In the month that saw the birth of sci-fi comedy genius Douglas Adams, why not hitchhike a ride on our stellar book-bus this month and let us guide you through a galaxy of great reads? The best books about for bibliophiles of all tastes and interests, lovingly hand-picked by our team of experts, so you can find your next flight of fancy with minimal fuss! Read on for more.
As always, our lovingly hand-picked virtual bookshelf is tantalisingly teeming with top tomes. We particularly love:
|Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly – Secrets lies and family ties. Heartwarming and wise, compassionate and characterful.||Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey – Gripping and relentlessly paced, blood-drenched suburban nightmare.||Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi – ‘Shocking and engrossing… Expect to finish this book and be both amazed and astonished’ (Reader Reviews).|
|Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore – A breathtaking, evocative, and stormy tale set in the early 1790’s, just as the fallout from the French Revolution was spilling over into life in Britain.||Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane – A rainbow representation of female brilliance perfectly timed for International Women’s Month and International Women’s Day on 8 March.|
Championing brilliant, brand new writers is one of the great things about having an office full of book-boffins. This month, we think you’ll love:
|When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea – Compelling, powerful and evocative wartime story of life under occupation. Prepare for your heart to break.||The Riviera Express by T P Fielden – Snappy, vibrant and fun classic-style murder mystery: ‘light and pleasant … hours of innocent pleasure’ (Reader Reviews).||Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo ‘Oh my! … a totally addictive read … relationships, family betrayals, secrets and cultural differences.’ (Phylippa, Reader Reviewer).|
|Ragdoll by Daniel Cole – Mind-whirling crime drama, gritty, gripping and fresh. A fantastic new voice in crime writing.||Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn – Previous YA author has written a fascinating and seductive psychological thriller, frothing with foreboding.|
We love a good give-away! This month we’re jumping for joy to give you the chance to run off with a copy of the DVD of ground-breaking and devastating French TV drama, No Second Chance, adapted from the novel by Harlan Coben, together with a copy of the book. Perfect, as his newest novel Home is just out. It’s an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. See what else is up for grabs here.
Jake Arnott is a formidable writer who scratches the surface of life and writes the dirt under his fingernails. Underworld tales of immense power and transportive quality.
The Long Firm, set in 1960s London, is a cult classic first published in the ’80s, that immerses you in a world of violence, glamour, sex and crime and leaves you gasping for air. Take a deep breath then and read his latest, The Fatal Tree, where Jake Arnott does for the 18th century what he did for the ’60s in The Long Firm. This journey through the criminal underworld of London in the 1720s is a seductive, clever tale of crime, punishment and love among thieves that is a vibrantly striking, sordid wonder. Find out more.
Reading with (or for) Mother!
By now you know that we believe a book is a perfect gift for any occasion. Lasting, thoughtful and non-expensive. What better way to show Mum that she matters this Mother’s Day? But which one? That’s where we come in! Check out our selection of ideas here. Ideas like:
Dublin born Patricia Scanlan has been writing absorbing family dramas since 1991 and her 20th, Orange Blossom Days, is loved by our editorial expert Sarah Broadhurst who said of it ‘lively, sensitive and insightful with plenty to get your teeth into‘.
If you are a fan of Maeve Binchy and haven’t discovered Patricia’s books, we think it’s well worth the click.
- Like reading the first chapters of a book in the shop, but without the staff glancing at you suspiciously?
- Free extracts to browse at your leisure? A chance to see what’s out there and try the books that take your fancy before you buy them. You’re welcome!
See the shelf below for books not published until the end of March. We especially like A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in a scrumptiously entertaining mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue.