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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
April 2017 Book of the Month. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a private aircraft returning from a wealthy holiday hideout plunges...
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
April 2017 Book of the Month. Aged 13 a girl goes missing. The whole village turns out to search. Over the course of thirteen chapters and thirteen years we follow the affect of this tragedy on...
The Lauras by Sara Taylor
The Lauras
Sara Taylor
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 of 13, a trip undertaken with Mom, where lessons...
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
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 has yet again created a masterful novel that will...
The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay
The Stolen Child
Sanjida Kay
April 2017 Book of the Month. Terrific, truly a one-sitting read so be warned and allow space for it to be so. Zoe and Ollie adopt baby Evie, the unwanted child of a drug addict, father...
Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi
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 homeland, where murder, death, lies, and deceit stalk the...
When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
April 2017 Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their...
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker
Tall Oaks
Chris Whitaker
Maxim Jakubowski's April 2017 Book of the Month. A first British crime novel, albeit set in a small American community, that appeared a few months ago and only recently came to my attention, Tall Oaks takes...
How to be Human by Paula Cocozza
How to be Human
Paula Cocozza
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Here is a woman, Mary, who desperately needs something and even we, the reader, are not entirely sure what. She has just split with a long-term boyfriend, Mark, the final...
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
The Wolf Road
Beth Lewis
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Uniquely voiced, elementally powerful literary thriller that crackles with page-turning tension. Aged seven, gutsy Elka ran away from her nana and wound up getting lost in a forest. She was...
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
Good as Gone
Amy Gentry
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, convincing, and unexpected tale. 13 year old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom eight years ago, her sister, mother and father, have been unable to move past...
Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge
Castle of Water
Dane Huckelbridge
April 2017 Debut of the Month. An emotional, heart-stopping, and mesmerising debut novel. 34 year old retired banker and burgeoning artist Barry from New York, and 28 year old just-married Parisian architect Sophie, are the sole...
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Quicksand
Malin Persson Giolito
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Provocative and compelling, this mind and heart-breaking tale really shouldn't be missed. After a school shooting, 18 year old Maja is finally in court, will she be found innocent or...
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac
The Cutaway
Christina Kovac
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV producer with a self-confessed attraction to the “unknowable”, which is...
The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by the arrival of an artistic golden couple next door. All...
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
Arrowood
Mick Finlay
April 2017 Debut of the Month. London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the...
Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
April 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two...
What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney
What You Don't Know
JoAnn Chaney
Maxim Jakubowski April 2017 Highly Recommended. Serial killer novels come and go, mostly exploitative as well as repetitive, but this American debut rings the differences with a vengeance, with a strong, visceral impact and a handful...
The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
April 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes...
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 never King in his own right. Destined never to get...
Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley
Sleep in Early Modern England
Sasha Handley
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. We face many clashing opinions about sleep today. But spare a thought for the hapless person in pre C18 England, harried by thoughts of sloth and religious foot-dragging. Hemmed around by different but...
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 thus more interesting, there are new things to learn about...
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared...
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Winner of 2016 Costa Book of the Year and Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2016. This big-hearted, beautiful and splendidly sweeping tale of war, survival and love in the...
Here be Witches by Sarah Mussi
Here be Witches
Sarah Mussi
In a Nutshell: Merlin-esque mythology in the modern world | Set in stunning Snowdonia, this spellbinding sequel to Here Be Dragons shimmers with atmosphere, adventure and a love story of legendary proportions. Sixteen-year-old Ellie longs to be with Henry, the...
Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
Faithless
Kjell Ola Dahl
An assured, chilling, and intense piece of crime fiction set in Oslo. Detectives Frolich and Gunnarstranda investigate the murder of a woman who has been found scalded and wrapped in plastic, Gunnarstranda gets help from an unexpected source, while things...
Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine
Sleeper's Castle
Barbara Erskine
A sweeping saga of a tale, linking the past and the present through two women’s dreams and a house that straddles time. This is the first Barbara Erskine novel I’ve read, for those that have been with her since the...
The End of the Day by Claire North
The End of the Day
Claire North
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Charlie just happens to be the harbinger of death. He never wanted the job, but he had no choice in the matter. His headquarters are in Milton Keynes and he is...
Written in Bones by James Oswald
Written in Bones
James Oswald
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish farmer and writer James Oswald is definitely prolific, to say the least, as this is already his seventh Detective Inspector Tony McLean case (and in addition has also written four...
The Pictures by Guy Bolton
The Pictures
Guy Bolton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another British beginner with a tale set overseas, in this case in Hollywood in 1939 at the time The Wizard of Oz was being filmed. Detective Jonathan Craine once worked...
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Sirens
Joseph Knox
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it. A disgraced undercover young detective is tasked to find the errant...
Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan
Based on a True Story
Delphine de Vigan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. With shades of Ingmar Bergman's film Persona and the 1992 Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh movie Single White Female, this dizzying tale of female rivalry and ambiguous love from award-winning...
Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander
