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Lovereading Top 10 most popular books 10 – 17 April 2016

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The Missing The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month.
An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing with family drama. Claire tells her story, which is set six months after her son Billy went missing. Claire’s thoughts begin to fracture as she slowly uncovers secrets held …
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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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3
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month.
Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year old widower Arthur sets out to find the truth behind a charm bracelet he discovers when sorting …
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4
Dear World, How Are You? Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
April 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby decided to write a letter to someone in every single country …
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5
Birdsong Birdsong
Sebastian Faulks
Editor’s Comments:
Since its publication in 1993 Birdsong has established itself as one of the most important novels of recent years. A novel that brings alive the horrors of war and the redemptive power of love there are few books that …
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6
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, Smithy, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term …
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7
Hunting the Eagles Eagles of Rome Hunting the Eagles Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
April 2016 Book of the Month.
A truly wonderful and ferocious slice of historical fiction, this is the second in the ‘Eagles of Rome’ series and takes place from AD 12. I really do recommend starting this reading adventure with ‘Eagles …
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8
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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9
The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
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. …
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10
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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Lovereading. Most popular books 3 – 10 April 2016

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The Summer Before the War The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson
April 2016 Book of the Month.
Despite the title – The Summer Before the War – which this terrific novel does indeed trace, it also spills into the horrors of the war years and eventually releases us back into some sort …
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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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3
The Missing The Missing
C. L. Taylor
April 2016 Book of the Month.
An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing with family drama. Claire tells her story, which is set six months after her son Billy went missing. Claire’s thoughts begin to fracture as she slowly uncovers secrets held …
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4
Dear World, How Are You? Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
April 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby decided to write a letter to someone in every single country …
Download free opening extract
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
Wicked Game Wicked Game
Matt Johnson
April 2016 Debut of the Month.
Fall headlong into a gripping and absolutely cracking story, featuring an ex-SAS, turned Met Police Officer, battling for his life. This is the first in the ‘Robert Finlay series’ and the debut novel by Matt …
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7
Fire Damage Fire Damage
Kate Medina
April 2016 Debut of the Month.
Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie Flynn works for the Defence …
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8
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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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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10
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick
April 2016 Debut of the Month.
Gosh, this is an absolute treasure of a debut… and it’s full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. 69 year old widower Arthur sets out to find the truth behind a charm bracelet he discovers when sorting …
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Most popular books 13 – 20 March 2016

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1
No Place to Hide No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
March 2016 Book of the Month.
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 …
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2
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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3
Direct Hit Direct Hit
Mike Hollow
March 2016 Debut of the Month.
A wonderfully uncomplicated and somehow charming read about a murder investigation during the Second World War. This isn’t a gore-fest, even though death is afoot and there are a sack full of motivations for murder. …
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4
Flawed Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Set in a society in which those deemed ‘flawed’ are branded and ostracised, Celia Ahern’s debut YA novel will talk directly to its readers. Every teenager wants to be perfect, to fit in and look like they know what they’re …
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5
Gorsky Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
A rich oligarch’s path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story, and that of the beautiful woman married to another whom he loves, is told all the …
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6
The Teacher The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
March 2016 Debut of the Month.
Oooh, this is disturbingly good! Two detectives with their own fair share of problems find themselves in the middle of an explosion of murders, as the macabre and gruesomely graphic deaths start to mount, whose …
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7
We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a …
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8
Spill Simmer Falter Wither Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
November 2015 Debut of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015.
Slow starting, slightly monotonous first-person monologue that builds into a hypnotic tale which becomes strangely compulsive.  It is a novel of …
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9
Proud My Autobiography Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015.
In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove me to suicide. Now it’s time to tell the world the …
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10
That Girl from Nowhere That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
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, Smithy, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term boyfriend, discovers her biological family …
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Lovereading Top 10 7 – 13 March 2016

