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Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Three Things About Elsie
Joanna Cannon
January 2018 Book of the Month Abundant in moving insights into identity and memory, this charming slice of humanity is as elegantly formed and sweetly satisfying as the Battenberg...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Sourdough
Robin Sloan
January 2018 Book of the Month A gorgeous magical, quirky dream of a story. Lois exhausts herself everyday as a software engineer, she orders her food from two local cooks, when they leave the country, they also leave Lois with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession
Alison Weir
January 2018 Book of the Month We know we are in good hands when an eminent historian renowned for her non-fiction work turns her hand to fiction. Lovers of historical novels will probably have read a fair bit about Anne...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
Category Winner of the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence
The Empathy Problem
Gavin Extence
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 and six months left to live. As time ticks by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018
The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
The Life to Come
Michelle de Kretser
Set across Sydney, Paris and Colombo, this masterful novel explores self-deception and the construction of public personas with scathing brilliance. While the incisively and honestly drawn characters are largely unlikable, their stories are compelling. Their flaws are artfully portrayed, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/01/2018
The Wanderers by Tim Pears
The Wanderers
Tim Pears
An extraordinary feat of storytelling, the three novels that make up the West Country Trilogy will take readers on a journey from the agricultural world at the turn of the century, through to the devastation and upheaval of the First...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
The Chicken Soup Murder by Maria Donovan
The Chicken Soup Murder
Maria Donovan
A short, seemingly simple, yet complex and rather wonderful novel about a young boy coming to terms with life, death, and everything in-between. Eleven year old Michael believes that a murder has taken place, and he tells his own story....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
Category Winner for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award June 2017 Debut of the Month. It is the standard reply when people ask, “How are you?”...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor
The Reservoir Tapes
Jon McGregor
As broadcast on BBC radio 4: the fifteen `prequel' stories to Reservoir 13. . First broadcast as a series of specially-commissioned stories on BBC Radio 4, The Reservoir Tapes returns to the territory of the Booker-longlisted Reservoir 13, revealing the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/12/2017
The Burning Ground by Adam O'Riordan
The Burning Ground
Adam O'Riordan
Written with an outsider's keen eye, this collection of stories paints an intimate portrait of diverse lives, in a work of remarkable beauty and poignancy. In these eight stories, an English writer focuses his gaze on America's West Coast, moving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018
Peach by Emma Glass
Peach
Emma Glass
In this dazzling debut, Emma Glass articulates the unspeakable with breath-taking clarity and verve. Intensely physical, with rhythmic, visceral prose, Peach marks the arrival of a visionary new voice.
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey
A Long Way From Home
Peter Carey
Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey's late style masterpiece; a thrilling high...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Frankenstein in Baghdad
Ahmed Saadawi
A prize-winning horror novel from war-torn Iraq. An extraordinary achievement, Frankenstein in Baghdad captures with white-knuckle horror and black humour the surreal reality of a city at war.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018
The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil
The Bureau of Second Chances
Sheena Kalayil
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Winner of the Writers’ Guild Best First Novel Award 2017 - This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Debut of the Month Make no mistake, this debut novel is startling and often painfully uncomfortable, yet it is...

Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary

Montpelier Parade
Karl Geary
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A deeply affecting debut about limitations and longing, lust...

Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn
Alison Weir
We know we are in good hands when an eminent historian renowned for her non-fiction work turns her hand to fiction. Lovers of historical novels will probably have read a...

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

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times
Xan Brooks
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award May 2017 Debut of the Month. This magnetic debut evokes the social...

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Reader Reviewed The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their...

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...

Damaged by Martina Cole

Damaged
Martina Cole
October 2017 Book of the Month DCI Kate Burrows is looking for a serial killer in her home town of Grantley. This has brought painful memories for her partner Pat...

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...

The Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Tin Man
Sarah Winman
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When...

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with...

One Last Dram Before Midnight by Denzil Meyrick

One Last Dram Before Midnight
Denzil Meyrick
Seven captivating short stories set in the rather wonderful world of DCI Daley, which can either serve as a revealing introduction to the series, or be enjoyed by existing fans....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals
Bernard Cornwell
November 2017 Book of the Month 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...

The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu

The Stolen Bicycle
Ming-Yi Wu
November 2017 Book of the Month 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...

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire
Kamila Shamsie
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Novel Award | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 A contemporary reimagining...

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende
November 2017 Book of the Month From present-day Brooklyn and Guatemala, to the turbulence of 1970s Brazil and Chile, this stunning novel from the ever-satisfying, ever-surprising Allende is a triumph...

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours
Minette Walters
November 2017 Book of the Month A scorching and beautifully written epic tale set in 1348, a time that sends a jagged screech of fingernails down the blackboard of history....

The CWA Short Story Anthology Mystery Tour by Martin Edwards

The CWA Short Story Anthology Mystery Tour
Martin Edwards
December 2017 Book of the Month An entertaining and impressive collection of 28 new short stories by members of the Crime Writer’s Association. There are some absolutely cracking authors on...

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2017 Book of the Month The Peter Woodhouse of the title is a dog rescued from a cruel farmer and “hidden” at an American Airforce Camp where he becomes...

Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lovestam

Wonderful Feels Like This
Sara Lovestam
November 2017 Debut of the Month A gentle, yet powerful and stimulating novel about friendship and love. 15 year old Steffi who is being bullied at school, meets Alvar who...

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Reader Reviewed Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | December 2017 Debut of the Month Beautifully written, this stunning, unusual debut weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. ...

Walden Of Bermondsey by Peter Murphy

Walden Of Bermondsey
Peter Murphy
Warm, witty and endearingly entertaining, fans of Rumpole of the Bailey will relish this romp through the trials and tribulations of a Bermondsey based Resident Judge. At a little over...

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Katie Fforde
Six deliciously romantic short stories, only two of which have been published before but in digital form. They are all of a healthy length with a beginning, middle and end,...

Chance by Kem Nunn

Chance
Kem Nunn
Twisty, twisted and teeming with psychological suspense and sexual obsession, it’s no wonder that this cuttingly engrossing novel is also enjoying success as a major TV production starring Hugh Laurie,...

The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark

The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Muriel Spark
‘You either ‘get’ Spark or you don’t. She always was different, and became more so with practice. An appetite for caricatures, for types… The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a...

The Comforters by Muriel Spark

The Comforters
Muriel Spark
'There are two plots in The Comforters. One is fanciful and improbable; the other imaginative and convincingly real. The first is charming; the second disturbing… There is evidence of what...

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

Memento Mori
Muriel Spark
'One of the many delights of a Muriel Spark novel is the way in which the ground shifts so delicately under the reader’s feet. In an interview to mark the...

Robinson by Muriel Spark

Robinson
Muriel Spark
'Robinson is Spark’s second novel. Already she has her great subjects: truth, power, faith, what we may do to pretend or delude ourselves that we have agency in our own...

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

A Far Cry From Kensington
Muriel Spark
‘Like most people, I came to Spark’s work through the 1969 film of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and this prompted me to start reading her other novels… Her...

The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom

The Place We Met
Isabelle Broom
December 2017 Book of the Month Told in dual narratives from two English girls, Taggie and Lucy, at Lake Como, Italy. Taggie is working as an events manager, Lucy is...

An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato

An Unremarkable Body
Elisa Lodato
December 2017 Debut of the Month Every mother is a woman with a past. An exquisite story about mothers, daughters and a life lived in the shadows. With the heart...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
One of our Books of the Year 2016. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers...

Blue Dog by Louis de Bernieres

Blue Dog
Louis de Bernieres
When a family tragedy means Mick is sent to the outback to live with his Granpa, it looks as if he has a lonely life ahead of him. The cattle...

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...

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....

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...

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority...

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman
As so often happens when a book is filmed as this is, there is far greater detail on the page than on the screen, here perhaps more than most. In...

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...

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman
November 2017 Book of the Month As so often happens when a book is filmed as this is, there is far greater detail on the page than on the screen,...

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type
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...

Norma by Sofi Oksanen

Norma
Sofi Oksanen
November 2017 Book of the Month Stunning. The sort of mystery that builds feeding you little clues in piecemeal chunks so you have to keep your wits about you. Read...

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

Thin Air
Michelle Paver
November 2017 Book of the Month A chilling ghostly tale set in 1935 on Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas. Five men attempt to climb to the summit of the worlds third...

The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles

The Invisible Crowd
Ellen Wiles
November 2017 Debut of the Month Yonas and his best friend Gebre have escaped from Eritrea, East Africa, and fled to England, a horrific journey. Once in England they are...

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

Perfume River
Robert Olen Butler
An understated yet profound and incredibly hard hitting and evocative novel that just simmers with tension. 70 year old Vietnam veteran Robert Quinlan and his younger brother Jimmy have been...

At First Light by Vanessa LaFaye

At First Light
Vanessa LaFaye
A heart-breaking, provocative, and powerful story, with love, murder, and justice sitting at the core. This tale was inspired by real events that occurred from 1919 to 1921 in Key...

The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty

The Good Mother
Sinead Moriarty
Kate has been through the fire with her three children ...Having been left devastated and homeless after her husband's affair and the break-up of their family, somehow she has pulled...

Mother Land by Paul Theroux

Mother Land
Paul Theroux
A darkly hilarious portrait of one dysfunctional American family and its scheming matriarch. This is an engrossing, hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family -- the bickering, the conspiracies, and...

Winter by Ali Smith

Winter
Ali Smith
In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with...

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
William Boyd
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and...

The Standing Chandelier A Novella by Lionel Shriver

The Standing Chandelier A Novella
Lionel Shriver
From the award-winning novelist and short story writer, Lionel Shriver, comes a literary gem, a story about love and the power of a gift.

The Reading Group by Della Parker

The Reading Group
Della Parker
A laugh-out-loud tale of friendship, loyalty and love. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Lucy Diamond. Between new loves and old flames, cheating husbands and wayward children, there's always...

First Person by Richard Flanagan

First Person
Richard Flanagan
What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry

After Me Comes the Flood
Sarah Perry
Elegant, gently sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes the Flood is the haunting debut novel by the author of The Essex Serpent.

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