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eBooks of the Month

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell
What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
December 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted as she did but OMG she had some tough choices...
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
December 2016 eBook of the Month. Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy...

Other Featured eBooks this Month

The Spy by Paulo Coelho
The Spy
Paulo Coelho
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. A short, emotional and entirely captivating novel based on the real events that surrounded, enclosed and smothered the notorious Mata Hari....
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2016 Book of the Month. New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of...
Box Nine by Jack O'Connell
Box Nine
Jack O'Connell
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2016 Book of the Month. Quinsigamond, an imaginary industrial city in New England, has been the setting for the handful of deeply fascinating novels by US author O'Connell, a...
The Midnight Gang by David Walliams
The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone’s favourite storyteller! The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl’s...
Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
Occupy Me
Tricia Sullivan
Set in our not-so-distant future, award-winning Tricia Sullivan’s new novel is, at one level, an engaging and exciting man-hunt that takes us on a pell-mell race across the world in pursuit of a killer carrying something crucial and frightening in...
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Michael Connelly
Maxim Jakubowski's November 2016 Book of the Month. Harry Bosch is no longer working for the LA Police Dept but part-timing pro-bono for the San Fernando force and working as a private investigator. A reclusive billionaire...
The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew
The Light That Gets Lost
Natasha Carthew
In a Nutshell: Raw revenge | Exploitative institution | Brightening bonds | An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship. After witnessing his parents’ murder, Trey is sent to bleak Camp Kernow, a correctional institution...
The Passenger by F. R. Tallis
The Passenger
F. R. Tallis
Award-winning thriller and historical crime writer F.R. Tallis heads into supernatural waters with his new novel. The Passenger is an atmospheric and highly worrying tale set in and around a German U-Boat in 1941. Despite Lothar-Gunther Bucheim’s acclaimed novel
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pantomime
Laura Lam
This is a welcome reissue for Pantomime, the first volume of Laura Lam’s sparkling and original fantasy trilogy. Set in a world not unlike our own 19th century it tells the story of Gene a teenager who runs away to...
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia. Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren’t truly human beings.’ They’re predators who must...
Wolfhound Empire by Peter Higgins
Wolfhound Empire
Peter Higgins
This is an omnibus volume of three short but quite spectacular SF thrillers. I would also guarantee that they are quite unlike anything else you have read before. Striding along the shadowy border between SF and Fantasy, Peter Higgins has...
Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
Today Will be Different
Maria Semple
A smart and sassy take on a 21st century mum making her way in the world, trying not to cause too much damage but also hoping that maybe, just maybe she may be able to find the contentment within herself...
The Secret by Katerina Diamond
The Secret
Katerina Diamond
Intense, shocking, thrilling… this is a fast-paced read, so as curveballs and whammies ricochet towards you, make sure you're on your toes and ready to keep up. DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into another desperate search...
Deep Water by Christine Poulson
Deep Water
Christine Poulson
A quietly dramatic novel, ‘Deep Water’ thrusts questions forward, and I found myself asking ‘what would I do?’ as I read. Several interlinked stories weave their through and around a clinical trial into obesity, and the search for a cure...
Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy
Remember My Name
Abbey Clancy
A light, flirty and oh, so much fun, debut novel by model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy. 22 year old Jess, a party entertainer from Liverpool has always dreamed of being a famous singer, so she can live like a...
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
Offshore
Penelope Fitzgerald
Winner of the Booker Prize 1979. Penelope Fitzgerald's Booker Prize-winning novel of loneliness and connecting is set among the houseboat community of the Thames and has a new Introduction from Alan Hollinghurst. Click here to read Penelope Fitzgerald's son-in-law discuss her...
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Smoke
Dan Vyleta
Maxim Jakubowski's September 2016 Book of the Month. Darker than dark but tonally lighter than light, this is a keeper and a bolt from nowhere, almost like an adult version of the Harry Potter books with...
The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney
The Day I Lost You
Fionnuala Kearney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the hidden, the things left unsaid and untold. I adored Fionnuala Kearney’s debut novel, so was very much looking forward...
Horror Stories by E. Nesbit
Horror Stories
E. Nesbit
The first surprise for me with this book was that E. Nesbit, author of The Railway Children and Five Children and It, had even written adult horror stories. I’m very grateful to Penguin for the discovery, for this...
Dragon Games by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Dragon Games
Jan-Philipp Sendker
A darkly captivating, tense, and beautifully written tale, that explores fear and the innermost thoughts and feelings of hearts and minds. This is the second in the ‘China’ series, and I really do recommend starting with the wonderful ‘Whispering...
The Ex Factor by Eva Woods
The Ex Factor
Eva Woods
Another gorgeously bright and bubbly, yet beautifully warm-hearted novel by Eva Woods. Four women, with various reasons for being single, decide that their ex men folk might just be the right fit for their friends. There are plenty of amusing...
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
Maxim Jakubowski's July 2016 Book of the Month. From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian...
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2016 Book of the Month. The epic doomsday scenario trilogy comes to a triumphant conclusion after ten years or so with this final and much-expected volume, following the visceral impact of The...
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016. Amanda Foreman, 2016 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with...
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The Last Good Kiss
James Crumley
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2016 Book of the Month. Crumley, the much-revered US author who died in 2006 brought a new vigour to the crime novel and reinterpreted the tropes of Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald...
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the...
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson
From the title you might imagine that this novel would be the most conventional of haunted house stories, but a line on page one suggests the true flavour of the chills to come: “Hill House, not sane, stood by itself...
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and...
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Britt-Marie Was Here
Fredrik Backman
One of our Books of the Year 2016. The publisher’s blurb for this quirky novel certainly drew me to it especially since I am an enormous fan of his first, A Man Called Ove. I’m afraid I didn’t read...
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she...
Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante
Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed...
Night Music by John Connolly
Night Music
John Connolly
If you are an intrepid reader and delight in the creatively eerie, startling and spine-chilling, then some distinctive and perfectly crafted short stories await. Of course there are 13 tales, however there is nothing about the obvious here, as they...
The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis
The Butcher's Hook
Janet Ellis
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Our first-person narrator, Anne Jaccobs, is an extraordinary young woman for her period. This is Georgian London in 1763 and she...
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are...
The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
The Plague Charmer
Karen Maitland
Told by many voices, some wise, some wicked, this is the story of a close community under unbearable strain. What is the breaking point where neighbours and even sisters will turn against each other? The older people remember the Great...
