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Discover authors who are winners of, or have been in contention for, some of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's literature.

Books of the Month

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Winner of 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 splendidly sweeping tale of war, survival and love in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Christopher de Hamel is a man happy in his work – his enthusiasm and love for his subject lights up this account of medieval manuscripts and their history. With first-rate illustrations, we too...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer
The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the mad, the bad and the dangerous were thought to find...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
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 that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
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 showcases a comic genius at the top of his game....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
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
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. Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2017
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 feminine potency, a story both modern and timeless.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries
Helen Fielding
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2017. Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
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 mother. He has a photograph with a note on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
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

Last Month's Featured Books

Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries
Helen Fielding
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2017. As Bridget careers towards baby-deadline, tortured by Smug Mothers miming her ticking biological clock, a series of classic Bridget...

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

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

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...

East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands

East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Philippe Sands
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This immersive book works as both a personal and public examination of the legal attempts to hold Nazi warmongers...

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...

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...

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 Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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...

Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper

Martin Luther
Lyndal Roper
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. This year is the anniversary of the events that we hold responsible for the beginning of the European Reformation in 1517. As it...

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.

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...

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg

Sunset City
Melissa Ginsburg
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. A wonderful portrait of a self-destructive woman at odds with the world and herself. Set in Houston, Texas, the tale...

Sirens by Joseph Knox

Sirens
Joseph Knox
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Justifiably already highly-praised, this debut by a young Manchester author deserves all the generous encomiums and more lavished on it....

The Pictures by Guy Bolton

The Pictures
Guy Bolton
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Yet another British beginner with a tale set overseas, in this case in Hollywood in 1939 at the time The...

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Tall Oaks
Chris Whitaker
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A first British crime novel, albeit set in a...

What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney

What You Don't Know
JoAnn Chaney
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Serial killer novels come and go, mostly exploitative as well as repetitive, but this American debut rings the differences with...

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...

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Reader Reviewed Chasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
April 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | An innovative, ambitious...

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the...

Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson

Henry IV
Chris Given-Wilson
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Not one of the famous Henrys, not a “V” or an VIII”, but a modest “IV”, more unfamiliar to us general readers and...

Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley

Sleep in Early Modern England
Sasha Handley
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. We face many clashing opinions about sleep today. But spare a thought for the hapless person in pre C18 England, harried by thoughts...

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183
Matthew Strickland
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, brother to the future Richard the Lionheart and “wicked” King John yet...

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...

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