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Mid-March Newsletter

Mid-March already! Read on for news of unmissable books in April you can start reading now… 30 years of Rebus… more of Maxim’s marvellous recommendationsthe chance to win exclusive book goodies… and much more.


April Pre-Publication exclusives

A packed virtual shelf of books that we have exclusive Opening Extracts of ahead of publication. Enjoy…

Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick – Next instalment of the The D.C.I. Daley Series. Past and present collide in a gripping web of secrets and small community lives. Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi – A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Like the title we simply couldn’t put it down. The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork – Nail-biting suspense combine with masterful writing to compete with the very best of Nordic Noir. A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys – Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in a mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue.

Spotlight on Rebus.  Top Rankin!

Ian Rankin has a huge throng of dedicated followers the world over for his eponymous Rebus mysteries and amazingly it is 30 years since the first one hit the bookshops; gritty detective stories on the dirty streets of Edinburgh with a delightfully anti-social hero. If you have never read any of his books do take a look at what other ‘newbie’ Rebus readers think by checking out their reviews.

Also the 21st and latest Rebus, Rather Be the Devila tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, has been reviewed by one of our Lovereading experts who herself was a ‘newbie’ to Rebus and she loved it saying “I found myself well and truly caught in the snare of Ian Rankin’s writing“. If you haven’t discovered his stand-out crime writing yet, we envy you for the joy you will have in reading all 21. You can find all of the darkly addictive Rebus cases here. And, tickets have just gone on sale for an exclusive Rebus event – RebusFest – in Edinburgh over the weekend of 30 June to 2 July – more details in our special category.

E is for Reee-ading – March eBooks of the Month

Whatever device you use, we have scoured the digital delights of the literary world for the best books for downloading denizens! This month, we love:

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary – Silence is deadly in this chilling, dark and cold crime drama from an award-winning author. Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey – An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series. The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott – Powerful and expressive, an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720s.

Horses’ Mouths – Reader Highlights

Every month we list the books most loved by our dedicated Reader Reviewers. Great recommendations from book lovers like you.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – ‘This story is a joy to read and be part of. Full of heartache, enduring love and desperation that will bring you to tears.’ (Julie, Reader Reviewer). Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – ‘Addictive, funny yet serious… will have you thinking about this book long after the last page is reached.’ (Pearl, Reader Reviewer). Waking in Time by Angie Stanton – ‘I loved the concept of the book; two time travellers, one moving forward the other backwards and meeting in the middle, each with different memories.‘ (Olivia, Reader Reviewer).

A Basket of the Best – Mid-March highlights

These are our mid-month highlights, all gathered into one handy place, so it’s now even easier to find your next great read!

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover by Simon Parke – A captivating and fascinating novel, where fact blends seamlessly with fiction, set from 1647-1649 during the final months of Charles I.


A Crown on the Jewell. All Hail, Lisa Jewell!

If suspenseful family drama is your thing, look no further than the books of the brilliant Lisa Jewell. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a newly redundant secretary started to pen the first tentative chapters of a story. That secretary was Lisa Jewell and the chapters were the first of Ralph’s Party, the bestselling debut novel of 1998. The rest is history! Her latest, a Book of the Month for us, is I Found You: a page-turning delve into the darkest corners of memory and identity. A gripping, psychological treat that is just a little different from what she’s written before. Find out more here.

Just Great Stories! – That’s our Maxim!

Every month, editorial guru Maxim Jakubowski takes us through his choices of the best books about in the crime fiction, literary and sci-fi genres. This month his top two picks are:

Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow – Epic historical masterpiece that never even moves outside a hotel’s lobby!

Michael Farris Smith Desperation Road Harsh and beautiful, very human thriller that manages to sing of the human spirit but grip vice-like on your nerves!

But visit his category to see them all.

More of the same? MUCH More! If You Like You’ll Love

Know what you like but not sure where to look? Our If You Like, You’ll Love section keeps your bedside table piled high with writers right up your street.

For instance, if you liked The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, you’ll LOVE Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney, an extraordinary, thought-provoking and ultimately life-enhancing novel that walks a razor-sharp edge of belief and understanding, will you discover the truth?

Reader Reviewer Caz said ‘an extraordinary book… you will exhale slowly once you have finished it, vowing to live life to the full.’

If you like Santa Montefiore you’ll love The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry. If you like Sophie Kinsella you’ll love Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone. If you like Helen Simonson you’ll love The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. If you like Louis de Bernieres you’ll love When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea.

Why not give your Mum a book on 26 March?

By now you know that we believe a book is a perfect gift for any occasion. Lasting, thoughtful and non-expensive. What better way to show Mum that she matters this Mother’s Day? But which one? That’s where we come in! Check out our selection of ideas here. Ideas like:


Finally… From ‘Self’ to Shelf – Spring 2017 Independent AuthorsDon’t miss our latest selection of self-published titles worth a peruse.

That’s it from us this month. We’re looking forward to giving you more recommendations next month, so watch this space for some great new adventures in April!

P.S. Perfectly timed for International Women’s Month is the inspirational Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane.

P.P.S. If you live in the South East of England why not put The Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival in your calendar from 30 April – 1 May? Also, find out how you can win one of 4 pairs of tickets to see historical novelist Alison Weir discuss her books.

