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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

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
How Hard Can It Be?
Allison Pearson
October 2017 Book of the Month An absolute belter of a novel, amusing, poignant, and hugely entertaining. This is a follow-up to the bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, however it could be read without prior knowledge...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Autumn by Ali Smith
Autumn
Ali Smith
October 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
The German Girl
Armando Lucas Correa
October 2017 Debut of the Month This ambitious and powerfully moving debut tells the true story of one of the lesser-known tragedies of WWII, when Jewish passengers aboard a transatlantic liner expecting to be given refuge in Cuba were refused...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
The History of Bees
Maja Lunde
October 2017 Debut of the Month An outstanding feat of literary fiction in which three individuals - oceans and centuries apart - are indelibly connected by their devotion to beekeeping. This is speculative fiction at its smartest, and comes with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
Cherise Wolas
October 2017 Debut of the Month Surprising, vivid, and eloquent, this is a truly beautiful debut. Joan Ashby is a talented, award winning writer, and while marriage and family press pause in the story of her career, words demand access...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
October 2017 Debut of the Month Make no mistake, this debut novel is startling and often painfully uncomfortable, yet it is a stunning, actually breathtaking piece of literature. 14 year old Turtle is strong, capable, different, she is also suffering…...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan
Where Jennifer Egan's previous book A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD was all brevity and ellipses in the way the varied short stories moved between genres and came together to form a whole, her much-awaited new opus is what one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017
Uncommon Type Some Stories by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type Some Stories
Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories that are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
Why Mummy Drinks
Gill Sims
This is a superb observation of modern parenthood that is a total joy to read. Gill Sims has been sharing the lives of Peter and Jane through the narration of their long suffering mum via her hugely popular blog and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
Groomed by Casey Watson
Groomed
Casey Watson
Another fascinating and eloquent tale from Casey Watson, specialist foster carer to children who have difficulties settling in care. Writing under a pseudonym, Casey’s tales of her foster children highlight problems within our society today and the relevance of them...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu
The Stolen Bicycle
Ming-Yi Wu
A beautifully written, rather special novel, detailing the highly personal journey of a family through turbulent times in Taiwan’s history. A stolen bicycle sits centre stage in this story, in fact the bicycles of Taiwan are hugely important, which sounds...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/07/2017
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: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Invisible Women It's Time to Talk About You! by Sarah Long
Invisible Women It's Time to Talk About You!
Sarah Long
Sharp, irreverent and very funny, perfect for women who won't put up with being told to step aside! If you love Dawn French, Sue Townsend and Veronica Henry, this book is for you!
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Break by Marian Keyes
The Break
Marian Keyes
Amy's husband Hugh has run away to 'find himself'. But will he ever come back? The Break is a story about the choices we make and those choices make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Dancing Barber by AC Michael
The Dancing Barber
AC Michael
Set in 1963, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the Ukraine, this initially appears to be a story about everyday life for a family who have not had an everyday existence. The author states that the background to this tale is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/09/2016
Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
Keep You Safe
Melissa Hill
With clever writing, this provocative tale is just so, so readable. Rosie can’t have her childhood vaccinations due to a medical condition, while Clara’s parents have decided not to vaccinate for personal reasons. When measles strikes both girls, is anyone...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Cruel to Be Kind by Cathy Glass
Cruel to Be Kind
Cathy Glass
Cathy Glass excels in opening a viewing portal into the world of foster care. She has looked after more than 150 foster children, each new book, written under a pseudonym tugs at heart strings, and Cruel to be Kind is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough
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 deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017
The One That Got Away by Annabel Kantaria
The One That Got Away
Annabel Kantaria
Another fabulously captivating and dramatic tale from Annabel Kantaria. 15 years after Stella and George last saw each other they meet at a school reunion, and a blazing attraction quickly begins to menace the order of their lives. Annabel Kantaria...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman
Everyone needs a little magic in their lives... and for the Owens sisters, magic is inevitable. Practical Magic is the beloved novel by Alice Hoffman, inspiration for the classic film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
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 a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Reader Reviewed Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
September 2017 Book of the Month Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me...

Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette

Reader Reviewed Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover police officer while trying...

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Reader Reviewed The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their...

