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Books of the Month

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
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 ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ arrived on my desk, Liane Moriarty has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
See You in September by Charity Norman
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 in one glorious sitting! Cassy travels half way around the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 and loss. In the 1600’s artist Sara channels her despair...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
May 2017 Book of the Month. 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,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories by Alexander McCall Smith
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories
Alexander McCall Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month. 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. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
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 children's book author, Sweet Pea hits all the right buttons....
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

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 it was The Pip that brought Malory and maths genius...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 travel book they both have. Executed with intellectual and sensual...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan
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 me, I found myself bewitched and reaching out to touch...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2017
Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander
Under a Sardinian Sky
Sara Alexander
May 2017 Debut of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
May 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
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
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
May 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
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 spent avoiding her family, can she survive a golden wedding...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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
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 summer in the sun help them find themselves, to rediscover...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw
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 they leave school they take different paths as they fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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 social landscape. He observes, on one hand, that Thatcher’s “new...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2017
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.Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha have been planning to take a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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 ‘The Glorious Heresies’ (one of our Books of the Year...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/04/2017
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 court. Each of the three main characters, in their own...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/10/2016
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 life. Once you accept there are no explanations offered for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson
Island of Secrets
Patricia Wilson
May 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 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 fall-out following an unforgiveable lie.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 friendship await in this beguiling tale of self-discovery.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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, hiding from a long-held family secret. When an antique bureau...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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 set in Brooklyn this proves as light-hearted as her father,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
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

Last Month'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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

It Was Only Ever You
Kate Kerrigan
Winner of the RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017. Heartbreak and misunderstandings are woven through this uplifting story of a woman who can never quite believe...

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Reader Reviewed The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Jennifer Ryan
An engaging and charmingly bittersweet slice of fiction set during the Second World War. In a Kent village during 1940, the vicar closes the choir, as the ladies of the...

Who's That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

Reader Reviewed Who's That Girl?
Mhairi McFarlane
One kiss and your world falls apart, and you didn’t even instigate it! So this is Edie’s problem and the start of a light, highly infectious, delightful read from Mhairi...

A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

Reader Reviewed A Secret Garden
Katie Fforde
March 2017 Book of the Month. Another joyful hug of a read from Katie Fforde, what more could you want, than to settle down with her...

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

Reader Reviewed A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
March 2017 Book of the Month. A comforting, delightful tale about taking chances, trusting instincts, nourishing friendships and finding love. If you’re a fan of Katie...

Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors

Mirror Shoulder Signal
Dorthe Nors
March 2017 Book of the Month. A novel of loneliness and insecurity. We can see what the poor woman, Sonja, must do. She cannot. It takes...

A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

Reader Reviewed A Line Made by Walking
Sara Baume
March 2017 Book of the Month. Frankie studies art and then works in a gallery in Dublin. The owner only issues part-time contracts for graduating students...

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....

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...

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...

Love Me Tinder by Nicola May

Love Me Tinder
Nicola May
This hilarious and fast-paced new novel from top romance author Nicola May is the story of Cali Summers who has a sad, fragmented heart following the break-up of her 12 year marriage to the man...

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter
Nicola Moriarty
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully expressive, dramatic, and tense tale, striking at the heart of friendship and love. Four best friends who have...

Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan

Reader Reviewed Orange Blossom Days
Patricia Scanlan
A large collection of multi-national, mostly retired couples, invest in a new development of luxury apartments, La Joya, in Andalucia on the Costa del Sol in Spain. We follow a...

The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

The Silent Fountain
Victoria Fox
March 2017 Book of the Month. A memorable, stirring tale, of bitter love and secrets that stalk impatiently through the pages. Two time frames, two women,...

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...

Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone

Puzzle Girl
Rachael Featherstone
A lovely, fresh, and entertaining feel-good debut. Cassy is determined to shoot up the career ladder, she stumbles at her big chance, will she regain her footing and find love...

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Before the Rains
Dinah Jefferies
A gorgeously expressive and captivating novel, set in 1930’s India at the height of the struggle for independence against British rule. 28 year old photographer Eliza agrees to document the...

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Reader Reviewed Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
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...

The Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver

The Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047
Lionel Shriver
A huge tale of a future America and its economic downfall. It centres on four generations of one family, the Mandibles, and attempts to explain how the economics of 2029...

Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister

Everything but the Truth
Gillian McAllister
Everything but the Truth is an addictive novel packed with suspense that pulls such an emotional punch it is hard to believe it's a debut. You will be totally drawn into...

Ithaca by Alan McMonagle

Ithaca
Alan McMonagle
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Provocative, sharply witty and rather beautiful,...

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