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Books of the Month

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson
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 murder (or does it?). Our hero, Smitty, a black girl,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Turning Point by Freya North
The Turning Point
Freya North
April 2016 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
April 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Cecelia Ahern’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood
The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month. Absolutely enchanting, and not in a sugary syrupy sweet way, oh no, instead this is earthy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2016
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
April 2016 Book of the Month. Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
Who's That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane
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 start of a light, highly infectious, delightful read from Mhairi...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
April 2016 Book of the Month. What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
April 2016 Book of the Month. This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty
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 unthinkable happens, their world is thrown into chaos. Each chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
A Good Catch by Fern Britton
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 domineering fathers and big profits at stake they bend to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
April 2016 Debut of the Month. A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis
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 in England, however fate isn't prepared to hold her hand....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Art of Waiting by Christopher Jory
The Art of Waiting
Christopher Jory
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 means a novel just about war, it is rather, an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
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 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 her degree and is attempting to write a screenplay, she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
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 an unsettling and riveting read. Jules’s life was altered forever...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
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, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
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) and great characters centring on three single girls there is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
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 keeps a distance and attempts to save his marriage, Louise...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2015
The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil
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 literary competition, and this is a competition with a difference....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
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 Pepper is genuinely engaging, she is divorced, rushes around after...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
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, 40’s and 50’s could be your neighbours, colleagues or relatives....
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy
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 that asks… just how far would you go in order...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
Fishbowl
Bradley Somer
A dive in head first and refuse to come up for air book - it’s unique, clever and quite quite wonderful. If at first you just dip your toe in and wonder where on earth you're being taken, don't bail...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
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
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Improbability of Love
Hannah Rothschild
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 and hurt - revealing the lows to which human...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/05/2015
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 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 homes and hearts of ordinary people, their families and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016

Last Month'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...

Precocious by Joanna Barnard

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and fascinating read. Fiona reconnects...

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

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,...

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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...

Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith

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...

Let's Compromise and Say I'm Right Calman on Love & Relationships by Mel Calman

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...

Our Song by Dani Atkins

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 Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month. A remarkably touching and quite, quite...

Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

Strictly Between Us
Jane Fallon
This is a sharp, edgy and amusing foray into the relationship world. The marriage in question is Michelle and Patrick’s, however it is Tamsin, Michelle’s best friend, who tells the story....

Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman

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,...

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

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...

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Reader Reviewed Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping...

We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

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...

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

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...

Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny

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...

Ferney by James Long

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...

How Hard Can Love be? by Holly Bourne

Reader Reviewed How Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
February 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Holly Bourne’s new novel demonstrates...

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Reader Reviewed All the Rage
Courtney Summers
February 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. A deeply powerful novel for...

Black to White by Sam Hayward

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...

The Faithful Couple by A. D. Miller

The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
February 2016 Book of the Month. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's...

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

Reader Reviewed A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month. A comforting, delightful tale about taking...

A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde

A Vintage Wedding
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month. Three women come together, pool their...

The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry

Reader Reviewed The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
February 2016 Book of the Month. An enchanting and engaging novel containing...

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

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,...

Time to Say Goodbye by S. D. Robertson

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,...

Scary Old Sex by

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...

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

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...

The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After by Jenny Colgan

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.

The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan

Reader Reviewed The Perfect Gift
Emma Hannigan
Lovely, warm and engaging, 'The Perfect Gift’ is just that, a delightful treat of a book. Loveable, spirited Roisin always knew she was adopted, she came back home to start...

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

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...

Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse

Reader Reviewed Perfect Daughter
Amanda Prowse
A 2016 World Book Night selection. 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,...

Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy

Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A rich oligarch's path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story, and that of the beautiful...

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