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Mid-April eNewsletter

We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter and found the time to enjoy a bit more reading time than usual. Our mid-month email is packed with book recommendations from the Lovereading editorial experts including a virtual shelf full of titles you can read opening extracts of before they hit the virtual and physical bookshops!

     

Why wait for the publication date?

Sneak a peek at some carefully selected novels we rate very highly, before they’re published. You know you want to

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Making History! – The Wolfson History Prize




A quick reminder for fans of brilliant non-fiction that you can now see the shortlisted titles vying for the top spot in the Wolfson History Prize 2017. We’ve added our Lovereading Expert Reviews and free downloadable extracts to help you choose your favourite. Click here for more and don’t miss the chance to win all the shortlisted titles worth £175!

And speaking of prize-winning fiction…





If you are part of a reading group why not read The Blood Miracles, the follow-up novel from last year’s Desmond Elliott Prize winner Lisa McInerney.

It’s outstanding, compelling, convincing, captivating and very, very readable.

In the Bag! – April Highlights

These are the best books this month that may just have escaped your beady eye. Must-haves for your book-bag! Books like:

The Museum of You by Carys Bray – 2nd novel from the author of award shortlisted A Song for Issy Bradley. Sarah Broadhurst described it as ‘sad, poignant and tender with some lovely secondary characters’. And Reader Reviewer Janet said ‘A magical thought-provoking book.’ Billionaires’ Banquet by Ron Butlin – An exceedingly original novel that evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher’s Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch. Complex, astute and often acerbic, this is an utterly involving depiction of a transformative period in British history. Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick – A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the D.C.I. Daley Series, this time set on an island off the coast of Kintyre. If you’ve not yet met Daley and Scott, do sink into the pages and introduce yourself.

 

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The eye-opening account of a refugee’s incredible strength and bravery





Nujeen is a teenager. She loves TV and wants desperately to fit in and be normal. Yet Nujeen has also travelled an arduous journey through seven borders in a wheelchair in the hope of finding a better life.

The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom will give you the opportunity to understand the plight of the people fleeing. The story, although personal and unique, is still the story of many, many ordinary people seeking safety and deserves to be heard and better understood.

     

Transportive Historical Fiction – Karen Maitland





Fans of Kate Mosse and C.J. Sansom may already know the novels of Karen Maitland. Her impeccable research and deep understanding of community have helped craft some truly brilliant works of historical fiction. It’s no wonder she’s a firm favourite with reading groups up and down the country. Her latest title, The Plague Charmer, is a harrowing, enthralling and ultimately exciting look at the horror of apocalyptic illness in an age of superstition and its effects on real people. Find out more.

I Came, I Read, I Recommended! – Reader Highlights

Some of the popular books with our band of book lovers on our consumer Reader Review Panel, all gathered into one place to help you find your next great read!

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova – A beautifully crafted novel told in beautiful, descriptive prose. Watching Edie by Camilla Way – A truly compulsive read. Menace hangs over the whole story. The Lauras by Sara Taylor – A captivating and subtle novel, where heart-catching surprises lie in wait.
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – Oh my word, this is an eyebrow-raising, mouth openingly good read. The Cutaway by Christina Kovac – A compelling and stylish psychological thriller from a fine new voice in crime fiction. A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys –  A scrumptiously entertaining mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue.

Take it from the Max! – Maxim Jakubowski Recommends

Crime guru Maxim Jakubowski has been reflecting this month that the genre seems to go from strength to strength in spite of all the greats that have gone before.








With no signs of a slowdown in exciting plots, incredible twists and engaging protagonists, crime writing is alive and well. Good news for avid fans! See all his picks for the month here, or go straight to his top two:

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker – Reminiscent of Twin Peaks and Fargo, a small-town missing child story that is poignant and comic as well as dark and disturbing.

And What You Don’t Know by JoAnn Chaney – Atmospheric and gripping psychological crime thriller where lives are changed forever in a dark, wonderfully voiced page-turner.

Gritty, Real, Northern Crime Saga

Julie Shaw’s grandparents were Annie and Reggie Hudson, the crime lords of the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford. Her gripping series ‘Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ based on real events is provocative, edgy and at times unbelievably sad but highly readable. The 6th in the series, Blood Sisters, is just out and is perfect for fans of Martina Cole.

That’s it from us this month. We’ll be back in May with more top tips for your next great read. Happy Reading!





P.S. Are you a fan of Ian Rankin’s Rebus? Find out more about RebusFest happening at the end of June in Edinburgh… but be quick, events are selling out fast.

P.P.S. The Baileys Women’s Prize shortlist has recently been announced and we are rooting for Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. You can find all the shortlist in our book awards category.

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