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Books of the Month

The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
February 2016 Book of the Month. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month. A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense....
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month. A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Ran
Sam Baker
February 2016 Book of the Month. The prologue paints a vivid picture of a house fire, of the naked female narrator escaping,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed For the Most Beautiful
Emily Hauser
February 2016 Debut of the Month. The story of the Trojan War told by two of its most important, yet often overlooked, characters: Briseis,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Ballroom
Anna Hope
February 2016 Debut of the Month. A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Gold Fame Citrus
Claire Vaye Watkins
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Gold mines, the fame of Hollywood, the orange groves, three great symbols of California, three reasons to go...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
February 2016 Debut of the Month. A disturbing and devastatingly compelling novel, ‘Things We Have In Common’ sucks you in whole and refuses to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
February 2016 Debut of the Month. The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that " wild and useless length of English coastline", a "strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
February 2016 eBook of the Month. Seductively beautiful and evocative writing ensures ‘The Forgotten Summer’ is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The Mark and the Void
Paul Murray
Claude, dull workaholic investment banker crashing around in Dublin during the financial crisis, gives us an easy guide to the collapsing world economy throughout this novel. He leads an uneventful life. Enter Paul, an author with severe writer's block who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands War, Prebble turns to psychological drama and displays an assured hand for atmosphere and cleverly dissects deep layers of the human mind with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2016
     
A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2015. Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life, one of the top selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Our Song
Dani Atkins
Quite simply stunning. From the moment I turned the first page, right through to the moment I finished and beyond, I have been transfixed by this beautiful yet heartrending novel. The first few pages set events in motion that will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Youth
Paolo Sorrentino
The novelisation of Youth (La Giovinezza) - an original film by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz. In a luxury spa hotel in the Swiss Alps, octogenarian friends Fred Ballinger and Mick Boyle look back on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Chance Developments
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the stunning cover made me ooh with delight. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan
The suppression of women dominates this dual-time tale. Alice, a disgraced pregnant girl, is sent to the country by her mother in 1933. Fascinated by the history of the house she hides in she feels the presence of unhappy spirits....
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is like nothing he's ever written before though many of the themes he likes to explore - memory, connections, how past, present and future interweave, are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Ferney
James Long
Mysterious, exciting, immensely rewarding, it is one of those memorable books that has to be among your of all-time favourites. I fell in love with this book when it was first published in 1997. It did moderately well but not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
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 also a page-turning gem as Ursula pursues her dreams, goes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
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 and the burdens bestowed by blood. One of them has terminal cancer. All agree...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
     
Strictly Between Us
Jane Fallon
This is a sharp, edgy and amusing foray into the relationship world. The marriage in question isMichelle and Patrick’s, however it is Tamsin, Michelle’s best friend, who tells the story. The first chapter firmly snags your attention, a jaw-dropping event...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Mothering Sunday
Graham Swift
An intensely moving and beautifully written new novel from the Booker-prize winning author of Last Orders and Waterland. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
     
Where My Heart Used to Beat
Sebastian Faulks
The recurring themes of Sebastian Faulks's fiction are here brought together with a new stylistic brilliance as the novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
River of Ink
Paul M. M Cooper
All Asanka knows is poetry. From his humble village beginnings in the great island kingdom of Lanka, he has risen to the prestigious position of court poet and now delights in his life of ease: composing romantic verses for love-struck...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Jonathan Unleashed
Meg Rosoff
Jonathan Trefoil's boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him - only richer and more organised with a different sense of humour. On the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The High Mountains of Portugal
Yann Martel
The long-awaited new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of the worldwide phenomenon Life of Pi. Three stories. Three broken hearts. One exploration: what is a life without stories? The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2016
     
Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Scary Old Sex

In this stunning, taboo-breaking debut, Arlene Heyman, a practicing psychiatrist, gives us what really goes on in people's minds, relationships, and beds. Raw, tender, funny, truthful and often shocking, Scary Old Sex is a fierce exploration of the chaos and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: II From P.G. Wodehouse to Zadie Smith
Philip Hensher
The most famous authors are here, and many others, including some magnificent stories never republished since their first appearance in magazines and periodicals. The Penguin Book of the British Short Story has a permanent authority, and will be reached for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
     
We British The Poetry of a People
Andrew Marr
‘We British’ is a remarkable book, full to the brim with some extraordinary poetry that will encourage you to open your heart and mind. Andrew Marr looks beyond the obvious, even when including some of our most famous poets and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


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...
 
