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Books of the Month

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
May 2017 Book 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: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
See You in September by Charity Norman
See You in September
Charity Norman
May 2017 Book of the Month. Gosh, what a stunning read this is, I simply couldn't put it down and devoured it in one glorious sitting! Cassy travels half way around the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Dominic Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month. A rather beautiful and entirely captivating tale, set in several time periods, framing passion, deception, love and loss. In the 1600’s artist Sara channels her despair...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
May 2017 Book of the Month. Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she has a special gift,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories by Alexander McCall Smith
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories
Alexander McCall Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month. Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the cover just invites you in. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
The Ice by Laline Paull
The Ice
Laline Paull
May 2017 Book of the Month. Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work of speculative fiction, a stunning novel. This, her second, is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
May 2017 Book of the Month. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a private aircraft returning from a wealthy holiday hideout plunges...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi
Don't Let Go
Michel Bussi
May 2017 Book of the Month. A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Martial, Liane, and their daughter Sopha are on holiday on the island of Reunion in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/04/2017
Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
May 2017 Book of the Month. A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape gardener building a great park in 1663 then moves to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Septimania by Jonathan Levi
Septimania
Jonathan Levi
An exuberantly entertaining magic realist quest that sees a Cambridge Organ Scholar travel to Rome in search of love, with extraordinarily unexpected results. It all started with a pip, for it was The Pip that brought Malory and maths genius...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
A Guide for the Perplexed by Jonathan Levi
A Guide for the Perplexed
Jonathan Levi
A flamboyantly fantastical literary voyage in which two strangers stranded at a Spanish airport during a strike are brought together by their mutual travel agent, whose Guide for the Perplexed travel book they both have. Executed with intellectual and sensual...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan
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 me, I found myself bewitched and reaching out to touch...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2017
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 battered and drained by the Great War, orphan Lucy Marsh...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer
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 Trant is living a humdrum live until she sees an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
May 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
Mischling by Affinity Konar
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 happened to her other half in the horror of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2017
A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver
A New Map of Love
Abi Oliver
An entertaining and charmingly poignant portrait of a provincial widower’s burgeoning new life following the death of his wife. It’s 1964, and 57 year-old antiques dealer George has lost his wife after they’ve lived a contented sort of life for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
May 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
Here I am by Jonathan Safran Foer
Here I am
Jonathan Safran Foer
Not a crime novel or fantasy even if extraneous factors like a terrible earthquake that devastates the state of Israel and causes its enemies to ally to force its final destruction, but a terribly idiosyncratic first novel in 10 years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Harmless Like You
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Shortlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2017. Traversing continents and generations, this sublime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
My Name is Leon
Kit de Waal
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. This is such a gorgeously expressive novel, it just sings with intensity, and is impossible to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan
Ruth Gilligan
As is the case with so many good Irish literary novels, this is poignant, breathtaking and very sad. Following three stories told in three different voices that do eventually come together, it covers the years 1901 to 1941 through the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century by Ron Butlin
Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century
Ron Butlin
This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher’s Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch.Living in mid-eighties Edinburgh, Hume feels somewhat bewildered by the changing social landscape. He observes, on one hand, that Thatcher’s “new...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney
The Blood Miracles
Lisa McInerney
Another outstanding, compelling read from Lisa McInerney, winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize and winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016. Having devoured and raved about ‘The Glorious Heresies’ (one of our Books of the Year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
A gorgeously eloquent and powerfully expressive novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ explores an unusual relationship in the 1890’s. This isn't exactly a love story, it is rather, a tale about love, in all its different forms. While Cora and Will form...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
This Must be the Place
Maggie O'Farrell
Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel. This Must Be The Place is a story about journeys, it’s about discovering who you are and where you’re meant to be. Daniel Sullivan is leaving on a journey, he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
Precious and Grace
Alexander McCall Smith
Precious and Grace is a book steeped with addictive charm, wit and intelligent sleuthing. In the heat of summer in Botswana, co-directors of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, find their friendship tested to the limit...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in court. Each of the three main characters, in their own...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2017 for Comic Fiction. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome and Razor Girl proves one of his better escapades after...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017. Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Inventively entertaining, niftily plotted first novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
Serious Sweet by A. L. Kennedy
Serious Sweet
A. L. Kennedy
A novel about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world: ready to sacrifice what's left of themselves for honesty, and for a chance at tenderness.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
That's Your Lot by Brian Limond aka Limmy
That's Your Lot
Brian Limond aka Limmy
This is Limmy's second book. It's a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively
The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories
Penelope Lively
In this new and varied collection of short stories, Penelope Lively shows that she remains a master of her craft, and one of our finest English writers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Men Without Women Stories by Haruki Murakami
Men Without Women Stories
Haruki Murakami
Across seven tales, the author brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. He tells the stories of vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/05/2017
Spoils by Brian Van Reet
Spoils
Brian Van Reet
It is 2003 and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the US army two years earlier, is primed for war. This is an account of eight weeks in the lives...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi
The Nothing
Hanif Kureishi
Written with characteristic black humour and with an acute eye for detail, Kureishi's eagerly awaited novella will have his readers dazzled once again by a brilliant mind at work.
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Tracy Chevalier
The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/05/2017
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
The Lesser Bohemians
Eimear McBride
At once epic and exquisitely intimate, The Lesser Bohemians is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
My Cousin Rachel Film Tie in by Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell
My Cousin Rachel Film Tie in
Daphne Du Maurier, Roger Michell
This is du Maurier’s tenth novel and only the second where she had a male narrator. Philip Ashley is young and inexperienced in the ways of the world and this is the perspective taken on the story as it unfolds....
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier
Reader, I Married Him
Tracy Chevalier
A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power
Naomi Alderman
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find...

