to focus on bringing the very best recommendations for book-lovers, whatever your poison. And if you are a fan of new crime writing don’t miss the longlist for the CWA, New Blood, John Creasey Dagger
– all highly recommended.
A flourish of fantastic fiction awaits the eager reader this month on our bookshelf of June’s best reads. Click here to get started.
Satis-Factual! – Non-Fiction Books of the Month
Non-fiction fans will find a treasure trove of true stories this month. We highly recommend:
Blue: A Memoir
by John Sutherland – A candid, objective, cooly passionate and often unsettling account of policing from a Met police officer.
by Alex Hanscombe, Rachel Nickell’s son, is a touching and at times heartbreaking read, yet it also compellingly celebrates life, love and family.
Often the result of years of passionate work and intimately enriched with the author’s soul, a first novel is a very special thing. These are the top debutants around this month. Don’t miss:
|The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan – Big-hearted, unforgettable story of loss and recovery, of everyday people transforming lives.
||Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig – ‘Your heart will ache for Ginny. She will make you laugh, she will make you cry, and you won’t forget her.’ (Reader Review).
||The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – ‘A juicy page-turner as you discover whether dysfunction can ever start to function as a family.’ (Reader Review).
||Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – ‘… an exceedingly exceptional book … Light-hearted and funny. ‘ (Reader Review).
Robert Frost once mooted that a mother’s love is unconditional but a father’s must be ‘deserved’. A bit simplistic perhaps, but just in case, don’t forget Father’s Day! We’ve done the hard work for you (and our Dads said we’d never amount to anything … pah
!) with a special shelf filled with perfect gift ideas. Books like Dad, You Suck
columnist Tim Dowling. This giggle-filled, snort-inducing collection of moments is a wonderfully candid, intensely funny antidote to the pressure to be the perfect parent. See below for a taster of other titles or visit the site
to see them all.
A golden opportunity to have a peep behind the fly covers of some excellent books before they are published. The ultimate ‘try before you buy’!
Not only are we celebrating the 30th year of Ian Rankin’s impeccable crime series
by giving the self-abusing Scot sleuth his own special category, we’re also running a free prize draw. Three lucky winners will receive copies of 5 key Rebus books and a Goody bag including a festival tote bag, Rebus 30 pen, beermat, bookmark and a miniature bottle of Highland Park whisky. Haven’t read a Rebus case yet? Criminal! Click here
to get started.
200 years since Jane Austen’s death, six contemporary authors have been charged with reimagining her classics. So far, Joanna Trollope, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith and Curtis Sittenfeld have taken up the challenge. The latter’s Eligible
, now in paperback, is Pride and Prejudice
in modern-day Cincinnati and a thoroughly enjoyable read. No-one knows yet who the last two authors will be to complete the project. We’re on the edge of our seats and you will be the first to know! Find out more
Named after the desert she was found in by ultra-marathon competitor and author Dion Leonard, Gobi is an extraordinary dog whose story has already touched many.
is a story of hope and courage; of life-changing lessons learned and the unbreakable connection between man and dog. A connection that was lost and miraculously found again. Neither Dion or Gobi will ever be the same again and, perhaps, neither will you. Click here
Packed with emotion, humour and razor-sharp observation, the powerful writing of Dorothy Koomson features time and time again on our Book of the Month and Book of the Year lists.
Often boldly exposing difficult subjects and delving deep into human relationships. Her latest, The Friend,
is no exception. A gloriously dramatic, compelling tale of secrets, lies and the friends we choose. ‘A wonderful read that keeps you guessing right to the end.’ (Reader Review). We also recommend you look at her earlier novels When I Was Invisible
and That Girl from Nowhere
. Click here
Tell your young teens and all their friends and all those closet adult fans too [market research has told the publisher there are many!] Alex Rider has a brand new action-packed, stylish adventure to get stuck into, Never Say Die
If you know anyone who hasn’t read these action-packed novels by Anthony Horowitz, we can’t recommend them highly enough! Of course, we also know that, as the first story Stormbreaker
came out 17 years ago, you may be an old (okay not so
old) fan. In which case, click here
and get your copy and squirrel yourself away for a high-octane trip down memory lane!
Amazingly it is 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter book. As we all now know J K Rowling had dozens of rejections before the brilliance of her story was noticed and the rest is history. To celebrate the event Bloomsbury have created some stunning ‘house’ editions of the first title both in paperback and hardback.
Perfect for a new generation of readers or just to keep on your bookshelf and remember when you queued at midnight to get the latest one! Also don’t miss the chance to win a set of these amazing books!
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P.S. Don’t forget to visit our Free Prize Draws category
. This month we have sets of The Grantchester Mysteries
a DVD box set of Prime Suspect 1973
to give away and tickets to an exclusive Desmond Elliott Book Award event
on 22 June in London. Good luck.
June. Named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. So, we’ve married all our tastes and talents