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his...
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Russell rises swiftly into a high-powered job until it all comes crashing round him and he now has to spend time at home so there is a slight role reversal while he looks after their 5-year old daughter and his...
Betrayal by Martina Cole
Betrayal
Martina Cole
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving...
Real Tigers by Mick Herron
Real Tigers
Mick Herron
Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of...
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming with life, death, passion, regret and the occasional gnashing of...
Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson
Crashing Heaven
Al Robertson
Maxim Jakubowski's January 2016 Book of the Month. A spectacular British SF debut that brings William Gibson’s cyberpunk genre to new heights and another dimension. It’s the first in a two-part series,...
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Dodgers
Bill Beverly
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Maxim Jakubowski's April 2016 Book of the Month. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap!...
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award 2016. Winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Winner...
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
December 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes | Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives told over the twelve hour period...
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Bookshop
Penelope Fitzgerald
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but...
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of...
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Miracle on 5th Avenue
Sarah Morgan
A spicy, amusing, magical story, just perfect for Christmas, or any time of the year. I do so enjoy a Sarah Morgan romance, you know exactly what you're going to get, yet she manages to make each novel feel fresh...
The Cartel by Don Winslow
The Cartel
Don Winslow
Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs that felt suffocating and sweaty and scary....
Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly
Between Sisters
Cathy Kelly
Another lovely, heartfelt, so very readable tale from Cathy Kelly. Sisters Cassie and Coco find plenty of bumps and difficulties in their path, and slowly begin to realise how trauma from their childhood is still affecting them today. Cathy Kelly...
Night School by Lee Child
Night School
Lee Child
In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. It's just a voice plucked from the air: 'The American wants a hundred million dollars'. For what? Who from?
The Christmas Card by Dilly Court
The Christmas Card
Dilly Court
The perfect heartwarming novel for Christmas from Sunday Times bestseller, Dilly Court.
The World of Poldark by Emma Marriott
The World of Poldark
Emma Marriott
Emma Marriott's The World of Poldark explores the characters, the compelling stories and the era that Winston Graham - and the television series - set out to recreate, the England that Ross Poldark returned to from the American War of...
Keeping on Keeping on by Alan Bennett
Keeping on Keeping on
Alan Bennett
This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett. This latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre...
The Whistler by John Grisham
The Whistler
John Grisham
The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his electrifying new thriller. Under Florida law, those who help the state...
The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe
The Kingdom of Speech
Tom Wolfe
Argues that speech - not evolution - is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, to the controversial work of modern-day...
This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer
This Was a Man
Jeffrey Archer
This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer's reputation as a master storyteller.
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis. In his memoir, he talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health. It also describes the highs and lows of his career,...
Moskva by Jack Grimwood
Moskva
Jack Grimwood
Another new writer who is already well-known to us, this time acclaimed SF author Jon Courtenay Grimwood reinventing himself as a thriller storyteller in definite overdrive. Set in 1980s Moscow, this tale of the travails of Tom Fox, a disgraced...
Dead Lions by Mick Herron
Dead Lions
Mick Herron
Sharp, biting and hugely enjoyable. The series focuses on Slough House where MI5 agents who are out of favour, who’ve screwed up one too many times, are assigned for light duties but inevitably end up outshining their ‘proper’ MI5 colleagues....
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
Chaos
Patricia Cornwell
In this latest in the bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell shows us once again why she is the world's number one bestselling crime writer, mistress of the shocking turns, delicious thrills, and state-of-the-art forensic details that...
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Wonder
Emma Donoghue
Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to...
Mr Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh
Mr Gandy's Grand Tour
Alan Titchmarsh
The new novel from Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. Mr Gandy escapes his humdrum life with an unexpected Grand Tour of Europe where drama, romance and friendship await in this beguiling tale of self-discovery.
The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
The Liar's Key
Mark Lawrence
Winner of the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his - the key into...
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
The Vagrant
Peter Newman
Winner of the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver...
One with You by Sylvia Day
One with You
Sylvia Day
Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a...
The Pleasure Quartet: Summer by Vina Jackson
The Pleasure Quartet: Summer
Vina Jackson
A striking and beautifully written 'adults only' read, containing some extreme and profoundly intimate scenes. Focusing once more on violinist Summer Zahova, this is the last in The Pleasure Quartet and is aptly titled Summer. Noah also enters the story, unsatisfied...
The Marches by Rory Stewart
The Marches
Rory Stewart
A very personal history of the boundary between Scotland and England, endlessly walking the border country Rory Stewart realises it is really another country, a middleland with its own lost history, our current borders just lines on a map arbitrarily...
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn by Vina Jackson
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn
Vina Jackson
So, so much more than just erotica - this arty highly provocative novel includes themes of loss, release and liberation. Summer’s partner has died, as a violinist she is able to truly escape and express her feelings through her music....
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, the authors showcase inventive yet simple dishes that rest on numerous culinary traditions, ranging from North Africa to Lebanon, Italy and California. It features 140 original recipes that cover everything from...
Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook
Jamie Oliver
Packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers. It's everything you need for the best Christmas...
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 reputation as one of the finest novelists of the century....
Autumn by Ali Smith
Autumn
Ali Smith
From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories, and a story about ageing and time and love and stories themselves. Here comes Autumn.
Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes
Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by Marian Keyes, some previously published, some not, from health and...
It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
It Was Only Ever You
Kate Kerrigan
Heartbreak and misunderstandings are woven through this uplifting story of a woman who can never quite believe that her gorgeous husband really loves her. Set, like Maeve Binchy's early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the...
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony Gordon explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can. Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.
What Light by Jay Asher
What Light
Jay Asher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a Nutshell: Romancing around the Christmas tree | Seasonal heart-warmer about a head-over-heels holiday romance that seems set to stay alight. While Christmas generally means friends, family, feasting and fun, it...
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great...
...And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne
...And a Happy New Year?
Holly Bourne
In a nutshell: auld lang syne with the Spinster Club The end of What’s A Girl Gotta Do saw the three members of the Spinster Club heading off their different ways, now in this special short novel, Holly...

