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Books of the Month

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse
Keep You Close
Lucie Whitehouse
August 2016 Book of the Month. Ten years ago Rowan and Marianne were inseperable. Rowan, our narrator, lost her mother while still a baby and Marianne's family embraced her. Then Seb, the father, is killed in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
The Travelers by Chris Pavone
The Travelers
Chris Pavone
When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his whole world is about to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
Summer might be fading over the horizon but Straub's new novel is a perfect summer novel for all seasons: witty, touching, humane and gently humorous. A tale of complicated relationships set in Brooklyn this proves as light-hearted as her father,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
August 2016 Book of the Month. Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter
Break in Case of Emergency
Jessica Winter
August 2016 Debut of the Month. A wryly amusing, observational story, brushing compassionately against the pitfalls of modern life. Jen is in her early 30’s, she lives with her husband in New York, she dreams of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
August 2016 Debut of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2016
Hillstation by Robin Mukherjee
Hillstation
Robin Mukherjee
August 2016 Debut of the Month. Warmly amusing, gorgeously transportive and eye opening, this is a novel that subtly and quietly creeps under your skin. When a risqué dance troupe arrives in a remote Himalayan village...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
August 2016 eBook of the Month. Simply fabulous, this is a truly beautiful, mind-popping story. I must admit to jigging up and down with excitement when ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ arrived on my desk, Liane Moriarty has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2016
Of Mice and Men: Dyslexia-Friendly Edition by
Of Mice and Men: Dyslexia-Friendly Edition

Congratulations to publisher Barrington Stoke for this new edition which is specifically designed to be accessible to all readers, including those with dyslexia. The text is exactly as Steinbeck wrote it and hasn’t been abridged or altered, but features such...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2016
The Unravelling by Thorne Moore
The Unravelling
Thorne Moore
Thorne Moore delves deep into the dark corners of a mind disturbed by the wicked acts of childhood that refuse to stay hidden in this edgy psychological thriller. A simple, innocent moment unlocks memories that have long been buried and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence
The Empathy Problem
Gavin Extence
August 2016 eBook of the Month. A must read if ever there was one, this is just stunning. A simple premise, yet it slams with impact, 32 year old banker Gabriel has a malignant brain tumour...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
The Pre-War House by Alison Moore
The Pre-War House
Alison Moore
Alison Moore is an exceptional author whose writing explores the dark, unsettling and unsafe areas of everyday life. With this collection of short stories, as with her Man Booker shortlisted The Lighthouse, don’t expect cheerful redemption and sugar coated happy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2016
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. It is about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
The Light of Paris
Eleanor Brown
Two parallel stories, set in two time frames, where second chances and the links between two women flicker and burn with energy. In Chicago during 1999, Madeleine tells her own story as she flounders in a loveless marriage, she finds...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine
Sleeper's Castle
Barbara Erskine
A sweeping saga of a tale, linking the past and the present through two women’s dreams and a house that straddles time. This is the first Barbara Erskine novel I’ve read, for those that have been with her since the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
The Revolving Door of Life
Alexander McCall Smith
Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the series and although you really should start at the beginning,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
My Last Continent
Midge Raymond
August 2016 Debut of the Month. Unexpected and unique, this is a beautiful debut novel to immerse yourself and become lost in. Deb is a naturalist, studying penguins and acting as a tour guide on a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
All That Man is by David Szalay
All That Man is
David Szalay
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
Work Like Any Other
Virginia Reeves
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Many by Wyl Menmuir
The Many
Wyl Menmuir
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2016
Hystopia by David Means
Hystopia
David Means
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/05/2016
The North Water by Ian McGuire
The North Water
Ian McGuire
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
His Bloody Project
Graeme Macrae Burnet
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2015
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Hot Milk
Deborah Levy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee
The Schooldays of Jesus
J. M. Coetzee
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/08/2016
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
The Mare
Mary Gaitskill
This is a heartbreakingly honest and profoundly moving portrait of the nearly unbridgeable gaps between people, and the way we long for fairytale endings despite knowing that they don't exist.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/07/2016
The Joke Faber Modern Classics by Milan Kundera
The Joke Faber Modern Classics
Milan Kundera
The Joke, Milan Kundera's first novel, gained him a huge following in his own country, and launched his worldwide literary reputation.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Blue Dog by Louis De Bernieres
Blue Dog
Louis De Bernieres
In this charming prequel to the much-loved Red Dog, Louis de Bernieres tells the moving story of a young boy and his Granpa, and the charismatic and entertaining dog who so many readers hold close to their hearts.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2016
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
What a Carve Up!
Jonathan Coe
It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year. But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time is growing ripe for the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carre
In le Carre's breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining. Alec Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nobel prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells a tale of an unrequited love that outlasts all rivals in his masterpiece Love in the Time of Cholera, published as a Penguin Essential...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Dirt Road by James Kelman
Dirt Road
James Kelman
Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Serious Sweet by A. L. Kennedy
Serious Sweet
A. L. Kennedy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
The Pier Falls
Mark Haddon
In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Purity
Jonathan Franzen
One of the year's major new literary offerings, Jonathan Franzen's PURITY doesn't disappoint, if alone by sheer weight of pages and buzzing ideas. And with a palette of suspense twists and almost thriller like plot turns, it harks back in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2016
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. This witty and twisty tale of an elderly con man intent on a final hurrah when he initially goes on a blind date with a retired, wealthy woman, brings more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
The Last One
Alexandra Oliva
The Post-Apocalyptic setting is so popular today that it is becoming annoying, so it is great to get a book like this one; not only well written but offering a new angle on the old story. Lone survivors must cope...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller which follows the reluctant journey of East, a young ghetto kid from a world of drugs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/03/2016
Lie of the Land by Michael F. Russell
Lie of the Land
Michael F. Russell
A fascinating and disturbing premise that has the ability to swing a profound sledgehammer into your consciousness. Set in what feels like a very possible future, Carl is isolated in a remote Scottish village and finds himself mentally as well...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
If you're looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed. It's Steiner's first venture into the crime genre - her debut, Homecoming, was more...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Winner of Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015....

