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Books of the Month

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 is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 and cause confusion in the present. This is a story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 moving and awe inspiring. It traces the lives of blind...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 late Victorian theatre world. It revolves around an illusionist who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month. An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Two of Us
Andy Jones
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a beautifully written and utterly compelling relationship tale. It’s easy to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Before I Go
Colleen Oakley
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A convincing and remarkably readable novel, writing with a lightness of touch, the author balances a tricky tightrope...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. May 2015 Debut of the Month. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for 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 novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
The Moonstone Legacy Trilogy
Diana De Gunzburg, Tony Wild
An action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy from the age of 14 as she struggles to break a...
Format: Paperback / softback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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 century you will find some of these characters are based...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
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 Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 at the school Quiz Night, you are then whisked back...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 some slack and sit back and enjoy this. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 taken their toll and he decides perhaps that life is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 family’s B & B, his father having recently died. Libby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 first crowdfunded novel to appear on the longlist. The Wake...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
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 Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. The film...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 release in May 2015. The film version of Far...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2015
     
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 is written in the style of the period in which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. March 2015 Debut of the Month. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 first book are followed here, you will appreciate this so...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
     
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 language - achieving always the extraordinary, unmatched precision which makes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 and vivid images, this sweeps you through a fascinating period...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2009
     
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, sometimes strange, always well written, these are little jewels from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 very fine writer teasing out the idiosyncrasies of his characters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2015
     
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     
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: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 03/01/1998
     
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 youth, some to re-establish old links and some just to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 haunt them.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
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 introduction, impressive and enlightening. But it is the stories themselves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 to Rome and then eventually to a boys’ school in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 of the Government off against each other. It turns out...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 of the last century again and again.A God in Ruins...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
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 have proof of that influence, but others want that proof,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2015
     
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 secrets, hostility, passion and love; huge in scope, impossible to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Children Act
Ian McEwan
The slow decline of a long and happy marriage set against the ascent of a young life recovering from a near fatal illness. The boy is a Jehovah’s Witness and his parents and church forbid blood transfusions. The hospital wants...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
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 a long time and you are carried along, totally absorbed,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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).
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
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 coincides with Burning Man, a huge, radical and unorthodox festival...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 on a canal side in East London. It is bare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


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...
 
 

Aren't We Sisters?
Patricia Ferguson
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. If you are a fan of Ferguson’s last book, The Midwife’s Daughter, you will recognise some characters but if you haven’t...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Table of Less-valued Knights
Marie Phillips
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. With Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips showed that she has a rare gift for comedy, taking familiar characters from legend...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Sahar Delijani
Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations...
 
 

The Love Object Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien
Whether or not you have previously read any of O’Brien’s works, this is a perfectly sublime book of short stories, first published between 1968 and 2011. O’Brien has an impeccable...
 
 

Dear Thief
Samantha Harvey
Longlisted for the Bailey's Womens Prize for Fiction 2015. The book begins in 2001 when an unnamed woman starts to write to an estranged friend. She reminisces back to 1976...
 
 

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for 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...
 
 

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 Death House
Sarah Pinborough
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. British author Pinborough has a strong record in the horror and SF field, and...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Heather O'neill
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A coming-of-age novel that will stay long in your memory. At 6, Nouschka is the child star daughter of Quebecs most...
 
 

The Buddha of Suburbia Faber Modern Classics
Hanif Kureishi
Kureishi’s classic first novel, first published in 1990 but set in the 70s is an extraordinary picture of growing up as a young Pakistani in Britain. Regardless of your interest...
 
 

The Walk Home
Rachel Seiffert
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to...
 
 

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers, a long tale...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
April 2015 Book of the Month. A slight departure for this highly regarded author being an historical tale of Edwardian London and...
 
 

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
It is almost impossible to talk about how good Neil Gaiman’s writing is in a short review like this; once started it is hard to stop. He is wonderful. Truly....
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Art of Waiting
Christopher Jory
April 2015 eBook of the Month. A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters....
 
 

The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very different...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Barbarians
Tim Glencross
April 2015 Debut of the Month. The Islington Labour Party set and a bunch...
 
 

A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Magnificent and heartbreaking, A Reunion of Ghosts is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound...
 
 

Ava's Gift
Jason Mott
A sad tale of the extraordinary power of a 13-year old girl who in an unguarded moment saves her dear friend’s life after an accident. News spreads of a miracle...
 
 

The Honours
Tim Clare
April 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Quite simply breathtaking, it’s all too easy...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulously refreshing and fascinating debut, there’s nothing...
 
 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during World War II, working on the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Day We Disappeared
Lucy Robinson
April 2015 Book of the Month. A hugely enjoyable romance with the horsey world of thee-day eventing as its backdrop overshadowed by...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Iron Necklace
Giles Waterfield
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1910 and a successful German architect, Thomas, marries an up-and-coming British artist, Irene. This is the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Good Girl
Fiona Neill
April 2015 Book of the Month. The basis of this novel is a porn video that goes viral and the story behind...
 
 

Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose
Wendy Cope
A collection of prose from much-loved poet, Wendy Cope. Containing both published and unpublished work, there is writing here on a wide variety of subjects and in every shade, from...
 
 

Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
April 2015 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark...
 
 

The Wolf Border
Sarah J. E. Hall
April 2015 Book of the Month. Rachel has been studying wolves in Idaho but gets seduced back to England when...
 
 

Academy Street
Mary Costello
Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street...
 
