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Fiction

What Remains of Me by A. L. Gaylin
Reader Reviewed What Remains of Me
A. L. Gaylin
December 2016 Book of the Month. A clever, thrilling tale full of impact and drama set in the heart of Hollywood. In 1980 17 year old Kelly is convicted of murder, 30 years later and five...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell
What Alice Knew
TA Cotterell
December 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook 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...
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 01/12/2016
Lovereading Price: £5.32
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016. Amanda Foreman, 2016 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
Reader Reviewed Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
December 2016 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3 by Elly Griffiths
The Blood Card Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3
Elly Griffiths
1950’s London, Brighton and the USA sparkle to evocative life in this arresting crime mystery. This is the third in the ‘Stephens and Mephisto Mystery’ series, although my first and I felt immediately at home with the characters. I now...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Reader Reviewed Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit of Greenland. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Nutshell
Ian McEwan
Maxim Jakubowski October 2016 Highly Recommended. Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year insofar as it follows the story of a crime from the point of view of an unborn child, isolated inside his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante
Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan, Neil Gaiman
The Singing Bones
Shaun Tan, Neil Gaiman
A gloriously enticing and shiver-inducing read, where sculpture sits as a window into the soul of the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. I saw this book at a distance and it immediately beckoned to me, the cover ensured I just...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.99
The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
Reader Reviewed The Plague Charmer
Karen Maitland
Told by many voices, some wise, some wicked, this is the story of a close community under unbearable strain. What is the breaking point where neighbours and even sisters will turn against each other? The older people remember the Great...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.79
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £11.99
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Russell rises swiftly into a high-powered job until it all comes crashing round him and he now has to spend time at home so there is a slight role reversal while he looks after their 5-year old daughter and his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
Betrayal by Martina Cole
Betrayal
Martina Cole
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.99
The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow by Jackie Morris
The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow
Jackie Morris
One of our Books of the Year 2016. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
The Twenty-Three
Linwood Barclay
Oh, yes, it’s finally here, and it’s quite simply fabulous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the last in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy, each book has ramped up my expectation for the next, and I was literally dancing in my seat when...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop
Reader Reviewed Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
One of our Books of the Year 2016. 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. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.99
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Reader Reviewed A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A brilliant debut from a fresh and unique voice, ‘A Boy Made of Blocks' is a book that will make you laugh, cry and think to yourself ‘thank goodness, it’s not just...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
Reader Reviewed Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Hercule Poirot is back for his second outing under the fabulous guiding hand of Sophie Hannah. 70 year old children’s author Lady Athelinda Playford changes her will, causing the mayhem she predicted,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
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
One of our Books of the Year 2016. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan
The New Mrs Clifton
Elizabeth Buchan
One of our Books of the Year 2016. At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London. In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed yet possibly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel
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: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
Dodgers
Bill Beverly
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Maxim Jakubowski's April 2016 Book of the Month. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap!...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/03/2016
Lovereading Price: £11.99
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award 2016. Winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Winner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
Lovereading Price: £7.19
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
Reader Reviewed Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Alison Weir
One of our Books of the Year 2016. When you settle into an Alison Weir you settle into history itself. She is thorough, detailed and hugely knowledgeable. Here she delivers the first of a projected series to cover each of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
A Fairytale for Christmas by Chrissie Manby
A Fairytale for Christmas
Chrissie Manby
A wonderful, heartwarming and funny Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
Precious and Grace
Alexander McCall Smith
Precious and Grace is a book steeped with addictive charm, wit and intelligent sleuthing. In the heat of summer in Botswana, co-directors of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, find their friendship tested to the limit...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition by Patrick Ness
Reader Reviewed A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition
Patrick Ness
This is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the award-winning novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production. Grown from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd and beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £11.99
Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith
Pharaoh
Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times. From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
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
Lovereading Price: £8.00
The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels by Patrick O'Brian
The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels
Patrick O'Brian
Sumptuous boxed gift edition containing all 21 novels in the Aubrey/Maturin series. These five omnibus volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain 7,000 pages of what has often been described as a single, continuous narrative. They are a perfect tribute for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £144.00
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan
A delightful tasty treat of a Christmas (or any time of the year) read, set on a fascinating Cornish tidal-island village. Polly, Huckle and friends return, with Neil the Puffin often stealing the limelight, this could though, easily be a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Miracle on 5th Avenue
Sarah Morgan
A spicy, amusing, magical story, just perfect for Christmas, or any time of the year. I do so enjoy a Sarah Morgan romance, you know exactly what you're going to get, yet she manages to make each novel feel fresh...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition Boxed Set by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit Facsimile First Edition Boxed Set
J. R. R. Tolkien
This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it nearly 30 years later.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00