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
STOP PRESS... Lisa McInerney wins 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction...

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Reader Reviewed Britt Marie Was Here
Fredrik Backman
July 2016 Book of the Month. The publisher’s blurb for this quirky novel certainly drew me to it especially since I am an enormous fan of...

Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson

Katherine Carlyle
Rupert Thomson
Written in the beautifully spare, lucid and cinematic prose that Thomson is known for, Katherine Carlyle uses the modern techniques of IVF and cryopreservation to throw new light on the...

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Reader Reviewed Foxlowe
Eleanor Wasserberg
Green, her little sister Blue and October - known as Toby - are children growing up in Foxlowe, a huge old home on the moors. They run free, and play...

A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter

Reader Reviewed A Quiet Life
Natasha Walter
July 2016 Debut of the Month. Wife. Mother. Spy. The publisher’s blurb tells us. Now Laura just wants a ‘a quiet life’ and so we follow...

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Reader Reviewed Barkskins
Annie Proulx
July 2016 Book of the Month. For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing,...

The Museum of You by Carys Bray

Reader Reviewed The Museum of You
Carys Bray
July 2016 Book of the Month. Now that Clover is twelve she can have a key to her home while her father drives the local bus...

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a...

The Gap of Time The Winter's Tale Retold by Jeanette Winterson

The Gap of Time The Winter's Tale Retold
Jeanette Winterson
Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare's original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness,...

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Reader Reviewed The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
July 2016 Debut of the Month. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress,...

Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam

Reader Reviewed Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator
Homer Hickam
A beautifully quirky, yet at the same time completely logical love story (well it is logical once you've realised that you too, have fallen in love with an alligator). ‘Carrying...

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

Mister Memory
Marcus Sedgwick
In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... For fans of...

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
Vendela Vida
Told with vibrant, lush detail and a wicked sense of humour, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is part literary mystery, part psychological thriller - an unforgettable novel that explores free...

Ragnarok The End of the Gods by A. S. Byatt

Ragnarok The End of the Gods
A. S. Byatt
From the author of Possession and The Children's Book comes an extraordinary tale, inspired by the myth of Ragnarok. Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a...

Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

Where My Heart Used to Beat
Sebastian Faulks
The recurring themes of Sebastian Faulks's fiction are here brought together with a new stylistic brilliance as the novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left...

Asking for it by Louise O'Neill

Reader Reviewed Asking for it
Louise O'Neill
A courageous, unflinching and emotionally challenging novel, focusing on sexual consent and the issues surrounding social media commentary and uprisings. Covering two time periods, a year apart, a vivid picture...

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
Shortlisted for the National Book Award / Chosen by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015 / One of our Books of the Year 2015. Bold and surprising in...

After You by Jojo Moyes

Reader Reviewed After You
Jojo Moyes
Jojo admits that this follow-up to Me Before You came as a result of popular demand. Fans wanted to know what happened to Lou after Will died. However if...

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

After Alice
Gregory Maguire
An entertaining spin on Lewis Caroll's classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, this novel will delight fans of Angela Carter. When Alice fell down the rabbit-hole, she found Wonderland as...

Glass A Novel by Alex Christofi

Glass A Novel
Alex Christofi
Winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2016 / Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Huckleberry Finn meets Candide, but with added window cleaning - Glass is a charming, off-beat...

The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray

The Lost Time Accidents
John Wray
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An epic and fascinating venture into wide screen baroque fantasy by an established literary author, this sprawling novel travels through the...

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Iain Reid
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A striking, unnerving debut literary thriller from Canada. A man and his girlfriend are on a road trip, on their way...

The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Reader Reviewed The Silk Merchant's Daughter
Dinah Jefferies
Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese,...

