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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
July 2015 Book of the Month. ‘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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
July 2015 Book of the Month. Blessed with status, love, wealth and connections the Tennisons seemed the most enviable of families - until Antonella and Matteo Fullardi, dangerously attractive Italian siblings and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale... A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic. Where infertility is rife, the handmaid’s role is to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998
     
Ordinary Joe
Jon Teckman
July 2015 Debut of the Month. A brilliant, fast-paced comedy about what happens when all of your dreams become true. Lovereqding view to appear...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and fascinating read. Fiona reconnects with Henry, one of her teachers from Secondary School and starts to mentally revisit events from her younger...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Maxim Jakubowski July 2015 Highly Recommended. A rich oligarch's path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story, and that of the beautiful woman married to another whom...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
One of those involved family dramas of uncertain parentage, mystery and secrets. Wonderful stuff. It concerns a young woman, Kate, who at the age of six loses her mother in a plane crash. Her mother, June, had been a famous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
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 great-grandmother of the author of this novel. Alice’s keepsakes have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2015. A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for food and essentials in a constant state of fear. You...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
     
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: the Little Folks' Edition
Lewis Carroll
The attractive small-sized format of this Little Folks Edition makes it a perfect gift for young readers. It includes 32 colour illustrations by Sir John Tenniel which bring Carroll’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
If you have only recently discovered Coelho, or if you have yet to discover this utterly brilliant and breathtaking author, who until quite recently was one of the world’s most unsung authors then jump into one of his novels right...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The introduction to Fascism in Florence just before World War Two, when we know life is on the brink of upheaval and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Mother's Story
Amanda Prowse
I am a big fan of this author. She tackles gritty, sensitive issues in a thrilling manner. This one is about post-natal depression which it displays in its worst form. Jessica and Matthew are happy, young and in love. Their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll, Charlie Lovett
If you read this as a child, saw Disney’s version, which takes bits from both, or seen any of the other cartoons then you must read them again as an adult – you’ll get so much more out of them....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Woman in the Picture
Katharine McMahon
Evelyn Gifford, our first-person narrator, is a lawyer in the 1920s. She is on the rebound from a relationship with a young barrister and accepts a proposal from her employer, Daniel. In the midst of this comes the General Strike...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy Or the Letter That Was Never Sent to Harold Fry
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 what she did while she waited in her Catholic hospice....
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
The First Bad Man
Miranda July
Cheryl (40-ish) works for a small family concern, Open Palm, which produces fitness programmes based on self-defence. She suffers from ‘globus hystericus’ with her throat becoming very tight when under stress. She has a huge crush on Phillip (65) one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami
Nothing need be said about this book except that it is by Murakami. That is endorsement enough. If you are acquainted with this world class literary master that is all you need to know. If you have never read Murakami,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
In a dystopian future women are created to 'perfection' for the pleasure of men for beauty in this world is the first duty of every girl. Drawing parallels with a sort of Mean Girls of the future where beauty is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
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 Atticus....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2015
     
Time and Time Again
Ben Elton
It will come as no surprise to learn that Ben Elton has written another remarkable book, ‘Time and Time Again’ however, captures the flag of remarkable and nails instead to the mast, extraordinary. The first chapter seizes your attention, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
The Loss of Leon Meed
Josh Emmons
'Josh Emmons is the real deal: a major league prose writer who has fun in every sentence; you want to keep reading him for the pure pleasure of his company' Jonathan Franzen
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Generation A John Murray Original
Paula McGrath
A debut novel about how decisions reverberate through the generations.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
The Dog
Jack Livings
Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, this title explodes the country's cultural and social fault lines. It features a wealthy factory owner who refuses to help the victims of an earthquake until his daughter starts a relief effort...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Restoration
Rose Tremain
The bestselling and much-loved classic from Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, Restoration introduces us to the young Robert Merivel and his rise and fall through glittering seventeenth-century society. When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
An Untamed State
Roxane Gay
A very good book, not a nice one but certainly an excellent one. Told mostly from Mireille’s perspective it tells of her kidnapping in Haiti and her mental and physical torture as her father refuses to pay the ransom. We...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Only Forward
Michael Marshall Smith
Considered a modern classic, and consistently featured in lists of Books To Read Before Your Head Explodes, Only Forward is a novel you'll never forget. Michael Marshall Smith's surreal, groundbreaking, and award-winning debut which resonates with wild humour interlaced with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Harvest
Jim Crace
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their...
 
 

Outline A Novel
Rachel Cusk
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Outline is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
Continuing the series of Jane Austen 'reboots', Alexander McCall Smith updates the story of interfering Emma . She is exactly as she is in the original, giving dinner parties and...
 
 

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
June 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Escape into...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Flood of Fire
Amitav Ghosh
June 2015 Book of the Month. A thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with...
 
 

A God in Every Stone
Kamila Shamsie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Summer, 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is in an ancient land, about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call...
 
 

The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. London 1922. Frances and her mother lost all their male relatives in the war and are left struggling with a big...
 