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1
No Place to Hide No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
March 2016 Book of the Month.
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 …
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2
At the Edge of the Orchard At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
March 2016 Book of the Month.
In her last novel, The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier returned to her American roots for the first time, setting her story on the Ohio frontier in 1850. At the Edge of the Orchard opens in …
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3
The Girl Who Came Back The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
March 2016 Book of the Month.
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be an unsettling and riveting read. …
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4
Missing, Presumed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
March 2016 Book of the Month.
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 …
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5
The Teacher The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
March 2016 Debut of the Month.
Oooh, this is disturbingly good! Two detectives with their own fair share of problems find themselves in the middle of an explosion of murders, as the macabre and gruesomely graphic deaths start to mount, whose …
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6
The Shore The Shore
Sara Taylor
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, this title features stories of two island families, illuminating the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all. Dreamlike and …
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7
Gorsky Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016.
A rich oligarch’s path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story, and that of the beautiful woman married to another whom he loves, is told all the …
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8
We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a …
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9
Perfect People Perfect People
Peter James
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011.
John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a
rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they
realize the odds of their next …
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10
The Faithless The Faithless
Martina Cole
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011.October 2011 Book of the Month.
The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a powerfully addictive read. Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly …
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Top 10 most popular books on Lovereading 28 Feb – 6 March 2016

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1
Missing, Presumed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
March 2016 Book of the Month.
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 …
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2
The Teacher The Teacher
Katerina Diamond
March 2016 Debut of the Month.
Oooh, this is disturbingly good! Two detectives with their own fair share of problems find themselves in the middle of an explosion of murders, as the macabre and gruesomely graphic deaths start to mount, whose …
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3
The Girl Who Came Back The Girl Who Came Back
Susan Lewis
March 2016 Book of the Month.
‘The Girl Who Came Back’ has a prologue that sends a chill flowing from the pages up into your fingertips, it sends a clear message, this is going to be an unsettling and riveting read. …
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4
At the Edge of the Orchard At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
March 2016 Book of the Month.
In her last novel, The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier returned to her American roots for the first time, setting her story on the Ohio frontier in 1850. At the Edge of the Orchard opens in …
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5
We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a …
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6
The Faithless The Faithless
Martina Cole
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011.

October 2011 Book of the Month.
The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a powerfully addictive read. Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly …
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7
Perfect People Perfect People
Peter James
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011.
John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a
rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they
realize the odds of their next …
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8
I'm Travelling Alone I’m Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject of a forthcoming ITV series. When a young girl …
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9
War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 March 2012.
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film …
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10
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
Sue Townsend
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 March 2012.
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone refuses to be the person everyone expects them to …
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Most popular books on Lovereading 21 – 28 February 2016

Lovereading Top 10

1
We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a …
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2
I'm Travelling Alone I’m Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject of a forthcoming ITV series. When a young girl …
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3
The Last Kiss Goodbye The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
February 2016 Book of the Month.
An enchanting and engaging novel containing two poignant stories that fuse gradually into a captivating read. The flirty, lively prologue, full of society’s elite in 1961, serves a final tantalising slice of intrigue before chapter …
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4
The King's Speech The King’s Speech
Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 29 May 2011.
The King’s Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a
time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian …
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5
War Horse War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 March 2012.
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film …
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6
Waiting for Sunrise Waiting for Sunrise
William Boyd
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012.
A thrilling, plot-twisting new novel set in Europe during the first world war, from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms. …
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Beyond the Bounty (Quick Reads) Beyond the Bounty (Quick Reads)
Tony Parsons
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012.A World Book Day 2012 Quick Read.
From the number one bestselling author comes a swashbuckling tale of mutiny and murder in paradise … …
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Perfect People Perfect People
Peter James
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011.
John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a
rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they
realize the odds of their next …
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9
Even My Ears are Smiling Even My Ears are Smiling
Michael Rosen
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011.
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s wonderfully touching and witty poems take readers through many familiar family moments such as Dad loosing his glasses in ‘Where are his Glasses?’ as …
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10
The Faithless The Faithless
Martina Cole
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011.October 2011 Book of the Month.
The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a powerfully addictive read. Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly …
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Most popular titles on Lovereading 7 – 14 February 2016

