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Lovereading Top 10 Books 11 – 18 September 2016

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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow
Jackie Morris
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 even opening the pages. I felt like a …
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The Jazz Files The Jazz Files
Fiona Veitch Smith
An entertaining historical mystery supplying oodles of 1920’s fizz and fun, alongside a firm foundation from the suffragette movement and scars of the First World War. It’s the summer of 1920 and as Poppy arrives in London she discovers the …
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Cartes Postales from Greece Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London.  Her life is dull.  She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to …
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A Boy Made of Blocks A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
September 2016 Debut of the Month.
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 me!’  This wonderful …
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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
September 2016 Debut of the Month.
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 is depressingly empty and his …
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Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1)
Susie Steiner
If you’re looking for a fresh, addictive police procedural with characters who spring into vivid life, then look no further than Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumed. It’s Steiner’s first venture into the crime genre – her debut, Homecoming, was more literary …
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The Unravelling The Unravelling
Thorne Moore
Thorne Moore delves deep into the dark corners of a mind disturbed by the wicked acts of childhood that refuse to stay hidden in this edgy psychological thriller.
A simple, innocent moment unlocks memories that have long been buried and the …
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My Husband's Wife My Husband’s Wife
Jane Corry
A thriller, full of family drama and suspense… this is a story that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of tense uncertainty. The short prologue set my mind racing, the few lines on the following page, proceeded …
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The Loving Husband The Loving Husband
Christobel Kent
A darkly mesmerising tale exploring trust, love and deeply hidden secrets. Fran’s life is thrown into turmoil, causing her to question her husband, her love and herself, just what is the truth? The prologue emits chills of disquiet, certain words …
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Broken Promise Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a huge seller in 2008) gives us David Harwood, a newspaper reporter …
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Book Review: The Power of Words: The Winner’s Mentality by Kevin Treasure

Kevin Treasure’s latest work is a fascinating tour de force about the power of communication and positive thinking.

 

The-Power-of-Words-v8The Power of Words: The Winner’s Mentality demonstrates why language can help to shape – and ultimately control – the direction of our lives.

 

Using the Bible as a foundation, his work is an empowering, practical guide about how to improve our circumstances though the word of God.

 

Treasure, a Church minister, argues that those who fail to communicate effectively are likely to develop a pessimistic mindset and downtrodden belief system.

 

Those who talk negatively about themselves, or about their lives, are typically more at risk of depression and of failed relationships.

 

Drawing heavily on biblical scripture and proverbs, The Power of Words shows how people can carve out a new, wiser life for themselves.

 

Used positively, he says, words can bring people together and change lives for the better.

 

Treasure’s work may rely on Christian teachings, but Christians themselves are as guilty as the rest of us when it comes to the common tendency to speak negatively about our abilities and circumstances.

 

The 236-page book draws on Treasure’s experiences as a professional communicator and after witnessing the effects of positive and negative forms of communication in all walks of life.

 

It also explains how ‘winners’ have key things in common, and how we can all develop a winner’s mentality to achieve our own personal goals.

 

Winners, for instance, generally draw on language to control situations. They know that positivity is the right – or at least a healthy – way to live.

 

They’re also good listeners, rarely mince their words and, crucially, are never too proud to admit they’re wrong.

 

Other attributes include the ability to hold their tongue, and a deep-rooted confidence in their own judgement and ability.

 

The book is not aimed at Christians per se, though Treasure argues that folk who possess a negative view of God are likely to share a similarly pessimistic view of God’s plans for their life.

 

Such a mindset manifests in everyday phrases, like “my business will never take off,’ or “I’ll never get a job”. Such thoughts are, Treasure says, harmful in almost every way.

 

Packed full of useful information, The Power of Words is as much a tool for Christians looking to reconnect with God’s word as it is for non-religious readers seeking moral guidance and fresh perspective on how to improve their lives.

 

Providing tips on a wide range of subjects, from work and anger to adultery, this powerful guide offers an alternative – and, in many ways more simple – method for becoming a happier, better person.

 

It is a true Treasure trove of ideas.

 

Treasure’s previous work includes Decisions Determine Destiny: Stories & Scenarios, and the ‘Success’ series, which includes 26 Keys To Successfully Raising Your Teenager, 30 Keys To A Successful Life and 27 Keys To A Successful Marriage.

 

The Power of Words: The Winner’s Mentality by Kevin Treasure (Decisions Determine Destiny Publishing) is available in paperback priced at £9.99. find out more at kevintreasure.com

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Mid-September email newsletter

Stuck for ideas of what to read next? Look no further than our Mid-September email update…

     

On Your Marks! – It’s Award Season

With the medal successes of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, there are new champions to cheer on this month. The Man Booker shortlist has just been announced and you can see all the hopefuls here. Our favourite is Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh.

And if you’re hungry for something sweet, check out As Weekends Go by Jan Brigden, the fairytale winner of the, Lovereading-supported, Choc Lit Search for a Star competition. Get set. Go!

September Highlights

This is our “just in case you missed” section, where we highlight great books that you may have overlooked. This month, it’s the Rising Dragon series by Jan-Philipp Sendker. Beautifully written, these books are so much more than murder-mysteries, they are thought-provoking and atmospheric explorations of the human soul. Reader Reviewers loved Whispering Shadows (see what they said). And the second book, Dragon Games, is out later this month.

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow by Jackie Morris. A collection of interconnected short stories with musically-themed illustrations that we think is absolutely and completely enchanting and will make you feel like a child again. The illustrations, originally created for charity Christmas cards, speak eloquently and beautifully so we suggest you just sink into the pages, drift away on the words and share with your loved ones of any age.

And don’t forget to check out our Books of the Month category, every one of them a great read including  Tastes Like Fear and The Weekends of You and Me.

I Say! Rather! – The Roaring 20s in Fiction

With an enticing blend of period character and riveting mystery, Fiona Veitch Smith’s novels summon up the fizzy days of the roaring ’20s through the eyes of a fantastic heroine. The brilliant and lovable Poppy Denby takes post-WWI London and the rise of the suffragette movement in her quirky stride and is plunged into a dark underbelly of crime and intrigue. First in the series, The Jazz Files, was hailed by our Reader Reviewers as “addictive”, “sharp and witty” and “full of daring do” (sic) and the latest title, The Kill Fee, is out now! Click here for more.

Murphy’s Law – Legal Thrillers by Peter Murphy

Welsh rugby fan, Cambridge graduate and former judge, Peter Murphy paints a vivid picture of the intrigues and idiosyncrasies of the crooked, creaking corridors of the British legal system in the 1960s. Through his hero Ben Schroeder, Murphy gives us an intriguing and thrilling ride into the justice system at the heart of a London in transition. There are four in the series with the latest, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr, out now. See the shelf below for all the titles in the series.

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It’s a Blog’s Life! – The Quick Guide to Parenting

Blogger, Laura Quick (The ‘Quick’ Guide – get it?) has compiled a hugely enjoyable and affirming collection of the hilarious, embarrassing and toe-curling moments in a parent’s journey. From the day her daughter tried to poke her finger into a dog’s rear end, to the temper tantrums, and the sense of relief when the school holidays are over, this is welcome light relief for world-weary parents everywhere. Find out more.

A Glass Act! – Cathy Glass

When a book has the author’s experiences pouring out of every word, the reader can’t help but feel every bite and bend, hope and fear and twist and turn of it. The memoirs that read like fiction of foster-carer Cathy Glass are a great example.

Strong and sometimes hard to face, Can I Let You Go, Girl Alone and The Silent Cry will leave you wrung out, inspired and filled with hope. See them here.

You Can Make it! – Arts and Crafts Category

A brand new category for all you crafty and handy makers and doers out there, and all of you who just want to be more creative. Get sewing, knitting, drawing and more to thrill friends and family with your offerings! More titles will be added on a regular basis. Find out more now.

Nordic and Noir

Over the last decade there has been huge growth in the popularity of crime fiction in translation from the Scandinavian countries. They’ve led to an explosion in the popularity of film and TV from these countries and together they are referred to as Nordic noir or Scandi crime. We love it so much we have decided to give it its own special category to celebrate the best of the blossoming crop of high-quality crime writers, like Gunnar Staalesen, coming from the Scandinavian countries.

Know what you Like? – We know what you’ll LOVE!

So, that book you like is finished, it’s the last one in the series AND it’s by your favourite author. Fret not. Let us guide you to other authors we think you’ll love.

