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The Gallery of Vanished Husbands Natasha Solomons
July 2014 Book of the Month.
A lovely, unpredictable read where you really do not see what’s coming next. There is a lot going on, lots of strong, diverse characters, lots of humour,... Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
Other Featured Books this Month
The Spring of Kasper Meier Ben Fergusson
July 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month.
A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Miniaturist Jessie Burton
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month.
A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of art and its organic... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
A Song for Issy Bradley Carys Bray
July 2014 Debut of the Month.
A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon... Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
Young God Katherine Faw Morris
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended.
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... Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
Hideous Creatures S. E. Lister
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A compelling debut by a new young British writer in the tradition of Audrey Niffenegger and Neil Gaiman, on the imperceptible borderlines of fantasy and fable. On the... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2014
Will You Remember Me? Amanda Prowse
This is an extremely moving book which deals with the difficult issue of coping with impending death for the sick person and for their family and friends. Poppy is only 32, an army wife dreaming of setting up a... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
The Art of Baking Blind Sarah Vaughan
With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book comes to further nurture our appetite. It is indeed about baking, but its heart is about relationships, about being wives and mothers. It’s a dual-time telling... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Reasons She Goes to the Woods Deborah Kay Davies
A sometimes uncomfortable yet utterly compelling read that shreds and shatters conventional thought processes and feelings. The surprise when you open the book and start to read is your first hint of the distinctive tale to come. The author builds... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Expo 58 Jonathan Coe
The master of social satire turns to the Cold War for his latest comedy and has the hapless Thomas Foley way out of his depth in a Brussels staging the first world fair since the Second World War. That the... Format: Paperback - Released: 26/06/2014
The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan
Violet is half-American, half-Chinese, and in the turn of the century Shanghai, as the revolution looms, she is separated from her mother and becomes a courtesan. We follow both women through turbulent lives. Amy Tan is an expert at recreating... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2014
Mr Lynch's Holiday Catherine O'Flynn
Catherine O’Flynn’s debut, What Was Lost, is one of the most brilliant first novels of recent years so Mr Lynch’s Holiday, her third novel, has a lot to live up to. It doesn’t disappoint. At its heart the book... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
How to Build a Girl Caitlin Moran
What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes - and build yourself. It's 1990. Johanna... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas
After the huge success of his novel The Slap it is often difficult for an author to follow with another as good. Tsiolkas has succeeded in doing just that. Set in Australia and Scotland, the novel explores the problems... Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
The Atlas of Us Tracy Buchanan
How far would you go for the one you love the most? When Louise Fenton flies to Thailand to find her mother, Nora, after the Boxing Day tsunami, she fears the worst when the only trace she can find is... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic Emily Croy Barker
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic is a sparkling romantic adventure. When Nora Fischer stumbles, quite literally, into a magical world where everyone is glamorous and life is one long party, she's immediately captivated. What she doesn't realise, because... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
The Postcard Leah Fleming
2002, Australia. When Melissa discovers a postcard addressed to 'Desmond' among her recently deceased father's effects, she is determined to discover this person's identity and his relationship to her father. She soon embarks on a journey that will take her... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
House of Ashes Monique Roffey
The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then one hot evening The Leader, a head of a group of rebels, gathers his followers and... Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
England and Other Stories Graham Swift
These twenty-five new stories mark Graham Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels and confirm him as a master storyteller. They unite into a richly peopled vision of a country that is both a crucible of history... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Stay Up with Me Tom Barbash
The stories in Tom Barbash's evocative and often darkly funny collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in 'The Break' interferes with her... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
The Emperor Waltz Philip Hensher
