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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 …

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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…

Nutshell
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…

Dodgers
Bill Beverly
Winner of the John Creasey (New Blood) and Goldsboro Gold Dagger Awards 2016. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer go rap! A striking literary thriller 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.’

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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!

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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).

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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.

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

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

A Glass Act! – Cathy Glass

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

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

You Can Make it! – Arts and Crafts Category

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

Nordic and Noir

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

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

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

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

Maxim-ise your choices this September!

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

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

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

Lovereading Loves Reading Groups!

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

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

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

Get ahead of the crowds.

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

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

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

Lit fest autumn round-up

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

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

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

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September eNewsletter

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

Superlative September Selections – Books of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Leaves – Debuts of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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Keep Up with the Downloads! – eBooks of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fans of Jojo Moyes and Rowan Coleman take note

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

Hail to the Queen! – The Books of Elizabeth Chadwick

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

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

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July e-Newsletter

Graham Greene hailed him “the greatest novelist of my generation”. Hilaire Belloc considered him possessed by the Devil. Either way, we are celebrating the great Evelyn Waugh on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Break open Philip Eade’s new, insightful biography, Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited. But if Waugh is not your thing, no problem. There’s something for everyone in our selections this month all with reviews by editorial experts including holiday reads in our hazy, happy, Summer Reading category. PLUS! Win a gourmet getaway in Devon, at the prestigious Horn of Plenty no less, worth £500 to take your new favourite book on! Read on for more.

Words Win Prizes! – Desmond Elliott Prize Winner Announced

Possibly the most coveted prize for UK first novelists, The Desmond Elliott Prize is as characterful as its eponymous patron. A publisher who drank only champagne and resolved passionately to support new writing. Right up our street. The three judges lovingly assessed the hopefuls for a compelling narrative, arresting character and confident storytelling and then chose the simply sensational debut from Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies.

Desmond Elliott Chair of judges Iain Pears said: “We knew we had found a major literary figure of the next generation when we made our choice … Lisa is a genuinely exciting writer – there is electricity running through her prose.”

July Noted! – Books of the Month

July’s bookshelf is a juicy, genre-spanning jamboree of joy! Our favourites are:

The Museum of You by Carys Bray – As moving as it is funny. A heart-warming story of the search for truth and self, from the author of the astounding A Song for Issy Bradley.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub – A penetrating, witty and very modern look at family, friendships and getting older.

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That’s a First! – July Debuts of the Month

Often a first novel, crammed as it is with passion and hope and all the ambitions of its writer, is hard to surpass. Catch these new authors at their best! Don’t miss:

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola – ‘A grizzly tale of murder in Victorian London that will leave you wanting more…An exciting new voice in historical fiction.’ (Reader Reviewer).

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton – Anyone who has enjoyed The Disappearance and Thirteen on the BBC will devour this gritty and captivating thriller.

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And two great reads published 14 July not to miss…

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown – A big-hearted, summer sojourn into self-discovery, from the best-selling author of The Weird Sisters. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell – Imaginative, illuminating, mind-bending brilliance from one of Britain’s best-sellers! One of our Reader Reviews said ‘I was only disappointed that I needed to break up my reading with a night’s sleep!’

His Maxim is our Maxim – Maxim Jakubowski Recommends

Crime and Sci-Fi guru Maxim Jakubowski has got the wind beneath his wings this month, focusing on the most brilliant books to bung in your beach bag. You won’t find his top tips in the airport shop, but get a copy before you fly. Then sit back, relax and enjoy your summer!

His Book of the Month is The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle – Witty, exciting, Victorian crime romp, with a delightfully unlikely detective duo.

And Highly Recommended is Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman – Evocative and delicately paced thriller where crimes from the past just won’t go away.

Love Is All Around – If You Like, You’ll Love

You know what you like. We know a lot of other authors we think you’ll like. We tell you about them. You LOVE them! For instance: fans of The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins will love Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon, a thriller so taut and thought-provoking, your coffee will go cold! And, you can find out even more about Holly as we were lucky enough to grab a chat with her – check out  the Author Talk section of  our blog.

A Summer Summary – Summer Reading

A book on a beach, park bench or bay window. Summer just lends itself to flights of fancy. Our special category, split into handy ‘moods’, will help you find the perfect accompaniment to however you’re feeling this summer. See some tasters on the shelf below or click here to see the whole range!

