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Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Books of the Month


Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Amnesia
Peter Carey
November 2014 Book of the Month. A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
November 2014 Book of the Month. Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of Austen’s classics so Joanna Trollope did Pride and Prejudice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Loved Rain They Say That What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You. They're Wrong.
Gerard Kelly
A dramatic, suspenseful, atmospheric tale of a happy, normal teenage boy suddenly tormented by nightmares which fill him with fear and feelings of failure and inadequacy. His adopted mother takes him to Miriam, a counsellor friend of hers and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
November 2014 Debut of the Month. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy
Maxim Jakubowski November 2014 Highly Recommended. London-based New Zealand-bred author and actress Duffy is known for her crime books, her fiercely feminist historical novels and various mainstream books, in addition to her work...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
November 2014 Debut of the Month. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Nora Webster
Colm Toibin
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

The Age of Magic
Ben Okri
We haven’t had a new Ben Okri for some five years so this is something of a celebration. Sadly it is not quite magical enough, not in the same league as his magnificent The Famished Road. Charmingly written with an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Green Door
Christopher Bowden
An absorbing and stimulating read with a slightly supernatural chill. Barrister Clare needs to keep her well known level head and her mettle about her when a meeting with a clairvoyant leads her to research her own family history. Clare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

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
     

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

House of Ashes
Monique Roffey
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then one hot evening The Leader, a head of a group...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. There are a lot of books about India, this is one of the best. It is a huge 500+ page family saga with a family tree in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014
     

The Yellow Room
Christopher Bowden
Right from the beginning this book piques your interest and draws you in to the mystery and inhabitants of an old country house. Moving between the present and 1950’s England gradually a web of intrigue is unravelled. With a host...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2009
     

In the Light of What We Know
Zia Haider Rahman
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. An investment banker approaching forty, in the midst of his career collapsing and marriage unravelling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. Confronting the dishevelled figure of a South Asian male carrying a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014
     

The Red House
Christopher Bowden
With his 3rd novel Christopher Bowden, once again, has created an intriguing, page-turning, literary mystery with a beautifully drawn cast of characters. A common theme in his writing involves 'things found that lead the finders on searches with unexpected outcomes'...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2011
     

The Blue Book
Christopher Bowden
A charming, gentle tale about the discovery of a note in a second hand novel. The note is a quote from T S Elliot’s The Wasteland and reads like a threat. On finding the note Hugh Mullion’s curiosity is sparked...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/11/2007
     

Academy Street
Mary Costello
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime. She stood on the edge of the grass. She hovered between worlds, deciphering the ground, tracing in mid-air the hall, the dining-room, the stairs....
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

The Absent Therapist
Will Eaves
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings, a jostle of voices that variously argue, remember, explain, justify, speculate and meander . . . Sons and lovers, wanderers, wonderers, stayers, leavers, readers and believers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2014
     

Outline A Novel
Rachel Cusk
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon church but the thrust of the novel is how a family of four kids...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Shortlisted for 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 with for Elizabeth is indeed missing. She tells her daughter,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
     

The Goddess and the Thief
Essie Fox
A romantic lush Victorian gothic novel, complex in scope and concept but glorious in execution. Alice, whose mother died not long after she was born, has been raised in India, so when her father decides it’s time to return to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Everyone knows the date of the Battle of Hastings. Far fewer people know what happened next...Set in the three years after the Norman invasion, The Wake tells the story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Inflicted
Ria Frances
When sixteen year old Theo Drew meets Anna Levinsky, a Holocaust survivor, he is barely alive. Cosseting him in her home, Anna cares for Theo while he recovers from extreme emotional trauma in the wake of a family tragedy. Believing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Zebra Crossing
Meg Vandermerwe
Ghost. Ape. Living dead. Young and albino, Chipo has been called many things, but to her mother - Zimbabwe's most loyal Manchester United supporter - she had always been a gift. On the eve of the World Cup, Chipo and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America. 1920. After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose
Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Hidden Knowledge
Bernardine Bishop
'Outdoes Muriel Spark and Evelyn Waugh' Margaret Drabble, Observer Accused of child abuse, Father Roger Tree confesses at once; it masks a darker secret. Meanwhile his sister Romola faces a future without their beloved brother, the novelist Hereward Tree. Can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit and Other Stories
P. G. Wodehouse
A baker's dozen of P.G. Wodehouse's finest short stories.Aunts, engagements, misunderstandings and hangover cures; this delightful collection from 'the greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness'. Julian Fellowes brings together a baker's dozen of P. G. Wodehouse's finest short...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
None of my books is just about race, Levy has said. They're about people and history. Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Forgotten Fitzgerald Echoes of a Lost America
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sarah Churchwell
While F. Scott Fitzgerald was writing the novels we remember him for today, he was also publishing short stories in popular magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire. Although many of Fitzgerald's short stories are celebrated and anthologised...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Time and Time Again
Ben Elton
It's the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be. Stanton...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Hilltop
Assaf Gavron
Hailed as The Great Israeli Novel (Time Out Tel Aviv) and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel's most acclaimed young novelists....
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

