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Our high-quality Family Drama selection offers the heart-breaking and heart-warming conflicts and dramas directly from the hearth, telling the stories of these families that have been struck by tragedy, conflict and drama and their struggle to survive intact.
I had the same feeling reading this as I did Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum. It is very special. Related in the different voices of the three generations of women living together through one momentous year, it has a north country lilt and an infectious style that really captures the period, for although we only travel a contemporary year, in reflection and flashbacks we travel some three-quarters of a century. Life, circumstances, attitudes and issues change but the spirit of family remains across the generations. I cannot praise it highly enough.Comparisons: Kate Atkinson, Anita Shreve, Marika Cobbold.
A social comedy peopled with truly wacky aristocratic family in a crumbling castle in Ireland, into which our protagonists attempts to introduce some order. An author you can easily get addicted to
When you fall in love do you follow your heart or use your head? Thea Luckmore believes in love - the magic spark of true, old-fashioned, romantic love. She's determined only ever to fall head over heels, or rather, heart over head. Alice Heggarty, her best friend, is always falling in lust - with dashing rogues who invariably break her heart. As yet another disastrous relationship ends, Alice makes a decision. It's time to marry and she knows just the man. For Thea, a chance encounter on Primrose Hill ignites that elusive spark she's preoccupied withâ€¦ Saul Mundy promises to be the perfect fit and Thea finds herself falling in love and loving it. But though newly wed Alice encourages Thea to settle down and conform, she finds that she's not as keen as she thought on playing by the rules. Alice starts to break them left, right and centreâ€¦ At the same time, Thea's world, in which love reigns supreme, is shaken to core. When it comes to love, should you listen to your head, your heart, or your best friend?
Who would have guessed this charismatic gardener and very busy man would become such a prolific novelist? This is his fifth delightful romp. His strength is in his character sketches. Here we have a vibrant, bossy, over-zealous 86-year old Russian widow with time on her hands to interfere in her grandson, Nick’s life. She is a hoot and eventually Nick comes to realise that too. Good, light-hearted and sparkling.Comparison: Mavis Cheek, Madeleine Wickham, Amanda Brookfield.Similar this month: Daisy Waugh, Lou Wakefield.
Back in the beginning these two friends decided to create a genre and write alternating chapters from each character’s point of view, giving a unique take on young emotions in one book. Come Again was the outcome. The media adored the whole thing and then Josie and Emlyn fell in love. Ah! It was a fairytale in itself. Five books and two daughters later their joint work has got deeper, more mature and moving. They and their books are a delight. Comparison: Lisa Jewell, Isabel Wolff, Jill Mansell.Similar this month: Erica James, Daisy Waugh.
What do you do as a 30 something who suddenly realises that she has settled for second best. More barbed comedy from the author of â€˜And What Do you Do?
What a wonderful idea: an English retirement home in India and, thanks to Moggach’s perceptive mind, the book is a real gem. A tale of coping with a different culture and still seeking love whatever your age.
A hugely popular author that has her finger right on the pulse of family relationships. In this novel she tackles adoption.
Two weeks in the life of a lad with a crush on a rather superior girl at school. It centres on a valentineâ€™s card with an unfortunate enclosure that causes quite a stir
A charming exploration of a Greek Cypriot community in the 1980â€™s. It tackles the cultural differences and the generation gap but it is also a humourous mother / daughter tale, delightfully told
A magical mix of love story and war story, and a charming rendering of Italian provincial life
Set in the 1930s, the classic novel from bestselling author Lesley Pearse tells the story of one girl's struggle against cruelty and, her quest for love. Twelve-year-old Adele Talbot's unhappy mother Rose succumbs to madness after a family tragedy and Adele is placed in a bleak children's home. But when her trust is betrayed she runs away - hoping to find her grandmother in Sussex. By the time she does so, Adele is desperately ill and has to be nursed back to health among the beautiful Rye Marshes. And then she meets the wonderful Michael Bailey. As friendship blossoms into love and they come of age together - Adele becoming a nurse and Michael joining the RAF - she believes she can put her troubled past behind her. But with the outbreak of war and the sudden appearance of Rose, bearing shocking family secrets, suddenly all of Adele's hopes appear impossibly fragile...
Whether it’s Barbara Taylor Bradford’s window into the dark secrets of dynastic powerhouses, or the hard realities of Allison Pearson’s writing: the incisively humourous observations of Nick Hornby, or the light touch of Charlotte Bingham: the engrossing passion of Jojo Moyes, or the captivating worlds conjured by Jodi Picoult and Daisy Waugh, the range of fantastic stories in the Family Drama section is almost endless. Luckily our unique expert reviews and hand-picked recommendations are here to help match you with your perfect next read. Sign up to our monthly emails to stay in touch with the latest output from warm, wise Elizabeth Buchan, insightful Kate Atkinson, sensory-stimulating Joanna Harris, huge-scale Sidney Sheldon, magical Alice Hoffman and so many more in the varied family of fantastic authors of the genre.