Under a Sardinian Sky
Sara Alexander
An expressive and heartfelt relationship tale set in a gloriously evocative 1950’s Sardinia. Carmela is engaged to the son of the town’s wealthiest family, however finds herself questioning his overbearing nature when she meets a Captain from the nearby army...
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times
Xan Brooks
This magnetic debut evokes the social and emotional landscapes of interwar England with an abundance of originality. With the country battered and drained by the Great War, orphan Lucy Marsh finds herself in an extraordinary place, and in the company...
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
The State of Grace
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger’s * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that’s certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of this gorgeously heartfelt and often hilarious novel. Grace is bright...
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
Simply fabulous, this is a truly beautiful, mind-popping story. I must admit to jigging up and down with excitement when ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ arrived on my desk, Liane Moriarty has a very special touch, her stories and words caress ordinary...
The Museum of You by Carys Bray
The Museum of You
Carys Bray
Now that Clover is twelve she can have a key to her home while her father drives the local bus and she can remain there alone. She has the allotment to water and tend and then the days of the...
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
My Name is Leon
Kit de Waal
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. This is such a gorgeously expressive novel, it just sings with intensity, and is impossible to put down. Nine year old Leon loves his little brother Jake and his mum, he looks after...
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan
Ruth Gilligan
As is the case with so many good Irish literary novels, this is poignant, breathtaking and very sad. Following three stories told in three different voices that do eventually come together, it covers the years 1901 to 1941 through the...
The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh
The Killer on the Wall
Emma Kavanagh
What a fabulously thrilling and penetrating tale this is. In 1996 Isla Bell found the bodies on the wall, now in 2016, she is a forensic psychologist studying the brains of serial killers, however her life begins to spin apart...
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...
Watching Edie by Camilla Way
Watching Edie
Camilla Way
In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years ago when the girls became friends and some dreadful mystery...
The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney
The Blood Miracles
Lisa McInerney
Another outstanding, compelling read from Lisa McInerney, winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize and winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016. Having devoured and raved about ‘The Glorious Heresies’ (one of our Books of the Year...
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
All Grown Up
Jami Attenberg
An edgy, astute, robustly dynamic tale, taking snapshots of a life and allowing them to parade provocatively in front of you. Andrea is nearly 40, she doesn't have children, or a partner, she continuously battles expectations and other peoples judgement....
The Plagiarist in the Kitchen by Jonathan Meades
The Plagiarist in the Kitchen
Jonathan Meades
Jonathan Meades calls this an anti-cookbook or as you and I might see it a distillation of a lifetime’s cooking. Running alongside this is the question of Chefs and their hallowed “inventions” which are no such thing and mostly best...
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 turns out, along with most other things about Martin Luther,...
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Shortlisted for 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 medieval manuscripts and their history. With first-rate illustrations, we too...
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon
Blue Light Yokohama
Nicolas Obregon
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A beautifully plotted police procedural set in Japan by a new British author, this wonderfully crafted suspense sees a pair of police investigators with highly troubled pasts of their own brought...
Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi
Don't Let Go
Michel Bussi
A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Martial, Liane, and their daughter Sopha are on holiday on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, then Liane disappears and Martial finds himself the only suspect. The...
Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick
Well of the Winds
Denzil Meyrick
A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the ‘D.C.I. Daley Series’. The past is haunting the present as murder visits an island off the coast of Kintyre. Denzil Meyrick’s writing style has evolved over the course of this...
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai
This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt Haig’s The Humans has done. Tom Barren is one...
The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork
The Owl Always Hunts at Night
Samuel Bjork
A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale set in Norway. A young woman is found dead in woodland on the edge of Oslo Fjord, with her body arranged in a strange, unsettling backdrop. The policing team in charge of the investigation...
Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly
Secrets of a Happy Marriage
Cathy Kelly
A gorgeously warm, loving, and occasionally tempestuous tale set within a large family as they learn to cope with grief, new loves, and family revelations. Bess has found love in her sixties, Jojo is desperate for children, Cari is focusing...
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. A surprising, emotional, and courageous novel, one where the words and feelings gradually unwind from the page and take up residence in your mind. Set in Nigeria during the 1980s, this...
Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Paris for One and Other Stories
Jojo Moyes
I love short stories, they have the power to give us a fleeting, yet memorable glimpse into other lives. Lives of strong, beautiful characters as they face the challenges that life throws at them, each in search of a little...
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Dinner
Herman Koch
This is one of those books like The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin where no one is likeable and the outcome difficult to predict. Here the family drama is related during a posh restaurant dinner...
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
Deep Down Dead
Steph Broadribb
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another assured British thriller debut, again set overseas, this time in deepest America where Lori Anderson, a young woman with a tumultuous past and a young child suffering from leukemia...
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2017. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome and RAZOR GIRL proves one of his better escapades after a few fallow years. The absurdities, venalities and sheer black humour of his Florida...
The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
The Words in My Hand
Guinevere Glasfurd
Shortlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2017. A gloriously readable and emotional fictional tale based on the relationship between Dutch maid Helena Jans van der Strom and philosopher, mathematician and scientist Rene Descartes, in 17th century Amsterdam....
Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
Knife Edge
Malorie Blackman
The terrific sequel to Noughts and Crosses and continues the story of Sephy and Callum and their families. Full of mystery, suspense, romance and even murder, you’ll go through numerous different emotions when you read it but in the end...
The Good People by Hannah Kent
The Good People
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Three women are at the heart of this beguiling, elemental novel, in which the dialogue dances, and the force of Irish fairy lore weaves its eerie, all-consuming ways through a...
The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson
The Vanishing Futurist
Charlotte Hobson
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. An exuberant, kaleidoscopic debut set in the turbulent times around the 1917 Russian revolution, told through the eyes of an eighty-year-old Englishwoman recalling her youth. It's 1914 and, against the...
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Smoke
Dan Vyleta
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 a touch of Dickensian dystopia. Set in a Victorian England that never...
False Hearts by Laura Lam
False Hearts
Laura Lam
This is an intensely personal and affecting SF novel. Set in San Francisco in the near future there is much to recognise here and little in the way of outlandish science to alienate the reader. But at its core is...
The One Man by Andrew Gross
The One Man
Andrew Gross
Something of a departure for erstwhile James Patterson collaborator Andrew Gross, and a powerful, breathless thriller with a difference. It's 1944 and the American nuclear programme is stalling and the presence of a brilliant scientist imprisoned in Auschwitz sees Nathan...
Murderabilia by Craig Robertson
Murderabilia
Craig Robertson
If Ian Rankin controls the crime scene in Edinburgh, it's becoming clear that Craig Robertson has a firm grip on matters murderous in Glasgow and this outstanding and disturbing stand alone only serves to confirm his local dominance. Folllowing five...
Fire Damage by Kate Medina
Fire Damage
Kate Medina
Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie Flynn works for the Defence Psychology Unit, she teams up...
The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit
The Butchers of Berlin
Chris Petit
This is a tough, violent thriller which illustrates the chaos in Germany in 1943. Suffering setbacks in the war and severe shortages, Berlin is in the middle of a rushed ‘cleansing’ of the Jews with thousands being removed each night. ...
Black Water by Louise Doughty
Black Water
Louise Doughty
Fluctuating between the riots and massacre in Indonesia in 1965 and the second coup in 1997 with the unrest of 1998, this is a powerful tale of espionage and love. Our hero, a courier, appears to be in disgrace, hiding...
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as one particular killer is staring right back at her. The...
Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg
Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale of Charlotte Ford whose life has proven a great disappointment and is now scraping the edges to make ends meet...
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 dexterity of a malevolent spider, this Swedish trilogy by a...
The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe
The Ice Beneath Her
Camilla Grebe
A debut solo novel for a leading Swedish crime author who had, until now, collaborated with other writers on various series. A young woman is found beheaded inside the house of a powerful industrialist who has now gone missing. The...
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
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 story as she flounders in a loveless marriage, she finds...
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Mothering Sunday
Graham Swift
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. From the jubilant “You shall go to the ball!” of the preface, and the “Once upon a time” opening, this glorious feminist-hued fable tells of a young woman’s transformation from...
The House of Fame by Oliver Harris
The House of Fame
Oliver Harris
Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far as they can be bent. Although, by hook or by crook, he normally does get results the hard way....
Checkmate by Malorie Blackman
Checkmate
Malorie Blackman
At last the book to tie up the loose ends of the Noughts and Crosses sequence and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in anyway. The originality of the plot is breathtaking and the characters superbly drawn. You’ll be gripped to the...
Letters to Strabo by David Smith
Letters to Strabo
David Smith
A fictional travelogue of Finn, a free-spirited American and budding travel writer, journeying around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970’s. Letters to Strabo is an evocative, candid and life-affirming coming of age story with a strong sense of...
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage
Vic James
Vic James’ magical yet chilling debut novel describes an alternate contemporary world in which, since the 1640s, Britain has been divided between the Equals, a ruling Aristocracy who have magical skills at their fingertips, and the commoners, the vast majority...
Double Cross by Malorie Blackman
Double Cross
Malorie Blackman
This thrilling new title in award-winning Malorie Blackman’s cleverly observed series, which began with Noughts and Crosses, captures the drama and potential violence of growing up – especially in a world where the Noughts are willing to use violence against...
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Profoundly moving tale of love and devotion, told in a steady, lucid style that reverberates with the latent undercurrent of suppressed, unfulfilled longings....
This Love by Dani Atkins
This Love
Dani Atkins
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 meets Ben. Dani Atkins’s words have the ability...
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
The Thirst
Jo Nesbo
A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. He's in your house... He's in your room. Under pressure from the media...
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
I See You
Clare Mackintosh
Lose yourself in the twisty, gripping number one bestseller from Richard & Judy Book Club winner, Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go - you won't be able to put it down
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Couple Next Door
Shari Lapena
You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would...
Conclave by Robert Harris
Conclave
Robert Harris
The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. They have ambition. And...
The Coal Miner's Daughter by Maggie Hope
The Coal Miner's Daughter
Maggie Hope
At their first meeting a bond of sympathy and affection is established between Hannah, a pitman's daughter, and Timothy Durkin, son of a land agent. Once married, however, Hannah feels herself torn between the man she loves and her parents'...
The Doorstep Child by Annie Murray
The Doorstep Child
Annie Murray
A tale of hardship and survival, The Doorstep Child is a heart-rending story from bestselling author Annie Murray.
Magic by Danielle Steel
Magic
Danielle Steel
It starts on a summer evening, with the kind of magic found only in Paris. Once a year in the City of Light, a lavish dinner takes place outside a spectacular landmark. Amid this wondrous White Dinner, a group of...
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
The Kept Woman
Karin Slaughter
A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading...
Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore
Daughters of Castle Deverill
Santa Montefiore
Summer is not complete without a new novel from number one bestselling author Santa Montefiore
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. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at...
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
First Love
Gwendoline Riley
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in which both husband and wife have played a part. But...
The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
The Sport of Kings
C. E. Morgan
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A spiralling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, C. E....
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
Sand by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Sand
Wolfgang Herrndorf
This is a darkly sophisticated literary thriller from a master storyteller and star of the German literary scene. North Africa, 1972. While the world is reeling from the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, a series of mysterious...
Five Forget Mother's Day by Bruno Vincent
Five Forget Mother's Day
Bruno Vincent
A brand new Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, especially for Mother's Day! Join Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog as they try to celebrate Mother's Day with Aunt Fanny. George has past form in forgetting - not least her...
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
New York 2140
Kim Stanley Robinson
Cli-fi (climate-fiction) has come into it’s own in the last 15 years or so, but with Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, 'New York 2140', it really has hit a peak. We follow the residents of one of the titular city’s...
Hunter's Moon by David Devereux
Hunter's Moon
David Devereux
David Devereux has combined the action writing of McNab and Ryan with dark supernatural thrills and produced a blistering new breed of supernatural thriller. This is Dennis Wheatley for the 21st century.
Eagle Rising by David Devereux
Eagle Rising
David Devereux
Jack's back! And this time he must face a terrifying supernatural threat from Europe's recent past. Someone has been mad enough to revive the most terrifying evil of the last 60 years. And only one man is bad enough to...
Gone Without A Trace: Her Boyfriend Has Vanished. Now Someone is Watching Her. by Mary Torjussen
Gone Without A Trace: Her Boyfriend Has Vanished. Now Someone is Watching Her.
Mary Torjussen
An addictive, twisty thriller for fans of C.L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh about a woman who returns home from work to discover her partner has vanished without a trace.
Die of Shame by Mark Billingham
Die of Shame
Mark Billingham
From number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series - comes the year's most surprising crime novel, a compelling story of betrayal, deceit and...
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
Work Like Any Other
Virginia Reeves
From an astonishing new voice, this debut charts the life of Roscoe T Martin, first as a farm owner with a fractured family, then as prison inmate... Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and JM...
Pussy by Howard Jacobson
Pussy
Howard Jacobson
Prince Fracassus is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again?
Death of a She Devil by Fay Weldon
Death of a She Devil
Fay Weldon
Sequel to The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Lewis is a new kind of 'heroine'. He's an ultra-confident, twenty-something man. But he won't be satisfied with his life until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of...
The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist
Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. Jim Francis has finally found...
The Harrowing by James Aitcheson
The Harrowing
James Aitcheson
1066, The Norman Conquest: Five strangers. Five secrets. No refuge. No turning back. Priest, Lady, Servant, Warrior, Minstrel: each has their own story; each their own sin. As enemies past and present close in, their prior deeds catch up with...
Bryant & May - Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler
Bryant & May - Wild Chamber
Christopher Fowler
Tells a story that begins at the end of an investigation, as the members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit race to catch a killer near London Bridge Station in the rain, not realising that they're about to cause a bizarre...
War Cry by Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
War Cry
Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
A love story in the time of heroes, War Cry is the latest breathtaking episode in Wilbur Smith's epic account of one beloved family. In a triumphant return to his much-loved Courtney series, Wilbur Smith introduces us to the bravest...
The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
The Cutthroat
Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
The latest action-packed historical blockbuster featuring Isaac Bell, from Sunday Times bestseller Clive Cussler. Women are being brutally murdered all over America ...it's going to take an extraordinary mind to uncover the truth before it's too late...
Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier
Reader, I Married Him
Tracy Chevalier
A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. Written with exquisite intimacy, wit and moral complexity, Do Not Say We Have Nothing magnificently brings to life one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its...
All That Man Is by David Szalay
All That Man Is
David Szalay
Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious,...
Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady
Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This special 25th anniversary hardback edition is a must for fans...
The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans
The Fourteenth Letter
Claire Evans
London 1881. A bride is murdered on at her engagement party, setting in chain a twisting, riveting mystery full of memorable characters in Claire Evans' dramatic debut novel perfect for fans of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, Carlos Ruiz Zafon's
Shepherds and Butchers by Chris Marnewick
Shepherds and Butchers
Chris Marnewick
South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence...
Their Finest by Lissa Evans
Their Finest
Lissa Evans
It's 1940. After a short spell promoting the joy of swedes for the Ministry of Food, Catrin Cole finds herself writing dialogue for 'Just an Ordinary Wednesday', a heart-warming but largely fabricated 'true story' about rescue and romance on the...
Keeping it Real by Justina Robson
Keeping it Real
Justina Robson
A heroine who's half robot and all attitude, a world of quantum strangeness; SF that has remembered how to have fun from the UK's most successful female SF writer. Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she's...
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...
When My Ship Comes in by Sue Wilsher
When My Ship Comes in
Sue Wilsher
A dramatic and emotional saga set in 1950s Essex from a great new voice. Keep the family together, that's what her old mum always said. Put up and shut up. And that's what everyone else did around there. Essex, 1959....
The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry
The House on Sunset Lake
Tasmina Perry
A stirring and intoxicating story of love and twisted secrets waiting… lurking. Spanning twenty years, this tale introduces Jim and Jennifer in 1995 when they meet in Savannah, before a traumatic event forces them apart. In 2015 they meet again,...

