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Books of the Month

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson
April 2016 Book of the Month. Despite the title – The Summer Before the War – which this terrific novel does indeed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Turning Point by Freya North
The Turning Point
Freya North
April 2016 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold
The French Lesson
Hallie Rubenhold
April 2016 Book of the Month. This wonderful, bawdy, fictional memoir began with Mistress of My Fate which eventually saw Henrietta...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood
The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month. Absolutely enchanting, and not in a sugary syrupy sweet way, oh no, instead this is earthy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2016
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
April 2016 Book of the Month. Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
April 2016 Book of the Month. What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave
'War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.' With these words begins the most breathtaking novel of the year, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. Join Mary, Alistair and Tom as they try to survive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Dodgers
Bill Beverly
April 2016 Debut of the Month.Maxim Jakubowski's April 2016 Book of the Month. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller which follows the reluctant journey of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/03/2016
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
April 2016 Debut of the Month. A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
Just fabulous. This is one of those wonderfully rare books that sets you in the middle of a familiar location and then prowls down a previously unexplored and unexpected path. Roy, vain and full to overflowing with self belief, is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/01/2016
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Art of Waiting by Christopher Jory
The Art of Waiting
Christopher Jory
A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters. Although set before, during and after the Second World War, this is by no means a novel just about war, it is rather, an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Green Island A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan
Green Island A Novel
Shawna Yang Ryan
‘Green Island’ is a breathtaking novel, it’s emotional, thought provoking and absolutely fascinating. Set in Taiwan and the USA between 1947 and 2003, the novel focuses on one family, yet the story is presented on an epic scale. This is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2016
The Mule by David Quantick
The Mule
David Quantick
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A quirky thriller and semi-humorous shaggy dog tale from an author best known for his comic TV scripts, this proves wonderful entertainment. Jacky, a somewhat failure of a person and a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons
The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
‘The Song Collector’ subtly tiptoes under your skin, the first few sentences call to you, draw you in, envelop you… and then it doesn't let you go until the very last page. Fox recollects meeting the love of his life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
Pleasantville
Attica Locke
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a community for “Negro families of means and class”, home now to many who have been involved...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/03/2016
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it’s still capturing imaginations. This collectable, clothbound edition is not only complete and unabridged but has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
The Silk Merchant's Daughter
Dinah Jefferies
Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Broken Road by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
The Broken Road
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
An engaging and satisfying family tale, full of drama and emotion. Brother and sister, Ollie and Louise have never quite met their father’s expectations, neither are happy, and while Ollie keeps a distance and attempts to save his marriage, Louise...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2015
Speak by Louisa Hall
Speak
Louisa Hall
Highly Recommended. You might imagine that a novel about the development of an Artificial Intelligence might be dry or technical. Louisa Hall’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil
The Brilliant & Forever
Kevin MacNeil
A delightfully unique and quirky novel that is able to provoke a sledgehammer of emotions into action. Three friends are due to take part in the annual Brilliant and Forever literary competition, and this is a competition with a difference....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
Devotion by Ros Barber
Devotion
Ros Barber
Captivating and astonishing… from cover to cover ‘Devotion’ prods, pokes and provokes. This is quite simply a book to make you think (possibly until your thoughts combust). The contents page alone sets a uniqueness alert buzzing and quivering. Dr Finlay...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson
Miracle at Augusta
James Patterson
The sequel to Miracle on the 17th Green published in 2005 where Travis’ golf turned a corner but he loses everything else in his life. It is very untypical for a Patterson, short and happy. So now Travis is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern post-feminist age. Married to Bruno, a stolid Swiss banker, American middle-aged wife Anna...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy
The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity that asks… just how far would you go in order...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Noonday by Pat Barker
Noonday
Pat Barker
An atmospheric, touching and compassionate story based in London during the Second World War, where living on the edge and in the moment occurred on a daily basis. We seem to view Elinor and Paul from a distance, the writing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader
The Anchoress
Robyn Cadwallader
A quietly, deep and fascinating debut novel proving that communication doesn't have to be a nonsense of chatter or commotion. The author explores friendship, faith, desire, retreat and the gentle strength of women in the thirteenth century. Father Ranaulf is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
Fishbowl
Bradley Somer
A dive in head first and refuse to come up for air book - it’s unique, clever and quite quite wonderful. If at first you just dip your toe in and wonder where on earth you're being taken, don't bail...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives in California, is followed by a squirrel and has a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
Black Water Rising
Attica Locke
An atmospheric and stylish thriller from a new author, with comparisons to John Grisham. A tightly woven plot will keep you involved and intrigued until the end. "If you liked Chinatown, you’ll love this. A proper rollicking read. Anyone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
Eden Gardens by Louise Brown
Eden Gardens
Louise Brown
A vividly striking and entirely captivating debut novel set in Calcutta, covering both the Second World War and Indian Independence during the 1940’s. Beautiful adventurous Maisy and loyal, knowing ayah Pushpa tell their own tales, which are inextricably linked to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Strawberry Girl by Lisa Stromme
The Strawberry Girl
Lisa Stromme
Lisa Stromme brings alive the tumultuous love affair that inspired one of the most famous paintings of all time, in a vivid and bewitching story of innocence, creativity and desire.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Improbability of Love
Hannah Rothschild
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Irreverent, witty and sharply sweet, The Improbability of Love explores the confusion and turmoil of life and the complexities of love, loss and hurt - revealing the lows to which human...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into the beastly heart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Ruby
Cynthia Bond
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Voodoo, faith and racism converge in an East Texas town, where a man is forced to choose between the sister who raised him and the disgraced woman he has loved since...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Fugitives by Panos Karnezis
The Fugitives
Panos Karnezis
In his first novel for five years, Panos Karnezis tells a story of almost elemental directness. The dilemmas faced by his characters are stark in their simplicity, and yet seemingly incapable of resolution. This short novel has profound things to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2016
The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist
Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Beneath the Earth by John Boyne
Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. The secrets we keep and the ways in which they shape us, the impossibility...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
I am Radar by Reif Larsen
I am Radar
Reif Larsen
One of those incredible once-in-a-lifetime books that is almost impossible to describe. It is about family history, physics, art, politics, performance, sacrifice, identity and so much more. It is essentially about life, the heightened life as mirror of art as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Sweet Home by Carys Bray
Sweet Home
Carys Bray
In this prize-winning short story collection, Carys Bray weaves together moments of joy, heartache, sadness and unwavering love as told through seventeen very different notions of home.
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
The Bricks That Built the Houses
Kate Tempest
Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging. Taking us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people, their families and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
The Sunlight Pilgrims
Jenni Fagan
The Sunlight Pilgrims, the thrilling follow-up to The Panopticon, is a humane, sad, funny, shimmeringly odd and beautiful novel about absence, about the unknowability of mothers. It is a story about people in extreme circumstances finding one another, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Gap of Time The Winter's Tale Retold by Jeanette Winterson
The Gap of Time The Winter's Tale Retold
Jeanette Winterson
A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home. London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The Cutting Season
Attica Locke
Gripping, atmospheric and tragic. Top class literary crime fiction from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Black Water Rising. Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie, the plantation house in Louisiana that she has managed for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013