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March eNewsletter

In the month that saw the birth of sci-fi comedy genius Douglas Adams, why not hitchhike a ride on our stellar book-bus this month and let us guide you through a galaxy of great reads? The best books about for bibliophiles of all tastes and interests, lovingly hand-picked by our team of experts, so you can find your next flight of fancy with minimal fuss! Read on for more.

March On! – Books of the Month

As always, our lovingly hand-picked virtual bookshelf is tantalisingly teeming with top tomes. We particularly love:

Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly – Secrets lies and family ties. Heartwarming and wise, compassionate and characterful. Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey – Gripping and relentlessly paced, blood-drenched suburban nightmare. Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi – ‘Shocking and engrossing… Expect to finish this book and be both amazed and astonished’ (Reader Reviews).
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore – A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was spilling over into life in Britain. Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane – A rainbow representation of female brilliance perfectly timed for International Women’s Month and International Women’s Day on 8 March.
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Springing up! – March’s Debuts of the Month

Championing brilliant, brand new writers is one of the great things about having an office full of book-boffins. This month, we think you’ll love:

When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea – Compelling, powerful and evocative wartime story of life under occupation. Prepare for your heart to break. The Riviera Express by T P Fielden – Snappy, vibrant and fun classic-style murder mystery: ‘light and pleasant … hours of innocent pleasure’ (Reader Reviews). Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo ‘Oh my! … a totally addictive read … relationships, family betrayals, secrets and cultural differences.’ (Phylippa, Reader Reviewer).
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole – Mind-whirling crime drama, gritty, gripping and fresh. A fantastic new voice in crime writing. Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn – Previous YA author has written a fascinating and seductive psychological thriller, frothing with foreboding.
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Marvellous Book Goodies Up-For-Grabs

We love a good give-away! This month we’re jumping for joy to give you the chance to run off with a copy of the DVD of ground-breaking and devastating French TV drama, No Second Chance, adapted from the novel by Harlan Coben, together with a copy of the book. Perfect, as his newest novel Home is just out. It’s an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. See what else is up for grabs here.

If You Haven’t Yet, You Should! – The Books of Jake Arnott

Jake Arnott is a formidable writer who scratches the surface of life and writes the dirt under his fingernails. Underworld tales of immense power and transportive quality.

The Long Firm, set in 1960s London, is a cult classic first published in the ’80s, that immerses you in a world of violence, glamour, sex and crime and leaves you gasping for air. Take a deep breath then and read his latest, The Fatal Tree, where Jake Arnott does for the 18th century what he did for the ’60s in The Long Firm. This journey through the criminal underworld of London in the 1720s is a seductive, clever tale of crime, punishment and love among thieves that is a vibrantly striking, sordid wonder. Find out more.

Reading with (or for) Mother!

By now you know that we believe a book is a perfect gift for any occasion. Lasting, thoughtful and non-expensive. What better way to show Mum that she matters this Mother’s Day? But which one? That’s where we come in! Check out our selection of ideas here. Ideas like:


If you like Maeve Binchy make some time for Patricia Scanlan

Dublin born Patricia Scanlan has been writing absorbing family dramas since 1991 and her 20th, Orange Blossom Days, is loved by our editorial expert Sarah Broadhurst who said of it ‘lively, sensitive and insightful with plenty to get your teeth into‘.

If you are a fan of Maeve Binchy and haven’t discovered Patricia’s books, we think it’s well worth the click.

Get ahead of the crowd with our Pre-Publication Exclusives

  1. Like reading the first chapters of a book in the shop, but without the staff glancing at you suspiciously?
  2. Free extracts to browse at your leisure? A chance to see what’s out there and try the books that take your fancy before you buy them. You’re welcome!

See the shelf below for books not published until the end of March. We especially like A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in a scrumptiously entertaining mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue.


Happy Reading.

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Mid-February eNewsletter

Read on for lots of book recommendations to keep you absorbed, entertained and on-track to make 2017 your year of reading… especially our intriguing Mega Book of the Month A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.


More Exclusive Pre-Pubs

This is our superb selection of downloadable extracts of top titles before they’re published. This month, whet your appetite with:

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson – ‘An absolute page-turner of a novel… uncomfortable… powerful and oh so compelling.’ Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi – Simply superb, it will leap straight into your heart and soul. Without doubt, a must read. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal –  ‘Addictive, funny yet serious undertones’, ‘fascinating and enjoyable’ (Pearl Wilson, Reader Reviewer).

Romeo and Juliet for the Space Age

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan is a beautifully written, stunning, unusual debut that weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. A love forbidden by the times in which they live and yet one that they’ll risk everything not to lose. Graduate of the Faber Academy writing course and space geek Katie Khan started writing the book in 2012. So, quite a while to wait but so worth it.

Unmissable February Highlights

Here, all in one place, are the highlights of this month’s top recommendations. Books you won’t want to miss. Book like:

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover by Simon Parke – A worthy and absorbing read, as the axe falls, history hovers in touching distance. The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz – A bittersweet, compassionate family drama set in Cumbria. Emotional yet ultimately full of love and hope.
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The Black Sheep by Sophie McKenzie. Honeymoon Suite by Wendy Holden. The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom.