Last Month's Featured eBooks

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria
Daisy Goodwin
Drawing on Victoria's diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin brings the inner life of the young queen even more richly to life...

Pistache Returns by Sebastian Faulks

Pistache Returns
Sebastian Faulks
From the writer of such brilliant parodies as Thomas Hardy's football report and Dan Brown's visit to the cash dispenser comes another collection of witty pastiches.

Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Snowblind
Ragnar Jonasson
It sometimes feels as if everyone in Iceland is writing crime novels but the first appearance of Ragnar Jonasson in English translation (itself a fluid adaptation by British mystery writer...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel...

Guy Martin: Worms to Catch by Guy Martin

Guy Martin: Worms to Catch
Guy Martin
In August 2015 Guy Martin crashed out of the lead of an Ulster Grand Prix superbike race held on the world's fastest racetrack. He had a surgery to bolt his...

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir's savage darkness, think again. Graphic, violent and weaving a thread of evil with the...

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Summer might be fading over the horizon but Straub's new novel is a...

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A finely-etched tale of domestic terror and a debut novel with a nod to girls gone and on a train, and...

Being a Beast by Charles Foster

Being a Beast
Charles Foster
We can never truly know what it is like to be another species and experience their lives as they search for food, or kill and be killed – but...

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Liz Jensen
A spellbinding tale about what the human heart can inflict and the mind endure Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When...

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Reader Reviewed Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
One of our Books of the Year 2016. October 2016 Book of the Month. Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of...

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Reader Reviewed Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Prepare yourself… for the dramatically intense and exciting new kid on the block, except Evan Smoak isn't a kid, he's a highly...