 

Adultery
Paulo Coelho
Short chapters, staccato dialogue, easy to read, profoundly disturbing, easy to understand and simply beautiful. This is classic Coelho, author of the renowned The Alchemist. It is extraordinary how he...
 
 

All My Puny Sorrows
Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men:...
 
 

All That is Solid Melts into Air
Darragh McKeon
An Irish writer addresses the collapse of the Soviet Union through the lives of people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It is a terrific book. Through a set of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Pier
Roma Tearne
The Second World War looms and young, curious Cecily desperately wants to know her 16-year old sister’s secret. But there is a lot more she wants to know too....
 
 

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...
 
 

Pleasantville
Attica Locke
April 2015 Book of the Month. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany. We follow two fourteen year old girls longing to lose their virginity but...
 
 

California
Edan Lepucki
Economic collapses have left the world in ruins. It hasn’t ended, just changed. A couple survive alone in the woods until curiosity drives them to seek a community. And with...
 
 

Caught
Lisa Moore
A tale of drug running, of a couple of ineffectual lads, one who keeps getting caught, of undercover cops, a strange loyalty and great adventure. Slaney and Hearn are in...
 
 

What Ends
Andrew Ladd
An achingly poignant and touching read, and one that leaves you with a lingering wistful thoughtfulness as you turn the last page. Humans are abandoning and rats are taking over...
 
 

The Country of Ice Cream Star
Sandra Newman
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Set in the ruins of a futuristic America, this is about a 15-year old girl, Ice Cream Star. She lives in...
 
 

How to Build a Girl
Caitlin Moran
Dumpy teenager scores ... or does she? Do her rebellious and outrageous actions actually benefit her? Is this indeed how you build a girl? I hope not. Dropping out of...
 
 

The Repercussions
Catherine Hall
A heartbreaking story of war contrasting two women, one a nurse during World War I who is based in the Brighton Pavilion nursing injured Indian soldiers but only in a...
 
 

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins
Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh, renowned for the shocking, is, I think, trying to do so with this title. He characteristically embraces contemporary subjects such as our obsession with food, sex and keeping...
 
 

Young God
Katherine Faw Morris
Elliptical and powerful, this savage novel follows the blighted life of Nikki, a wild teenager in North Carolina on the run from a children's home seeking refuge with her drug...
 
 

Last Night in Montreal
Emily St. John Mandel
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month. Following the multi-award nominations of her 4th novel, the subtle post-apocalyptic Station Eleven,...
 
 

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 Life of a Banana
P. P. Wong
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find...
 
 

The Shore
Sara Taylor
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, The Shore is a richly unique, breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut novel by...
 
 

After Before
Jemma Wayne
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. “That was the day that Mama made the rules: If they come, run. Be quiet and run. But not together. Never...
 
 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Daniel Hahn
This accessible A to Z is the first place to look for information about the authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educationalists, and others who have influenced the development of children's literature,...
 
 

The Offering
Grace McCleen
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A stunning novel about faith, innocence and sin, the tale of an unusual rite of passage with terrible consequences by the...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 

Mischief Fay Weldon Selects Her Best Short Stories
Fay Weldon
One of Britian's best loved writers chooses her best short stories from her career at the forefront of contemporary fiction.
 
 

Fourth of July Creek
Smith Henderson
Rural Montana in the 80s. Pete Smith is a young social worker with huge problems of his own. In attempting to return a near-feral lad to his family he becomes...
 
 

Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first in a trilogy, a family saga following the Langdons over one hundred years, beginning in 1920. This volume goes through to 1953. They are a farming family of...
 
 

The Unwitting
Ellen Feldman
A relationship tale with a difference; original, clever and set during the Cold War. The story spans a fascinating period in USA history, when the country was rocked by racial...
 
 

Redeployment
Phil Klay
An utterly compelling read giving an insight into the wars in Iraq, written with a frank, decisive and convincing hand. Once you start reading, you quite simply don't want to...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics in
 
 

Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro
March 2015 Book of the Month. Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is like nothing he's ever written before though many of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
March 2015 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome....
 
 

The Last Word
Hanif Kureishi
March 2015 Book of the Month. As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent, amusing and intimate...
 
 

Reader Reviewed We Are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of view. In her mid-forties her son Connell becomes a teenager and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
March 2015 Debut of the Month. The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller...
 
 

Breaking Light
Karin Altenberg
A sad, bittersweet tale written out of sequence that slowly reveals an idyllic childhood shattered by the callous deeds of kids. Years of rebuilding, searching, guilt and pain are slowly...
 
 

Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly...
 
 

Gone are the Leaves
Anne Donovan
A big, lush, historical novel with an unusual concept at its core, that of a boy’s decision to become a castrato or not. He falls for a girl and wishes...
 
 

The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman
A wonderful American author who writes across a diverse array of areas, often touching gently on the fey. This is unusual for her for, as with The Dovekeepers, it...
 
 

The Cartographer of No Man's Land
P. S. Duffy
Moving, convincing and superbly written, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is a novel you feel privileged to have read. From the stormy turbulent ocean off of Nova Scotia,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Once you start, you will find...
 
 

The Insect Farm
Stuart Prebble
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A well-known scripwriter best known until now for his comedies and an authoritative book on the Falklands...
 
 

The Facades
Eric Lundgren
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Kafka meets the 21st century in this fascinating debut literary dystopia with not a hint of rebellious...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
March 2015 Debut of the Month. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude...
 
 

Family Life
Akhil Sharma
Winner of the Folio Prize 2015. Darkly comic, Family Life is a story of a boy torn between duty and survival amid the ruins of everything he once knew.
 
 
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