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There’s nothing hits home quite like a home hit by tragedy, conflict or drama. These are the great hand-picked books that tell those stories.

Books of the Month

What Remains of Me by A. L. Gaylin
What Remains of Me
A. L. Gaylin
December 2016 Book of the Month. A clever, thrilling tale full of impact and drama set in the heart of Hollywood. In 1980 17 year old Kelly is convicted of murder, 30 years later and five...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2016
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/11/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Himself by Jess Kidd
Himself
Jess Kidd
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Debut of the Month. Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth mother. He has a photograph with a note on the back and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2016
Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler
Perfume River
Robert Olen Butler
An understated yet profound and incredibly hard hitting and evocative novel that just simmers with tension. 70 year old Vietnam veteran Robert Quinlan and his younger brother Jimmy have been estranged since Jimmy left their parents house 47 years before....
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
The Runaway Girl A Beautiful Girl. Trafficked for Sex. Is There Nowhere to Hide? by Casey Watson
The Runaway Girl A Beautiful Girl. Trafficked for Sex. Is There Nowhere to Hide?
Casey Watson
A particularly timely and relevant tale from Casey Watson, who is a specialist foster carer and author. Casey agrees to foster 14 year old Adrianna from Poland, Adrianna has no one to care for her, no belongings, and no explanation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/10/2016
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman
Isolated at the tip of Australia as a lighthouse keeper, emotionally traumatised World War I veteran Tom fears for his wife's sanity after her third miscarriage. Then a boat turns up carrying a dead man and a newborn baby. They...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2016
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2016
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce
A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Rachel Joyce
As read on Radio 4, seven linked stories set in the Christmas holidays - all as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2016
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
A Pug Like Percy by Fiona Harrison
A Pug Like Percy
Fiona Harrison
Ahhh, who could resist Percy the Pug! A lovely, heartwarming story set from the point of view of an adorable little dog. Percy, abandoned at an animal rescue centre soon finds a new family, however happily ever after may be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
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.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
A Family Scandal by Kitty Neale
A Family Scandal
Kitty Neale
An effortless and warmhearted read, focusing on the drama surrounding a family and their friends. If you are a fan of Kitty Neale, then this sequel to ‘Lost and Found’ will suit you down to the ground. Set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

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...

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Reader Reviewed A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A brilliant debut from a fresh and unique voice, ‘A Boy Made of Blocks' is a book that will make you laugh,...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

Because of You by Helene Fermont

Because of You
Helene Fermont
An emotional, yet simply told relationship tale, spanning thirty years and two countries. 18 year old Hannah leaves Sweden for a gap year in London, we follow her across the...

A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone

A Suitable Lie
Michael J. Malone
Unsettling, thought-provoking, and absolutely riveting. He's not even 30, yet Andy is a widower, he has a young son and a loving support network around him. When Andy meets Anna,...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

Reader Reviewed The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen....

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...

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...

Love in Lindfield by David Smith

Love in Lindfield
David Smith
Much more than just a romance, this tale runs alongside enticing snippets from the life of stained glass master Charles Eamer Kempe who was born in 1837. Kempe lived in...

Where's Sailor Jack? by John Uttley

Where's Sailor Jack?
John Uttley
An interesting, touching family drama focusing on two men in their sixties, their loves, their lives and their friendships. The first few pages provide a snapshot of Bob and Richard,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

And When I Die by Russel D. McLean

And When I Die
Russel D. McLean
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A tense Glasow gangland thriller laced with family saga elements with pace and strong characterisation to boot, McLean's latest novel raises...

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...

Can I Let You Go? A Heartbreaking True Story of Love, Loss and Moving on by Cathy Glass

Can I Let You Go? A Heartbreaking True Story of Love, Loss and Moving on
Cathy Glass
One to tug at your heart strings, this is an emotional and thought-provoking read. Faye is 24, she has learning difficulties, lives with her Grandparents and is pregnant. Cathy steps...

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...

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