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
This is it. The place for the greatest writing: stories that transcend all other ‘genres’. Literary fiction goes above and beyond any specific genre in order to deliver stories that strike at the heart of what it means to be human.
Shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. Another impeccably crafted work, well up to standard although after 350 pages I had moments wishing for simple language. The big message is anger at the efforts of the Indian army to take over Kashmir with much killing and atrocities which spills over, through our central character, into America. Itâ€™s a challenging read. Comparison: Michael Ondaatje, Amit Chaudhuri, David Grossman. Similar this month: J M Coetzee, A L Kennedy.
This is an odd one, part ghost story, part love story and part murder story, itâ€™s protagonist is a man who can see dead people. He is one of lifeâ€™s failures even though he could make some money out of his â€˜afflictionâ€™. Getting into all sorts of scrapes, the only thing he really wants is his wife and daughter back, attempting that is tough. Itâ€™s not really spooky but its paranormal aspects are fascinating.Comparison: Audrey Niffenegger, Alice Sebold, Ben Sherwood.Similar this month: None but do try William Landay.
Based on fact, this is the story of twenty-three Moroccan prisoners incarcerated in a hell-hole prison after a failed coup attempt to oust King Hassan II in 1971. It is one of the most painful books of torture, endurance and survival I have ever come across. The writing is very impressive.Comparison: Solzhenitsyn, Primo Levi, Elise Blackwell (Hunger).Similar this month: None but try A L Kennedy or Roddy Doyle for fine writing.
An obsession to find an ancient book that many believe doesnâ€™t exist lies at the centre of this jigsaw puzzle of a novel. Complex, intriguing and slow to build, it unfolds the mystery alongside a marriage falling apart and a deep love of books. Interestingly the publishers have made it look very like The Da Vinci Code when itâ€™s not even a thriller. Mystery, yes, a novel of reactions and relationships, but there is no thrust of excitement. Itâ€™s more Name of the Rose than Dan Brown.Comparison: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A S Byatt, Dan Brown.Similar this month: None but Susanna Clarke.
In A Star Called Henry we were introduced to this charismatic lad, prince of the streets and rebel. Now he is a handsome young man fleeing Ireland and losing none of his charm and quick wits in prohibition America. Speak-easies, gangsters, double dealing, racism, booze, women and Louis Armstrong, Henry is in the thick of history. It’s seriously good.Comparison: Martin Amis, David Nobbs, Stephen Fry.Similar this month: None but try David Maine or A L Kennedy.
Twice chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, this author’s writing is fabulous. I suspect that Paradise is in the bottle.Comparison: Rachel Cusk, Jane Gardam, Jeanette Winterson.Similar this month: None but try Roddy Doyle or David Maine.
If you want something a little different, beautifully written and full of surprises, then this new crime series (this is the second) is for you. Starring a couple of wonderfully cantankerous old school detectives, Bryant and May, stumbling around in a fast-moving, modern world, they are the Met’s Peculiar Crime Unit which really says it all. I think he is great.Comparison: Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, John Harvey.Similar this month: None but try Kate Ellis.
Bright young men bond in their teens and vow to become doctors to cure the brother of one. His infliction: schizophrenia, cruelly treated at that time. Both qualify and follow opposing sides of the developing science, one rational, one Freudian. This is an impressive work which details their long lives and the study of the early theories of psychiatry. It's beautifully written as one would expect, just, perhaps, a tad too long I felt.
A lyrical novel of two teenage sisters at either end of the age scale as they experience the highs and lows of adolescence in 70â€™s London.Comparison: Helen Dunmore, Julie Myerson, Esther Freud.Similar this month: None but try Joshilyn Jackson, Nicky Pellegrino.
Fans of Vincenzi may not feel this is her best book, though if you are a fan that’s not likely to stop you reading it, but if you’re new to her you’re better of starting elsewhere (such as No Angel or Old Sins). Three different women who meet travelling the world at the end of their teens have grown up to have lives very different lives. But one of them has been harbouring a secret all these years about the baby she bore and abandoned and now that baby is a teenager herself and looking for her birth mother these women’s lives are thrust back together.Comparison: Judith Lennox, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Julian Fellowes.Similar this month: Diana Appleyard, Santa Montefiore.
The title says it all for this is Italy and food, emotions and secrets, loyalties and a sense of place as three generations of women escape or return to this bewitching southern region. A really pleasant, comfortable, dual-time tale.Comparison: Joanne Harris, Elizabeth Buchan, Sarah Harrison.Similar this month: Sara MacDonald, Lisa Jewell.
What a delight! A well written (as one would expect from the author of The Reader), well built detective story with an eccentric 68-year old widower the reluctant investigator of computer hacking at a giant chemical factory. Obviously he finds old secrets and a lot else in a suspenseful, highly satisfying read. Good one.Comparison: Christopher Fowler (crime), Colin Dexter, Peter Robinson.Similar this month: Ian Rankin, Andrew Taylor.
Insightful, International, Thought-provoking
Literary fiction is a bit of a “catch-all” phrase. Some call it “Serious Fiction” but we prefer to think of it as all of the greatest stories ever told, all in one place. This is where you will find literary classics from literary masters past and present.
Why not have a look at our monthly featured titles for inspiration? Revisit old friends? Discover new ones? Or finally read that book that your friends have been banging on about for ages? Whatever your reasons, settle down with your favourite tipple, unwind and open your mind with the home-spun brilliance of authors like Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, David Nicholls and Zadie Smith; or those from further afield: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, Ben Okri, Jostein Gaarder and so many more. There are obviously so many to choose from, you could get lost in the Sea of Choices.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you’re never too far away from your next great read, great events, competitions and discounts? Sign up for our free emails and let the passion of our experts guide you to some wonderful new reading.
That book you loved has finally come to an end. Where do you go next? With our unique Author Like for Like tool, you’ll discover other authors guaranteed to be right up your street. Login, sit back, put your feet up and enjoy.
Reading Groups! Let us help you find your next hot topic. Visit our Special Section bursting with thought provoking titles and get an extra 5% discount if you buy 5 or more copies.
A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include: