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Books of the 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
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 Does It, however it could be read without prior knowledge...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
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 since she was nine years old. Set after the devastating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

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 this thriller. Samantha, Sam, the golden girl is the obvious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
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) races through a riotous rainbow of emotions, and will delight...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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
Uncommon Type Some Stories by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type Some Stories
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
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 life throws at them, each in search of a little...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
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 life until he can transition into the ultimate symbol of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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
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 her sixties, Jojo is desperate for children, Cari is focusing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/07/2017
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 finds a new family, however happily ever after may be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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 lies. The first few pages set my antenna quivering, my...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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 for you!
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
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 of the year? Or will she be out on her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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 for personal reasons. When measles strikes both girls, is anyone...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
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
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 for a romantic weekend away, alone with his wife. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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
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 you could read this as a standalone novel, though you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
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 begins to menace the order of their lives. Annabel Kantaria...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
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 and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
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 a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Last Month'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...

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,...

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....

The Month Before's Featured Books

You Said Forever by Susan Lewis

You Said Forever
Susan Lewis
A gripping, emotional and tension-filled family drama. Charlotte and Anthony live and work on an artisan vineyard in New Zealand with their three children. They may be in paradise, yet...

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Reader Reviewed The People at Number 9
Felicity Everett
September 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 the arrival of an...

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
Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen. Hendrik has reached the age where his address...

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

An Almond for a Parrot
Wray Delaney
A fascinating erotica debut for famed children's book author Sally Gardner and, most definitely, a change in register as a tale of 18th century debauchery unfolds in the tradition of

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Reader Reviewed Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
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 long absence from the...

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,...

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes
Holly Seddon
A convincing, powerful, and dramatic psychological thriller. Twins Robin and Sarah are living separate lives, each face their own difficulties, yet danger beckons and life is about to get a...

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Reader Reviewed 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...

Say My Name by Allegra Huston

Say My Name
Allegra Huston
August 2017 Debut of the Month As it dances across thoughts and emotions, ‘Say My Name’ proves to be a beautiful, thoughtful, and seductive read. Eve is 48, her life...

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

The Lost Girl
Carol Drinkwater
July 2017 eBook of the Month. A mesmerising, haunting, and extraordinarily relevant yet beautifully evocative read. Kurtiz arrives in Paris after a sighting of her missing...

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...

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

Close Enough to Touch
Colleen Oakley
This truly uplifting, life-affirming treat is at once a whimsical love story, and a funny, thought-provoking meditation on the nature of closeness.Jubilee Jenkins suffers from an excruciating condition....

The Postcard by Fern Britton

The Postcard
Fern Britton
Penny is a TV producer who, when filming in Cornwall, met and fell in love with the local vicar. Now, five years and a small child later, life is not...

A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith

A Time of Love and Tartan
Alexander McCall Smith
August 2017 Book of the Month With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its twelfth season in 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...

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