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1
The Witness The Witness
Simon Kernick
February 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read, it just keeps getting better and better. Jane is witness to a terrible crime, and suddenly finds herself with …
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2
The Faithful Couple The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
February 2016 Book of the Month.
Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller’s Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very different sort of creature altogether, a novel about male bonding, class and the vagaries of life, growing up and passing …
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3
The Expatriates The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month.
A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming with people making their way to this remarkable city. Margaret, Mercy and Hilary are three expatriate women learning to …
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4
The Last Kiss Goodbye The Last Kiss Goodbye
Tasmina Perry
February 2016 Book of the Month.
An enchanting and engaging novel containing two poignant stories that fuse gradually into a captivating read. The flirty, lively prologue, full of society’s elite in 1961, serves a final tantalising slice of intrigue before chapter …
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5
The Buried Giant The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is like nothing he’s ever written before though many of the themes he likes to explore – memory, connections, how past, present and future interweave, are there. …
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6
We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a …
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7
I'm Travelling Alone I’m Travelling Alone
Samuel Bjork
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Already a bestseller in over 30 countries, this stunning Norwegian debut finally appears in English. Such was its impact elsewhere that it will now be the subject of a forthcoming ITV series. When a young girl …
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8
Spill Simmer Falter Wither Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
November 2015 Debut of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015.
Slow starting, slightly monotonous first-person monologue that builds into a hypnotic tale which becomes strangely compulsive.  It is a novel of …
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9
Eagles at War Eagles of Rome Eagles at War Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
Having given us Hannibal and Spartacus, this excellent historical adventure author now features an experienced Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, and places him against the German tribesmen of the Rhine (AD9) in the battle …
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The Perfect Match The Perfect Match
Katie Fforde
Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane. Now she’s made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her …
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Most popular books on Lovereading 1 – 7 February 2016

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1
Exposure Exposure
Helen Dunmore
February 2016 Book of the Month.
A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web of lies. Normal everyday life …
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2
The Witness The Witness
Simon Kernick
February 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read, it just keeps getting better and better. Jane is witness to a terrible crime, and suddenly finds herself with …
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3
The Ballroom The Ballroom
Anna Hope
February 2016 Debut of the Month.
A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles find themselves at the edge of an impossible future, each decision they make, sets connecting wheels in …
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4
The Faithful Couple The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
February 2016 Book of the Month.
Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller’s Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very different sort of creature altogether, a novel about male bonding, class and the vagaries of life, growing up and passing …
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5
A Summer at Sea A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
February 2016 Book of the Month.
A comforting, delightful tale about taking chances, trusting instincts, nourishing friendships and finding love. If you’re a fan of Katie Fforde, then you know you’re about to be wrapped up in a delightfully familiar cosy …
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
February 2016 Debut of the Month.
The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its meaning and where to find God. They spend the hot summer of 1976 looking for answers. Set …
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7
Our Song Our Song
Dani Atkins
Quite simply stunning. From the moment I turned the first page, right through to the moment I finished and beyond, I have been transfixed by this beautiful yet heartrending novel. The first few pages set events in motion that will …
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8
Rain Dogs Rain Dogs
Adrian McKinty
February 2016 Book of the Month.
An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery with two deaths to baffle Sergeant Sean Duffy in his fifth case. Set in 1987 while some high-ranking Finnish businessmen were visiting Ireland, Sean Duffy is called to their …
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The Expatriates The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
February 2016 Book of the Month.
A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming with people making their way to this remarkable city. Margaret, Mercy and Hilary are three expatriate women learning to …
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10
The Lie Tree The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015.
Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2015.
Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding in this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find …
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Lovereading – Most popular books 24 – 31 January 2016