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Mid-June email update

We think it’s time to stop thinking and worrying about the weather (real or political) or the football, cricket or tennis and let yourself be distracted by our newly launched Summer Reading collection and the chance to win a £500 gourmet mini break in Devon… Or any other of the shiny bookie baubles in this email.

     

A brace of discerning debuts

Just out are two very special debuts which we believe will be at or near the top of our debut tree at the end of this year – yes we’ve given them both a massive thumbs-up by making them Mega Debuts – an accolade we don’t give easily. Why not stop for a second and download a free extract of one or both of them and decide for yourself.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan. A brilliantly conceived, twisting psychological suspense thriller that’s intensely compelling and deeply satisfying. ‘Gripping from the first page to the last – imaginative psychological thriller that’s sure to increase your heart-rate.’ (Reader Review).

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase. A thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but also a story of forgotten childhood and broken dreams, secrets and heartache, and the strength of a family’s love.

Something for the Summer?

Do you judge someone by the books they read? Just one of the questions in our Summer Reading Survey? Find out the light-hearted results here.

Also, our popular Summer Reading category is back! Here you’ll find a carefully distilled selection of superb titles to get you in the holiday mood! Scroll down to see a small selection or visit the site to see them all where you can enter the £500 mini break prize draw! Plus! Make use of our unique Book Map, which lets you find titles that feature your holiday destination in its pages. Cool, right? It’s the perfect setting for some superb escapism! Find out more.

Pre-Publication Exclusives!

Here is your chance to read extracts from terrific new titles before they hit the shelves! This month, don’t miss.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. The brilliant 3rd novel from the author of A Man Called Ove. A funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton. Impossible not to read in one sitting! A taut psychological thriller that focuses on family entanglements and the evil lurking behind normality. Florence Grace by Tracy Rees. A fabulous, engaging historical tale of identity, longing and love with a heroine for everyone to believe in.
The Invitation by Lucy Foley. From the author of the excellent The Book of Lost and Found, an escapist epic for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop. Sleeper’s Castle by Barbara Erskine. A return, after 30 years, for the enigmatic Lady of Hay where history mingles with the modern in this atmospheric epic. The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola. A grizzly tale of murder in Victorian London that will leave you wanting more… An exciting new voice in historical fiction.

Wife. Mother. Spy

‘A thriller that had me holding my breath’ … ‘An intriguing tale of double lives, scandals & lies’. The debut A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter is one both our experts and consumer Reader Reviewers have waxed lyrical about and we wouldn’t want such a treat to be missed. This complex, compelling, claustrophobic, Cold War spy tale is thought-provoking, illuminating and fascinating. Please find out more today.

Take a 375˚ Look! Thrillers by Nikki Owen

We’re very excited by the novels of Nikki Owen. Thrillers from a surprising perspective with a heroine whose Asperger’s syndrome forces the reader to view the world differently.

Vulnerable, honest and with real tension, The Project trilogy will grip you from the first word. Start with (re-released) Subject 375 (formerly called The Spider in the Corner of the Room) and then devour The Killing Files and enter a different world, balancing a razor-edged tightrope of shocks and suspense. Find out more.

Long-awaited Annie Proulx is back

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain has just published a characterful, immersive and extraordinarily thought-provoking book that is simply a masterpiece.

For the Wolf Hall readership, Barkskins is a massive historical novel charting the lives of two families, the Sels and the Duquets from 1693 to 2013. Dramatic, violent and absorbing we think you will find it difficult to put down.

Dear (e)Reader!

For all you digi-book doyens out there, a perfect selection of terrific tales to download whatever your taste. On our eReader this month, we love…

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Gorgeously eloquent, beautifully written and powerfully dramatic relationship tale to be savoured and enjoyed. My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry. A relationship drama that gradually develops into something much darker … a real page turner’. (Reader Review). The Museum of You by Carys Bray. ‘A lovely tale about a family touched by tragedy but despite that both funny and warm. Highly recommended.’ (Reader Review).
The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle. Haunting and emotional, it’s another gorgeously readable and oh so captivating slice of historical fiction. A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming. A superbly crafted, topical and powerful novel from this award-winning master of the modern spy thriller. How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry – A lovely, gentle read, full of interesting characters, and at the heart of it all, a rather wonderful book shop.

