October eNewsletter

By peter on 6th October 2016

Welcome to October at Lovereading! In the month that saw the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, this is our “Tour of the Words”! Okay, we’re scraping the pun barrel here, but rest assured our recommendation tips are top drawer, we promise!

For instance, let nostalgia guide you to new horizons as we celebrate 100 years of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and 50 years journeying over the Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys). Read on for these and much more.

Booktober! - Books of the Month

We have a wonderful collection this month and below are a few highlights: The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home – Fascinating, enduring, the 3rd in the gripping Sea Detective Series. A book as deep and mysterious as the ocean, swimming with undercurrents. Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop – Delightful, original, beautiful and charming. A uniquely illustrated novel of a journey told in captivating style and inspired by postcards from Greece and a notebook. The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney – Mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the truth behind the things left unsaid. Jo Malone: My Story by Jo Malone –  An intimate insight into the challenges and courage that helped a girl with no qualifications become an icon of the beauty industry. Surprising (it’s scented with her favourite fragrance), enlightening and inspiring!

First Things First! - Debuts of the Month

As always we have scoured the shelves for some first-class, fresh-faced firsts for you to discover: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra – Chilling, ominous and mind-churning psychological thriller, where identity and destiny are drenched in danger. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick – A charming tale of loneliness, bereavement and adventure. ‘A lovely novel which is a sheer delight to read from beginning to end’. (Reader Review).

Linwood Barclay - Author of the Month

Wait a minute. Wasn’t Linwood Barclay Author of the Month in September? Yes, he was. Are you sure that he’s the Author of the Month in October? Yes, we are. Is he THAT good? Yes, he is! Novels, two of them just out, vibrating with spine-chilling suspense, shock and thrilling anticipation. If you are still not sure then find out more here, read an extract or two and make up your own mind.

First Glimpse – Pre-Publication Exclusives

Get your hands on exclusive extracts of top titles before they hit the shelves! Pre-pub exclusives we rate very highly for you this month include: Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante – What dark truths hide in innocent corners? An atmospheric and engagingly real police drama from the Queen of Crime. Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly – ‘An amazing story of love, loyalty, hope and family … a book that everyone who has a family will be able to relate to.’ Reader Review. Himself by Jess Kidd – A beautiful and darkly comic story of close community secrets and the desperate search for truth and identity. The Runaway Girl by Casey Watson – Heartfelt and provokes thoughts and feelings about our system of social care and responsibility. And you can pre-order these ones right now: Betrayal by Martina Cole – Nail-biting and shattering journey through the complex rules of the Columbian drug trade. Authentic, harrowing and brilliant. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – Big issues beautifully handled. Prejudice, power and humanity. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’ (Reader Review).

Prizes from the Top ‘Draw’

As always there’s a giddy sense of luck on the site this month, with some FREE prize draws to enter. Win some lovely literary goodies. PLUS! This month you could be skipping away with £20 worth of cinema vouchers and a signed copy of Martina Cole’s latest thriller, Betrayal. Click here for more.

Grimm but Glorious

A gloriously enticing and shiver-inducing read, where sculpture sits as a window into the soul of the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. If you truly know your Grimms, then this book will sing to you, if you don’t then it will make you want to discover the true heart of them. ‘The Singing Bones is knowing, evocative and a truly wonderful read, it’s a book to keep close at hand and dip into again and again.

Maxim’s Must-Reads for October

Crime guru Maxim Jakubowski is on top form with his globe-trotting October selection, covering the widest possible spectrum of the crime genre. Journey into domestic noir, psychological thrillers, spy stories, Nordic mysteries, historical shenanigans and pre-natal crime detection! Top picks are: BOOK OF THE MONTH – The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore – An outstanding gem of a historical thriller by the writer of The Imitation Game. A thriller with wit, beauty and sparkle and the dazzling portrait of a forgotten world. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Nutshell by Ian McEwan – Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year. A witty and suspenseful story told from inside a mother’s womb.

Finally, 4 titles we would hate you to miss