A Love Story Like No Other

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan – Our MEGA Book of the Month, a first collaboration between two major award-winning novelists. ‘A wonderful love story, told in prose, featuring two very damaged young people who blossom when they find one another. A gem.‘ (Reader Review).

The authors first met at a dinner to celebrate their respective books being shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Soon after the two of them began sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp.

If you liked, you’ll love …

Keep your bedside table piled high with recommended reads that are right up your street … see below for two of our favourites this month.

If you were a fan of the poignantly comic The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce then do have a browse of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. We think it is a discovery of enchantment and delight.  

And fans of the heartbreaking but beautiful The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson should be tempted by the charming and bittersweet story that is The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

From ‘Self’ to Shelf – Spring 2017 Independent Authors

Self-publishing may still sound a bit like bad books badly printed in a shed, but there are those that take the world by storm. These are our top tips for the Spring.


A Glass Act! – Cathy Glass

When a novel has the author’s personal experiences pouring out of every word, the reader can’t help but feel every bite and bend, hope and fear and twist and turn of it. The novels of foster-carer, Cathy Glass are a great example. The much-loved author of The Child Bride, Girl Alone, The Silent Cry and her latest Nobody’s Son is described by our regular Reader Reviewer Angie as: ‘one amazing lady, and to read her books, gives hope to all the children who come into contact with her.’ Find out more.

Reader Reviewers Recommend! – February’s Selection

Newly launched last month, this is a sparkling selection where we feature the books that Reader Reviewers have marked in the ‘must read’ column! Books like:

The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee – A beautiful and deeply moving story that can’t be put down (Judith Smith, Reader Reviewer). Moonglow by Michael Chabon – Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… Who’s That Girl? By Mhairi McFarlane – One kiss and your world falls apart… A light, highly infectious, delightful read.
Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff – Quirky, loveably light and happily hilarious romantic comedy. Debut adult novel from well respected teen/YA author. ‘A perfect gem of a book, so engaging’ (Sandra Rabiasz, Reader Reviewer). The Trophy Child by Paula Daly – Family drama, psychological thriller and police procedure mix well in a clever, well-written tale with excellent characterisation. ‘A captivating and intriguing suspenseful read’ (Karen, Reader Reviewer).
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Spookily Good! – The Books of Mick Herron

If you like a bit of intrigue and a dollop of humour, you have to try the spook-filled spy thrillers of Mick Herron.

There’s a whole series of addictive tales to enjoy about a house filled with ‘out to pasture’ MI5 operatives, confounding colleagues and generally upping the ante in anti-establishment. Brilliant, gripping and thoroughly entertaining books. His latest and 4th in the series is Spook Street. Start here.

Just Great Stories! – That’s our Maxim!

Every month, crime fiction guru Maxim Jakubowski takes us through his singular choices of the best books about in his favourite genres. 

This month he recommends that we slow ourselves down, sit by the fire and relax while the characters on the page race, run, burn rubber and screech tyres in a high-octane choice of books to see out the winter! We have them all!  But here are his top two:

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – Loved by our Reader Reviewers this is a dark, unpredictable and gut-gripping tale, right up to the imaginatively wicked and jaw-dropping ending.

And Kill the Next One by Federico Axat – Clever, stomach-churning psychological thriller that reinvents itself amid a web of questions so dizzying, you’ll be guessing to the very end.

Stuck for time? Try a Short Story

Sometimes you just can’t find the time to get into a novel even if you are desperate to read more. If that is your predicament then why not try a short story, or two. Small, perfectly formed and some not much longer than a chapter. We have a special category of them but this month we recommend Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes…  fleeting, yet memorable glimpse into other lives.

From Child to Wolf

David Young introduced us to Karin Muller, the only female lieutenant in the East German Secret Police in Stasi Child and her fascinating story continues in Stasi Wolf.

Sarah Broadhurst says ‘stories with plenty of twists and human drama but what makes these stand out is their place in history. This is a fascinating period and a fascinating place, both beautifully realised.’

In a Reading Group? Let us help you choose your books

Did you know we have a category especially for books we think make perfect choices for reading groups? Books that are great reads but will also give your group lots to discuss.

Books like Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her into the police. But out of sight is not out of mind… and blood is thicker than water.

And that is what’s hot this cold February!  But don’t miss the last chance to see our ‘life-changing books’ in our New Year, New You category. See you next month as the daffodils start singing, with more recommendations from the heart!

P.S. If you fancy picking up lots of book goodies have a browse around our Free Prize Draw section. Lovereading book bags and signed copies await.

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Mid January eNewsletter

Mid-January and we hope your New Year’s resolutions are going well, especially any to do with reading more. Read on for many more recommendations. 

And with Valentine’s Day peeking over the horizon we are enjoying Love Makes the World Stand Still by Cath Tate. A devastatingly funny book that is bursting with romantic sentiment, insightful wisdom and a tiny touch of cynicism.

