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The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn Read the opening extract of the brand new A. J. Finn book before its publication on 22/01/2018

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Books of the Month

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2017 Book of the Month The Peter Woodhouse of the title is a dog rescued from a cruel farmer and “hidden” at an American Airforce Camp where he becomes their lucky mascot with a penchant for flying. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Vicki Grant
November 2017 Book of the Month A sharp, edgy, yet lovely romance for young adults. Hildy and Paul are paired in a college psychology study about relationships. They are asked 36 questions over the course of the story, and through...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende
November 2017 Book of the Month From present-day Brooklyn and Guatemala, to the turbulence of 1970s Brazil and Chile, this stunning novel from the ever-satisfying, ever-surprising Allende is a triumph of storytelling, and a timely exposition of the plight of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi
A Question of Trust
Penny Vincenzi
October 2017 Book of the Month An interesting departure for Penny Vincenzi as she takes a working-class man made good as her central character. Starting in 1937 and continuing through the war years the main thrust of the story however...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles
The Invisible Crowd
Ellen Wiles
November 2017 Debut of the Month Yonas and his best friend Gebre have escaped from Eritrea, East Africa, and fled to England, a horrific journey. Once in England they are forced to work unpaid, preparing shellfish. They are told the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lovestam
Wonderful Feels Like This
Sara Lovestam
November 2017 Debut of the Month A gentle, yet powerful and stimulating novel about friendship and love. 15 year old Steffi who is being bullied at school, meets Alvar who lives in a retirement home, their shared loved of jazz...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
October 2017 Debut of the Month Make no mistake, this debut novel is startling and often painfully uncomfortable, yet it is a stunning, actually breathtaking piece of literature. 14 year old Turtle is strong, capable, different, she is also suffering…...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
The Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
Oh my word, this is an absolutely cracking psychological thriller. Anna is unable to leave her house, she views the world from her window and connects with it on her laptop, when she witnesses a horrific incident in a neighbouring...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/01/2018
Cold Feet: The Lost Years by Carmel Harrington
Cold Feet: The Lost Years
Carmel Harrington
An original Cold Feet novel written in collaboration with the award-winning Cold Feet team. All the love. All the drama. All you missed. Hilarious and heartbreaking official novel from the hit TV series. It's an irresistible chance to catch up on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Resort to Murder by T. P. Fielden
Resort to Murder
T. P. Fielden
The second in the ‘Miss Dimont Mystery’ series lives up to expectations. Step back in time, to just after the Second World War, and travel to the English Riviera, a land of beautiful Devon beaches, beauty pageants, ghastly murder and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
A Country Christmas by Veronica Henry
A Country Christmas
Veronica Henry
This is a christmas read with baubles and bells on, a real, captivating, humdinger of a tale. The gorgeous Honeycote House and Brewery sit at the centre of village life, yet all is not well, financial ruin is just around...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/11/2017
The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington
The Woman at 72 Derry Lane
Carmel Harrington
A touching, heart-aching, yet feel good read, full of love and humour. It’s 2014, Stella and Rea live next door to each other but have never spoken, both are hiding their true selves, when they finally meet their lives begin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017
Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse
Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed children's book author, Sweet Pea hits all the right buttons. A dark, twisted read about a female serial killer with dollops of humour, sarcasm...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type
Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories that are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
Why Mummy Drinks
Gill Sims
This is a superb observation of modern parenthood that is a total joy to read. Gill Sims has been sharing the lives of Peter and Jane through the narration of their long suffering mum via her hugely popular blog and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
Snare
Lilja Sigurdardottir
A mesmerising, unconventional, and fiercely intense read set in Iceland. Sonja finds herself in an impossible position, firmly caught in a smuggling snare can she escape the clutches of the gang who hold her life in their hands? The moment...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017
A Cornish Gift by Fern Britton
A Cornish Gift
Fern Britton
Three short stories with the link the Cornish village of Pendruggan. Fern has used characters from her previous Cornish novels so those familiar with her work will feel at home. Those new to her work are not left to flounder...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain
Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair
Heidi Swain
This feel-good festive feast is the perfect stocking filler for those who yearn for the magic of a good old yuletide miracle. When Anna arrives at remote Wynthorpe Hall to work as companion to its eccentric owner, she’s one of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Treatment by C. L. Taylor
The Treatment
C. L. Taylor
In a Nutshell: Edge-of-your-seat institutional indoctrination thriller Suspense, suspicion and sinister secrets abound in this accomplished YA debut from the bestselling author of four adult thrillers. Sixteen-year-old Drew’s troublesome brother, Mason, has been sent to a specialist residential reform academy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Moonlight Over Manhattan
Sarah Morgan
Looking for Christmas magic, romance and sparkle? Then stop right here as ‘Moonlight over Manhattan’ offers all of this and more. Dog walker and exceedingly shy Harriett challenges herself to face her fears, and finds herself in more than one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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
The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty
The Good Mother
Sinead Moriarty
Kate has been through the fire with her three children ...Having been left devastated and homeless after her husband's affair and the break-up of their family, somehow she has pulled through. Though times are still tough, she's beginning to see...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
A special hardback 10th anniversary edition of the first in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2017
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Katie Fforde
Six deliciously romantic short stories, only two of which have been published before but in digital form. They are all of a healthy length with a beginning, middle and end, none leave you in the lurch but one, A Dream...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus
Steven Rowley
October 2017 Debut of the Month This exuberant debut about living life to the full with that someone special (who might just happen to have four legs and a tail)...

