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April eNewsletter

Sebastian Faulks, famed writer of Birdsong always wanted to be a taxi driver. That is until he read George Orwell in 1968 and changed his mind. That’s the power of books! And that’s why we’re 100% dedicated to bringing you our top recommendations for the best books about, whatever your taste. Read on for your next adventure…

Books of the Month

This month’s bookshelf is burgeoning with brilliant titles just waiting for your love! Books like:

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay – Captivating, terrifying and deeply moving thriller about a fragile family and haunting tragedy. The Lauras by Sara Taylor – An amusing and tender road trip coming of age story that will have you looking at your parents and yourself in a whole new light! Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor – ‘A beautifully written novel of ordinary life transformed by tragedy.’ (Reader Review). The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova  – Author of The Historian gives us an intelligent and beautifully crafted tale of humanity, history and the effects of grief.
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Factual & Satisfactual! – Non-Fiction Books of the Month








For fans of non-fiction, there is no better place to look than right here! Check out:

Four Mums in a Boat – Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough… even if that includes rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean!

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands – An immersive and compelling multi-prize-winning book that explores personal and public legal attempts to hold Nazi warmongers to account at Nuremberg and the first stirrings of international law. 

     

The Firsts of April – Debuts of the Month

Delectable debuts that we are tipping for the top! Books like:

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – Eye-brow raising, wince-inducing and warm tale about three women’s muddled battle through modern life. The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett – Clever sharply-observed examination of an intense friendship between new neighbours and the disastrous fallout. Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito – Provocative, compelling Nordic mind-bender! ‘An excellent, if unnerving read.’ (Reader Review). A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys – Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in a mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue.
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Malorie Blackman, Crossover Author of the Month





With her heart-rending story of love and space exploration Chasing the Stars out in paperback this month, there’s no better time to dive into the wondrous world of Malorie Blackman.

She is also the author of the groundbreaking and award-winning Noughts and Crosses series. Her novels are primarily aimed at Young Adults but they easily ‘crossover’ into adult fiction with her unique blend of wit, thrill and emotional realism. See our special category to find out more.

Pre-Publication Exclusives!

A chance to read exclusive extracts of highly recommended books before they even hit the shelves. You’re welcome! Don’t miss:

The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork – A chilling, stimulating, intensely dark tale. Second in the ‘Munch and Kruger’ series which started with I’m Travelling Alone. Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi – Captivating, intimate and fiendishly puzzling exotic crime drama with an unmissable, heart-stopping finale. Night Market by Daniel Pembrey – Following up on his highly accomplished debut The Harbour Master is Henk van der Pol’s next thrilling and convoluted case.
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A History Hand-out! – The Wolfson History Prize 2017 Shortlist





We’re delighted to be supporting The Wolfson History Prize that honours (with a sizeable cash sum) the best historical writing in the UK, combining readability with excellence in research. History fans will be thrilled to know that the shortlist has just been announced and you can find it here. History in the making! Three lucky readers also have the chance to win all the shortlisted books, worth £175!

Debutants’ Ball! – The Desmond Elliott Prize 2017 Longlist Announced




Supported by Lovereading and the most coveted prize for UK first novelists, The Desmond Elliott Prize is as characterful as its eponymous patron. Three expert judges lovingly assess the hopefuls for compelling narrative, arresting character and confident storytelling.

Last year’s winner The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney will be a hard act to follow. Check out the longlist here and the newest voices in great literature.

The Cream of Historical Fiction –  The Walter Scott Prize 2017 Shortlist





The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, founded in 2009 is the largest annual fiction prize to be judged outside London, and the winner receives £25,000!

The shortlist for 2017 has seven novels that, through insightful research and impeccable writing, will transport you to unusual subjects and times. You can see them all in our special category. The winner is announced at the Borders Book Festival on 17 June and one lucky reader can win tickets to the prize-giving!

     

Not Read Rebus? Criminal! – Rebus 30 Category




Fans of Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels will be aware that we are celebrating the 30th year of this eponymous crime series with a special category featuring all of the gritty Edinburgh cop’s cases. It’s a fest of crime fiction!

Talking of festivals did you know about REBUSFEST in Edinburgh at the end of June?  Hosted by Ian Rankin and the Orion Publishing Group REBUSFEST is a weekend of literature, art, film, music and more to celebrate 30 years of the iconic detective. Taking place in Rankin and Rebus’ hometown of Edinburgh, this is your chance to step into the world of your favourite detective for an unmissable weekend. Find out more by visiting our Rebus category!

What to Read when The Girl on the Train has Alighted?




Some novels are hard to follow. After the last page is turned, you feel a sort of bereavement. Well, we think we’ve found the next must-read thriller. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.

It is a novel to meddle with your reasoning and taunt your gut instincts that is, on occasion, uncomfortable and challenging and walks a razor sharp edge of belief and understanding. Will you discover the truth?

One Reader Reviewer wrote:  ‘Sometimes I Lie has to be THE BEST novel I have read, it is clever, unsettling, intriguing and utterly convincing.‘ Don’t just take their word for it, find out for yourself!

More If You Like… You’ll Love recommendations

If you like Jojo Moyes or Jodi Picoult you’ll love This Love by Dani Atkins. If you like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn you’ll love Good as Gone by Amy Gentry.  If you like Kate Mosse or C.J. Sansom you’ll love The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland.
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Happy Reading.

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