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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale... A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic. Where infertility is rife, the handmaid’s role is to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998

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One Day by David Nicholls

One Day
David Nicholls
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012....

The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Beginning of Spring
Penelope Fitzgerald
One of Katharine McMahon's favourite books. Highly evocative of time and place this wonderful novel set in the early 20th century is funny, touching and curious. A real treasure...

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One of Dan Snow's favourite books. June 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Isabel Allende...One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez is...

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
One of Sister Wendy Beckett's favourite books. The wonderful Hercule Poirot works his magic in this murder mystery set in the exotic location of Egypt. July 2010 Guest...

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Blue Flower
Penelope Fitzgerald
One of the most admired of all Penelope Fitzgerald's books, The Blue Flower was chosen as Book of the Year more than any other in 1995. Her final book, it confirmed her...

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende
One of Carol Drinkwater's favourite books. May 2011 Guest Editor Carol Drinkwater on The House of the Spirits... Since discovering this book, I have bought every Allende,...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

The Secret River
Kate Grenville
One of Anne Berry's favourite books. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006. An epic novel of the early settlers in Australia, of the plight of...

Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins

Drop Dead Beautiful
Jackie Collins
One of Katie Agnew's favourite books. The Queen of Glitz comes up trumps – she brings Lucky Santangelo back with a fistful of problems, both emotional and lethal. Jackie...

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
One of Susan Fletcher's favourite books. A fascinating story told from the perspective of a mother and her four daughters who have been taken to the Congo, by the...

Topics About Which I Know Nothing by Patrick Ness

Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
One of Patrick Gale's favourite books. A wonderful, humorous and bizarre collection of tales looking at how the world might have been. June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick...

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
One of Hardeep Singh Kohli's favourite books. The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes, is one of the most important and influential political...

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, John J. Richetti

Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe, John J. Richetti
One of Larry Lamb's favourite books. The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is stranded on an uninhabited island far away from any shipping routes. With patience and...

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money
Janet Evanovich
One of Peter Snow's favourite books. Stephanie Plum is down on her luck. She's lost her job, her car's on the brink of repossession, and her apartment is fast...

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Seamus Deane

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce, Seamus Deane
One of Elizabeth McGovern's favourite books. Presents the portrait of Stephen Dedalus' Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of...

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