Not Mad! Max! – Maxim Jakubowski’s June Selections

Another month bursting with excellent recommended reads, many of them exceeding 500 pages by several lengths! Maxim’s Book of the Month is City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. The conclusion to the epic doomsday scenario trilogy set ten years or so after the visceral The Passage and The Twelve.

He also highly recommends The Fireman by Joe Hill that he believes will provide you with nightmares and epiphanies in equal share. Why even try to resist?

King of the Supernatural – Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy

As the Bill Hodges Trilogy reaches its climactic finale in End of Watch, we thought we’d point you in the direction of this fantastic, supernatural and chilling series.

Each novel works as a stand-alone read, but reading them in sequence is an experience! Along with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, End of Watch is a deliciously creepy, mind-bending and dark, modern American foray into the grotesque potential of human beings. Read more.

A Penguin Book. But not as you know it!

As heard on the Radio 2 Fact not Fiction Book Club, The Penguin Lessons is a remarkable true story that reads like fiction. Set against the turmoil of the Peron regime ending in Argentina, it is an extraordinary story of survival. Politically enthralling and heart-stoppingly tense, it’s a delightful, warming and compelling relationship-tale of one man and his penguin. Not to be missed.

‘Tremaynes’ of the Day

S.K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer. He also writes religious thrillers under the name of Tom Knox but is perhaps most loved for his dark, psychological thrillers.

The Ice Twins, a tightly woven and disturbing tale, was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller and his latest, The Fire Child, is a haunting story of broken families and the spectre of the past. Claustrophobic, brilliant and not to be missed. See them here.

The Kids Are Alright! – Superfoods for Super Children

Okay. There are a lot of faddy books for people keen to ride the wave of nutritional must-dos in this modern world of ours.

However, here’s one that just makes sense, to us anyway. Superfood for Superchildren combines peer-reviewed scientific evidence with straightforward, mouthwatering recipes to help you provide low-sugar meals, free from refined carbs, to help you and your kids stay healthy, energised and happy.

Front Line Literature – The Somme Remembered 100 Years on

Next month marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme. In the wake of the horrific devastation and the futile struggle for mere inches of land, the Somme has left a legacy of incredible stories which hopefully mean that the lessons of those dark days will endure forever. You’ll find them all in their own area within our World War One category: fiction and non-fiction, first-hand accounts and imagined experiences. Among them is The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme by Gavin Stamp, a brilliant study of the origins of the Thiepval Memorial and its significance to future conflicts.

Nordic Noir’s Gunnar Get You!

Terrible title puns aside, fans of Scandinavian crime stories will loveWhere Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen one of Ian Rankin’s favourite Scandinavian authors and described by Jo Nesbo as ‘A Norwegian Chandler’.

With private eye Varg Veum, a sharp and engagingly flawed anti-hero, at its centre, it’s a stark, bitingly real and tenacious read that will have your mind working overtime. Part of the Varg Veum series, it works just as well as a stand-alone novel. Find out more here.

June Festival Update

This month’s brightest and best lit fests including a chance to win tickets to hear James Naughtie at Raworth’s Harrogate Literature Festival (7-10 July), Lewes Speakers Festival (22-24 July), Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (21-24 July) and newcomers Buckingham Literary Festival (1-3 July).

Scroll down to see more Summer Reading Selections or visit the site to see them all. See you in July.

P.S. Fans of ITV’s Home Fires series shouldn’t miss the chance to win a DVD box set of the series.

Fun and Feel Good – Love the book you are reading

Emotional and Absorbing – Get lost in a beautiful story

Literary Loungers – Catch up on some top class fiction

Mysterious and Thrilling – Edge of the sunbed stuff

Action Packed and Exciting – High-Octane reading for the Summer

People and Places – The pick of the best real life stories

Another Time, Another Place – Historical stories to transport you in time

Young Adult Reads

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Mid-May email update

Welcome to our Mid-May (where has 2016 gone?) update full of the latest, best and most exciting books all selected by our team of incredibly experienced book experts. In addition to enjoying (we hope) our selections we would love you to help Lovereading’s sister site, Lovereading4kids, get to the next stage of the Virgin Media #VOOM 2016 competition by giving us your vote and do please share this competition link with friends and family too. Thank you v v v much.

     

Mid-May Pre-Publications

Where else can you read so many extracts of fabulous fiction before publication? Here. That’s where! Why not try:

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – First class and tightly woven, psychological suspense thriller. Or Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg – A chilling, compulsive debut about group mentality, superstition and betrayal – and a utopian commune gone badly wrong – it’s stunning.