Unmissable January Highlights

Here, all in one place, are the highlights of this month’s top recommendations. Books you won’t want to miss. Books like:

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick – A January Book of the Month: ‘A fast-paced thriller which I would heartily recommend.’ (Rachael Anderson, Reader Reviewer). Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson – Fast-paced, intense and gripping psychological thriller. The Affair by Amanda Brooke – ‘Unpredictable and compelling‘ (Reader Review). A stand-out family drama and a captivating and thought-provoking read.
A Family Secret by Josephine Cox – Master storytelling: the secrets and love at the heart of family life and how truth can disrupt. My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon – A bittersweet tale of high passions, infidelity and revenge. Watch your back…
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Let us help you make 2017 the year to get more creative

OK, by now a lot of the New Year’s resolutions you made may well have fallen by the wayside so why not make some more. What about a creative hobby? If so, take a look at our Arts and Crafts category. A real favourite in the office and new this month is The Great Pottery Throw Down by Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge, a complement to the TV series and a celebration of the unpredictability, history, usefulness, and the tactile and visual beauty of pottery.

Recommended by our Reader Reviewers

Did you know we have a dedicated group of fervent readers and reviewers across the country who give us their honest opinion and experience of current books? Not only can you use their reviews to help you choose your next read, but they have proven so popular that we have decided to share their feedback with you on the titles they are really raving about. We hope you enjoy.

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson – ‘an engrossing … story’; ‘a super read’; ‘fabulously immersive’; ‘should be on everyone’s reading list‘ (Reader Review). Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land – The author doesn’t hold back in this uncomfortable, powerful, provocative read – it’s an absolute knockout. Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird – The lives of a Syrian refugee family are brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers but we believe it is a must read for everyone.

Don’t miss 2016’s Must-Reads.

2016 as well as being a year of turbulent change was also a bumper year for brilliance on the bookshelf. We have compiled our favourites in one easy to browse category so that you won’t miss out on the literary gold-dust of 2016. Enjoy!

Fabulous February titles you can start reading now

The only thing better than getting a great new book as soon as it’s published is sneaking a peak before it hits the shelves. This is where you can!

The Moment She Left – A completely captivating and tension-filled dramatic tale. Emotional and yet terrifically readable. You Said Forever – Tugs at your heartstrings, pushes you to face your disbelief, and yet is filled with warmth and hope too. Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane – A funny, sad, entertaining and really enjoyable read – another winner from this fabulous author.’ Caroline Mathews

Books to give you a fresh start in 2017

Browse our New Year, New You category to get some help and support with your New Year’s Resolutions to make positive change in your life. And don’t miss:

Clean and Lean for Life from wellness guru James Duigan where he brings his clean and lean philosophy to a cookbook with 150 recipes that refreshes your whole approach to food whilst providing the advice you need to live a cleaner, healthier existence.

From TV to the written word

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent and he has used his in-depth knowledge and experience to craft a nerve-shreddingly plausible international thriller called Crisis. Ex-Special Boat Service commando turned MI6 operative Luke Carlton fights to save his country from catastrophic attack. This is terrifying, edge-of-your-seat stuff and we loved it!

A Debut you shouldn’t miss and you won’t forget

It’s very hard to write a book that has real appeal to teens and adults but when it works it is sublimely brilliant and we think we have found one in The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.

An accident aged ten has left Flora with no short term memory. Then a secret kiss on the beach – with her only friend’s boyfriend – lodges in her mind. Inspired, she sets off alone to follow him. It’s a unique mix, part coming-of-age, and part psychological thriller, with an almost fairy-tale setting that we think will be one of the books of 2017.

Have you discovered Ragnar Jonasson yet?

Combining Golden Age crime writing and Nordic Noir there is, quite simply, nothing like them and if you have yet to read him, you are missing a treat. The 4th in his Dark Iceland series, Rupture, has just been published. Set in a small fishing village in Northern Iceland accessible only by a tunnel this is first class classic detection with a frozen twist. See the shelf below and enjoy.


And that’s all from us this month. Happy New Year and best wishes for a prosperous, page-turning 2017!

P.S. We loved Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty when it was published in 2013 and were very excited to hear it has been made into a TV series. So, from 22 January, we will be turning off the phone on Sunday nights at 9pm to make sure we don’t miss a second. We recommend you do the same.

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January 2017 eNewsletter

Happy New Year! A page-turning 2017 awaits we can assure you. First though, you’re probably concerned with making, breaking or entirely forsaking your New Year’s Resolutions. Well, if you are wavering, or if you just fancy a fresh start after a pretty crazy 2016, why not take a leisurely stroll around our New Year, New You category and treat yourself well this January?

So Last Year! – Missed Must-Reads of 2016

2016 will be remembered for a lot of turbulent change in the political arena and the year that many heroes from the world of entertainment left the mortal coil. But it was also a bumper year for brilliance on the bookshelf. And so numerous that even the most dedicated readers among you may have missed a few! So, here is our very own expert-compiled retrospective of the literary gold-dust of 2016 to help you catch up. Enjoy!

First Footers! – Debuts of the Month

What better time to discover fabulous first-time writers than the first month of a brand new year? Don’t miss:

MEGA Debut… The One Memory of Flora Banks (YA) from Emily Barr, bestselling adult author but her first YA novel – A unique, unforgettable and wondrous tale. Part coming-of-age, part thriller and part fairytale. Brilliant!

