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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.

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. 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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April eNewsletter

April has showered a full blossom of fresh ideas for fantastic forays into fiction and fact for book fans! In a month in which we celebrate Shakespeare 400, a bicentenary birthday for Charlotte Bronte and revisit the great Evelyn Waugh 50 years after his death, it’s a literary feast! But that’s not all. Read on to see our top recommendations for every whim as we ‘Spring’ into action for some happy reading this month.

April Books of the Month

More dazzling than a host of daffs is our bookshelf this month! Look out for:

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – A beautiful, moving story about a small East Sussex town transformed forever by WW1 …’I enjoyed every minute I spent with these characters.’ (Reader Review). Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben – An outrageously stunning read, that takes a tight hold from the outset and continues to squeeze until the shockingly intense end. Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane – Funny, insightful with moving moments and a sassy, confident and intelligent heroine, this will make a good summer read.’ (Reader Review).
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April’s Firsts are no Fools! – Debuts of the Month

Pinch Punch! These are the firsts of the month! Great debut novels by future favourite authors.

Fire Damage by Kate Medina – First in a refreshing new series. ‘Terrific – absolutely unputdownable! This is so much more than a standard crime novel!’ (Reader Review).

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick – Full of delightful, delicious quirkiness. This is a highly recommended beautiful little gem of a read, pefect for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

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All Prose no Conn!

Arguably one of the most popular periods for pensmiths, The Wars of the Roses have their share of fans. Shelves are packed with compelling tales from this complex and important time in our history. Winning the day, we think, in this competitive field is Conn Iggulden, a captivating writer who has tackled historical dynasties from Julius Caesar to Genghis Khan. His intensely researched yet wonderfully accessible series brings England under the ‘feuding flowers’ to vivid life and have delighted our Editorial Experts and discerning Reader Reviewers. Bloodline is the third in the series and in May Ravenspur brings the series to its powerful conclusion. Find out more.

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Letters from the World

In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby Little decided to write a letter to someone in every single country in the world. With his Mum’s help a website and facebook page went live and became a means of storing the letters, social media leapt aboard and Toby’s dream started to come true. The result is Dear World, How Are You?, gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming in equal measure; a book to put a smile on your face and to share with children to inspire them to take up a challenge.

Lovereading loves Reading Groups!

We’re big fans of reading groups. Every month we recommend perfect talking-point-titles for your book club and offer discounts on multiple orders! This month, try:

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings – A compelling, almost bittersweet read, where a shocking discovery leads to an intense, emotional journey.  It is a thought-provoking, dramatic and gripping read that begs the question, just how well do we really know our family? It will give you so much to discuss in your reading group!

April is Maxed! – Maxim Jakubowski Recommends

A truly varied bunch of books has caught the keen eye of our resident crime guru this month. A terrific range of worlds, ideas, adventures and unforgettable characters. See the whole selection here. Or, check out Maxim’s Top Picks of the month:

Dodgers by Bill Beverly – A striking literary thriller. An unforgettable coming-of-age American road journey of self-discovery through the dark world of ghetto crime and skewed loyalties. This is a high-quality character study that we are sure will become a landmark in US crime writing.

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore – Championed by Stephen King, a gripping thriller that brims with terror and discomfort. Mining the roots of obsession in a relentless plot, this is a creepy keeper!

Pre-Publication Exclusives

Some cracking reads to watch out for later this month – why not read a Free Opening Extract today right here at Lovereading?

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400 Years of the Bard

Well, shake our spears! It’s 400 years since Britain’s most celebrated playwright died and to celebrate, there are events the length and breadth of the kingdom. So perhaps it’s time to bone up on the bard and we can help with A Smidgen of Shakespeare by Geoff Spiteri, a brilliant dip-in tome of quotations, trivia and frolics for you to impress your friends with.

Shakespeare’s birth and death-day (23 April) is also World Book Night when millions of books are up for grabs in a monster give-away! See all the titles here, but don’t miss Someone Else’s Skin, Am I Normal Yet and Treachery which are particular favourties in the office. Click here for more.

P.S. – The Jungle Book is back! With the much awaited release of the A-list star-studded Jungle Book film, don’t miss our special category on Lovereading4kids dedicated to all things Jungle Book.

Kipling’s timeless classic gets new life in a memory-lane love-in for you and your man-cubs! Find out more.

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Mid-March eNewsletter

Brexit, the Budget, the weather, Kim Kardashian… escape them all with a great book. Read on for shelf-loads of great reads reviewed by our editorial experts and free opening extract tasters of what we think will be well worth reading in April.

First Things First: Pre-Publication Extracts

This is your monthly chance to get a taste of the next big things before they hit the shelves. It’s a great way to browse for new books!

When She Was BadTammy Cohen. Mounting horror grips in this office-life saga. Original, Hypnotic, harrowing and compulsive.

