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June 2012

One Day
David Nicholls
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012. One of Richard Bacon's favourite books. A 2011...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2010
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My Song : A Memoir of Art, Race & Defiance
Harry Belafonte
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 5 June 2012. From his impoverished childhood in Harlem and Jamaica, through his meteoric rise as an international calypso star, provocative crossover into Hollywood where he broke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/05/2012
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Sacrilege
S. J. Parris
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 5 June 2012. We loved her debut Heresy, with the ex-monk turned secret agent Giordano Bruno and the follow up historical mystery, Sacrilege, is just as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/04/2012
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The Good Book A Secular Bible
A. C. Grayling
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 4 June 2012. Offers a non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world's great religions. This title covers: Genesis ; Proverbs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/04/2011
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'International Author of the Year' 2012. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2012. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
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A Trick I Learned from Dead Men
Kitty Aldridge
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2012. Sometimes sad, often hilarious and ultimately tragic and deeply moving, A Trick I Learned from Dead Men is a pitch perfect small masterpiece from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/07/2012
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012. Matilda's parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the stupid ones. Matilda is determined to get...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2011
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Johnson's Life of London : The People Who Made the City That Made the World
Boris Johnson
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012. This sparkling new history of London, told through a relay-race of great Londoners shows in one, personality-packed book that the ingenuity, diversity, creativity and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2011
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May 2012

Young Elizabeth the Making of Our Queen
Kate Williams
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 31 May 2012. Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young Queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the twentieth century. Her monarchy would be a very...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/05/2012
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Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012. With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/05/2012
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Peaches for Monsieur le Cure
Joanne Harris
June 2012 Book of the Month. A fascinating novel. In one way comforting, as you find yourself back in the village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes for a third time (Chocolat and The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/05/2012
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The Diamond Queen : Elizabeth II and Her People
Andrew Marr
With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch and to the monarchy, chronicling the Queen's pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
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Jeremy Deller Joy in People
Ralph Rugoff, Rob Young, Stuart Hall
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 May 2012. Published on the occasion of Jeremy Deller's survey exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, this is the first book to cover the career of this important British artist.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2011
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I Know This Much: From Soho to Spandau
Gary Kemp
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 May 2012. A warts and all tale of Gary Kemp's life, from his early years spent trying to kill his little brother, Martin, through the hedonistic 80’s, riding high in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/04/2010
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City of Dreadful Night
Peter Guttridge
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 May 2012. It's only a matter of time before past and present collide . . .
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/03/2011
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A World I Loved The Story of an Arab Woman
Wadad Makdisi Cortas
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 May 2012. Written with eloquence, compassion, and fierce intelligence, The World I Loved takes us on an unforgettable journey through twentieth-century Lebanon.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2009
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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
James Runcie
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 May 2012. From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/05/2012
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The Humorist
Russell Kane
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. The coruscatingly original debut novel from one of Britain's best young comedians.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/04/2012
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Silver Return to Treasure Island
Andrew Motion
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. Featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and stories of love, valour and terrible cruelty, Silver is a worthy sequel to Treasure Island - one of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/03/2012
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March 2012

Various Pets Alive and Dead
Marina Lewycka
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2012
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Double Cross The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Ben Macintyre
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 March 2012. They were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved countless lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2012
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Dead Rich
Louise Fennell
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 March 2012. Dead Rich is a black comedy, a cautionary tale for our times.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/02/2012
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All Cheeses Great and Small : A Life Less Blurry
Alex James
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 March 2012. This is the story of Alex James's transition from a leading light of the Britpop movement in the 1990s, to gentleman farmer, artisan cheese-maker and father of five.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
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Capital
John Lanchester
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 March 2012. Capital is a post-crash state-of-the nation novel told with compassion and humour, featuring a cast...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
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The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
Sue Townsend
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 March 2012. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone refuses to be the person everyone expects them...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
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Black by Design: A 2-tone Memoir
Pauline Black
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. Weaving her rise to fame and recollections of the 2-tone phenomenon with her moving search for her birth parents, Black By Design is a funny and enlightening...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
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Beyond the Bounty (Quick Reads)
Tony Parsons
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. A World Book Day 2012 Quick Read. From the number one bestselling author comes a swashbuckling tale of mutiny and murder in paradise ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
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Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Alain de Botton
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing peculiar doctrines or doing away with consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last Alain de...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2012
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Waiting for Sunrise
William Boyd
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. A thrilling, plot-twisting new novel set in Europe during the first world war, from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms.
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/02/2012
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The Man Who Forgot His Wife
John O'farrell
March 2012 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. John O’Farrell’s novels are consistently funny, poking a stick at middle clash angst and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/03/2012
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An African Love Story: Love, Life and Elephants
Dame Daphne Sheldrick
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. A typical day for Daphne involves rescuing baby elephants from poachers, finding homes for orphan elephants, all the while campaigning against the possibility that the ivory trade might...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
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February 2012