The Serendipity Foundation by Sam Smit

The Serendipity Foundation
Sam Smit
The Serendipity Foundation, bursting with the satirical deftness of a Douglas Coupland and the subversive intensity of an Owen Jones, is a thrilling yet endearing satirical novel for...

For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

Reader Reviewed For the Most Beautiful
Emily Hauser
The story of the Trojan War told by two of its most important, yet often overlooked, characters: Briseis, the slave girl Agamemnon and Achilles fought over, and Krisayis (Shakespeare’s Cressida)...

The Road to Donetsk by Diane Chandler

The Road to Donetsk
Diane Chandler
Winner of The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2016. A gritty love story that brings Ukraine vividly to life: from the beautiful lilac-filled city of Kiev and the ski runs...

The Speaker's Wife by Quentin Letts

The Speaker's Wife
Quentin Letts
Winner of The People's Book Prize Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2016. The Speaker's Wife mixes Westminster intrigue with searching depictions of an England which has neglected...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives...

Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

Reader Reviewed Fishbowl
Bradley Somer
A dive in head first and refuse to come up for air book - it’s unique, clever and quite quite wonderful. If at first you just dip your toe in...

Precocious by Joanna Barnard

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and fascinating read. Fiona reconnects with Henry, one of her teachers from Secondary...

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

The Mark and the Void
Paul Murray
Joint winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Claude, dull workaholic investment banker crashing around in Dublin during the financial crisis, gives us an easy guide to the collapsing...

Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

Anatomy of a Soldier
Harry Parker
A stunning concept where 41 inanimate objects relate the story of a soldier, Captain Tom Barnes. From training, through Afghanistan and a land mine that leaves him an amputee to...

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith

Reader Reviewed My Italian Bulldozer
Alexander McCall Smith
June 2016 Book of the Month. A fabulously quirky, ‘standalone’ romance-cum-farce from this feel-good author. Abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, travel writer Paul goes to Tuscany...

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reader Reviewed Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The Austen Project consists of six contemporary authors, each retelling one of Jane Austen’s novels....

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Green Road
Anne Enright
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's...

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ruby
Cynthia Bond
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Voodoo, faith and racism converge in an East Texas town, where a man is forced to choose between the sister who...

The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

Reader Reviewed The Butterfly Summer
Harriet Evans
A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real....

This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

This Must be the Place
Maggie O'Farrell
June 2016 Book of the Month. Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel. This Must Be The Place is...

Green Island A Novel by Shawna Yang Ryan

Green Island A Novel
Shawna Yang Ryan
‘Green Island’ is a breathtaking novel, it’s emotional, thought-provoking and absolutely fascinating. Set in Taiwan and the USA between 1947 and 2003, the novel focuses on one family, yet the...

The Art of Waiting by Christopher Jory

Reader Reviewed The Art of Waiting
Christopher Jory
June 2016 Debut of the Month. A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters. Although set before, during...

The Nest by Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney

Reader Reviewed The Nest
Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
June 2016 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...

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Reader Reviewed Flood of Fire
Amitav Ghosh
A thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is difficult to know if...

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Reader Reviewed The Marble Collector
Cecelia Ahern
Absolutely delightful! Cecelia Ahern always writes with stirring compassion and a delicious secretive quirk, so I was really looking forward to starting this, her twelfth novel. ‘The Marble Collector’ lived...

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love
Hannah Rothschild
Joint Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Irreverent, witty and sharply sweet, The Improbability of Love explores the confusion...

Black Water by Louise Doughty

Black Water
Louise Doughty
June 2016 Book of the Month. Fluctuating between the riots and massacre in Indonesia in 1965 and the second coup in 1997 with the unrest of...

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Reader Reviewed The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
June 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A gorgeously eloquent and powerfully expressive novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ explores an unusual relationship in...

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

Fear of Dying
Erica Jong
A joyful and life-affirming novel from this multi-million copy international best-selling author. Join her, be fearless.

Fen by Daisy Johnson

Fen
Daisy Johnson
English folklore and a contemporary eye, sexual honesty and combustible invention - in Fen, these elements have come together to create a singular, startling piece of modern fiction.

First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan

First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan
Offering stories of sex and loneliness, adolescence and incest, love and murder, and they linger in the mind long after they are finished, this edition includes a piece by the...

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has...

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold
Anne Tyler
Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble...

The Museum of Things Left Behind by Seni Glaister

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set in Vallerosa, an imaginary tea-producing, tiny European country tucked between Italy and Austria, has its election due. The...

Rembrandt's Mirror by Kim Devereux

Rembrandt's Mirror
Kim Devereux
Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016. This is such a stimulating, penetrating and truly beautiful novel, Kim Devereux obviously has a deeply emotional connection to Rembrandt’s...

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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Roddy Doyle
Kate Atkinson
Kazuo Ishiguro
Anita Shreve
Patrick Neate
Joanne Harris
Jonathan Coe
Maggie O'Farrell
Nick Hornby
Anne Tyler
Joseph O'Connor
Alice Hoffman
Louis de Bernieres
Toni Morrison
J.M Coetzee

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