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Books of the Month

The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold
The French Lesson
Hallie Rubenhold
May 2016 Book of the Month. This wonderful, bawdy, fictional memoir began with Mistress of My Fate which eventually saw Henrietta Lightfoot fall for the daring Lord Allenham. Here they are off to Belgium when...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave
May 2016 Book of the Month. 'War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.' With these words begins the most breathtaking novel of the year, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave....
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
Lionel Shriver
May 2016 Book of the Month. A huge tale of a future America and its economic downfall. It centres on four generations of one family, the Mandibles, and attempts to explain how the economics of 2029...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/05/2016
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
May 2016 Book of the Month. Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The Austen Project consists of six contemporary authors, each retelling one of Jane Austen’s novels....
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
May 2016 Book of the Month. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers the first of a projected series to cover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
May 2016 Book of the Month. What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to control hitman, and 19 criminals on the warpath… you get an unholy, riotous whirlwind...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
My Italian Bulldozer
Alexander McCall Smith
May 2016 Book of the Month. A fabulously quirky, ‘stand-alone’ romance-cum-farce from this feel-good author. Abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, travel writer Paul goes to Tuscany to research his next book. Arrangements are made but upon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

The Art of Waiting by Christopher Jory
The Art of Waiting
Christopher Jory
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters. Although set before, during and after the Second World War, this is by no...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
This Must be the Place
Maggie O'Farrell
May 2016 eBook of the Month. Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel. This Must Be The Place is a story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/05/2016
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Winner of Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a group of children. We know not why. It seems the children have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Nest by Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
The Nest
Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
May 2016 eBook of the Month. A thought-provoking and wittily pointed debut, about the life and loves of the Plumb family. There are four siblings at the centre of this novel, Leo causes uproar when a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Monstrous Little Voices Five New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World by David Thomas Moore
Monstrous Little Voices Five New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World
David Thomas Moore
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. There has been a veritable tsunami of new titles issued by publishers to celebrate (or exploit) Shakespeare's 400th anniversary; at least we appear to have been spared...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the fall of Saigon to the communists and the end of the Vietnam war, a Vietcong spy manages to smuggle his way to America and reflects...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
Anatomy of a Soldier
Harry Parker
A stunning concept where 41 inanimate objects relate the story of a soldier, Captain Tom Barnes. From training, through Afghanistan and a land mine that leaves him an amputee to his rehabilitation, mending and eventual accepting of prosthetic limbs. Powerful,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson
Despite the title – The Summer Before the War – which this terrific novel does indeed trace, it also spills into the horrors of the war years and eventually releases us back into some sort of very different peace. Set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
Speak by Louisa Hall
Speak
Louisa Hall
Highly Recommended. You might imagine that a novel about the development of an Artificial Intelligence might be dry or technical. Louisa Hall’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J. Ryan Stradal
The life of Eva Thorvald from conception through to fame in her late twenties. This is an extraordinary book, laced with food and recipes, it gives us sections of her life through the stories of those involved with her, beginning...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Parrots by Alexandra Shulman
The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments, desires and encounters. The entitled, affluent setting is almost immaterial, it’s the hidden emotions at play that really matter here. Alexandra Shulman astutely introduces...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
According to Yes by Dawn French
According to Yes
Dawn French
21st century family life - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - delivered head on by none other than comic genius Dawn French. Rosie, after a sad occurrence in Cornwall, takes herself off to New York to work as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
I Saw a Man
Owen Sheers
Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in unexpected directions, yet encouraging reflection in every day issues, the author explores loss, death and guilt with a skilful hand. After the captivating first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray
The Mark and the Void
Paul Murray
Joint winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Claude, dull workaholic investment banker crashing around in Dublin during the financial crisis, gives us an easy guide to the collapsing world economy throughout this novel. He leads an uneventful life. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives in California, is followed by a squirrel and has a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
Left of the Bang by Claire Lowdon
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 than it seems. Tamsin, a failed concert pianist, has an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Eden Gardens by Louise Brown
Eden Gardens
Louise Brown
A vividly striking and entirely captivating debut novel set in Calcutta, covering both the Second World War and Indian Independence during the 1940’s. Beautiful adventurous Maisy and loyal, knowing ayah Pushpa tell their own tales, which are inextricably linked to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern
The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring compassion and a delicious secretive quirk, so I was really looking forward to starting this, her twelfth novel. ‘The Marble Collector’ lived up to my expectations as a really touching, quite, quite...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Green Island A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan
Green Island A Novel
Shawna Yang Ryan
‘Green Island’ is a breathtaking novel, it’s emotional, thought-provoking and absolutely fascinating. Set in Taiwan and the USA between 1947 and 2003, the novel focuses on one family, yet the story is presented on an epic scale. This is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2016
The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans
The Butterfly Summer
Harriet Evans
A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real. Nina Parr is 25, divorced, living at home and working...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd
Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay
William Boyd
In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of the twentieth century, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Improbability of Love
Hannah Rothschild
Joint Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Irreverent, witty and sharply sweet, The Improbability of Love explores the confusion and turmoil of life and the complexities of love, loss...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
There's Only Two David Beckhams by John O'farrell
There's Only Two David Beckhams
John O'farrell
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. There's Only Two David Beckhams is John O'Farrell's love-letter to football; part-detective story, part-sports memoir, part-satire on the whole corrupt FIFA circus; it just made the final for the funniest football fiction...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2016. A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass Book of the Film by Parragon Books
Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass Book of the Film
Parragon Books
Through the Looking Glass is the highly anticipated follow-up to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathaway and directed by James Bobin. Appeals to both fans of the live-action films and Disney's 1951 animated classic:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2016
The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka
The Lubetkin Legacy
Marina Lewycka
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Marina Lewycka is back in this hilarious, farcical, tender novel of modern issues and manners.. London in the twenty-first century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
The Novel Habits of Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith
The tenth wonderful story in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series. With her young son and devoted husband her home life is blissfully content. Which is the best possible launching pad for the next issue of the Review -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
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: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Serious Sweet by A. L. Kennedy
Serious Sweet
A. L. Kennedy
Poignant, deeply funny, and beautifully written, Serious Sweet is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world: ready to sacrifice what's left of themselves for honesty, and for a chance at tenderness. As Jon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Quicksand by Henning Mankell
Quicksand
Henning Mankell
In January 2014 the author was informed that he had cancer. This is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. It is about love and jealousy, about courage and fear. And about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
The Pier Falls
Mark Haddon
In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan
Now and Again
Charlotte Rogan
Now and Again examines the interconnectedness of lives, the limits of knowledge and the consequences of doing the right thing. A provocative novel about the fallout from the truth by the author of the international bestseller The Lifeboat.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
I Love Dick
Chris Kraus
Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all life's hopes and passions continually press...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Girls on Fire
Robin Wasserman
Starting - and ending - with tragedy, Girls on Fire stands alongside The Virgin Suicides in its brilliant portrayal of female adolescence, but with a power and assurance all its own.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
The Course of Love
Alain de Botton
From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/04/2016
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers
A funny and powerfully moving novel about the state of the world from award-winning literary giant Dave Eggers - now adapted into a feature length film with Tom Hanks. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Ruby
Cynthia Bond
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Voodoo, faith and racism converge in an East Texas town, where a man is forced to choose between the sister who raised him and the disgraced woman he has loved since...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Winner of Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore
Songs of Love and War
Santa Montefiore
Lose yourself in a sweeping story of love, friendship and family from the bestselling author of The Beekeeper's Daughter...Perfect for all fans of Victoria Hislop and The Tea Planter's Wife.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in time. It tells of a Japanese couple, Ameterasu and Kenzo,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into the beastly heart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
The Green Road by Anne Enright
The Green Road
Anne Enright
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2016
Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea
Mrs Engels
Gavin McCrea
Shorlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. ‘Mrs Engels’ is a stimulating and rather glorious peek at the life of Lizzie Burns, who lived alongside and supported the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Black Water Rising
Attica Locke
An atmospheric and stylish thriller from a new author, with comparisons to John Grisham. A tightly woven plot will keep you involved and intrigued until the end. "If you...

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

The Cutting Season
Attica Locke
Gripping, atmospheric and tragic. Top class literary crime fiction from the Orange Prize shortlisted author of Black Water Rising. Just after dawn, Caren walks the grounds of Belle Vie,...

Devotion by Ros Barber

Devotion
Ros Barber
Captivating and astonishing… from cover to cover ‘Devotion’ prods, pokes and provokes. This is quite simply a book to make you think (possibly until your thoughts combust). The contents page...

The Gap of Time The Winter's Tale Retold by Jeanette Winterson

The Gap of Time The Winter's Tale Retold
Jeanette Winterson
A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home. London. England. After...

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman

Reader Reviewed My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous...

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Reader Reviewed The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Just fabulous. This is one of those wonderfully rare books that sets you in the middle of a familiar location...