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Biography

Jo Malone: My Story by Jo Malone
Jo Malone: My Story
Jo Malone
October 2016 Book of the Month. Has appeal as a rags to riches story but also will act as an inspiration for anyone dreaming of starting their own business. Showing that you don't need qualifications and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations by Emily Zach
The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations
Emily Zach
A beautifully presented celebration of the art of one of our most famous and well-loved children’s author, this collection shows us the wealth of material she produced and the true extent of the legacy she left behind. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Alan Partridge Nomad by Alan Partridge
Alan Partridge Nomad
Alan Partridge
Alan Partridge can make a trip to buy a pint of milk into an epic dual with destiny so I’m surprised he’s managed to “trek” as far as he documents in Nomad. It must be the Amazon you guess, or...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Keeping on Keeping on by Alan Bennett
Keeping on Keeping on
Alan Bennett
This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett. This latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
A revelatory memoir by a legendary rock star, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run will be the book of 2016. Over the past seven years, he has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart
Peggy and Me
Miranda Hart
From the bestselling author of Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart, comes the hilarious account of her life with her close companion Peggy, a gorgeous white bichon frise.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Colder The Illustrated Story of Britain's Greatest Polar Explorer by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Colder The Illustrated Story of Britain's Greatest Polar Explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The fully illustrated edition of Britain's greatest living polar explorer's memoirs, with personal photographs, maps and diaries of his adventures. Colder is the perfect coffee table guide to understanding how great his achievements are in the history of man's exploration...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life by John le Carre
The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life
John le Carre
In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Fear Our Ultimate Challenge by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Fear Our Ultimate Challenge
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences and those of others to try and explain what fear is, and how we feel it. With an enthralling combination of storytelling, research and personal accounts of his own...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis. In his memoir, he talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health. It also describes the highs and lows of his career,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie by Woody Woodmansey
Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie
Woody Woodmansey
Playing with Bowie took Woody Woodmansey on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as well as behind-the-scenes moments with one of the world's most...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
Kind of Blue A Political Memoir by Ken Clarke
Kind of Blue A Political Memoir
Ken Clarke
Clarke has had a ringside seat in British politics for four decades and his trenchant observations and candid account of life both in and out of government will enthral readers of all political persuasions. Vivid, witty and forthright, and taking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Politics The Art of the Possible in an Age of Unreason by Nick Clegg
Politics The Art of the Possible in an Age of Unreason
Nick Clegg
In 2010, a hung parliament delivered Britain's first coalition government for more than half a century. In this book, the author gives an account of his experiences, from his rise in the 2010 general election, through his years as Deputy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00

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History/Real World/Popular Science

Storm in a Teacup The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
Storm in a Teacup The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
A stimulating, detailed, yet remarkably clear book about physics and how to connect to and understand a little more about our world. If you find yourself wondering about the why, the how, the what and when… then this is the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Lovereading Price: £15.19
Science A History in 100 Experiments by Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
Science A History in 100 Experiments
Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
A history of science distilled into 100 notable experiments - epic moments that have fuelled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond. From the discovery of microscopic worlds to weighing the Earth, from making electricity to the accelerating Universe...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Great Expeditions 50 Journeys That Changed Our World by Mark Steward, Alan Greenwood
Great Expeditions 50 Journeys That Changed Our World
Mark Steward, Alan Greenwood
Hearing of this title my heart sunk a little, a book filled with (mostly) Victorian moustache twiddling tales of derring do – or so I thought - how wrong can you be? Instead the word journey has been interpreted in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack
The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
Malachy Tallack
An investigation into an intriguing subject – Islands that feature in myth, even been found on historical maps, they all have one thing in common, they don’t exist - by Malachy Tallack whose 60 Degrees North was published to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £11.99
A History of Britain in 100 Dogs by Emma White
A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Emma White
Dogs as hunters, fighters, companions and helpers – all feature in this compendium of 100 dogs famous and otherwise. There are dogs in fact - revealing some little-known stories of bravery and love and dogs from fiction too – the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History by Ben Macintyre
SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History
Ben Macintyre
From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS. An exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Universal A Guide to the Cosmos by Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Universal A Guide to the Cosmos
Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Physics is about asking questions. But what are good questions? How do we understand the fundamental forces of the Universe and its remarkable uniformity? Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to each other, to our world, and to our...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray
A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection
Jenni Murray
In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians - all pushed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £13.59
Revolution A History of England Volume IV by Peter Ackroyd
Revolution A History of England Volume IV
Peter Ackroyd
The fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd's enthralling History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 with a famous victory. In it, Ackroyd takes readers from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll
A synthesis of cosmos-sprawling science and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all, The Big Picture is the ultimate guide to the scientific revolution that has taken us from Darwin and Einstein to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00

