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Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

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Books of the Month

Ill Will by Michael Stewart
Ill Will
Michael Stewart
I am William Lee: brute; liar, and graveside thief. But you will know me by another name.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/03/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter
The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
Oh my word, this is an eyebrow raising, mouth openingly good read. A contemporary tale about three women, muddling and battling their way through this world as best they can. Emotional growing pains can occur at any age, life doesn't...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2018
Sal by Mick Kitson
Mick Kitson
Just gorgeous… this is an emotional and quite, quite beautiful read. After a particularly traumatic time at home, 13 year old Sal and her younger sister Peppa escape into the wilds of Scotland. Sal has spent a long time preparing,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2018
Dare to be Different by Will Ryan
Dare to be Different
Will Ryan
Will Ryan’s fable is a clever and humorous work of fiction interweaved with real world stories of outstanding classroom practice in the current challenging educational landscape. His sharp-witted creation of his fictional primary school Headteacher Brian Smith is one that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma
Charmaine Craig
Powerful, sweeping and elegantly composed, this compelling novel takes in Burma’s history from the 1940s to the 1960s and draws on the author’s personal history to remarkable effect. When Benny settles in Ragoon, part of the British Empire, he falls...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/03/2018
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
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 11 September 2001 in New York as the world changed and so did their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife
Meena Kandasamy
Set in modern India, this remarkable novel lays bare potent – and harrowing – universal truths about toxic masculinity and the physical and psychological abuse of women that’s often silenced, ignored or unnoticed. “I am the woman who asked for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2018
Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving
Stefan Merrill Block
Oh, what a truly beautiful read this is, though do prepare for your heart to ache, weep, and possibly even break. For the last ten years, Oliver Loving has been lying in a hospital bed, paralysed and non-communicative, is he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2018
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

Last Month's Featured Books

We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt

Reader Reviewed We Own The Sky
Luke Allnutt
February 2018 MEGA Debut of the Month This tender tale of tragic loss, deep love and profound desperation is contemporary fiction at...

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...

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

The Blood Miracles
Lisa McInerney
The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies

Coming Home by Fern Britton

Reader Reviewed Coming Home
Fern Britton
Just gorgeous. I do love a feel-good read, add biting realism and aching intensity, and you have a winner in your hands. Ella and Henry have a deep and loving...

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit

Dirk Kurbjuweit
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Fear is a brilliant debut, a menacing tale of a family’s chilling journey, of a man’s best attempts to protect his loved ones....

The Bachelors by Muriel Spark

The Bachelors
Muriel Spark
‘[The Bachelors] appeared at a time when, in the words of her biographer Martin Stannard, she ‘sensed the possibility of a radical change in the direction of her career –...

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
‘By 1960, Spark was a novelist of some renown. But it was her next novel, her sixth, which would make her famous and well off enough to determine where and...

The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

The Girls of Slender Means
Muriel Spark
‘There is a palpable sense as The Girls of Slender Means opens of the curtain rising, catching people in mid-conversation, in half-spoken sentences, and banal acts that, ordinary though they...

The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark

The Mandelbaum Gate
Muriel Spark
‘It is clear that the novel was meant by Spark to be different from those she had previously written… For one thing it was considerably longer than the earlier books;...

The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet, Don Bartlett

The Frozen Woman
Jon Michelet, Don Bartlett
Vilhelm Thygesen is a prominent left-wing lawyer and former cop, with a ponytail that “makes him look like an old hippie”, and a world-weary persona. When a frozen body is...

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...

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Reader Reviewed Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
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 1961 and follows...

A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

Reader Reviewed A Secret Garden
Katie Fforde
February 2018 Book of the Month. Another joyful hug of a read from Katie Fforde, what more could you want, than to settle down with her latest book! Philly, Lorna...

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Reader Reviewed The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
This is a beautifully crafted novel. Those familiar with Kostova’s writing will be delighted to know that her beautiful, descriptive prose has yet again created a masterful novel that will...

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Reader Reviewed Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer
I am an absolute sucker both for quest-through-the-wilderness tales, and for post-apocalyptic landscapes. Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation delivers both, in creepily brilliant and utterly unforgettable style. Narrated by an unnamed female...

I Still Dream by James Smythe

I Still Dream
James Smythe
What happens when all the personal information held by tech companies is no longer private? What happens when this code of ethics is broken? When everyone in your world -...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Debut Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award Winner 2017 by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Debut Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award Winner 2017
Gail Honeyman
The Sunday Times bestseller Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon `Funny, touching and unpredictable' Jojo Moyes Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but...

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Late Show
Michael Connelly

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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