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Our high-quality Family Drama selection offers the heart-breaking and heart-warming conflicts and dramas directly from the hearth, telling the stories of these families that have been struck by tragedy, conflict and drama and their struggle to survive intact.
May 2012 Debut of the Month. 'A fascinating story told by a very promising writer.' Sir Michael Parkinson.A young woman is found half frozen to death on a remote farm and her unexpected arrival has a profound effect on the father and son who live there, but who is she and why was she there. With strong believable characters this well written psychological thriller reveals itself bit by bit. As a reader you will feel all is not right yet the author cleverly keeps you on tenterhooks until the very end.
A tense, unsettling, modern-day Rebecca from the queen of psychological, suspenseful women's fiction. This is gripping stuff from a talented storyteller.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. This man can tell a damn good tale although this one is a bit out of the norm. This begins a multi-generational family saga starting in 1919 and ending with one hell of a cliff-hanger. The Lovereading view... The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author. Covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, the reader is taken on a journey that they won't want to end, and when you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor the hero could have anticipated.
September 2011 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A stunning new novel from No.1 bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. It's the vibrant '60s in which the life of fashion magazine editor Eliza clashes with her husband the self-made property developer millionaire over custody of their daughter. With drama, intrigue, passion and glamour by the bucket load this is one of Vincenzi's best and you're sure to get caught up in their world.
An electrifying debut from a talented new writer. A British born Muslim radicalised by a trip to Pakistan writes a diary, of sorts, to explain to his wife and baby why he has decided to die …
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. When Myrtle's husband, Austin, dies on the bus one morning, everything seems to freeze. But in reality Myrtle has been frozen for nearly forty years, locked into an emotionless marriage. So if the barriers have been lifted, why does she still feel trapped?
A moving novel about a busy, vibrant woman in her 30s who has a car accident, leaving her to deal with a crippling disorder called left neglect. This is an incredibly powerful story that will drive you through without taking your eyes off the page. A Richard and Judy Autumn Read 2011.
September 2011 Book of the Month. Over three decades in the making, Armistead Maupin's legendary Tales of the City series rolls into a new age, still sassy, irreverent and curious, and still exploring the boundaries of the human experience with insight, compassion and mordant wit. The last was in 2007, Michael Tolliver Lives. The series has been added to every now and again for over 30 years and the characters age as we go. Mary Ann is now 57 and engaging with all the trappings of the 21st century.
The long awaited new novel from Jonathan Franzen is a masterpiece, being heralded as the return of the Great American Novel and so it should be. The story revolves around the close relationships of a family living in modern day America with many popular culture references illustrating how we relate to each other nowadays and how the choices we make each day affect us and those around us. A perceptive and exceptional read. One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. September 2011 Mega Book of the Month. Winner of the Galaxy International Author of the Year 2010. Selected as the Oprah's Book Club pick.
David Almond's extraordinary first novel for adults is the story of a child, born of sin, who emerges into a post-industrial, almost apocalyptic world where the force of his innocence is tested to the extreme.
If your debut novel wins the Costa Book of the Year then the 2nd book is always going to be anticipated with some relish and Stef Penney doesn’t disappoint with this murder mystery, set in the gypsy community in the 80’s. Told through the voices of the private investigator who is trying to find a missing girl and a charming 14 year old gypsy boy the story twists and turns drawing the reader on to the inevitable – and only - conclusion.
August 2011 Debut of the Month. Outside the Ordinary World reveals what lies beneath the surface of infidelity. But at its heart, it is the story of the powerful, sometimes disturbing bond between mothers and daughters, and the shimmering line between self-revelation and self-destruction...
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Whether it’s Barbara Taylor Bradford’s window into the dark secrets of dynastic powerhouses, or the hard realities of Allison Pearson’s writing: the incisively humourous observations of Nick Hornby, or the light touch of Charlotte Bingham: the engrossing passion of Jojo Moyes, or the captivating worlds conjured by Jodi Picoult and Daisy Waugh, the range of fantastic stories in the Family Drama section is almost endless. Luckily our unique expert reviews and hand-picked recommendations are here to help match you with your perfect next read. Sign up to our monthly emails to stay in touch with the latest output from warm, wise Elizabeth Buchan, insightful Kate Atkinson, sensory-stimulating Joanna Harris, huge-scale Sidney Sheldon, magical Alice Hoffman and so many more in the varied family of fantastic authors of the genre.
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