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Food & Drink

Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove by Shaun Hill
Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove
Shaun Hill
The cover may not be your typical foodie book but it will stand out for being different. However, inside is a book that deserves to be read from beginning to end. Shaun Hill’s guidance and commentary is a very welcome,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Brindisa The True Food of Spain by Monika Linton
Brindisa The True Food of Spain
Monika Linton
Monika Linton deserves a medal from the Spanish Tourist Board, the Spanish Restaurant Association and Spanish Food Producers. Reading this book makes you want to drop everything and race for Spain to experience the flavour, colour and off the beaten...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £23.96
The Cook Book Fortnum & Mason by Tom Parker Bowles
The Cook Book Fortnum & Mason
Tom Parker Bowles
Founded in 1707, Fortnum & Mason have been a top-notch provisioner from the start, surprising then to find out that they were the very first British retailer to sell Heinz baked beans - a novelty product in 1886. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £24.00
Scottish Baking by Sue Lawrence
Scottish Baking
Sue Lawrence
A look at traditional Scottish baking and introducing some new contemporary favourites, Sue Lawrence shares her passion for her homeland and for baking. The recipes cover both sweet and savoury, from breads to biscuits, tray bakes to scones, everything you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
Lovereading Price: £10.39
Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches by Mary Berry
Mary Berry's Family Sunday Lunches
Mary Berry
Sunday lunch is one of the great British traditions and in Family Sunday Lunches Mary Berry brings together the classics and her own family favourites to create an invaluable all-year-round cookbook. Full of reliable and delicious recipes to suit cosy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.00
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, the authors showcase inventive yet simple dishes that rest on numerous culinary traditions, ranging from North Africa to Lebanon, Italy and California. It features 140 original recipes that cover everything from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Lovereading Price: £21.60
Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook
Jamie Oliver
Packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers. It's everything you need for the best Christmas...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £20.80
Gino's Hidden Italy How to Cook Like a True Italian by Gino D'Acampo
Gino's Hidden Italy How to Cook Like a True Italian
Gino D'Acampo
Join the nation's favourite Italian chef, on his journey of discovery through Northern Italy, to reveal the secrets of real Italian food. From peach picking in Turin to truffle hunting in Piedmonte, Gino celebrates the best in local and seasonal...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
The Indian Cookery Course by Monisha Bharadwaj
The Indian Cookery Course
Monisha Bharadwaj
The Indian Cookery Course is the ultimate guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Indian food. Monisha covers a varied range of dishes as well as providing insights into ingredients, techniques and step-by-step masterclasses to help you recreate...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Lovereading Price: £24.00

