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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.

This Month's Featured Books

Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott
Whispers Through a Megaphone
Rachel Elliott
A gentle, yet astute, edgy and absolutely delightful debut novel. Miriam fears her own emotions, Ralph runs away from his family and while Sadie shouts about her life all over social media, internal whispers refuse to remain buried. A profound...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Real Tigers by Mick Herron
Real Tigers
Mick Herron
Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Maxim Jakubowski's February 2016 Book of the Month. The latest instalment in the eventful days and sleepless nights of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty
Rain Dogs
Adrian McKinty
Shortlisted for the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery with two deaths to baffle Sergeant Sean Duffy in his fifth case. Set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/12/2015
The Cartel by Don Winslow
The Cartel
Don Winslow
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Maxim Jakubowski's June 2015 Book of the Month. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/06/2015
The Invention of Nature The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf
The Invention of Nature The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
Andrea Wulf
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016 Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2015. Before Longitude no one remembered John Harrison. The Invention of Nature does the same for Alexander von Humboldt. He predicted human-induced climate change...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Planet Remade How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton
The Planet Remade How Geoengineering Could Change the World
Oliver Morton
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016. Oliver Morton unpicks the moral implications of climate change, our fear that people have become a force of nature, and what it might mean to try and use that force for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Cure A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant
Cure A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body
Jo Marchant
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016. A rigorous, skeptical, ground-breaking look at the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body. In her eye-opening new book, Jo Marchant delves deep into the latest scientific...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/02/2016
The Hunt for Vulcan How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet and Deciphered the Universe by Thomas Levenson
The Hunt for Vulcan How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet and Deciphered the Universe
Thomas Levenson
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016. The Hunt for Vulcan is a scientific detective tale at the intersection of theory, measurement, and belief; and a reflection on a bizarre period in which the power of conformity led...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
The Most Perfect Thing Inside (and Outside) a Bird's Egg by Tim Birkhead
The Most Perfect Thing Inside (and Outside) a Bird's Egg
Tim Birkhead
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016. Firmly grounded in science and enriched by a wealth of observation drawn from a lifetime spent studying birds, The Most Perfect Thing is an illuminating and engaging exploration of the science...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The English Spy by Daniel Silva
The English Spy
Daniel Silva
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2016. No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina
Blood, Salt, Water
Denise Mina
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2016. BLOOD, SALT, WATER is a gripping tale of greed, power and misconception from acclaimed two-time winner of the Theakston's Crime Award, Denise Mina.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Black Widow by Christopher Brookmyre
Black Widow
Christopher Brookmyre
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2016. Twists abound in the brilliant new psychological thriller from master author Chris Brookmyre, starring his legendary character Jack Parlabane, and perfect for readers of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
All That Man is by David Szalay
All That Man is
David Szalay
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
Work Like Any Other
Virginia Reeves
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
The Many by Wyl Menmuir
The Many
Wyl Menmuir
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2016
Hystopia by David Means
Hystopia
David Means
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/05/2016
The North Water by Ian McGuire
The North Water
Ian McGuire
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/02/2016
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
His Bloody Project
Graeme Macrae Burnet
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2015
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Hot Milk
Deborah Levy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee
The Schooldays of Jesus
J. M. Coetzee
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/08/2016
Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron
Dread Wyrm
Miles Cameron
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Red Knight's adventures have become one of the most gripping martial fantasy adventures - and he has an epic adventure - and a huge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
Son of the Black Sword
Larry Correia
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2015
Ruin by John Gwynne
Ruin
John Gwynne
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
The Liar's Key
Mark Lawrence
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his - the key into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Slayer by David Guymer
Slayer
David Guymer
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The final adventure for Gotrek and Felix! With enemies on all sides, and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
The Vagrant
Peter Newman
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
Starborn The Worldmaker Trilogy: Book One by Lucy Hounsom
Starborn The Worldmaker Trilogy: Book One
Lucy Hounsom
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Starborn is a tale of heroism and lost powers, where one person's choices will shape the fate of thousands. Death and destruction will bar her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
The Traitor by Seth Dickinson
The Traitor
Seth Dickinson
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her Fathers, Baru vows to hide her hate, join...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
What a Carve Up!
Jonathan Coe
It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year. But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time is growing ripe for the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Gene An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Gene An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016. Spanning the globe and several centuries, this is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. Majestic in its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Serious Sweet by A. L. Kennedy
Serious Sweet
A. L. Kennedy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
Battlemage by Stephen Aryan
Battlemage
Stephen Aryan
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Highly Recommended. Stephen Aryan’s ambitious and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
40 Sonnets by Don Paterson
40 Sonnets
Don Paterson
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2015. In 40 Sonnets Paterson returns to some of his central themes - contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world, and the divided self - in some of the most powerful and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have reverted back to a sort of medieval state. Births are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. This witty and twisty tale of an elderly con man intent on a final hurrah when he initially goes on a blind date with a retired, wealthy woman, brings more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller which follows the reluctant journey of East, a young ghetto kid from a world of drugs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/03/2016
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Eileen
Ottessa Moshfegh
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. A young woman relentlessly drives through the darkness of the American roads. Is she fleeing from a misdemeanour? Is she on a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/03/2016
Make Me by Lee Child
Make Me
Lee Child
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016. Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote rail road stop on the prairie with the curious name of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Freedom's Child by Jax Miller
Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A woman sheltered in the Witness Protection Programme for the almost justified murder of her cop husband twenty years ago discovers that one of the children she had to put...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
Fever City A Thriller by Tim Baker
Fever City A Thriller
Tim Baker
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. Another mighty impressive debut by a British author despite its sprawling American background and themes. Baker has the audacity to revisit the web of conspiracies surrounding the JFK assassination and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/01/2016
The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A couple of Exeter cops attempt to solve the mystery of a hanged teacher which was locally followed by a whole series of gruesome deaths in this clever psychological thriller...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
Wicked Game by Matt Johnson
Wicked Game
Matt Johnson
Longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A breathless and perfectly-paced thriller of a particularly explosive nature, introducing Royalty Protection Team cop Robert Finlay whose own SAS past retruns to the surface after a series of colleagues...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go
Clare Mackintosh
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016. A hit-and-run in Bristol, a dead five year old and a CID police partnership with a spark...

