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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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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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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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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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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

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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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3
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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4
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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5
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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8
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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Most popular books on Lovereading 17 – 24 July 2016

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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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2
I Found You I Found You
Lisa Jewell
July 2016 Book of the Month.
A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet another page-turner as she delves into the darker corners of the mind where the memories …
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3
Underground Airlines Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters
July 2016 Book of the Month.
The premise is that four southern states in America did not abolish slavery and formed a republic within the USA. Tightly controlled borders exist and escaped slaves are ruthlessly hunted down. Our protagonist is an …
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The Perfect Gift The Perfect Gift
Emma Hannigan
July 2016 Book of the Month.
Lovely, warm and engaging, ‘The Perfect Gift’ is just that, a delightful treat of a book. Loveable, spirited Roisin always knew she was adopted, she came back home to start up her food emporium and …
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5
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 Invitation The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life, yet the spectre of war holds both in a devastating …
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Baby Doll Baby Doll
Hollie Overton
July 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes captivity after eight years, she has suffered the unthinkable trauma of being mentally and physically …
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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month.
Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this book down for even a second is inconceivable. The first few pages make you smile, make you laugh and …
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Hearts of Stone Hearts of Stone
Simon Scarrow
With a foray into more recent history than Simon Scarrow’s previous novels, the Greek Resistance in World War Two is brought vividly and violently to life in ‘Hearts of Stone’. The prologue set in 1938 highlights three young friends (two …
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When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery When the Music’s Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
July 2016 eBook of the Month.
Challenging, disturbing, and utterly compelling, Peter Robinson has delivered a humdinger of a read. When you reach the 23rd novel in a series, you might expect a little stodginess to have entered proceedings, however this …
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Most popular books on Lovereading 4 – 11 July 2016

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1
I Found You I Found You
Lisa Jewell
July 2016 Book of the Month.
A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet another page-turner as she delves into the darker corners of the mind where the memories …
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2
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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3
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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4
Barkskins Barkskins
Annie Proulx
July 2016 Book of the Month.
For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in.  A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour.  You will find …
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5
The Perfect Gift The Perfect Gift
Emma Hannigan
July 2016 Book of the Month.
Lovely, warm and engaging, ‘The Perfect Gift’ is just that, a delightful treat of a book. Loveable, spirited Roisin always knew she was adopted, she came back home to start up her food emporium and …
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6
The Unseeing The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
July 2016 Debut of the Month.
A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress, Sarah Gale, is convicted of aiding him in disposing of her body. Public opinion flares …
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The Museum of You The Museum of You
Carys Bray
July 2016 Book of the Month.
Now that Clover is twelve she can have a key to her home while her father drives the local bus and she can remain there alone.  She has the allotment to water and tend and …
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A Quiet Life A Quiet Life
Natasha Walter
July 2016 Debut of the Month.
Wife. Mother. Spy. The publisher’s blurb tells us. Now Laura just wants a ‘a quiet life’ and so we follow her to that conclusion. As a young American woman just before World War II she …
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The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
Lisa Tuttle
Maxim Jakubowski’s July 2016 Book of the Month.
From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field’s most urbane – and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian adventures to feature the cases …
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Fates and Furies Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
Shortlisted for the National Book Award / Chosen by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015 / One of our Books of the Year 2015. Bold and surprising in character and style, Fates and Furies is a fascinating novel that …
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Top 10 most popular titles on Lovereading 20 – 26 June 2016

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Dear Amy Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
June 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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2
Barkskins Barkskins
Annie Proulx
June 2016 Book of the Month.
For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in.  A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour.  You will find …
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3
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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4
Black Rabbit Hall Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
June 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month.
Pencraw Hall, Cornwall, is a beautiful old house, the holiday retreat for the well-off Alton family of four children, twins and then a couple much younger, a hard-working father and a young, gregarious American …
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5
How to Find Love in a Book Shop How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Veronica Henry
June 2016 eBook of the Month.
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 …
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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
The Unseeing The Unseeing
Anna Mazzola
A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress, Sarah Gale, is convicted of aiding him in disposing of her body. Public opinion flares up against Sarah and the …
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8
The Fire Child The Fire Child
S. K. Tremayne
A sublimely creepy slow burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into his huge family home, Carnhallow House, on the site …
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A Quiet Life A Quiet Life
Natasha Walter
June 2016 Debut of the Month.
Wife. Mother. Spy. The publisher’s blurb tells us. Now Laura just wants a ‘a quiet life’ and so we follow her to that conclusion. As a young American woman just before World War II she …
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10
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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Top 10 most popular titles on Lovereading 12 – 19 June 2016

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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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2
How to Find Love in a Book Shop How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Veronica Henry
June 2016 eBook of the Month.
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 …
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3
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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4
The Fire Child The Fire Child
S. K. Tremayne
A sublimely creepy slow burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into his huge family home, Carnhallow House, on the site …
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5
This Must be the Place This Must be the Place
Maggie O’Farrell
June 2016 Book of the Month.
Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel.  This Must Be The Place is a story about journeys, it’s about discovering who you are and where you’re meant to be.  Daniel Sullivan is …
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6
Barkskins Barkskins
Annie Proulx
June 2016 Book of the Month.
For the Wolf Hall readership, this is a huge historical novel to immerse yourself in.  A dramatic, violent, absorbing, long read for which you need to put aside serious time to devour.  You will find …
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7
Remember My Name Remember My Name
Abbey Clancy
June 2016 Debut of the Month.
A light, flirty and oh, so much fun, debut novel by model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy. 22 year old Jess, a party entertainer from Liverpool has always dreamed of being a famous singer, so …
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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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When I Was Invisible When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month.
An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their relationship changes, yet in …
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Black Rabbit Hall Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
June 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month.
Pencraw Hall, Cornwall, is a beautiful old house, the holiday retreat for the well-off Alton family of four children, twins and then a couple much younger, a hard-working father and a young, gregarious American …
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Lovereading Top 10 most popular books 15 – 22 May 2016