War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 March 2012. Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2011
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Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World
Simon Callow
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012. Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a sparkling biography that explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2012
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December 2011

Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011. Funny, acute, fierce and celebratory, this is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2011
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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
Countess of Carnarvon
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011. This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2011
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Sapphire Battersea
Jacqueline Wilson
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011. With Jacqueline Wilson's trademark wit and humour, she has once again delivered a wonderfully moving story of life for a foundling, Hetty Feather, in Victorian London. In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2011
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Blood Line
Lynda La Plante
Under the watchful eye of DCS James Langton, DCI Anna Travis takes charge of an investigation for the first time. But is it purely a missing person's case - or a full blown murder enquiry? An ominous pool of blood...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/06/2011
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The House of Silk : The New Sherlock Holmes Novel
Anthony Horowitz
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012. November 2011 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 December 2011. Shortlisted for the Galaxy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2011
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Stranger Magic
Marina Warner
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 December 2011. With startling originality and impeccable research, this groundbreaking book shows how magic, in the deepest sense, helped to create the modern world, and how profoundly it is still...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2011
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The Magic of Reality : How We Know What's Really True
Richard Dawkins
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 December 2011. What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Have you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
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Many Lives
Stephanie Beacham
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 December 2011. A rather different star-studded yet spiritual autobiography. From Hollywood to Corrie via Shakespeare and Celebrity Big Brother, Stephanie Beacham really has been there and done that. In this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2011
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November 2011

Mary Boleyn : 'The Great and Infamous Whore'
Alison Weir
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 November 2011. In this, the first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the facts about one of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2011
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You Can't Say That : Memoirs
Ken Livingstone
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 November 2011. Written in Livingstone's unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2011
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Teacher's Dead
Benjamin Zephaniah
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 November 2011. If the first page doesn’t make you want to read on then this isn’t the book for you. It’s violent and to the point – it’s psychological suspense...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2007
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The Importance of Being Myrtle
Ulrika Jonsson
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. When Myrtle's husband, Austin, dies on the bus one morning, everything seems to freeze. But in reality Myrtle has been frozen for nearly forty years, locked into an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
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Even My Ears are Smiling
Michael Rosen
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s wonderfully touching and witty poems take readers through many familiar family moments such as Dad loosing his glasses in 'Where are his Glasses?'...
Format: Mixed media product - Released: 03/10/2011
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The Faithless
Martina Cole
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. October 2011 Book of the Month. The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/10/2011
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Perfect People
Peter James
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011. John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2011
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A Dancer in Wartime One Girl's Journey from the Blitz to Sadler's Wells
Gillian Lynne
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011. This is a portrait of a wartime childhood like no other. Eye-opening, inspiring and moving, it charts the struggles and joys of reaching for the top of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2011
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The Fear Index
Robert Harris
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011. Robert Harris' latest book is gripping, compelling and unsettlingly a little too close to the truth. Set entirely over the course of a single day, The Fear Index...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2011
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Gillian Lynne 
Peter James 
Robert Harris 
Martina Cole 
Ulrika Jonsson 
Michael Rosen 
Ken Livingstone 
Alison Weir 
Benjamin Zephaniah 
Richard Dawkins 
Marina Warner 
Stephanie Beacham 
Anthony Horowitz 
P. D. James 
Lynda La Plante 
Jacqueline Wilson 
Countess of Carnarvon 
Jeanette Winterson 
Claire Tomalin 
Simon Callow 
David Nicholls 
Michael Morpurgo 
William Boyd 
Tony Parsons 
John O'Farrell 
Dame Daphne Sheldrick 
Alain de Botton 
Pauline Black 
John Lanchester 
Sue Townsend 
S. J. Watson 
Ben Macintyre 
Louise Fennell 
Alex James 
Andrew Motion 
Marina Lewycka 
Russell Kane 
James Runcie 
Wadad Makdisi Cortas 
Peter Guttridge 
Gary Kemp 
Joanne Harris 
Andrew Marr 
Andrew Roberts 
Hilary Mantel 
Boris Johnson 
Philippa Gregory 
Kitty Aldridge 
Daniel Kahneman 
Caitlin Moran 
A. C. Grayling 
S. J. Parris 
Harry Belafonte