The Lemon Tree Cafe by Cathy Bramley

The Lemon Tree Cafe
Cathy Bramley
Originally published in four parts, this is the story in a single volume. If you are familiar with The Plumberry School of Comfort then you will recognise some of the...

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

Monsoon Summer
Julia Gregson
From the bestselling author of the Richard and Judy Book Club summer read, East of the Sun, Julia Gregson returns with this compelling love story set in India - perfect...

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Reader Reviewed The Stolen Child
Sanjida Kay
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...

A Family Secret by Josephine Cox

A Family Secret
Josephine Cox
This latest novel from Josephine Cox gets straight to the heart of family life and the dramas that surround them. What begins as a gentle, seaside holiday in Blackpool with...

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...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what happened to her other half in the horror of the concentration camps might qualify...

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reader Reviewed Moonglow
Michael Chabon
Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A grandfather, on his deathbed, tells his grandson about his life,...

The Transition by Luke Kennard

The Transition
Luke Kennard
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A fabulous premise, step inside, and...

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....

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Elmet
Fiona Mozley
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. An atmospheric and thrilling debut about family as well as a meditation on landscape in South Yorkshire. Perfect for fans of The Loney...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
September 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...

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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

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
Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen. Hendrik has reached the age where his address...

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Reader Reviewed 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 Party by Elizabeth Day

Reader Reviewed The Party
Elizabeth Day
The party is where it all unravels and where the dark secret between rich, aristocratic Ben and poor, middle-class Martin is exposed. We are kept very much in the dark...

Woman of State by Simon Berthon

Reader Reviewed Woman of State
Simon Berthon
July 2017 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A fascinating, intelligent and penetrating political thriller set in Belfast, Dublin and London. In 1991...

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
July 2017 Book of the Month. Four middle-aged women and long-time friends with a checkered history embark for their yearly reunion meeting on a whitewater rafting...

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Reader Reviewed Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
A powerfully lyrical day-in-the-life portrait of a successful singer-songwriter reflecting on the ebbs and flows of her life as she prepares her Greatest Hits release after long absence from the...

The Invitation by Lucy Foley

Reader Reviewed The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life,...

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound
Hillary Jordan
Now a major motion picture starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund and Mary J. Blige. When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta...

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes
Holly Seddon
A convincing, powerful, and dramatic psychological thriller. Twins Robin and Sarah are living separate lives, each face their own difficulties, yet danger beckons and life is about to get a...

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths
Emma Flint
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A thoroughly perturbing, provocative, yet riveting...

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

The Lost Girl
Carol Drinkwater
July 2017 eBook of the Month. A mesmerising, haunting, and extraordinarily relevant yet beautifully evocative read. Kurtiz arrives in Paris after a sighting of her missing...

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child
Fiona Barton
Distant threads spin ever closer to create a compelling, emotional, and dramatic story. Set in 2012, with links to the 1970’s and 80’s, several women, for very different reasons find...

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close Enough to Touch
Colleen Oakley
This truly uplifting, life-affirming treat is at once a whimsical love story, and a funny, thought-provoking meditation on the nature of closeness.Jubilee Jenkins suffers from an excruciating condition....

The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

The Woman in the Wood
Lesley Pearse
An engaging, poignant and moving family tale set in the 1960’s on the south coast of England. 15 year old twins Maisy and Duncan are sent to live in the...

The Postcard by Fern Britton

The Postcard
Fern Britton
Penny is a TV producer who, when filming in Cornwall, met and fell in love with the local vicar. Now, five years and a small child later, life is not...

The Horseman by Tim Pears

The Horseman
Tim Pears
This begins The West Country Trilogy starting in 1911. It follows two years in the life of young Leo as he skips school as often as he can to help...

Give Me the Child by Melanie McGrath

Reader Reviewed Give Me the Child
Melanie McGrath
August 2017 Debut of the Month A provocative tale that creeps over skin and worms its way into thoughts. A knock at the door one night reveals Cat’s husband has...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell
August 2017 Book of the Month THEN - She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an...

A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith

A Time of Love and Tartan
Alexander McCall Smith
August 2017 Book of the Month With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its twelfth season in the...

The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone

The Darkness Within
Lisa Stone
July 2017 Debut of the Month. A simply told, yet dramatic and readable tale about a young man whose behaviour changes beyond...

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...

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