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....

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...

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...

Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach
Mary Roach can never resist going just that bit further, searching out the most arcane information on her chosen subject and in Gulp, a story of the physicality of eating,...

Augustine Conversions and Confessions by Robin Lane Fox

Augustine Conversions and Confessions
Robin Lane Fox
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. Augustine is the person from the ancient world about whom we know most. He is the author of an intimate...

KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann

KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Nikolaus Wachsmann
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. The first definitive history of the Nazi concentration camp system, KL will remain an essential read for years to come....

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...

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...

Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath

Finding the Rainbow
Rachel McGrath
Winner of The People's Book Prize for Non-Fiction 2016. The first book for Rachel McGrath, she writes about her battle with her body, her mind and the health service, whilst...

Sustainable Medicine by Sarah Myhill

Sustainable Medicine
Sarah Myhill
Winner of The People's Book Prize Best Achievement Award 2016. Dr Myhill brings together her years of experience in ecological medicine to provide a person-centred, sustainable alternative to conventional medicine's...

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...

Deadly Determination by Ian Jackson

Deadly Determination
Ian Jackson
Winner of Best Publisher Award at the People's Book Prize 2016. When experienced DI Karen Bellows accepts a transfer to the Liverpool based Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Team she...

The Month Before'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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Speed Kings by Andy Bull

Speed Kings
Andy Bull
Winner of the Cross Sports Biography of the Year Award 2016. Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In the 1930s, as the world hurtled...

One by Sarah Crossan

Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Winner of The Bookseller's 2016 prize for young adult fiction. Ireland's Children's Book of the Year Award 2016. Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells...

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