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Books of the Month

The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
February 2016 Book of the Month. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month. A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
February 2016 Book of the Month. An enchanting and engaging novel containing two poignant stories that fuse gradually into a captivating read....
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month. A comforting, delightful tale about taking chances, trusting instincts, nourishing friendships and finding love. If you’re...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed All the Rage
Courtney Summers
February 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. A deeply powerful novel for emotionally mature readers about surviving rape, speaking out and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed How Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
February 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Holly Bourne’s new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2016
     
A Vintage Wedding
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month. Three women come together, pool their resources and skills and end up running a wedding business....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Reader Reviewed We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller, where for a fairly short novel, there’s an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
February 2016 Debut of the Month. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Our Song
Dani Atkins
Quite simply stunning. From the moment I turned the first page, right through to the moment I finished and beyond, I have been transfixed by this beautiful yet heartrending novel. The first few pages set events in motion that will...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety
Julie Shaw
‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series, namely that the Hudson’s do not make...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
February 2016 eBook of the Month. Seductively beautiful and evocative writing ensures ‘The Forgotten Summer’ is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Reader Reviewed Perfect Daughter
Amanda Prowse
Perfect Daughter is a tender, warm-hearted read which has the ability to touch delicate issues with loving care and attention. Jacks still has dreams, she may be married, bringing up two children, be carer for her mother, scrimping and saving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
The Mark and the Void
Paul Murray
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. Enter Paul, an author with severe writer's block who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
The Stylist
Rosie Nixon
Absolutely perfect if you are a lover of fashion, red carpet stories and a witty delicious romance. Amber, a sweet, endearing shop assistant, unexpectedly finds herself working for a high maintenance stylist, just as awards season starts. Learning on the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Youth
Paolo Sorrentino
The novelisation of Youth (La Giovinezza) - an original film by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz. In a luxury spa hotel in the Swiss Alps, octogenarian friends Fred Ballinger and Mick Boyle look back on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
Let's Compromise and Say I'm Right Calman on Love & Relationships
Mel Calman
A small book this may be, it does though, pack a mighty and occasionally feisty wallop. Mel Calman’s cartoons about love and relationships have the ability to ring a playful or even wicked little bell as you read them. There...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2015
     
Chance Developments
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the stunning cover made me ooh with delight. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2015
     
The Choice
Nicholas Sparks
Interestingly this man has a huge following in America but somehow we haven’t really caught on to him over here. Maybe we don’t trust men to write in this sensitive, human drama/romantic area. But trust this man, he can make...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Ferney
James Long
Mysterious, exciting, immensely rewarding, it is one of those memorable books that has to be among your of all-time favourites. I fell in love with this book when it was first published in 1997. It did moderately well but not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Time to Say Goodbye
S. D. Robertson
A sad, sweet, thought-provoking tale about the love and bond between parents and children. ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ is a story about 6 year old Ella and her father Will, however the whole family have a part to play in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
Magnificent and heartbreaking, A Reunion of Ghosts is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound to each other and their remarkable family through the blessings and the burdens bestowed by blood. One of them has terminal cancer. All agree...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
     
Strictly Between Us
Jane Fallon
This is a sharp, edgy and amusing foray into the relationship world. The marriage in question isMichelle and Patrick’s, however it is Tamsin, Michelle’s best friend, who tells the story. The first chapter firmly snags your attention, a jaw-dropping event...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     
The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
Jenny Colgan
Bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns with a hilarious, heartwarming, happy-ever-after - set in the beautiful Scottish countryside, full of loveable village characters, humour, landscapes, and warm relatable drama.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Jonathan Unleashed
Meg Rosoff
Jonathan Trefoil's boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him - only richer and more organised with a different sense of humour. On the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Scary Old Sex

In this stunning, taboo-breaking debut, Arlene Heyman, a practicing psychiatrist, gives us what really goes on in people's minds, relationships, and beds. Raw, tender, funny, truthful and often shocking, Scary Old Sex is a fierce exploration of the chaos and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
     
Black to White
Sam Hayward
A simply told, compassionate tale, about the journey of one woman experiencing bereavement. Susie is 55 years old, her husband died six months previously, leaving her with a heartbreaking gaping hole filled with memories. With the help of friends and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2015
     
Single, Carefree, Mellow
Katherine Heiny
Displaying a light deftness of touch while highlighting a contorted darkness, these eleven short stories emphasise the more twisted and melancholy side of relationships. Plaintive hearts and minds, often shying away from reality, appear to be continuously searching for that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
     
Match Me If You Can
Michele Gorman
A fresh yet cosy and warmly romantic tale with an added extra sparkle of fun and wit. Meet three women, Catherine is divorced and spends most of her time matchmaking, her friends and housemates Rachel and Sarah decide to join...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Mobile Library
David Whitehouse
A misleading title to my mind for this is not a tale of literature and reading but of dysfunctional people with sad back stories. The library is a nice literary...
 