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1
A Game for All the Family A Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah
January 2016 Book of the Month.
Ticktock, ticktock, this is a psychological mystery that encourages reading well past bed time and keeps minds ticking over and searching for rational (and perhaps not so rational answers). A Game For All The Family …
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2
The Shadow Hour The Shadow Hour
Kate Riordan
Kate Riordan has written another heartfelt beautifully readable novel about two families, set in the dual time frames of 1878 and 1922. As a tragedy unfolds in front of our eyes in the prologue, captivating whispers of intrigue continue to …
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3
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its meaning and where to find God. They spend the hot summer of 1976 looking for answers. Set in a small town housing …
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4
Our Song Our Song
Dani Atkins
Quite simply stunning. From the moment I turned the first page, right through to the moment I finished and beyond, I have been transfixed by this beautiful yet heartrending novel. The first few pages set events in motion that will …
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5
We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly …
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6
The Expatriates The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
January 2016 Book of the Month.
A remarkably touching and quite quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming with people making their way to this remarkable city. Margaret, Mercy and Hilary are three expatriate women learning to …
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7
The Girl in the Photograph The Girl in the Photograph
Kate Riordan
The suppression of women dominates this dual-time tale. Alice, a disgraced pregnant girl, is sent to the country by her mother in 1933. Fascinated by the history of the house she hides in she feels the presence of unhappy spirits. …
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Coffin Road Coffin Road
Peter May
January 2016 Book of the Month.
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable.  If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even better.  We are still in …
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Black Feathers Black Feathers
Joseph D’Lacey
A darkly rich and foreboding fantasy which hovers on the frightening edge of a believable future. Set in an alternate England, so very similar to our own, volume one of ‘The Black Dawn’ focuses on two teenagers in two different …
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10
Disclaimer Disclaimer
Renee Knight
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is a key character, a main player. …
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Most popular books 17 – 24 January 2016

Lovereading.co.uk Top 10

1
The Expatriates The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
January 2016 Book of the Month.
A remarkably touching and quite quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming with people making their way to this remarkable city. Margaret, Mercy and Hilary are three expatriate women learning to …
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2
The Shadow Hour The Shadow Hour
Kate Riordan
Kate Riordan has written another heartfelt beautifully readable novel about two families, set in the dual time frames of 1878 and 1922. As a tragedy unfolds in front of our eyes in the prologue, captivating whispers of intrigue continue to …
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Coffin Road Coffin Road
Peter May
January 2016 Book of the Month.
A masterful tale from beginning to end, quite literally unputdownable.  If you are a fan of his terrific Lewis trilogy, then you’ll not be disappointed; if anything this is even better.  We are still in …
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A Game for All the Family A Game for All the Family
Sophie Hannah
January 2016 Book of the Month.
Ticktock, ticktock, this is a psychological mystery that encourages reading well past bed time and keeps minds ticking over and searching for rational (and perhaps not so rational answers). A Game For All The Family …
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Crooked Heart Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015.
This is a completely charming and very different slice of World War Two fiction. ‘Crooked Heart’ explores the relationship of Vera, and ten year old Noel, who has been evacuated from London. …
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls are greatly mystified as to its meaning and where to find God. They spend the hot summer of 1976 looking for answers. Set in a small town housing …
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We Are All Made of Stars We Are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly …
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The Words in My Hand The Words in My Hand
Guinevere Glasfurd
January 2016 Debut of the Month.
A gloriously readable and emotional fictional tale based on the relationship between Dutch maid Helena Jans van der Strom and philosopher, mathematician and scientist Rene Descartes, in 17th century Amsterdam. Helena tells her own story, …
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The Queen's Choice The Queen’s Choice
Anne O’Brien
‘The Queen’s Choice’ is a wonderfully effortless read, where historical fact blends with romance, scheming and subterfuge. Covering a period between 1396 and 1422 the story revolves around Joanna of Navarre who married King Henry IV in a time where …
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The Dark Days Club The Dark Days Club
Alison Goodman
This first novel in a trilogy of deliciously dark, supernatural page-turners set in Regency England is packed with passion, period detail and devastating demons.
London, 1812, and sharp-minded, strong-spirited Lady Helen Wrexhall is about to be presented to Queen Charlotte. Her …
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