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Teen/Young Adult

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the preparation, the family entanglements, the background to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2014
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Amnesia
Peter Carey
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
One of our Books of the Year 2014. November 2014 Book of the Month. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Good Life
Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month. Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never free... especially if you are already married and fall in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of Austen’s classics so Joanna Trollope did Pride and Prejudice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Reader Reviewed No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
October 2014 Book of the Month. A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that. It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace. Seven...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed Wars of the Roses: Trinity
Conn Iggulden
October 2014 Book of the Month. The second instalment following Stormbird. It is 1454, Henry VI is ill. Richard of York is Regent in conflict with Queen Margaret who is determined her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
October 2014 Book of the Month. The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
Rachel Joyce
While Harold Fry was walking up through England with his media circus (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry), Queenie preparing to die, was hanging on for him. This is what she did while she waited in her Catholic hospice....
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
October 2014 eBook of the Month. If you're an armchair detective it’s always satisfying when you have a lightbulb moment but you might find this particular lightbulb a canny...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2014
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The Age of Magic
Ben Okri
We haven’t had a new Ben Okri for some five years so this is something of a celebration. Sadly it is not quite magical enough, not in the same league as his magnificent The Famished Road. Charmingly written with an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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The Secret Lives of People in Love Includes the Award-Winning Collection Love Begins in Winter
Simon Van Booy
Everyone has the ability to make words… how Van Booy is able to arrange them so simply into such excruciatingly exquisite stories is quite simply breathtaking. The stories draw you in, whether you are reading about a man, a woman,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Christmas for One
Amanda Prowse
If you have not discovered Amanda Prowse yet you are in for a treat. This is part of her No Greater Love series and tells of a single mum trying to get Christmas perfect for her young son. Whether she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
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A Proper Family Christmas
Chrissie Manby
Christmas comes but once a year ...thank goodness! So keep calm this festive season and treat yourself to the warm, wonderful new novel from Chrissie Manby. The perfect festive stocking-filler!
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Christmas Surprise
Jenny Colgan
This continues the lives of Rosie Hopkins and her fiancé Stephen which gives you a good update at the front of the book so you could start the story here, only it would be better to begin with Welcome...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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The Christmas Party
Carole Matthews
Another great romp from this fab author. The party of the title is an office party in a very posh country house hotel with no expense spared, including a free bar all night! Most of our action is concentrated on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
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Miss Carter's War
Sheila Hancock
The actress’s first novel, we know she can write from her autobiographical work, the award-winning The Two of Us about her life with John Thaw amongst them. This is a chronicle of English society through the second half of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Of Winter's Cost
Geoff Akers
Oh my word! This is an impactive, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time, that of oppression and genocide. Simply and starkly told, this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2013
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Damage
Felix Francis
September 2014 Book of the Month. The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
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The Monogram Murders
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. The bestselling novelist of all time. The world's most famous detective. The literary event of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
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An Event in Autumn
Henning Mankell
Fans of Kurt Wallander are in for an unexpected treat as they probably thought they had read the last about this popular detective. This short book was published many years ago in Holland in response to a ploy to get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Children Act
Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
September 2014 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in the Second World War. If you are wanting a happy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
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Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
One of our Books of the Year 2014. August 2014 Book of the Month. Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
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I Will Marry George Clooney (by Christmas)
Tracy Bloom
This is a brand new very funny Christmas novel, from the bestselling author of No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday and Single Woman Seeks Revenge. There comes a time in every woman's life when the only answer is to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