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2017 for Comic Fiction. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A return to Hiaasen land is always welcome...

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

The Dark Circle
Linda Grant
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. The new novel by the acclaimed author of Upstairs at the Party and the Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs. The...

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...

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...

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Profoundly moving tale of love and devotion, told in a steady, lucid style...

Letters to Strabo by David Smith

Letters to Strabo
David Smith
A fictional travelogue of Finn, a free-spirited American and budding travel writer, journeying around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970’s. Letters to Strabo is an evocative, candid and...

Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi

Reader Reviewed Black Water Lilies
Michel Bussi
April 2017 Book of the Month. Simply superb, ’Black Water Lilies’ has leapt straight into my heart and soul. Thirteen days in the heart of Claude...

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...

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Reader Reviewed The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
April 2017 Book of the Month. This is a beautifully crafted novel. Those familiar with Kostova’s writing will be delighted to know that her beautiful, descriptive...

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Mothering Sunday
Graham Swift
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. From the jubilant “You shall go to the ball!” of the preface, and the “Once upon a time” opening, this...

The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Reader Reviewed The Lauras
Sara Taylor
April 2017 Book of the Month. A captivating and subtly beautiful novel, where heart-catching surprises lie in wait. Alex recalls life on the road at the...

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reader Reviewed Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
April 2017 Book of the Month. Aged 13 a girl goes missing. The whole village turns out to search. Over the course of thirteen chapters and...

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...

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...

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

All Grown Up
Jami Attenberg
An edgy, astute, robustly dynamic tale, taking snapshots of a life and allowing them to parade provocatively in front of you. Andrea is nearly 40, she doesn't have children, or...

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...

All That Man Is by David Szalay

All That Man Is
David Szalay
Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are...

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. Written with exquisite intimacy, wit and moral complexity, Do Not Say We Have Nothing magnificently brings to life one of the...

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

A Piece of the World
Christina Baker Kline
From the bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a luminous portrait of a woman of grit and grace, as heartwarming as it is gripping. A story that allows the...

The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

The Blade Artist
Irvine Welsh
The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the...

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...

Pussy by Howard Jacobson

Pussy
Howard Jacobson
Prince Fracassus is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be...

Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves

Work Like Any Other
Virginia Reeves
From an astonishing new voice, this debut charts the life of Roscoe T Martin, first as a farm owner with a fractured family, then as prison inmate... Placing itself perfectly...

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Museum of You by Carys Bray

Reader Reviewed The Museum of You
Carys Bray
Now that Clover is twelve she can have a key to her home while her father drives the local bus and she can remain there alone. She has the allotment...

Black Water by Louise Doughty

Black Water
Louise Doughty
Fluctuating between the riots and massacre in Indonesia in 1965 and the second coup in 1997 with the unrest of 1998, this is a powerful tale of espionage and love. ...

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Based on a True Story
Delphine de Vigan
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. With shades of Ingmar Bergman's film Persona and the 1992 Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh movie Single White Female, this...

The End of the Day by Claire North

The End of the Day
Claire North
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Charlie just happens to be the harbinger of death. He never wanted the job, but he had no choice in the...

Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine

Reader Reviewed 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...

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Winner of 2016 Costa Book of the Year and Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2016. This big-hearted, beautiful and...

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker

A Country Road, A Tree
Jo Baker
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. An enthralling work of literary fiction exploring Samuel Beckett’s life in Occupied France. It’s autumn, 1939 and a...

The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson

The Vanishing Futurist
Charlotte Hobson
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. An exuberant, kaleidoscopic debut set in the turbulent times around the 1917 Russian revolution, told through the eyes of an...

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 Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd

The Words in My Hand
Guinevere Glasfurd
Shortlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2017. A gloriously readable and emotional fictional tale based on the relationship between Dutch maid Helena Jans van der Strom and...

The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

The Sport of Kings
C. E. Morgan
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A spiralling...

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

First Love
Gwendoline Riley
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Long Firm by Jake Arnott

The Long Firm
Jake Arnott
This is a jaw-dropping absolute classic of a tale, stuffed full of brutal gangster goings-on, with a subtle heartbreaking undertone. Harry Starks sits centre stage, king of his empire, quick...

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Reader Reviewed At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
In her last novel, The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier returned to her American roots for the first time, setting her story on the Ohio frontier in 1850. At the...

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Reader Reviewed The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress,...

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Reader Reviewed A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2017 Book of the Month. Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he...

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...

Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors

Mirror Shoulder Signal
Dorthe Nors
March 2017 Book of the Month. A novel of loneliness and insecurity. We can see what the poor woman, Sonja, must do. She cannot. It takes...

A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

Reader Reviewed A Line Made by Walking
Sara Baume
March 2017 Book of the Month. Frankie studies art and then works in a gallery in Dublin. The owner only issues part-time contracts for graduating students...

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....

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

American Housewife
Helen Ellis
Vicious, fresh and darkly hilarious, American Housewife is a collection of stories for anyone who has ever wondered what really goes on behind the facades of the housewives of America...

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...

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

The Fatal Tree
Jake Arnott
March 2017 eBook of the Month. Powerful and expressive, this is an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720’s. Edgeworth...

Sealskin by Su Bristow

Sealskin
Su Bristow
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This haunting re-telling of the Selkie legend begins on a night when “moonlight silvered everything, casting doubt and shadow”, and...

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Reader Reviewed Birdcage Walk
Helen Dunmore
March 2017 Book of the Month. A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was...

All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison Macleod

All the Beloved Ghosts
Alison Macleod
Precise, playful and evocative, these exquisitely crafted stories explore memory, the media and mortality, unfolding at the line between reality and fiction. Written with vigorous intelligence and delicate insight, this...

The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

The Witchfinder's Sister
Beth Underdown
1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer...

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 Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver

The Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047
Lionel Shriver
A huge tale of a future America and its economic downfall. It centres on four generations of one family, the Mandibles, and attempts to explain how the economics of 2029...

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Reader Reviewed The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson
Despite the title – The Summer Before the War – which this terrific novel does indeed trace, it also spills into the horrors of the war years and eventually releases...

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with a doorstepper...

Ithaca by Alan McMonagle

Ithaca
Alan McMonagle
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Provocative, sharply witty and rather beautiful,...

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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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