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Most popular books on Lovereading 30 October – 6 November 2016

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The Secret The Secret
Katerina Diamond
November 2016 Book of the Month.
Intense, shocking, thrilling… this is a fast-paced read, so as curveballs and whammies ricochet towards you, make sure you’re on your toes and ready to keep up. DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are …
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2
Small Great Things Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
November 2016 Book of the Month.
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in court. Each of the three …
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3
Himself Himself
Jess Kidd
November 2016 Debut of the Month.
Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth mother. He has a photograph with a note on the back and the name of a village. This is very Irish and completely charming. The …
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4
The Beautiful Dead The Beautiful Dead
Belinda Bauer
November 2016 Book of the Month.
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as one particular killer is staring …
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5
The Museum of Cathy The Museum of Cathy
Anna Stothard
November 2016 Book of the Month.
This latest novel from the acclaimed author of the Orange-longlisted The Pink Hotel is an exploration of memories, consequence and the difficulties of living with the past. Cathy is a curator of natural history in …
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An Almond for a Parrot An Almond for a Parrot
Wray Delaney
November 2016 Book of the Month.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A fascinating erotica debut for famed children’s book author Salley Garner and, most definitely, a change in register as a tale of 18th century debauchery unfolds in the tradition of FANNY …
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Lyrebird Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
November 2016 Book of the Month.
Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she has a special gift, will she be exploited or set free? I always …
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8
Under a Pole Star Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney
November 2016 Book of the Month.
Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life.  Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit of Greenland.  When grown, it …
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9
The Sellout The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016.
Amanda Foreman, 2016 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon …
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Where Dead Men Meet Where Dead Men Meet
Mark Mills
November 2016 eBook of the Month.
Absolutely thrilling… this is a fast paced, firecracker of a read, set in Europe as the Second World War is brewing. Why is Luke Hamilton, intelligence officer at the British Embassy in Paris the target …
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Top 10 most popular books on Lovereading 23 – 30 October 2016

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1
The Secret The Secret
Katerina Diamond
Intense, shocking, thrilling… this is a fast-paced read, so as curveballs and whammies ricochet towards you, make sure you’re on your toes and ready to keep up. DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into another desperate search …
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2
The New Mrs Clifton The New Mrs Clifton
Elizabeth Buchan
At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London.  In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed yet possibly unstable.  His two sisters are at home, one …
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The Sellout The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016.
Amanda Foreman, 2016 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon …
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4
Small Great Things Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in court. Each of the three main characters, in their own …
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5
Alan Partridge Nomad Alan Partridge Nomad
Alan Partridge
Alan Partridge can make a trip to buy a pint of milk into an epic dual with destiny so I’m surprised he’s managed to “trek” as far as he documents in Nomad. It must be the Amazon you guess, or …
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The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
Malachy Tallack
An investigation into an intriguing subject – Islands that feature in myth, even been found on historical maps, they all have one thing in common, they don’t exist – by Malachy Tallack whose 60 Degrees North was published to acclaim …
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7
Hidden Killers Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
October 2016 eBook of the Month.
Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed Jane as a …
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8
Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove
Shaun Hill
October 2016 Food & Drink Book of the Month.
The cover may not be your typical foodie book but it will stand out for being different. However, inside is a book that deserves to be read from beginning to end.  Shaun …
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Only Daughter Only Daughter
Anna Snoekstra
October 2016 Debut of the Month.
A girl is picked up for shoplifting and not wanting to give her real name, we know not why, she picks the name of a girl who disappeared ten years ago.  When it all happened …
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10
All That Man is All That Man is
David Szalay
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
Chair of the 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: “This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, …
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Top 10 most popular books on Lovereading.co.uk 16 – 23 October 2016

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1
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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2
Small Great Things Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in court. Each of the three main characters, in their own …
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3
Only Daughter Only Daughter
Anna Snoekstra
October 2016 Debut of the Month.
A girl is picked up for shoplifting and not wanting to give her real name, we know not why, she picks the name of a girl who disappeared ten years ago.  When it all happened …
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4
Dodgers Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016.
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller which follows the reluctant journey of East, a young ghetto kid from a world of drugs and …
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5
Two by Two Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
October 2016 Book of the Month.
Russell rises swiftly into a high-powered job until it all comes crashing round him and he now has to spend time at home so there is a slight role reversal while he looks after their …
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6
A Suitable Lie A Suitable Lie
Michael J. Malone
Unsettling, thought-provoking, and absolutely riveting. He’s not even 30, yet Andy is a widower, he has a young son and a loving support network around him. When Andy meets Anna, he can’t believe that he will get a second chance …
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7
Hidden Killers Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
October 2016 eBook of the Month.
Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed Jane as a …
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8
Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove
Shaun Hill
October 2016 Food & Drink Book of the Month.
The cover may not be your typical foodie book but it will stand out for being different. However, inside is a book that deserves to be read from beginning to end.  Shaun …
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Between Sisters Between Sisters
Cathy Kelly
Another lovely, heartfelt, so very readable tale from Cathy Kelly. Sisters Cassie and Coco find plenty of bumps and difficulties in their path, and slowly begin to realise how trauma from their childhood is still affecting them today. Cathy Kelly …
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10
The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
Malachy Tallack
An investigation into an intriguing subject – Islands that feature in myth, even been found on historical maps, they all have one thing in common, they don’t exist – by Malachy Tallack whose 60 Degrees North was published to acclaim …
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Lovereading Top 10 books 25 September – 2 October 2016

