The busy summer holidays are drawing to a close so we've got the roundup of everything you might have missed this month. 

Whether you're looking to squeeze in that last summer read or you're compiling your autumn reading list, take a look through all of the fiction and non-fiction books we've loved this month. You can grow your wishlist or shop, save and support with us - on every book available to purchase you'll save 10% and can donate 25% of your spend to a school close to your heart. 

Fiction Books of the Month

This month we've seen intriguing mysteries, punchy thrillers, glorious historical fiction, heady coming of age fiction and wonderfully readable relationship stories arrive on our shelves.

Take a look through our Fiction Books of the Month, see what our experts had to say and shop the books at the bottom of the page.

Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson - "This crime novel will keep armchair sleuths guessing while a medical professional kills on the wards of a hospital in the late 1990’s."

Country Secrets by Fiona Walker - "Oh what fun, meet the occupants, including animals, of a village full of love, laughter, shenanigans, secrets, and revenge."

The Orchid Hour by Nancy Bilyeau - "This captivating and intriguing historical murder mystery and family drama takes place in New York City during 1923."

Lying Beside You by Michael Robotham - "A full-on humdinger of a plot paired with smart punchy writing ensures this thriller is one heck of a satisfying read."

A Game of Lies by Clare Mackintosh - "Smart as heck with a plot that zings along, this fabulous crime mystery bursts onto the reality show scene with aplomb."

I Know It's You by Susan Lewis - "Mind games and murderous demons from the past — this psychological thriller set in the publishing world tingles with the page-turning tension of plot twists within plot twists."

A Song of Comfortable Chairs by Alexander McCall Smith - "A delightful addition to one of the most endearing and readable series in the world of fiction."

The Hollow Throne by Tim Leach - "Live with the tribes battling for survival at Hadrian’s Wall in this glorious slice of adventurous historical fiction."

Livid by Patricia Cornwell - "Cornwell still knocking it out of the park in Livid, the latest page-turning thriller featuring her medical examiner Scarpetta."

Friends Like These by Meg Rosoff - "No one captures the importance of friendship and the turmoil of coming of age better than Meg Rosoff"

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

See which non-fiction titles captured our attention this month in our Non-Fiction Books of the Month selection. From a compelling and candid memoir to the history of our planet served as a visual feast. Marvel at each title and save to your wishlist below.

O Brother by John Niven - "A heartbreakingly honest, compelling and candid memoir about two brothers, their up and downs and how a family survives suicide. It's tender and traumatic and I couldn't put it down."

All Good Things by Stephen Ellcock - "The most beautiful collection of images are contained within the pages of this treasury, it is a book to fall deeply in love with."

Earth by Chris Packham, Andrew Cohen - "A stunningly beautiful visual feast of a book based on the BBC programme detailing the 4.5 billion year history of our planet."

The Housemates by Teun Toebes - "This uplifting, enlightening account of inter-generational living presents a powerful, poignant case for changing the way people with dementia are cared for. "

Debuts of the Month

There's something extra exciting about not only discovering a new book you love, but discovering a new author. It's a gift that keeps on giving as you have a new name to look out for, for years to come. 

Our Debut Books of the Month selection for August features some brand new and new-to-paperback books from a range of genres to entice a variety of readers. Scroll through and read a summary of what our experts thought, click to read the full review and add to your basket. 

A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin - "Delightfully charming, witty, and spirited, this historical debut contains a leading lady chasing a fortune."

The Situationship by Taylor-Dior Rumble - "Sexy and smart, heartfelt and laugh-out-loud, Taylor-Dior Rumble’s novel will become the defining novel of situationships"

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean - "Sitting on the edge of horror this beautifully fantastical tale focuses on a mother desperately trying to protect her mind-eating child."

River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer - "Set in the Caribbean after the Slavery Abolition Act, this lucid, luminous debut follows a mother’s odyssey to find the five children who were taken from her during slavery."

The Eagle and the Cockerel by Alan Rhode - "Power and political ambition in a post-Brexit, post-truth world — this political thriller dissects the state we’re in with razor-sharp incision and style"

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month

For August, our Editorial Expert Liz Robinson recommended vibrant contemporary tales, sumptuous historical crime, and a gripping new addition to a thought-provoking murder mystery series to mention just a few. Find out why they made the cut below and shop at the end of the post. 

In Bloom by Eva Verde - "A vibrantly colourful and eloquently told contemporary tale detailing the resilience and strength of three women; grandmother, mother, and daughter."

Death of a Lesser God by Vaseem Khan - "A sumptuous reading feast awaits in this fabulously thrilling historical crime novel set in 1950’s Bombay."

A Little in Love by Florence Keeling - "The most delightful relationship tale full of joy, laughter, and a wonderfully warming romance."

The Associate by Victoria Goldman - "A journalist finds herself in the middle of a series of murders in this provocative and gripping new addition to the Shanna Regan Murder Mystery Series."

Star Books

Our Star Books list is ever growing as we discover more and more stand out books that deserve our highest recommendations. Here's a snapshot of recently released books that have received our highest accolade, but be sure to check out our Star Books category for even more 5-star reads.