The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

The Bricks That Built the Houses
Kate Tempest
Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging. Taking us into...

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

The Sunlight Pilgrims
Jenni Fagan
The Sunlight Pilgrims, the thrilling follow-up to The Panopticon, is a humane, sad, funny, shimmeringly odd and beautiful novel about absence, about the unknowability of mothers. It is a...

The Turning Point by Freya North

Reader Reviewed The Turning Point
Freya North
April 2016 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the...

The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil

Reader Reviewed The Brilliant & Forever
Kevin MacNeil
A delightfully unique and quirky novel that is able to provoke a sledgehammer of emotions into action. Three friends are due to take part in the annual Brilliant and Forever...

Sweet Home by Carys Bray

Sweet Home
Carys Bray
In this prize-winning short story collection, Carys Bray weaves together moments of joy, heartache, sadness and unwavering love as told through seventeen very different notions of home.

The Broken Road by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

The Broken Road
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
An engaging and satisfying family tale, full of drama and emotion. Brother and sister, Ollie and Louise have never quite met their father’s expectations, neither are happy, and while Ollie...

I am Radar by Reif Larsen

I am Radar
Reif Larsen
One of those incredible once-in-a-lifetime books that is almost impossible to describe. It is about family history, physics, art, politics, performance, sacrifice, identity and so much more. It is essentially...

The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Reader Reviewed The Silk Merchant's Daughter
Dinah Jefferies
Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese,...

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it’s still capturing imaginations. This collectable,...

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Reader Reviewed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a...

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

Pleasantville
Attica Locke
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. 1996 election night in Pleasantville, a suburb of Houston built in 1949 as a community for “Negro families of means...

The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons

Reader Reviewed The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
‘The Song Collector’ subtly tiptoes under your skin, the first few sentences call to you, draw you in, envelop you… and then it doesn't let you go until the very...

Beneath the Earth by John Boyne

Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. The secrets we keep...

The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

The Blade Artist
Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the...

The Fugitives by Panos Karnezis

The Fugitives
Panos Karnezis
In his first novel for five years, Panos Karnezis tells a story of almost elemental directness. The dilemmas faced by his characters are stark in their simplicity, and yet seemingly...

The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader

The Anchoress
Robyn Cadwallader
A quietly, deep and fascinating debut novel proving that communication doesn't have to be a nonsense of chatter or commotion. The author explores friendship, faith, desire, retreat and the gentle...

Noonday by Pat Barker

Reader Reviewed Noonday
Pat Barker
An atmospheric, touching and compassionate story based in London during the Second World War, where living on the edge and in the moment occurred on a daily basis. We seem...

The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy

Reader Reviewed The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity...

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern post-feminist age. Married...

Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson

Miracle at Augusta
James Patterson
The sequel to Miracle on the 17th Green published in 2005 where Travis’ golf turned a corner but he loses everything else in his life. It is very untypical...

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. April 2016 Debut of the Month.Maxim Jakubowski's...

The Mule by David Quantick

The Mule
David Quantick
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A quirky thriller and semi-humorous shaggy dog tale from an author best known for his comic TV scripts, this proves wonderful...

The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

Reader Reviewed The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month. Absolutely enchanting, and not in a...

The Strawberry Girl by Lisa Stromme

The Strawberry Girl
Lisa Stromme
Lisa Stromme brings alive the tumultuous love affair that inspired one of the most famous paintings of all time, in a vivid and bewitching story of innocence, creativity and desire.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Unravelling by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

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

The Piano Player's Son by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

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

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

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

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Reader Reviewed The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that " wild and useless length of English coastline", a...

Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn

Infidelities
Kirsty Gunn
What can one say about such a collection of stories on infidelity except read them. They cover the spectrum, divided into three sections, “Going Out”, “Staying Out” and “Never Coming...

The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan

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

Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

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

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

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

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

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

Look at Me by Sarah Duguid

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

The Revenant by Michael Punke

The Revenant
Michael Punke
Based on a true story, The Revenant is an epic tale of revenge set in the Rocky Mountains and soon to be a major motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A...

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has...

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

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

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

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

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Mothering Sunday
Graham Swift
An intensely moving and beautifully written new novel from the Booker-prize winning author of Last Orders and Waterland. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

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

The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

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

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

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

Freya by Anthony Quinn

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

The Shore by Sara Taylor

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

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

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

Nelly Dean by Alison Case

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

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

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

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

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

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

The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

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

The Boy Who Could See Death by Salley Vickers

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

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

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

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

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

Girl at War by Sara Novic

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

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