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Download and Go! – eBooks of the Month

As ever we have a smorgasbord of delights served up this month as our eBooks of the Month selections but we have been especially taken by Fire and Sword by Harry Sidebottom and Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must Be The Place.

Fire and Sword is a powerful addition to the epic ‘Throne of the Caesars’ series with a story building layer by fascinating layer, ensuring an impressively compelling and convincing tale.

This Must Be The Place crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage. Her seventh novel is an intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.

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Unmissable Highlights…

These are the cathartic, beautiful and brilliant books that are not to be missed. Books like Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan – A breathtaking, emotional and thought-provoking family tale, set against the backdrops of Taiwan and the USA in the second half of the 20th Century. Sweeping and perceptive, this is human nature laid bare and sensitively told.

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. Inspired by the author’s time in Nagasaki, her first-hand experience of the legacy of the atomic bomb and by the themes of love, loss and the human experience of ageing, this is a truly wonderful novel about the intricacies of parenting, regret, forgiveness and the exquisite pain of love. Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 we think it will make a perfect book group choice.

Alison Weir’s Tudor novels are detailed and hugely knowledgeable, her Tudor Queens series adds a touch of humanity to the infamous and often doomed wives of Henry VIII. Her first in this new series is of course on Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen. It plots her evolution from a frightened 16 year old to a spirited Queen. One of our Reader Reviewers wrote: ‘ … an enchanting, intriguing look into the life of Katherine of Aragon … I was mesmerised.’

Unrivalled by Alyson Noel #1 New York Times bestselling author is a pulse-pounding romance that has sets shelves ablaze over the pond. Now it’s here! It is the first in a new series called Beautiful Idols and is an insider view of Los Angeles and New York that throbs with mystery and suspense. Revel in the darkness that bubbles beneath the beach body perfection and slick city lives. It’s Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars!

Tony Parson’s London-based detective series featuring DC Max Wolfe is an unmissable experience. We are very much enjoying the third instalment in the series called The Hanging Club, which is out this week, where vigilantes are live streaming hangings of people who have committed horrible crimes and got off lightly! Gripping, compelling and frightening are just three adjectives we would use. Read it or any one in the series – don’t worry too much about the order.

Finally Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series has kept fans of the period gripped with his brilliant ability to capture the nuances of political manoeuvering beautifully, and truly breathes life into the men and women of this time. Ravenspur is the stunning conclusion to a series that is, quite simply, breathtakingly glorious from beginning to end. Find out for yourself.

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Every Dad Has His Day! – Father’s Day 2016

This is not a drill! Nor is it a pair of socks, a home brewing kit that’ll never be used, a golf tee, a novelty tie or a driving glove. No. This is a definitive list of great books for dads. Make Father’s Day a lasting memory with a perfect, thoughtful and actually useful gift – a great read. Now, all he’ll need is the peace and quiet to read it in!

A Little of What You Fancy – If You Like You’ll Love

You know what you like, but where do you find new authors that are like your favourites? Simple. Here.

If you like Cathy Kelly you’ll love the gorgeous, almost dreamlike The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans. If you like Nadine Dorries you’ll love the warm hearted A Family Scandal by Kitty Neale. If you like Rosie Thomas you’ll love the captivating debut Eden Gardens by Louise Brown.
     

Maxim Selections for May

Crime aficionado Maxim Jakubowski knows his onions when it comes to picking the top reads in a crowded genre. This month’s picks are an irresistible selection of delights. 

They span the 16th century fantasy world of Shakespeare to the outer reaches of the Galaxy, with side trips to Argentinian wineries, Icelandic bleak landscapes, Hollywood, New York, Montana, Moscow and rural ghostly America. Throw in a smattering of good old fashioned spy-romps and you’ve got a feast at the table of Maxim that all can enjoy! Top of the menu as his Book of the Month and Highly Recommended respectively:

The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley – Profane and gripping and paradoxically poetic tale in the shadow of the horrors of the Vietnam War. A crime novel for the ages. And The Travelers by Chris Pavone – A dazzling conspiracy thriller. A fast-paced and complex hall of mirrors with a female antagonist of wonderful seduction and cruelty.

Self Respect! – The Very Best of independently published authors

Independent Publishing is getting more and more profile these days. In fact, imprints actively look for the best of them to add to their lists. But, people can be skeptical about the quality of self-published work. Fear not! We have done all the hard work for you and compiled a bookshelf bursting with books from 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?