 

War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy's beguiling masterpiece entwines love, death and determinism with Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on those swept up by the terror it brings. This is the official BBC...
 
 

War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
In War and Peace, Tolstoy entwines grand themes - conflict and love, birth and death, free will and faith - with unforgettable scenes of nineteenth-century Russia, to create a magnificent...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This is a completely charming and very different slice of World War Two fiction. ‘Crooked Heart’ explores the relationship of Vera,...
 
 

The Chimes
Anna Smaill
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A book of contrasts: charming and disturbing; exciting and slow building; post-apocalyptic and brand new....
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude of emotions throughout. Single parent Beth...
 
 

Cockfosters
Helen Simpson
Offers a story collection dealing with ageing, ambition and the patterns of repetition and renewal found in long friendships and marriages. In this book, the stories range through hitch-hiking in...
 
 

Emma
Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford
This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition celebrates 200 years of Austen's beloved novel. With a beautiful cover designed by illustrator Dadu Shin and comprehensive notes sourced from the Jane Austen Collection,...
 
 

The Revenant
Michael Punke
Based on a true story, The Revenant is an epic tale of revenge set in the Rocky Mountains and soon to be a major motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A...
 
 

The Danish Girl
David Ebershoff
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl is a shockingly original novel about one of the most unusual and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed What a Way to Go
Julia Forster
January 2016 Debut of the Month. Sharp, poignant and amusing, this is a beautifully...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
January 2016 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2015....
 
 

The Words in My Hand
Guinevere Glasfurd
January 2016 Debut of the Month. A gloriously readable and emotional fictional tale based...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
January 2016 eBook of the Month.
 
 

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver, Kate Mosse
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. Narrated by a mother, Eve, in letters to her estranged husband, this is a truly horrific story of a 15-year old boy’s...
 
 

The Invoice
Jonas Karlsson
With a love story and a surreal and funny tale about happiness, this book changes the way you see your life.
 
 

If I Fall, If I Die
Michael Christie
Will’s mother suffers from agoraphobia and after she lost her father, her brother and her husband she took baby Will back to her home town to protect him and shut...
 
 

The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother...
 
 

Nobody is Ever Missing
Catherine Lacey
Full of mordant humour and uncanny insights, Nobody Is Ever Missing is a startling tale of love, loss, and the dangers encountered in the search for self-knowledge. It is a...
 
 

A Year of Marvellous Ways
Sarah Winman
A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious, life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin,...
 
 

Welcome to Braggsville
T. Geronimo Johnson
A strangely original and wonderfully thought-provoking novel. By no means a simple read, the author writes in such a way as to make you think and consider. The lack of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Iron Necklace
Giles Waterfield
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 generations and so the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Looking Glass House
Vanessa Tait
‘The Looking Glass House’ is a bright, bold work of fiction, simply told yet holding a complicated ring of truth. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll, is the...
 
 

The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
Spanning the lives of a couple (and their friends, lovers and family) over several decades from Cambridge undergraduates to old age with an affection for the characters that drips off...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Kinch A Tally of Unravellings
Laurie Evan Owen
Poetry and prose blend together to create a different and highly original read. Taking place over a period of seven days, the three main characters are all a little lost...
 
 

The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman
Isolated at the tip of Australia as a lighthouse keeper, emotionally traumatised World War I veteran Tom fears for his wife's sanity after her third miscarriage. Then a boat turns...
 
 
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