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Us
David Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2014
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The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If new to him then be prepared to be blown away....
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2014
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Biography/History/Real World
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More Fool Me
Stephen Fry
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A third volume of autobiography from Stephen Fry, at its heart is a frank admission of his cocaine fuelled life in the 80’s and 90’s. Wrapping...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Confessions of a Ghostwriter
Andrew Crofts
Slip into a secret world, one of suggestive snippets of information and intrigue; time hop through the career of a ghostwriter who has led a life possibly more varied and interesting than some of those he writes memoirs for. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
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The Elementary Sherlock Holmes
Matthew E Bunson
Sherlock Holmes will be featured at a Museum of London exhibition this autumn and 2015 will see the return of the BBC TV series – what better time to brush up on your Sherlock Holmes knowledge. Matthew Bunson has compiled...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Chaser Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words
Dr. John W. Pilley, Hilary Hinzmann
The incredible story of Chaser the dog with owner, John Pilley claiming that she knows more than 1,000 words, not only recognising the names of hundreds of toys but also nouns and even sentences. As well as telling Chaser’s story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2014
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Drunk Tank Pink The Subconscious Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave
Adam Alter
Adam Alter takes his readers on a tour of the subconscious brain showing how we react to signals and stimuli such as colour without our being aware of what we are doing. Psychologists have found the colour referred to in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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A Gift from Bob
James Bowen
From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books A Street Cat Named Bob and The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Elizabeth Renaissance Prince
Lisa Hilton
'I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too.' Lisa Hilton's majestic biography of Elizabeth I, 'The Virgin Queen', provides vibrant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/11/2014
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Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer
Michael Smith
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A new perspective on one of history’s great heroes, with access to Shackleton’s original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith is able to present a fresh...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Life Story
Mike Gunton, Rupert Barrington
Life Story is a tale of survival, laying bare the extraordinary journey animals must make to achieve life's goal – to continue their bloodline. Whether learning new skills, finding a mate or protecting their young, everything they do is a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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So, Anyway...
John Cleese
Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a comedy giant. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Last Post Music, Remembrance and the Great War
Alwyn W. Turner
From that first traumatic remembrance service at 11am on 11th November 1919, the last post continues to be played to end the two minute silence, most famously at The Cenotaph. Alwyn Turner considers the history of the bugle, the music...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
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The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Year Zero A History of 1945
Ian Buruma
World War II might have officially ended in 1945 but the ongoing turmoil and retribution that Ian Buruma portrays is chilling. The violence of the aggressors, the violence too of the humiliated underdog, the rape and murder of German women...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria (recommended below) I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Walking the Border A Journey Between Scotland and England
Ian Crofton
November 2014 Book of the Month. Ian Crofton was born in Edinburgh and after a long career working away once again lives in Scotland, his new book contemplating the potential rupture of two...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2014
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Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Hopeful - An Autobiography
Omid Djalili
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Omid Djalili was born in the UK to Iranian parents and he has therefore a unique view of the 2 countries and their cultures. Besides being...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
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Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Nothing less than a history of humankind from when the first species known as “humans” evolved through to the modern day. Dealing with how and why humans became the dominant species, Yuval Noah Harari also seeks to show how our...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Dunkirk From Disaster to Deliverance - Testimonies of the Last Survivors
Sinclair McKay
The events of Dunkirk – the evacuation of the troops by the “little ships” has become part of the British myth. Here using commentary from the survivors together with archive material the story of Dunkirk is retold, bringing alive the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2014
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The Greatest Escape How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives from the Nazis - A Good Place to Hide
Peter Grose
