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Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
Today Will be Different
Maria Semple
October 2016 Book of the Month. A smart and sassy take on a 21st century mum making her way in the world, trying not to cause too much damage but also hoping that maybe, just maybe...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney
The Day I Lost You
Fionnuala Kearney
October 2016 Book of the Month. A mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the hidden, the things left unsaid and untold. I adored Fionnuala Kearney’s debut novel, so was very much...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
The Deviants by C. J. Skuse
The Deviants
C. J. Skuse
October 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Revelations | Revenge | Rebuilding relationships Masterfully suspenseful rollercoaster of a read, with a genuinely jaw-dropping finale. Once thick as thieves and known as “The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
October 2016 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2016
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop
Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
October 2016 Book of the Month. Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Losing it by Emma Rathbone
Losing it
Emma Rathbone
October 2016 Debut of the Month. An edgy, refreshing, and quirky read, one that slides into, then excites and challenges your consciousness. There’s something about 26 year old Julia Greenfield, something that consumes her, makes her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
October 2016 Debut of the Month. Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year old widower Arthur sets out to find the truth behind a charm...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
Beneath the Skin by Sandra Ireland
Beneath the Skin
Sandra Ireland
October 2016 Debut of the Month. Powerful, unsettling, beautifully written and wonderfully captivating, this a thought-provoking debut. Walt is skimming through life, barely existing, attempting to cope with combat post traumatic stress disorder. He takes a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern
Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Cecelia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and look like they know what they’re...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2016
Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy
Remember My Name
Abbey Clancy
A light, flirty and oh, so much fun, debut novel by model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy. 22 year old Jess, a party entertainer from Liverpool has always dreamed of being a famous singer, so she can live like a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech
The Mountain in My Shoe
Louise Beech
An intriguing, moving, and absolutely captivating family drama. Bernadette has to face her fears and start to take back control of her life when she decides to leave her husband. However on the night she plans to tell him, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2016
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan
A delightful tasty treat of a Christmas (or any time of the year) read, set on a fascinating Cornish tidal-island village. Polly, Huckle and friends return, with Neil the Puffin often stealing the limelight, this could though, easily be a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone
A Suitable Lie
Michael J. Malone
Unsettling, thought-provoking, and absolutely riveting. He's not even 30, yet Andy is a widower, he has a young son and a loving support network around him. When Andy meets Anna, he can’t believe that he will get a second chance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2016
Because of You by Helene Fermont
Because of You
Helene Fermont
An emotional, yet simply told relationship tale, spanning thirty years and two countries. 18 year old Hannah leaves Sweden for a gap year in London, we follow her across the years as she makes friends, falls in love, and meets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2016
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Miracle on 5th Avenue
Sarah Morgan
A spicy, amusing, magical story, just perfect for Christmas, or any time of the year. I do so enjoy a Sarah Morgan romance, you know exactly what you're going to get, yet she manages to make each novel feel fresh...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
Dragon Games by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Dragon Games
Jan-Philipp Sendker
A darkly captivating, tense, and beautifully written tale, that explores fear and the innermost thoughts and feelings of hearts and minds. This is the second in the ‘China’ series, and I really do recommend starting with the wonderful ‘Whispering...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
The Black Path by Paul Burston
The Black Path
Paul Burston
‘The Black Path’ is absorbing and clever, with several stories and strands weaving into one thrilling and dramatic tale. Helen fights a feeling of abandonment, her father Richard was murdered on the nearby Black Path when she was a child...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2016
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A subtle, quietly sinister tale, where the tension slowly creeps and coils around the edge of your understanding. Allis removes herself from her previous life to become a housekeeper for Sigurd. On the edge of a fjord in a lonely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Ex Factor by Eva Woods
The Ex Factor
Eva Woods
Another gorgeously bright and bubbly, yet beautifully warm-hearted novel by Eva Woods. Four women, with various reasons for being single, decide that their ex men folk might just be the right fit for their friends. There are plenty of amusing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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 set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry
How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Veronica Henry
A lovely, gentle read, full of interesting characters, and at the heart of it all, a rather wonderful book shop called Nightingale Books. In this charming romance, we take a peek into the lives of a number of people, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
A brilliant debut from a fresh and unique voice, ‘A Boy Made of Blocks' is a book that will make you laugh, cry and think to yourself ‘thank goodness, it’s not just me!’ This wonderful book is one that every...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2016
The Water Babes by Norman Whitney
The Water Babes
Norman Whitney
Every week many of us go to regular activity groups, swimming, singing and the like and happily spend an hour or so in pleasant conversation. But what is really going on in the lives of the people in the group?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly
Between Sisters
Cathy Kelly
Another lovely, heartfelt, so very readable tale from Cathy Kelly. Sisters Cassie and Coco find plenty of bumps and difficulties in their path, and slowly begin to realise how trauma from their childhood is still affecting them today. Cathy Kelly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
It Was Only Ever You
Kate Kerrigan
Heartbreak and misunderstandings are woven through this uplifting story of a woman who can never quite believe that her gorgeous husband really loves her. Set, like Maeve Binchy's early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries
Helen Fielding
As Bridget careers towards baby-deadline, tortured by Smug Mothers miming her ticking biological clock, a series of classic Bridget Jones moments finally leads her into pregnancy - but just not quite as intended. But 'Who's the Father?'
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/10/2016
Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes
Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by Marian Keyes, some previously published, some not, from health and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge

Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun
Samantha Tonge
Sparkly, fun and entertaining, even with a light touch of darker emotion, this is a bright summery read. 27 year old Kate dreams of Poldark, when she accepts a wedding...

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 Muse by Jessie Burton

The Muse
Jessie Burton
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction Award 2016. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the footsteps of THE MINIATURIST, Jessie Burton's second novel...

Set Me Free by Hina Belitz

Reader Reviewed Set Me Free
Hina Belitz
A 17 year old Muslim girl relates this story of her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan, her flight to Clerkenwell, London, the loss of her mother, her arranged marriage at 16...

Bridget Jones's Diary Picador Classic by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Diary Picador Classic
Helen Fielding
As Bridget documents her struggles through the social minefield of her thirties and tries to weigh up the eternal question (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), she turns for support to...

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts
Annie Darling
Witty, romantic and very modern, The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts is the first in a new series set in a quaint old bookshop, for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny...

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

Reader Reviewed The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
September 2016 Debut of the Month. Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable...

The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry

The House on Sunset Lake
Tasmina Perry
September 2016 eBook of the Month. A stirring and intoxicating story of love and twisted secrets waiting… lurking. Spanning twenty years, this tale introduces Jim and...

Where's Sailor Jack? by John Uttley

Where's Sailor Jack?
John Uttley
An interesting, touching family drama focusing on two men in their sixties, their loves, their lives and their friendships. The first few pages provide a snapshot of Bob and Richard,...

Cold Calling by Russell Mardell

Cold Calling
Russell Mardell
A pointed, wryly amusing look at relationships in the modern world. Ray is a cold caller, he lives in London with his best friend Danny, and is still mourning the...

The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence

The Empathy Problem
Gavin Extence
September 2016 eBook of the Month. A must read if ever there was one, this is just stunning. A simple premise, yet it slams with impact,...

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Reader Reviewed The Thousandth Floor
Katharine McGee
September 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. Set 100 years in the future in a world of unimaginable luxury and wealth, Katherine McGee’s slick, savvy debut...

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Elizabeth Heathcote
September 2016 Debut of the Month. A tension-filled family drama, which encourages thoughts to twist and turn. The prologue sets questions in motion, trapping them in...

As Weekends Go by Jan Brigden

As Weekends Go
Jan Brigden
September 2016 Debut of the Month. A warmly compassionate, amusing and very readable story, with extra sprinkles of fairytale sparkle. Jan Brigden is the winner of...

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
Seductively beautiful and evocative writing ensures ‘The Forgotten Summer’ is hard to put down. A vineyard in France holds the key to secrets and lies that have been hidden in...

My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry

Reader Reviewed My Husband's Wife
Jane Corry
A thriller, full of family drama and suspense… this is a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of tense uncertainty. The short prologue set my...

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour
Alan Titchmarsh
The new 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 friendship...

