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Books of the Month

I Hope You Dance
Beth Moran
December 2015 Book of the Month. An appealing, bitter-sweetly emotional tale about friendship and second chances. This is the second novel I’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2015
Reader Reviewed The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
December 2015 Book of the Month. 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....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

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 none other than comic genius Dawn French. Rosie, after a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
Reader Reviewed Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
November 2015 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Slow starting, slightly monotonous first-person monologue that builds into a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Reader Reviewed The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
November 2015 Book of the Month. An enchanting and engaging novel containing two poignant stories that fuse gradually into a captivating read. The flirty, lively prologue, full of society’s elite in 1961,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
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 passionate love stories of the 20th century. Click below...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/12/2015
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
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 him. ‘Saints and Sailors’ departs village life and sets sail...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2015
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 their home was under threat. They decided to turn it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 struggles of daily life as he made his way from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
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, this is an edition to be treasured by students and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/11/2015
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 couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
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 Bohemian forest-land to cresting the waves of the Aegean to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
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 and other points in their lives. Episodic, not in sequence,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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
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 Bensons return in their fourth story, however you don't need...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/11/2015
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, saying her final goodbye, I will admit, as I had...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 - a simple wedding, with Christmas lights and just a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas. Winner of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 Chocolate Lovers' Christmas? Find out in the fantastic new Christmas...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
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 Alec have previously been introduced in the series and have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed After You
Jojo Moyes
Jojo admits that this follow-up to Me Before You came as a result of popular demand. Fans wanted to know what happened to Lou after Will died. However if...

Don't Get Me Wrong
Marianne Kavanagh
October 2015 Book of the Month. A fascinating tale with a big heart that pulls you back and forth from...

Sworn Virgin
Elvira Dones
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...

The Christmas Surprise
Jenny Colgan
This continues the story of Rosie Hopkins, first introduced in Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams. Here Rosie and her fiancé Stephen are blissfully happy, Rosie is pregnant...

Between Sisters
Cathy Kelly
The sparkling new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Honey Queen and It Started with Paris. Meet the women of Delaney Square ...Cassie has spent...

A Few of the Girls
Maeve Binchy
From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical. But at the heart...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed 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...

Reader Reviewed Asking for it
Louise O'Neill
September 2015 Book of the Month. A courageous, unflinching and emotionally challenging novel, focusing on sexual consent and the issues surrounding social...

Reader Reviewed Seeing Other People
Mike Gayle
September 2015 Book of the Month. Clever and touching, this is a book about love, trust and the...

Reader Reviewed The Dress
Kate Kerrigan
September 2015 Book of the Month. Ahh, what a lovely charming book this is, all the more so due to the sharp,...

My Sister's Secret
Tracy Buchanan
A beautifully descriptive and cleverly intriguing read with a monumental secret lying buried at it’s heart. As Willow realises her memories of her childhood may be distorted, she begins a...

Reader Reviewed Lost & Found
Brooke Davis
September 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. A book to completely lose yourself in, this is a wonderful quirky little gem. Set...

Reader Reviewed The Tea Planter's Wife
Dinah Jefferies
September 2015 Book of the Month. Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. An exotically intense, vibrant and...

Reader Reviewed How to Get Ahead in Television
Sophie Cousens
September 2015 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. An amusing, wicked...

The Seasoning
Manon Steffan Ros
A novel to tease your senses and surprise your soul, this is a beautifully bittersweet read. Peggy’s son asks her to write her story, so she writes a recipe and...

Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers...

My Everything
Katie Marsh
September 2015 Debut of the Month. Hannah is waiting for her husband to come...

Whispers Through a Megaphone
Rachel Elliott
September 2015 Debut of the Month. A gentle, yet astute, edgy and absolutely delightful...

Letting You Go
Anouska Knight
An engaging romance where secrets held and truths untold dominate lives. Eight years ago, Alex Foster ran away from her family and the man in her life, now an unexpected...

The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea
Denis Theriault
A beautifully crafted and heartbreaking novel about friendship, love and loss from an award winning author. This was originally published in Canada in 2001 as L’iguane and was Denis Theriault’s...

The Revolving Door of Life A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the...

Indian Summer
Marcia Willett
A Devon country estate with the big house running into financial trouble and the younger brother, a retired actor, coming to the rescue. It is full of familiar characters from...

The First Thing You See
Gregoire Delacourt
The First Thing You See is a warm, witty novel about two fragile souls learning to look beyond the surface - for the first thing you see isn't always what...

Queen of Babble in the Big City
Meg Cabot
Disaster-prone Lizzie Nichols manages to put her foot in it again, in Queen of Babble in the Big City, the second in Meg Cabot's witty and romantic series.
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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Maeve Binchy 
Kate Saunders 
Anne Tyler 
Fannie Flagg 
Penny Vincenzi 
Sara Macdonald 
Joanna Trollope 
Tony Parsons 
Anna Maxted 
Kathy Lette 
Maria Beaumont 
Lily Prior 
Sue Townsend 
Jennifer Crusie 
Josephine Hart 
Julie Myerson 
Rebecca Shaw