 

Reader Reviewed My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
June 2015 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
June 2015 Debut of the Month. In all likelihood this summer’s big hit, and...
 
 

Fallout
Sadie Jones
Sadie Jones won the Costa First Novel Award with her wonderful period drama set just post World War II, The Outcast. As you settle down to this you know you...
 
 

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Whispering Shadows
Jan-Philipp Sendker
‘Whispering Shadows’ may be classed as a murder mystery, however it is one with true heart and soul, and is a sincerely beautiful read. The first in a trilogy, Jan-Philipp...
 
 

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'.
 
 

Amnesia
Peter Carey
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 high ranking Australian...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Animals
Emma Jane Unsworth
Flatmates Laura and Tyler (female) ‘get-off-their-faces’ in and around Manchester. Brilliantly written, incredibly funny with some amazing snippets of erudition it is narrated by Laura, engaged to teetotaller Jim and...
 
 

The Dandelion Years
Erica James
A meatier read than is the author’s norm with a lot of research into the World War II years at Bletchley Park for our present day protagonist, Saska, discovers a...
 
 

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Valerie Martin
Arthur Conan Doyle meets, on a promotional tour in America, one Violet Petra, a famed medium of the period who seems to have a connection within or to the fated...
 
 

I am China
Xiaolu Guo
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A tale of love and politics, of poetry and repression. In 1999 two Chinese students hid as a café is stormed...
 
 

In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume
Inspired by real events, Judy Blume uses her imagination to interweave the stories of three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are forever changed in the aftermath. In...
 
 

Lost for Words
Edward St. Aubyn
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking...
 
 

Love + Hate Stories and Essays
Hanif Kureishi
Tells the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of author's acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of...
 
 

The Playground
Julia Kelly
A thoughtful novel that may be depressing for some but well worth a read. Set in Ireland the reader is ‘dropped’ into Eve’s life, nothing is clear to start with,...
 
 

Skid
Roland Watson Grant
This beautiful book is a direct sequel to Sketcher where we were introduced to Skid, aged 9. He is the youngest of a family of four brothers and he...
 
 

We are Called to Rise
Laura McBride
Four different voices relate this remarkable tale; a woman whose marriage is disintegrating, an eight-year old immigrant boy, a woman working with troubled teenagers and a soldier recently returned from...
 
 

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,...
 
 

The Zone of Interest
Martin Amis
1942, every day the trains arrive bringing Jews for the gas chambers or slave labour. We witness the terrible events through the eyes of the German commanders and a Jew...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Lie of the Land
Michael F. Russell
June 2015 eBook of the Month. A fascinating and disturbing premise that has the ability to swing a profound sledgehammer into your...
 
 

Wake Up, Sir!
Jonathan Ames
A quirky, eccentric reimagining of the brilliant pairing of Jeeves and Wooster from the Jeeves novels of P. G. Wodehouse. It might be a little disconcerting to find the cover...
 
 

The Turning Point
Freya North
June 2015 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts....
 
 

Reader Reviewed I Saw a Man
Owen Sheers
June 2015 Book of the Month. Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in...
 
 

England and Other Stories
Graham Swift
June 2015 Book of the Month. A collection of stories giving us glimpses into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people; twenty-five stories...
 
 

The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a...
 
 

Telling the Bees
Peggy Hesketh
‘Telling the Bees’ is an original, contemplative, little gem of a book. As you read, try not to overthink, try to stop your thoughts from rushing to and fro and...
 
 

The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If new to him then be prepared...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Find Me
Laura van den Berg
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A sensitive debut novel by a young American...
 
 

Room: Picador Classic
Emma Donoghue
Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, it’s about a five-year old boy who was born in captivity and knows nothing beyond the room he and his mother live in. Told...
 
 

Arimathea
Frank McGuinness
A passionate, poetic debut novel from Irish Playwright and Poet Frank McGuiness. 1940’s Donegal and an Italian Painter arrives to work and nothing and no-one is the same afterwards. Told...
 
 

Bittersweet
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
A great story, very hard to put down but just a bit too long for a one-sitting read which it deserves. It concerns a rich American family with parental and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
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....
 
 

Reader Reviewed Left of the Bang
Claire Lowdon
Clare Lowdon’s novel is a sharp, sometimes funny but always bracingly honest look at the lives of contemporary young Londoners who below the surface are having a lot less fun...
 
 

From a Distance
Raffaella Barker
A family story that moves from 1946 Cornwall to present day Norfolk with some wonderful characters who do eventually link as their stories connect to a lighthouse. Lots of symbolism,...
 
 

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...
 
 

To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
You may have read this but it certainly deserves another read. It’s the sort of book that becomes more profound with each reading. It is quite simply brilliant, a tale...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
If you have only recently discovered Coelho, or if you have yet to discover this utterly brilliant and breathtaking author, who until quite recently was one of the world’s most...
 
 

Reader Reviewed River of Smoke
Amitav Ghosh
You really should read the first in this trilogy, The Sea of Poppies, before embarking upon this huge, sprawling epic history for, although not all the characters of that...
 
 

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...
 
