help you Lovereading has decided to lend a hand by, each month, selecting a number of books we feel are perfect and will give your group a rewarding discussion as well as a rewarding read.
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The Railwayman's Wife Ashley Hay
Savour every second of this stunning novel, take your time, don't rush, don't miss a single solitary word. The setting, Thirroul in Australia at the end of the Second World...
Little Lies Liane Moriarty
August 2014 Book of the Month.
Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right...
Buddhaland Brooklyn Richard C. Morais
As he approaches his fortieth birthday, the introverted monk Seido Oda is ordered by his superior to leave behind his peaceful, quiet refuge in the remote mountains of Japan and...
A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of the grumpiest people you’ll meet but, he has been an upstanding pillar of the community for decades. The last six months have...
Reasons She Goes to the Woods Deborah Kay Davies
A sometimes uncomfortable yet utterly compelling read that shreds and shatters conventional thought processes and feelings. The surprise when you open the book and start to read is your first...
Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas
After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good. Tsiolkas has succeeded in doing just that....
The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan
Violet is half-American, half-Chinese, and in the turn of the century Shanghai, as the revolution looms, she is separated from her mother and becomes a courtesan. We follow both women...