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This Month's Featured Books

The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan
The Weight of Him
Ethel Rohan
June 2017 Debut of the Month. There was a family of six, three boys aged 17, 15 and 9, and one girl, 12, with a hard-working, frazzled mother and a grossly obese father, Billy, weighing 28...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
June 2017 Debut of the Month. My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it was painful to behold. They, Lucy and Gabe, met on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A dazzling debut about a fostered autistic girl’s poignant search for her Forever Home, and her acute need to be needed. Truly a gem that will satiate an abundance of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
June 2017 Debut of the Month. It is the standard reply when people ask, “How are you?” ....you say “I’m fine.” Well, Eleanor is most definitely not fine and has not been since she was 10...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser
June 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. A thoroughly enthralling fantasy that brims with swashbuckling adventure and enchantment. Seventeen-year-old Caro Oresteia is inextricably bound to the river. Her Pa is a wherryman, like her grandmother before...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/06/2017
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
Phantom Limbs
Paula Garner
June 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a nutshell: sensitive depiction of loss and survival Three young people, each marked by terrible loss are at the heart of this powerful YA novel. Otis lost his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
The Outcasts of Time
Ian Mortimer
June 2017 Debut of the Month. An absolutely riveting walk through time. The moment I heard about ‘The Outcasts of Time’ I knew I had to read it, the premise is just...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
June 2017 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 the centre of this novel, Leo causes uproar when a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson
Island of Secrets
Patricia Wilson
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Right from the start we realise this is a Montague/Capulet situation; a feud between families, in this case from Crete, that spills blood only here our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Himself by Jess Kidd
Himself
Jess Kidd
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth mother. He has a photograph with a note on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil
The Bureau of Second Chances
Sheena Kalayil
June 2017 Debut of the Month. This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth, where he rediscovers not only himself but also the Bureau of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Reader Reviewed Crimson Lake
Candice Fox
May 2017 Debut of the Month. Sharp, clever Australian crime thriller constructed around the compelling set-up of Detective Ted Conkaffey being accused - but not convicted...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
Maxim Jakubowski May 2017 Highly Recommended. Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what...

Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Reader Reviewed Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut...

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

Reader Reviewed What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
May 2017 Debut of the Month. What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted as she did but OMG...

An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer

Reader Reviewed An Unlikely Agent
Jane Menczer
May 2017 Debut of the Month. An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue.London, 1905, and Margaret...

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times
Xan Brooks
May 2017 Debut of the Month. This magnetic debut evokes the social and emotional landscapes of interwar England with an abundance of originality. With the country...

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan

Reader Reviewed The Dead House
Billy O'Callaghan
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A beautifully eerie tale, a feast for your eyes, a torment for your mind. The exquisite cover immediately called to...

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters
Caite Dolan-Leach
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A dramatic and oh so readable family tale, with enough tension playing through the pages to sink a battleship. Two...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Down Dead
Steph Broadribb
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another assured British thriller debut, again set overseas, this time in deepest America where Lori Anderson, a young woman with...

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Reader Reviewed Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. A surprising, emotional, and courageous novel, one where the words and feelings gradually unwind from the page and take up residence...

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Reader Reviewed Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney
A novel to meddle with your reasoning and taunt your gut instincts… Amber is in hospital in a coma, her thoughts are knocking at the door of her awareness as...

When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea

Reader Reviewed When the Sky Fell Apart
Caroline Lea
Prepare for your heart to break… this is a powerful, evocative tale of life during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the 1940’s. The first page made me flinch, yet...

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai
This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt...

Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Reader Reviewed Arrowood
Mick Finlay
April 2017 Debut of the Month. London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft...

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Reader Reviewed A Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
April 2017 Debut of the Month. All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939....

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
April 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 Cutaway by Christina Kovac

Reader Reviewed The Cutaway
Christina Kovac
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. Indomitable Virginia Knightly is a TV...

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Reader Reviewed Quicksand
Malin Persson Giolito
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Provocative and compelling, this mind and heart-breaking tale really shouldn't be missed. After a school shooting, 18 year old Maja...

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter

Reader Reviewed The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Oh my word, this is an eyebrow raising, mouth openingly good read. A contemporary tale about three women, muddling and...

The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
April 2017 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism,...

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Castle of Water
Dane Huckelbridge
April 2017 Debut of the Month. An emotional, heart-stopping, and mesmerising debut novel. 34 year old retired banker and burgeoning artist Barry from New York, and...

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as Gone
Amy Gentry
April 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, convincing, and unexpected tale. 13 year old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom eight years ago, her...

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Wolf Road
Beth Lewis
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Uniquely voiced, elementally powerful literary thriller that crackles with page-turning tension. Aged seven, gutsy Elka ran away from her nana...

How to be Human by Paula Cocozza

How to be Human
Paula Cocozza
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Here is a woman, Mary, who desperately needs something and even we, the reader, are not entirely sure what. She...

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