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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.
Two first-person narratives follow two threatened people who meet at night on a subway train, too frightened to go home. They fall in love. How they escape their confined lives and set out together is delightfully handled with, for me, an unexpected ending. She wrote Love in the Present Tense which was a Richard and Judy pick last year. Comparison: Alice Sebold, Ayelet Waldman, Jane Fallon.
A very moving and thoughtful novel about integration in the 1950’s. Having left Ceylon partly due to their treatment by Emil’s family, Evelyn and Emil move to England, but they struggle with their relationship as the effects of the narrow-minded views of those around them take their toll on the whole family.
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008 for debut novel. What would you do if you were a teenage girl with leukaemia and only a short time to live? Tess has ten things on her list and with the help of her best friend she embarks upon them with gusto. This is an extraordinary novel. Despite the inevitable, it is enormously uplifting, at times humorous, often sad and always surprising. The reaction to those around her and how they treat her is as astutely observed as the dying girl herself. Comparison: Alice Kuipers, Meg Rosoff.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 30 October 2008. This is Elizabeth Jane Howard’s first novel for 9 years and it is like welcoming an old friend. This is the story of a group of people brought together in a small West Country town to establish an arts festival. The author has such a keen eye for detail in description of characters and places that you never want to leave them at the end of the last page. A touching and beautiful novel.
Alice Sebold’s second novel is as moving and beautifully written as her first,The Lovely Bones. She takes some very sad and disturbing subject matter and writes about it in a way that completely captivates the reader. This is a story of mental illness and how difficult relationships can be under these circumstances, torn between love and hate, devotion and resentment. An engrossing novel, movingly told.
The brand new novel from Maeve Binchy is another tale of family and relationship dramas. The story centres round Clara Casey, who is finding her two grown daughters more of a handful now than when they were teenagers. Not only that but her new job as a senior cardiac specialist has just started and everyone seems to want a piece of her.Father Flynn risks having his reputation torn to shreds and Declan is looking forward to joining a quiet country clinic. The perfect set up from some great story telling in Binchy’s inimitable style.
October 2008 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 30 October 2008. A sex scandal rocks the sheltered world of a private Vermont school, affecting students, parents and teachers alike. The story moves quickly as Shreve switches the narrative from one character to the next allowing the reader to see how each person involved views the situation. As the events unfold it becomes clear that blame and guilt are equally split amongst these characters and how this affects all of them makes for a dramatic and moving novel. This previous Lovereading author of the month has delivered a great story yet again.
A graphic novel of the classic story of Jane Eyre. The illustrations are beautiful and evocative and bring to life one of our favourite classics. The Classical Comic series acts as an aid to understanding the text of some of our great literature, making it an accessible and enjoyable read as well as a lovely gift. If you would prefer to read a modern Quick Text of Jane Eyre then click here.
This is the full story of this classic story, written in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The illustrations are beautiful and evocative and bring to life one of our favourite classics. The Classical Comic series acts as an aid to understanding the text of some of our great literature, making it an accessible and enjoyable read as well as a lovely gift. If you'd prefer to read this classic novel in the Original Text then click here.
After her husband's death, Caroline leaves her home in Bath to buy a dilapidated old house in Brighton. Will this be the place she finds new love and will her family and friends be supportive in the new changes in her life? Elvi Rhodes delivers another dose of romantic drama, with well-rounded characters, which makes this a delight to read. Comparison: Susan Sallis, Sheelagh Kelly, Josephine Cox.
More village life in Turnham Malpas with familiar characters and a surprise new one … plus plenty of trouble. Comparison: Miss Read, Erica James.
The plight of a family during the Iranian Revolution. This is very much in The Kite Runner territory, a brave and frightening book of loss, prejudice, prison life, civilian hardship and a lad with his own, very different problems, studying in America. It is heartrending, powerful and very effective in its simple, direct style. An excellent read. Comparison: Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alaa Al Aswany.
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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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