If you like S. J. Watson you’ll love the gripping, chilling The Unravelling by Thorne Moore. If you like Gillian Flynn you’ll love the darkly mesmerising The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent. If you like Louise Doughty (Apple Tree Yard) you’ll love the tension-filled Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote.
If you like M. J. Arlidge you’ll love the adrenaline rush of a read that is Strangers by Paul Finch. If you like Jojo Moyes or Cecelia Ahern you’ll love the gorgeously bright and bubbly The Ex Factor by Eva Woods.

Maxim-ise your choices this September!

Book guru Maxim Jakubowski happily drowns himself in fiction every month to bring us his top tips for rollicking reads. It’s a labour of love! This month his hotlist includes:

Book of the Month. Smoke by Dan Vyleta – Deliciously dark, historical-dystopian, horror ride. A real treat for people who like to read with one hand over their eyes!

Highly Recommended. The Young Bride by Alessandro Baricco – Opaque, fascinating, elegant and disconcertingly imaginative modern fable: a tale that will take root in your mind and grow and grow.

Lovereading Loves Reading Groups!

We are big supporters of reading groups. Whether you’re looking for intellectual talking points or a shared experience with friends, there is so much to choose from. This month, we particularily recommend:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick – A charming tale of loneliness, bereavement and adventure. ‘A lovely novel which is a sheer delight to read from beginning to end’. (Reader Review).

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – Honestly told and heartwarming tale of parenting in the shadow of autism.

Get ahead of the crowds.

News of two books coming out this autumn that we think will be huge and for die-hard fans who want to get the books as soon as possible we recommend you pre-order it which you can do easily on them book pages.

Betrayal by Martina Cole. Her 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 you breathless and probably shattered.

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop.  A novel but illustrated with photographs and it is these that make this journey, inspired by the beauty of her beloved Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. It also features a groundbreaking design that makes it a book to treasure …or give to those you love.

Lit fest autumn round-up

This autumn’s harvest of literary festivals includes a 10% discount on tickets at Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature (13-16 October), a chance to win free tickets to Paddy Ashdown or Graham Norton at Guildford Book Festival (9-16 October) and a fine crop of authors at Chester Literature Festival (8-23 October).

We hope you enjoy the rest of the month and we’ll be back with the latest and best book recommendations in October.

P.S. Do you know a 14 – 18 year old who loves books? Maybe they would like to be a judge on a prestigious Book Award? Find out more before 28 October.

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Book Review: Running On Sand by Linda Anne Atterton

A dark yet elegant work of literary fiction, the debut novel from Linda Anne Atterton is a hard-hitting story where themes and landscapes are just as important as character and plot.

 

la-Running-On-Sand-FCThe protagonist of Running On Sand is Grace, a teenage girl whose home life is filled with dark secrets.

 

When Grace’s father dies she is left with a cold, uncaring mother, and clings to the love of her older brother, Chris. The pair’s deep bond runs deeper than sibling affection, and both are confused by the nature of their feelings toward one another.

 

Chris is the centre of Grace’s world, but when Grace’s mother remarries and her stepfather offers to pay for an expensive boarding school education she reluctantly lets him go, knowing that he must pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Only two people know how lost Grace feels: her friend Robert and her stepfather.

 

But with her brother gone nobody guesses how vulnerable she will be. Left in the hands of a stepfather who will win and then abuse her trust, her life begins to feel like a nightmare which she can never wake up from.

 

A failed pregnancy leaves her mother more distant than ever, and Grace becomes closer to Robert. Their bond causes rifts with her brother, which in turn raises dangerous questions about the true nature of the siblings’ relationship.

 

When Grace becomes pregnant she realises how ruthless her stepfather is and looks to the sea to save her – with devastating consequences.

 

Only after facing her worst nightmare will she learn her real strength, and find her own dream. From the end of a love story which was doomed from the beginning, she must start again and find a way to believe in herself.

 

This poetic, poignant and powerful drama puts the reader on a balcony which, though it feels too close at times, draws you into a richly rewarding story that champions the strength and resilience of the human spirit in overcoming seemingly unbearable trials.

 

In addition to being an award-winning poet, the author is a clinical psychologist by profession, and she has drawn on her own experiences in helping patients deal with emotional trauma to create characters and situations that feel heartbreakingly real.

 

But the plot is only half the story. Running On Sand mainly takes place in the coastal village of Sea Palling, Norfolk, and the seaside setting, vividly portrayed by the Norfolk-based author, is key to the themes of the book.