 

Boxer Handsome
Anna Whitwham
This book opens with a fight scene so brilliant and bloody and violent that you can’t help but be catapulted into the book. Connor and Bobby are fighting over Theresa...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Runner-up for the Betty Trask Award 2015. One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to...
 
 

The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. May 2015 Debut of the Month. A...
 
 

Wrote for Luck
D.J. Taylor
Fifteen short stories, his first collection since 1997 although only five are new. The other ten have been either broadcast and then printed or published in magazines. He is a...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Two of Us
Andy Jones
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a...
 
 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
A very special book indeed, magical in all its senses, which won the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award for best book. Slow to get into and long, it...
 
 

Early Warning
Jane Smiley
The second volume of her Last Hundred Years trilogy which begins with Walter’s funeral so we move into the next generation. You must read the first volume, Some Luck,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Could See Death
Salley Vickers
From Salley Vickers, bestselling author of Miss Garnet's Angel, comes The Boy Who Could See Death, an enchanting and unsettling collection of short stories. Charming, sometimes funny,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal...
 
 

Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Sea of Poppies
Amitav Ghosh
The first in the breathtaking trilogy on the history of the opium wars. This starts just before in a time of colonial upheaval, the 1830s. Full of minutiae, strong characters...
 
 

Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy
A tale of love and loss - the first of Thomas Hardy's novels to win him widespread recognition and popularity - reissued to accompany a major motion picture due for...
 
 

Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy
Far From The Madding Crowd is a tale of loyalty, obsession and tragedy from a storytelling master. 2015 sees a major film release of probably Thomas Hardy's best novel, starring...
 
 

The Days of Anna Madrigal
Armistead Maupin
Anna Madrigal is 92. Knowing she hasn’t long left she travels with her old extended family, the stars of the original series, into the dessert in Nevada. The road trip...
 
 

Wild and Free
Wendy Holden
A witty, at times cynical look at life through the antics of a group of people at a music/literary festival. Some are going there to forget, some to reclaim...
 
 

The Illusionists
Rosie Thomas
May 2015 Book of the Month. A bit of a diversion for Rosie Thomas for this is a period novel of the...
 
 

The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
Winner of the The Bookseller's Book of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, this critically acclaimed novel was the...
 
 

Can't and Won't
Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories. The stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of...
 
 

One Small Act of Kindness
Lucy Dillon
Jason, Stock Exchange trader, is dismissed from his city job for misconduct. His wife, Libby, stands by him and they go back to his roots to help run his...
 
 

Reader Reviewed All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
May 2015 Book of the Month. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A big book in every way, powerful, intensely...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month. A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of the grumpiest people you’ll meet but, he has been an upstanding pillar of the community for decades. The last six months have...
 
 

Us
David Nicholls
After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that masterpiece but give the man...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something awful has happened...
 
 

The Letters of Ivor Punch
Colin MacIntyre
ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING meets Ross Raisin via HAMISH MACBETH: an exuberant debut by Colin MacIntyre, an acclaimed Scottish musician and 'a real storyteller' (according to Simon Mayo).
 
 

At Night We Walk in Circles
Daniel Alarcon
Set in Peru (although the country is never named), this is a gentle tale that gets under your skin in a way you would least expect. Nothing dramatic occurs for...
 
 

The Children Act
Ian McEwan
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. The slow decline of a long and happy marriage set against the ascent of a young life recovering...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Before I Go
Colleen Oakley
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A convincing and remarkably readable novel, writing with...
 
 

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of
 
 

The Emperor Waltz
Philip Hensher
Three narrative strands, three impressive recreations of 4th century Rome, 1920’s Germany and London in the 80s. It is an epic ‘blockbuster’ of a book, eccentric, powerful, challenging, full of...
 
 

First Impressions
Charlie Lovett
A dual-time tale, one tracing the relationship of Jane Austen with a fictional character, Richard Mansfield, who may have influenced her work, and the other with present-day Sophie who may...
 
 

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...
 
 

A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
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...
 
 

The Gracekeepers
Kirsty Logan
Tells a magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home. When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds...
 
 

The Hilltop
Assaf Gavron
We are in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank, present day. Its patriarch is Athniel Assis, a wheeler dealer who is adept at playing the system and various bits...
 
 

A History of Loneliness
John Boyne
An exposé of the extent of the child abuse amidst the catholic clergy as we follow the life of Odran from 10 to 60. Training as a priest he goes...
 
 

Six Stories and an Essay
Andrea Levy
Opening with an essay on how writing has helped the author understand her background and heritage, this short, sharp collection takes us right through her career. Each story has an...
 
 

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry 100 Men on the Words That Move Them
Anthony Holden, Ben Holden
In this fascinating anthology, one hundred men - distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights - confess to being moved to tears by poems that...
 
 

Sister Noon
Karen Joy Fowler
An enticing and quite beguiling historical tale containing a strange but perfectly balanced blend of quirky fiction and political and social commentary. Set in San Francisco in the late 19th...
 
 

God Help the Child
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.
 
 

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
May 2015 Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing...
 
 
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