LoveReading has teamed up with Audiobooks.com to give you the chance to get 2 free audiobooks when you sign up. Try it for 30 days for free with no strings attached. You can cancel anytime, although we're sure you'll love it. Click the button to find out more:Find out more
Do you prefer to keep your library with you, no matter where you are? Perfect for taking with you on your commute, on holiday or just at home, check out our eBook favourites and see where you can download them today!
Winner of the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2013. Maxim Jakubowski's November 2013 Book of the Month. Winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger 2013. Sheldon Horowitz is 82, a retired American Marine and reluctantly moves to Oslo to where his granddaughter has settled. Confronted by an ugly crime, he goes on the run with a six-year old boy and has to use all his past skills, despite fading faculties and the ravages of age, to escape a fierce gang and confront the failures of his past life and, hopefully, redeem himself. Tense, gently humorous, unsentimental and often tragic, this thrilling tale spins a new angle on the theme of the involuntary sleuth struggling on unknown ground and proves profoundly humane and touching and highlights a gripping vision of the bleakness of Scandinavia and northern landscapes quite unlike that previously described by the recent vogue of Nordic crime authors. The revelation of a major new talent. Derek B. Miller said: “My sincere thanks to the judges and the Crime Writers' Association. This award feels less like a victory than a wonderful form of encouragement. And I appreciate that, deeply, because no one has ever encouraged me to write before. Tolerated me writing … sure. But encouraged me? Not as much. So thank you.” September 2013 Debut of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst's view... This, as a good chase thriller, is thrilling but add a conscience and some fascinating personal history to the main character and suddenly you have something very special. Our hero, unusually, is 82 years old! He is rescuing a child who witnessed his mother being murdered by Kosovo thugs. So we have the thugs and the police chasing a cantankerous old American Jew and the lad across Norway. That in itself is an excellent plot but this thriller has so much more. It looks at the Norwegian culture, Jewishness, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, war criminals, drug dealers, police tactics and more. An interesting book on several dimensions with a strong plot and plenty of space to explore different ideas. Highly recommended for both genders, thriller lovers and book club/reading groups. CWA Judges' comment: “Tension, humour and tragedy are combined in this beautifully-written contribution to Nordic noir with a twist from an English-speaking author. With a central character who is original, wonderfully humane and convincing, this debut novel cleverly avoids many the genre's clichés and pitfalls and emerges triumphant as a fully-dimensional gem.”
A good Christmas stocking gift for the historically inclined, a history of the world in 100 limericks no less. It covers a good few million years from the birth of the planet (There once was a great ball of gas...) to the recent banking debacle (There once were a lot of big banks). Each limerick has its own page and below are notes on the historical background covered in the limericks. A pleasing read - ideal for the smallest room. Like for Like Reading1066 and All That, W.C. Sellar & R.J. YeatmanThe Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, Will Cuppy
The Ranger, first in a new series featuring Quinn Colson an ex-army Ranger adjusting to life in a rugged and corrupt Mississippi town, is a contemporary book with a dash of classic western and noir. This exciting thriller was shortlisted for the prestigious Edgar Best Novel Award in 2012 and is highly recommended. The author, Ace Atkins, is much admired by other crime authors such as Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard and it is easy to see why once you start reading. Click here to view Ace Atkins' new book, The Lost Ones.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2013. I do love this author’s structure. We have a crime … or do we? We have a court case but what is Joanna being tried for? We have multi-voices but never a full explanation and so the plot builds in a compulsive spiral of doubt. It is not until the final pages and after twist upon twist that we are finally given a punch in the stomach, an ending that still leaves a question. Did she or didn’t she? Is she mad or not? You’ve got to read this inventive domestic drama to find out. Highly recommended, read it and then all her others, particularly The Donor. She is very special.
Set in Moscow just after WW2 this is a superbly written historical thriller full of secrets, lies and adultery - which in communist Russia at that time really were deadly sins.Two children from Moscow’s Elite educational establishment (School 801) are found dead on a bridge near the Kremlin and this sparks a witch hunt, overseen by Stalin himself that forces children to testify against their parents. Based on a true story and packed with historical detail, bringing post-war Russia compellingly to life, this is an addictive, heart-breaking novel. Click below to listen to an extract from the audiobook edition of this title.
