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Man Booker PrizeOctober is Man Booker Prize month. With the shortlist announced, there are six great novels to discover. As always, Lovereading has its finger on the literary pulse - by offering you the chance to read Opening Extracts of them. So even if you don't go on to read all six in there entirety, you'll be able to state an impressive case for your favourite at intellectual dinner parties. And you can enter our poll to let us know which your favourite is.But it's not just the Booker shortlist that's excited us this month...Reading Groups Are you a member of the 50,000+ reading groups around the UK? If so did you know we have a special genre showing the books we especially like this month? And don't forget you can use any of our 3,000 free Opening Extracts and our exclusive Author Like for Like feature to help you choose your next book. Finally, if you buy 5 or more of the same title we will give you an additional 5% discount.As one of our new readers recently said:"How has it taken me so long to find this treasure of a site? As an avid reader and member of a book group you will be invaluable in selecting future reads. Thanks again for a wonderful site." Angela
Author of the MonthLisa Gardner
Lisa GardnerHide by Lisa GardnerIf you like Faye Kellerman or Tami Hoag then do try our Author of the Month Lisa Gardner, who says her dark, twisted plotlines are a reaction against the absolute normalcy of her childhood. We're featuring new novel, Hide. And a selection of her older novels. In Hide a mass grave is discovered in Massachusetts resembling the work of a known killer, but could it be a copy cat? Why not download a free Opening Extract and get yourself on tenterhooks...?
Almost MoonBook of the Month is The Almost Moon by the extraordinary Alice Sebold. Following the disturbing subject matter of The Lovely Bones, her new book sees a middle-aged woman kill her dementia-ridden mother. In beautiful prose, the novel follows her reflections on the events of her life that lead to this strange decision. Harrowing but utterly captivating.Cloth GirlDebut of the Month is Cloth Girl, by Marilyn Heward Mills, which was nominated for the First Novel category of the 2007 Costa Book Awards (formally Whitbread). Young Matilda is playing a game with her sisters when her parents call her inside. "Good news," they say, "you're getting married".The 21st birthday celebrations for Sceptre continue with three brilliant new literary titles:
Sceptre 21 - Publisher of the YearHeavier than Heaven is a biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R Cross, and the finest rock literature you are likely to come across. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt is a complex novel about two friends in New York from the 1970s to the 1990s. An increasingly menacing plot of family, depravity, and tragedy makes this a powerful and gripping story. And White Lightning by Justin Cartwright is an extraordinarily moving, multi-layered story narrated by a failed film director, who moves to South Africa and develops a relationship with a baboon, and contemplates his Englishness. Tender, funny, and incredibly original.
Peter PanFinally, while you can be sure Lovereading hasn't even touched a bauble since January, Christmas is already looming on the horizon! We will have lots of perfect gift books in the lead up to the gift-giving season but we couldn't resist telling you about this beautiful new edition of Peter Pan, with a foreword by Geraldine McCaughrean (author of recent sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet). And we have a free to enter draw where you could win one of five valuable signed first editions of Peter Pan in Scarlet - click here for more information.So please go to Lovereading for a feel of some (potentially) Booker Prize winning fiction. And if something grabs you straight away, remember you can buy from us with a 25% discount on the RRP.

 

