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Books of the Month

Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine
Sleeper's Castle
Barbara Erskine
July 2016 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
July 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A penetrating, witty and very modern look at family life. Two sets of friends from Brooklyn are now middle aged parents of teenagers, focusing on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Museum of You by Carys Bray
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 and she can remain there alone. She has the allotment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish
The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
July 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
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
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, long read for which you need to put aside serious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
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 his first, A Man Called Ove. I’m afraid I...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
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 her to that conclusion. As a young American woman just...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
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 to a secluded farm owned by her parents, where she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 ages from decadent Vienna to present day Manhattan, passing through...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
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
Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg
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 endlessly, and don't go to school, but they are also...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser
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) promised to the Gods but lover of a prince. Also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
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, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
After You by Jojo Moyes
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 you haven’t read the first book it matters not for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 character and style, Fates and Furies is a fascinating novel that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Asking for it by Louise O'Neill
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 emerges of Emma. Emma is a fascinating character, bright and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 landmark work of fiction from one of Britain's truly great...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
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 Albert Home’ is a nine part tale, detailing an odyssey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 the new political generation that will make us question why...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
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 rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2016
The Muse by Jessie Burton
The Muse
Jessie Burton
Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 will, power, and a woman's right to choose not her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 Scarlett Thomas, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Patrick Suskind, this is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
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, a story that shows that whatever is lost shall be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/06/2016
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 myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 2016. A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
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 comedy about a young man finding his way in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/12/2015
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 behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 private aircraft returning from a wealthy holiday hideout plunges into...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2016
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
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, Sarah Gale, is convicted of aiding him in disposing of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
The Last One
Alexandra Oliva
July 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2016
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. A tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
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 its beliefs. Laugh-aloud satire is mixed with moving passages about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/11/2015
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 of the Carpathians to the dangerous depths of the Donetsk...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/12/2014

Last Month'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...

Lie of the Land by Michael F. Russell

Reader Reviewed 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...

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

Reader Reviewed The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
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...

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Reader Reviewed Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave
May 2016 Book of the Month. 'War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.' With these words begins the most breathtaking novel...

The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold

Reader Reviewed The French Lesson
Hallie Rubenhold
May 2016 Book of the Month. This wonderful, bawdy, fictional memoir began with Mistress of My Fate which eventually saw Henrietta Lightfoot fall for the...

Speak by Louisa Hall

Speak
Louisa Hall
Highly Recommended. You might imagine that a novel about the development of...

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson

Reader Reviewed Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
May 2016 Book of the Month. What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to control hitman, and 19...

Eden Gardens by Louise Brown

Reader Reviewed Eden Gardens
Louise Brown
Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016. A vividly striking and entirely captivating debut novel set in Calcutta, covering both the Second World War and Indian Independence...

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...

The Last of Us by Rob Ewing

Reader Reviewed The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
May 2016 Debut of the Month. A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a group of...

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

Reader Reviewed Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
May 2016 Book of the Month. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here...

Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore

Songs of Love and War
Santa Montefiore
Lose yourself in a sweeping story of love, friendship and family from the bestselling author of The Beekeeper's Daughter...Perfect for all fans of Victoria Hislop and The...

I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers

Reader Reviewed I Saw a Man
Owen Sheers
Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in unexpected directions, yet encouraging reflection in every day issues, the author explores loss, death...

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Reader Reviewed The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Winner of Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award...

Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea

Mrs Engels
Gavin McCrea
Shorlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016. ‘Mrs...

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Reader Reviewed A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in...

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers
A funny and powerfully moving novel about the state of the world from award-winning literary giant Dave Eggers - now adapted into a feature length film with Tom Hanks. In...

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

The Course of Love
Alain de Botton
From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of...

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire
Robin Wasserman
Starting - and ending - with tragedy, Girls on Fire stands alongside The Virgin Suicides in its brilliant portrayal of female adolescence, but with a power and assurance all...

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality,...

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus

I Love Dick
Chris Kraus
Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist...

Left of the Bang by Claire Lowdon

Left of the Bang
Claire Lowdon
Clare Lowdon’s novel is a sharp, sometimes funny but always bracingly honest look at the lives of contemporary young Londoners who below the surface are having a lot less fun...

Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan

Now and Again
Charlotte Rogan
Now and Again examines the interconnectedness of lives, the limits of knowledge and the consequences of doing the right thing. A provocative novel about the fallout from the truth by...

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...

Quicksand by Henning Mankell

Quicksand
Henning Mankell
In January 2014 the author was informed that he had cancer. This is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. It is...

Serious Sweet by A. L. Kennedy

Serious Sweet
A. L. Kennedy
Poignant, deeply funny, and beautifully written, Serious Sweet is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world: ready to sacrifice what's left of themselves...

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

God Help the Child
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.

The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

The Novel Habits of Happiness
Alexander McCall Smith
The tenth wonderful story in Alexander McCall Smith's much-loved Isabel Dalhousie series. With her young son and devoted husband her home life is blissfully content. Which is the best possible...

The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka

The Lubetkin Legacy
Marina Lewycka
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Marina Lewycka is back in this hilarious, farcical, tender novel of modern issues and manners.. London in the twenty-first century: a place...

According to Yes by Dawn French

According to Yes
Dawn French
21st century family life - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - delivered head on by none other than comic genius Dawn French. Rosie, after a sad occurrence in Cornwall,...

The Parrots by Alexandra Shulman

The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments, desires and encounters. The entitled, affluent setting is almost immaterial, it’s the hidden emotions...

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
Lionel Shriver
May 2016 Book of the Month. A huge tale of a future America and its economic downfall. It centres on four generations of one family, the...

Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass Book of the Film by Parragon Books

Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass Book of the Film
Parragon Books
Through the Looking Glass is the highly anticipated follow-up to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathaway and directed by James Bobin. Appeals to both...

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the fall of Saigon to the communists and the end of the Vietnam war, a Vietcong...

Monstrous Little Voices Five New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World by David Thomas Moore

Monstrous Little Voices Five New Tales from Shakespeare's Fantasy World
David Thomas Moore
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. There has been a veritable tsunami of new titles issued by publishers to celebrate (or exploit) Shakespeare's...

The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A wonderfully...

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Reader Reviewed Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J. Ryan Stradal
The life of Eva Thorvald from conception through to fame in her late twenties. This is an extraordinary book, laced with food and recipes, it gives us sections of her...

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2016. A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the...

There's Only Two David Beckhams by John O'farrell

There's Only Two David Beckhams
John O'farrell
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. There's Only Two David Beckhams is John O'Farrell's love-letter to football; part-detective story, part-sports memoir, part-satire on the whole corrupt FIFA circus;...

Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay by William Boyd

Sweet Caress The Many Lives of Amory Clay
William Boyd
In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of the twentieth century, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman.

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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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