Also, The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain – Champions honesty, bravery, and love, open the cover and let it welcome you into its heart. And The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – ‘A charming tale of ordinary folk sweltering in the heat. I loved it.’ our very own Sarah Broadhurst. 


Winter Winners! – January Books of the Month

A wonderful way to start the New Year. If you weren’t inundated with novels for Christmas, then have a look at three of our favourites this month.

The Veil by Joseph D’Lacey – A provocative, gut-wrenching and oh so readable pair of tales focusing on apocalyptic events. The Bone Field by Simon Kernick An action-packed and mind-gripping start to a new series that promises to deliver in spades. Dodgers by Bill Beverly A book that will come to be seen as a landmark in US crime writing. ~ Maxim Jakubowski.

Happy New YOU!

It’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and our New Year, New You section is teeming with temptation-free titles to tighten waistlines, train brains and teach old dogs new tricks. Whatever your personal ambitions in 2017, clicking here is a good place to start your quest to find the new you.


Famous Five – Costa Category Winners

Uniquely split into five categories, the Costa Book Awards is one of the biggest literary prizes out there, honouring superlative writing by novelists, biographers, debutants, poets and children’s authors. A perfect start to the year, we think, celebrating the winners of each hotly contested category. The overall winner will be announced at the end of January. Find out more.

Newer than New! – Pre-Publication Exclusives

Three reasons to find out more about our ‘Coming Soon‘ category…

#1 – This is our ‘Try before you buy’ service for discerning, word-thirsty book fans.

#2 – Get ahead of the game and try our exclusive extracts of great books before they hit the shelves.

#3 – Don’t trust the reviews? Decide for yourself whether a book is up your street before it’s even published.

See the shelves below for some January highlights.


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

P.S. Science fans will know that Stephen Hawking is 75 this month and although he’d say it’s a very brief history in the vastness of Time, we think it’s worth celebrating by sharing details of a revised and up to the minute edition of the Hawking biography.

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November email update

George Bernard Shaw, who died this month 66 years ago, once said, ‘As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living’. What we want is to give you a reason for loving great books. We live for it. And what a treasure chest of golden hints and recommendations we have for you this month including fantastic gift ideas for friends and loved ones.

First Things First!

November is normally a quiet month for debuts but we think we have found a possible contender for one of our Debuts of the Year. Himself by Jess Kid is a beautifully drawn, characterful identity tale brimming with Irish charm.

Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, said of the book ‘I loved the pictures the author paints, the dog lying by its master’s feet, the man trying to hang up his hat. Lovely images in a lovely debut. Highly recommended. Find out more.

November’s Unmissable Books of the Month

A winter wonder-world of words awaits you on our Books of the Month bookshelf this month with terrific titles like:

Betrayal by Martina Cole – Nail-biting and shattering journey through the complex rules of the Columbian drug trade. Authentic, harrowing and brilliant.

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney – Incendiary, epic and engrossing tale that will take you to the ends of the earth and the deepest reaches of the human soul.

The Secret by Katerina Diamond – Intense, shocking and heart-pumpingly entertaining thrill-ride and excellent follow-up to her splendidly engineered and compulsive page-turning debut The Teacher.

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult – Big issues beautifully handled. Prejudice, power and humanity. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’ (Reader Review).

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney – A captivating, earthy, and striking novel set in the 18th century that reaches into the heart of friendship and love, and prods, provokes…inflames.


Hot – but not off the Press! Pre-Publication Exclusives

Your monthly chance to stay ahead of the game with a sneak peek at tomorrow’s best books. Don’t miss:

The Spy by Paul Coelho – Unforgettable, horse’s mouth account of the last days of Mata Hari by the celebrated author of The Alchemist. What Remains of Me by A. L. Gaylin – Deliciously, mind-twisting thriller that will have you guessing all the way to the spine-chilling end.
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Hark the Herald!

Good advice actually. Especially if the Herald is extolling the virtue of a book as the perfect Christmas gift. Not a last minute purchase, but a thoughtful present given with love and the promise of a lasting memory. Also, it’s really easy to wrap. Really easy.

So, here’s our bookshelf of top titles, with lots more on the website, to give to your friends, family and loved ones this year.

Sumptuous Seasonal Selections

Whether as a gift for someone else, or a treat for you the festive season does bring forth a range of titles perfectly suited to the time of year. See a few choice picks on the shelf below or visit the Christmas category on the site to see more.

Put the WIN in Winter! – Free Prize Draw Round-Up

A gorgeous gaggle of giveaways greets our lucky winners this month. Give it a go. You never know. This month there’s a chance to get your hands on a highly desirable, unique and increasingly famous Lovereading canvas book bag: the perfect carrier for a limited edition signed proof of the last in Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles; one of three copies of Poldark Series 2 DVDs, or one of three signed copies of Nomad by Alan Partridge. Now you’re winning!

Charm Offensive – The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

We all know about the great plagues of the 14th Century but do we really comprehend the apocalyptic decimation they caused. The upheaval to societies all over Europe, the desperate acts of people bent on survival. The blame, suspicion, fear. The witch-hunts.

