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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017. Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Reader Reviewed The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their family in a small town in North Georgia, one girl...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2017 Book of the Month The Peter Woodhouse of the title is a dog rescued from a cruel farmer and “hidden” at an American Airforce Camp where he becomes their lucky mascot with a penchant for flying. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman
November 2017 Book of the Month As so often happens when a book is filmed as this is, there is far greater detail on the page than on the screen, here perhaps more than most. In its recently written prequel,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Last Hours by Minette Walters
The Last Hours
Minette Walters
November 2017 Book of the Month A scorching and beautifully written epic tale set in 1348, a time that sends a jagged screech of fingernails down the blackboard of history. Step away from the present into the midst of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende
November 2017 Book of the Month From present-day Brooklyn and Guatemala, to the turbulence of 1970s Brazil and Chile, this stunning novel from the ever-satisfying, ever-surprising Allende is a triumph of storytelling, and a timely exposition of the plight of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu
The Stolen Bicycle
Ming-Yi Wu
November 2017 Book of the Month A beautifully written, rather special novel, detailing the highly personal journey of a family through turbulent times in Taiwan’s history. A stolen bicycle sits centre stage in this story, in fact the bicycles of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
Fools and Mortals
Bernard Cornwell
November 2017 Book of the Month The title of course refers to Puck’s line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Lo what fools these mortals be!”. It is a new period for Cornwell who is most famous for his Regency “Sharpe”...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
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
Damaged by Martina Cole
Martina Cole
October 2017 Book of the Month DCI Kate Burrows is looking for a serial killer in her home town of Grantley. This has brought painful memories for her partner Pat as his daughter was killed by the Grantley Ripper. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017
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 Scotsman, making it the longest running serial novel ever. What...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017
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
Robinson by Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
'Robinson is Spark’s second novel. Already she has her great subjects: truth, power, faith, what we may do to pretend or delude ourselves that we have agency in our own lives, what powers an artist, perhaps specifically a novelist, may...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Memento Mori
Muriel Spark
'One of the many delights of a Muriel Spark novel is the way in which the ground shifts so delicately under the reader’s feet. In an interview to mark the publication of the book in 1959, Spark said: ‘The prospect...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Comforters by Muriel Spark, Allan Massie
The Comforters
Muriel Spark, Allan Massie
'There are two plots in The Comforters. One is fanciful and improbable; the other imaginative and convincingly real. The first is charming; the second disturbing… There is evidence of what would come to be recognised as the characteristic Spark touch:...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark, Ronald Frame
The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Muriel Spark, Ronald Frame
‘You either ‘get’ Spark or you don’t. She always was different, and became more so with practice. An appetite for caricatures, for types… The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a comedy – some critics have trouble remembering that – filled...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
Two Kinds of Truth
Michael Connelly
Three year retired Harry Bosch is working on cold cases for a small San Fernando Police Department who respect and treasure him, unlike his old colleagues from the LAPD days where he left under a cloud. In his new life...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type
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
Supernatural Sherlocks by Nick Rennison
Supernatural Sherlocks
Nick Rennison
The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks all who sleep in it. A man who desecrates an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017
Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley
Devil's Day
Andrew Michael Hurley
The second novel from the author of the award-winning bestseller The Loney. Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the Lancashire farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep from the moors. Generally, very little changes in the Briardale...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner
My Side of the Diamond
Sally Gardner
Jazmin has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared. But Becky didn't just disappear - she jumped off a tall building and seemingly never reached the ground. It was as if she simply vanished into thin air. Did...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2017
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman
As so often happens when a book is filmed as this is, there is far greater detail on the page than on the screen, here perhaps more than most. In its recently written prequel, The Rules of Magic, which follows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
Smile by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood - but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King
Sleeping Beauties
Stephen King, Owen King
A spectacular father/son collaboration like no other, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? All around the world, something is happening to women when...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben
Don't Let Go
Harlan Coben
The brilliant new novel from the international bestselling author of Home and Fool Me Once. Mistaken identities, dark family secrets and mysterious conspiracies lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller. Now Nap is a cop - but he's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2017
Haunted by James Patterson
James Patterson
You can take Michael Bennett out of New York City, but you can't take the cop out of Michael Bennett. Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Origin by Dan Brown
Dan Brown
The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017
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
Mrs Osmond by John Banville
Mrs Osmond
John Banville
The Booker Prizewinning author of The Sea offers up another intelligent, beautifully written novel this time with a Victorian setting. The story flows along elegantly with each chapter a vignette. Nothing is over-explained, the descriptions are evocative and the thoughts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Deadlier by Sophie Hannah
Sophie Hannah
An incredible collection of short crime stories chosen by Sophie Hannah (of whom I’m a massive fan). This book is spectacularly enormous, with 1077 pages it needs to be seen to be believed. It feels as though you are about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West
Mohsin Hamid
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2017
The Break by Marian Keyes
The Break
Marian Keyes
Amy's husband Hugh has run away to 'find himself'. But will he ever come back? The Break is a story about the choices we make and those choices make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Open Arms by Vince Cable
Open Arms
Vince Cable
This is a near future, post Brexit, political-cum-business thriller where Britain is seeking strong trade deals outside Europe. The protagonist, or so we initially believe, is Kate Thompson, a new, charming and good looking Tory trade minister who is sent...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Tiger's Prey by Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
The Tiger's Prey
Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
The fifteenth Courtney saga follows the brothers Tom and Guy and half brother Francis. It’s the sequel to Monsoon (1999) and Birds of Prey (1997) and gives us a fair bit of Cornish background and how the family came to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
The Word is Murder
Anthony Horowitz
As with The Magpie Murders so Horowitz also makes an appearance in this only here he is very much the star. In first person narrative he portrays himself as an author following a murder investigation. So we enter the world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017
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
One Last Dram Before Midnight by Denzil Meyrick
One Last Dram Before Midnight
Denzil Meyrick
Seven captivating short stories set in the rather wonderful world of DCI Daley, which can either serve as a revealing introduction to the series, or be enjoyed by existing fans. I love a good short story, and I adore this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre
A Legacy of Spies
John le Carre
September 2017 Book of the Month Although unanimously heralded for featuring the return of spy master Smiley, this is more about his sidekick Peter Guillam, a sometimes melancholy tale revisiting the past and, more specifically, the operation and some of the characters...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
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 has an ineffable power to uplift the soul. At the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2017

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Bohemian London by Nick Rennison
Bohemian London
Nick Rennison
From rebel writers and outrageous occultists, to mayhem-making musicians, the exuberant individuals described herein are a heady hotchpotch of hell-raising, trailblazing outsiders, united by their links to London. As the author notes in his introduction, the city has “always been...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/11/2017
George by Sean Smith
Sean Smith
December 2017 Book of the Month Sean Smith has written an engrossing book that takes you behind the public persona of George Michael and introduces you to Georgios Panayiotou, the man behind the pop star. It was with some surprise...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017
Appointment in Arezzo A friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor
Appointment in Arezzo A friendship with Muriel Spark
Alan Taylor
It’s the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark’s birth in 2018 and therefore time for a reappraisal of a novelist whose influence and importance are often overlooked. Alan Taylor got to know Spark very well and gives a warm, gossipy and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Keep Smiling Through by Dame Vera Lynn, Virginia Lewis-Jones
Keep Smiling Through
Dame Vera Lynn, Virginia Lewis-Jones
If you are a fan of autobiographies, this book doesn't disappoint. Covering what historically has been one chapter of previous books on Dame Vera Lynn, this book finally offers much more detail on the events that cemented Dame Vera as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017
The Clyde: Mapping the River by John Moore
The Clyde: Mapping the River
John Moore
I have a book, in similar format and subject on my own area showing excerpts from all the relevant mapping from the earliest to current times, the fascination being one of watching change happening as it does here in John...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Escape to Ikaria by Nick Perry
Escape to Ikaria
Nick Perry
A chance read magazine article found in a Dentist’s waiting room sets Nick Perry, his wife and 3 children off on a quest to find a home in Greece. They’d sold their Welsh farm and looked for a better way...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Getting Carter by Nick Triplow
Getting Carter
Nick Triplow
The story of Ted Lewis carries historical and cultural resonances for our own troubled times. A thoroughly researched, thoroughly fascinating account of the tumultuous life of Ted Lewis, the troubled crime writer who wrote the novel on which Get Carter...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017
What I Learnt What My Listeners Say - and Why We Should Take Notice by Jeremy Vine
What I Learnt What My Listeners Say - and Why We Should Take Notice
Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show attracts millions of listeners, he is well known for his television appearances on programmes such as Eggheads and even for his moves around the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing. He seems to thrive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Gift of Anger by Arun Gandhi
The Gift of Anger
Arun Gandhi
From Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather. Arun Gandhi believes that what his grandfather had to say about co-existence and tolerance is needed now more than ever. A deceptively...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Victoria and Albert - A Royal Love Affair Official Companion to the ITV Series by Daisy Goodwin
Victoria and Albert - A Royal Love Affair Official Companion to the ITV Series
Daisy Goodwin
The second tie-in to ITV drama Victoria unveils the complex, passionate relationship of Victoria and Albert.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Only Fools and Stories From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost by David Jason
Only Fools and Stories From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost
David Jason
This follow up autobiography, tells us about the many other lives David Jason has lived - his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Manderley Forever The Life of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay
Manderley Forever The Life of Daphne du Maurier
Tatiana de Rosnay
A writer herself, Tatiana de Rosnay understands more than most about the entwined life of an author, their duel existence as themselves and as the creator of characters who live and breathe on the page. It is a recreation of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
How to be Champion by Sarah Millican
How to be Champion
Sarah Millican
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month So good, I wanted to give both the book, and Sarah Millican a thank you hug. I will admit to almost mugging my boss to get my hands on this book. I have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
David Bowie A Life by Dylan Jones
David Bowie A Life
Dylan Jones
Dylan Jones's engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones's interviews with him across two decades, David Bowie is an epic, unforgettable...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Dear Cancer, Love Victoria by Victoria Derbyshire
Dear Cancer, Love Victoria
Victoria Derbyshire
I think all of us at some time in our lives when we reach a certain age worry a little about cancer. I think the thought, “how will I react” crosses our minds occasionally. That this brave lady chooses to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Deborah Cadbury
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month There’s a picture in this book of Queen Victoria’s family at a garden party in 1875, a great crowd of Royalty spawned from her numerous prodigy. She became a grandmother and thought nothing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Wounds A Memoir of War and Love by Fergal Keane
Wounds A Memoir of War and Love
Fergal Keane
A story that involves Fergal Keane’s country, family and momentous historical events following the 1916 Irish uprising. It was a fight against the English overlords and the often violent and cruel forces used to stop the war for independence. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Dear Alfonso by Mary Contini
Dear Alfonso
Mary Contini
This is the story of the author’s father-in-law, Carlo Contini, and her father, Alfonso, but predominantly it is Carlo’s story. Born into a large Italian family living just outside Naples, we are told of his poverty stricken but mostly happy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Ma'am Darling 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown
Ma'am Darling 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
Craig Brown
Craig Brown describes his first interest in Princess Margaret as a “Where’s Wally” moment, intrigued by her presence in biography after biography. And nearly all these mentions are of bad temper, excessive drinking and smoking and rudeness giving rise to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Things Can Only Get Worse by John O'farrell
Things Can Only Get Worse
John O'farrell
Tells the personal story of one political activist helping Labour progress from its 1997 landslide to the unassailable position it enjoys today. A sequel to the best-selling Things Can Only Get Better, this book is suitable for everyone who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