 

Just like works by a wealth of authors from Herman Melville to Virginia Woolf before her, Atterton uses the primal force of the sea as a striking and rich metaphor. It is protection and escape, loss and destruction; an ally and foe in the whirlpool relationships that Grace becomes embroiled in.

 

The backdrop is also richly symbolic. The volatile and windswept coast adds to the sense of drama and emphasises the ill-winds that rise throughout the story. Yet these inevitable forces ultimately leave Grace battered but not broken, and with the strength to build a course between the future and the past.

 

Atterton writes with enormous sympathy for her central characters, and in Grace and Chris has created complex figures, whose situation is fraught with uncomfortable tension.

 

The novel is challenging and pulls no punches, but has a delicate and skilled touch that brings a satisfying and uplifting resolution to a story that is more beautiful than its dark subject matter might suggest.

 

Running On Sand by Linda Anne Atterton is out now, priced £17.07 in paperback and £4.91 as an eBook.

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14 – 18? Love Books? Want to be a judge on a Book Award? Read on for more info…

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2017 are looking for young judge to help discover a new children’s bestseller

The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, the biggest children’s writing competition in the UK, is looking for a confident and passionate young judge with a demonstrable love of books to join the prestigious judging panel and help choose the winner.

Entrants must submit a 1-3 minute video about the book they would most like to persuade others to read. Aspiring judges aged 14-18 have until 28th October to make their short video, upload it to YouTube (or a similar site), and email a link to competitions@chickenhousebooks.com.

The winner will join the judging panel for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition which includes industry experts such as the Times arts editor and children’s books reviewer Alex O’Connell, and Barry Cunningham, the founder of Chicken House and the publisher who discovered J.K. Rowling.

The winner of the young judge competition will have six weeks to read approximately five shortlisted titles before joining the other judges at an exclusive members club in London for a day of judging in spring 2017. The prize also includes: (i) travel and accommodation for the winner and their parent/guardian to the London judging day, (ii) a £50 Waterstones voucher and (iii) five Chicken House titles of their choice.

The prize also includes: 

  • travel and accommodation for the winner and their parent/guardian to the London judging day
  • a £50 Waterstones voucher
  • five Chicken House titles of their choice.


Barry Cunningham says: ‘We’re looking for original, engaging and exciting video entries; the more imaginative, the better. Demonstrate your love of children’s books, your passion for reading and your powers of persuasion and you could have a hand in finding a future bestseller!’

Full details of the young judge competition can be found at bit.ly/youngjudge17

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Lovereading Top 10 books 4 – 11 September 2016

Lovereading Top 10

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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
September 2016 Debut of the Month.
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 is depressingly empty and his …
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A Boy Made of Blocks A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
September 2016 Debut of the Month.
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 me!’  This wonderful …
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The Twenty-Three 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 …
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Broken Promise Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay is ace at dreaming up disturbing scenarios and then letting them play out in increasingly creepy ways. This time, the author of No Time for Goodbye (a huge seller in 2008) gives us David Harwood, a newspaper reporter …
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Far from True Far from True
Linwood Barclay
A wonderfully stimulating and thrilling read, hold on tight as you dive in! This is the second in the ‘Promise Falls’ trilogy and I really do recommend starting with ‘Broken Promise’ as ‘Far From True’ is a full on blast …
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Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
September 2016 Book of the Month.
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, however perhaps not …
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The Travelers The Travelers
Chris Pavone
September 2016 Book of the Month.
When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his whole world is about to be pulled apart and not just his shaky marriage. A dazzling …
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Ashes of London Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
An enthralling and quite, quite wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not only blasts you immediately into the roaring flames of the …
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Fangirl Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell
An utterly captivating love story about opening your heart by major US bestselling author, Rainbow Rowell, whose debut novel in the UK, Eleanor & Park was a huge hit and her ever-growing legion of fans here in the UK will …
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The Forgotten Summer The Forgotten Summer
Carol Drinkwater
Seductively beautiful and evocative writing ensures ‘The Forgotten Summer’ is hard to put down. A vineyard in France holds the key to secrets and lies that have been hidden in history. 48 year old Jane finds herself torn, she is …
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Book Review: Talkability by James Borg

How many of us can honestly say we have never instantly regretted something we said, or been guilty of paying more attention to our smartphone than to the person talking to us?

 

9781292013640_final_coverTalk is our most precious commodity but in the digital era, at a time when ‘iContact’ often takes precedence over eye contact, it seems we are increasingly at risk of losing the skills of effective and successful face-to-face conversing.