This is an all too real account of one village and the greatest epidemic to hit human beings. This moving, disturbing tale of humanity pushed to the edges of reason is a wonderful read and you can find it here.

150 years of Potter

No. Not the reluctant super-wizard (although we’re sure he’ll also endure that long – Ed). This is the celebration of Beatrix Potter, whose stories are still nursery favourites after 150 years! 

What better way to mark this than with The Art of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach? A wonderful collection brimming with images and rarely seen gems from the artist’s sketch book, exploring her process and timeless appeal. What with our special category on the Lovereading4Kids site, make November a fairytale journey to the innocence of happy childhood! Find out more.

A Never Ending Year – The Terry Pratchett Diary 2017

Publishing phenomenon Terry Pratchett lives on in this remarkable and inspiring perennial tribute to the great man. A rare insight into a truly unique voice in literature with contributions from friends, family and fans, including Neil Gaiman, Stephen Baxter, Colin Smythe, Rob Wilkins and own daughter Rhianna. A moving recognition of the words that surround us still from one of the greatest human brains of recent times. Click here for more.

P.S. The brilliant, memorable and heart-rending debut The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman has been made into a flim staring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. Find out more.

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Print it! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques for Fabric, Paper and Upcycling
Joy Jolliffe
A great book for crafters who want to take things on from dressmaking, upholstery and other fabric crafts – why not print the fabric as well? There are 25 projects here that go from simple potato prints on wrapping paper…

Ultimate Sewing Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Marie Clayton
This book is well worth buying for the section on home furnishings alone, very clear instructions on some quite complicated furnishings like blinds and fitted covers and with the Ultimate Sewing Bible to hand I would feel confident in tackling a big project…

William Morris Decor & Design (Mini)
Elizabeth Wilhide
We must admit to a great love of William Morris’s textiles and Arts & Crafts furniture so reading Elizabeth Wilhide’s guide to creating the “Morris look” can hardly be classed as work. If you want to find out how to choose pattern and colour and how to co-ordinate furniture and…

Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie
Woody Woodmansey
Playing with Bowie took Woody Woodmansey on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as well as behind-the-scenes moments…

Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
A revelatory memoir by a legendary rock star, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run will be one of the books of 2016. Over the past seven years, he has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs.

Keeping on Keeping on
Alan Bennett
This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett. This latest collection contains Bennett’s peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks), a…

Colder The Illustrated Story of Britain’s Greatest Polar Explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The fully illustrated edition of Britain’s greatest living polar explorer’s memoirs, with personal photographs, maps and diaries of his adventures.

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis. In his memoir, he talks honestly about his three failed marriages…

Jo Malone: My Story
Jo Malone
Has appeal as a rags to riches story but also will act as an inspiration for anyone dreaming of starting their own business. Showing that you don’t need qualifications and good school results to get ahead …


The Indian Cookery Course
Monisha Bharadwaj
Monisha covers a varied range of dishes as well as providing insights into ingredients, techniques and step-by-step masterclasses to help you recreate classic and popular recipes easily.

Salt is Essential And Other Things I Have Learned from 50 Years at the Stove
Shaun Hill
The cover may not be your typical foodie book however, inside is a book that deserves to be read from beginning to end. Shaun Hill’s guidance and commentary is…

Scottish Baking
Sue Lawrence
A look at traditional Scottish baking and introducing some new contemporary favourites, Sue Lawrence shares her passion for her homeland and for baking…

The Cook Book Fortnum & Mason
Tom Parker Bowles
Founded in 1707, Fortnum & Mason have been a top-notch provisioner from the start, surprising then to find out that they were the very first British retailer to sell Heinz baked beans – a novelty product in 1886. It is this breadth of experience, their championing of fine food and…

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi
Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, the authors showcase inventive yet simple dishes that rest on numerous culinary traditions. It features 140 original recipes that cover everything from accomplished meat and fish main courses, through to quick salads…

Gino’s Hidden Italy How to Cook Like a True Italian
Gino D’Acampo
Join the nation’s favourite Italian chef, on his journey of discovery through Northern Italy, to reveal the secrets of real Italian food. From peach picking in Turin to truffle hunting in Piedmonte, Gino celebrates the best in local and seasonal Italian ingredients…

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…

Ian McEwan
Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year insofar as it follows the story of a crime from the point of view of an unborn child, isolated inside his mother’s womb but listening to all manifestations of the world…

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 following the reluctant journey of East, a young ghetto kid from a world of drugs and crime in Los Angeles, across the United States…

Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
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 5-year old daughter and his…

Precious and Grace
Alexander McCall Smith
In the heat of summer in Botswana, co-directors of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, find their friendship tested to the limit by a curious case. Packed with intrigue, this heartfelt tale…

Closed Casket The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
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…

Hidden Killers
Lynda La Plante
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 probationer with the Met in…

A Monster Calls: Special Collector’s Edition
Patrick Ness
This is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the award-winning novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production…

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…

A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Emma White
Dogs as hunters, fighters, companions and helpers – all feature in this compendium of 100 dogs famous and otherwise. There are dogs in fact – revealing some little-known stories of bravery and love and dogs from fiction too – the infamous Hound of the Baskervilles to Bullseye from Oliver Twist…

A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection
Jenni Murray
In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their…

