Fiction Book Chart: Books Everyone is Reading

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    Set 300 years before bestselling author George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

    This masterful book brings the history of House Targaryen to life, as it begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror and recounts the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold the iron throne, all the way through to the civil war that almost tore their dynasty apart.

    Readers of Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire will be engrossed in Martin's grandeur storytelling, as he gives readers a whole new appreciation for the fascinating history of Westeros. What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? What is the origin of Daenerys's dragon eggs? These are just a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle.
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    This powerful book tells the heartbreaking love story between Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz, and the woman he tattooed, Gita. Readers of Schindler's List and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will love this extraordinary story full of love, loyalty and friendship.

    In 1942, Lale arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the job of tattooing the prisoners. Little did he know that scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

    Waiting in line to be tattooed was a terrified young girl named Gita. And for Lale - a dandy, jack-the-lad, bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. He was determined to not only survive himself, but to ensure Gita did too.
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    The 23rd book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series finds our hero embarking on a quest into his father's past...

    Jack Reacher is planning on going on an epic road trip across America from Maine to California but he doesn't get very far. While driving through the New England woods, he sees a sign to the town where his father was born and detours into it...

    At the same time, a car breaks down close by... Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure and find themselves stranded at a lonely motel in a strange place in the middle of nowhere.

    Meanwhile, Jack searches for answers...
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    The Fallen is the number one bestseller from one of the world's favourite thriller writers, David Baldacci.

    The mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania are raising the highly-tuned antennae of agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. And when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house, a relaxing vacation quickly turns into a murder investigation.

    As the body count rises, Decker and Jamison dig deeper to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville. But even the duo's skills and Decker's infallible memory may not be enough to save the town, or them, from becoming the next victims.
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    Gail Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a worthy winner of the Costa First Novel. Praised by Jojo Moyes, it follows Eleanor as she seems content to live a simple life. She wears the same work clothes, eats the same things and buys the same bottles of vodka for the weekend.

    However, one random act of kindness is about to change her life forever... Eleanor soon learns that she will need to build up her courage if she's to successfully live in this new world.

    Covering themes including loneliness and kindness, this is a page-turning read that has won praise from the likes of Jojo Moyes.
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    From the bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman, this heartwarming story has been praised as "An irresistably warm and romantic read" by the Sunday Express and would be enjoyed by readers of Carole Matthews.

    Annie, Palma and Eve meet each other at the 'Christmas Pudding Club', a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help expecting mums mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will they be able to help each other find love and peace as Christmas quickly approaches?
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    The seventh novel in C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series, Tombland is set in 1549 (two years after the death of Henry VIII) and England is surrounded by chaos.

    Edward VI, the nominal king, is just 11 years old and his uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, is ruling the country as Protector. Meanwhile, Protestants and Catholics are also at odds with each other. And the economy is collapsing. Could a rebellion be on the cards?

    This Shardlake novel is another addictive page-turner laced with fine historical details.
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    The third book in the stunning 'River Maid' series from Sunday Times bestseller, Dilly Court!

    Standing on London's Victoria docks with the wind biting through her shawl, Rose Munday realises she's been abandoned by her sweetheart. She had risked everything to get to London but, stumbling through the peasoup fog, she has nowhere to go, and no one to turn to.

    Scared and alone, Rose steps straight into danger, only to be rescued by two women with even less to their names - a woman of the night and her young sidekick, Sparrow. With only a cluster of love letters to her name and all hope of her sweetheart's return fading, Rose finds herself forging a new life with her unlikely companions.

    But when a good deed turns sour, a dangerous enemy threatens to ruin them all. Will Rose be able to save her new friends and her future? If she can, a Christmas gift awaits that will change her life forever...
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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018. 'Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.' - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
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    The latest book in Peter James' Detective Roy Grace series, Dead If You Don't finds the popular character investigating what might just be his deadliest case yet...

    Compulsive gambler Kipp Brown is having a bad time so decides to take his teenage son, Mungo, to a football match on a Saturday afternoon for a brief respite from real life. However, as soon as he arrived at the stadium, things take a turn for the worse...

    He bumps into a client and takes his eyes off Mungo. In that moment, the boy disappears. To get him back alive, Kipp is going to have to pay... Kipp contacts Roy Grace and what at first seems to be a routine kidnap case for the detective quickly becomes something far, far worse...
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    This cosy read from Veronica Henry sees lonely Lizzy Kingham leave her family behind at Christmas to escape to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene.

    Feeling unloved and underappreciated, Lizzy is fed up with all the present buying, food shopping and decorating. After fleeing to Everdene, she meets an unlikely collection of new friends that seem to be running away from something. But Lizzy soon gets into the Christmas spirit as the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.

    Back at home, Lizzy's family is desperate to find her. After all, Christmas isn't Christmas without Lizzy! Can they track her down in time and convince her that she means the world to them all year round?
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    Salley Vickers' The Librarian is set in 1958 and follows Sylvia Blackwell as she takes up a job as a children's librarian in a run-down library in the market town of East Mole.

    She's determined to instil a love of reading in children in the local area but her affair with a married GP (and subsequent friendship with his daughter) and other relationship issues ignite the prejudices of the town.

