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Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

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There’s nothing that 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

A Country Escape by Katie Fforde
A Country Escape
Katie Fforde
February 2018 Book of the Month. A deliciously readable, entertaining and enjoyable novel from Katie Fforde. Fran leaves her life behind for a dilapidated farm in the Cotswolds, she has just one year to make it a success. I always...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/02/2018
Coming Home to Island House by Erica James
Coming Home to Island House
Erica James
February 2018 Book of the Month. Romily, an author of mystery novels, returns home after a European promotional tour just shortly before her great love, Jack Devereux, somewhat her senior, falls ill and dies. He leaves three grown up natural...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt
We Own The Sky
Luke Allnutt
February 2018 MEGA Debut of the Month This tender tale of tragic loss, deep love and profound desperation is contemporary fiction at its best - a monumentally memorable debut that is at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/02/2018
The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner
The Story of Our Lives
Helen Warner
A dynamic, dramatic, and deliciously entertaining tale exposing friendship flaws, secrets and lies. Sophie, Emily, Amy, and Melissa go away for a weekend break once a year, and we see how their lives change for both better and worse between...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/02/2018
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft
The Guilty Wife
Elle Croft
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A debut to make you question everyone and trust no one. Bethany isn’t an innocent, in fact, you could say she is far from that, yet after murder tears her life apart, she has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
Gravesend by William Boyle
Gravesend
William Boyle
February 2018 Debut of the MonthA raw, convincing, achingly intimate and individual tale about actions and consequences. 16 years after the death of his brother, Conway wants revenge. When Ray Boy is released from prison, Conway hunts him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
Sal by Mick Kitson
Sal
Mick Kitson
Just gorgeous… this is an emotional and quite, quite beautiful read. After a particularly traumatic time at home, 13 year old Sal and her younger sister Peppa escape into the wilds of Scotland. Sal has spent a long time preparing,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2018
The Madonna of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida
The Madonna of The Mountains
Elise Valmorbida
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/03/2018
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
Nadiya Hussain
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A lovely warm and joyful squeeze of a read. When a family bombshell hits, four sisters each tell their own story. We get to know Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae, and because their lives...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2018
Sail Away by Celia Imrie
Sail Away
Celia Imrie
Sail Away is a light-hearted Mystery set aboard a cruise ship written by actress and author Celia Imrie. Suzy the once famous actress is struggling to find work and accepts a role in a suspiciously amateur production of ‘The Importance...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/02/2018
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
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 hold you entranced throughout as you immerse yourself into this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018
Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal
Eyes Like Mine
Sheena Kamal
February 2018 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. Nora Watts gave up her child, 15 years later that child is missing, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape gardener building a great park in 1663 then moves to 1961 and follows the lives of a large group of friends and extended...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2018
A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver
A New Map of Love
Abi Oliver
An entertaining and charmingly poignant portrait of a provincial widower’s burgeoning new life following the death of his wife. It’s 1964, and 57 year-old antiques dealer George has lost his wife after they’ve lived a contented sort of life for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley
Last Letter from Istanbul
Lucy Foley
Just gorgeous, this is a story to shine a light in the darkness, even in moments of despair. Constantinople in 1921 is a confusing, often frightening place to be, in the first few pages, two reports from 1918, perfectly sum...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2018
A Long Way from Home by Cathy Glass
A Long Way from Home
Cathy Glass
A slightly different offering than usual from Cathy Glass, yet still as emotional and powerful as you’d expect. The story begins in another country, Elaine and Ian have travelled there from the UK and are waiting to adopt their daughter....
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018
The Break by Katherena Vermette
The Break
Katherena Vermette
Emily is subjected to a horrific attack where she is raped with a glass bottle that breaks inside her. This story, peopled by Native ~Canadians, part of a Métis community, does not centre on the ghastly attack but on the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/02/2018
The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton
The Great Cornish Getaway
Fern Britton
This delightful Quick Read from Sunday Times bestselling novelist Fern Britton is full of her usual warmth and wit. It is the perfect way to treat yourself to a gorgeous escape to Cornwall.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018
The Last Summer by Andree Michaud
The Last Summer
Andree Michaud
A provocative, disturbing, yet oh so readable and gripping story set on the Canadian, US border in 1967. Two girls run wild during the summer holidays, then one disappears, altering, changing, and affecting lives forever more. This award winning novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
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 village start their own choir, the small rebellion creates a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly

The Year That Changed Everything
Cathy Kelly
Uplifting and delightful, The Year That Changed Everything is another gorgeous read from Cathy Kelly. Three women have three milestone birthdays on the same day, they don’t know each other,...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reader Reviewed Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
Category Winner of the Costa Book...

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon

Reader Reviewed Broken River
J. Robert Lennon
January 2018 Book of the Month A masterclass in suspense awaits the reader in this almost understated, yet powerfully intense and dark novel. A family needing a fresh start move...

The Chicken Soup Murder by Maria Donovan

The Chicken Soup Murder
Maria Donovan
A short, seemingly simple, yet complex and rather wonderful novel about a young boy coming to terms with life, death, and everything in-between. Eleven year old Michael believes that a...

The Wanderers by Tim Pears

The Wanderers
Tim Pears
An extraordinary feat of storytelling, the three novels that make up the West Country Trilogy will take readers on a journey from the agricultural world at the turn of the...

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Reader Reviewed Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughan
January 2018 Book of the Month This brilliantly biting thriller explores the unpleasant underbelly of power in all its forms, from the all-pervasive influence of the privileged elite, to the...

Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers

Reader Reviewed Life of Crime
Kimberley Chambers
January 2018 Book of the Month A thoroughly entertaining, raw, and fast-paced read, stuffed full of tension and drama. Jason Rampling didn’t have the best start in life, he...

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...

Save Me by Mandasue Heller

Save Me
Mandasue Heller
An oh so readable and intriguing physiological thriller. One night Ellie Fisher unexpectedly saves a life, however her good turn turns her world inside out, and places her own life...

Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik

Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves
Rachel Malik
During the Second World War, Rene Hargreaves leaves her children with her aunt and boards a train without buying a return ticket, so sure is she that she never wants...

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