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January 'Must Reads' all with free Opening Extracts

Dear Matt,

We are now well into January and, to help you to keep New Year's resolutions to read more, below we have all that's new and great in your chosen genres. A reminder too that we have profiles of over 1,500 authors and over 4,000 free Opening Extracts broken down by genre to dip into and help you find your next book or perhaps even try out a new author!

But first some of this month's special features.

 

AUTHOR OF THE MONTHAuthor of the Month Andrea Camilleri Andrea CamilleriThe Patience of the SpiderAuthor of the Month is the very Italian Andrea Camilleri, whose Inspector Montalbano novels wonderfully evoke the murky side of Sicily. We're featuring seven older titles and his new book, The Patience of the Spider: Still recovering from a gunshot wound, Montalbano has to penetrate a web of secrets to catch one of the strangest culprits he's ever hunted. If you love authors like Colin Dexter or Reginald Hill, you'll love this. MeltdownDebut of the Month is Meltdown, a slick, fast-paced thriller by journalist Martin Baker. Samuel Spendlove is a brilliant but bored academic, lured into the cut-throat world of high-finance by a dangerous media mogul. He's forced to go on the run when he stumbles upon a plot to bring down the world's financial markets. Colourful characters and a pleasingly complex plot make this a thoroughly enjoyable read. MeltdownBook of the Month is A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R J Ellory, an author who repeatedly refuses to be pinned to any particular genre. Violent murders place this book as a crime thriller, but Ellory's emotional range mark it out as much more. Proving that great minds think alike, this has also been picked out and earmarked for huge success as a Richard and Judy selection! Meltdown Next if you feel like a complete New Year makeover is in order, but know that quick fixes never work, then have a look at our 'New Year, New You' section. These books give you the knowledge to make changes to your life physically, intellectually and emotionally. pre pubsAnd finally be the first to read some exclusive pre-publication extracts this month, including The Love of My Life the debut novel from Louise Douglas - with Valentines Day looming this is one to pluck the heartstrings - and Tim Winton's new novel Breath is out in May. The author is over, from his home in Australia, to give his first talk about the book, at the end of January and Macmillan are offering free seats to this event - click here for more info. So download some free Opening Extracts from Lovereading and enjoy choosing the books that will make 2008 your most incredible, entertaining, mind-expanding and self-improving year yet.

 

