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Books of the Month

Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son by Alex Hanscombe
Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son
Alex Hanscombe
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted and stabbed 49 times in front of her nearly three year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found
Bella Bathurst
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Much needed light is shed on the isolating world of the deaf through the author’s own personal journey recounting how she gradually lost her hearing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom by Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
May 2017 Book of the Month. Poignant and honest this is one teenager’s experience of fleeing her homeland, a place that had once meant family and tradition but is now torn apart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Philippe Sands
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This immersive book works as both a personal and public examination of the legal attempts to hold Nazi warmongers to account at Nuremberg, some of the first stirrings of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Dad, You Suck by Tim Dowling
Dad, You Suck
Tim Dowling
Tim Dowling’s candid and highly humorous weekly Guardian column charts his life with his wife and three sons… unless they are cross with his exposés when they become ‘Sean his life partner and their three adopted research chimps’. Cherry picking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw
Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when they leave school they take different paths as they fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Four Mums in a Boat by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Four Mums in a Boat
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough. Four middle aged friends who met at a local Saturday morning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
Female Tommies The Frontline Women of the First World War by Elisabeth Shipton
Female Tommies The Frontline Women of the First World War
Elisabeth Shipton
The First World War saw one of the biggest ever changes in the demographics of warfare, as thousands of women donned uniforms and took an active part in conflict for the first time in history. Female Tommies looks at the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2017
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley, Lee Child
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley, Lee Child
An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. Drawing upon conversations with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager
Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Battle by Paul O'Connell
The Battle
Paul O'Connell
As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O'Connell has emerged as perhaps the most beloved of the golden generation of Irish rugby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion by Rick Broadbent
Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion
Rick Broadbent
Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his second world championship win, this is the Barry Sheene story as told like never before by the people who knew him best. It delves deep into the family history to get inside...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Believe by Nicola Adams
Believe
Nicola Adams
Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody was going to stop her. Years of relentless training,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Passchendaele A New History by Nick Lloyd
Passchendaele A New History
Nick Lloyd
Between July and November 1917, in a small corner of Belgium, more than 500,000 men were killed or maimed, gassed or drowned - and many of the bodies were never found. The climax was one of the worst battles of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria by Annie Gray
The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria
Annie Gray
Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. Bursting with original research, The Greedy Queen considers Britain's most iconic monarch...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/05/2017
The True Story of Maxwell Knight Maxwell Knight: MI5's Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming
The True Story of Maxwell Knight Maxwell Knight: MI5's Greatest Spymaster
Henry Hemming
Known simply as M, Maxwell Knight is seen today as one of MI5's greatest spymasters. He was the first in MI5 to grasp the potential of training female agents. This book reveals the names and stories of seven men and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life by John le Carre
The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life
John le Carre
In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost by Abdul Rahman Azzam
The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost
Abdul Rahman Azzam
A tale of a real-life Robinson Crusoe and his total retreat from human society. Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman, 2007), The Other Exile is at once a historical adventure...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
As one of only three musicians to sell over 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air. This book tells Phil Collins' candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Mockingbird Songs My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt
Mockingbird Songs My Friendship with Harper Lee
Wayne Flynt
Beautifully written, intelligent and telling, this remarkable compendium of letters - a correspondence that lasted for a quarter century, from 1992 until Harper Lee's death in February 2016 - offers an incisive and compelling look into the mind, heart and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag
The Durrells of Corfu
Michael Haag
Michael Haag's book covers the background to the Durrell family's years in Corfu, including their time in India, where all the children were born, and where their father, a brilliant civil engineer, had died. It recalls the real life characters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime by Devika A. Rosamund

The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime
Devika A. Rosamund
In 1975, decades before ‘The Gap Year’ was commonplace, 22-year-old student Devika A. Rosamund fulfilled a life long dream to take time away from her studies in England to travel...

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Christopher de Hamel is a man happy in his work – his enthusiasm and love for his subject lights up this account of...

Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper

Martin Luther
Lyndal Roper
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. This year is the anniversary of the events that we hold responsible for the beginning of the European Reformation in 1517. As it...

The Real Pet Detective True Tales of Pets Lost and Found by Tom Watkins

The Real Pet Detective True Tales of Pets Lost and Found
Tom Watkins
The Real Pet Detective is the story of 20 years of missing pets, their owners and Tom's team of expert pet investigators. From recording the owner's voice to lure cats...

Gone A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym

Gone A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung
Min Kym
This is Min Kym's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and...

Floating A Life Regained by Joe Minihane

Floating A Life Regained
Joe Minihane
Floating is the story of Joe Minihane's attempt to retrace the greatest swimming exploration of our time while facing up to his struggles with anxiety by diving right in. A...

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that intensely encompasses and overpowers those that fall for it's high energy 'stomping' - dancing. Young...

Soldier Spy by Tom Marcus

Soldier Spy
Tom Marcus
A footsoldier's account out on the street. A vivid picture of surveillance' Midweek, Radio 4 'Gripping. One of the most successful MI5 undercover surveillance officers of his time' Sun

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the...

Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson

Henry IV
Chris Given-Wilson
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Not one of the famous Henrys, not a “V” or an VIII”, but a modest “IV”, more unfamiliar to us general readers and...

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183
Matthew Strickland
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, brother to the future Richard the Lionheart and “wicked” King John yet...

Elizabeth Jane Howard A Dangerous Innocence by Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard A Dangerous Innocence
Artemis Cooper
The authorised biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard from the award-winning author of Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Messenger by Shiv Malik

The Messenger
Shiv Malik
Shiv Malik nearly lost his journalistic career after being duped by an informant, a reluctant jihadist. Now looking back after six years, Shiv Malik questions his own judgement, the public...

Taken by Rosie Lewis

Taken
Rosie Lewis
Experienced foster carer, Rosie Lewis, takes on the heart-breaking case of Megan, a baby born with a drug addiction and a cleft palate.

Nobody's Son by Cathy Glass

Nobody's Son
Cathy Glass
March 2017 Book of the Month. A poignant and stirring glimpse into the life of foster care. Cathy Glass is an experienced foster carer, runs training...

A Woman's Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman's Work
Harriet Harman
From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no...

The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World by Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe

The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World
Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
Illustrated with original photography, this title presents portraits of sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are...

The Unmumsy Mum Diary by The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner

The Unmumsy Mum Diary
The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner
She's back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two...

Modern Women 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women 52 Pioneers
Kira Cochrane
March 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To quote from Jacky Fleming’s book, The Trouble with Women (listed in Like for Like Reading below) “Why...

Who I am by Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille

Who I am
Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille
The autobiography of acclaimed actor, model and chanteuse Charlotte Rampling. Highly personal, packed with photographs from her personal archive, Rampling recounts her childhood and youth as the daughter of an...

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