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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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2
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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3
The Malice of Waves The Malice of Waves
Mark Douglas-Home
September 2016 Book of the Month.
The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill investigating the disappearance of a 14 year old boy from a small private island off the Scottish coast. …
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4
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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5
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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6
Tastes Like Fear Tastes Like Fear
Sarah Hilary
September 2016 Book of the Month.
This is the third in the ‘DI Marnie Rome’ series, and is just as distinctive, powerful and enthralling as the first two (Sarah Hilary’s debut won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year). In a …
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7
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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Muse Muse
Jonathan Galassi
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
A witty tale of the book world, writers, muses and the vagaries of the intellectual mind, this short debut novel by a veteran US publisher and accomplished poet might appear lightweight at first, but its layers …
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Third Wheel
Jeff Kinney
Seventh in this hilarious series. Love is in the air, but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried …
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One Day One Day
David Nicholls
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012.
One of Richard Bacon’s favourite books.
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Lovereading Top 10 books 18 – 25 September 2016

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The Day I Lost You The Day I Lost You
Fionnuala Kearney
September 2016 Book of the Month.
A mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the hidden, the things left unsaid and untold. I adored Fionnuala Kearney’s debut novel, so was very much looking forward to ‘The Day …
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2
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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3
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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4
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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5
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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6
As Weekends Go As Weekends Go
Jan Brigden
September 2016 Debut of the Month.
A warmly compassionate, amusing and very readable story, with extra sprinkles of fairytale sparkle. Jan Brigden is the winner of the 2014-2015 Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition, and this …
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7
Cartes Postales from Greece Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
September 2016 Book of the Month.
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 …
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8
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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The Weekends of You and Me The Weekends of You and Me
Fiona Walker
September 2016 Book of the Month.
Jo and Harry are both recently single.  Harry has an 18-year old daughter from a one-night stand long before he was married when he was a major part of a rock band.  He is now …
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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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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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2
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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3
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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4
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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5
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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6
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 …
Download free opening extract
7
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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8
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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9
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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10
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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Lovereading Top 10 books 4 – 11 September 2016

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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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2
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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3
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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4
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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5
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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8
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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9
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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Lovereading most popular books 28 August – 4 September 2016

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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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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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9
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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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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Top Ten most popular books on Lovereading 22 – 29 August 2016

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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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2
Watching Edie Watching Edie
Camilla Way
August 2016 Book of the Month.
In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years ago when the girls became …
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3
A Little History Of The English Country Church A Little History Of The English Country Church
Roy Strong
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 28 May. In this eloquent, passionate and easy to read book Sir Roy Strong tells the dramatic story of the English parish church, from Anglo-Saxon times to its uncertain future in the twenty-first century. Anyone with the …
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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
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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6
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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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 Final Minute The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and …
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9
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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Talulla Rising Talulla Rising
Glen Duncan
The first book in this new series, The Last Werewolf, was one of our ‘stand out reads’ for 2011, so getting the sequel to review was an exciting event in the office and it doesn’t disappoint. The page-turning plot and …
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Most popular book on Lovereading 25 – 31 July 2016

Lovereading Top 10

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How to Find Love in a Book Shop How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Veronica Henry
A lovely, gentle read, full of interesting characters, and at the heart of it all, a rather wonderful book shop called Nightingale Books. In this charming romance, we take a peek into the lives of a number of people, and …
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No Turning Back No Turning Back
Tracy Buchanan
July 2016 Book of the Month.
A tension filled, dramatically striking tale, where there is far more to discover than you may at first think. Anna finds herself in the worst possible position when she takes a life in order to …
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The Swimming Pool The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
July 2016 Book of the Month.
Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to Natalie and in one summer …
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Watching Edie Watching Edie
Camilla Way
July 2016 Book of the Month.
In alternating chapters headed “Before” and “After” and narrated by both Heather and Edie, this is one truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole thing. “Before” was seventeen years ago when the girls became …
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Modern Lovers Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
July 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
A penetrating, witty and very modern look at family life. Two sets of friends from Brooklyn are now middle aged parents of teenagers, focusing on both generations, we see the …
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Four Weddings and a Fiasco Four Weddings and a Fiasco
Catherine Ferguson
A deliciously readable and enjoyable relationship tale featuring a wedding photographer as she struggles to overcome her heartache and a less than healthy bank balance. 30 year old Katy Peacock started Sister Act Photography with hope and excitement, yet two …
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Dear Amy Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
July 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month.
Margot Lewis is a classics teacher in a Cambridge school. She’s also the agony aunt for the local newspaper, dealing with problems from the loneliness of a recent widower to a teenager wondering if …
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The Glorious Heresies The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
STOP PRESS… Lisa McInerney wins 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize
Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into the beastly heart of prostitution, drugs, and violence, and makes it relatable and so very …
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My Italian Bulldozer My Italian Bulldozer
Alexander McCall Smith
June 2016 Book of the Month.
A fabulously quirky, ‘standalone’ romance-cum-farce from this feel-good author.  Abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, travel writer Paul goes to Tuscany to research his next book.  Arrangements are made but upon arrival no car is available.  …
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A God in Ruins A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2015.
Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through …
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