The new novel from Booker Prize-shortlisted Philip Hensher - his most ambitious and daring novel yet. In this astonishing novel, various narrative strands are drawn together into a compelling symphonic whole. In a third-century desert settlement on the fringes of... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Wreaking James Scudamore
This is a brilliantly dark and unsettling novel from the author of the Booker longlisted Heliopolis and one of the UK's most talented young writers. Perilously ill, Jasper Scriven spends his days roaming the wards of a derelict psychiatric hospital... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/07/2014
The Woman in the Picture Katharine McMahon
February, 1926. The city of London is tense in the days leading up to The General Strike. Evelyn Gifford, (protagonist of THE CRIMSON ROOMS) has now qualified as a solicitor - and is one of the first women to do... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Windsor Faction D. J. Taylor
Terrific . (Daily Mail). Tremendous . (Guardian). Page-turning . (The Times). Gripping . (Daily Telegraph). Autumn 1939. In an alternative world, where Edward VIII still sits on the throne, storm clouds gather over Europe, German troops amass and a 'King's... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Where We Belong Catherine Ryan Hyde
This is a remarkable, moving story about family and the many forms this can take, which will be loved by fans of Jodi Picoult and Susan Lewis. Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mum are on the brink of homelessness ...again. The... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Where Love Lies Julie Cohen
Lately, Felicity just can't shake a shadow of uncertainty. Her husband Quinn is the kindest person she knows and loves her peculiarities more than Felicity feels she deserves. But suddenly it's as if she doesn't quite belong. Then Felicity experiences... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
What Milo Saw Virginia Macgregor
A BIG story about a small boy who sees the world a little differently Nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
We Live in Water Jess Walter
From Jess Walter, the bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, comes We Live in Water - a darkly funny, utterly compelling collection of stories about the American family. We Live in Water brings to vivid life a world of lost fathers... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Upstairs at the Party Linda Grant
In the early Seventies a glamorous and androgynous couple known collectively as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university. To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas they seem blown back from... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
This is the Water Yannick Murphy
This is a novel about a woman. About a mother. About a marriage. About a murder. In the brightly lit public pool the killer swims and watches. Amongst the mothers cheering on their swim team daughters is Annie. Watching her... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
Thirst Kerry Hudson
The beginning of a relationship is usually all about getting to know each other, sharing stories far into the night, comparing experiences, triumphs and heartaches, until we know one another inside out. Not so for Dave and Alena. He's from... Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
The Third Wife Lisa Jewell
In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out. Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends.... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Story of You Katy Regan
There is no story of me without the story of you I want to explain it all to you. How this happened. How that summer - the summer I was 16 - made me the person I am today. I... Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
The Storms of War Kate Williams
In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline, while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris and Michael is just back... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Spare Brides Adele Parks
The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Silent History Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett
There's an epidemic: silence. A generation of children are born without speech, without comprehension, without language entirely. At first, they are just medical curiosities. But their numbers swell, and soon they grow into an established underclass, occupying squats and communes... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband Natalie Young
Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Plague C. C. Humphreys
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The French Executioner, this is an epic and thrilling tale of a serial killer who threatens London's rich and poor during the Great Plague of 1665. If you enjoy novels by CJ Sansom and... Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
Now That I've Found You Ciara Geraghty
Forty-two-year-old Vinnie knows lots of things. He knows new books and school shoes are expensive. He knows his teenage daughter keeps getting into trouble and he knows his seven-year-old has wet the bed every night for over a year. What... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane
In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's Frida, sent to be Ruth's carer. At first, Ruth... Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
Never Mind Miss Fox Olivia Glazebrook
Clive and Martha have been together since they met at university; they have a young daughter, Eliza. Their marriage appears serene and content but when Eliza's adored new piano teacher turns out to be a woman from Clive and Martha's... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan
Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Meatspace Nikesh Shukla
The second novel from Costa First Novel Award shortlisted author Nikesh Shukla. 'The first and last thing I do every day is see what strangers are saying about me.' Kitab Balasubramanyam has had a rough few months. His girlfriend left... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks
Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Lion Heart Justin Cartwright
Richard remembers his recently-deceased father, Alaric, as a delusional hippy, who saw himself as an intellectual and historian. Following in his father's footsteps, Richard travels to Jerusalem where he falls deeply in love with Noor, a beautiful but mysterious Canadian-Arab... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Letters from Skye Jessica Brockmole
18 June, 1940. Oh, my Margaret, You have no secrets from me, but I've kept a part of myself locked away, always. A part of me that started scratching at the wall the day this other war started, that started... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
The Last Banquet Jonathan Grimwood
Starting life in the gutter, Jean-Marie d'Aumout rises through the ranks of eighteenth-century French society propelled by his wits and an obsession with finding the perfect taste. But beyond the palace walls, revolution is in the air and the country... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Happiness Is Easy Edney Silvestre
Olavo Bettencourt is an important man, a man of spin. With Brazil adjusting to the new idea of democracy, his PR firm holds the balance of power in its hands. Which has also made Olavo very rich, if not very... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
The Good House Ann Leary
Ann Leary's The Good House creates a one-of-a-kind character in Hildy Good...By the end you'll be flipping pages, trying desperately to piece together what happened as much as the narrator is doing herself. --Jodi Picoult Hildy Good has reached that... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Girl Who Just Appeared Jonathan Harvey
London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
Friendship Emily Gould
Bev Tunney and Amy Schein are best friends, but now, at thirty, they have reached a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed muster in her mid-twenties: temping, living in a shared house, drowning in debt.... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Four: A Divergent Collection Veronica Roth
Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories told from Tobias Eaton's point of view. DIVERGENT -... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/07/2014
Flora Gail Godwin
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of the Second World War. At three Helen lost her... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Dynamite Room Jason Hewitt
July 1940. Eleven-year-old Lydia walks through a village in rural Suffolk on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and sandbags green with mildew, the village seemingly deserted.... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
Death of the Black Haired Girl Robert Stone
In an elite New England college, Professor Steven Brookman embarks upon a careless affair with a brilliant but reckless student, Maud Stack. She is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and is known as something... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Company You Keep Neil Gordon
When journalist Benjamin Schulberg discovers a link between liberal lawyer Jim Grant and a notorious Vietnam-era fugitive, the world that Jim has carefully built for himself and his daughter collapses. His cover blown, Jim is forced to go on the... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
The City Dean Koontz
No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his storytelling powers with this major new novel - a rich, multi-layered story that moves back and forth across decades and generations as a gifted musician relates... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
Chaplin and Company Mave Fellowes
Introducing...Odeline Milk, a strange young lady from a sleepy, buttoned-down market town. A young lady with an obsession - you can guess what it is by the way she dresses: white collarless shirt, a waistcoat and billowing black trousers, the... Format: Paperback - Released: 26/06/2014
The Care and Management of Lies Jacqueline Winspear
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/07/2014
Breaking Light Karin Altenberg
Steeped in its bleak and beautiful landscape, Mortford is a place of secrets and memories: of bitter divisions and shattered dreams. Returning to this Dartmoor village where he grew up, Gabriel attempts to come to terms with what he lost... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Breakfast with the Borgias D. B. C. Pierre
'Hell is other people.' It is a chilling, page-turning Hammer novella by the Booker-Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little. The setting: a faded, lonely guesthouse on the Essex coast. Outside, it's dark, and very foggy. Inside there's no phone or... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
Bloodlines Marcello Fois
When Giuseppe Mundula first sees Michele Angelo Chironi across the corridor of a Sardinian orphanage, the reserved blacksmith realises he has found the son and heir he never knew he needed. And when, a few years later, Michele himself looks... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me Jimmy Rice, Laura Tait
Everyone remembers their first love. Holly certainly remembers Alex. But she decided ten years ago that love wasn't about mix tapes and seizing the moment - though she's not exactly sure it's about secret dates with your boss, either. But... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Beautiful Day Elin Hilderbrand