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Cook Yourself Cool! – Cool Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler

The perfect book for budding Masterchefs. If you’re expecting kids’ food think again. Not a rice-krispie cake in sight in this fabulous, non-patronising book that aims to empower the growing number of youngsters interested in cooking. Cool Kids Cook has skills and facts about food from the shop to the plate, they’ll learn how to eat healthily, shop cannily and table a complete meal for the whole family. Once they are brimming with kitchen confidence there are also some more exotic dishes in there to show off with! A stylish, sophisticated book for pre-teens and beyond. Spread the word.

Bag Yourself a Prize! May Competitions

There are some simply sensational treats up for grabs this month. You may need a sturdy bag to put them in! Like our desirable, durable and geek chic canvas Lovereading book-bag! We have a few of these shoulder-hanging status symbols to give away. Usually a mere snip at £9.99, you can also bag yourself one absolutely free when you spend over £25 on books here at Lovereading! Click here for more.

Early Summer Book Festival News

Summer brings a flush of festivals the length and breadth of the UK, with the Derby Book Festival (3-11 June), the Wealden Literary Festival in Kent (18-19 June), the Borders Book Festival in Scotland (16-19 June), Chalke Valley History Festival (27 June-3 July) with 3 family tickets to be won and Althorp Literary Festival (30 June-3 July).

Finally, please can you help Lovereading4kids with a single click?

As we mentioned earlier, we have recently entered our sister site Lovereading4kids into a Virgin Media Business #VOOM competition to try and get investment to grow the business further and make it even better. To get to the next stage of the competition we need the public vote and we thought (and hoped) that you would understand us best and know and value what we are trying to achieve. CLICK HERE to go to the voting site to find out more and just click the vote button and follow the instructions. Thank you v v v much.


And that is all from us this month. We’ll be in touch in June with some more recommendations to rock your summer including our must read Summer Reads. Happy Reading!

P.S. Andrew Michael Hurley’s debut The Loney, published by John Murray, has won The British Book Industry Awards accolade of Book of the Year, beating off strong competition from 32 shortlisted titles including Fiction winner A Little Life, Children’s Book winner My Brother is a Superhero, and Non-Fiction winner Norwegian Wood.

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May eNewsletter

Did you know that former spook and celebrated spy writer, Ian Fleming was born in the merry month of May? A man whose word was quite literally his Bond. (Ahem).

Well, you have our word this month that, as summer shimmers tantalisingly on the horizon, we’ll bring you the very best recommendations for that next great escape between the covers. (Oh, James!) Read on for more…

a-MAY-zing! Books of the Month

A burgeoning bookshelf in bright, brilliant, blossomy bloom this month! If you don’t find something here that you like, we’ll eat our bonnets. Try our top picks:

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson – ‘There are pieces of us hidden between the lines of Koomson’s stories; that’s what makes them so beautiful, and so tragic.’ (Lovereading Reader Reviewer). 

The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver – Stunning new novel from Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin. Sharp, searing, psychological family drama in the wake of a global financial crisis.

The Girls by Lisa Jewell – Captivating, deeply dark and tensely gripping family tale about friendship, trust and the complex structure of family life.

The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold – Fans of The Scandalous Lady W will lap up this bawdy period romp set against the ever-present danger of the French Revolution. Espionage, passion, danger and plenty of dry humour.

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First Love! – Debuts of the Month

The votes are in for our May Poll and these are the best first novels around right now. We especially love:

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley – Amusing, penetrating and cringe-making take on modern life through a unique correspondence.

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley – Costa First Novel winner 2015. ‘… strange and mysterious, funny, sad and frightening … a story that will appeal to all sorts of different readers and should be top of everyone’s reading pile.’ (Lovereading Reader Reviewer ).

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The Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 shortlist

At University, getting a ‘Desmond’ meant a middle of the road degree score (2:2 – get it?). Not for first time novelists it doesn’t. This highly prized award, given in the name of charismatic and legendary literary agent, Desmond Elliott, offers a substantial reward for a first-time novelist and carries on the great man’s own work in supporting and encouraging new writing and we salute it! Below is the recently announced shortlist with a winner coming in late June.

The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester. A wonderfully unconventional read, where a mystery waiting to be solved shelters behind a penetrating and wryly emotional family tale. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. A quite simply sensational debut, one that reaches into the beastly heart of prostitution, drugs, and violence, and makes it very very human. Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea.  A stimulating and rather glorious peek at the life of Lizzie Burns, who lived alongside and supported the two men who founded Marxism.