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

Reader Reviewed The Loving Husband
Christobel Kent
A darkly mesmerising tale exploring trust, love and deeply hidden secrets. Fran’s life is thrown into turmoil, causing her to question her husband, her love and herself, just what is...

The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

The Narrow Bed
Sophie Hannah
I honestly gurgled with delight when I discovered I was to review ‘The Narrow Bed’, then hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my door for the duration of the...

Hunting the Eagles by Ben Kane

Reader Reviewed Hunting the Eagles
Ben Kane
A truly wonderful and ferocious slice of historical fiction, this is the second in the ‘Eagles of Rome’ series and takes place from AD 12. I really do recommend starting...

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Hot Milk
Deborah Levy
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the...

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project
Graeme Macrae Burnet
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the...

Hystopia by David Means

Hystopia
David Means
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the...

All That Man is by David Szalay

All That Man is
David Szalay
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the...

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the...

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A subtle, quietly sinister tale, where the tension slowly creeps and coils around the edge of your understanding. Allis removes herself from her previous life to become a housekeeper for...

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Reader Reviewed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
One of our Books of the Year 2016. October 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full...

The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

The Twenty-Three
Linwood Barclay
Oh, yes, it’s finally here, and it’s quite simply fabulous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the last in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy, each book has ramped up my expectation for the...

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home

Reader Reviewed The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
October 2016 Book of the Month. The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill investigating the...

Rick Stein's Long Weekends by Rick Stein

Rick Stein's Long Weekends
Rick Stein
Cadiz, Palermo, Copenhagen and more... Rick Stein goes in search of good food in fabulous locations, and all of them just a quick hop, skip and a jump from the...

Beneath the Skin by Sandra Ireland

Beneath the Skin
Sandra Ireland
October 2016 Debut of the Month. Powerful, unsettling, beautifully written and wonderfully captivating, this a thought-provoking debut. Walt is skimming through life, barely existing, attempting to...

Between the Crosses by Matthew Frank

Between the Crosses
Matthew Frank
A tight, clever, fiercely driven slice of crime fiction. This is the second in the ‘Joseph Stark’ series. Damaged and almost broken DC Stark, and his Met Police colleagues in...

The Black Path by Paul Burston

The Black Path
Paul Burston
‘The Black Path’ is absorbing and clever, with several stories and strands weaving into one thrilling and dramatic tale. Helen fights a feeling of abandonment, her father Richard was murdered...

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) by Susie Steiner

Reader Reviewed Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1)
Susie Steiner
One of our Books of the Year 2016. If you're looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie...

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos
John Wyndham
Highly Recommended. This is a handsome new HB edition of Wyndham’s classic 1957 novel of generational paranoia and alien invasion. Wyndham has been a huge influence...

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the new 'hot' genre....

Strangers by Paul Finch

Strangers
Paul Finch
Whoohee, this is a fierce, adrenaline rush of a read, and it packs a huge punch of attitude. PC Lucy Clayburn is desperate to get onto CID, she finds herself...

Home by Harlan Coben

Home
Harlan Coben
Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. For ten long years two boys have been...

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Tales of the Peculiar
Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs’s spine-tingling fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is now a film directed by – who else? - Tim Burton, and this extremely handsome book purports to...

Conclave by Robert Harris

Conclave
Robert Harris
The best-selling author of An Officer and a Spy, The Ghost and Fatherland turns to today’s Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning...

Here I am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Here I am
Jonathan Safran Foer
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Not a crime novel or fantasy even if extraneous factors like a terrible earthquake that devastates the state of Israel and...

Woman of God by James Patterson

Woman of God
James Patterson
St Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new...

Shelter from the Storm by Ellie Dean

Shelter from the Storm
Ellie Dean
Nineteen-year-old April Wilton has just enlisted in the WRENs in Portsmouth, where she works servicing engines on ships. She finds herself immersed in dockyard life and surrounded by soldiers -...

The Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell

The Shipyard Girls
Nancy Revell
During the day, head welder Rosie teaches her fledgling flock of trainees their new trade, but at night she hides a secret life. And mother hen Gloria signs up to...

The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto

The Exiled
Kati Hiekkapelto
A compelling, assured and gutsy crime thriller set in Serbia among the refugee crisis. Anna returns to the borders of Hungary and Serbia for a holiday, there she finds herself...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Reader Reviewed At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
In her last novel, The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier returned to her American roots for the first time, setting her story on the Ohio frontier in 1850. At the...

The Deviants by C. J. Skuse

The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely...

Losing it by Emma Rathbone

Reader Reviewed Losing it
Emma Rathbone
October 2016 Debut of the Month. An edgy, refreshing, and quirky read, one that slides into, then excites and challenges your consciousness. There’s something about 26...

The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre

The Great Swindle
Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2016. October 1918: the war on the Western Front is all but over. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, the ambitious Lieutenant Henri...

