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The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
The Silent Companions
Laura Purcell
Set in three time scales this is truly terrific stuff, a lovely, chilling, Gothic tale. In 1635 the “Silent Companions” are purchased. In 1865 they, and a journal, are discovered in a locked room. Some years later a damaged mute...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Spy by Paulo Coelho
The Spy
Paulo Coelho
October 2017 Book of the Month A short, emotional and entirely captivating novel based on the real events that surrounded, enclosed and smothered the notorious Mata Hari. Mata Hari is a name that still evokes and conjures vivid images,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
The German Girl
Armando Lucas Correa
October 2017 Debut of the Month This ambitious and powerfully moving debut tells the true story of one of the lesser-known tragedies of WWII, when Jewish passengers aboard a transatlantic liner expecting to be given refuge in Cuba were refused...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
False Lights by K. J. Whittaker
False Lights
K. J. Whittaker
October 2017 Debut of the Month An adult novel from the YA author Katy Moran, False Lights is a wonderfully rich and complex work of speculative fiction. Napoleon won at Waterloo and went on to conquer England where now the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan
Where Jennifer Egan's previous book A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD was all brevity and ellipses in the way the varied short stories moved between genres and came together to form a whole, her much-awaited new opus is what one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles
Madeline Miller
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Song of Achilles, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list. The god touches his finger to the arrow's fletching. Then he breathes, a puff of air - as if to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Arrowood
Laura McHugh
London 1895, gloriously brought to life in all its grizzly glory. Arrowood is a weathered Private Investigator with a soft heart and a weakness for a drink. He shares the same skies as the famous, revered detective, Sherlock Holmes and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2017
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu
The Stolen Bicycle
Ming-Yi Wu
A beautifully written, rather special novel, detailing the highly personal journey of a family through turbulent times in Taiwan’s history. A stolen bicycle sits centre stage in this story, in fact the bicycles of Taiwan are hugely important, which sounds...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
Fools and Mortals
Bernard Cornwell
The title of course refers to Puck’s line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Lo what fools these mortals be!”. It is a new period for Cornwell who is most famous for his Regency “Sharpe” series and more recently for the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
Mrs Osmond by John Banville
Mrs Osmond
John Banville
The Booker Prizewinning author of The Sea offers up another intelligent, beautifully written novel this time with a Victorian setting. The story flows along elegantly with each chapter a vignette. Nothing is over-explained, the descriptions are evocative and the thoughts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje
February 2011 Guest Editor Carmen Reid on Michael Ondaatje... The English Patient is a dream of a romantic novel. It follows two love stories, one between a soldier and a nurse which unfolds as the book progresses and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
The Dancing Barber by AC Michael
The Dancing Barber
AC Michael
Set in 1963, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the Ukraine, this initially appears to be a story about everyday life for a family who have not had an everyday existence. The author states that the background to this tale is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/09/2016
The Tiger's Prey by Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
The Tiger's Prey
Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
The fifteenth Courtney saga follows the brothers Tom and Guy and half brother Francis. It’s the sequel to Monsoon (1999) and Birds of Prey (1997) and gives us a fair bit of Cornish background and how the family came to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
Birdcage Walk
Helen Dunmore
A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was spilling over into life in Britain. Lizzie Fawkes, daughter of a radical thinker and writer, has settled in Bristol and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
Munich by Robert Harris
Munich
Robert Harris
Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky...

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

Monsoon Summer
Julia Gregson
From the bestselling author of the Richard and Judy Book Club summer read, East of the Sun, Julia Gregson returns with this compelling love story set in India - perfect...

1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books by Shirley McKay

1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books
Shirley McKay
St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full...

The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

The Girl From Venice
Martin Cruz Smith
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Neglecting his favourite character Russian investigator Arkady Renko, of GORKY PARK and other novels fame, Cruz Smith offers us a...

The Good People by Hannah Kent

The Good People
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Three women are at the heart of this beguiling, elemental novel, in which the dialogue dances, and the force of...

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree
Jake Arnott
Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth Bess is in Newgate, as she tells her story via...

The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick

Reader Reviewed The Autumn Throne
Elizabeth Chadwick
The third and final volume of this magnificent trilogy of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine starts with her release from the Palace of Sarum, Wiltshire in April 1176 where...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
Not a thriller by any means, unless the quest by a twin sister to discover what happened to her other half in the horror of the concentration camps might qualify...

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an...

The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick Mcgrath

The Wardrobe Mistress
Patrick Mcgrath
McGrath is one of the age's most elegantly accomplished divers into the human psyche. In a small corner of London, the city devasted after the war, Joan Grice is deeply...

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan
Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Secret of Summerhayes by Meryn Allingham

The Secret of Summerhayes
Meryn Allingham
Summer 1944: Bombed out by the blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerhayes estate. Now...

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

An Almond for a Parrot
Wray Delaney
A fascinating erotica debut for famed children's book author Sally Gardner and, most definitely, a change in register as a tale of 18th century debauchery unfolds in the tradition of

The Invitation by Lucy Foley

Reader Reviewed The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life,...

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

The Outcasts of Time
Ian Mortimer
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 fascinating. In 1348, brothers...

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

The Lost Girl
Carol Drinkwater
July 2017 eBook of the Month. A mesmerising, haunting, and extraordinarily relevant yet beautifully evocative read. Kurtiz arrives in Paris after a sighting of her missing...

Arminius The Limits of Empire by Robert Fabbri

Arminius The Limits of Empire
Robert Fabbri
Teeming with more brutal betrayal and conflict than you can shake an axe at, this first-rate historical fiction from the author of the epic Vespasian sequence recounts Rome’s monumental...

The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

The Woman in the Wood
Lesley Pearse
An engaging, poignant and moving family tale set in the 1960’s on the south coast of England. 15 year old twins Maisy and Duncan are sent to live in the...

Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy...

The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling

Reader Reviewed The Four Horsemen
Gregory Dowling
A captivating, vibrant, and exciting tale of secret societies, death and disorder in the middle of Venice in the 1750’s. This is the second in the ‘Alvise Marangon Mystery...

The Horseman by Tim Pears

The Horseman
Tim Pears
This begins The West Country Trilogy starting in 1911. It follows two years in the life of young Leo as he skips school as often as he can to help...

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit...

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Reader Reviewed Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war,...

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