Last Month's Featured eBooks

The Long Firm by Jake Arnott

The Long Firm
Jake Arnott
This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick...

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

Emperor of the Eight Islands
Lian Hearn
Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits, Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn is a brilliantly imagined novel, full of...

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...

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...

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Swordspoint
Ellen Kushner
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 novels will adore Kushner’s artful, witty...

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Reader Reviewed Apple Tree Yard
Louise Doughty
A gripping psychological thriller. Yvonne Carmichael is a woman who prides herself on her ability to control her life and achieve what she wants. The tale builds alarmingly, beginning with...

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...

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

It Was Only Ever You
Kate Kerrigan
Winner of the RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017. Heartbreak and misunderstandings are woven through this uplifting story of a woman who can never quite believe...

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 Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Reader Reviewed The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Jennifer Ryan
An engaging and charmingly bittersweet slice of fiction set during the Second World War. In a Kent village during 1940, the vicar closes the choir, as the ladies of the...

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Reader Reviewed The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress,...

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Man
Gregg Hurwitz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the initial, bestselling book of the series, ORPHAN X, Hurwitz introduced Evan Smoak, a cross between Jason Bourne and...

No Place for a Woman by Val Wood

No Place for a Woman
Val Wood
Can a woman find her place on the front line of battle? Will Lucy be able to follow her dreams - and find love - in a world shattered by...

Who's That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

Reader Reviewed Who's That Girl?
Mhairi McFarlane
One kiss and your world falls apart, and you didn’t even instigate it! So this is Edie’s problem and the start of a light, highly infectious, delightful read from Mhairi...

The Burning Ground by Adam O'Riordan

The Burning Ground
Adam O'Riordan
Written with an outsider's keen eye, this collection of stories paints an intimate portrait of diverse lives, in a work of remarkable beauty and poignancy. In these eight stories, an...

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Ragdoll
Daniel Cole
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply sensational and thrilling debut! Met police detectives William Oliver Layton-Fawkes and Emily Baxter find themselves smack bang in...

Spook Street by Mick Herron

Spook Street
Mick Herron
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...

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover by Simon Parke

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover
Simon Parke
A captivating and fascinating novel, where fact blends seamlessly with fiction, set from 1647-1649 during the final months of Charles I. These years are one of the most intriguing periods...

The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz

The Second Bride
Katharine Swartz
A bittersweet, compassionate family drama set in Cumbria. Ellen is under pressure after her step-daughter comes to live with her family. Emotionally bombarded, Ellen attempts to solve the mystery of...

Saturday Requiem by Nicci French

Saturday Requiem
Nicci French
Oh my word, ‘Saturday Requiem’ is another stunning, provocative and captivating addition to the ‘Frieda Klein’ series. Frieda Klein is asked to assess a woman who was found guilty...

The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim

The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having now resigned and...

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.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reader Reviewed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Courage, strength and erotica is at the heart of this humorous, heart-warming tale about a clash of cultures and the women in our lives we should never take for granted....

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

American Housewife
Helen Ellis
Vicious, fresh and darkly hilarious, American Housewife is a collection of stories for anyone who has ever wondered what really goes on behind the facades of the housewives of America...

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

The Best of Adam Sharp
Graeme Simsion
The heart-warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old...

City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

City of Friends
Joanna Trollope
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not...

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree
Jake Arnott
March 2017 eBook of the Month. Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth...

The Cavendon Luck (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 3) by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Cavendon Luck (Cavendon Chronicles, Book 3)
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them, have been bound by loyalty since the first stone was laid. But when war looms, sons, husbands and brothers...

The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons

Reader Reviewed The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female...

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter
Nicola Moriarty
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully expressive, dramatic, and tense tale, striking at the heart of friendship and love. Four best friends who have...

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed I Found You
Lisa Jewell
March 2017 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet...

Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan

Reader Reviewed Orange Blossom Days
Patricia Scanlan
A large collection of multi-national, mostly retired couples, invest in a new development of luxury apartments, La Joya, in Andalucia on the Costa del Sol in Spain. We follow a...

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author’s highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight...

Super Clean Super Foods by Caroline Bretherton, Fiona Hunter

Super Clean Super Foods
Caroline Bretherton, Fiona Hunter
Enrich your diet with the world's healthiest foods, with advice on the best superfoods for pregnancy, children, energy-boosting, and over-50s. Learn how to prepare unfamiliar ingredients and which ingredients to...

Born Bad by Marnie Riches

Born Bad
Marnie Riches
A gritty, darkly fascinating story set inside two repugnant yet compelling organised crime gangs in Manchester. The O’Briens and the Boddlington gang find themselves at war after Paddy O’Brien, notorious...

The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

The Silent Fountain
Victoria Fox
March 2017 Book of the Month. A memorable, stirring tale, of bitter love and secrets that stalk impatiently through the pages. Two time frames, two women,...

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...

No Second Chance by Harlan Coben

No Second Chance
Harlan Coben
Marc Seidman's idyllic world is brutally ripped apart when he is gunned down in his home. Twelve days later he wakes up in hospital to learn that his wife is...

Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone

Puzzle Girl
Rachael Featherstone
A lovely, fresh, and entertaining feel-good debut. Cassy is determined to shoot up the career ladder, she stumbles at her big chance, will she regain her footing and find love...

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Birdcage Walk
Helen Dunmore
March 2017 Book of the Month. A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was...

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George

The Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George
In part inspired by a desire to redress how Nero “has suffered badly at the hands of popular culture,” as the author notes in the novel’s afterword, this epic, expansive...