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Only Daughter
Anna Snoekstra
October 2016 Debut of the Month. A girl is picked up for shoplifting and not wanting to give her real name, we know not why, she...

The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech

The Mountain in My Shoe
Louise Beech
An intriguing, moving, and absolutely captivating family drama. Bernadette has to face her fears and start to take back control of her life when she decides to leave her husband....

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories
P. D. James
As the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', the author was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. In this book, four of the best...

Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith

Pharaoh
Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times. From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh...

Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

Playing Dead
Julia Heaberlin
A riveting debut novel from a thrilling new voice, Playing Dead is a mesmerizing story of family, identity and secrets that can kill. The Letter: A few weeks after her...

The Fourth Victim by Mari Jungstedt

The Fourth Victim
Mari Jungstedt
An armed robbery is over in minutes, leaving a little girl on the road, hit by the getaway car. Desperate to find those responsible, the police track down one of...

Cross Justice by James Patterson

Cross Justice
James Patterson
The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on and just sank into...

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Highly Recommended. This is a cunning and genuinely creepy horror novel. That...

How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry

Reader Reviewed How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Veronica Henry
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A lovely, gentle read, full of interesting characters, and at the heart of it all, a rather wonderful book shop called Nightingale...

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

The Last Beginning
Lauren James
In a Nutshell: Time-transcending true love | I was mightily impressed by The Next Together, the first in this epically ambitious sequence of books about a fated couple who...

Holding by Graham Norton

Holding
Graham Norton
Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of loveable characters, and explore - with searing honesty -...

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen
Ottessa Moshfegh
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A young woman relentlessly drives through the darkness of the American roads....

Jo Malone: My Story by Jo Malone

Jo Malone: My Story
Jo Malone
October 2016 Book of the Month. Has appeal as a rags to riches story but also will act as an inspiration for anyone dreaming of starting...

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell
Ian McEwan
Maxim Jakubowski October 2016 Highly Recommended. Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year insofar as it follows the story of a crime from the...

The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi

The Ice Lands
Steinar Bragi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Nordic noir meets arctic horror in this powerful Icelandic novel which packs a mean punch. A group of Reykjavik thirty somethings...

The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey

The Harbour Master
Daniel Pembrey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Setting a detective series in Amsterdam is necessarily having to compete with striking memories of books by Nicolas Freeling and Janwillem...

Cold Kill by P. J. Tracy

Cold Kill
P. J. Tracy
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's always pleasant to revisit a series after skipping a few books to see if the appeal of the main characters...

The Silent Land by David Dunham

The Silent Land
David Dunham
Set in turbulent times before and during WW1, The Silent Land is an interesting exploration of loss, grief, love and hidden family secrets. The death of Rebecca’s mother in 1903...

The Water Babes by Norman Whitney

The Water Babes
Norman Whitney
Every week many of us go to regular activity groups, swimming, singing and the like and happily spend an hour or so in pleasant conversation. But what is really going...

Angels of Music by Kim Newman

Angels of Music
Kim Newman
Kim Newman is perhaps best known for his wonderfully entertaining sequels to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which took the Vampiric Count into various eras of the twentieth century. Most notably, in...

The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill

The Butterfly Cabinet
Bernie McGill
The Butterfly Cabinet is a dramatic, haunting and inforgettable novel that tells the tale of two women whose lives are entwined by an appalling tragedy at the end of the...

The Promise of the Child by Tom Toner

The Promise of the Child
Tom Toner
Yet another mighty impressive Science Fictional debut from a new British writer with a background in fine arts, which shows clearly in the dazzling descriptions and landscapes he evokes throughout....

The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

The Thing Itself
Adam Roberts
It begins like a modern version of John Carpenter's sinister SF horror movie THE THING when two research scientists isolated in an Antarctic station stumble across unholy matters hitherto unknown...

The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10) by Bernard Cornwell

The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10)
Bernard Cornwell
The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show...

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal
Yann Martel
The long-awaited new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of the worldwide phenomenon Life of Pi. Three stories. Three broken hearts. One exploration: what is a life without stories?...

The Cellar by Minette Walters

The Cellar
Minette Walters
Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however a more rational yet none the less uncomfortable and captivating read awaits. The story...

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns
Kendare Blake
In a Nutshell: | Queen against Queen | Sister against Sister | Weight of Fate Epic new series in which being crowned queen is a deadly curse. Triplet sisters, all...

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte...

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious and Grace
Alexander McCall Smith
Precious and Grace is a book steeped with addictive charm, wit and intelligent sleuthing. In the heat of summer in Botswana, co-directors of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe...

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Peggy and Me
Miranda Hart
From the bestselling author of Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart, comes the hilarious account of her life with her close companion Peggy, a gorgeous white bichon frise.