    Salley's job is threatened and this could spell the end of the library... This book is a moving testament to the joy of reading and the power of books to change and inspire us all
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    From the bestselling author of Snowflakes in the Wind, this heartbreaking novel set in WWII Britain tells a charming story full of love, loss and survival.

    It's 1940 and while Britain is at war with Germany, Cora Stubbs and her younger siblings have been evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. But Cora is yet to find out that Hitler's bombs are nothing compared to the danger she will face in her new home, and she forced to grow up fast.

    However, Cora is determined to carve a new life for herself and her new siblings. As time passes, and in the midst of grief and loss, she falls in love - but what other tragedies lie around the corner? Can Cora escape her troubled past and lost love who continues to haunt her dreams.
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    From the bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels, Now We Are Dead is a gripping thriller that would be enjoyed by readers of Mark Billingham and Peter May.

    Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. And now he's back on the streets and women are being attacked again. Wallace must be responsible, but if DS Steel goes anywhere near him, she will get thrown off the force for good.

    Steel knows Wallace is guilty and the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. But how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?
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    Karen Swan tells a frothy festive tale set in the fjords of Norway in The Christmas Lights.

    A tale of heartbreak and love, it follows free-spirited influencers Bo Loxley and her partner Zac as they travel the world and share their adventures with millions of fans. They have booked a Christmas break surrounded by the snowy peaks and frozen falls in Norway but cracks are starting to appear in their 'perfect' life...

    As Bo's life begins to spiral out of control, she learns about a story in 1936 that may provide the answers to all the questions she's asking...
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    Everybody's favourite actor, the Oscar-winning Tom Hanks, reveals his talents as an author with this wonderful collection of 17 short stories - all with a typewriter playing a part.

    From a funny and hectic sexual affair between two best friends to a second-rate actor being plunged into sudden stardom and four friends going to the moon and a teenage surfer stumbling into his father's secret life, these are observational stories about people and the way life can connect in the most extraordinary ways.

    Told with affection, humour and insight, these are gracefully told stories you'll want to dip in time and time again.
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    Detective John Rebus is back in Ian Rankin's In a House of Lies. This book finds a missing private investigator found dead in a locked car in the middle of the woods - and he appears to have been there a while...

    There were suspicions over how the whole investigation was handled and now every officer involved in the case is being investigated - and they all have something to lose. Rebus realises this could be the end of him...
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    Heads You Win is a thrilling novel by master storyteller and bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer.

    Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: board a container ship bound for America or Great Britain?

    During an epic tale of fate and fortune, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As the story unfolds, Alexander realises where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.
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    *** Pre-order Mythos by Stephen Fry now *** The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.
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    Anatomy of a Scandal is the third novel from former journalist turned thriller writer, Sarah Vaughan. It has been praised as "so beautifully written, clever and compelling" by Claire Douglas, bestselling author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing.

    When Sophie's husband James is accused of a terrible crime, she is convinced that he is innocent and desperately tries to protect her family from the lies.

    They hire a lawyer named Kate, who is an experienced professional who seeks the truth at all times. But she is certain that James is guilty and so she is determined to make him pay for his crimes.

    Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And on what basis are they making their judgments? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She's known it since she and James were first lovers at Oxford, where she witnessed how easily pleasure could turn into tragedy...
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    From one of the biggest-selling writers of all time, this fast-paced thriller is the 26th book in the Alex Cross series.

    People from across the nation line the streets of Washington D.C. to mourn the unexpected death of the President. Alex Cross is left reeling by this tragedy as he is hit by painful memories of the loss of his first wife.

    A senator is assassinated in the heart of Washington and the shock of the attack puts immense pressure on the police. And as Chief of Detectives, Alex's wife Bree Stone is given an ultimatum: solve the case or lose her job.

    The new President calls on Alex to lead an unparalleled FBI investigation to help capture America's most wanted criminal. But after a terrifying chain of events, the entire country is plunged into chaos...
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    Stephen Fry retells the stories of Greek legends in his own inimitable style in this brilliant book for readers of all ages.

    From Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece to Oedipus and the riddle of the Sphinx, these are timeless tales that can be funny, tragic and timeless. They contains puzzles, riddles and acts of cowardice and bravery - as well as a healthy dose of murder and self-sacrifice.

    Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.
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    The eleventh book in the Saxon Stories series by author of historical novels, Bernard Cornwell. War of the Wolf has been praised for its "Strong narrative, vigorous action and striking characterisation" by the Sunday Times, and would be enjoyed by fans of Game of Thrones.

    Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but doesn't have long to enjoy the victory due to being threatened by enemies. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward attempts to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion across the country.

    Uhtred is a legendary warrior and finds himself once again torn between his two heritages. For decades he has stood at the intersection between Pagan and Christian, between Saxon and Viking, between the world he was born into and the new one being forged around him. But as the winds of change gather pace, the pressure on Uhtred as a father, politician and as a warrior grows as never before...
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    Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist. After all, life isn't a scene from the movies, is it?

    But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic... and then her bus drives away.

    Josie Silver's One Day in December is a heart-warming debut and its love story will appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes.