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Books of the Month


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 him with fear and feelings of failure and inadequacy. His...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the sudden and cruel loss of her fiancé, Alex moves from London to start a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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, have abortions or adoptions, such is life. The boys are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

Someone Else's Conflict
Alison Layland
A surprisingly sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity. This is subtle clever writing, you’re encouraged to fully invest in the characters before the tension really starts to increase. Layers...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

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 is a great read, especially astute, and indeed amusing, about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

How to be Both
Ali Smith
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2014
     

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 island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

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 and not seen. Two black servants are at church and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
Winner of the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The effects on a family of a young sister who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having won the Costa First Novel award, this went on to win the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2014
     

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 who Harry should never have left in the house alone....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

The American Lover
Rose Tremain
One of our Books of the Year 2014. The American Lover has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. A collection of sensitive, absorbing and beautifully rendered stories. Only three are new, the rest (nine) have been published in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
     

Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Outrageously funny and completely original, Chop Chop by Simon Wroe is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine....
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Us
David Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2014
     

Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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 taken their toll...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
     

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. Tsiolkas has succeeded in doing just that. Set in Australia...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

A Taste for Green Tangerines
Barbara Bisco
Set in the midst of the Indonesian rainforest, A TASTE FOR GREEN TANGERINES begins with Bethany Parker's arrival in Borneo and explores the limits of friendship and the consequences of love amidst a small band of Europeans, Americans, and Australians...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2009
     

Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once. The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

The Strange Library
Haruki Murakami
'All I did was go to the library to borrow some books'. On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/12/2014
     

High Crime Area Tales of Darkness and Dread
Joyce Carol Oates
A collection of darkly compelling tales from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. A young professor is convinced she's being followed, but when she confronts her shadow events take an unexpected turn...A promising student attempts to save her brother...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix
Paul Sussman
'My name is Raphael Ignatius Phoenix and I am a hundred years old - or will be in ten days' time, in the early hours of January 1st, 2000, when I kill myself...' Raphael Ignatius Phoenix has had enough. Born...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Ostrich
Matt Greene
Growing up is hard enough without a deadline. Alex has a story to tell. He just doesn't know what kind of story it is yet. He's got a lot of the concerns every 12-year-old has but lately, ever since his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You
Alice Munro
'Alice Munro's stories are miraculous.' Sunday Times 'No one else can - or should be allowed to - write like the great Alice Munro.' Julian Barnes 'She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
One of our Books of the Year 2014. May 2014 Debut of the Month. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/05/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Once you start, you will find it difficult to put down this compelling and totally captivating novel, so set aside some quality time and take a step into the unknown. The story is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what is what and then it connects … wow. We meet...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     


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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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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 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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Amnesia
Peter Carey
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 
 


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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