 

This is the fear of communication expert and internationally bestselling author James Borg. As he points out in his new book, Talkability, words have the power both to heal and wound. If we don’t take the time to craft what we say before actually saying it then it can have a detrimental impact on our working and personal relationships that no number of conciliatory emails will patch up.

 

Talkability sets out to help readers regain control over the art of speaking, teaching everything you need to know to quickly and easily master conversation in every area of life.

 

The comprehensive guide is the fourth entry in Borg’s acclaimed series of effective communication handbooks published by Pearson, following the number one bestseller Persuasion, the award-winning Body Language and the highly-acclaimed Mind Power.

 

As with his other books, which have been translated in total into a whopping 77 languages, Talkability keeps things light and entertaining while teaching handy new tricks and techniques at the same time.

 

In short, it dissects the way conversations work, the common pitfalls to avoid and a wealth of simple yet powerful ways to improve our verbal skills and daily interactions. Whether it’s engaging with loved ones or partners at home, our wider social circle, work colleagues or bosses in the office – or all of the above – Borg’s guide provides the tools to boost your chatter the right way.

 

The first section of the book is entitled ‘Talk Essentials’ and covers the nuts and bolts of verbal communication, including how we encode and decode meaning, and ‘paralinguistics’ – the way we say something can speak just as loudly as the actual words we use.

 

The second section, ‘Saying It Right’, gets down to the practical application of verbal communication and covers a wide variety of topics from closed and open questions, the power of the pause, dealing with gossip, and the rising epidemic of uptalk (AKA ‘Australian intonation disease’) to the importance of listening , the etiquette of eye contact, tips to build rapport, how to diffuse tension and anger when conversing – especially when you need to broach a difficult subject – and the best approach to disagreeing with someone without being disagreeable.

 

Readers will more than likely recognise personality types such as the ‘mono-hog’, somebody who turns every conversation into a monologue leaving no room for two-way communication. Not only does Borg provide insights as to how to avoid becoming this type of selfish conversationalist, but he also suggests ways for those on the ‘receiving end’ to subtly enter the discussion without appearing rude.

 

Throughout there are fascinating off-shoots such as investigating the language of politicians, shooting down the heavy reliance on jargon in the workplace and in the doctor’s surgery, and the differences in how men and women communicate.

 

Armed with these new-found skills and the understanding that a moment’s forethought before speaking can make a world of difference to the end results, readers can look forward to greater success in everything from the job application and board meeting to family disputes or that all-important first date.

 

As Borg notes, we all make choices – albeit subconsciously – about the way we get our message across, so whether in a personal or professional capacity we all have the option to make more informed choices… if we just put a little effort into our conversations.

 

Talkability by James Borg (Pearson) is out now, priced £12.99 in paperback.

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Trump: Monster or Hero: Serious Question, Scary Answer By Mohammad O. Alanjari

As the US prepares to go to the ballot in November and the world considers the very real possibility of Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States, Trump: The Author of Monster or Hero sees his book as a wake-up call to anybody who considers the controversial entrepreneur to be a buffoonish but ultimately benign presidential prospect.

 

Trump-Monster-or-Hero-FCTrump: Monster or Hero is certainly scathing of its subject, but it is neither a scurrilous biography nor ad hominem attack. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the Trump train and artfully deconstructs the claims or beliefs with hard facts and figures, neatly summed up in approximately 50 original infographics.

 

For instance, the author clearly shows the gaping holes in Trump’s support for the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, as a means of protection with an infographic neatly summing up the point that since 1968 more Americans have died from firearms deaths than from every war in the country’s history combined, some 1.4million versus 1.2million.

 

Written by a Kuwaiti businessman as a debt of gratitude to the United States for liberating Kuwait during the Gulf War, the book takes a critical look at Trump’s policies and claims with a view to getting past the spin and looking at the facts.

 

In writing the book, author Mohammad O. Alanjari has one aim: to open the eyes of American voters and people around the world to the Trump campaign and potential outcomes of a Trump presidency.

 

He firmly believes that while Trump is a proven businessman, he would be totally the wrong choice for the White House. In fact, he warns that Trump’s election could have catastrophic consequences not only for the USA but rest of the world, given how inter-connected national economies are in today’s global village.

 

In a heartfelt introduction the author sets out his stall, calling Trump out for unashamed demagoguery, scape-goat strategies and empty policies. He points to other prominent figures who have used the same modus operandi in the past, including a certain Adolf Hitler.