The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials.... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
A Bad Character Deepti Kapoor
My boyfriend died when I was twenty-one. His body was left lying broken in the highway out of Delhi while the sun rose in the desert to the east. I wasn't there, I never saw it. But plenty of others... Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
Aren't We Sisters? Patricia Ferguson
1933, and the world is still changing, even in a quiet corner of Cornwall...If there's one thing Lettie Quick believes in, it's contraception. Trained by 'the Madam', Marie Stopes herself, Lettie teaches married women about contraception. Her job is technically... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Another Night, Another Day Sarah Rayner
From the author of the bestselling One Moment, One Morning comes another beautiful, bittersweet novel set in Brighton. Three people, each crying out for help ...There's Karen, worried about her dying father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant... Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
All My Fortunes Judith Saxton, Katie Flynn
The heart-warming new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Long and Lonely Road and The Cuckoo Child. Sylvie's husband is in prison and she is in danger herself, so she leaves Liverpool for Dublin with the help... Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
The Best British Short Stories 2014 Nicholas Royle
This is a book for everyone, whether you furtively snatch your reading time or have the luxury of being able to sink into the welcoming depths of a book for hours. The short stories chosen here, pack in all of... Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2014
The White Goddess: An Encounter Simon Gough
This novel is quite simply sublime. The author narrates an ‘auto-bi-fantasy’, detailing his life as he grows up in the orbit of his ‘Grand’-uncle, Robert Graves in Majorca. If you’ve had the pleasure of reading the work of Graves, you... Format: Paperback - Released: 12/06/2014
The Swimmer Joakim Zander
July 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
TransAtlantic Colum Mccann
In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
The Thread Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
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Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson
A stylish, gripping and surprising thriller, which is now a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Christine suffers from a strange amnesia which means that each day starts afresh...
The Color Purple Alice Walker
Set in the deep American South between the wars, THE COLOR PURPLE is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by...
The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of...
Mouse and the Cossacks Paul Wilson
Without a voice since the age of six, she is trying to work things out about the world. She and her mother have moved into a rented Pennine farmhouse in...
The Pink Suit Nicole Mary Kelby
On 22 November 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas, wearing a pink suit that was one of his favourites. But as Jackie was greeted by ecstatic crowds...
Bedford Park Bryan Appleyard
Set in 1912, Bedford Park is not just a London suburb: it is a crucible for enlightenment and modernity inhabited by people who wish to better themselves - and those...
A Marker to Measure Drift Alexander Maksik
On a holiday island somewhere in the Aegean Sea, Jacqueline, a young Liberian woman, fends off starvation as she survives in the aftermath of unspeakable brutality. Having escaped the horrors...
The Deaths Mark Lawson
Four families live in a beautiful stretch of English countryside in magnificent listed houses, built for the old aristocracy. They are the new aristocracy and the elite of their village:...
Apple Tree Yard Louise Doughty
A gripping psychological thriller. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. However, an impulsive affair sets in...
From a Distance Raffaella Barker
April, 1946. Michael, a soldier, returns to Southampton on a troop ship. Brutalised and in shock, he cannot face the life that awaits him at home. Impulsively he boards a...
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing Eimear McBride
Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and...
The Undertaking Audrey Magee
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
An exceptional and totally engrossing debut novel, viewing WWII from an unfamiliar perspective. We are introduced to an ordinary family in extraordinary...
The Lives of Stella Bain Anita Shreve
Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men...
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2014.
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
On the surface this is a love story, a coming-of-age...
The Maid's Version Daniel Woodrell
In 1929, an explosion in a Missouri dance hall killed forty-two people. Who was to blame? Mobsters from St Louis? Embittered gypsies? The preacher who cursed the waltzing couples for...
Meeting the English Kate Clanchy
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2014 DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE Literary Giant seeks young man to push bathchair. Own room in Hampstead, all found, exciting cultural milieu. Modest wage. Ideal 'gap year' opportunity....
Gossip Beth Gutcheon
Loviah French owns a boutique dress shop in Manhattan. She has two best friends: Dinah - a columnist covering New York's wealthiest - and Avis - a prominent figure in...