This Month's Featured 'Crime / Whodunit' BooksCrime Beat : Stories of Cops and KillersMichael ConnellyA great insight in to where Connolly gets his ideas from. Having worked as a police reporter for the LA Times Connolly covered many cases and here he brings together a fascinating collection of true crime stories. This is a must for all Michael Connolly fans... £5.99 Save 25%Dirty Little LiesJohn MackenAn interesting story exploring the potential use of technology in criminal cases (but it is not for the squeamish!). "Predictive Phenotyping" will allow the police to know who they are looking for rather than just giving them something to match... £5.24 Save 25%Divine EvilNora RobertsPrepare yourself for a much more disturbing Nora Roberts novel in this story of a woman haunted by her past and the terrible nightmares she is unable to escape. This one may not appeal to all Nora Roberts fans but her writing is still as good as ever, just slightly more un-nerving... £5.24 Save 25%The Death of DalzielReginald HillDalziel and Pascoe are watching what is supposedly a siege situation in a building flagged by the anti-terrorism unit. A suspect with a gun has been seen by a well-known incompetent PC. Dalziel decides to investigate closer and the building... £5.24 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Literary / Contemporary' BooksThe Almost MoonAlice SeboldShe takes some very sad and disturbing subject matter and writes about it in a way that completely captivates the reader. This is a story of mental illness and how difficult relationships can be under these circumstances, torn between love and hate, devotion and resentment.... £12.74 Save 25%The Good FatherMarion HusbandA thought provoking and moving story exploring the relationships between fathers and their children. Marion Husband creates accessible characters and captivates the reader with her writing style. She keeps getting better with each successive novel.... £5.99 Save 25%What I LovedSiri HustvedtA book you will either love or hate, find long and tedious or be captivated and charmed. It is the story of two families involved in New York's artistic life and reflected upon by a half-blind, elderly Jewish professor .. £5.99 Save 25%White LightningJustin CartwrightA tragic, deeply moving tale narrated by a failed film director who develops a relationship with a baboon. Beautifully written and multi-layered, you've just got to read this and all his books. He is a wonderful author... £5.99 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Relationship Tales' BooksCloth GirlMarilyn Heward MillsDebut of the Month and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, this is a delight. Set on Africa's Gold Coast in the 1940s during the ten years leading up to Independence, it centres on two very different women,... £5.99 Save 25%Midnight CactusBella PollenI like her style, her wit and her pace. The ending was a bit of a cop-out (see what you think) but it was certainly worth getting there. Arizona, illegal immigrants, an English family in the middle of nowhere, lots... £5.24 Save 25%Love PotionsChristina JonesThis is a great read. I'm a city girl, so sometimes when I'm wedged under an armpit in the tube, the idea of packing up and moving to the country is terribly appealing. Christina Jones' fantastic book is just what... £5.24 Save 25%Fashion VictimSam BakerNew York, London and Milan are the backdrops for this fast paced slickly written high heeled murder mystery. Journalist Annie Anderson's undercover investigations into the darker side of the fashion industry ... £5.24 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Mystery / Thriller' BooksThe Art of DrowningFrances FyfieldA well-paced and tense novel with intriguing characters. A friendship between two women, poles apart in personality, is the basis for the story and inevitably their differences lead to events taking a sinister turn... £5.99 Save 25%HideLisa GardnerI have been reading this American thriller writer for some years, watching her books get better and better and knowing that a truly excellent one would come ... well, here it is, her best yet.. £5.24 Save 25%Dexter in the DarkJeff LindsayThoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended this is the 3rd in this darkly comic serial killer series. Dexter has being abandoned by the dark passenger that has made him who he is.... £7.49 Save 25%Christine FallsBenjamin BlackBenjamin Black is John Banville, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2005 - but can a literary prize winner write crime? Oh yes ... this is first-rate startlingly disturbing, gripping stuff .... £5.99 Save 25%

 

This Month's Featured 'Historical Fiction' BooksMeasuring the WorldDaniel KehlmannThe fascinating true story of two German scientists - Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Grauss - and their quest to discover facts about the world that we take for granted today. The two eccentrics are completely different characters from... £5.99 Save 25%Knights of the Black and White: Book 1Jack WhyteEpic historical fiction on a grand scale, the beginning of a trilogy about the most important events in the history of the Order of the Knights Templar, beginning with why they formed after the First Crusade. £5.24 Save 25%The PrincipessaChristie DickasonA sweeping, glorious evocation of Jacobean London and Renaissance Italy incorporating real historical figures alongside fictional creations in a dramatic tale of high politics, rivalry and conspiracy, all that a good historical novel should be..... £5.24 Save 25%The LonerJosephine CoxInterestingly, from this queen of the gritty saga, a genre that normally takes a young girl as its central character, comes a meaty story with a man in the leading role! If you like Lesley Pearse, Lyn Andrews, Katie Flynn do give it a try. £5.24 Save 25%Happy Lovereading !

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