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

The Crossing
Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch no longer works for the LAPD having retired six months ago. He hired his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller, to sue the department for forcing him out. Not...

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe
Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven, author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, delivers another heart-wrenching, poignant and exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you...

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Reader Reviewed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
One of our YA Books of the Year 2016. Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Cecelia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly...

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
A revelatory memoir by a legendary rock star, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run will be the book of 2016. Over the past seven years, he has privately devoted himself to...

Detonator by Andy McNab

Detonator
Andy McNab
Betrayed and left for dead high in the Alps, Nick Stone is in trouble. The blood on his hands tells of a head wound he can't see and his foggy...

Counting Stars by David Almond

Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the...

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories...

The Gypsy Madonna by Santa Montefiore

The Gypsy Madonna
Santa Montefiore
A priceless Titian masterpiece. A sumptuous French chateau with a deadly secret. And a mystery hidden in a Bordeaux village that will change their lives forever...

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily's beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together,...

Love You Dead by Peter James

Love You Dead
Peter James
Love You Dead is the gripping twelfth book in Peter James' Roy Grace series.

The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

The Tourist
Robert Dickinson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A breakthrough book by a relatively new British science fiction author, THE TOURIST is a time-travel tale with a difference and...

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

The Girl from Venice
Martin Cruz Smith
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neglecting his favourite character Russian investigator Arkady Renko, of GORKY PARK and other novels fame, Cruz Smith offers us a...

Sinner Man by Lawrence Block

Sinner Man
Lawrence Block
Maxim Jakubowski November 2016 Highly Recommended. Leading US mystery writer Block wrote this as his first crime novel in the 1960s and although the book had...

Red Right Hand by Chris Holm

Red Right Hand
Chris Holm
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A second Michael Hendricks adventure, following on from THE KILLING KIND, which introduced the hitman who only kills other hitmen,...

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald

Falling Awake
Alice Oswald
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Alice Oswald's poems are always vivid and distinct, alert and deeply, physically, engaged in the natural world. Mutability - a sense that all...

Say Something Back by Denise Riley

Say Something Back
Denise Riley
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Lyric, intimate, acidly witty, unflinchingly brave, Say Something Back is a deeply moving book by one of our finest poets, and one destined...

Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest

Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Tempest argues that our alienation from one another has bred a terrible indifference to our own fate, but she counters this with a...

The Month Before's Featured eBooks

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

Submission
Michel Houellebecq
The new novel by the enfant terrible of European writing proves as controversial as its much-debated predecessors and will have readers and critics arguing for ages yet again. The as-ever-Houellebecq-like...

The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Autumn Throne
Elizabeth Chadwick
The third and final volume of this magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine starts with her release from the Palace of Sarum, Wiltshire in April 1176 where...

Speak by Louisa Hall

Speak
Louisa Hall
Highly Recommended. You might imagine that a novel about the development of...

Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and quite, quite wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not...

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Spectacles
Sue Perkins
Entering the crowded market of the celeb autobiography, Sue Perkins has managed to bring a fresh approach to the genre with a witty and funny view of her life so...

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels
Stephen Graham Jones
Highly Recommended. Mongrels is a gripping and unsettling novel and a fresh...

False Hearts by Laura Lam

False Hearts
Laura Lam
Highly Recommended. This is an intensely personal and affecting SF novel. Set in San Francisco in the near future there is much to recognise here and...

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Highly Recommended. Tolkien didn’t intend to set a blueprint for epic-fantasy with Lord of the Rings but, the many qualities of his trilogy notwithstanding, too often...

Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

Reader Reviewed Florence Grace
Tracy Rees
A historical family drama to sink into, to feel a part of, to be surprised by. in 1860, Florrie, a 15 year old orphan, yet raised with love, finds herself...

Blindsided by Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton

Blindsided
Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton
Former Australian rugby union legend and World Cup winner, now acclaimed television sports pundit, on his glittering career in the game - and how close he came to losing his...

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Reader Reviewed Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus of a read so if you haven't tried sci/fi before, please don't be put...

Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge

Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun
Samantha Tonge
Sparkly, fun and entertaining, even with a light touch of darker emotion, this is a bright summery read. 27 year old Kate dreams of Poldark, when she accepts a wedding...

Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson

Blackout
Ragnar Jonasson
This truly is a crime novel to tamper with your thoughts and send them skittering off in all directions. ‘Blackout’ takes place in June 2010, following on from ‘Snowblind’,...

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Reader Reviewed The Light of Paris
Eleanor Brown
Two parallel stories, set in two time frames, where second chances and the links between two women flicker and burn with energy. In Chicago during 1999, Madeleine tells her own...

