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Books of the Month

A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi
A Question of Trust
Penny Vincenzi
October 2017 Book of the Month An interesting departure for Penny Vincenzi as she takes a working-class man made good as her central character. Starting in 1937 and continuing through the war years the main thrust of the story however...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
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
Autumn by Ali Smith
Autumn
Ali Smith
October 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories, and a story about ageing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Blind by A. F. Brady
The Blind
A. F. Brady
October 2017 Debut of the Month The author is an American psychotherapist who sets her first novel in a Manhattan mental institute so bringing a large amount of authenticity to this thriller. Samantha, Sam, the golden girl is the obvious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
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
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
The History of Bees
Maja Lunde
October 2017 Debut of the Month An outstanding feat of literary fiction in which three individuals - oceans and centuries apart - are indelibly connected by their devotion to beekeeping. This is speculative fiction at its smartest, and comes with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
Cherise Wolas
October 2017 Debut of the Month Surprising, vivid, and eloquent, this is a truly beautiful debut. Joan Ashby is a talented, award winning writer, and while marriage and family press pause in the story of her career, words demand access...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Lily and the Octopus
Steven Rowley
October 2017 Debut of the Month This exuberant debut about living life to the full with that someone special (who might just happen to have four legs and a tail) races through a riotous rainbow of emotions, and will delight...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
October 2017 Debut of the Month Make no mistake, this debut novel is startling and often painfully uncomfortable, yet it is a stunning, actually breathtaking piece of literature. 14 year old Turtle is strong, capable, different, she is also suffering…...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017
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
Uncommon Type Some Stories by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type Some Stories
Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories that are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017
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
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Snow Falling on Cedars
David Guterson
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of Snow Falling on Cedars, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list. He saw the soft cedars of San Piedro Island, its high, rolling hills, the low mist that lay in long...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Little Friend, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list. The sunlit rails gleamed like dark mercury, arteries branching out silver from the switch points; the old telegraph poles were shaggy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of Eat Pray Love, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics listTo travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
Fugitive Pieces
Anne Michaels
A powerful story of suffering and the power of love. When a young holocaust survivor is found in the woods by a Greek archaeologist his life is transformed. Although haunted by the death of his family he discovers that love...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley
Devil's Day
Andrew Michael Hurley
The second novel from the author of the award-winning bestseller The Loney. Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the Lancashire farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep from the moors. Generally, very little changes in the Briardale...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner
My Side of the Diamond
Sally Gardner
Jazmin has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared. But Becky didn't just disappear - she jumped off a tall building and seemingly never reached the ground. It was as if she simply vanished into thin air. Did...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2017
Death of a She Devil by Fay Weldon
Death of a She Devil
Fay Weldon
Sequel to The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Lewis is a new kind of 'heroine'. He's an ultra-confident, twenty-something man. But he won't be satisfied with his life until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire
Kamila Shamsie
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times....
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017
The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee
The Schooldays of Jesus
J. M. Coetzee
When you travel across the ocean on a boat, all your memories are washed away and you start a completely new life. That is how it is. There is no before. There is no history. The boat docks at the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Hades by Candice Fox
Hades
Candice Fox
Homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Origin by Dan Brown
Origin
Dan Brown
The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017
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
A Pug Like Percy by Fiona Harrison
A Pug Like Percy
Fiona Harrison
Ahhh, who could resist Percy the Pug! A lovely, heartwarming story set from the point of view of an adorable little dog. Percy, abandoned at an animal rescue centre soon finds a new family, however happily ever after may be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
Fresh Complaint
Jeffrey Eugenides
If you are familiar with Eugenides’ work then these, his first collection of short stories, are probably what you would expect, i.e. not happy. They are about love, envy, regret, desire, illness and death. Only one, Baster, has any humour,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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
Invisible Women It's Time to Talk About You! by Sarah Long
Invisible Women It's Time to Talk About You!
Sarah Long
Tessa is looking for something to fill the gaping hole left by her youngest daughter's departure for uni, where it seems she's now engaged in all sorts of unsavoury activities, if Tessa's obsessive late-night Facebook stalking is anything to go...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
Kate Summerscale
This reads like a first rate crime novel but is in fact an analysis of real life events. It's so good it won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. Said to have inspired Dickens, Willkie Collins and many,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
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 Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
This book seemed to come out of nowhere. It was the first Afghan novel to be written in English and it became a word-of-mouth bestseller in no time at all. Telling a tragic story of childhood jealousy and fear, it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
A very special book indeed, magical in all its senses, which won the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award for best book. Slow to get into and long, it is written in the style of the period in which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Restless by William Boyd
Restless
William Boyd
I am an enormous fan of William Boyd although some of his novels are a little disappointing. Not this one. I must admit I was surprised to discover that it is actually just a spy story … but what a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
History of Wolves
Emily Fridlund
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Already being acclaimed as one of the most exciting new debuts of 2017, Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves is a brilliant coming-of-age novel that will appeal to fans of The Girls and The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
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
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
The Word is Murder
Anthony Horowitz
As with The Magpie Murders so Horowitz also makes an appearance in this only here he is very much the star. In first person narrative he portrays himself as an author following a murder investigation. So we enter the world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017
Death Message by Kate London
Death Message
Kate London
The second in a terrific series by a woman who really knows her stuff. She was a detective with the Metropolitan murder squad and has created two very real and likeable main characters, always a plus, and given them some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain
Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair
Heidi Swain
This feel-good festive feast is the perfect stocking filler for those who yearn for the magic of a good old yuletide miracle. When Anna arrives at remote Wynthorpe Hall to work as companion to its eccentric owner, she’s one of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk
I Heart Forever
Lindsey Kelk
A lovely, entertaining and terrifically readable continuation of the I Heart stories by Lindsey Kelk. While I Heart Forever is the seventh in this particular series, I feel that you could read this as a standalone novel, though you...
Format: Paperback - 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
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman
Everyone needs a little magic in their lives... and for the Owens sisters, magic is inevitable. Practical Magic is the beloved novel by Alice Hoffman, inspiration for the classic film starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
The Best of Adam Sharp
Graeme Simsion
The heart-warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart
The Poetry Pharmacy
William Sieghart
A distillation of prescriptions given – and taken – on William Sieghart’s online Poetry Pharmacy. No harm to be got from these prescriptions, instead there is comfort, love, advice and experience aplenty. I was immediately taken by the poems of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey by Alexander McCall Smith

Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey
Alexander McCall Smith
September 2017 Book of the Month A heart-warming stand-alone novel about a group of passengers on an Edinburgh to London train. They have one thing in common - they have...

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Forest Dark
Nicole Krauss
September 2017 Book of the Month A challenging, literary read of two very different narratives seemingly only linked by geography for both start their strange journeys from the Tel Aviv...

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...

Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette

Reader Reviewed Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover police officer while trying...

The Lemon Tree Cafe by Cathy Bramley

The Lemon Tree Cafe
Cathy Bramley
Originally published in four parts, this is the story in a single volume. If you are familiar with The Plumberry School of Comfort then you will recognise some of the...

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop
Annie Darling
It's a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true...

Kings of America by R. J. Ellory

Kings of America
R. J. Ellory
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. New York in 1930 is a teeming abyss of crime and idealism at the outset of Roger Ellory's first novel in...

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett


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...

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...

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reader Reviewed Moonglow
Michael Chabon
Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A grandfather, on his deathbed, tells his grandson about his life,...

The Transition by Luke Kennard

The Transition
Luke Kennard
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A fabulous premise, step inside, and...

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reader Reviewed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Courage, strength and erotica is at the heart of this humorous, heart-warming tale about a clash of cultures and the women in our lives we should never take for granted....

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Exit West
Mohsin Hamid
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In a city swollen by...

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Elmet
Fiona Mozley
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. An atmospheric and thrilling debut about family as well as a meditation on landscape in South Yorkshire. Perfect for fans of The Loney...

Smile by Roddy Doyle

Smile
Roddy Doyle
Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood - but this is a novel unlike any...

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

The Golden House
Salman Rushdie
In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie has written the ultimate novel about identity, truth, terror and lies. A brilliant, heartbreaking realist novel that is not only...

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Be Frank with Me
Julia Claiborne Johnson
August 2017 Debut of the Month Meet Frank - he isn't like other kids. Intrepid explorer, sartorial connoisseur; he's as strange as he is brilliant. But Frank discovers the hard...

Lea by Pascal Mercier

Lea
Pascal Mercier
From the author of the giant bestseller, Night Train to Lisbon, comes a finely calibrated heartbreaker of a novel about fathers and daughters, great rises and sudden falls.

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
September 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 arrival of an...

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

Reader Reviewed The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen. Hendrik has reached the age where his address...

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Reader Reviewed The Dinner
Herman Koch
This is one of those books like The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin where no one is likeable and the outcome difficult to predict. Here...

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 Party by Elizabeth Day

Reader Reviewed The Party
Elizabeth Day
The party is where it all unravels and where the dark secret between rich, aristocratic Ben and poor, middle-class Martin is exposed. We are kept very much in the dark...

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Reader Reviewed Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
A powerfully lyrical day-in-the-life portrait of a successful singer-songwriter reflecting on the ebbs and flows of her life as she prepares her Greatest Hits release after long absence from the...

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...

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Reader Reviewed Borne
Jeff VanderMeer
Finch, the last VanderMeer that I read, was referred to as ‘fungal noir’, a wonderful phrase. With that in mind Borne could be described as a post-apocalyptic thriller with...

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Reader Reviewed The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce
A heartrending love story. An ode to vinyl. A poignant evocation of a community of shopkeepers in the late eighties. Like the music beloved by its protagonist, this pitch-perfect novel...

Say My Name by Allegra Huston

Say My Name
Allegra Huston
August 2017 Debut of the Month As it dances across thoughts and emotions, ‘Say My Name’ proves to be a beautiful, thoughtful, and seductive read. Eve is 48, her life...

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 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...

A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith

A Time of Love and Tartan
Alexander McCall Smith
August 2017 Book of the Month With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its twelfth season in the...

Chasing The Sun by Katy Colins

Chasing The Sun
Katy Colins
The perfect summer escape.

What She Left by Rosie Fiore

What She Left
Rosie Fiore
What would make you walk away from your life, your family and friends, in search of a completely fresh start?

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...

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Reader Reviewed Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag...

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Set in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children...

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