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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.
The Days of Abandonment was a bestseller for nearly a year in Italy and it's not hard to see why. It is an interesting and well-written depiction of a woman's struggle to accept her abandonment by her husband. Her obsession about his relationship with his new lover leads to the neglect of both herself and her children which is quite shocking in places, but utterly compelling.
Longlisted for the 2007 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the end of April 2007. A truly wonderful tale of friendship and love unexpectedly found. Within it is the story of a past unravelled through diaries, of hardship, tragedy and illegitimacy and throughout all of it are sub-plots, great characters, much incident, all in all a magnificent, full-blooded novel to curl up and lose yourself in. You’ve got to read it.Similar this month: None but try Morag Joss.Comparison: Jojo Moyes, Adele Geras, Penny Vincenzi.
Louise Wener is a talented young novelist who will undoubtedly hit the big time sometime soon. Sheâ€™s created some great characters and smart, unfussy one-liners that will make you laugh out loud, alongside parts thatâ€™ll make you want to cry. Moving and gripping by turns you wonâ€™t want to put it down.
If youâre a fan of Martina Coleâs novels then try this debut novel from the widow of the eponymous East End gangster Reg Kray. I reckon this is an incredibly realistic portrayal of Londonâs underworld, truly frightening too. Martina Cole reigns supreme but Roberta Kray is hot on her heels. If you enjoy this title you might also like to read Roberta Kray's latest novel, The Pact.
This is Meloyâ€™s second novel; her first was on a Richard and Judy shortlist that was utterly compelling. The Santerre family once again takes centre stage in this new novel and it certainly does not disappoint. Elegant prose with a quiet slightly wry tone and the characters are well portrayed and full of every sort of emotion you can think of. A pleasure to read.
If you haven't yet discovered the brilliant Joanna Trollope then this is the perfect book to start with. On the surface Alice seems to have it all, healthy children, a husband a lovely house and a job. It appears she could want for nothing. But there is one thing that downtrodden Alice wants more than anything. To learn how to read. For the first time in her life Alice takes charge with the book boy.
Suburban murder in perfect (desperate?) housewife territory where our untypical mum and her chum solve the crime. Thatâs the centre but this is much more a story of friendship, relationship, dissatisfaction and family life. A tale of modern manners hung around a crime scene where revealing the murderer is less important to the reader than the entertaining characters.And if you would like to download and listen to an interview with Jennifer Weiner - click hereComparison: Adele Parks, Jennifer Crusie, Sarah Mason.Similar this month: Shane Watson, Kirsty Crawford.
A gritty story of twins separated at birth and reunited as adults. However an undiscovered secret from the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin everything. The novel unfolds with alternating stories from each of the characters until the mystery is finally revealed.
Longlisted for the 2007 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the end of April 2007. This is the absorbing story of one family and three generations of women beginning over 50 years ago just after the war and set in the Victorian slums of Birmingham. Poverty, death and bullying are rife and by turns heartrending but always in the background there is joy and hope that life will make a turn for the better for some, and it does.Similar this month: Lyn Andrews.Comparison: Catherine Cookson, Josephine Cox, Joan Jonker.
This terrific mix of family drama, mystery, intrigue and murder makes for a cracking read. A long concealed secret involving murder some 30 years before threatens the well-being of two families about to come together in matrimony. It’s gripping stuff.
Raising Hope is a luminous debut novel about mothers, daughters and the power of family love.Similar this month: Katie Fforde, Emily Barr.Comparison: Clare Chambers, Kate Saunders, Kate Long.
Alice never imagined that she would end up like this. Is she the only mother who feels so permanently panic-stricken at the terrors of the modern world - or is it normal to sit up in bed all night popping bubble wrap? She worries that too much gluten and dairy may be hindering her children's mental arithmetic. She frets that there are too many cars on the road to let them out of the 4x4. Finally she resolves to take control and tackle her biggest worry of all: her daughter is definitely not going to fail that crucial secondary school entrance exam. Because Alice has decided to take the test in her place...
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.