Book of the month

Book of the month

Mystery Book of the Month – May 2018

When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune. Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players - but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith.

General Fiction Book of the Month – May 2018

In her much praised debut Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney takes us to Ireland and the spoken word poetry scene, where a ménage à quatre in post-crash Dublin tests the bonds between close friends. A sharp, darkly funny comment on modern relationships. Required reading.” – Sunday Telegraph

Noir Book of the Month – April 2018

Who is the real victim here? Who is the perpetrator? And who, ultimately, is the fall guy? It is summer, 2012. Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin Matthew to visit him and his wife in their idyllic mountain-top house. An entertaining story of fracture in paradise, where an idyllic summer retreat becomes a stage for lies, lust and revenge. 

General Fiction Book of the Month – April 2018

An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds. Longlisted Women's Prize for fiction 2018. Winner of the 2017 National Book Award.

Mystery Book of the Month – March 2018

A smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore. This debut is a page-turner featuring a heroine bookseller who solves a cold case with clues from books — what is not to love? (We'll discuss this book at the pub in our Book&Pint discussion on March 27th. Get your book & ticket at the bookshop if you want to join in!) » Read more

General Fiction Book of the Month – March 2018

What We Lose is a short, intense and profoundly moving debut novel about race, identity, sex and death – from one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Thandi is a black woman, but often mistaken for Hispanic or Asian. She is American, but doesn’t feel as American as some of her friends. She is South African, but doesn’t belong in South Africa either. And her mother is dying...

Tough Crime Book of the Month – February 2018

Chance is a suspenseful and mind-bending novel about Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist at the end of his rope now a major TV series starring Hugh Laurie and Gretchen Mol. A dark story about psychiatric mystery, sexual obsession, fractured identities, and terrifyingly realistic violence; a tale told amid the back streets of California’s Bay Area, far from the cleansing breezes of the ocean. 

General Fiction Book of the Month – February 2018

Opening with an act of inexplicable violence, Idaho is a stunning debut about loss, grief and redemption. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

British Crime Book of the Month – January 2018

London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood. 1895: London’s scared. A killer haunts the city’s streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point. In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood – self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator.

General Fiction Book of the Month – January 2018

Evoking a Britain of the early eightiesMy Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home.
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