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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

I Found You by Lisa Jewell
I Found You
Lisa Jewell
July 2016 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet another page-turner as she delves into the darker corners of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Perfect Gift by Emma Hannigan
The Perfect Gift
Emma Hannigan
July 2016 Book of the Month. Lovely, warm and engaging, 'The Perfect Gift’ is just that, a delightful treat of a book. Loveable, spirited Roisin always knew she was adopted, she came back home to start...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
July 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A penetrating, witty and very modern look at family life. Two sets of friends from Brooklyn are now middle aged parents of teenagers, focusing on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Museum of You by Carys Bray
The Museum of You
Carys Bray
July 2016 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
July 2016 Book of the Month. Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Barkskins
Annie Proulx
July 2016 Book of the Month. For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry
The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
Ellen Berry
An enjoyable and captivating relationship tale, where an enchanting bookshop takes centre stage, what more could you ask for! Della has a special relationship with her mother’s cookbooks, she is convinced that a specialist bookshop will work, but not everyone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse
Dead to Me
Lesley Pearse
July 2016 eBook of the Month. Another dramatic and engagingly expressive historical novel by Lesley Pearse. Set before and during the Second World War, we follow Ruby and Verity during the ups and downs of their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
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 mind racing, the few lines on the following page, proceeded...
Format: Ebook - Released: 26/05/2016
Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg
Foxlowe
Eleanor Wasserberg
Green, her little sister Blue and October - known as Toby - are children growing up in Foxlowe, a huge old home on the moors. They run free, and play endlessly, and don't go to school, but they are also...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
The Silk Merchant's Daughter
Dinah Jefferies
Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
After You by Jojo Moyes
After You
Jojo Moyes
Jojo admits that this follow-up to Me Before You came as a result of popular demand. Fans wanted to know what happened to Lou after Will died. However if you haven’t read the first book it matters not for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy
Shoes for Anthony
Emma Kennedy
A gloriously evocative and touching read, capable of chattering with energy one minute and settling into an expressive silence the next. It feels as though the author has a cherished connection to the memories of 11 year old Anthony during...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
Shortlisted for the National Book Award / Chosen by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015 / One of our Books of the Year 2015. Bold and surprising in character and style, Fates and Furies is a fascinating novel that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You
Jojo Moyes
A gifted, high achiever walks out of his flat one morning and gets hit by a taxi. We pick up on him a few years later when he is finding it impossible to accept and adapt to his paraplegic life....
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
Florence Grace by Tracy Rees
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 departing the Cornish Moors for the centre of London society....
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
July 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month. Pencraw Hall, Cornwall, is a beautiful old house, the holiday retreat for the well-off Alton family of four children, twins and then a couple much younger, a hard-working father...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis
The Moment She Left
Susan Lewis
Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search. Meanwhile, the town's beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill. Andee and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2016
Bad Blood by Julie Shaw
Bad Blood
Julie Shaw
Another provocative, edgy and at times unbelievably sad story from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Julie Shaw really has hit on a winner with her bold and girtty stories based on her family...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
STOP PRESS... Lisa McInerney wins 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
July 2016 eBook of the Month. Unique, fascinating and thought-provoking, ‘All Is Not Forgotten’ slammed into my thoughts and sent them spiralling. When the memory of the brutally violent rape on 15 year old Jenny is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
Baby Doll
Hollie Overton
July 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes captivity after eight years, she has suffered the unthinkable trauma...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne
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 his huge family home, Carnhallow House, on the site of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Road to Donetsk by Diane Chandler
The Road to Donetsk
Diane Chandler
Winner of The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2016. A gritty love story that brings Ukraine vividly to life: from the beautiful lilac-filled city of Kiev and the ski runs of the Carpathians to the dangerous depths of the Donetsk...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/12/2014

Last Month's Featured Books

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives...

Precocious by Joanna Barnard

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and fascinating read. Fiona reconnects with Henry, one of her teachers from Secondary...

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

Girl Unknown
Karen Perry
When Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and announces that she is his daughter, he is left reeling. Suddenly his family - imperfect, flawed, but working - is...

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ruby
Cynthia Bond
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Voodoo, faith and racism converge in an East Texas town, where a man is forced to choose between the sister who...

The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

Reader Reviewed The Butterfly Summer
Harriet Evans
A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real....

This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

This Must be the Place
Maggie O'Farrell
June 2016 Book of the Month. Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel. This Must Be The Place is...

Green Island A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan

Green Island A Novel
Shawna Yang Ryan
‘Green Island’ is a breathtaking novel, it’s emotional, thought-provoking and absolutely fascinating. Set in Taiwan and the USA between 1947 and 2003, the novel focuses on one family, yet the...

Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy

Reader Reviewed Remember My Name
Abbey Clancy
June 2016 Debut of the Month. A light, flirty and oh, so much fun, debut novel by model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy. 22 year old...

The Nest by Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney

Reader Reviewed The Nest
Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
June 2016 Debut of the Month. A thought-provoking and wittily pointed debut, about the life and loves of the Plumb family. There are four siblings at...

Ruby Flynn by Nadine Dorries

Ruby Flynn
Nadine Dorries
The enthralling story of one Irish family, haunted by ancient wrongs. The FitzDeane family have a thriving shipping business in Liverpool and they also own beautiful Ballyford Castle in Mayo....

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Reader Reviewed The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring compassion and a delicious secretive quirk, so I was really looking forward to starting this, her twelfth novel. ‘The Marble Collector’ lived...

The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Walked into the Sea
Mark Douglas-Home
Another intriguing and fascinating mystery from the author of ‘The Sea Detective Series’. Oceanographer Cal McGill finds himself in a small Scottish costal town attempting to solve a 26...

The Madam by Jaime Raven

The Madam
Jaime Raven
June 2016 Debut of the Month. A fierce and provocative read, where a young woman released from prison is hellbent on revenge. 27 year old Lizzie...

Daughter of the House by Rosie Thomas

Reader Reviewed Daughter of the House
Rosie Thomas
A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the House follows on from...

The Queen's Choice by Anne O'Brien

Reader Reviewed The Queen's Choice
Anne O'Brien
‘The Queen’s Choice’ is a wonderfully effortless read, where historical fact blends with romance, scheming and subterfuge. Covering a period between 1396 and 1422 the story revolves around Joanna of...

The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alex Brown

The Secret of Orchard Cottage
Alex Brown
A lovely, warm-hearted and compassionate tale, this is the third in ‘The Tindledale’ series yet can easily be read as a standalone novel. April returns to the village of Tindledale,...

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...

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

Fear of Dying
Erica Jong
A joyful and life-affirming novel from this multi-million copy international best-selling author. Join her, be fearless.

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold
Anne Tyler
Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble...

The Lives She Left Behind by James Long

The Lives She Left Behind
James Long
Ferney was one of my all time favourite books of the year it was published, 1998. It tells of a love through the ages, a tale of reincarnation, passion,...

The Museum of Things Left Behind by Seni Glaister

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set in Vallerosa, an imaginary tea-producing, tiny European country tucked between Italy and Austria, has its election due. The...

The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

The Secrets of Happiness
Lucy Diamond
The Secrets of Happiness is an extraordinary tale of sisterhood, from Lucy Diamond author of The Beach Cafe.

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

Reader Reviewed The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to...

Eden Gardens by Louise Brown

Reader Reviewed Eden Gardens
Louise Brown
Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016. A vividly striking and entirely captivating debut novel set in Calcutta, covering both the Second World War and Indian Independence...

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...

The Disappearance by Annabel Kantaria

The Disappearance
Annabel Kantaria
‘The Disappearance’ is a wonderfully tense and readable family tale, capable of delivering sharp shocks as you sink into the story. 70 year old Audrey vanishes during a cruise after...

Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks

Beneath the Surface
Heidi Perks
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An emotional and tense tale of family drama...

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

Keep Me Posted
Lisa Beazley
May 2016 Debut of the Month. An entertaining, perceptive and sharply witty debut, this is a novel that will have you cringing one minute and smiling...

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet...

The Girls by Lisa Jewell

The Girls
Lisa Jewell
May 2016 Book of the Month. A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The...

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Reader Reviewed A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in...

Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret. by Casey Watson

Reader Reviewed Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret.
Casey Watson
A very readable, poignant recollection by Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym and is a specialist foster carer. This is Casey’s 12th book and she takes us back to...

Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

Early One Morning
Virginia Baily
This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful, suspenseful, heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and war's reverberations down the years.

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality,...

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

God Help the Child
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.

The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

The Novel Habits of Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith
The tenth wonderful story in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series. With her young son and devoted husband her home life is blissfully content. Which is the best possible...

According to Yes by Dawn French

According to Yes
Dawn French
21st century family life - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - delivered head on by none other than comic genius Dawn French. Rosie, after a sad occurrence in Cornwall,...

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family and the meaning...

The Parrots by Alexandra Shulman

The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments, desires and encounters. The entitled, affluent setting is almost immaterial, it’s the hidden emotions...

The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A wonderfully...

The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake House
Kate Morton
The Lake House by Kate Morton is the mysterious and enchanting fifth novel from the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper .

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