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Books of the Year 2017 Books of the Year 2017

2017 was a fantastic year for new title publishing. So many good books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of readers missed a few. Below are favourites chosen by our book experts. We hope you enjoy the selection.

Featured Books
Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith
Desperation Road
Michael Farris Smith
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month In the hinterlands of America, a man completes his jail sentence for accidental murder and returns to his home town, where relatives of the boy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/11/2017
How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
How Hard Can It Be?
Allison Pearson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month An absolute belter of a novel, amusing, poignant, and hugely entertaining. This is a follow-up to the bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | September 2017 Book of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me clinging...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
Say My Name by Allegra Huston
Say My Name
Allegra Huston
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | August 2017 Debut of the Month As it dances across thoughts and emotions, ‘Say My Name’ proves to be a beautiful, thoughtful, and seductive read. Eve is 48, her life is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
Testimony by Scott Turow
Testimony
Scott Turow
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Legal thrillers by Scott Turow, since the classic Presumed Innocent, have always proved rewarding, and presented a multi-faceted X-ray of American society and its system through the travails of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang by Mike Ripley
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Mike Ripley
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Shtum by Jem Lester
Shtum
Jem Lester
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | February 2017 Debut of the Month. A rather special read indeed… there are times when you wonder how you've missed sight of, or hearing about a book,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | January 2017 Debut of the Month. The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its meaning and where...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/12/2016
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
Cherise Wolas
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Debut of the Month Surprising, vivid, and eloquent, this is a truly beautiful debut. Joan Ashby is a talented, award winning writer, and while marriage and family press pause...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Debut of the Month Make no mistake, this debut novel is startling and often painfully uncomfortable, yet it is a stunning, actually breathtaking piece of literature. 14 year old...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017
You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison
You Belong to Me
Colin Harrison
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Maxim Jakubowski July 2017 Highly Recommended. It's been too long since Harrison, very much a writer's writer whose sinuous and hypnotic, obsessive plots always leave their indelible...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
One of our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award April 2017 Book of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority before the fall of the Czar and is, instead, exiled...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse
Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed children's book author, Sweet Pea hits all the right buttons. A dark, twisted read about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | December 2017 Debut of the Month Beautifully written, this stunning, unusual debut weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. A love forbidden by the times in which they live...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/11/2017
Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
Maria in the Moon
Louise Beech
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month A beautiful, and heart-achingly touching read, step outside of yourself, and into Catherine’s world. A world where a slice of Catherine has been missing since...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017
Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary
Quieter Than Killing
Sarah Hilary
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle of the deeds of a deviously twisted mind. Pain and suffering...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Mischling
Affinity Konar
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what happened to her other half in the horror of the concentration camps might qualify it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Spook Street by Mick Herron
Spook Street
Mick Herron
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Herron's Slough House series just keeps on getting better and better, both on the sly humorous front and with the Machiavellian variations...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre
A Legacy of Spies
John le Carre
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | September 2017 Book of the Month Although unanimously heralded for featuring the return of spy master Smiley, this is more about his sidekick Peter Guillam, a sometimes melancholy tale revisiting the past...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of uncertainty....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker
The Fourth Monkey
J. D. Barker
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | July 2017 Book of the Month. A humdinger of a serial killer thriller in sheer overdrive, The Fourth Monkey...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/06/2017
The Forever House by Veronica Henry
The Forever House
Veronica Henry
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Gorgeously affectionate, loving, and generous, this is a read to escape into and really enjoy. Hunters Moon is a forever home, yet the current occupants are selling up and when Belinda...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Tall Oaks
Chris Whitaker
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A first British crime novel, albeit set in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Deadly Game by Matt Johnson
Deadly Game
Matt Johnson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | An enthralling and credible police thriller, this is the second in the ‘Robert Finlay’ series, and another humdinger of a read. Finlay is on a new team investigating the sex-slave industry,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2017
The Lauras by Sara Taylor
The Lauras
Sara Taylor
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 Book of the Month. A captivating and subtly beautiful novel, where heart-catching surprises lie in wait. Alex recalls life on the road at the age...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 Book of the Month. This is a beautifully crafted novel. Those familiar with Kostova’s writing will be delighted to know that her beautiful, descriptive prose...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/04/2017
Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 Book of the Month. Simply superb, ’Black Water Lilies’ has leapt straight into my heart and soul. Thirteen days in the heart of Claude Monet’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being removed, left to one side to be forgotten. Some words...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017
The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater
The Lost Girl
Carol Drinkwater
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | July 2017 eBook of the Month. A mesmerising, haunting, and extraordinarily relevant yet beautifully evocative read. Kurtiz arrives in Paris after a sighting of her missing daughter,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland
Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
John Sutherland
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A candid, objective,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
This Love by Dani Atkins
This Love
Dani Atkins
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 How one book can hold such aching heartbreak, beautiful tenderness, and vibrant emotion, I really don’t know. Sophie works from home and keeps her heart hidden, then in one life-changing night she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies
Before the Rains
Dinah Jefferies
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A gorgeously expressive and captivating novel, set in 1930’s India at the height of the struggle for independence against British rule. 28 year old photographer Eliza agrees to document the royal...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
My Name is Leon
Kit de Waal
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. This is such a gorgeously expressive novel,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Exquisite
Sarah Stovell
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | June 2017 Book of the Month. Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it causes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Debut of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut both...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2017
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Oh my, this is totally and completely gorgeous, in fact, an absolute treasure! An author leaves all his worldly possessions, and a hoard of lost lonely items, to his assistant Laura,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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Each year thousands of new titles are published and each month we select those that we feel our members and browsers will enjoy as much as we do.

More often than not they are not the obvious bestsellers but bubbling under and debuts.

Below, after much debate in the office, and the help of our resident book expert Sarah Broadhurst, are the ones we think are the best of the year. 

Almost all of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks for both KOBO and iPad.

 

So, browse away and make sure you haven't missed out on our 'must reads' of 2017.

Don't forget too, that it's worth checking out other areas of the Lovereading site for little gems that we've featured over the last year.  

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For Home birds we have Cookery and Arts & Crafts.  Finally, if you're still stuck then our most visited area of the site is a must for you to look at - Book Awards - it's positively choking with stunning reads.

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