Empress of the Fall by David Hair

Empress of the Fall
David Hair
Desperate for the next Game of Thrones? Pick up Empress of the Fall for your full-on fix of epic fantasy drama and adventure, politicking and romance, blood and guts and...

Born to be Trouble by Sheila Jeffries

Born to be Trouble
Sheila Jeffries
The poignant and gripping new saga from the author of the bestselling The Girl by the River and The Boy with No Boots, perfect for fans of Margeret...

South by Frank Owen

South
Frank Owen
A stunning high-concept post-apocalyptic debut novel in the vein of The Passage by Justin Cronin and Wool by Hugh Howey. This is the story of Dyce and Vida....

Nemesis by Alex Lamb

Nemesis
Alex Lamb
British scientist Lamb's debut last year with 'Roboteer' was a striking one (and a book I was sad to have initially missed and not been unable to review in time)....

All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod

All the Beloved Ghosts
Alison Macleod
Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this...

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Before the Rains
Dinah Jefferies
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...

The Himalayan Summer by Louise Brown

The Himalayan Summer
Louise Brown
The Himalayan Summer is a spellbinding novel of the British Raj period, the quest to find a child, and a love story beyond boundaries - for all fans of

Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Lady of Hay
Barbara Erskine
Barbara Erskine's iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers thirty years after its first publication. A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge. In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans...

The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

The Witchfinder's Sister
Beth Underdown
1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer...

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

The Possessions
Sara Flannery Murphy
At an organization that allows the grief-stricken to reconnect with lost loved ones, an affair between a worker and an enigmatic client threatens to uncover disturbing secrets.

Love Song by Sophia Bennett

Love Song
Sophia Bennett
Winner of the RNA Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017. Though she transports her readers into glamourous worlds Sophia Bennett fills her stories with warm, believable characters...

Say Nothing by Brad Parks

Say Nothing
Brad Parks
Hugely suspenseful - with its fascinating insight into the US judicial system and its politics of influence and nepotism - Say Nothing is, above all, the poignant story of the...

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Undertow
Elizabeth Heathcote
A tension-filled family drama, which encourages thoughts to twist and turn. The prologue sets questions in motion, trapping them in the back of your mind, ready to pounce. A chance...

The Method by Shannon Kirk

The Method
Shannon Kirk
A chilling tale of kidnap and implacable revenge, this is a striking debut by a young American lawyer which goes in the absolute opposite direction you thought it would and...

Mothering Sunday by Rosie Goodwin

Mothering Sunday
Rosie Goodwin
In the late 1800s, left on the steps of a workhouse as a new born, named Sunday to mark the day and subjected to a hard and often cruel childhood,...

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
A finely-etched tale of domestic terror and a debut novel with a nod to girls gone and on a train, and unsurprisingly already snapped up by Hollywood. After a serious...

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Reader Reviewed Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag...

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Reader Reviewed The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson
Despite the title – The Summer Before the War – which this terrific novel does indeed trace, it also spills into the horrors of the war years and eventually releases...

Agents of the State by Mike Nicol

Agents of the State
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known for his grittily realistic South African set cop procedurals, Mike Nicol relaunches himself as an outstanding purveyor of the...

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with a doorstepper...

Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister

Everything but the Truth
Gillian McAllister
Everything but the Truth is an addictive novel packed with suspense that pulls such an emotional punch it is hard to believe it's a debut. You will be totally drawn into...

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel
March 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Romancing the Bones | There’s rivalry, romance and skullduggery galore in this rip-roaring read following two...

Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can be by Gemma Cairney

Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can be
Gemma Cairney
March 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Utterly invaluable, gloriously gracious guide to life | This heartfelt handbook for young adults by an...

SS-GB by Len Deighton

SS-GB
Len Deighton
A special edition of Deighton's classic thriller, the first and certainly greatest 'what-if?' novel about the Second World War, to tie in with the new major BBC series starring Sam...

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Before meeting his new foster brother, Jack understands what he and his family are ‘getting into’. Fourteen-year-old Joseph almost killed a teacher, and...

Never Never by James Patterson

Never Never
James Patterson
Detective Harriet Blue needs to get out of town, fast. With her brother under arrest for a series of brutal murders in Sydney, Harry's chief wants the hot-headed detective kept...

The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

The Twenty-Three
Linwood Barclay
The third spellbinding thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls

Mary Berry Everyday by Mary Berry

Mary Berry Everyday
Mary Berry
In this brand-new, official tie-in to Mary's much anticipated 2017 BBC series, the nation's best-loved home cook will show you how to inject a little Mary magic into your everyday...

Ithaca by Alan McMonagle

Ithaca
Alan McMonagle
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Provocative, sharply witty and rather beautiful, Ithaca is a breathtaking read. 11 year old Jason, full of attitude and bravado seeks to escape...

The Month Before's Featured eBooks

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens
Philippa Gregory
From the Number One New York Times bestselling author, a riveting new Tudor story featuring Katherine of Aragon, and King Henry VIII's sisters Margaret and Mary, chronicling the pivotal roles...

Blob by David Walliams

Blob
David Walliams
This is the story of how a boy called Bob meets a blobfish fish called Blob...

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Some books are claustrophobic as they isolate their characters in a constricted setting, but Norwegian crime author Ravatn achieves the curious...

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a...

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Reader Reviewed Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
February 2017 Book of the Month. Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and...

Corpus by Rory Clements

Reader Reviewed Corpus
Rory Clements
February 2017 Book of the Month. 1936 and the huge canvas of Europe in chaos is superbly portrayed by this renowned author of historical fiction. Previously...

Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal

Reader Reviewed Eyes Like Mine
Sheena Kamal
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully intense and dramatic thriller, one that highlights the background, exposes the concealed, yet is action-packed and constantly moving....

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts...

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Reader Reviewed Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan
February 2017 MEGA 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 Trophy Child by Paula Daly

Reader Reviewed The Trophy Child
Paula Daly
“How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?” the publisher’s shout line asks. Well how far indeed? Personally I find the line deceptive but I’m not telling you why. ...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A very special, rather beautiful, and truly unforgettable novel, this is a story that has become a part of me,...

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch
Susan Dennard
The first in the Witchlands series, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is a brilliantly imagined coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas and Trudi Canavan. In a...

Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan

Watch Her Disappear
Eva Dolan
Police records reveal there have been violent attacks on trans women in the local area. Was Corinne a victim of mistaken identity? Or has the person who has been targeting...

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Swimming Lessons
Claire Fuller
Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their...

Deep Blue by Alan Judd

Deep Blue
Alan Judd
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A Charles Thoroughgood spy thriller, authoritative, action-packed and, as ever, all-too topical. The second volume in the series, Legacy, is soon...

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

Mister Memory
Marcus Sedgwick
In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... A dazzling literary...

The Forget-Me-Not Child by Anne Bennett

The Forget-Me-Not Child
Anne Bennett
A story of struggle and hardship and one girl's battle for survival from the bestselling author of If You Were the Only Girl and Another Man's Child. Tragedy...

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
One of our Books of the Year 2016. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers...

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives in...

The Searcher by Chris Morgan Jones

The Searcher
Chris Morgan Jones
The author's third impressive thriller sees Ben Webster, his hitherto leading man, temporarily relegated to the shadows, as he disappears in Georgia while investigating the death of local journalist and...

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan
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...

Shtum by Jem Lester

Shtum
Jem Lester
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...

How it Works: The Grandparent by Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris

How it Works: The Grandparent
Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris
How it Works: The Grandparent - a nugget of wisdom from bestselling authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books...

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Her Every Fear
Peter Swanson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Swanson's follow up to the gripping and dark The Kind Worth Killing is equally suspenseful although its characters are less...

The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind
Stephen Baxter
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Baxter is one of the most prolific British science fiction writers and a serial collaborator (with Arthur C Clarke and...

The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming with people making their way to...

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, suspense-filled story told in reverse, from day 15 through to day 1, and boy does the premise work!...

The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

The Girl in the Glass Tower
Elizabeth Fremantle
Another gorgeously readable and oh so captivating slice of historical fiction from Elizabeth Fremantle. Arbella Stuart, with her impressive lineage was a Queen in the making. As Elizabeth I dominated...

Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

Reader Reviewed Kill the Father
Sandrone Dazieri
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A huge, almost sprawling thriller awaits, yet one that is ferocious, intense, and so, so readable. Set in Italy, Dante...

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
In a Nutshell: Deadly dilemmas amidst Star Wars-esque intergalactic enmity | First book in an ambitiously epic sci-fi duology from the author of the Divergent series. Akos lives in...

Waiting for Callback: Take Two by Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill

Reader Reviewed Waiting for Callback: Take Two
Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill
In a Nutshell: Living the dream (kind of) | Fabulously feel-good, epically entertaining series about the highs and lows of life as a teen actress. This sidesplitting sequel sees Elektra’s...

The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis

The Moment She Left
Susan Lewis
February 2017 Book of the Month. Another completely captivating, and tension filled dramatic tale from Susan Lewis. I look forward to each new book and have...

You Said Forever by Susan Lewis

You Said Forever
Susan Lewis
A gripping, emotional and tension-filled family drama. Charlotte and Anthony live and work on an artisan vineyard in New Zealand with their three children. They may be in paradise, yet...

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reader Reviewed Moonglow
Michael Chabon
February 2017 eBook of the Month. Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A...

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Four middle-aged women and long-time friends with a checkered history embark for their yearly reunion meeting on a whitewater rafting expedition...

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Rattle
Fiona Cummins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Set in South London, Fiona Cummins' debut is insidious and icy in its depiction of a psychopath whose modus operandi could...

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
This is a novel that grew from a cult Podcast; Welcome to Night Vale. You don’t need to know the Podcast (I didn’t) to enjoy the book (I did, very...

Complete Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Complete Ghost Stories
M. R. James
What is there to say about M.R. James, the effective father of the modern ghost story , that hasn’t been said already? What might entice the curious? Well, first it...

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan

Reader Reviewed We Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
February 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded...

The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne

Reader Reviewed The Fire Child
S. K. Tremayne
A sublimely creepy slow-burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into...

The Black Sheep by Sophie McKenzie

The Black Sheep
Sophie McKenzie
A tensely dramatic tale, highlighting secrets, lies, and trust. A year after her husband was murdered in an unprovoked attack, Fran is told her family may actually know something about...

Honeymoon Suite by Wendy Holden

Honeymoon Suite
Wendy Holden
This is such a lovely tale, it has the feel of a perfect summer afternoon, with just the occasional threat of storm clouds. Nell finds herself on her honeymoon without...

Stasi Wolf by David Young

Stasi Wolf
David Young
Karin Muller is a first lieutenant with the state police. The first woman to have achieved such an elevated position. She starred in David Young’s first novel, Stasi Child. ...