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This true story should be heard, should be shouted from the rooftops, as not only is it completely gripping, fascinating and inspirational but there are also...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/07/2014
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Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove me to suicide. Now it’s time to tell the world the truth – I’m...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Our Life on Ice The Autobiography
Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean
When Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean collapsed to the ice at the climax of their routine to Bolero in the 1984 Winter Olympics, the judges could find no fault, awarding them 12 maximum scores of 6.0, while 24 million viewers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour On Retirement from Sport
Brian Moore
In What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour, acclaimed sports personality Brian Moore recalls the best and funniest stories from the world of rugby, calling on experiences from nearly a decade touring with the England and British Lions teams. Travelling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Test My Autobiography
Brian O'Driscoll
Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year 2014. This is the long-awaited autobiography of the greatest rugby player of our time: Brian O'Driscoll. Since 1999, when he made his international debut, there has been no greater player...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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A Man Walks on to a Pitch... Stories from a Life in Football
Harry Redknapp
A look back on a lifetime's experience in football, above all a look at what is right and wrong with the game – an informal history of Football. Harry Redknapp highlights the best teams he’s known, the best players and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Telegraph Book of Champions An Anthology of the Greats Throughout the Sporting Year
Martin Smith
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Taken from the Daily Telegraph archives, an anthology of sports writing that highlights the Greats. One hundred sports men and women feature in interviews, first-person accounts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Corridor of Certainty
Geoffrey Boycott
After a period of his life when a court case and then throat cancer threatened first his career and then his life, Geoffrey Boycott re-emerged as an apparently changed man - but how true had the caricatured image of him...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Rod Laver An Autobiography
Rod Laver
Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains one of the most powerful reputations in men’s tennis. He was World No 1 for seven years and the only player to achieve the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Food & Drink
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Paul Hollywood's British Baking
Paul Hollywood
Bakewells, Bannocks, Cornish Fairings, Dingle Pies, Welsh Cakes, Yorkshire Parkin . . . you don't get better than a traditional British bake.Join Paul Hollywood for a personal tour around the regions of Britain and discover the charming history of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Let's Eat Meat Recipes from Prime Cuts, Cheap Bits and Glorious Scraps of Meat
Tom Parker Bowles
Eat meat, but eat less and eat better is Tom Parker Bowles’s mantra, and in this collection of 120 meat recipes he shares everything from a traditional roast to street food which utilises the tiniest amount of meat to good...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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Spoonfuls of Honey A Complete Guide to Honey's Flavours & Culinary Uses With Over 80 Recipes
Hattie Ellis
During its life it’s thought a honey-bee collects enough pollen to make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey, how best then to use and appreciate this precious food? Hattie Ellis introduces us to the honeys of the world, some very...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Cook Now, Eat Later
Mary Berry
A boon for busy cooks, a reissue of Mary Berry’s invaluable Cook Now, Eat Later. She shows how to part-cook or freeze ahead and finish on the day, presenting a good range of basic recipes with plenty of tips and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Humour/Stocking Fillers
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The Shape of Shit to Come
Alan McArthur, Steve Lowe
What happened to the future we were promised – for good or ill - the personal jet packs and holidays on the moon? For the real future the authors have been scouring the science press, watching what the geeks are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Bookworms, Dog-Ears and Squashy Big Armchairs A Book Lover's Alphabet
Heather Reyes
Heather Reyes is an Ambassador for the cause of reading real books and buying them in real bookshops. Her informational book about books will remind you (if you need reminding) of the pleasures of reading, the delight in happenstance when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/11/2014
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We Should All be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name. An eBook short. What does feminism mean today? That is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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How to be Normal Advice for the Perplexed
Guy Browning
Normal people are extremely unusual. Think of all the people you know and ask yourself how many are normal. None of them! In fact you're probably the most normal of the lot and, let's face it, even you're not that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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A Very Courageous Decision The Inside Story of Yes Minister
Graham McCann
Graham McCann investigates why the BBC TV comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister were so successful. He looks at how the show’s writers, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn were inspired by real events, how the Civil Service and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
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Where's Boris?