new gen - Great Fiction for Teens and Young Adults Cathy's Book Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart Diary account of a young girl growing up in San Francisco. All of a sudden her best friend becomes angry with her and Victor her boyfriend dumps her. Nothing is quite as it seems however ...... £5.24 Save 25% Angels On Sunset Boulevard Melissa De La Cruz This novel will take the reader into an extraordinary world, a world that will capture the reader from the very first page with its unusual originality. It's glam, light-hearted yet mysterious .. £5.24 Save 25% Ways to Live Forever Sally Nicholls Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia... £5.99 Save 25% The Infinite Wisdom Of Harriet Rose Diana Janney Feisty heroine of the 21st century who will have massive appeal to young ladies and ladettes everywhere, This debut novel is quirky, highly original and will be devoured .... £5.24 Save 25% Broken Soup Jenny Valentine Rowan is sure that she didn't drop the negative that a boy presses into her hands but when her friend Bee offers to print it, Rowan's curiosity causes her to accept. Who was the boy? And what will the picture... £4.49 Save 25% The Bower Bird Ann Kelley Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2007. What the Judges said - "The world of life and death, beauty and truth seen through the eyes of a 12 year old girl. A rare and beautiful book of lasting quality -... £5.24 Save 25% The Gossip Girl Prequel : It Had to Be You Cecily Von Ziegesar If you have read any of the other Gossip Girl books then you will love this as it tells you how everything began, how the characters met and what they were like before becoming the socialising scandal .... £4.49 Save 25% Blood Red, Snow White Marcus Sedgwick Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2007. The true story of master storyteller Arthur Ransome provides the background for this large scale and absorbing story. As a young man, Ransome was a journalist and, some thought, a spy, in Russia... £7.49 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Crime / Whodunit' Books Last of The Good Guys John Carbone The author is very secretive about himself no doubt to add to the idea that he has lived in this world and is protecting his identity. Who cares whether he has or not because this is a brilliant book... £5.24 Save 25% Severed Simon Kernick A brilliant opening chapter and the pace is fast and furious throughout. Tyler wakes up in a room with a dead body and no recollection of how he got there and certainly no recollection of the events .. £5.24 Save 25% Silent in the Grave Deanna Raybourn This is the first in a new series of which we hope there are plenty more to come. Lady Julia Gray finds herself becoming an amateur detective after she discovers a far from natural death..... £5.24 Save 25% The Fire Baby Jim Kelly If you are looking for a new crime series with a nicely complicated investigator then this is for you. Philip Dryden is an investigative journalist, this is his second case. His first, The Water Clock was an award winner .... £5.24 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Literary / Contemporary' Books Homecoming Bernhard Schlink This shares some of the themes from The Reader, Schlinks highly successful novel from 10 years ago, dealing the "scars of history" in the wake of the Second World War. The main character goes on a journey to find out... £11.24 Save 25% What Was Lost Catherine O'flynn Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2007. Judges' comment: "Hugely compelling and inventive, it pulls the rug from under your feet from the very first page - O'Flynn reveals her clues tantalisingly in this poignant story of... £6.74 Save 25% The Pesthouse Jim Crace This is Jim Crace at his most accessible. With this carefully drawn novel, set in a post-apocalyptic America, he takes the reader through the most desperate circumstances, seemingly humdrum which, in fact, are the essential elements of existence:... £5.99 Save 25% The Book Thief Markus Zusak This is a coming-of-age, incredibly thought-provoking, beautifully written and utterly original book. The book thief in the story is a nine-year old girl but this incredible story will resonate with any teenager. It's 1939 in Nazi Germany and... £5.99 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Relationship Tales' Books Celebutantes Ruthanna Hopper, Amanda Goldberg What is interesting in this gossip-filled, bitch-rich tale is the appearance of numerous real celebs which makes it a bit different and very cleverly done. The authors are insiders, daughters of successful producers so the whole... £5.24 Save 25% Bright Lights and Promises Pauline McLynn As Mrs Doyle in Father Ted Pauline McLynn made us roll around laughing and as a novelist she has the same gift. This is a comedy, family drama and romantic novel all rolled in to one told with warmth and humour ... £5.24 Save 25% Small World Matt Beaumont Humour and pathos abound in this novel by Matt Beaumont. Each character tells their story in the first person, switching our perspective as the story moves along. This makes for quite a fast pace and also an interesting look at life... £7.5 Save 25% The Infidelity Chain Tess Stimson A story about adultery and the far reaching effects it has, although this isn't all doom and gloom. It is a story about people finding out what is really important, who they really are and the things that matter most.... £5.24 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Mystery / Thriller' Books The Woods Harlan Coben A great stand alone thriller from Harlan Coben with two plot lines to follow. One is the case that lawyer, Paul Copeland, is prosecuting now and the other the murder investigation he was involved in as a teenager. Thoroughly gripping,... £5.24 Save 25% The Shakespeare Secret J L Carrell Murders echoing Shakespeare's plots are the contemporary adventure in this book, and revelations from his life as its intriguing historical background. It's well-written, compulsive page-turning stuff... £5.24 Save 25% Meltdown Martin Baker January 2008 Debut of the Month. A slick fast paced financial thriller from a journalist turned novelist. Samuel Spendlove is a brilliant but bored academic lured into the world of high finance by a controlling media mogul in the mood... £7.5 Save 25% The Reincarnationist M J Rose A complete change from the last novel from this author,The Venus Fix. This book is almost like a gothic horror with it's themes of murder, greed, religion and love. The idea of reincarnation is dealt with in a very... £5.24 Save 25% A Quiet Belief in Angels R J Ellory January 2008 Book of the Month. Due to be reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 30 January 2008. I am championing this author. I think he is very special. His publisher claims he writes crime novels, and there certainly... £5.24 Save 25% The Patience of the Spider Andrea Camilleri Andre Camilleri's series about Inspector Montalbano has been adapted for television in Italy, how brilliant it would be if they could do that for British TV, allowing us to see the beautiful Sicilian scenery for ourselves, the gorgeous food that... £9.74 Save 25% Happy Lovereading !

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