In America Travels with John Steinbeck
Geert Mak
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans. As Steinbeck said to a friend: 'I must...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Dig
Cynan Jones
Deep in rural Wales, a farmer is struggling through lambing season when he becomes aware that his land is being stalked by a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence. Built of the interlocking fates of these...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The American Lover
Rose Tremain
Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands,embarks on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

I Refuse
Per Petterson
'Tommy. How long have we been friends.' 'All of our lives,' Tommy said. 'I can't remember us ever not being friends. When would that have been.' Jim said. 'I think it could last the rest of our lives,' he said...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Good Children
Roopa Farooki
Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another. In 1940s Lahore, the Punjab, two brothers and two sisters are beaten and browbeaten into 'good children'. Each has a destiny to fulfil. Sully and Jakie will be doctors, Mae and Lana...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Goat Mountain
David Vann
This is a shocking, suspenseful and daring new novel from one of the greatest American writers at work today, whose previous books include Caribou Island, Dirt and Legend of a Suicide. In David Vann's searing novel Goat Mountain, an eleven-year-old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

The Night Guest
Fiona McFarlane
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014. In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's Frida, sent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
     


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Pistache Returns
Sebastian Faulks
Pistache (pis-tash): a friendly spoof or parody of another's work. [Deriv uncertain. Possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake.] From the writer of such brilliant parodies as Thomas Hardy's football...
 
 
 


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Joshua Ferris
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Paul O’Rourke is a New York dentist who admits to passions for baseball and one or two women. A bogus website is set up...
 
 
 


Tampa
Alissa Nutting
A challenging but ultimately rewarding (and even in its own wonderfully twisted way, comic) exploration of the perverse mind of an older female teacher who is totally obsessed with young...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 
 


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during World War II, working on the Thai-Burma...
 
 
 


This is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
Tropper’s comic novel about American life has now been made into a film starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. It is a delightful rom-com as four very different,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the...
 
 
 


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'. Hilary Mantel is one...
 
 
 


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
Rachel Joyce
While Harold Fry was walking up through England with his media circus (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry), Queenie preparing to die, was hanging on for him. This is...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley
October 2014 Debut of the Month. Fascinating, commanding and stimulating; this work of fiction is...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the...
 
 
 


Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
October 2014 Book of the Month. In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
October 2014 Book of the Month. The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to...
 
 
 


Us
David Nicholls
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that...
 
 
 


Stone Mattress Nine Tales
Margaret Atwood
A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC)....
 
 
 


The Coincidence Authority
J.W. Ironmonger
Thomas Post is an expert on coincidences. He's an authority. People come to see him, to ask him if he can explain strange events that have befallen them, and he...
 
 
 


First Impressions
Charlie Lovett
Book lover and Jane Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has barely started her new job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same...
 
 
 


The Thicket
Joe R. Lansdale
Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped...
 
 
 


The Secret Lives of People in Love Includes the Award-Winning Collection Love Begins in Winter
Simon Van Booy
Everyone has the ability to make words… how Van Booy is able to arrange them so simply into such excruciatingly exquisite stories is quite simply breathtaking. The stories draw you...
 
 
 


The Book of Strange New Things
Michel Faber
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world...From the author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, the first novel from Michel...
 
 
 


The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle
Kirsty Wark
October 2014 Debut of the Month. An enchanting debut from the journalist and broadcaster Kirsty...
 
 
 


The Monster's Wife
Kate Horsley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A sprightly, well overdue first novel by a young British author better known until now for her short...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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...
 