Little Beauty Alison Jameson
Laura Quinn has lived on the same remote yet beautiful island off the West Coast of Ireland since she was born, and leaving it behind seems the only way for...
Fourth of July Creek Smith Henderson
This is a dark and powerful debut novel set in the hardscrabble American heartlands. 'If I knew for a certain'ty that a man was coming to my house with the...
The Guts Roddy Doyle
Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids ...and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he...
I am China Xiaolu Guo
In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling...
The Pure Gold Baby Margaret Drabble
The Pure Gold Baby is the story of Anna, a little girl with a luminescent quality, her mother, Jess, and the community that envelops them. A happy child, Anna is...
All the Birds, Singing Evie Wyld
Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog,...
Animals Emma Jane Unsworth
June 2014 Book of the Month.
Flatmates Laura and Tyler (female) ‘get-off-their-faces’ in and around Manchester. Brilliantly written, incredibly funny with some amazing...
The Lemon Grove Helen Walsh
A racy read, ideal for a holiday, which is where it’s set. Almost claustrophobically focused on Jenn, her husband Greg, step-daughter Emma and Nathan, the 17 year old temptation with...
Anyush Martine Madden
A compelling, heartrending tale of love, loss and survival intertwined within the factual base of the Armenian genocide. This thought provoking story is set in a period of atrocities that...
Someone Else's Wedding Tamar Cohen
Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of: Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, the galloping years and a disastrous haircut. Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, and...
Blood-Drenched Beard Daniel Galera
Blood-Drenched Beard is the gripping, visceral English-language debut from Daniel Galera. His father shoots himself, and all he's left with is the old cattle dog and a vague desire for...
Sense and Sensibility Joanna Trollope
Author of 17 bestselling contemporary novels Joanna Trollope has used her skills of astute yet sensitive observation of the ‘human condition’ to reboot Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from the...
Very Long Engagement Sebastien Japrisot
During the First World War five French soldiers, accused of a cowardly attempt to evade duty, are bundled into no-man's land and certain death. Five bodies are later recovered, the...
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013.
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless,...
Skid Roland Watson Grant
Having left the Louisiana swamp behind, the Beaumonts are finding it hard to settle into the big city. As he unpacks the boxes after their move to Eastern New Orleans,...
The List of My Desires Gregoire Delacourt
When Jocelyne looks at herself in the mirror, she sees a middle-aged, married woman who runs a dressmaking shop in a small provincial French town and lives a very ordinary...
The Way Inn Will Wiles
The Way Inn takes the polished surfaces of modern life, the branded coffee and the free wifi, and twists them into a nightmare. 'The Way Inn' is a global chain...
We are Called to Rise Laura McBride
In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away,...
God Is an Astronaut Alyson Foster
The day of the accident, Jess is in the backyard with a chainsaw, clearing space to build the greenhouse she's always wanted. And, as always, she is thinking of Arthur....
Her Harriet Lane
Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her...
Wild Wood Jan Needle
Take a romp through your childhood memories and observe the villains of Wild Wood with new eyes. Mr Toad, Ratty and Mole from 'The Wind in the Willows' are most...
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Joshua Ferris
Joshua Ferris' dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. There's...
Small Island Andrea Levy
A novel about racism, prejudice and injustice in the post war years in London as Jamaicans, escaping economic hardship, move to the Mother Country. Told from four characters’ points of...
Casting the Net Pam Rhodes
This sequel to Fisher of Men is a charming and engagingly warmhearted read. Dunbridge, the small market town setting, is a perfect backdrop to display gentle rural life in...
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...
Tampa Alissa Nutting
A challenging but ultimately rewarding (and even in its own wonderfully twisted way, comic) exploration of the perverse mind of an older female teacher who is totally obsessed with young...
The Second Life of Sally Mottram David Nobbs
The wonderfully entertaining new novel from bestselling author of The Fall and Rise of Reggie Perrin. Long-time Potherthwaite resident Sally Mottram cannot stand the decline of her town. The bookshop...