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History/Real World/Popular Science

The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook by Michael Brooks
The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook
Michael Brooks
A book of science like no other, about a scientist like no other. This is a landmark in science writing. It resurrects from the vaults of neglect the polymath Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century. Who is he?...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017
Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need by Hywel Carver
Sodding Sums The 10% of maths you actually need
Hywel Carver
Both a how to do it and a go-to guide for the mathematically challenged. Knowing maths can save you money and avert disaster. It may be forms or mortgages and insurance, measurements or conversions, weights and tax – all can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017
English by Ben Fogle
Ben Fogle
Beginning at the top of a muddy Gloucestershire slope at the Coopers Hill cheese-rolling contest and traversing a landscape of lawns and queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, Ben Fogle takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017
The Rub of Time by Martin Amis
The Rub of Time
Martin Amis
Consisting of essays on Princess Diana and a tribute to the author's friend Christopher Hitchens, this book features essays focusing on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 and 2016. It also includes an essay about Donald...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Adventures of a Young Naturalist The Zoo Quest Expeditions by Sir David Attenborough
Adventures of a Young Naturalist The Zoo Quest Expeditions
Sir David Attenborough
The early adventures of a young David Attenborough. Written with his trademark wit and charm, Zoo Quest is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Natural Wonders of the World by DK
Natural Wonders of the World
A continent by continent journey around Earth's most beautiful, spectacular, and captivating landscapes. Discover which of Earth's wonders should definitely make it onto your bucket list with this unparalleled survey of the world's incredible natural treasures. With a foreword by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017
How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure
Brian Cox, Robin Ince
From the hosts of the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme comes this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels - a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017
Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake
Ask an Astronaut
Tim Peake
The new book from astronaut Tim Peake, the number one bestselling author of Hello, is this planet Earth? From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, he reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
The Second World War in 100 Objects by Julian Thompson, Allan Millett
The Second World War in 100 Objects
Julian Thompson, Allan Millett
The Second World War was a seminal event in world history. The story of its battles and key events is a familiar one, but The Second World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on this global phenomenon by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The First World War in 100 Objects by Professor Gary Sheffield
The First World War in 100 Objects
Professor Gary Sheffield
The First World War was one of the seminal events in world history. The First World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on the world's first truly global conflict.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Journey by DK
A lavishly illustrated account of human journeys with a foreword by Simon Reeve, from Ancient Persian couriers to the ascent of Everest, the invention of Concorde, and the voyage into space itself. Discover biographies of conquerors, explorers, and travellers, stories...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017
Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins
Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations
Simon Jenkins
I could just write something like gorgeous or sumptuous and leave it at that but perhaps I should elaborate on this paen of praise showcasing the best Railway architecture in Britain. It’s not all high Victorian, the book also includes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017
Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies by Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks
Science(ish) The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies
Rick Edwards, Michael Brooks
Films – what do they know about science, what have they got right and what they have got wrong? (all that clunky computer equipment in Alien for a start). Can we teleport, grow a dinosaur or shapeshift, Doctor Michael Brooks...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford
London in the Company of Painters
Richard Blandford
October 2017 Non Fiction Book of the Month Richard Blandford shows London as represented in art from the C17 to C21, arranged by district it enables us to see the changes – to London and to artistic styles. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017
Viking Britain An Exploration by Tom Williams
Viking Britain An Exploration
Tom Williams
Any historian dealing with the Vikings must firstly fight myth – those horned helmets to name but one and then there’s the sparsity of evidence from a people with so little in the way of written record. We do get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017
Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
Reader Reviewed Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn
Alison Weir
We know we are in good hands when an eminent historian renowned for her non-fiction work turns her hand to fiction. Lovers of historical novels will probably have read a fair bit about Anne Boleyn and the story is well...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017

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Food & Drink

A Baker's Life by Paul Hollywood
A Baker's Life
Paul Hollywood
Paul Hollywood has chosen over 100 recipes that mean the most to him, the ones he has perfected over the years and that sum up a baker’s life. From learning at his father’s knee to the heights of Great British...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
The Hairy Bikers' Mediterranean Adventure by Hairy Bikers
The Hairy Bikers' Mediterranean Adventure
Hairy Bikers
Sun, sea, Si and Dave! A celebration of the most delicious and healthy food in the world to tie in with the BBC Two prime time series, The Hairy Bikers' Mediterranean. With more of us understanding the health benefits of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
At My Table by Nigella Lawson
At My Table
Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson is a champion of the home cook and her new book celebrates the food she loves to cook for friends and family.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Rick Stein: The Road to Mexico by Rick Stein
Rick Stein: The Road to Mexico
Rick Stein
Starting in San Francisco and Baja California, and working his way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, the author cooks, eats and experiences Mexican food at its very best and most diverse. He covers topics ranging from seafood of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017
The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater
The Christmas Chronicles
Nigel Slater
Can’t wait for it to get to that level of cold when this book will act as a comfort blanket all of its own. Another in Nigel Slater’s exceptional Diary formats it is a paen of praise to winter and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017
Comfort: food to soothe the soul by John Whaite
Comfort: food to soothe the soul
John Whaite
Judging from the recipes this is mostly modern comfort cooking. The modern comfort eater can check the contents list for something that answers their particular craving, for something sweet or sharp, something crunchy or soft – a jolly good idea...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Snow's Kitchenalia by Alan Snow
Snow's Kitchenalia
Alan Snow
Having made way too many impulsive purchases of kitchen equipment in my time, this would be a most welcome guide to the now huge range of “stuff” available to modern cooks. It goes from the simple for the back to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Phil Vickery's Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook by Phil Vickery
Phil Vickery's Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook
Phil Vickery
Phil Vickery has written some seriously good gluten-free cookbooks and now turns to another restricted diet – for diabetics. Given his recipes – you wouldn’t really notice it was a diet – there are cakes and there are desserts so...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2017
Orange Blossom & Honey by John Gregory-Smith
Orange Blossom & Honey
John Gregory-Smith
The food, the essence and the atmosphere of Morocco summed up by John Gregory-Smith in Orange Blossom and Honey. We learn where the food comes from, how it is served and the flavours conjured up by such delicately spiced and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017
Stir Crazy by Ching-He Huang
Stir Crazy
Ching-He Huang
Stir-frying – quick, easy and healthy – that ticks quite a few boxes so good to find this guide from Ching-He Huang. The how-to starter pages are excellent laying out the “rules” of stir-frying so clearly and the recipes cover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook over 650 recipes by Mary Berry
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook over 650 recipes
Mary Berry
Packed with over 650 recipes, this is the biggest ever cookbook from Britain's best-loved cookery writer that no kitchen should be without. This updated edition of Mary's million-selling cookbook is the only Mary Berry book that you need. Every delicious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2017
Grow, Cook, Nourish by Darina Allen
Grow, Cook, Nourish
Darina Allen
There are any number of books on veg growing, usually a bit depressing as there seems so much that can go wrong but there are fewer guides on what to do when it all goes right and you have a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017
River Cottage Much More Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
River Cottage Much More Veg
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Veg Every Day has been a deserved bestseller, it’s fresh approach to increasing the plant foods in our diet has been inspiration for many. Now he strips it back to an almost totally vegan way of eating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Made at Home by Giorgio Locatelli
Made at Home
Giorgio Locatelli
Giorgio Locatelli has another family beside his much-loved wife and children, his work family at his restaurant Locanda Locatelli and there are many recipes here cherished as traditions for their afternoon meals together alongside favourites enjoyed at home in Puglia...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

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Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography by Patrick Barclay
Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography
Patrick Barclay
Sir Matt Busby, the legendary Manchester United manager who saw the team through unprecedented glory, as well as profound tragedy, made the club the global entity it is today.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit by Boris Starling
Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit
Boris Starling
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month Published a few days before the start of the 3rd Invictus Games in Toronto where around 550 competitors – all “wounded warriors” will be competing. This is their story told by some of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager
Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Believe by Nicola Adams
Nicola Adams
Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody was going to stop her. Years of relentless training,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017

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Really Good Dog Photography by Hoxton Mini Press
Really Good Dog Photography
Hoxton Mini Press
A title that doesn’t lie, these are really good dog photos. Containing the work of some of the best animal photographers there are naturally many different approaches to photographing dogs, many of the pictures have the “aaah” factor, many show...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
A Little History of British Gardening by Jenny Uglow
A Little History of British Gardening
Jenny Uglow
Did the Romans have rakes? Did the monks get muddy? Did the potato seem really, really weird when it arrived on our shores? This 'potted' history of gardening in Britain takes us on a garden tour from the thorn hedges...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
How to Grow A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Garden Yet by Hollie Newton
How to Grow A Guide for Gardeners Who Can't Garden Yet
Hollie Newton
From growing your first wonky courgette to completely transforming a shady patio garden, in How to Grow, self-taught gardener Hollie Newton divulges all the secrets she's discovered over the past few years as she's journeyed from gardening novice to vegetable-grower-extraordinaire...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Great Pottery Throw Down by Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge
The Great Pottery Throw Down
Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge
The perfect companion for any potter, or lover of pottery out there. As a novice potter myself, and fan of the TV series The Great Pottery Throw Down, I plucked, well actually I snatched, this book up as soon as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017