Last Month's Featured Books

Unravelling by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

Unravelling
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Unravelling is a wonderful escapist read that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you become totally embroiled in the passionate relationship between Gerald and Vanessa. But all...

The Piano Player's Son by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

The Piano Player's Son
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
This novel focuses on family dynamics and the power struggles within; which can threaten even the strongest bonds. At the centre is a secret - kept by the parents from...

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Girl Waits with Gun
Amy Stewart
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A breezy read that brings turn of the 20th century New York to colourful life, this debut...

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

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...

Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn

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 Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan

The Shadow Hour
Kate Riordan
March 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month. Kate Riordan has written...

Precocious by Joanna Barnard

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and fascinating read. Fiona reconnects...

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. A disturbing and devastatingly compelling novel, ‘Things We Have In Common’...

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

Reader Reviewed The Butcher's Hook
Janet Ellis
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. March

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
March 2016 Book of the Month. If you're looking for a fresh,...

Look at Me by Sarah Duguid

Look at Me
Sarah Duguid
March 2016 Debut of the Month. Two years after the death of a beloved...

The Revenant by Michael Punke

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...

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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...

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

Reader Reviewed The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
March 2016 eBook of the Month....

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Ballroom
Anna Hope
A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles find themselves at the edge of an impossible future, each decision they...

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

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...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Reader Reviewed At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
March 2016 Book of the Month. In her last novel, The...

The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

Reader Reviewed The Mountain Can Wait
Sarah Leipciger
March 2016 Debut of the Month. Simply captivating and beautiful, there is a raw...