The Month Before's Featured Books
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Helen Fielding
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.
Ms Fielding and Ms Jones are both back on fine form in this riotously funny third adventure. Mad About the Boy, set in...
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Sebastian Faulks
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.
This is Sebastian Faulks’ homage to P G Wodehouse and a very fine one it is too. Faulks captures the Wodehouse spirit in...
Four Warned Jeffrey Archer
**A Quick Read from the number one bestselling writer and author of Kane and Abel** These four short stories from a master storyteller are packed full of twists and turns....
The Last Word Hanif Kureishi
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.
As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent,...
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle Kirsty Wark
Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener....
And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini
Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings...
Arms Wide Open Tom Winter
May 2014 Book of the Month.
A novel of family, identity and aging. Jack and Meredith are non-identical twins of a single mum...
The Circle Dave Eggers
Fast, thrilling, compulsively addictive - The Circle is Dave Eggers' timely novel about our obsession with the internet. When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most...
The A-list Family Christina Hopkinson
Newly employed to look after the daughter of a super-rich and famous power couple, Anna is about to find out what life is really like behind the closed doors of...
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize-winner Anthony Doerr. Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature...
Blood & Beauty Sarah Dunant
When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy, he is defined not just by his wealth, charisma and power, but by his blood: a Spanish Pope in a...
Broken Tamar Cohen
Best friends tell you everything; about their kitchen renovation; about their little girl's schooling. How one of them is leaving the other for a younger model. Best friends don't tell...
Constance Patrick Mcgrath
The aloof and enigmatic Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan when she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior, at a literary party. A few weeks...
A Cornish Stranger Liz Fenwick
There's an old Cornish saying: 'Save a stranger from the sea, he'll turn your enemy...' When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the...
Dear Thing Julie Cohen
After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted. But Romily wasn't prepared for...
A Beautiful Truth Colin McAdam
Walt and Judy's happiness has been blighted by their childlessness; although their marriage seems blissful, Judy feels increasingly empty and Walt longs to make her happy again. So one day...
Fallout Sadie Jones
As read on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. Luke is a young playwright: intense, magnetic and hungry for experience. Fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East he arrives...
Going Back Rachael English
In June 1988, Elizabeth Kelly's parents think she belongs at home in Ireland. Her boyfriend is certain of it. Unwilling to settle down just yet, she decides to spend the...
The House We Grew Up In Lisa Jewell
Meet the Bird Family. All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in...
I Put a Spell on You John Burnside
In this exquisite, haunting book, John Burnside describes his coming of age from the industrial misery of Cowdenbeath and Corby to the new world of Cambridge. This is a memoir...
The Interestings Meg Wolitzer
On a warm July night in 1974 six teenagers play at being cool. The friendships they make this summer will be the most important and consuming of their lives. In...
The Kills Richard House
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2014. Camp Liberty is a forgotten military base in Amrah province, Iraq, a place where...
Marriage Material Sathnam Sanghera
This is shortlisted for the Costa first novel award. To Arjan Banga, returning to the Black Country after the unexpected death of his father, his family's corner shop represents everything...
Never Screw Up Jens Lapidus
Niklas, a weapons expert, has returned home after years as a mercenary. His world has no laws. His life has made him a violence fanatic and an adrenaline junkie. He...
The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins Irvine Welsh
When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms a gunman chasing two frightened homeless men, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind and, within hours, Lucy...
The Thrill of it All Joseph O'Connor
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.
At college in 1980s Luton, Robbie Goulding, an Irish-born teenager, meets the elusive Fran...
Tigerman Nick Harkaway
Lester Ferris, sergeant of the British Army, is a good man in need of a rest. He's spent a lot of his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the...
We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo
This is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. It is the US National Book Award 5 Under 35. It is the winner of the Etisalat Prize 2014. 'To play...
