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Great Reads You May Have Missed 2012

Great Reads You May Have Missed

2012 was a fantastic year for new title publishing. So many good books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of readers missed a few. Below are favourites chosen by our book experts. We hope you enjoy the selection.

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A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
     

The Man Who Forgot His Wife
John O'farrell
October 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. John O’Farrell’s novels are consistently funny, poking a stick at middle class angst and embarrassing social situations....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/10/2012
     

Between a Mother and Her Child
Elizabeth Noble
September 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A novel concentrating on the terrible effect of the death of a teenage boy on his family....
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2012
     

Sacrilege
S. J. Parris
August 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. We loved her debut Heresy, with the ex-monk turned secret agent Giordano Bruno and the follow...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/08/2012
     

Care of Wooden Floors
Will Wiles
Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2013. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' 2012. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2012
     

Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues
Trisha Ashley
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Witty, down to earth, heart-warming and, if it's your thing, absolutely irresistible. When she inherits a shoe shop in the rural backwater of Sticklepond, Tansy Poole runs away from a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
     

A Rural Affair
Catherine Alliott
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Catherine Alliott is at her sparkling and brilliant best in this her latest feel-good read. Full of her trademark wit and characters you feel instantly drawn to. Perfect to curl...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
     

At Last
Edward St. Aubyn
April 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. At Last is a masterpiece of glittering dark comedy and profound emotional truth. If you haven't already...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2012
     

The Last Summer
Judith Kinghorn
May 2012 MEGA Debut of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. An enchanting, sweeping debut of big storytelling, of social and political change spanning the First World...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
     

The Kashmir Shawl
Rosie Thomas
March 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Winner of the RNA Epic Romantic Novel Award 2012. Characters and settings are beautifully portrayed in this dramatic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2012
     

Splinter
Sebastian Fitzek
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. An insanely fast-paced, utterly unputdownable psychological thriller from a German bestseller. What if we could permanently erase our most terrifying experiences from memory? And what could go wrong? Early in this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2011
     

Reader Reviewed Tom-All-Alone's
Lynn Shepherd
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Described by the author as an homage to Charles Dickens but also an incredibly well researched and re-imagined, gripping Victorian murder mystery based on his classic Bleak House. Where...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
     

Secrets of the Tides
Hannah Richell
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A sensitive, convincing and beautifully written novel. Full of descriptive power, it defines the beginnings and consequences of a family tragedy - from love and guilt to the difference between...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2012
     

Friends and Rivals
Tilly Bagshawe
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Third in her glitzy ‘bonk-buster’ series and like the first two, Fame and Scandalous, Friends and Rivals is a fantastic escapist read full of impossibly beautiful people, fueled...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2012
     

Split Second
Cath Staincliffe
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A group of rowdy kids on a bus, things sound nasty, they turn on a black boy, chase him off, a stranger intervenes and two boys are injured. This absolutely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2012
     

The Virgin Cure
Ami McKay
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A beguiling and disturbing story set in 1871 New York where poverty and decadence are unhappy, but necessary bedfellows. Moth, the 12 year old central character, is sold into prostitution...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2012
     

Solace
Belinda McKeon
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. With some absolutely stunning rave reviews from established authors Solace is as tender as it is heartbreaking and a brilliant debut from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. Solace...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
     

The Perfect Location
Kate Forster
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Three glamorous actresses gliding through a life lived on the silver screen. One Hollywood Blockbuster. An intricate web of passionate pasts, addictions, lovers and secrets, perfect for fans of
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
     

The Absolutist
John Boyne
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. From the hugely successful author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes The Absolutist, a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
     

The Chaperone
Laura Moriarty
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. I am reminded of the 20s musical number "Anything Goes" here, for in "The Chaperone" it certainly does. This is 20s New York, the girl being chaperoned is the young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
     

15 Seconds
Andrew Gross
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. If you love fast-paced, topical thrillers that you simply can't put down, then Andrew Gross and especially 15 Seconds is a great place to go. Pulled over by a traffic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
     

The Secrets Between Us
Louise Douglas
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Louise's books (this is her third) go from strength to strength. The Secrets Between Us is an exciting modern day gothic story full of drama, suspense, romance and quite a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
     

A Place Called Armageddon
C. C. Humphreys
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Meticulous research, brilliant characterisation, compelling storytelling and stunning battle sequences bring this epic novel about one of Western civilisation's most traumatic events, the Fall of Constantinople, to life. From the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2012
     

Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke
Peter Benson
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Sarah Broadhurst is waxing lyrical about this haunting and mysterious coming of age story from an award winning author. It is a tale of adventure with as many twists...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2012
     

The Chill of Night
James Hayman
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Hayman's first novel, 'The Cutting', introduced us to detective Michael McCabe, recently moved to Portland, Maine, with his young daughter. It was a good read but very much a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2012
     

Women of a Dangerous Age
Fanny Blake
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Publisher turned author Fanny Blake has written another insightful, funny, addictive read that women will totally understand and men would do well to read in order to learn more about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
     

Absolution
Patrick Flanery
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2012. This is a very confident debut novel that manages to be literary yet a page-turner at the same time. The author has said...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
     

The End of the Wasp Season
Denise Mina
Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Barry Forshaw on Denise Mina and P. M. Hubbard... The parallels between the vivid and strikingly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
     

Last Man in Tower
Aravind Adiga
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. The compelling, complex and multi-layered novel from Aravind Adiga is his first after The White Tiger which won the Booker in 2008. A suspense-filled story of money and power,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2012
     

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices
Jenny Eclair
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. With rave reviews from authors and comedians alike Life, Death and Vanilla Slices from Jenny Eclair, the ultimate Grumpy Old Woman,is a brilliant black comedy. A compelling family drama littered...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
     

The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals
Wendy Jones
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. This charming and beautifully told debut novel, set in 1920s rural Wales, follows Wilfred Price, a young and emotionally confused undertaker! Strange as the choice of setting and characters may...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
     

A Foreign Country
Charles Cumming
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. This is another first-rate crime novel, perfect for fans of John le Carre, from an author who is establishing himself as the pre-eminent writer of the modern spy thriller....
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/03/2012
     

A Perfectly Good Man
Patrick Gale
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. The perfectly good man of the title is a Cornish vicar who is asked, by a wheelchair-bound young man, to witness his suicide. We then follow the vicar's life, non-chronologically,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
     

The House of Silk The New Sherlock Holmes Novel
Anthony Horowitz
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Crime & Thriller of the Year' 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012. The first official new Sherlock Holmes mystery, written by global bestseller...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2012
     

Birthdays for the Dead
Stuart MacBride
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012. Grim, gritty and totally compelling, Stuart MacBride draws you in then you are up all night! In this stand alone novel dark secrets compromise...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/08/2012
     

By Light Alone
Adam Roberts
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. In a world where we have been genetically engineered so that we can photosynthesise sunlight with our hair hunger is a thing of the past, food an indulgence. The poor...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/06/2012
     

The Somnambulist
Essie Fox
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' 2012. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 12 February 2012. This debut novelist's coming of age story...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2012
     

Catching the Sun
Tony Parsons
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A new start for a family in the seedy beauty of Phuket in Thailand, set against man-made and natural disasters. Full of trademark Parsons characters that are fully formed, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
     

Brighton Belle A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Brighton Rock mixed with Charlotte Gray and a twist of Agatha Christie make for the perfect recipe in this new post WW2 crime series. Mirabelle Bevan worked for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2012
     

The Thread
Victoria Hislop
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012. This is the enthralling new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
     


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About this category

Each year thousands of new titles are published and each month we select around 60 that we feel our members and browsers will enjoy as much as we do.

 

More often than not they are not the obvious bestsellers but bubbling under and debuts.

 

Below, after much debate in the office, and the help of our resident book experts Sarah Broadhurst and Sue Baker, are the ones we think are the best of the year. 

 

Almost all of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks for both kindle and iPad.


 

So, browse away and make sure you haven't missed out on our 'must reads' of 2012.

 

Don't forget too, that it's worth checking out other areas of the Lovereading site for little gems that we've featured over the last year.  

As well as our unrivalled selections of fiction, over 2012 we have added non fiction expert reviews to make Lovereading the one stop shop for finding your next read in whatever format you choose.  Here are some suggestions to take a peek at:  For armchair sports books there’s nowhere better than our Sports Books selection, if it's topicality you're looking for then take a look at The Real World or if it's History or Popular Science then we can guide you in those areas too.

For Home birds we have Cookery and Gardening.  Finally, if you're still stuck then our most visited area of the site is a must for you to look at - Book Awards - it's positively choking with stunning reads.

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