May eNewletter

By peter on 5th May 2017

May’s recommendations are fluffier and brighter than a basket of blossom and we’re blooming with joy to bring you the fruits of our labour this month! Whatever your taste, your next great escape is just a few clicks away. Read on for more.

May Queens! - Books of the Month

A right royal basketful of the best books about awaits you this month. Books like:
Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi – A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop and a heart-stopping finale. A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride – Gruesome, unpredictable and excitingly dark serial murder drama and an investigating team with a twist! The Ice by Laline Paull – From the award-winning author of The Bees, a beautifully written, complex, thought-provoking and intense Arctic drama. The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork – Nail-biting suspense combined with masterful writing… the very best of Nordic Noir.

The Best Reads. Fact. - Non-Fiction Books of the Month

It’s not just fiction that floats our boat! Here, for fact fans, are the best non-fiction finds this month: We particularly love: The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom by Nujeen Mustafa –  The inspiring and illuminating first-hand account of a daring escape from a war-torn home, in a wheelchair. East West Street by Philippe Sands – Multiple strands form one compelling and award-winning history, exposing the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity. Calling all enfoodiasts! This month don’t miss: The Plagiarist in the Kitchen by Jonathan Meades – An ‘anti-cookbook’. No recipe is truly original and to prove it, here are 125 of the best stolen ones for you to try!

Darling Buds! - Debuts of the Month

Somerset Maugham said: There are three rules to writing novels. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are”. Here are our top tips for the best first-time authors who have tried to work them out! Don’t miss:
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach – Clever, twist-filled family tale in which mistrust leads to a suspenseful journey of searing tension. Perfect for fans of S K Tremayne. What Alice Knew by T A Cotterell – Devastating relationship tale: ‘A rollercoaster of emotion … A definite page-turner which will keep you hooked (Reader Review). Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – ‘… an exceptional book … Heart-wrenching … yet light-hearted and funny…’ (Reader Reviews). Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson – ‘A jewel of a read’; ‘Raw, high-energy and distressing’; ‘… a gripping thriller that brings something new’ (Reader Reviews).

Crime and Cake – The Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcie

Charming, atmospheric, and compellingly crafted, The Grantchester Mysteries is the epitome of ‘cosy crime’, with a quintessential English detective for a hero. No wonder the sleuthing Archdeacon, Sidney Chambers is already on his sixth case, Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love and the TV adaptation is such an enormous hit! This month you can win one of 5 sets of all six books! Click here to try your luck.

Pre-Publication Exclusives

Read exclusive extracts of highly recommended books before they hit the shelves! Books like: Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson – Perfect Summer Read. A beautiful, heart-breaking and all too human story of love and sacrifice in the face of evil. Plus, if you are quick, there is a special offer currently on the eBook format ahead of the physical edition.   

Prestigious awards galore this month…

First Prize! – Desmond Elliott 2017 ShortlistSupported by Lovereading and just about the best prize around for first-time novelists, the Desmond Elliott shortlist has just been announced. Is your favourite among them? And who’s your tip for the top honours? Chair of Trustees for the Desmond Elliott Prize, Dallas Manderson said: “The judges have done a commendable job of selecting three titles from a strong, varied and ambitious longlist and we are delighted to present such an exemplary shortlist in our 10th anniversary year.”  Browse the hopefuls, read what our expert reviewers have to say and pick your winner. The winner is announced on 21 June 2017.


Great Scott! – Walter Scott Prize 2017 ShortlistMuch the best thing that has happened for lovers of Historical Fiction’ (Hilary Mantel). Why not peruse the shortlist for the hotly contested Walter Scott Prize and get the chance for you to win tickets to the Borders Book Festival on 17 June to see the winner announced in person! Click here for more.


Pages of History – Wolfson History Prize 2017 Shortlist – A quick reminder for History fans that you can now see the shortlisted titles vying for the top spot in the Wolfson History Prize. We’ve added our own Lovereading Expert Reviews and free downloadable extracts so you can judge for yourself! Click here for more.

Find your next favourite reads

If you like Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train you’ll love The Second Sister by Claire Kendal. If you like The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett you’ll love The Other Us by Fiona Harper. If you like Harriet Evans you’ll love The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke.

‘Chalke’ it up to History! – Chalke Valley History Festival 2017

While we’re celebrating a passion for history, this is the perfect time to whet your appetite about the upcoming Chalke Valley History Festival (26 June – 2 July). There are incredible events, speakers and activities, as well as camping, glamping, re-enactments and an airshow. Not to mention the fabulous food! Interested? Look out for our special blog and join the show! Plus you can enter our competition to win a family ticket.

Gripping and Frighteningly Realistic – The Books of Paul E Hardisty

Radiating the resonance of the author’s own life experience, the adventures of Claymore Straker, a modern justice seeker in the hot zones of the Middle East, are searingly real, incredibly topical and brilliantly written. The first in the series was nominated for a CWA Dagger and Hardisty’s work has been strongly endorsed by his peers. The latest complex tale, Reconciliation for the Dead, is out now and is a dangerous and compelling return of a gripping hero. For fans of James Lee Burke, Lee Child and Terry Hayes, author of I am Pilgrim. Click here for more.

Don't miss our Free Prize Draws this month

Lots of booky prizes are up for grabs this month but in the office we are enviously eyeing the box set of series 7 of the wonderfully acerbic Vera, based on the Vera Stanhope series of books penned by Ann Cleeves. Enter this and more today to claim your chance. Scroll down to see more hand-picked selections in the categories you have told us you like to be kept up to date with. To change them just log in to your account.