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When I Was Invisible When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month.
An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their relationship changes, yet in …
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2
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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3
This Must be the Place This Must be the Place
Maggie O’Farrell
May 2016 eBook of the Month.
Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel.  This Must Be The Place is a story about journeys, it’s about discovering who you are and where you’re meant to be.  Daniel Sullivan is …
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The Butterfly Summer The Butterfly Summer
Harriet Evans
A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real. Nina Parr is 25, divorced, living at home and working …
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The Loney The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
May 2016 Debut of the Month.
Winner of Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016.
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2015.
Perhaps it’s the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that ” wild and …
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The Hanging Club The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
May 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 Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Alexander Masters
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
A detective story, investigating the life of the person whose diaries – 148 of them at least – turned up in a skip in 2001. Who was this person, this I who had written …
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The Nest The Nest
Cynthia D’Apriz Sweeney
May 2016 eBook of the Month.
A thought-provoking and wittily pointed debut, about the life and loves of the Plumb family. There are four siblings at the centre of this novel, Leo causes uproar when a chunk of their common nest …
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There's Only Two David Beckhams There’s Only Two David Beckhams
John O’farrell
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016.
There’s Only Two David Beckhams is John O’Farrell’s love-letter to football; part-detective story, part-sports memoir, part-satire on the whole corrupt FIFA circus; it just made the final for the funniest football fiction ever …
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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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Lovereading’s most popular books 7 – 14 May 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
When I Was Invisible When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month.
An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their relationship changes, yet in …
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3
Keep Me Posted Keep Me Posted
Lisa Beazley
May 2016 Debut of the Month.
An entertaining, perceptive and sharply witty debut, this is a novel that will have you cringing one minute and smiling the next. Sisters Cassie and Sid, separated by half the world, decide to put pen …
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The House at the Edge of the World The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be solved shelters behind a penetrating and wryly emotional family tale. The first paragraph, short …
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5
A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Alexander Masters
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
A detective story, investigating the life of the person whose diaries – 148 of them at least – turned up in a skip in 2001. Who was this person, this I who had written …
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The Sea Detective The Sea Detective
Mark Douglas-Home
This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As an oceanographer and environmentalist, he finds himself hounded by the …
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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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8
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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9
The Hanging Club The Hanging Club
Tony Parsons
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 personal tragedy to cope with …
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That Girl from Nowhere That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2016 Book of the Month.
What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet.  It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?).  Our hero, Smitty, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term …
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Most popular books on Lovereading 1 – 8 May 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
The Swimming Pool The Swimming Pool
Louise Candlish
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 her life changes beyond all …
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3
The House at the Edge of the World The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be solved shelters behind a penetrating and wryly emotional family tale. The first paragraph, short …
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4
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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5
American Wife American Wife
Curtis Sittenfeld
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on American Wife…
Ooh, this book is so good. I’m saving it to reread for when I really need it. It is so absorbing, so sweeping, and yet it is also so intricate and beautifully …
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The House of Fame The House of Fame
Oliver Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Nick Belsey, from Hampstead CID, is a crooked cop, or at any rate a cop who bends the rules as far as they can be bent. Although, by hook or by crook, he normally does get …
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No Place to Hide No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one in England, however fate isn’t prepared to hold her hand. …
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The Accidental Agent The Accidental Agent
Andrew Rosenheim
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having now resigned and opted for a new career studying …
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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 Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Marking the twentieth anniversary of Notes from a Small Island, the author makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. He gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain. …
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Lovereading Top 10 books 17 – 24 April 2016

Lovereading Top 10

1
Eligible Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
April 2016 Book of the Month.
Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The Austen Project consists of six contemporary authors, each retelling one of Jane Austen’s novels. Imagine, just imagine being paired …
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2
The One in a Million Boy The One in a Million Boy
Monica Wood
April 2016 Book of the Month.
Absolutely enchanting, and not in a sugary syrupy sweet way, oh no, instead this is earthy and vibrant and real. Miss Ona Vitkus is 104 years old, she lives on her own, relatively undisturbed, and …
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3
The Butterfly Summer The Butterfly Summer
Harriet Evans
A gorgeous, loveable read, this hovers on the edge of the feel of a fairytale, of being almost dreamlike, yet at the same time it is startlingly believable and real. Nina Parr is 25, divorced, living at home and working …
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4
Ashes of London Ashes of London
Andrew Taylor
April 2016 eBook of the Month.
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 …
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5
Fool Me Once Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
April 2016 Book of the Month.
An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze until the shockingly intense end. Maya, a former Army Captain, finds herself caught up in a nightmare scenario after …
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6
Everyone Brave is Forgiven Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave
‘War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon.’
With these words begins the most breathtaking novel of the year, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. Join Mary, Alistair and Tom as they try to survive in …
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7
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
April 2016 Book of the Month.
Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this book down for even a second is inconceivable. The first few pages make you smile, make you laugh and …
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8
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
April 2016 Book of the Month.
What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to control hitman, and 19 criminals on the warpath… you get an unholy, riotous whirlwind of a read, that’s what! …
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9
That Girl from Nowhere That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2016 Book of the Month.
What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet.  It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?).  Our hero, Smitty, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term …
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10
When She Was Bad When She Was Bad
Tammy Cohen
A happy relaxed team in a recruitment office have a rude awakening when a new head of department is employed to improved their profitability. She certainly shakes them up, setting one against another, playing ruthless games and manipulating them mercilessly. …
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