The French LessonHallie Rubenhold. A wonderfully bawdy period memoir. Scandal and intrigue against a backdrop of social change and revolution. The Summer Before the WarHelen Simonson. Heartbreaking, beautifully written portrayal of small town folk and the war to end all wars.
Flawed Cecelia Ahern. Debut YA novel from bestselling adult author that raises interesting questions about society and personal responsibility. Tastes Like FearSarah Hilary. Third in the award-winning crime series from the author of the bone-chilling debut Someone Else’s Skin. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it AllJonas Jonasson. Hugely readable, quirky, madcap walk through life’s darker side.
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Literat-HER – Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the highly coveted international prize for the very best writing by women announced its longlist on 8 March. Take a look at the titles that we are tipping for the top – not necessarily the obvious names from the longlist but we rate these ones as well worth a read.

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Award-winning Romance

We think 7 March must be the most Romantic Day of the Year, so far, as the winners of the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) Book Awards were announced at a simply splendid lunch in London. Novelist Fern Britton handed out the gongs and our very own Sarah Broadhurst was a judge. Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey, described as ‘a skilfully told story with captivating characters, convincing and compelling’ was the overall winner. It and the category winners are on the shelf below.

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An unmissable prize-winning edition

The surprise but totally deserved winner of the Man Booker, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, has just been published as a beautiful gift edition.

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical, this is a fantastic story with great central characters and narrative tension. It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.” Find out more.

Spring book festival news update

We have Spring festivals with something for everyone. New in Kent is the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival (Bank Holiday weekend 1-3 May) with 10% off all tickets for Lovereading members, whilst the Cotswolds offer book-lovers Chipping Norton Literary Festival (21-24 April) and Chipping Campden Literature Festival (3-8 May).

     

Liked that? You’ll LOVE this! – If You Like You’ll Love

This is where we guide you to other authors who resemble your favourites. This month, if you like Sophie Kinsella you’ll love Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello, a toe-tappingly funny tale of friendship, love and salsa!

And for fans of Martina Cole then look no further than Julie Shaw with her gritty and gripping Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series.

Spring eBook Favourites

As the weather gets better why not pick up a fresh eBook to make reading anywhere a simple pleasure.

Three in a Bed, Andrew Croker.  A fast moving, immensely enjoyable and riveting tale set during the summer of 2014 when the phone hacking scandal was front page news. The Ice Child, Camilla Lackberg. A startling, clever and intensely dark tale set in a small Swedish town with cunning writing waiting to trip you up.

The Forgotten Summer, Carol Drinkwater. Set aside some quality reading time as this is a lovely and entirely captivating, richly bittersweet tale.

War Through the Looking Glass – Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

Drawn from his own experiences and using the imaginative construct of narrative through objects rather than characters, Harry Parker’s new novel Anatomy of a Soldier is a compelling and compassionate modern war tale. Forty-five objects, one incredible story.

A truly unique novel with a language that elevates it to beautiful. If you’re looking for a tour de force, look no further.

March with Maxim!

As ever, resident editorial guru Maxim Jakubowski has plundered the shelves to give us his top tips this month. With stellar new titles and a stonking reissue to feast on, even the hungriest appetite will be satisfied. Here’s a taster of the top table:

Box Nine by Jack O’Connell – Desolate and mind-twisting detective story, with characters as weird as their surroundings and a plot that is just as modern today as when first published in 1998.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough – Jealousy, cunning and outright evil. A twisting, relentless delve into the cruelties of the mind, which is gripping and chilling to the end.

Daley Dose! – DCI Daley Series

If you haven’t already discovered Denzil Meyrick’s DCI Daley series, you’re in for a treat! The former Glasgow police officer brings a stunning sense of reality to his action-packed, gutsy and suspenseful tales that menace and harass your senses. No mundane murders here! The latest title The Rat Stone Serenade, due in April, combines old family secrets with a long forgotten curse and certain death awaits. See the whole series here and if you are new to it get reading ahead of the new one.

Criminal Nostalgia – Blitz based crime series

Mike Hollow’s series of crime novels, set in WW2 London, are perfect for fans of Foyle’s War or Murder on the Home Front and anyone who enjoys period murder mysteries.

DI Jago, ‘The Blitz Detective’, is engaging, reliable and hiding hurts from the previous war. His young side-kick DC Craddock is wet behind the ears and keen as mustard. Their first case is Direct Hit and just out is the second book in the series, Fifth Column.

Letters from the World

In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby Little decided to write a letter to someone in every single country in the world. His Mum, Sabine, embraced the challenge and began to seek out people who would be interested in writing back to Toby. A website went live and became a means of storing the letters, social media leapt aboard and Toby’s dream started to come true. Dear World, How Are You? is gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming in equal measure; a book to put a smile on your face and to share with children to inspire them to take up a challenge.

Between the Lines and Off the Page

Back in 2012 bestselling author Jodi Picoult, co-writing with her daughter who came up with the idea, told a brilliantly romantic YA story of love across a divide (in this case a book!) in an entertaining and thought-provoking story about stories, characters and readers.

