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This Summer just pick a mood to suit your reading - click on a category to find out more. Also once you've chosen your story pick the format that suits you best - Paperback or eBook. We really are your one stop shop for all your reading this Summer. Below are a selection of our current favourites that we will be adding to during June and July so do pop back.


Fun and Feel Good - Love the book you are reading

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Reader Reviewed 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 Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bertie Project
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: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
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
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 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
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

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Emotional and Absorbing - Get lost in a beautiful story

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, yet the spectre of war holds both in a devastating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Reader Reviewed 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
Reader Reviewed 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
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 daughter, as the tale begins to unfurl, humanity at its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
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 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
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 they leave school they take different paths as they fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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
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 ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ arrived on my desk, Liane Moriarty has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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
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 night she meets Ben. Dani Atkins’s words have the ability...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
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 traumatic event forces them apart. In 2015 they meet again,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall
The Thousand Lights Hotel
Emylia Hall
A heartbreaking story of loss, betrayal, and redemption, told with all the warmth and beauty of an Italian summer.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/07/2017

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Literary Loungers - Catch up on some top class fiction

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Inventively entertaining, niftily plotted first novel set in New York during the city’s effervescent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson
Reader Reviewed Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and stings at your awareness. A mystery sits centre stage, yet there is much more on offer here than may first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Horseman by Tim Pears
The Horseman
Tim Pears
This begins The West Country Trilogy starting in 1911. It follows two years in the life of young Leo as he skips school as often as he can to help his father, brothers and cousin on one of the six...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
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 book is depressingly empty and his life has become an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
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
The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble
The Dark Flood Rises
Margaret Drabble
If you are a Margaret Drabble fan then you will know her strength is in characterisation. Here she concentrates on a family and elderly friends with the narrative switching between them as each character analyses the others. It is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil
Reader Reviewed 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
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
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan
Ruth Gilligan
As is the case with so many good Irish literary novels, this is poignant, breathtaking and very sad. Following three stories told in three different voices that do eventually come together, it covers the years 1901 to 1941 through the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Reader Reviewed Barkskins
Annie Proulx
For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in. A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour. You will find it difficult to put...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/04/2017
The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich
The Good Assassin
Paul Vidich
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Reluctant 1950s spy George Mueller whom we first encountered in the impressive An Honorable Man, is posted to pre-Castro Cuba to investigate the possibility that an old friend, Toby Graham,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

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Mysterious and Thrilling - Edge of the sunbed stuff

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
July 2017 Book of the Month. Four middle-aged women and long-time friends with a checkered history embark for their yearly reunion meeting on a whitewater rafting expedition down the Allagash river in Maine where, inevitably, their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Reader Reviewed 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
Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin
Reader Reviewed Rather be the Devil
Ian Rankin
A truly fabulous blast of crime fiction. John Rebus continues to ignore retirement, and an unsolved case haunts his thoughts as he shoulders his way into the middle of a current investigation. Ok, hands up, I confess… this is my...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
Reader Reviewed They All Fall Down
Tammy Cohen
This smart, sharp psychological page-turner will keep crime and thriller fans gripped for ‘just’ one more chapter until the early hours. It’s a riveting, read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster fuelled by engrossing emotional suspense. Hannah is in a high-suicide-risk psychiatric clinic, so when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
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
Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp
Marked for Life
Emelie Schepp
A dramatic, sinister and deeply tense tale set in Sweden. Prosecutor Jana Berzelius works with police investigators after a man is found murdered in his home. He is the head of a department dealing with asylum cases, and when a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
The Girl Who Ran by Nikki Owen
The Girl Who Ran
Nikki Owen
The final book in the ‘Project Trilogy’ and it’s an absolute belter as the story surges to a fittingly dramatic conclusion. In the present day Maria finds herself back at the Project facility, and feels as though she is home....
Format: Ebook - Released: 15/06/2017
Night Market by Daniel Pembrey
Night Market
Daniel Pembrey
Another commanding, powerhouse of a read from Daniel Pembrey. Night Market continues on from the first in the series, diving straight into part IV, and while you could enjoy this as a standalone, you would be missing out if you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2017
Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
Reader Reviewed Crimson Lake
Candice Fox
May 2017 Debut of the Month. Sharp, clever Australian crime thriller constructed around the compelling set-up of Detective Ted Conkaffey being accused - but not convicted - of the abduction, rape and strangulation of a thirteen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell
Reader Reviewed What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
May 2017 Debut of the Month. What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted as she did but OMG she had some tough choices to make after a dreadful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
Reader Reviewed Block 46
Johana Gustawsson
Maxim Jakubowski's May 2017 Book of the Month. May 2017 Debut of the Month. A truly stunning debut both powerful and disturbing by a UK-based French author, set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2017
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Reader Reviewed Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
February 2017 Book of the Month. Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Boneyard by Mark Sennen
The Boneyard
Mark Sennen
A hair-raising, chilling and thrilling tale, full of drama and fast-paced action. A suspected serial killer arrives in the UK and settles in Devon, one step out of place and the police are ready to pounce. This is the sixth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake
Forever and a Death
Donald E. Westlake
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sadly missed US crime legend Westlake's books were often the object of many classic Hollywood adaptations, but he is also remembered as the screenwriter for The Grifters as a result of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/06/2017

