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When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
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
The Girls by Lisa Jewell
The Girls
Lisa Jewell
May 2016 Book of the Month. A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
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
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
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
Unrivalled by Alyson Noel
Unrivalled
Alyson Noel
May 2016 Book of the Month. Oozing with ambition, glamour and more ruthless Hollywood backstabbing than you can shake a designer stiletto at, this is the sassy first instalment of Alyson Noël’s Beautiful Idols series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2016
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month. This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page colour illustrations that exude the feel-good...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016

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
Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
Keep Me Posted
Lisa Beazley
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An entertaining, perceptive and sharply witty debut, this is a novel that will have you cringing one minute and smiling the next. Sisters Cassie and Sid, separated by half the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks
Beneath the Surface
Heidi Perks
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An emotional and tense tale of family drama and intrigue. When she was 17, Abigail’s two young half-sisters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
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 Madam by Jaime Raven
The Madam
Jaime Raven
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A fierce and provocative read, where a young woman released from prison is hellbent on revenge. 27 year old Lizzie was framed for a murder she didn't commit, in prison...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
Don't You Cry
Mary Kubica
May 2016 eBook of the Month. A tale that creeps under your skin, worms its way into your thoughts, and spins to an all consuming end. I’ve devoured Mary Kubica’s other novels, and personally, this is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
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
Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy
Remember My Name
Abbey Clancy
May 2016 eBook of the Month. A light, flirty and oh, so much fun, debut novel by model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy. 22 year old Jess, a party entertainer from Liverpool has always dreamed of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Unexpected Everything
Morgan Matson
Super-focused Andie has her future mapped-out. She knows what she wants (to go to med school) and how to get it. But when her plans to do an internship over the summer break are scuppered by a scandal surrounding her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
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
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You
Jojo Moyes
A gifted, high achiever walks out of his flat one morning and gets hit by a taxi. We pick up on him a few years later when he is finding it impossible to accept and adapt to his paraplegic life....
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
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
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to Natalie and in one summer her life changes beyond all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
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
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family and the meaning of love. We think it is one of the Debuts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
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
Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge
Game of Scones
Samantha Tonge
Set on the Greek Island of Kos, this is light, flirty and fun, in other words, a lovely ‘escape from it all’ read. When she was younger, Pippa adored her holidays in the village of Taxos, where she found friends,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
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
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
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 Chocolate Lovers' Wedding by Carole Matthews
The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding
Carole Matthews
The ladies of The Chocolate Lovers' Club should be gearing up for Lucy and Aiden's wedding but life keeps getting in the way ...Lucy can't wait to marry the love of her life but money worries are distracting her. Should...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick
Under a Cornish Sky
Liz Fenwick
For fans of Judy Finnigan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spell-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast. In Under a Cornish Sky Liz Fenwick weaves another deliciously irresistible tale set in the heart of her beloved...
Format: Paperback - 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
One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino
One Summer in Venice
Nicky Pellegrino
In the maze of Venice's canals, bridges and piazzas, one woman sets herself a goal to find the ten things that could be the key to her happiness. Once she's found them, she'll construct a new life around her ten...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier
Reader, I Married Him
Tracy Chevalier
A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. Edited by Tracy Chevalier, this collection brings together some of the finest...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Gessami Residence by Jane L. Gibson
The Gessami Residence
Jane L. Gibson
A gentle, warm story of friendship, love and making the most out of life. This is a slightly different offering by Jane L. Gibson to her previous fantasy romance ‘A Different Reflection’. ‘The Gessami Residence’ is a pleasant, occasionally cheeky...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe
Milly Johnson
Winner Romantic Comedy Category - Romantic Novel of the Year 2016. They say revenge is sweet and there’s nothing sweeter than chocolate! Cheryl, Connie and Della, respectively in their 30’s,...

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 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...

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Reader Reviewed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Set in a society in...

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 Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson

The Woman Who Upped and Left
Fiona Gibson
‘The Woman Who Upped and Left’ is an entertaining and effortlessly readable novel. The first paragraph had me chortling and I settled in with a smile. 43 year old Audrey...

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...

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...

Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello

Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
Jane Costello
You know what you are getting when you pick up a new Jane Costello and this new one certainly delivers all that it should. With a great setting (Lake Windemere)...

The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

Reader Reviewed The Way We Were
Sinead Moriarty
A gorgeous loveable book, to make you cry, smile and even, with perfect timing, roar with laughter. Alice, Dan, and their two daughters are a practically perfect family, when the...

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 Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be...

No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one...

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2016 Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even...

Who's That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane

Reader Reviewed Who's That Girl
Mhairi McFarlane
April 2016 Book of the Month. One kiss and your world falls apart, and you didn’t even instigate it! So this is Edie’s problem and the...

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...

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...

The Rest of My Life by Sheryl Browne

The Rest of My Life
Sheryl Browne
‘The Rest Of my Life’ is a lovely, compassionate and on occasion, sizzlingly steamy romance. Adam has a past that has left him ‘once bitten, twice shy’, Sienna has finished...

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...

A Good Catch by Fern Britton

Reader Reviewed A Good Catch
Fern Britton
Four young people, friends since school, are the main players in this fine portrayal of families and their secrets. The young don’t always make the right choices and with...

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...

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence
Alice Oseman
March 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Frances’ life has been mapped out since forever. She’s set on reading English Literature at...

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...

The Weekend Wives by Christina Hopkinson

The Weekend Wives
Christina Hopkinson
Three women meet at a party and bond over the fact that they spend too much time without husbands. Only one is truly a ‘weekend’ wife for the other two...

The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan

Reader Reviewed The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
Winner Epic category Romantic Novel of the Year 2016 . Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author...

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...

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic to the Rescue
Sophie Kinsella
Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is on a major rescue mission! Hollywood was full of surprises, and now she's on a road trip to Las Vegas to help her friends and...

Broken Sky by L. A. Weatherly

Broken Sky
L. A. Weatherly
March 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Broken Sky is the stunning start to ‘The Broken Trilogy’, an intriguing and wonderful mix...

Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by...

Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Sleepless in Manhattan
Sarah Morgan
Another gorgeously seductive and satisfying romance from Sarah Morgan, if you are a fan, then ‘Sleepless in Manhattan’ will not disappoint. This is the first in the ‘From Manhattan With...

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

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

Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

Not Quite Nice
Celia Imrie
Sunday Times Bestseller Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her house and moves to a picture-perfect...

Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed 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...

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
Jonathan Evison
Career girl (brief) Wife (fifty-five years); mother of two now widowed, Harriet discovers that her late husband had been planning an Alaskan cruise. Ignoring the advice of her children and...

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

Reader Reviewed The Dress
Kate Kerrigan
Ahh, what a lovely charming book this is, all the more so due to the sharp, genuine tones of realism that lie at the heart of The Dress. New York...

The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
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...

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