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Reader Reviewed Don't You Cry
Mary Kubica
A tale that creeps under your skin, worms its way into your thoughts, and spins to an all consuming end. I’ve devoured Mary Kubica’s other novels, and personally, this is...

The Weekends of You and Me by Fiona Walker

The Weekends of You and Me
Fiona Walker
September 2016 Book of the Month. Jo and Harry are both recently single. Harry has an 18-year old daughter from a one-night stand long before he...

Mount! by Jilly Cooper

Jilly Cooper

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier

Reader, I Married Him
Tracy Chevalier
A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. Edited by...

The Invitation by Lucy Foley

Reader Reviewed 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,...

Escape to the Riviera the Perfect Summer Read! by Jules Wake

Escape to the Riviera the Perfect Summer Read!
Jules Wake
A delightfully effortless and lovely read, that allows you to drift off into a hot summery romance. 29 year old Carrie, part-time drama teacher and script writer has become stuck...

Dancing to the End of Love by Adrian White

Dancing to the End of Love
Adrian White
Early on we accept that Robert is running away from something. He likes women and travel. He is lonely. He misses his daughter. On an impulse while changing planes to...

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

The Name I Call Myself
Beth Moran
A lovely warm and hope-filled read, this is a romance with heart, soul and compassion. Faith is engaged, however she has a pain-filled secret, will it remain buried, or will...

The Santiago Sisters by Victoria Fox

The Santiago Sisters
Victoria Fox
A hot, edgy and hugely entertaining novel, with an inner molten core of provocative tension. Set between 1994 and 2014, separated twins, Calida and Teresita Santiago, find themselves on a...

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Singles Game
Lauren Weisberger
An entertaining and terrifically readable foray into the ultra competitive world of professional tennis. Likeable and friendly Charlie needs to gain a competitive edge to break into the top ten,...

Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Sunset in Central Park
Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan has done it again, she has delivered another gorgeously warm (and occasionally steamy) romance. This is part of the ‘From Manhattan With Love’ series, while Paige was...

Bad Blood by Julie Shaw

Bad Blood
Julie Shaw
Another provocative, edgy and at times unbelievably sad story from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Julie Shaw really has hit on a winner...

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...

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
Ellen Berry
An enjoyable and captivating relationship tale, where an enchanting bookshop takes centre stage, what more could you ask for! Della has a special relationship with her mother’s cookbooks, she is...

Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Reader Reviewed Watching Edie
Camilla Way
August 2016 Book of the Month. In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read....

Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Reader Reviewed Nina is Not Ok
Shappi Khorsandi
August 2016 Debut of the Month. With a fierce, biting sense of reality, this is a provocative, yet beautifully worthwhile, must read. Nina is 17 years...

Hillstation by Robin Mukherjee

Reader Reviewed Hillstation
Robin Mukherjee
August 2016 Debut of the Month. Warmly amusing, gorgeously transportive and eye opening, this is a novel that subtly and quietly creeps under your skin. When...

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Reader Reviewed I Found You
Lisa Jewell
August 2016 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet...

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

Reader Reviewed The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
August 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...

The Goodbye Gift by Amanda Brooke

Reader Reviewed The Goodbye Gift
Amanda Brooke
Early on we meet Lucy, twenty-four, who needs a heart transplant. She is a plucky girl trying to live a normal life greatly hampered by her sad ill health. For...

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

The Stylist
Rosie Nixon
Absolutely perfect if you are a lover of fashion, red carpet stories and a witty delicious romance. Amber, a sweet, endearing shop assistant, unexpectedly finds herself working for a high...

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond

My Last Continent
Midge Raymond
August 2016 Debut of the Month. Unexpected and unique, this is a beautiful debut novel to immerse yourself and become lost in. Deb is a naturalist,...

The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith

The Revolving Door of Life
Alexander McCall Smith
Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the...

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Reader Reviewed Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
August 2016 eBook of the Month. Simply fabulous, this is a truly beautiful, mind-popping story. I must admit to jigging up and down with excitement when...

Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter

Break in Case of Emergency
Jessica Winter
August 2016 Debut of the Month. A wryly amusing, observational story, brushing compassionately against the pitfalls of modern life. Jen is in her early 30’s, she...

The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

Reader Reviewed The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be...

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...

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