Greetings citizens! Can you spot Boris? In an array of crowded scenes, from zip wires and bikes to Beijing and the Bullingdon Club, search for Boris amongst the masses. Anyone for wiff-waff? With oodles of in-jokes and bonus material to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Very Hungover Caterpillar
Emlyn Rees
From the bestselling authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt, comes another hilarious parody of a much-loved children's book. This time, we follow the quest of one man as he attempts to shake off his hangover, through eating whatever...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Best of Matt
Matt Pritchett
No one does it better...From recessions to royalty, the National Health Service to the national rail service and the lot of the beleaguered commuter, Matt reviews the last twelve months in his own utterly brilliant style. His daily cartoons are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The World According to Gogglebox
Gogglebox
Channel 4's show Gogglebox has become a true TV phenomenon. In its third series, it has struck a chord across the nation. Millions of people are now addicted to watching the much-loved cast's surprising and hilarious commentary on the week...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Dogs Hanging out of Windows

Ears flapping, eyes wide and nose twitching: a dog hanging out of a window is a spectacular sight. Capturing these moments of delight and canine curiosity, this book is an anthology of beautiful photographs of man's best friend in motion....
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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Top Tips for Life
David Harris
Life doesn't come with an instruction manual. But if it did, and if that manual was cobbled together in five minutes by a drunken idiot-genius, then it might look something like these crowd-sourced tips and ill-thought-out ideas. Covering everything from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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Mrs. Brown's A to Y of Everything
Brendan O'Carroll
Mrs. Brown's A to Y of Everything is Brendan O'Carroll's hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Mrs. Brown's Family Handbook. If there's one Mammy in the world who knows what's what, it's Mrs. Brown. Here, Agnes, star of the incredibly popular...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Tommy Cooper All in One Joke Book Book Joke, Joke Book
Tommy Cooper
My wife is a magician, yesterday she turned our car into a tree. A big white horse walks into a pub. The barman says, 'we have a drink named after you.' The horse says, 'what? Eric?' I said, 'waiter, what's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Plumdog
Emma Chichester Clark
Hello. My name is Plum and I'm a whoosell - that's whippet mixed with Jack Russell and poodle. I especially like swimming, leaping, catching, and croissants, and my favourite fragrance is fox poo. I live with Emma, an illustrator, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Iliad
Rosemary Sutcliff
A stunningly illustrated edition of Homer’s classic adventure story which has been vibrantly retold by the late Rosemary Sutcliff who adds her own story-telling magic to Homer’s original. The stories which led to the Greek’s siege of Troy, which include...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
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My True Love Gave to Me
Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, David Levithan
Romance isn’t dead – and it isn’t a soppy thing either! At least according to the twelve fabulous stories about love of all kinds that are included in this collection. Rainbow Rowell’s Midnights will strike a chord with all those...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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A Song for Ella Grey
David Almond
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning David Almond is at his lyrical best in this eloquent, tender and ultimately devastating contemporary teenage love story which draws lightly but to great effect on the story of Orpheus and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Divergent
Veronica Roth
Heart-pounding and thrilling urban dystopian fiction from an exciting young author. A No. 1 New York Times bestseller debut, Divergent is now available in this special collector's hardback edition, boasting 72 pages of bonus content. A novel of non-stop suspense...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Zom-B Family
Darren Shan
B Smith is discovering the true meaning of family. Another terrifying instalment, 9th in the 12 book series, from the master of horror.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
December 2014 Book of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2014 Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the Hush, Hush series, Black Ice is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame. The Players know who they are and they know which line...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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Dread Eagle
Alex Woolf
Adventurous steampunk at its very best, three cheers for the start to a fabulous new series that will leave you by the end of the book wanting many more....
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed Messenger of Fear
Michael Grant
Warning: if you only like lovely, gentle, sweet books, read this at your peril! This is painful, often uncomfortable, yet utterly fascinating… this is quite simply a novel to bury yourself in. Mara finds herself in a frightening new world,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
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The Hunted
Charlie Higson
Bestselling Charlie Higson’s sixth title in the ‘The Enemy’ series is as thrilling and chilling as its predecessors. In a world in which everyone over fourteen is struck down by a hideous illness which ravages their bodies and turns them...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it’s scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces with Richard, who is looking for his cousin Malley after...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
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The Third Chimpanzee On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal - for Young People
Jared Diamond
Simply and clearly told but not in the slightest simplistic, this intriguing book looks at the third chimpanzee (us…humans) and makes you really think about how we came to exist and what we are doing to ensure our existence continues....
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Divergent Series Box Set (Books 1-4 Plus World of Divergent)
Veronica Roth
No. 1 New York Times bestsellers Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant plus Four - A Divergent Collection and World of Divergent available as a set for the first time! A review for Divergent....This is a heart-pounding and thrilling urban dystopian fiction debut...
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If you're still stuck then our most visited area of the site is a must for you to look at - Prizewinners - it's positively choking with stunning reads.

 

Don't forget to visit our Signed 1st Editions category where you can enter prize draws to win some fantastic books.

 

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