 

That’s not to say the book out and out labels Trump as a 21st century incarnation of Hitler, but rather that he fits a pre-existing right-wing archetype that has proven so dangerous in the past.

 

To emphasise this point, the title of the book is taken from a prescient comment Sir Winston Churchill made about the Furher in 1935, four years before the outbreak of the Second World War: “History will pronounce Hitler either a monster or a hero”.

 

There certainly are some valid comparisons to be drawn between the Nazi leader and Trump – not least in his ability to draw voters into a dangerous way of thinking that pits their own nation against ‘outsiders’ and paints people of other faiths as enemies.

 

He also argues that Trump should be considered the thin edge of the wedge and his investiture could not only enable more extremist organisations such as the Ku Klux Klan, whose former grand wizard has encouraged support for Trump, to gain a voice in national affairs, but could also encourage a swing to the far-right in other countries in and beyond Europe.

 

And still on the point of extremism, the author warns that despite loudly opposing the likes of ISIS, Trump’s borderline Islamophobia could actually help their cause by pitting religions against each other and tacitly endorsing their reductive world view of friend and enemy.

 

In other words, if the US no longer takes the moral high-ground then what makes their position any more valid than that of the terrorists?

 

The author, who has been to the US many times, also calls upon a wealth of potent media commentaries and a wide selection of Trump quotes illuminating his character, and couples this information assault with astute observations on the Trump phenomenon, including his own reflections on how America’s social climate has become more polarised in recent years.

 

His recurring theme is comparing the Trump phenomenon to the spread of a disease. By this analogy he suggests there is still time for America to heal itself, but the clock is ticking, and not just for the United States.

 

As well as investigating the Trump phenomenon, this book is also a tremendous treasure trove of rarely-known information about the present state of the USA. Here are just a few examples:

  • The GDP of the state of California alone is bigger than all the combined GDPs of: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Egypt.
  • While the population of the United States is approximately 330 million and has over 2.2 million prisoners in its jails, the combined population of Russia and India is almost 1.4 billion with less than 1.1 million prisoners. America has double the prisoners even though it’s population is a billion less people.
  • The revenue of just one American company, Walmart, is bigger than the whole GDP of Iran.
  • Almost 25 per cent of the world’s youth will face difficulties advancing in their careers, as they are not in education, employment, or training.

These facts open the readers’ eyes to many of the interesting realities of America and the world we live in.

 

It might sound far-fetched to some, but then the very idea of Trump as a potential US President would have seemed outlandish just a couple of years ago. Trump may be widely vilified, and ridiculed but his huge success on the campaign trail, and the fanatical support he inspires in many American citizens is proof that he is no laughing matter.

 

This is a must-read for anybody with an interest in world politics and global economics.

 

Trump: Monster or Hero by Mohammad O. Alanjari is out now in paperback, published by Pin Mark Research Center, priced £22.50. Visit www.MonsterOrHero.com

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September eNewsletter

September, the gateway to autumn or summer’s sad end. Whatever your perspective, it’s a month brimming with possibilities and new beginnings. A perfect time to start a new book! It’s the month that in 1993 saw Sebastian Faulks’ masterpiece Birdsong published for the first time and we have been entrenched in a glorious campaign to bring you top titles to inspire and entertain. Read on for more.

Superlative September Selections – Books of the Month

A first-class field of fiction for fans of all persuasions this month. Don’t miss:

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah – A new Hercule Poirot Mystery. Expertly crafted, gripping murder mystery and the welcome return of those ‘little grey cells’!

The Travelers by Chris Pavone – A complex but pacey ‘hall-of-mirrors’ thriller in the dark world of seduction, cruelty, espionage and death.

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Bank on Barclay! – Linwood Barclay, Author of the Month

Puns aside, our Author of the Month in September is worth the investment. Of your time. Master of the genre and no.1 bestseller, Linwood Barclay’s novels vibrate with suspense, shock and thrilling anticipation.

The spine-chilling and sometimes salacious Far From True is out in paperback now and will be joined later this month by The Twenty-Three but we have an exclusive opening extract to read right now. See more here.

New Leaves – Debuts of the Month

A flourish of first-timers awaits your fanaticism this month. We love:

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – ‘ … An amazing and authentic story of love, family life and autism … such a heartwarming read.‘ (Reader Review).