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Sport

Speed Kings by Andy Bull
Speed Kings
Andy Bull
Winner of the Cross Sports Biography of the Year Award 2016. Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In the 1930s, as the world hurtled towards terrible global conflict, speed was all the rage. It...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
Lovereading Price: £7.19
1966 My World Cup Story by Sir Bobby Charlton
1966 My World Cup Story
Sir Bobby Charlton
In 1966 England won the World Cup at Wembley. Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. In this book, he looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement....
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter by Guy Martin
Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter
Guy Martin
As Guy Martin's grandfather Voldemars frequently reminded him,'When you dead, you dead.' So, before it's all over, Guy Martin is making the most of the time he's got. This book deals with his life and work.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £7.19
My Story by Steven Gerrard
My Story
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England - tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football. Explosive and searingly honest, My Story is the last word...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
For the Glory The Life of Eric Liddell by Duncan Hamilton
For the Glory The Life of Eric Liddell
Duncan Hamilton
Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2016. For the Glory takes the reader from Liddell the fastest man on the planet, through Liddell the man with a higher purpose, to Liddell when he had to be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £16.00
The Periodic Table of Football by Nick Holt
The Periodic Table of Football
Nick Holt
You can never take what you love too seriously. This book celebrates this fact. Instead of hydrogen to helium, it presents Pele to Sepp Blatter - 108 elements from the football pantheon arranged by their properties and behaviour on and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £7.99
The Periodic Table of Cricket by John Stern
The Periodic Table of Cricket
John Stern
Welcome to The Periodic Table of Cricket. Here you'll find the essential elements - batsmen and bowlers past and present - that have left a lasting legacy on this great sport. In this book, as with chemical elements, these international...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
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Paper Home Beautifully Unique Origami Projects by Esther Thorpe
Paper Home Beautifully Unique Origami Projects
Esther Thorpe
I’ve read that origami is going to be the next “thing” after adult colouring books, another craft that can help stress relief and bring about the state of mindfulness. As an introduction to the craft, Esther Thorpe demonstrates some modern...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2016
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Print it! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques for Fabric, Paper and Upcycling by Joy Jolliffe
Print it! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques for Fabric, Paper and Upcycling
Joy Jolliffe
A great book for crafters who want to take things on from dressmaking, upholstery and other fabric crafts – why not print the fabric as well? There are 25 projects here that go from simple potato prints on wrapping paper...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
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Edward's Crochet Imaginarium Flip the Pages to Make Over a Million Mix-and-Match Monsters by Kerry Lord
Edward's Crochet Imaginarium Flip the Pages to Make Over a Million Mix-and-Match Monsters
Kerry Lord
Crochet is often the poor cousin of knitting for innovation and design so full marks to Kerry Lord for her totally original designs. Author of the delightful Edward's Menagerie, a range of soft toy animals, her new book features …...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
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The Power of the Pencil Draw * Sketch * Doodle * Play with a Pencil by Guy Field
The Power of the Pencil Draw * Sketch * Doodle * Play with a Pencil
Guy Field
What you can do with a pencil – and it's not all drawing! There's pencil games, Hangman, there's learning how to twizzle a Pencil round your thumb and there are emergency pencil uses. The instructions, in a cartoon type...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
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William Morris Decor & Design (Mini) by Elizabeth Wilhide
William Morris Decor & Design (Mini)
Elizabeth Wilhide
I must admit to a great love of William Morris's textiles and Arts & Crafts furniture so reading Elizabeth Wilhide's guide to creating the “Morris look” can hardly be classed as work. If you want to find out how to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
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Ultimate Sewing Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Marie Clayton
Ultimate Sewing Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Marie Clayton
This book is well worth buying for the section on home furnishings alone, very clear instructions on some quite complicated furnishings like blinds and fitted covers and with the Ultimate Sewing Bible to hand I would feel confident in tackling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/06/2016
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Ultimate Knitting Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Sharon Brant
Ultimate Knitting Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Sharon Brant
I'd given up trying to knit as have never conquered wonky edges and dropped stitches with the added complication of being left-handed. But – with Sharon Brant's help I really think I could give it another go. For one thing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
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Mollie Makes: How to Knit With 100 Techniques and 20 Easy Projects by Mollie Makes
Mollie Makes: How to Knit With 100 Techniques and 20 Easy Projects
Mollie Makes
A range of designers share the knowledge giving apprentice knitters a good grounding in the craft with some interesting and often quirky ideas for putting their new skills to use. Absolute beginners will find this particularly appealing as the projects...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
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Winter Knitting Patterns for the Family and Home by MillaMia
Winter Knitting Patterns for the Family and Home
MillaMia
This inspiring new book from the team behind MillaMia knitwear is packed with projects to take you through the wintertime. As the seasons change from cool, crisp autumn to the cold and dark of winter, Scandinavians are particularly good at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Dry January 101 Alcohol-Free Tips to Get You to February by Stephanie Glass
Dry January 101 Alcohol-Free Tips to Get You to February
Stephanie Glass
A book of 101 tips for people engaged in the increasingly popular Dry January movement, in which you give up alcohol for the whole of January. Tips range from the practical ('Put a lock on your drinks cabinet and give...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2016
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Scorn The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History by Matthew Parris
Scorn The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
Matthew Parris
A completely updated trawl through tongue scorching invective from the ancient world to yesterday (almost). As well as being breathtakingly rude so many of the comments are outrageously funny although anyone on the receiving end of such rudeness can only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
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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: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
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1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted by John Lloyd
1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted
John Lloyd
Being a small “instant” humour book there is no bibliography telling you where these facts originate but we now have google so can read up on such things as why Horatio Nelson’s pension continued to be paid to 1947. Harris...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
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The Terry Pratchett Diary by Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium
The Terry Pratchett Diary
Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium
The Terry Pratchett Diary? Yes please! With thoughts of warmth, admiration, love and laughter from his family, friends and colleagues scattered among the months, you glimpse a new side, a different perspective, one that adds even more colour and vibrancy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2016
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The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News by Patrick Kidd
The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News
Patrick Kidd
Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze and astonish, hard...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes
Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by Marian Keyes, some previously published, some not, from health and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
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The Quick Guide to Parenting by Laura Quick
The Quick Guide to Parenting
Laura Quick
Insightful, tender and very, very funny, the images from the author's blog, The Daily Think, have become hugely popular, and the very best of them are collected together in this exquisite and hilarious gift book. The illustrations chronicle all manner of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
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A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions by Mark Forsyth
A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions
Mark Forsyth
For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
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Christmas Days 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson
Christmas Days 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
Jeanette Winterson
Everybody loves a Christmas story. The tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a tradition of celebration, sharing and giving. And what better way to do that than with a story? Read these stories by the fire, in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
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Only Fools and Horses The Peckham Archives by Rod Green
Only Fools and Horses The Peckham Archives
Rod Green
The Trotter family have been pillars of the Peckham community for decades, so when a bin man found this folder of documents at the bottom of the refuse chute in Nelson Mandela Towers and saw that it had official council...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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University Challenge: The Ultimate Questions Over 3000 Brand-New Quiz Questions from the Hit BBC TV Show by Steve Tribe
University Challenge: The Ultimate Questions Over 3000 Brand-New Quiz Questions from the Hit BBC TV Show
Steve Tribe
It's back! And this time it's the ultimate challenge. Featuring over 3000 new questions, University Challenge: The Ultimate Questions will have everyone racking their brains and sharpening their wits.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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101 Bets You Will Always Win The Science of the Seemingly Impossible by Professor Richard Wiseman
101 Bets You Will Always Win The Science of the Seemingly Impossible
Professor Richard Wiseman
Using only your body and everyday household objects, 101 Bets You Will Always Win is both a practical guide and illuminating exploration of the fascinating science that underpins these seemingly impossible challenges.
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
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Pistache Returns by Sebastian Faulks
Pistache Returns
Sebastian Faulks
From the writer of such brilliant parodies as Thomas Hardy's football report and Dan Brown's visit to the cash dispenser comes another collection of witty pastiches.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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What Light by Jay Asher
What Light
Jay Asher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a Nutshell: Romancing around the Christmas tree | Seasonal heart-warmer about a head-over-heels holiday romance that seems set to stay alight. While Christmas generally means friends, family, feasting and fun, it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2016
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I'll be Home for Christmas by Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke
I'll be Home for Christmas
Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke
In a nutshell: heartfelt stories of home by top authors| Home – it’s a powerful concept, never more so than at Christmas. In association with homeless charity Crisis - £1 from every copy sold goes to them – publisher Stripes commissioned...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/09/2016
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...And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne
...And a Happy New Year?
Holly Bourne
In a nutshell: auld lang syne with the Spinster Club The end of What’s A Girl Gotta Do saw the three members of the Spinster Club heading off their different ways, now in this special short novel, Holly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2016
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
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Counting Stars by David Almond
Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the stories in this collection, beautifully told and quite profound, are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2016
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Gone Wild by Robert Muchamore
Gone Wild
Robert Muchamore
In a Nutshell: Battles | Humour | Music | Third hard-hitting book in the hit Rock War series about a Battle of the Bands showdown, by the bestselling author of CHERUB. Rock Wars is now at the halfway mark and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte (America). The writing is poetically punchy. Exquisitely formed sentences are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
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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
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Beck by Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
Beck
Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff
One of our YA Books of the Year 2016. September 2016 MEGA NewGen Book of the Month. Please note we think this book is suitable for 16+ only. In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/08/2016
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How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
August 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. Hattie’s life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and glorious by nature, this headstrong former actress, who likes a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
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