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Quicksand
Steve Toltz
Author, Liam, researches the police force to write his novel from an officer’s point of view and ends up reluctantly becoming a policeman himself! His book fails. His next subject...

Freya by Anthony Quinn

Freya
Anthony Quinn
Stretching from the Nuremberg war trials to the advent of the TV celebrity, from innocence abroad to bitter experience at home, Freya presents the portrait of an extraordinary woman taking...

The Shore by Sara Taylor

The Shore
Sara Taylor
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, this title features stories of two island families, illuminating the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds...

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

Reader Reviewed Saint Mazie
Jami Attenberg
An astonishing, stimulating, and quite quite wonderful novel based on the life of the indomitable Mazie Phillips who lived in New York through some of the most interesting times of...

Nelly Dean by Alison Case

Reader Reviewed Nelly Dean
Alison Case
A wonderful and fascinating insight into hidden happenings at Wuthering Heights, from the perspective of Nelly Dean. Focusing on Nelly, a tantalising new world is opened up for the reader,...

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Snow Kimono
Mark Henshaw
An allusive and at times terribly poetic novel, this debut by an Australian author innovatively balances events that take place in contemporary Paris, the near past in Japan and some...

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

Love Me Back
Merritt Tierce
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the fierce lineage of Alissa Nutting's TAMPA amd Katherine Faw Morris' YOUNG GOD, this...

Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

Anatomy of a Soldier
Harry Parker
March 2016 Debut of the Month. A stunning concept where 41 inanimate objects relate...

Shylock is My Name The Merchant of Venice Retold by Howard Jacobson

Shylock is My Name The Merchant of Venice Retold
Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson's version of The Merchant of Venice bends time to its own advantage as it asks what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human...

The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and one that exposes an emotionally challenging and often hidden world. The diverting way in which the author introduces Abby, suggests that something is...

The Boy Who Could See Death by Salley Vickers

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Could See Death
Salley Vickers
Charming, sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always well written, these are little jewels from the pen that gave us Miss Garnet’s Angel and Mr Golightly’s Holiday. She is...

The Lie Tree Special Edition Book of the Year by Frances Hardinge

Reader Reviewed The Lie Tree Special Edition Book of the Year
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015. Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding in this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she...

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

At Hawthorn Time
Melissa Harrison
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, At Hawthorn...

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Girl at War
Sara Novic
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Girl At War is a haunting, compelling debut from a brilliant young writer, rooted in historical fact and personal experience. Sara...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

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,...

The Girl in the Photograph by Kate Riordan

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...

We British The Poetry of a People by Andrew Marr

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,...

Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith

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...

The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: II From P.G. Wodehouse to Zadie Smith by Philip Hensher

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...

Our Song by Dani Atkins

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 Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month. A remarkably touching and quite, quite...

Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

Strictly Between Us
Jane Fallon
This is a sharp, edgy and amusing foray into the relationship world. The marriage in question is Michelle and Patrick’s, however it is Tamsin, Michelle’s best friend, who tells the story....

We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

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...

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. February

For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

Reader Reviewed For the Most Beautiful
Emily Hauser
February 2016 Debut of the Month. The story of the Trojan War told by...

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

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...

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2015. Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life, one of the top selling adult books...

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble

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...

Ferney by James Long

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...

The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Ran
Sam Baker
February 2016 Book of the Month. The prologue paints a vivid picture...

The Faithful Couple by A. D. Miller

The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
February 2016 Book of the Month. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's...

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Reader Reviewed Gold Fame Citrus
Claire Vaye Watkins
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Gold mines, the fame of Hollywood, the orange...

Scary Old Sex by

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...

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

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?...

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

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...

The Lightning Tree by Emily Woof

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...

River of Ink by Paul M. M Cooper

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...

Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

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...

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

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...

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

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...

Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy

Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A rich oligarch's path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story, and that of the beautiful...

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Rush Oh!
Shirley Barrett
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A celebration of an extraordinary episode in Australian history when a family of whalers formed a fond, unique alliance with a...

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for...

Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea

Mrs Engels
Gavin McCrea
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. ‘Mrs Engels’ is a stimulating and rather glorious peek at the...

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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Roddy Doyle
Kate Atkinson
Kazuo Ishiguro
Anita Shreve
Patrick Neate
Joanne Harris
Jonathan Coe
Maggie O'Farrell
Nick Hornby
Anne Tyler
Joseph O'Connor
Alice Hoffman
Louis de Bernieres
Toni Morrison
J.M Coetzee

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