The Avocado Cookbook by Heather Thomas

The Avocado Cookbook
Heather Thomas
From Mexican Brunch Burritos to Avocado and Prawn Sushi, Linguine with Avocado Pesto, Cheesy Avocado Frittata and even Avocado Eton Mess, this book has plenty of step-by-step recipes to suit...

The Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse
Jessie Burton
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction Award 2016. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the footsteps of THE MINIATURIST, Jessie Burton's second novel...

The Race by Nina Allan

The Race
Nina Allan
Highly Recommended. This is a subtle but telling SF novel that will speak loudly to fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel....

Set Me Free by Hina Belitz

Reader Reviewed Set Me Free
Hina Belitz
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A 17 year old Muslim girl relates this story of her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan, her flight to Clerkenwell, London, the loss...

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

Keep You Close
Lucie Whitehouse
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Ten years ago Rowan and Marianne were inseperable. Rowan, our narrator, lost her mother while still a baby and Marianne's family embraced...

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts
Annie Darling
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Witty, romantic and very modern, The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts is the first in a new series set in a quaint old bookshop, for...

The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan

The New Mrs Clifton
Elizabeth Buchan
One of our Books of the Year 2016. At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London. ...

Lucifer's Harvest by Mel Starr

Lucifer's Harvest
Mel Starr
An interesting short medieval mystery, where surgeon Hugh finds himself accompanying his Lord to battle in France during 1370. This is the ninth chronicle in the ‘Hugh de Singleton, surgeon’...

The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry

The House on Sunset Lake
Tasmina Perry
September 2016 eBook of the Month. A stirring and intoxicating story of love and twisted secrets waiting… lurking. Spanning twenty years, this tale introduces Jim and...

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown
Zen Cho
Highly Recommended. Zen Cho’s engaging debut fantasy is one of the more purely entertaining fantasies of recent years. Avoiding the perhaps overly familiar sub-genre of medieval...

The Damned by Andrew Pyper

The Damned
Andrew Pyper
Highly Recommended. I’m ashamed to say that this is the first of Pyper’s eight novels I’ve read. It certainly won’t be the last. Thankfully it’s never...

Rawblood by Catriona Ward

Rawblood
Catriona Ward
Highly Recommended. Catriona Ward’s assured and artful first novel is a wonderfully gothic tale. Set in an Edwardian Devon haunted by the Great War it has...

Fellside by M. R. Carey

Fellside
M. R. Carey
Highly Recommended. The new novel from the author of The Girl...

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Ballroom
Anna Hope
A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles find themselves at the edge of an impossible future, each decision they...

Zodiac by Sam Wilson

Zodiac
Sam Wilson
September 2016 Debut of the Month. An excellently twisting thriller where cop tracks killer through a turbulent city. Prejudice is rife and violence is in the...

Children of the Mists by Lexa Dudley

Children of the Mists
Lexa Dudley
Winner of the Book Excellence Award 2016 for Romance. An emotional historical romance set in Sardinia in the 1800’s. Two families, united over the years and truly at one with...

Cold Calling by Russell Mardell

Cold Calling
Russell Mardell
A pointed, wryly amusing look at relationships in the modern world. Ray is a cold caller, he lives in London with his best friend Danny, and is still mourning the...

The Last Lullaby by Carin Gerhardsen

The Last Lullaby
Carin Gerhardsen
From the Swedish publisher of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy comes a sensational new crime writing talent - and one of the best new Scandinavian crime series since Jo Nesbo's Harry...

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Exposure
Helen Dunmore
A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web...

Night Train to Berlin by Margaret de Rohan

Night Train to Berlin
Margaret de Rohan
A chance encounter, a case of mistaken identity and a seemingly innocent train journey all come together to place the lives of international leaders and family members of the central...

The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3 by E. James Chapman

The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3
E. James Chapman
There is a saying that goes 'When life gives you lemons make lemonade' but in E. James Chapman's hilarious book, The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3, this keep positive...

The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence

The Empathy Problem
Gavin Extence
One of our Books of the Year 2016. September 2016 eBook of the Month. A must read if ever there was one, this is just stunning....

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow
Fiona Barton
Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front...

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

The Travelers
Chris Pavone
September 2016 Book of the Month. When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his whole...

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Reader Reviewed The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee’s slick, savvy debut...

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

The Lesser Bohemians
Eimear McBride
The Lesser Bohemians is about sexual passion. It is about innocence and the loss of it. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and...

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

Selection Day
Aravind Adiga
Manjunath Kumar is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket - if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering...

The Unravelling by Thorne Moore

The Unravelling
Thorne Moore
Thorne Moore delves deep into the dark corners of a mind disturbed by the wicked acts of childhood that refuse to stay hidden in this edgy psychological thriller. A simple,...

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Undertow
Elizabeth Heathcote
September 2016 Debut of the Month. A tension-filled family drama, which encourages thoughts to twist and turn. The prologue sets questions in motion, trapping them in...