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Hendrik Groen – A refreshing, satirical and witty look at old age with friendship, selflessness and dignity at its heart.

As Weekends Go by Jan Brigden – A warmly compassionate, amusing and very readable story, with extra sprinkles of fairytale sparkle.

Because of You by Helene Fermont – Full of drama this is an interesting glimpse into the recent past, covering a variety of issues, yet is an easy and captivating read.

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Keep Up with the Downloads! – eBooks of the Month

For all you eReaders and ‘tablet-eers’ out there, we’ve refreshed our list of delectable digital offerings for all types of device. Don’t miss:

The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry – A stirring and intoxicating story of the lasting legacy of the past, of love and twisted secrets.

Late Holiday? – We’ll Book it! Summer Reading Highlights

Getaway! Not only is our Summer Reading category still live and going strong, but late holiday makers will be thrilled to hear that we are still updating it with great titles to pack in your hand luggage on those September getaways! Try Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner, a fresh, compelling and addictive crime thriller. More on the shelf below…

Blazing a Tale! – Great Fire of London 350 Years On.
350 years ago London was razed by a devastating fire so impactful that it lives on in our consciousness and folklore to this day. So why not relive it from a new perspective with titles like

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor, an enthralling and wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history or Fire by C. C. Humphreys, the epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London’s rich and poor during the Great Fire of London.

Fans of Jojo Moyes and Rowan Coleman take note

Set Me Free by Hina Belitz is a beautiful, unforgettable novel that we think will be devoured by fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman. It shines a gentle light into the shadows of life and shows how when you reach out to the world …it is only a matter of time before the world reaches back.

Hail to the Queen! – The Books of Elizabeth Chadwick

No stranger to fans of historical fiction, Elizabeth Chadwick is the brain behind an immersive and pulse-raising series charting the extraordinary life and loves of Eleanor of Aquitaine. A crusading, powerhouse straddling the thrones of France and England, she started a dynasty of warrior kings and much of our island’s rich history. Eleanor that is. Not Elizabeth. The Autumn Throne brings the series to a powerful and triumphant close, and you can find more about the series and its fabulous author, here.

Scroll down to see more hand-picked selections in the categories you have asked us to keep you up to date with. To change them just log in to your account.

P.S. A Peculiar Picture! – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Since its publication in June 2011, this offbeat blend of supernatural fantasy and vintage photography has dominated the bestseller lists. Now, film director Tim Burton has worked his magic on this fantastical, surreal, time-defying mystery. Find out more.

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Lovereading most popular books 28 August – 4 September 2016

Lovereading Top 10

1
The Beginning Woods The Beginning Woods
Malcolm McNeill
September 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month.
In a Nutshell: Unfathomable mystery | Timeless fairy tale quest
An elegantly atmospheric page-turner that will have readers rooting for main character, Max, and intoxicated by its exquisite style.
When people start vanishing from all corners …
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2
The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the new ‘hot’ genre. The author was best known under another name for chick lit entertainments. …
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3
The Girls The Girls
Lisa Jewell
May 2016 Book of the Month.
A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year old girl is found unconscious …
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4
Where My Heart Used to Beat Where My Heart Used to Beat
Sebastian Faulks
The recurring themes of Sebastian Faulks’s fiction are here brought together with a new stylistic brilliance as the novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in …
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5
Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter
Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley
From Victorian times down to the present day, a history of the women who have worked in the growing retail trade. Individual stories are laced into the narrative giving us a picture of the conditions the women faced from having …
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6
The Crow Girl The Crow Girl
Erik Axl Sund
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
If you thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the epitome of Nordic noir’s savage darkness, think again. Graphic, violent and weaving a thread of evil with the dexterity of a malevolent spider, this Swedish …
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7
Eileen Eileen
Ottessa Moshfegh
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
A young woman relentlessly drives through the darkness of the American roads. Is she fleeing from a misdemeanour? Is she on a mission? Slowly, …
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8
The Hanging Club The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
June 2016 Book of the Month.
The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female boss here has some sad …
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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
May 2016 Debut of the Month.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in time. It tells of a Japanese couple, Ameterasu and Kenzo, now living in America and the …
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10
Truth or Die Truth or Die
James Patterson
New York attorney Trevor Mann’s world shatters when he receives a phone call telling him his girlfriend has been shot dead in a mugging. But the circumstances point to something more calculated than a random attack. Claire was a New …
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