Second in this superbly written thriller series, set in backwoods Mississippi finds, ex-army ranger and now sheriff Quinn Colson battling Mexican drug cartels and a shocking bootleg baby racket. Crime Noir and Western are expertly blended with sharp, sparse prose and dark, expertly drawn characters. One of the best thrillers we have read this year. Click here to see the first book in the Quinn Colson series, The Ranger.
The master of social satire turns to the Cold War for his latest comedy and has the hapless Thomas Foley way out of his depth in a Brussels staging the first world fair since the Second World War. That the Russian and American exhibits stand side by side gives you the flavour of this curious tale, a book about choice, life and the late 50s. The Lovereading view... Good-looking girls, sinister spies and a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novel. 1958: an unassuming civil servant is transferred from a dull desk job at the Central Office of Information to a Brussels to watch and report on the comings and goings of The Brittania, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58. But this transformation in his life’s fortunes comes at a cost and he must choose where his public and private loyalties really lie. Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotter’s Club and What a Carve Up! is on fine comic form in this acidic, romantic espionage comedy.
London, 1862. A city of over three million souls, of stinking fog and dark, winding streets. Through these streets walks the poet Christina Rossetti, haunted and tormented by the ghost of her uncle, John Polidori. Without him, she cannot write, but her relationship with him threatens to shake London itself to the ground. From multi-award-winning fantasy writer Tim Powers: a secret history of 19th-century London.
In the very darkest hour, who do you trust, who do you love, and who can be saved? It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: she goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war. Sigrid's tedious existence is turned upside-down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters: could they be her lover's family? Now she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.
The hugely anticipated sixth novel from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Meg Rosoff. Mila is on a mission: a mission to find her father’s best friend, Matthew, who has gone missing. Though only twelve years old, Mila’s razor-sharp perception means that she sees clues that no adult sees: she detects emotions buried deep and unlocks secrets long-held. Characteristically tightly wrought, Rosoff captures perfectly the emotions of a girl teetering on the edge of adulthood. As Mila catches glimpses of an adult world shrouded in darkness and intrigue, luckily for her, she also encounters a giant Easter egg, a boy called Jake and a faithful friend in the form of a dog called Honey.
‘Stolen is a wonderfully accomplished first novel. Sure-footed and without a word wasted Lucy has created a fantastic sense of place. Intense, vivid and very cleverly told Stolen is a worthy winner.' Stolen was the winner of the Branford Boase Award 2010. Lovereading comment: The lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, can blur until they don’t exist – almost. Stolen is a love story like no other you will read. Every dark manifestation of infatuation, madness, obsession, dependency, desire and need is explored here. But in this sensitive and intelligent debut we find also kindness, altruism, self sacrifice, true friendship, forgiveness, understanding - and a surprising ending that feels just right. ------------------------------------------------- In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Stolen a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This book literally blew me away, right to the Australian outback where Gemma was taken.' Scroll down to read more reviews... A Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham This book scares me. It’s threatening, challenging and controversial. And that’s just the kidnap. It’s a thriller, a survival story, and the ultimate expression of the relationship between a damaged boy and a girl, played out under the most extreme conditions. You must read it. It’s a most astonishing debut...
This is an another compelling and thrilling novel for teenagers by the young author of the highly acclaimed Daylight Saving.
Please check your own eReader to confirm which format eBook you need to download before you purchase.
eBooks have at last come of age and although you have been able to see if an eBook is available on a title by title basis on Lovereading for a while now, we also wanted to create a special section which features all of our eBook recommended reads.
Keep up to date by signing up for our free regular emails.
To find out what e-formats we have available and the prices etc just click on a book cover. This will take you to the book page, which will show you ALL the formats we have available for that title including, ePub, KOBO and iBookstore.
Each format can only be read on specific reading devices.
The ePub format can be read on a lot of ereaders including models made by Sony. (Please note you may have to download additional software / apps to read ePubs on your mobile device). For the ePub and PDF downloads from Lovereading we strongly recommend you use the free software Adobe Digital Editions to read them.
To buy or read Kindle format books you will either need to purchase a Kindle device from the Amazon site or you can download the free Kindle App for your device.
To read iBookstore format titles you will need to view the web page of the book you want as an iBook on a iPad, iPhone or iPod touch that has the iBook app loaded. The book will then be added automatically to your library.