Far from True by Linwood Barclay

Far from True
Linwood Barclay
A wonderfully stimulating and thrilling read, hold on tight as you dive in! This is the second in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy and I really do recommend starting with ‘

Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron

Dread Wyrm
Miles Cameron
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Red Knight's adventures have become one of the most gripping martial fantasy adventures -...

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
Seductively beautiful and evocative writing ensures ‘The Forgotten Summer’ is hard to put down. A vineyard in France holds the key to secrets and lies that have been hidden in...

The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Tiger and the Wolf
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Highly Recommended. Tchaikovsky is an agile and varied writer (after an innovative fantasy series he has just won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for his SF...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
This is a coming-of-age, incredibly thought-provoking, beautifully written and utterly original book. The book thief in the story is a nine-year old girl but this incredible story will...

My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry

Reader Reviewed My Husband's Wife
Jane Corry
A thriller, full of family drama and suspense… this is a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of tense uncertainty. The short prologue set my...

The Final Word by Liza Marklund

The Final Word
Liza Marklund
With the stakes rising by the day, Annika Bengtzon is once again flung to the heart of a complex case. But nagging at the back of her mind is her sister's...

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Crosstalk
Connie Willis
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. One of the most popular contemporary American SF authors, Willis alternates between intricate thrillers, often involving travel into the past, and...

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter
Blake Crouch
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A gripping thriller with a touch of the impossible, if not outright leap into science fiction, the new novel by the...

The One Man by Andrew Gross

The One Man
Andrew Gross
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944...

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome and RAZOR GIRL proves one of his better escapades after a few fallow...

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Reader Reviewed Don't You Cry
Mary Kubica
A tale that creeps under your skin, worms its way into your thoughts, and spins to an all consuming end. I’ve devoured Mary Kubica’s other novels, and personally, this is...

Look at Me by Sarah Duguid

Look at Me
Sarah Duguid
Two years after the death of a beloved mother, a stranger moves into the bereaving family home. Adult brother, sister and hippy dad take in grown-up Eunice, a half-sister/daughter who...

Now is the Time by Melvyn Bragg

Now is the Time
Melvyn Bragg
‘Now is the Time’ is a fascinating, substantial, yet surprisingly contained novel given the subject matter. Detailing the people's rebellion of 1381, Melvyn Bragg imagines this time and breathes life...

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Summer Queen
Elizabeth Chadwick
Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the epic first novel in a magnificent trilogy unveiling the fascinating and misunderstood young queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine -...

The Weekends of You and Me by Fiona Walker

The Weekends of You and Me
Fiona Walker
September 2016 Book of the Month. Jo and Harry are both recently single. Harry has an 18-year old daughter from a one-night stand long before he...

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Swordspoint
Ellen Kushner
Highly Recommended. This is a welcome UK outing for Kushner’s 1987 novel that launched her acclaimed Swords of Riverside series. Fans of Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora...

As I Descended by Robin Talley

Reader Reviewed As I Descended
Robin Talley
One of our YA Books of the Year 2016. September 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition | Scheming with Spirits | ...

The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson

The Child Garden
Catriona McPherson
In a deep dark Scottish wood there stand two houses, a mile apart. Between them stands a hallowed building. A chapel? A crypt? And close by runs a river with...

The Beginning Woods by Malcolm McNeill

The Beginning Woods
Malcolm McNeill
September 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Unfathomable mystery | Timeless fairy tale quest An elegantly atmospheric page-turner that will have readers rooting...

Hill of the Angels by Sue Mayfield

Hill of the Angels
Sue Mayfield
Breath-taking yet at times brutal, this is a story based on real historical events in the 17th Century. Abigail and Grace are living in a country consumed by evil and...

The Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces
Laure Eve
In a nutshell: be careful if you’re what others wish for | The three Graces, twins Thalia and Fenrin and their younger sister Summer, seem to have everything: attractive, popular,...

Private Paris by James Patterson

Private Paris
James Patterson
When Jack Morgan stops by Private's Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into...

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Winter Crown
Elizabeth Chadwick
Rich and compelling it is December 1154, the coronation of Henry II and Eleanor opens the second part of this detailed, magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine...

Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher

Silence is Goldfish
Annabel Pitcher
Joanne Owen's Pick of the Year 2015 “Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them,” so declares Tess, the troubled heroine of this...

Caged by Theresa Breslin

Caged
Theresa Breslin
In a Nutshell: Fighting | Surviving | Treachery | Trust | A powerful contemporary novel set in the shady world of underground cage fighting, from a Carnegie Medal-winning author. After...

Mount! by Jilly Cooper

Mount!
Jilly Cooper


Crisis by Frank Gardner

Crisis
Frank Gardner
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