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Teen/Young Adult

The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
A special hardback 10th anniversary edition of the first in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2017
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne
October 2017 Book of the Month A feast of feel-good funniness and feminism that cleverly contrasts the impossible magic of movie romance with the heady complexities of real-life love. Talented actress Audrey (named after Hepburn) has just started working in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Children's Book Award In a Nutshell: Death row injustice | Undying brotherly love A book to break your heart, quicken your blood and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Satellite by Nick Lake
Nick Lake
Set on a space station in the near future, this cool concept sci-fi novel with a powerful finding-your-way-in-the-world theme also has much for fans of contemporary YA. Fifteen-year-old Leo was born and raised on Moon 2 Space Station and has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Lauren James
September 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Stellar story of survival in outer space A uniquely thought-provoking, space-set page-turner with an unforgettable main character whose strength and resolve will leave readers reeling in admiration. Romy is alone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

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Humour/Stocking Fillers

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart
Wonderfully chilling, this is another thrilling treat from E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. Two girls, in an intense relationship are both looking for escape but at what cost? When one disappears events suddenly become darker and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Katie Fforde
Six deliciously romantic short stories, only two of which have been published before but in digital form. They are all of a healthy length with a beginning, middle and end, none leave you in the lurch but one, A Dream...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe
An Almost Perfect Christmas
Nina Stibbe
From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to the joy and insanity of the most wonderful time of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
And Then You're Dead by Paul Doherty
And Then You're Dead
Paul Doherty
The ideal stocking filler for anyone looking for some good, clean, grisly fun this Christmas. Wryly amusing and gruesomely fascinating, this smart science-based stocking filler provides technical answers to many of the questions curious kids like to issue at adults,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017
Jolly Good Food by Enid Blyton, Allegra McEvedy
Jolly Good Food
Enid Blyton, Allegra McEvedy
In any Enid Blyton book you can guarantee that at some point there’ll be a lip-smacking description of food. Allega McEvedy takes inspiration from Blyton’s best-loved stories to create recipes for every time of the day: starting with breakfasts that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden
A Very British Christmas
Rhodri Marsden
Hmm (bug)… does the world really need another Christmas-themed stocking filler book? Surely the genre is as dead as Old Marley, doornail and all, with nothing new to say, no fresh, funny takes to be made. Well, actually, this stylishly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Genius Test  by Giles Sparrow
The Genius Test
Giles Sparrow
Are you a genius? Put your knowledge to the test - and learn to think and talk like a genius.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
BBC Radio 4 Brain of Britain Ultimate Quiz Book by Russell Davies
BBC Radio 4 Brain of Britain Ultimate Quiz Book
Russell Davies
Think you've got what it takes to pit your wits against some of the brightest brains in Britain? Now you can take on the challenge with this ultimate quiz containing 2000 questions from the Brain of Britain archives.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump by Robert Sears
The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump
Robert Sears
Does a poet's heart beat under Donald Trump's brash exterior? Experience his best quotes and tweets, rearranged into poems and haikus. It's a new word order. This groundbreaking collection will give readers a glimpse of Trump's innermost thoughts and feelings...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/08/2017
Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons by Simon Brett
Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons
Simon Brett
A humorous gift book: collection of oxymorons, amusingly illustrated by Paul Thomas. As we all know, the oxymoron is one of the great beauties of the English language. It has been defined as 'a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Me. You. A Diary by Dawn French
Me. You. A Diary
Dawn French
This is Dawn French's fabulous new non-fiction book for 2017, and it's totally interactive: take a lovely ramble through the year together with Dawn. Think of it as Dawn's diary, personalized by you ... perfection.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017
Cat Wisdom by Neil Somerville
Cat Wisdom
Neil Somerville
Cats have the answers; we humans only have to watch – and learn. Life lessons in friendship, courage and responsibility or discovering how to improve your appearance and surroundings – Neil Somerville reminds us of what there is to learn…....
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017
The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart
The Poetry Pharmacy
William Sieghart
A distillation of prescriptions given – and taken – on William Sieghart’s online Poetry Pharmacy. No harm to be got from these prescriptions, instead there is comfort, love, advice and experience aplenty. I was immediately taken by the poems of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017
How to Live Like Your Cat by Stephane Garnier
How to Live Like Your Cat
Stephane Garnier
A fun present for cat lovers everywhere: a light-hearted self-help guide to help you live more like your cat. Stephane Garnier will show you what he's learned over fifteen years of closely observing his cat, and teach you all the ways...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017
Harry Hill's Whopping Great Joke Book by Harry Hill
Harry Hill's Whopping Great Joke Book
Harry Hill
A joke book for all the family. Picked from the world's joke archive, it also features jokes written by the author, including some brand-new ones written specially for this book.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

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