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Action Packed and Exciting - High-Octane reading for the Summer

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
Reader Reviewed A Divided Spy
Charles Cumming
Simply fabulous. ‘A Divided Spy’ slices through theatrics and pierces the essential heart of a spy thriller. This is the third in the ‘Thomas Kell’ series, yet my first, and I found it could be read perfectly as a standalone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Burning Angels by Bear Grylls
Burning Angels
Bear Grylls
Fresh from fighting death in Ghost Flight, Will Jaeger - The Hunter - returns for his second high-octane adventure.1942, and SS Lieutenant Herman Wirth uncovers an ancient body in a Greenland glacier. But, considering its monstrous state,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Second Sister by Claire Kendal
The Second Sister
Claire Kendal
A sublimely intense, and heart-pumping psychological thriller. Ten years on from the disappearance of her older sister, Ella begins to uncover some potential leads, yet she feels that someone is watching her, waiting. The story is set over 20 days,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
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
The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh
Reader Reviewed The Killer on the Wall
Emma Kavanagh
May 2017 Book of the Month. What a fabulously thrilling and penetrating tale this is. In 1996 Isla Bell found the bodies on the wall, now in 2016, she is a forensic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
May 2017 Book of the Month. A striking thriller from an established US author and Golden Globe award winner of the Fargo TV series scriptwriter. When a private aircraft returning from a wealthy holiday hideout plunges...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Deep Blue by Alan Judd
Deep Blue
Alan Judd
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A Charles Thoroughgood spy thriller, authoritative, action-packed and, as ever, all-too topical. The second volume in the series, Legacy, is soon to be on TV and will surely bring much needed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz
Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Man
Gregg Hurwitz
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. In the initial, bestselling book of the series, ORPHAN X, Hurwitz introduced Evan Smoak, a cross between Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, a lethally-trained operative who's now gone rogue and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast-paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target of an assassination attempt? As Luke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
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

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Another Time, Another Place - Historical stories to transport you in time

An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer
Reader Reviewed An Unlikely Agent
Jane Menczer
May 2017 Debut of the Month. An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue.London, 1905, and Margaret Trant is living a humdrum live until she sees an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
The Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not only blasts you immediately into the roaring flames of the Great Fire...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 I couldn't, didn't want to stop reading. Ten year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2017
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Reader Reviewed A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2017 Book of the Month. Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority before the fall of the Czar and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Reader Reviewed The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
A gorgeously eloquent and powerfully expressive novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ explores an unusual relationship in the 1890’s. This isn't exactly a love story, it is rather, a tale about love, in all its different forms. While Cora and Will form...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son by Alex Hanscombe
Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son
Alex Hanscombe
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted and stabbed 49 times in front of her nearly three year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017

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People and Places - The pick of the best real life stories

Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey by Dion Leonard
Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey
Dion Leonard
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A book to put a great big beaming (and somewhat tearful) smile on your face. ‘Finding Gobi’ documents the quite amazing story of one man’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Philippe Sands
May 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This immersive book works as both a personal and public examination of the legal attempts to hold Nazi warmongers to account at Nuremberg, some of the first stirrings of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2017
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom by Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
May 2017 Book of the Month. Poignant and honest this is one teenager’s experience of fleeing her homeland, a place that had once meant family and tradition but is now torn apart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found
Bella Bathurst
Much needed light is shed on the isolating world of the deaf through the author’s own personal journey recounting how she gradually lost her hearing leaving her with rage then hard won acceptance only to find she had a condition...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Four Mums in a Boat by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Four Mums in a Boat
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough. Four middle aged friends who met at a local Saturday morning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew
Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory
Keggie Carew
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016. The author grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story. In this title, she takes us...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read All at Sea an account that shows how, in minutes, Decca Aitkenhead's beloved husband died in front of her. On holiday,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight
Reader Reviewed The Scattering
Kimberly McCreight
In a nutshell: gripping adventure that keeps readers tense and guessing As revealed in the first book in this spell-binding series, Wylie is one of a group of people known as Outliers, able to read people’s emotions and intentions. It’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017

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Young Adult Reads

Because You Love to Hate Me 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie
Because You Love to Hate Me 13 Tales of Villainy
Ameriie
A unique collection of short stories edited by Grammy-nominated YouTube star Ameriie featuring stories from some of the biggest names both in YA publishing and on YouTube. Because You Love to Hate Me pairs one booktuber with one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
One of Us is Lying
Karen McManus
In a Nutshell: Hyper-tense high school whodunit * Everyone has secrets… Five teens in detention are hit by a storm when one of them of dies. Outsider Simon, creator of the notorious Bayview High gossip app, wryly remarks that they’re...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances by Stephanie Perkins
Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve top YA authors. Following last Christmas’s My True Love...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
Glenda Millard
Skip's an outsider. He's never fitted in. So he takes to the streets and there he teams up with homeless veteran Billy. Then come the bombs which bring little Max and Tia, the teenage dancer with a tiny baby. How...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Beck by Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet
Beck
Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet
*** Suitable for ages 16+ Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory
Order of Darkness
Philippa Gregory
A Review for Changeling, the first in the Order of Darkness series: Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
The Names They Gave Us
Emery Lord
In a nutshell: moving story of a teenage girl coping when her world turns upside down Lucy’s life seems pretty sorted: she’s got a lovely boyfriend, a good relationship with her parents, and as a practising Christian is supported and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017

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July and August are often times for holidays where you have more time to read so our Lovereading Expert reviewers have pulled together a list of books by a mix of authors, some that aren't the household names of your typical summer reading bookshop promotion but they believe are well worth reading.

And others, more well known and equally perfect for that summer break whether on the beach or in the mountains or just curling up in the evenings at home.

For even more choice try some other special categories to help you discover your next great read.

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Books Reviewed by Readers. Find out what our Reading Panel of passionate readers thought.

Independent Authors. Discover a carefully chosen selection of independently published books to suit a range of tastes.

Summer Reading 2106

A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Veronica Henry
Cecelia Ahern
Sarah Morgan
Alexander McCall Smith
Curtis Sittenfeld
Trisha Ashley
Fiona Harper
Sophie Pembroke
Catherine Alliott
Lucy Foley
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Patricia Wilson
Abi Oliver
Hendrik Groen
Sara Alexander
Carol Drinkwater
Liane Moriarty
Dani Atkins
Emilya Hall
Jenny Oliver
Tasmina Perry
Laurie Ellingham
Emma Straub
Julie Shaw
Margaret Drabble
Tim Pears
Miranda Emmerson
Jess Kidd
Sheena Kalayil
Francis Spufford
Ruth Gilligan
Susan Fletcher
Annie Proulx
Jonathan Levi
Sarah Stovell
TA Cotterell
Tammy Cohen
Claire Kendal
Erica Ferencik
Paul Vidich
Daniel Cole
Emma Kavanagh
Tina Seskis
C. J. Skuse
Ian Rankin
Daniel Pembrey
Nikki Owen
Emelie Schepp
Candice Fox
Sarah Pinborough
Johana Gustawsson
Noah Hawley
Gregg Hurwitz
Donald E. Westlake
Alan Judd
Mark Sennen
Mark Mills
Bear Grylls
Charles Cumming
Caroline Lea
Sarah Perry
Andrew Taylor
Lesley Pearse
Jane Menczer
Amor Towles
Alex Hanscombe
Dion Leonard
Nujeen Mustafa
Christina Lamb
Philippe Sands
Bella Bathurst
Keggie Carew
Decca Aitkenhead
Emery Lord
Stephanie Perkins
Philippa Gregory
Karen McManus
Meg Rosoff
Mal Peet
Glenda Millard

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