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Books of the Month

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 Scotsman, making it the longest running serial novel ever. What...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Party by Elizabeth Day
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 about the secret until nearly the end of the book....
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
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 is stagnant until she finds a broken violin and meets...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
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 way that people don't like brilliant and they hate strange....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
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 and then is married off to a man who treats...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/08/2017
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop
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 and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
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 of Greenland. When grown, it naturally suits her to join...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
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?
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/08/2017
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 love. Or is it? Another delightful novel from the author...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017
The Lemon Tree Cafe by Cathy Bramley
The Lemon Tree Cafe
Cathy Bramley
When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe - a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire - feels like the perfect way...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017
The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by the arrival of an artistic golden couple next door. All glitter and shine, oozing charisma and chasing fun, they dazzle...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017
Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
Forest Dark
Nicole Krauss
Jules Epstein has vanished from the world. He leaves no trace but a rundown flat patrolled by a solitary cockroach, and a monogrammed briefcase abandoned in the desert. To Epstein's mystified family, the disappearance of a man whose drive and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017
Chasing The Sun by Katy Colins
Chasing The Sun
Katy Colins
The perfect summer escape.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2017
Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey by Alexander McCall Smith
Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey
Alexander McCall Smith
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 all been in love. Poignant stories full of warmth, romance and charm. A 'Piece of Passion'...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/08/2017
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
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 has an ineffable power to uplift the soul. At the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette
Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
July 2017 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
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 squishy bits, or possible human drama with tentacles. Scavenger Rachel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
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 John and William are informed they have only six days...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
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 industry. Cass Wheeler has been a massive music star since...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
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 FANNY HILL and other historical jolly naughtiness. Tully Truegood is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017
The Dinner by Herman Koch
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 the family drama is related during a posh restaurant dinner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017
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 his father, brothers and cousin on one of the six...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen
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 book is depressingly empty and his life has become an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
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 in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum
A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern post-feminist age. Married...

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Inventively entertaining, niftily plotted...

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
July 2017 Book of the Month. Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Winner of 2016 Costa Book of...

Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories by Alexander McCall Smith

Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories
Alexander McCall Smith
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. Alexander McCall Smith has...

Mad by Chloe Esposito

Mad
Chloe Esposito
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the success of L.S. Hilton's Maestra series, it appears that wicked and murderous females are back in vogue (but...

The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang

The Wangs vs the World
Jade Chang
Charles Wang has just lost the cosmetics fortune he built up since emigrating to the US. Gone are the houses, the cars, and the incredible lifestyle. Faced with this loss,...

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time
Zadie Smith
Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the...

The Stories of EVA Luna by Isabel Allende

The Stories of EVA Luna
Isabel Allende
Interweaving the real and the magical, Isabel Allende explores love, vengeance, compassion and female power, creating a world that is at once poignantly familiar and intriguingly new. Rendered...

The Zoo by Christopher Wilson

The Zoo
Christopher Wilson
The Zoo is a cutting satire, told through the refreshing voice of one gutsy boy who will not give up on hope. There are certain things that Yuri Zipit knows:...

The Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Tin Man
Sarah Winman
Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was A Rabbit and A Year Of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness...

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time
Matt Haig
How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn...

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall

Madame Zero
Sarah Hall
She is running and becoming smaller, running and becoming smaller, running in the light of the reddening sun, the red of her hair and her coat falling, the red of...

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Reader Reviewed Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and stings at your awareness. A mystery sits centre stage, yet...

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

The Last Days of Night
Graham Moore
New York, 1888, a gilded age when science has become the new deity and the scene for an outstanding gem of an historical thriller by the author of THE...

The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

The Bertie Project
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...

The Tryst by Monique Roffey

The Tryst
Monique Roffey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Jane and Bill, a London couple whose relationship is enduring the pressures of time but harbours some element of dissatisfaction, come...

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur
Jardine Libaire
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's Romeo and Juliet modern grunge style when Elise Perez, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and colour...

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...

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

A Horse Walks into a Bar
David Grossman
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2017. A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress....

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle
Dave Eggers
A dystopian view of our very near future, Eggers uses his novel to make some clear and prescient points about how we live now. This really is a Marmite book...

Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter

Break in Case of Emergency
Jessica Winter
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...

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed The Friend
Dorothy Koomson
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later,...

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power
Naomi Alderman
Winner of 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...

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Reader Reviewed 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,...

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016. A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout...

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Reader Reviewed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
June 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...

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Reader Reviewed The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
June 2017 Debut of the Month. My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it...

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Reader Reviewed Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
June 2017 Book of the Month. A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape...

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...

The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil

Reader Reviewed The Bureau of Second Chances
Sheena Kalayil
June 2017 Debut of the Month. This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth, where...

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Reader Reviewed Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A dazzling debut about a fostered autistic girl’s poignant search for her Forever Home, and her acute need to be...

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
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, will she be exploited...

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.

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...

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of...

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...

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Reader Reviewed The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
June 2017 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...

Himself by Jess Kidd

Himself
Jess Kidd
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth...

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

The Dark Flood Rises
Margaret Drabble
If you are a Margaret Drabble fan then you will know her strength is in characterisation. Here she concentrates on a family and elderly friends with the narrative switching between...

Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher

Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew
Susan Fletcher
This soulful portrait of a woman’s friendship with Van Gogh, imagined from letters exchanged between the artist and his brother, is a richly-rewarding reverie about longing, loneliness and renewing life....

The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood by Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood
Paula Byrne
A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after...

The Jane Austen Treasury by Janet Todd

The Jane Austen Treasury
Janet Todd
The Jane Austen Treasury is a delightful collection of facts and insights into the life and times of the great novelist and the attitudes and customs that shaped both her...

Jane Austen at Home A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home A Biography
Lucy Worsley
Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen at home, exploring the author's life through the places which meant the most to her. Jane famously lived a 'life without incident', but with...

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Arundhati Roy
At once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a heart-breaker and a mind-bender, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears...

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Hot Milk
Deborah Levy
Through the opposing figures of mother and daughter, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of womanhood. Dreamlike and utterly compulsive, Hot Milk is a delirious fairy tale of...

The Postman's Fiancee by Denis Theriault

The Postman's Fiancee
Denis Theriault
The Postman's Fiancee reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, charming readers once again with his deft touch...

All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

All the Good Things
Clare Fisher
All the Good Things is a story about redemption and hope for fans of Nathan Filer, Stephen Kelman and Emma Healey. What if you did a very...

Best British Short Stories by Nicholas Royle

Best British Short Stories
Nicholas Royle
This series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere. The editor's brief is wide...

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....

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Reader Reviewed Barkskins
Annie Proulx
For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious...

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell
Ian McEwan
Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year insofar as it follows the story of a crime from the point of view of an unborn child, isolated inside his...

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