 

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love...
 
 

Don't Get Me Wrong
Marianne Kavanagh
A fascinating tale with a big heart that pulls you back and forth from 2015 to 2006. It is told mostly through the voices of rich banker Harry and a...
 
 

I Hope You Dance
Beth Moran
An appealing, bitter-sweetly emotional tale about friendship and second chances. This is the second novel I’ve read by Beth Moran, she doesn't shy away from heartache or the ups and...
 
 

Cockfosters
Helen Simpson
Offers a story collection dealing with ageing, ambition and the patterns of repetition and renewal found in long friendships and marriages. In this book, the stories range through hitch-hiking in...
 
 

Emma
Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford
This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition celebrates 200 years of Austen's beloved novel. With a beautiful cover designed by illustrator Dadu Shin and comprehensive notes sourced from the Jane Austen Collection,...
 
 

The Danish Girl
David Ebershoff
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl is a shockingly original novel about one of the most unusual and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed What a Way to Go
Julia Forster
January 2016 Debut of the Month. Sharp, poignant and amusing, this is a beautifully...
 
 

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver, Kate Mosse
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. Narrated by a mother, Eve, in letters to her estranged husband, this is a truly horrific story of a 15-year old boy’s...
 
 

Nobody is Ever Missing
Catherine Lacey
Full of mordant humour and uncanny insights, Nobody Is Ever Missing is a startling tale of love, loss, and the dangers encountered in the search for self-knowledge. It is a...
 
 

Red Letter
Kate Riordan
Published ahead of Kate Riordan’s new novel The Shadow Hour, this evocative short story featuring characters from her debut The Girl in the Photograph is set in the...
 
 

The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
Spanning the lives of a couple (and their friends, lovers and family) over several decades from Cambridge undergraduates to old age with an affection for the characters that drips off...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2015. November 2015 Book of the Month. An enchanting and engaging novel containing two poignant...
 
 

Christmas Ever After
Sarah Morgan
With a magical sprinkling of snow and Christmas cheer, this is a warm and enticing romance. Christmas Ever After is the third novel in the ‘Puffin Island’ trilogy, Skylar and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Heart of Winter
Emma Hannigan
This follows the development of the country house Huntersbrook begun in Driving Home for Christmas where the family of three siblings and their appendages discovered from their mother that...
 
 

According to Yes
Dawn French
November 2015 Book of the Month. 21st century family life - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - delivered head on by...
 
 

The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas
Carole Matthews
Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers' Club have more to worry about than present shopping ... Can friendship overcome all in The...
 
 

The Twelve Dates of Christmas The Complete Novel
Lisa Dickenson
Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, it's a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what's been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny...
 
 

A Merry Mistletoe Wedding
Judy Astley
It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Day! Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss...
 
 

I Refuse
Per Petterson
Estranged friends for 35 years meet accidentally on a bridge in Oslo. This extraordinary novel looks at the rest of that day set against their past friendship in the 60s...
 
 

Those Were the Days
Sir Terry Wogan, OBE
Tales of love, loss and friendship from a national treasure. Join Tom as he reminisces about the places he's been, the people he has met and the laughter and the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Christmas Cafe
Amanda Prowse
The Christmas Cafe is a perfect Christmas treat, with some unexpected and surprising stops along the way. In the prologue, 52 year old Bea sits beside her husband’s hospital bed,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
One of our Books of the Year 2015. November 2015 Debut of the Month....
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2015. December 2015 Book of the Month. Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring...
 
 

Saints and Sailors
Pam Rhodes
A comfortable, entertaining read, ’Saints and Sailors’ is the fourth in the ‘Dunbridge Chronicles’, following the career of curate, now vicar Neil Fisher and the characterful folk that surround...
 
 

A Wedding at Christmas
Chrissie Manby
If you love curling up in a comfy chair to a Christmas novel filled with family, positivity and cheer (with an occasional dose of reality), then look no further. The...
 
 

A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Rachel Joyce
Seven stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping...
 
 
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