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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed Lost & Found
Brooke Davis
September 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. A book to completely lose yourself in, this is a wonderful quirky little gem. Set in Australia, Millie, Agatha and Karl begin a journey of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Noonday
Pat Barker
September 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Asking for it
Louise O'Neill
September 2015 Book of the Month. A courageous, unflinching and emotionally challenging novel, focusing on sexual consent and the issues surrounding social media commentary and uprisings. Covering two time periods, a year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Purity
Jonathan Franzen
September 2015 Book of the Month. One of the year's major new literary offerings, Jonathan Franzen's PURITY doesn't disappoint, if alone by sheer weight of pages and buzzing ideas. And with a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2015
     
Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
September 2015 Book of the Month. Bold and surprising in character and style,Fates and Furies is a fascinating novel that delights in the hidden and the things that have remained unsaid. You...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/09/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Seeing Other People
Mike Gayle
September 2015 Book of the Month. Clever and touching, this is a book about love, trust and the reality of bringing up a family. As loveable, weary Joe...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
The Serpent Papers
Jessica Cornwell
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter of John Le Carre makes her debut with this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that " wild and useless length...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Terms
Ben Lyle
Terms is a surprisingly powerful little book, it really does pack a mighty punch. James finishes university in the mid 90’s and takes a trip both physically and in memory back to his unconventional school days. Within a few pages...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2015
     
Capital
John Lanchester
The lives of a disparate group of characters based on a street in London - Pepys Road. We dart quickly between their stories, building up portraits of each and leading us through the dramas of their mostly separate lives. It's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2015
     
The Paris Architect
Charles Belfoure
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Published alongside the author's second novel HOUSE OF THIEVES, an equally accomplished thriller set in New York at the turn of the 20th century, this polished...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/08/2015
     
The Novel Cure An A to Z of Literary Remedies
Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
I’d like to think there’ll be a copy of this book in every Doctors / Psychiatrists office and when we want to give up smoking, need painkillers for PMT or insomnia or any one of a thousand physical and mental...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper
Etta, after being married to Otto for many years, decides, aged 82, that she wants to see the sea before she dies so she sets off from their farm in the middle of Canada to walk to the coast –...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Desert Songs of the Night 1500 Years of Arabic Literature
Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey
With 1500 years of poetry and prose included in this anthology, there is a hugely diverse range of thoughts and feelings on display. In the introduction, the editors Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey explain the importance of and provide...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2015
     
The Revolving Door of Life A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the series and although you really should start at the beginning,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
A slight departure for this highly regarded author being an historical tale of Edwardian London and Canada based on a true story from his family history. Harry Case, a gentleman in suburban London, marries and has a daughter. Unexpectedly he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea
Denis Theriault
A beautifully crafted and heartbreaking novel about friendship, love and loss from an award winning author. This was originally published in Canada in 2001 as L’iguane and was Denis Theriault’s debut. Once I knew it was written by the author...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Death's Head Chess Club
John Donoghue
A captivating, moving and skilfully expressive novel, set between 1935 and 1962, focusing on guilt, forgiveness and the linked lives of three men. Although this is a fictional story, it has a firm base in history, with much of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Crossing
Andrew Miller
September 2015 eBook of the Month. Prepare a space in time for ‘The Crossing’, float on the surface of awareness before taking a deep breath and sinking slowly into a truly captivating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Galina Petrovna's Three-Legged Dog Story
Andrea Bennett
A quite slow-moving tale of some old folk in Russia which may not be action-packed but it is certainly observation packed. Set about twenty years ago it is frequently damning of the country. Once glorious buildings are now damp, run-down...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
The Lost Child
Caryl Phillips
This is a beautifully articulate and poignant novel, at times it maintains a discreet solitary distance from its own moving story, ensuring that as moments of realisation steal into your consciousness and understanding flows into your heart… they stay with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
The Age of Magic
Ben Okri
We haven’t had a new Ben Okri for some five years so this is something of a celebration. Sadly it is not quite magical enough, not in the same league as his magnificent The Famished Road. Charmingly written with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Animal Farm
George Orwell
2015 is the 70th anniversary of Animal Farm. To commemorate this important anniversary, Penguin Classics is republishing the classic illustrated Animal Farm by Joy Batchelor and John Halas.Orwell's chilling 'fairy story' is a timeless and devastating satire of idealism betrayed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Muse
Jonathan Galassi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A witty tale of the book world, writers, muses and the vagaries of the intellectual mind, this short debut novel by a veteran US publisher and accomplished...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Other Side of the World
Stephanie Bishop
In the tradition of Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work or Maggie O'Farrell's The Hand That First Held Mine comes a complex, tender and gorgeously written novel of parenthood, love and marriage that is impossible to put down.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Blue Guitar
John Banville
From John Banville, one of the world's greatest writers, comes The Blue Guitar, a story of theft and the betrayal of friendship...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
The First Thing You See
Gregoire Delacourt
The First Thing You See is a warm, witty novel about two fragile souls learning to look beyond the surface - for the first thing you see isn't always what you get!
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/07/2014
     