Castle Orchard E. A. Dineley, Sir Libby Dineley
When Johnny Arthur, perpetual debtor and fashionable London dandy, loses his family estate of Castle Orchard in a chess game to the mysterious Captain Allington, wounded veteran of Waterloo, the...
Em and the Big Hoom Jerry Pinto
Brilliantly comic and almost unbearably moving, Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom is one of the most powerful and original fiction debuts of recent years. She was always Em...
The Headmaster's Wife Thomas Christopher Greene
Arthur Winthrop is a middle-aged headmaster at an elite prep school in Vermont. When he is arrested for an act that is incredibly out of character, the strait-laced, married headmaster...
In the Light of What We Know Zia Haider Rahman
An investment banker approaching forty, in the midst of his career collapsing and marriage unravelling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. Confronting the dishevelled figure of a...
Kind of Kin Rilla Askew
Your Grandpa is a felon and a Christian. He says he's a felon because he's a Christian. So says Aunt Sweet to her nephew Dustin, when her father, who has...
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 and...
Memory of Water Emmi Itaranta
With the lyricism of Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itaranta's effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full...
No Country Kalyan Ray
In November 1989, an Indian couple are discovered murdered in a small town in upstate New York. They lie together as though just disengaged from a long embrace. Yet their...
No Harm Can Come to a Good Man James Smythe
How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine. ClearVista is used by everyone and can...
The Snow Queen Michael Cunningham
A vision appears in the sky above wintry New York and seems to exert an influence over two brothers, in this luminous, compassionate novel from the author of 'The Hours'....
The Steady Running of the Hour Justin Go
In this mesmerizing debut, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across...
Thrown Dominic Prince
Derby Day, 1913. Two hundred and fifty thousand people, from dustmen to duchesses, surge onto the Epsom Downs for the greatest race of the year. But among the happy crowds,...
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...
I, Claudius Robert Graves
May 2014 Guest Editor Daisy Goodwin on I, Claudius...
Discovered this in my early teens and was completely hooked by the story of the rise to power of the most...
Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
May 2014 Guest Editor Daisy Goodwin on The Palliser Series...
Dickens is the prose stylist, but Trollope is the psychologist. His characterisation is subtle and surprising and he is particularly...
Scoop A Novel About Journalists Evelyn Waugh
May 2014 Guest Editor Daisy Goodwin on Scoop...
Anybody who wants to learn how to write dialogue should read this novel. It is a masterpiece of comic precision. I still...
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
Since its publication in 1993 Birdsong has established itself as one of the most important novels of recent years. A novel that brings alive the horrors of war and...
The Carriage House Louisa Hall
An intelligent, compassionate and thought-provoking novel where the writing sparkles through the weight of expectations, hidden hopes and damaged dreams. The broken, faded Carriage House, threatened with bulldozers somehow binds...
Sworn Virgin Elvira Dones, Clarissa Botsford
A provocative, engaging and absolutely fascinating novel about one woman’s decision to move from a struggling post communist Albania, to the complexity of America, after she has spent years living...
Visitation Street Ivy Pochoda
Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue collar neighbourhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects, and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-old...
The Lives of Others Neel Mukherjee
'Ma, I feel exhausted with consuming, with taking and grabbing and using. I am so bloated that I feel I cannot breathe any more. I am leaving to find some...
After Her A Novel Joyce Maynard
Inspired by a real American case, this is the story of an attempt to catch a serial killer that took some thirty years. When Rachel and Patty were teenagers their...
The Last King of Lydia Tim Leach
A defeated king stands on top of a pyre. His conqueror, the Persian ruler Cyrus, signals to his guards; they step forward and touch flaming torches to the dry wood....
A Cornish Affair Liz Fenwick
Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at...
Love Me or Leave Me Claudia Carroll
A captivating romantic comedy that will tug on your heart-strings. The characters feel like friends and you won't want it to end! 'Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel - where...