 
 


History of the Rain
Niall Williams
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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....
 
 
 


The Best British Short Stories 2014
Nicholas Royle
This is a book for everyone, whether you furtively snatch your reading time or have the luxury of being able to sink into the welcoming depths of a book for...
 
 
 


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Claire North
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. In her recent and rightly praised Life After Life, Kate Atkinson revisited the eternal theme of 'what would...
 
 
 


Ghost Moth
Michele Forbes
Katherine must choose between George Bedford - solid, reliable, devoted George - and Tom McKinley, who makes her feel alive. The reverberations of that summer - of the passions that...
 
 
 


The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
'There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey...
 
 
 


The Restoration of Otto Laird
Nigel Packer
Elderly retired architect Otto Laird lives a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once renowned for his radical and controversial designs, he now spends...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed We are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014. The life...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
September 2014 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant,...
 
 
 


Southern Cross the Dog
Bill Cheng
When the Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi, eight-year-old Robert Chatham loses everything. Robert's adventures in the brooding swamplands - from hard labour to imprisonment to thwarted love - are...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany. We follow two fourteen year...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An...
 
 
 


The Wildflower Path
Sarah Harrison
The past crashes across all four generations of this now extended family which we first met in The Flowers of the Field and gathered more about in A...
 
 
 


The Hundred-Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais
Completely and utterly delightful, this feels like a breath of fresh air (fresh air with vibrant notes of sizzling, aromatic piquancy). Hassan’s family leave Mumbai and embark on a journey...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Seeing Other People
Mike Gayle
Clever and touching, this is a book about love, trust and the reality of bringing up a family. As loveable, weary Joe tells his emotional story, you will...
 
 
 


The Children Act
Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies...
 
 
 


Dear Thief
Samantha Harvey
In the middle of a winter's night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. In answer to a question...
 
 
 


Enon
Paul Harding
Hailed as a masterpiece, Tinkers, Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, is a modern classic. Here, in Enon, Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries...
 
 
 


The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe
Alexander McCall Smith
Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1...
 
 
 


Head of State
Andrew Marr
The first novel from Britain's most celebrated political commentator is a gleefully twisted take on what goes on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. It's September 2017, and the...
 
 
 


A History of Loneliness
John Boyne
Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to...
 
 
 


The Homesman
Glendon Swarthout
The Homesman is a devastating, humane story of early pioneers to America's West in the 1850's. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of-the brave women whose hearts and minds...
 
 
 


Perfidia
James Ellroy
It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor.
 
 
 


The Poet and the Private Eye
Rob Gittins
New York.1953.A private investigator takes on a tail job, his quarry a newly-arrived visitor from the UK. The private eye has never heard of him, but he will.
 
 
 


The Repercussions
Catherine Hall
When war photographer Jo returns from her latest assignment in Afghanistan and moves into the Brighton flat she's just inherited, she hopes to restore equilibrium to her chaotic life. But...
 
 
 


The Taxidermist's Daughter
Kate Mosse
Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed 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 Playground
Julia Kelly
Eve is putting her life together again. Her partner has walked out on her. She's moved into a tiny flat on the outskirts of Dublin. She has no job. But...
 
 
 


The Blazing World
Siri Hustvedt
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment:...
 
 
 


The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If...
 
 
 


The Dog
Joseph O'neill
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The new novel from Joseph O'Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning 'Netherland'. In 2007, a New...
 
 
 


Orfeo
Richard Powers
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab - the latest experiment...
 
 
 


Game Control
Lionel Shriver
From the Orange Prize-winning author of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN comes a grimly comic tale of bad ideas and good intentions. With a deft, droll touch, Shriver highlights...
 
 
 


Rooms
Lauren Oliver
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton,...
 
 
 


Twist
Tom Grass, Pure Grass Films Limited
Eighteen-year-old Twist doesn't have much. No money, no home and no family. All he has is his reputation as one of the most daring street artists in London - whose...
 
 
 


The House of Journalists
Tim Finch
A fashionable house in a London terrace, the House of Journalists is renowned around the world as a place of refuge for exiled writers who have fallen foul of oppressive...
 
 
 


Of Things Gone Astray
Janina Matthewson
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on Of Things Gone Astray... This is one of my favourite books of 2014. One morning in London, a group of people all lose...
 
 
 


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