Get ahead of the crowd

There are some great books waiting in the wings… but you can start reading them now with our exclusive pre-publication Opening Extracts. We especially love Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy – A light, flirty down-to-earth tale of the price of fame. There are more to choose from on the shelf below.

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Book Mark! – The Books of Mark Douglas-Home

Journalist turned author, Mark Douglas-Home was deported from his native South Africa for speaking out against apartheid and has a unique and searingly real voice in the world of the mystery thriller. His truly wave-making thriller series has spanned oceans following the submersive adventures of ocean-going detective Cal McGill.

The first two books: The Sea Detective and The Woman Who Walked into the Sea were met with high acclaim and his new one, out later this month The Malice of Waves, is a churning, tidal, tour de force that will have you gripping the deck rails on the hunt for a missing boy from a close-knit community. Discover more…

Speaking ‘Candlishly’

For someone who professes to lead an uncomplicated life, Louise Candlish is a master at writing about human beings facing dramatic dilemmas. With themes of betrayal, forgiveness, marriage and infidelity, relationships, deception and trust, her elegantly written novels sit on your shoulder long after the final page. Her latest title, The Swimming Pool, is a tense, creepy and intriguing novel that delves into the depths of obsession. Loved by our Reader Reviewers (‘gripping’, ‘thoroughly enjoyable’, ‘enthralling’) you can find it here, along with all her other darkly human tales.

On the ‘Casey’

Specialist foster-carer, Casey Watson, has welcomed many troubled children into her home. It’s a full time labour of love. Gruelling yet rewarding. Somehow she has found time to translate her experiences into heartbreaking real-life stories. These are the stories of her own life and those of the children she’s helped. Much like those of fellow foster-carer-turned-author, Cathy Glass, they are true stories that read like family drama. Stories that must be told. Mummy’s Little Soldier is the latest in the absorbing series of true stories. Find it and all of her other titles here.

P.S. This month also look out for the Wodehouse Prize shortlist, the Baileys Prize shortlist and finally the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize. You will find them all in our Book Awards category.

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Mid March eNewsletter

Welcome to our mid-month update on what’s hot, noteworthy and frankly unputdownable in the world of books … Read on for exclusive access to some of the best books being published in May selected by our team of editorial experts, news of the most prestigious award for debut writers… The Desmond Elliott Prize and much more.

Pre-Publication Peeking!

This is our unique category, where you can discover and start reading spellbinding books before they are published. Books like:

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith – A travel novel like no other, filled with warmth and charm from one of the UK’s best loved authors. Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir – Six stunning novels about the Six Queens of Henry VIII, drawing on new research. The Butterfly Summer – A gorgeous, loveable read, almost dreamlike read. We also loved the wonderful family drama A Place for Us.

When I Was Invisible – New from author of That Girl from Nowhere. An absolute page turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling.

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Desmond Elliott Longlist

The Desmond Elliott Prize was founded in 2007 to celebrate the best 1st novel by a new author and to support writers just starting what will be long and glittering careers. It has succeeded in its mission in a manner that would make Elliott proud.

And we are very excited to introduce the longlist to you, which includes titles like The Butcher’s Hook, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Spill Simmer Falter Wither that our Experts and Reader Review panel rated so highly. See them all here, rest assured every title is well worth reading.  The shortlist is due 6 May with the winner announced 22 June.

     

Like That? You’ll Love This!

Yep! Yet more handpicked, like-for-like recommendations lovingly selected by the Lovereading team so that you can be introduced to new authors similar in feel to authors that you love! For instance:

If you like Dorothy Koomson, Cathy Kelly or Marian Keyes, you’ll love The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty – A gorgeous cathartic family tale, with a unique narrative. If you like Nadine Dorries, you’ll love A Family Scandal by Kitty Neale – A Sunday Times bestselling, gritty and emotional family drama. If you like Katie Fforde you’ll love A Good Catch by Fern Britton. Perfect feel good reading.
If you like Victoria Hislop or Rosie Thomas, you’ll love Eden Gardens by Louise Brown – A vivid striking and captivating colonial tale layered with beauty and pain. If you like The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins) you’ll love When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen… A hypnotic, at times harrowing and frightening, compulsive read.
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Keeping up with the Jonassons!