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Reader Reviewed Jonathan Unleashed
Meg Rosoff
A crazy New York romance, not that the city matters for this is about getting out of a rut and embracing the new, however terrifying. It is very charming, it...

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell

Fathers and Sons
Howard Cunnell
Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

The Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and 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 only blasts...

Conspiracy by S. J. Parris

Conspiracy
S. J. Parris
When murder strikes at the heart of the Palace, Bruno finds himself on the trail of a killer who hides a terrible secret. With the royal houses of France and...

Different Class by Joanne Harris

Different Class
Joanne Harris
After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go - the clowns, the rebels, the underdogs,...

The Transition by Luke Kennard

The Transition
Luke Kennard
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A fabulous premise, step inside, and a bold, captivating read awaits. Set at some point in the future, not too far away, sits...

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10
Ruth Ware
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from...

You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
Alexandra Kleeman
A lives with B. B seems to be becoming more and more like A. If A's boyfriend, C, likes A because A is A, but now B is the same...

Before You Go by Clare Swatman

Before You Go
Clare Swatman
When Zoe's husband Ed dies, her world caves in. But what if Zoe can get Ed back? You find your soulmate ...Some people stare love in the face for years...

The Arbitrator by Max Nowaz

The Arbitrator
Max Nowaz
Sci-fi, political intrigue and all-out action adventure combine in Max Nowaz’s novel The Arbitrator. Set more than 500 years in the future, when humankind has colonised multiple solar systems, Jim...

How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake

How to Get a (Love) Life
Rosie Blake
A feel-good, hilarious romcom perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk. Nicola Brown doesn't like to lose control. Her flat is always meticulously tidy and her...

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Reader Reviewed Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Margot Lewis is a classics teacher in a Cambridge school. She's also the agony aunt for the local newspaper, dealing with problems...

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Reader Reviewed Gold Fame Citrus
Claire Vaye Watkins
Gold mines, the fame of Hollywood, the orange groves, three great symbols of California, three reasons to go there. Now none of them remains. There is no more water and...

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
A splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes reads as fast as a novel as it unveils the real world behind the pages of mystery fiction. Himself an esteemed...

Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale

Honky Tonk Samurai
Joe R. Lansdale
Lansdale's Hap and Leonard are a classic pairing: Hap, an ebullient white trash rebel and former leftie, and Leonard a tough as nails and pugnacious, black and gay Vietnam veteran....

The Last of Us by Rob Ewing

Reader Reviewed The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a group of children. We know not why. It seems the children have...

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching
Ezekiel Boone
An old-fashioned and high concept novel, the first in a new series, this is destined for the bestseller lists and the screen in sheer overdrive. Like a throwback to 1950s...

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Reader Reviewed The Edge of Everything
Jeff Giles
February 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a nutshell: girl loves boy/supernatural bounty hunter | When star-crossed lovers Zoe and the boy she nicknames X...

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Our Own Private Universe
Robin Talley
In a Nutshell: Personal awakenings on a transformational summer trip | An insightful coming-of-age story about a bisexual teenager’s first experience of love in all its dizzying bliss and complexity....

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Unconventional
Maggie Harcourt
In a Nutshell: The buzz of conventions, fangirling and falling in love | Fabulous feel-good feast following the rollercoaster ride of running conventions, and finding love when you least expect...

Ariadnis by Josh Martin

Ariadnis
Josh Martin
In a nutshell: two girls, a life or death struggle in a vivid other-world | Aula was born in Athenas, City of the Nine Pillars; she’s never met Joomia, who...

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

The Cruelty
Scott Bergstrom
In a Nutshell: Trans-European espionage thriller | Cinematic page-turner following a teenager’s ruthlessly fearless journey into a criminal underworld to find her diplomat dad. Seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom has spent much...

The Memory Book by Lara Avery

The Memory Book
Lara Avery
In a Nutshell: Unforgettable heroine confronts adversity head on | Poignant, un-put-down-able jewel of a book about seizing every moment while you can. “You are me, Samantha Agatha McCoy, in...

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Reader Reviewed Traitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
In a Nutshell: Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance | Steeped in magic and myth, this sequel to Rebel of the Sands tingles with tension and the...

Retribution Road by Antonin Varenne

Retribution Road
Antonin Varenne
A breathtaking 19th century adventure epic, set across three continents. From the Burmese jungle to the slums of London to the conquest of the Wild West, Antonin Varenne takes us...

The North Water by Ian McGuire

The North Water
Ian McGuire
A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller, longlisted for the Man...

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval
Stephanie Garber
Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite as it seems. A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel for anyone who loved The Night Circus and Daughter of...

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

Cold Earth
Ann Cleeves
Cold Earth is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall.

The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

The Steel Kiss
Jeffery Deaver
Number one bestselling author and master of suspense Jeffery Deaver returns with the twelfth Lincoln Rhyme thriller.

The Apartment by Danielle Steel

The Apartment
Danielle Steel
They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Claire finds the spacious loft apartment. But the aspiring...

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman
The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics.

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

The Summer Seaside Kitchen
Jenny Colgan
Bring a little sunshine into your spring with the new book from Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan

Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams

Grandpa's Great Escape
David Walliams
The eighth novel from NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams - now available in paperback!

Mount! by Jilly Cooper

Mount!
Jilly Cooper
Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer...

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