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Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
June 2017 Book of the Month. A powerfully lyrical day-in-the-life portrait of a successful singer-songwriter reflecting on the ebbs and flows of her life as she prepares her Greatest Hits release after...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Exquisite
Sarah Stovell
June 2017 Book of the Month. Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it causes you to question the reliability of both women. Smart,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan
The Weight of Him
Ethel Rohan
June 2017 Debut of the Month. There was a family of six, three boys aged 17, 15 and 9, and one girl, 12, with a hard-working, frazzled mother and a grossly obese father, Billy, weighing 28...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
June 2017 Debut of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A dazzling debut about a fostered autistic girl’s poignant search for her Forever Home, and her acute need to be needed. Truly a gem that will satiate an abundance of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
June 2017 Debut of the Month. It is the standard reply when people ask, “How are you?” ....you say “I’m fine.” Well, Eleanor is most definitely not fine and has not been since she was 10...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
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. Just imagine being paired with Pride and Prejudice, where on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan
Holiday in the Hamptons
Sarah Morgan
Just one huge loving hug from start to finish. Felicity flees as fast as her heart and mind will let her when she realises her ex-husband is back in town. Seth last saw Felicity ten years ago, he still has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she has a special gift, will she be exploited or set free? I always know a book is fabulous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Forever House by Veronica Henry
The Forever House
Veronica Henry
Gorgeously affectionate, loving, and generous, this is a read to escape into and really enjoy. Hunters Moon is a forever home, yet the current occupants are selling up and when Belinda takes on the sale, she finds herself becoming emotionally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
The Friend
Dorothy Koomson
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later, Cece moves into the area, her two youngest start at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley
The Little Teashop of Lost and Found
Trisha Ashley
Oh what a glorious treat of a book this is, warm and enticing, with captivating dark and spicy notes. Alice has experienced loss and rejection during her life, baking soothes her soul, and just when she experiences her most heartbreaking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Russell rises swiftly into a high-powered job until it all comes crashing round him and he now has to spend time at home so there is a slight role reversal while he looks after their 5-year old daughter and his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter
Break in Case of Emergency
Jessica Winter
A wryly amusing, observational story, brushing compassionately against the pitfalls of modern life. Jen is in her early 30’s, she lives with her husband in New York, she dreams of painting, of having a baby, yet finds herself trapped in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
About Last Night ... by Catherine Alliott
About Last Night ...
Catherine Alliott
Masterfully told in typical Catherine Alliott fashion, Catherine once again delivers a belly full of laughter as Molly, the key protagonist, makes her life a whole load more complicated and messy, long after the unexpected death of her husband, as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
Nadiya Hussain
A lovely warm and joyful squeeze of a read. When a family bombshell hits, four sisters each tell their own story. We get to know Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae, and because their lives revolve around each other, we not...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Invitation by Lucy Foley
The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life, yet the spectre of war holds both in a devastating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
June 2017 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 the centre of this novel, Leo causes uproar when a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
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 wife after they’ve lived a contented sort of life for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson
Island of Secrets
Patricia Wilson
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Right from the start we realise this is a Montague/Capulet situation; a feud between families, in this case from Crete, that spills blood only here our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater
The Lost Girl
Carol Drinkwater
A mesmerising, haunting, and extraordinarily relevant yet beautifully evocative read. Kurtiz arrives in Paris after a sighting of her missing daughter, as the tale begins to unfurl, humanity at its very best and worst is revealed in several time frames....
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories by Alexander McCall Smith
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the cover just invites you in. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black and white...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander
Under a Sardinian Sky
Sara Alexander
An expressive and heartfelt relationship tale set in a gloriously evocative 1950’s Sardinia. Carmela is engaged to the son of the town’s wealthiest family, however finds herself questioning his overbearing nature when she meets a Captain from the nearby army...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan
Spandex and the City
Jenny T. Colgan
Can Holly Phillips find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind? A superpowered love story from the Sunday Times bestselling Jenny T. Colgan, author of Resistance Is Futile and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Can't Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering
Can't Buy Me Love
Jane Lovering
When Willow runs into her old university crush, she's a new woman with a new look - not to mention rather wealthy after a substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Postman's Fiancee by Denis Theriault
The Postman's Fiancee
Denis Theriault
The Postman's Fiancee reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, charming readers once again with his deft touch and lyrical prose with this love story that will move...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher
Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew
Susan Fletcher
This soulful portrait of a woman’s friendship with Van Gogh, imagined from letters exchanged between the artist and his brother, is a richly-rewarding reverie about longing, loneliness and renewing life. Jeanne is an outsider in her Provencal village. She and...
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 Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil
The Bureau of Second Chances
Sheena Kalayil
June 2017 Debut of the Month. This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth, where he rediscovers not only himself but also the Bureau of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis
The Honeymoon
Tina Seskis
Oh my, this is intense, shocking, and an absolute winner. Jemma is on an island in the Maldives, her husband of just one week is missing, is he alive, or has the unthinkable happened? Tina Seskis encourages an almost unbearable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse
Dead to Me
Lesley Pearse
Another dramatic and engagingly expressive historical novel by Lesley Pearse. Set before and during the Second World War, we follow Ruby and Verity during the ups and downs of their young lives. Ruby has a less than auspicious beginning, while...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Reader Reviewed Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
May 2017 Book of the Month. Simply fabulous, this is a truly beautiful, mind-popping story. I must admit to jigging up and down with excitement when...

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...