Politics The Art of the Possible in an Age of Unreason
Nick Clegg
In 2010, a hung parliament delivered Britain’s first coalition government for more than half a century. In this book, the author gives an account of his experiences, from his rise in the 2010 general election, through his years as Deputy Prime Minister, to a brutal defeat in 2015. Whatever your…

The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Sean Carroll
A synthesis of cosmos-sprawling science and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all, The Big Picture is the ultimate guide to the scientific revolution that has taken us from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe…

Science A History in 100 Experiments
Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
A history of science distilled into 100 notable experiments – epic moments that have fuelled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond. From the discovery of microscopic worlds to weighing the Earth, from making electricity to the accelerating Universe and gravitational waves, this stunning book by renowned science writers…

Universal A Guide to the Cosmos
Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Physics is about asking questions. But what are good questions? How do we understand the fundamental forces of the Universe and its remarkable uniformity? Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to each other, to our world, and to our Universe; and, by understanding the groundbreaking work of others, reaches…

The Quick Guide to Parenting
Laura Quick
Insightful, tender and very, very funny, the images from the author’s blog, The Daily Think, have become hugely popular, and the very best of them are collected together in this exquisite and hilarious gift book…

The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News
Patrick Kidd
Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of the Column with items that will amaze…

Peggy and Me
Miranda Hart
From the bestselling author of Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart, comes the hilarious account of her life with her close companion Peggy, a gorgeous white bichon frise.

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Mid-October eNewsletter

We know that it’s October and you’re thinking pumpkins and fireworks but, if there are two things we love at Lovereading (apart from “reading” … obviously) it’s having something to look forward to and feeling ahead of the game… So read on for October highlights and our first hint of… Christmas.

In Brief – October Highlights

Some of our favourites this month:

A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone – A challenging, clever humdinger of a novel, brimming with unsettling darkness in a world all too recognisable. Riveting! Also Shaun Hill’s Salt is Essential. A foodie book with a difference that deserves to be read from beginning to end because you will end up a better cook. Rick Stein is a huge fan as well – ‘a book you need to own; a lifetime’s hard work in the kitchen distilled into sensible brevity. Shaun is a great cook.’


Prize Winning Crime

The highly coveted CWA Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. The John Creasey New Blood Dagger is awarded to an outstanding first novel and has launched the careers of some of your favourite crime-fictionistas! The 2016 New Blood winner is the striking literary thriller Dodgers by Bill Beverly, which also won the Goldsboro Gold Dagger as well (practically unheard of!) and we strongly encourage you to knife your way to the front of the queue, by clicking here to visit our special category with all the winners.

The (Lost) World According to Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack has already taken us 60 Degrees North on an immersive, original and dazzling journey around the world. With writing as engaging and wild as the landscape and communities he encountered, it’s a travel memoir like no other. Now he’s back with The Un-Discovered Islands, a look at forgotten worlds. The places once added to maps through imagination, superstition and plain human error. These are the mysterious lands that time has eroded. A gloriously illustrated atlas of legend and wonder and a must-have for the curious. Learn more.

No Small Thing! Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

It takes a writer of enormous skill to handle humanity’s big issues. Luckily Jodi Picoult has that skill in spades! Her latest title Small Great Things is a harrowing, thought-provoking examination of racism in America today. Her existing fans will love it and it will no doubt garner many new ones as we see it as a ‘must read’ this autumn. One of our Reader Reviewers described it as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’. Read an exclusive pre-publication extract here.

Christmas is Just Around the Corner

Okay, it’s not exactly ‘around the corner’, but it is on the horizon! If you’re the sort of person who likes to start idea hunting early, then why not let us help you choose some great, lasting gifts to bulk out their stockings this year? Take a look at the bookshelf below to get some early inspiration or visit the website for lots more ideas.

E-asy Reading! – eBooks of the month

Stay in touch with the latest digital delights for all eReaders with our definitive list of the best in eBooks. Books like:

Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante – Dark truths in innocent places. An atmospheric and engagingly real police drama from the BAFTA award-winning Queen of Crime.

You Made It! – Arts and Crafts Category

Fancy turning your hand to a spot of sewing, knitting, drawing or sticking or you know someone who would? Our Arts and Crafts category is for all you creative types! Amaze your friends and family, or just do it for yourself: there’s something for everyone. A word of warning. You WILL get hooked. Find your next hobby right here!

Group On! – Reading Groups

Our labour of love, this. A selection of talking-point titles to enjoy with friends! This month, try:

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland – Dark Ages drama in a plague-ridden west country. Chilling community tale of trust, fear and survival.

An Autumn Selection of Independent Authors

People can be sceptical about the quality of self-published work but increasingly new authors are using this route to get a title in print and larger imprints actively look for the best of them to add to their lists. So, as we did earlier in the year, we have compiled a selection of our favourites from independently published authors who sat down, got their literary juices going and made it happen. So, why not have a look today and perhaps you might decide you have a book in you too?

We Love Reading … Nordic Noir!

Why does such amazing crime-writing originate in Scandinavian countries? Who knows? Someone probably got to the bottom of it and then found themselves drowned in a transport crate in the North Sea. Whatever the answer, we’ve all gone a little bit mad for what they call ‘Nordic Noir’ or ‘Scandi Crime’.

