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Books of the Month

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

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow by Jackie Morris
The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow
Jackie Morris
Gosh, this is absolutely and completely enchanting. The moment I laid eyes on ‘The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow’ I knew I had fallen in love, I hugged the book before even opening the pages. I felt like a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2016
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming with life, death, passion, regret and the occasional gnashing of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2016
The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James
The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories
P. D. James
As the acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', the author was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. In this book, four of the best Christmas stories have been drawn from the archives, in which,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Tales of the Peculiar
Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs’s spine-tingling fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is now a film directed by – who else? - Tim Burton, and this extremely handsome book purports to be a collection of favourite peculiar folktales. Anthologist Millard Nullings,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2016

Last Month'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 Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror by Joyce Carol Oates

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror
Joyce Carol Oates
Highly Recommended. Horror is about taking us to scary places, and this...

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon

The Pier Falls
Mark Haddon
In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master...

The Pre-War House by Alison Moore

The Pre-War House
Alison Moore
Alison Moore is an exceptional author whose writing explores the dark, unsettling and unsafe areas of everyday life. With this collection of short stories, as with her Man Booker shortlisted...

Love Across a Broken Map Short Stories from the Whole Kahani by Susmita Bhattacharya

Love Across a Broken Map Short Stories from the Whole Kahani
Susmita Bhattacharya
From London to Goa, Manchester to Mumbai, this short anthology includes tales that span virtual gigolos, start-ups, girl crushes, obsessive fans and astrological mishaps.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Sweet Home by Carys Bray

Sweet Home
Carys Bray
In this prize-winning short story collection, Carys Bray weaves together moments of joy, heartache, sadness and unwavering love as told through seventeen very different notions of home.

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie
Ken Liu
The first collection of Ken Liu's multi-award-winning science fiction and fantasy short stories includes the most awarded story in Science Fiction and Fantasy history, The Paper Menagerie - the only...

Beneath the Earth by John Boyne

Beneath the Earth
John Boyne
In this collection of twelve dark, unerring and surprising short stories, John Boyne explores the extremities of the human condition in all its brilliance and brutality. The secrets we keep...

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