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

The Blood Miracles
Lisa McInerney
Another outstanding, compelling read from Lisa McInerney, winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize and winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016. Having devoured and raved about ‘

One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham

One Endless Summer
Laurie Ellingham
Pacey, poignant and eminently entertaining, this bittersweet book about living life to the full makes a wonderfully warm-hearted companion to take into the garden on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century by Ron Butlin

Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century
Ron Butlin
This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher’s Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch.Living in mid-eighties Edinburgh, Hume feels somewhat bewildered by the changing...

Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
May 2017 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed...

Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when...

The Summerhouse by the Sea by Jenny Oliver

The Summerhouse by the Sea
Jenny Oliver
Ahh, this is a lovely, warm-hearted, treasure of a read. Siblings Ava and Rory take a trip down memory lane when they attend their grandmother’s funeral in Spain. Will a...

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
Summer might be fading over the horizon but Straub's new novel is a perfect summer novel for all seasons: witty, touching, humane and gently humorous. A tale of complicated relationships...

The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke

The Last Days of Summer
Sophie Pembroke
This book is easy to fall in love with, it’s delightfully warm and captivating, with gripping notes of intrigue. Saskia returns to her grandparents home of Rosewood after two years...

The Other Us by Fiona Harper

The Other Us
Fiona Harper
Initially you think this could be a time travel novel or alternative universe tale but then you discover it is a clever device to allow the protagonist to explore her...

A Guide for the Perplexed by Jonathan Levi

A Guide for the Perplexed
Jonathan Levi
A flamboyantly fantastical literary voyage in which two strangers stranded at a Spanish airport during a strike are brought together by their mutual travel agent, whose Guide for the Perplexed...

Septimania by Jonathan Levi

Septimania
Jonathan Levi
An exuberantly entertaining magic realist quest that sees a Cambridge Organ Scholar travel to Rome in search of love, with extraordinarily unexpected results. It all started with a pip, for...

The Last Night by Cesca Major

The Last Night
Cesca Major
Two women, separated by years, tied by secrets untold and haunted by tragedies that could not be foreseen. In a peaceful coastal village, Irina spends her days quietly restoring furniture,...

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour
Alan Titchmarsh
The new bestselling novel from Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. Mr Gandy escapes his humdrum life with an unexpected Grand Tour of Europe where drama, romance and...

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Girlfriend
Michelle Frances
A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the...

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in...

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan

Reader Reviewed The Dead House
Billy O'Callaghan
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A beautifully eerie tale, a feast for your eyes, a torment for your mind. The exquisite cover immediately called to...

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Dominic Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month. A rather beautiful and entirely captivating tale, set in several time periods, framing passion, deception, love...

See You in September by Charity Norman

Reader Reviewed See You in September
Charity Norman
May 2017 Book of the Month. Gosh, what a stunning read this is, I simply couldn't put it down and devoured it...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry

The House on Sunset Lake
Tasmina Perry
A stirring and intoxicating story of love and twisted secrets waiting… lurking. Spanning twenty years, this tale introduces Jim and Jennifer in 1995 when they meet in Savannah, before a...

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...

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
April 2017 Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when...

When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea

Reader Reviewed When the Sky Fell Apart
Caroline Lea
Prepare for your heart to break… this is a powerful, evocative tale of life during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the 1940’s. The first page made me flinch, yet...

Miss Perfect by Bernard Hall

Miss Perfect
Bernard Hall
Set in the 80’s in the North-East of England, Miss Perfect is a reflective, sympathetic and engaging novel. The central character is earnest and concerned social worker Madge who is...

Letters to Strabo by David Smith

Letters to Strabo
David Smith
A fictional travelogue of Finn, a free-spirited American and budding travel writer, journeying around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970’s. Letters to Strabo is an evocative, candid and...

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...

This Love by Dani Atkins

This Love
Dani Atkins
How one book can hold such aching heartbreak, beautiful tenderness, and vibrant emotion, I really don’t know. Sophie works from home and keeps her heart hidden, then in one life-changing...

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by...

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Reader Reviewed Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
April 2017 Book of the Month. Aged 13 a girl goes missing. The whole village turns out to search. Over the course of thirteen chapters and...

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter

Reader Reviewed The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
April 2017 Debut of the Month. Oh my word, this is an eyebrow raising, mouth openingly good read. A contemporary tale about three women, muddling and...

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Castle of Water
Dane Huckelbridge
April 2017 Debut of the Month. An emotional, heart-stopping, and mesmerising debut novel. 34 year old retired banker and burgeoning artist Barry from New York, and...

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

All Grown Up
Jami Attenberg
An edgy, astute, robustly dynamic tale, taking snapshots of a life and allowing them to parade provocatively in front of you. Andrea is nearly 40, she doesn't have children, or...

An American Decade by Richard Aronowitz

An American Decade
Richard Aronowitz
An expressive, fascinating, and convincing glimpse into 1930’s America just before the Second World War. As the Nazi regime takes hold, 30 year old widower Christoph leaves Germany for a...

Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Reader Reviewed Watching Edie
Camilla Way
In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years...

Their Finest by Lissa Evans

Their Finest
Lissa Evans
It's 1940. After a short spell promoting the joy of swedes for the Ministry of Food, Catrin Cole finds herself writing dialogue for 'Just an Ordinary Wednesday', a heart-warming but...

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...

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...

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Reader Reviewed 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...

The End of the Day by Claire North

The End of the Day
Claire North
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Charlie just happens to be the harbinger of death. He never wanted the job, but he had no choice in the...

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses
Carole Matthews
A heart-warming and poignant novel of romance, family and second chances, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews at her outstanding best. Perfect for fans of...

Magic by Danielle Steel

Magic
Danielle Steel
It starts on a summer evening, with the kind of magic found only in Paris. Once a year in the City of Light, a lavish dinner takes place outside a...

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