We love it so much we’ve created a special category celebrating the very best of writers of the wonderful, cold realism of Scandinavian crime fiction. Take a deep breath and click here.

Late Autumn Book Festivals

Fight off those winter blues with the promise of heart-warming tales and heated debates at Harrogate History Festival (20-23 October), Bridport Literary Festival (6-13 November) and a chance to win tickets to hear Frank Gardner at Petworth Literary Weekend (2-6 November).

And that’s October at Lovereading! We’ll be back next month with more top title tips to get you through the winter months and maybe just a few ideas for – wait for it – Christmas! See you soon.

P.S. Remember to look out for the Man Booker winner on 25 October.

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October eNewsletter

Welcome to October at Lovereading! In the month that saw the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, this is our “Tour of the Words”! Okay, we’re scraping the pun barrel here, but rest assured our recommendation tips are top drawer, we promise!

For instance, let nostalgia guide you to new horizons as we celebrate 100 years of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and 50 years journeying over the Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys). Read on for these and much more.

Booktober! – Books of the Month

We have a wonderful collection this month and below are a few highlights:

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home – Fascinating, enduring, the 3rd in the gripping Sea Detective Series. A book as deep and mysterious as the ocean, swimming with undercurrents.

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop – Delightful, original, beautiful and charming. A uniquely illustrated novel of a journey told in captivating style and inspired by postcards from Greece and a notebook.

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney – Mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the truth behind the things left unsaid.

Jo Malone: My Story by Jo Malone –  An intimate insight into the challenges and courage that helped a girl with no qualifications become an icon of the beauty industry. Surprising (it’s scented with her favourite fragrance), enlightening and inspiring!


First Things First! – Debuts of the Month

As always we have scoured the shelves for some first-class, fresh-faced firsts for you to discover:

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra – Chilling, ominous and mind-churning psychological thriller, where identity and destiny are drenched in danger.

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


Linwood Barclay – Author of the Month

Wait a minute. Wasn’t Linwood Barclay Author of the Month in September? Yes, he was. Are you sure that he’s the Author of the Month in October? Yes, we are. Is he THAT good? Yes, he is! Novels, two of them just out, vibrating with spine-chilling suspense, shock and thrilling anticipation. If you are still not sure then find out more here, read an extract or two and make up your own mind.

First Glimpse – Pre-Publication Exclusives

Get your hands on exclusive extracts of top titles before they hit the shelves! Pre-pub exclusives we rate very highly for you this month include:

Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante – What dark truths hide in innocent corners? An atmospheric and engagingly real police drama from the Queen of Crime.

Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly – ‘An amazing story of love, loyalty, hope and family … a book that everyone who has a family will be able to relate to.’ Reader Review.

Himself by Jess Kidd – A beautiful and darkly comic story of close community secrets and the desperate search for truth and identity.

The Runaway Girl by Casey Watson – Heartfelt and provokes thoughts and feelings about our system of social care and responsibility.

And you can pre-order these ones right now:

Betrayal by Martina Cole – Nail-biting and shattering journey through the complex rules of the Columbian drug trade. Authentic, harrowing and brilliant.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – Big issues beautifully handled. Prejudice, power and humanity. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’ (Reader Review).

Prizes from the Top ‘Draw’

As always there’s a giddy sense of luck on the site this month, with some FREE prize draws to enter. Win some lovely literary goodies. PLUS! This month you could be skipping away with £20 worth of cinema vouchers and a signed copy of Martina Cole’s latest thriller, Betrayal. Click here for more.

Grimm but Glorious

A gloriously enticing and shiver-inducing read, where sculpture sits as a window into the soul of the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. If you truly know your Grimms, then this book will sing to you, if you don’t then it will make you want to discover the true heart of them. ‘The Singing Bones is knowing, evocative and a truly wonderful read, it’s a book to keep close at hand and dip into again and again.

Maxim’s Must-Reads for October

Crime guru Maxim Jakubowski is on top form with his globe-trotting October selection, covering the widest possible spectrum of the crime genre.

Journey into domestic noir, psychological thrillers, spy stories, Nordic mysteries, historical shenanigans and pre-natal crime detection! Top picks are:

BOOK OF THE MONTH – The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore – An outstanding gem of a historical thriller by the writer of The Imitation Game. A thriller with wit, beauty and sparkle and the dazzling portrait of a forgotten world.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Nutshell by Ian McEwan – Possibly the most unusual crime book of the year. A witty and suspenseful story told from inside a mother’s womb.

Finally, 4 titles we would hate you to miss

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Mid-September email newsletter

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


On Your Marks! – It’s Award Season

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

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

September Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

Murphy’s Law – Legal Thrillers by Peter Murphy

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


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

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

A Glass Act! – Cathy Glass

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

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

You Can Make it! – Arts and Crafts Category

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

Nordic and Noir

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

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

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

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

Maxim-ise your choices this September!

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

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

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

Lovereading Loves Reading Groups!

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

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

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

Get ahead of the crowds.

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

Betrayal by Martina Cole. Her twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving you breathless and probably shattered.

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

Lit fest autumn round-up

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

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

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

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