Where My Heart Used to Beat
Sebastian Faulks
On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks, an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer, is forced to confront the events that made up his life....
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
We Never Asked for Wings
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
How far would you go for your children? Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job? Honest and compelling, the new novel from the author of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Salman Rushdie
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Submission
Michel Houellebecq
The new novel by the enfant terrible of European writing proves as controversial as its much-debated predecessors and will have readers and critics arguing for ages yet again. The as-ever-Houellebecq-like alter ego narrator is a minor middle-aged academic whose weasely...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
The Silent History
Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett
A Silent History that is in itself an interesting history, a high-tech story with an old-fashioned feel. Told in short chapters from numerous points of view, it has apparently had input from the public as the author’s offered an app...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
The Sense of an Elephant
Marco Missiroli
A well-observed and beautifully written tale of Pietro who becomes concierge of a block of ten flats in a quiet Italian town. We get his interactions with the inhabitants and one family in particular. It is a gentle read with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Mosquitoland
David Arnold
A story of the difficulties we face and the strength we find to overcome them. For those who loved Little Miss Sunshine, All the Bright Places, The Fault in Our Stars and Juno.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Max Porter
In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief - Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marks...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/09/2015
     
Dear Thief
Samantha Harvey
The book begins in 2001 when an unnamed woman starts to write to an estranged friend. She reminisces back to 1976 and takes some months writing it with nowhere to send it so it becomes cathartic and helps her to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Children of the Master
Andrew Marr
ONE DOOMED PRIME MINISTER. TWO WOULD-BE SUCCESSORS. BUT WHO'S PULLING THE STRINGS? The second novel from Britain's foremost political commentator is a thrillingly intimate look at the inner workings of Whitehall, and who really controls party politics.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
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, before attempting this for there are many characters to take...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Lit by the clarity of understanding that true sadness brings, Did You Ever Have a Family is an elegant, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2015
     
Rooms
Lauren Oliver
A fast-moving mystery with each character telling their side of the story per chapter. Some may well be unreliable narrators! We even get the ghost’s perspective which is enlightening but this is not really a ghost story as such, more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
The Fires of Autumn
Irene Nemirovsky
The prequel to Suite Française, written two years before the author died in Auschwitz and published posthumously in France in 1957. It is the tale of an innocent who proudly went to war in 1914 only to return a very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
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. Drawing on a host of enthralling characters a farmer, a cuckold and a teenager...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Consumed
David Cronenberg
There are fascinating arguments about whether the pinnacle of art can be reached best through collaboration or solo work. From Renaissance artists’ studios to Warhol’s Factory to the Writers Rooms of much of film and TV, collaboration has a rich...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Vaseem Khan
August 2015 Debut of the Month. Prepare to be completely and utterly charmed in...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Life Class
Pat Barker
Life Class is the first novel in Pat Barker's Life Class Trilogy, a powerful and unforgettable story of art and war.
 
 
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