The One That Got Away by Annabel Kantaria

The One That Got Away
Annabel Kantaria
Another fabulously captivating and dramatic tale from Annabel Kantaria. 15 years after Stella and George last saw each other they meet at a school reunion, and a blazing attraction quickly...

I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Forever
Lindsey Kelk
A lovely, entertaining and terrifically readable continuation of the I Heart stories by Lindsey Kelk. While I Heart Forever is the seventh in this particular series, I feel that...

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever
Kaira Rouda
Taking place in just over 24 hours, this exciting, disturbing, and oh so readable tale just roars along. Yet it begins quietly, with Paul Strom detailing his thoughts, his preparation...

Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill

Keep You Safe
Melissa Hill
With clever writing, this provocative tale is just so, so readable. Rosie can’t have her childhood vaccinations due to a medical condition, while Clara’s parents have decided not to vaccinate...

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be?
Allison Pearson
October 2017 Book of the Month An absolute belter of a novel, amusing, poignant, and hugely entertaining. This is a follow-up to the bestseller I Don’t Know How She...

Three Weddings and a Scandal by Wendy Holden

Three Weddings and a Scandal
Wendy Holden
Hapless would-be journalist Laura Lake goes undercover at wedding season. But she hasn't prepared for disappearing brides, secret royal orgies or a jealous office rival. Will Laura get the scoop...

The Blind by A. F. Brady

The Blind
A. F. Brady
October 2017 Debut of the Month The author is an American psychotherapist who sets her first novel in a Manhattan mental institute so bringing a large amount of authenticity to...

Invisible Women It's Time to Talk About You! by Sarah Long

Invisible Women It's Time to Talk About You!
Sarah Long
Sharp, irreverent and very funny, perfect for women who won't put up with being told to step aside! If you love Dawn French, Sue Townsend and Veronica Henry, this book is...

Beneath the Skin by Caroline England

Beneath the Skin
Caroline England
This is a stimulating and provocative debut just bristling with attitude, We are introduced to four couples who are entwined in each other’s lives, and living with insidious secrets and...

A Pug Like Percy by Fiona Harrison

A Pug Like Percy
Fiona Harrison
Ahhh, who could resist Percy the Pug! A lovely, heartwarming story set from the point of view of an adorable little dog. Percy, abandoned at an animal rescue centre soon...

Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly

Secrets of a Happy Marriage
Cathy Kelly
A gorgeously warm, loving, and occasionally tempestuous tale set within a large family as they learn to cope with grief, new loves, and family revelations. Bess has found love in...

Death of a She Devil by Fay Weldon

Death of a She Devil
Fay Weldon
Sequel to The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Lewis is a new kind of 'heroine'. He's an ultra-confident, twenty-something man. But he won't be satisfied with his...

City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

City of Friends
Joanna Trollope
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not...

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

The Best of Adam Sharp
Graeme Simsion
The heart-warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old...

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Paris for One and Other Stories
Jojo Moyes
I love short stories, they have the power to give us a fleeting, yet memorable glimpse into other lives. Lives of strong, beautiful characters as they face the challenges that...

Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech

Maria in the Moon
Louise Beech
October 2017 Book of the Month A beautiful, and heart-achingly touching read, step outside of yourself, and into Catherine’s world. A world where a slice of Catherine has been missing...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey by Alexander McCall Smith

Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey
Alexander McCall Smith
September 2017 Book of the Month 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...

Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette

Reader Reviewed Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
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 police officer while trying...

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...

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reader Reviewed Moonglow
Michael Chabon
Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A grandfather, on his deathbed, tells his grandson about his life,...

The Transition by Luke Kennard

The Transition
Luke Kennard
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A fabulous premise, step inside, and...

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reader Reviewed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Courage, strength and erotica is at the heart of this humorous, heart-warming tale about a clash of cultures and the women in our lives we should never take for granted....

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