Gotland-dwelling Jonas Jonasson has a unique perspective on storytelling with engaging characters in madcap situations.

His first two titles: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden won him industry accolades and a delighted international following.

The latest title to get his trademark treatment is Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All, a relentlessly riotous, unholy whirlwind of a read. Charming yet dark, humorous and immersive, it’s a gorgeously addictive walk on the light and darker sides of life! See more here.

Down(load) Time – eBooks of the Month

As always, we have the best in downloadable stories for the digitally dexterous. Click here to see all of this month’s books available as eBooks. Our two favourites this month are:

The enthralling and quite wonderful historical thriller Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor, well-timed given the Fire of London was 350 years ago this year.

Or the distinctive, powerful and engrossing Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary, 3rd in the DI Marnie Rome series.

Enchanting and Unmissable… One in a Million

An 11 year old boy turns up on the doorstep of a 104 year old lady and the ensuing story, The One in a Million Boy, has had our book experts and Reader Reviewers fighting over the copies in the office.

With reviews like ‘vibrant and real’, ‘a story that made me smile, laugh, cry and hug my children tightly’, ‘One of those books that you race to finish but at the same time don’t ever want to finish’ maybe it’s time for you to find out more for yourself especially if you have read Elizabeth is Missing or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

     

Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror fans take note

Hands up, we admit that our editorial expertise in the area of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror was not as strong as we would have liked – BUT with the renowned Simon Spanton now on board that is no longer the case. Simon has 25 years experience in the publishing business, including as Publisher for the prestigious imprint Gollancz where he worked with greats such as Ben Aaronovitch, Peter F. Hamilton, Scott Lynch and Richard Morgan. Fans will now appreciate the 3 new categories of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror rather than all being combined in one and the regular expert selections. Discover more today and do spread the word to all those you know who like a bit of otherworldly reading.

Jane Austen Revisited, Reworked and Renovated

After over 200 years in print, Jane Austen is just as popular as ever. So much so, that some of our favourite authors have taken up the challenge to create new versions of her stories. There are currently four to choose from and many of you will already have enjoyed them!

The latest addition to the party is Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, which brings Pride and Prejudice to modern day Cincinnati in a giddy, glam-ridden and hearty tale from the bestselling author of American Wife.

Time to discover some Reader Review Panel Favourites

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.  Sarah Broadhurst said of this WW2 story… the writing is brilliant, the dialogue sharp, the changing attitudes that the war imposes on folk beautifully realised. And our Reader Review Panel members concurred with glowing reviews… ‘Clever and compelling wartime novel’ and ‘one of my top books of all time. It is stunning…’

The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold. Another favourite of Sarah Broadhurst… lots of drama and intrigue and a fast, compulsive pace. It is a pure charmer. Followed suit by our Reader Reviewers… ‘a delightful book that absolutely grips from the first word’ and ‘a wonderful gallop through the Revolution with dry humour, spies and plenty of passion.’ What are you waiting for?

Locke Stock! Brilliant books by Attica Locke

Since her tightly woven, stylish debut thriller, Black Water Rising, Attica Locke has gripped fans and gong-givers alike with her atmospheric stories. With her debut shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, she is at the top table of tale-tellers in our book!

Her third title Pleasantville, a (highly topical) political thriller and murder mystery, is a stonkingly good read, a Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlister and out NOW in paperback! Learn more about Attica’s novels here.

Book Festival Anyone?

This Spring’s Literary Festivals are covering all the bases – Whitlit Festival (11-15 May) is long on Fleming, Boswell Book Festival (6-8 May) goes large on biography (we’re proud to be sponsoring Loyd Grossman’s event) and Bristol sees a surge in crime writers at Crimefest (19-22 May). Don’t miss your special 10% discount on all tickets to Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival (1-3 May).

More of our March highlights

And if we have still not grabbed you then why not try one of our pick and mix titles, all of which were selected by our editorial experts but also recently read and loved by one or more members of staff:

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And that is April at Lovereading! We’ll be back in May with more reading recommendations.

P.S. See our Book Awards category for the recently announced Baileys Women’s Prize Shortlist.

P.P.S. Maybe you saw Decca Aitkenhead’s tragic story in the newspapers? Even if you didn’t we highly recommend reading her memoir All at Sea which is an entrancing love story; a horrifying death story; a book about class, family, growing up, taking risks and learning how to be strong.

Happy ‘Love’reading.

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