Now coming in April 2016 we have their next delightful collaboration Off the Page. A stand-alone novel as well as the sequel to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Read an Opening Extract now, or if you are new to the duo catch up with the first one.

That’s it for March. Happy Reading. See you in April… but don’t forget to enter our Free Prize Draw to win a DVD Box set of series 1 -3 of the dark and cleverly crafted Shetland.

P.S. We loved the gorgeously eloquent and touching novel The Turning Point by Freya North when it was published in hardback last year so it’s great the paperback is out next week… time to turn off the TV and phone to enjoy undisturbed.

P.P.S. Are you in a reading group? Then don’t miss one of our top highlights this month, The Broken Road by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, the engaging and satisfying family tale, full of drama and emotion. Packed full of plot lines to get you all talking.

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March eNewsletter

We’re stealing a march this month to bring you the very best of all things ‘book’. Hand-picked, highly considered, expert recommendations for readers of all tastes. From horror junkies to romance fans – and everything in between – we have just the thing. Plus, there’s a flurry of literary anniversaries to celebrate this month. A chance to revisit some greats! Relax, sit back and read on for more.

On the March! – Books of the Month

Our Books of the Month bookshelf springs to life this month with some titanic titles. Your next great read is probably in here somewhere. We love:

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier – ‘Stunning, haunting and truly memorable … story of hardship and resilience … beautifully imagined … will transport you effortlessly to another place and time’ (Reader Review).

And Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner – ‘A highly original take on the very popular mystery genre by focusing as much as those left behind as uncovering the truth of the victim. Captivating.’ (Reader Review). Finally Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge – Sit on the edge of your seat in this explosively brilliant fifth book in the DI Helen Grace series.

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Relatable, engaging and addictive… have you discovered Susan Lewis?

Two engrossing titles from the same author have got us gripped this month. Susan Lewis is a master at painting characters with the lightest of brushstrokes, so that we know them utterly, while ramping up tension to an almost unbearable level.

No Place to Hide, a time-switching family saga which was loved by our Reader Reviewers now has The Girl Who Came Back to keep it company on our ‘Favourites’ list and collectively they are also joint Books of the Month.

Mamma Mia! It’s Mother’s Day!

‘Mum’ is literally the word this month. There’s still time to get that perfect gift. Thoughtful, enduring and with the promise of time with your feet up, what could be better than a book? Click here to get started but don’t dawdle as Mother’s Day is 6 March.

Fresh for Spring – Debuts of the Month

A first novel often contains the heart and soul of an author. A life’s work. Here are the labours of love of March’s brand-new, brilliant talent. Don’t miss:

MEGA Debut The Butcher’s Hook by ex-Blue Peter Presenter Janet Ellis – A dark, thrilling, psychological, historical novel loved by our Reader Reviewers.

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond – Disturbingly good! A provocative and biting murder mystery, with gruesome yet thought-provoking reality. Or Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker – Thoughtful wartime survival tale. Compelling cultural tour-de-force. War through a looking glass.

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Mark the Page – This Month’s Anniversaries

It’s a month of landmarks this March, with literary anniversaries galore. What better time to dust off some old friends or discover giants for the first time? Not just Brighton will ‘rock’ to know that it’s 25 years since Graham Greene died. ‘Lighthouse’ keepers won’t be the only ones to mark the 75th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s passing. Irish novel fans can revisit one of its exemplar exponents to commemorate 50 years since Flann O’Brien died. And, the Irish theme continues with the work of W.B. Yeats marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Go for Goring! – Historical Fiction at its Best

With a growing international fan base, the novels of Rosemary Goring combine imagined characters with searing historical realism.

After Flodden and Dacre’s War take the reader through the human experiences of Scotland during the turbulent 16th century, a fascinating period in our history. Not to be missed! Find more here.

It’s a Group Thing

Looking for that next talking point title for your reading group? Let us guide you to our top tips for perfect thought-provoking tales. Books like those of Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn: family and relationship dramas, where secrets test the strongest of bonds.

Or, why not try The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan? Heartfelt and poignant writing. Read them and let us know what you think!

Pure Silk from Dinah Jefferies

Following the success of her immersive novel The Tea Planter’s Wife, which Reader Reviewers heralded as: “beautifully written, atmospheric” and “evocative and absorbing”, Dinah Jefferies plunges us head-first into Vietnam in her latest title, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter. A truly transporting novel which conjures up the sights, colours and sounds of that beguiling country through vibrant, visceral characters. Read more here.

Go Shortie!

Perfect for those stolen moments or the ride to work, a short story well done is a thing of wonder. Our special category dedicated to the best of the best in the short form has had a refresh this month. With titles like Sweet Home by Carys Bray – a prize-winning collection of moments of heartache and joy – this section is guaranteed to hit the spot!

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