Mother's Day Fiction

  • Celia Imrie Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781526611253 - Celia Imrie
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    Popular actress Celia Imrie writes charming novels that are bursting with optimism and positivity. These fun and frolic-frilled reads offer perfect escapism.

    Her debut Not Quite Nice follows Theresa as she's forced into early retirement and relocates to a picture-perfect town just outside Nice. She soon makes friends with a group of expats but then skeletons start to fall out of closets...

    Nice Work (If You Can Get It) is a witty and charming story that finds former actress Sally entertaining unexpected visitors from her past during the Cannes film festivals; and Sail Away is an irresistibly indulgent novel about two women and their escapades on board an Atlantic cruise ship...

    For fans of authors like: Santa Montefiore, Erica James, Liz Fenwick
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    Conversations with Friends author Sally Rooney's Normal People is the winner of the Costa Novel Award 2018 and was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

    Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there as they are from very different worlds. However, when they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years...

    This romantic story reveals how a person can change another person's life in many different ways. It captures how difficult it is to talk about how we feel while also observing themes of domination, legitimacy and privilege with tenderness and menace.
  • Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000037865
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    Book People is very excited to bring you all six novels on this year's Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist in hardback - including the winner, Milkman by Anna Burns. This is a story of how gossip, hearsay and silence can bring about life-changing consequences...

    The rest of this year's shortlist is as eclectic and thought-provoking as ever. Daisy Johnson's Everything Under is a daring story of family, identity, fate, language and love; Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room is a powerful account of life in an American women's prison; and Richard Powers' The Overstory is a fable about humanity's treatment of the natural world.

    Esi Edugyan's Washington Black is an extraordinary adventure about a runaway slave; and Robin Robertson's The Long Take follows a soldier who tries to find himself through a series of poems as he travels through post-war America.

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    Stuart Turton's The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2018 and has drawn praise from the Guardian, Financial Times and Daily Telegraph.

    An exciting fusion of Gosford Park, Groundhog Day, Black Mirror, Agatha Christie and a murder mystery party, this inventive story is set on the night that Evelyn Hardcastle died. But she doesn't die once...

    Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - must solve her murder otherwise the day will repeat itself over and over again. Every time the day resets, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest - and someone is determined to prevent him from escaping Blackheath.
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    Anstey Harris' The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is a feel-good novel that will delight fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things.

    It follows Grace as she recovers from huge heartbreak in the most uplifting way. Grace had been with David for eight years and was blissfully happy running a violin shop. However, Grace had secrets and one act flips her life completely...

    While at her lowest ebb, Grace meets a straight-talking teenager and vivacious old man who make her realise she is not alone in the world and things can only get better...
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    Coffin Road author Peter May returns with The Man With No Face - a powerful psychological thriller about a jaded journalist who is determined to dig up dirt on Europe's major political parties when he travels to Brussels.

    Two British men are found dead as soon as Neil Bannerman arrives in Belgium: one a journalist, the other a cabinet minister. The witness to the killing is the former's autistic daughter and she can remember every detail about her father's killer - except one major moment...

    Bannerman feels compelled to follow his instincts and makes it his mission to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer...
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    Stacey Bartlett's debut novel The Familiars is all about how being a woman in a time of suspicion and accusation could put you at risk.

    17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth and discovers she would not survive another pregnancy.

    She crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, the young midwife who helped her give birth to a healthy baby - and together they decide to prove the physician wrong... Set during the Pendle witch trials of 1612, this is a powerful, important and bewitching read for anyone who loves historical fiction.
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    Dr Ruth Galloway returns in The Stone Circle - the eleventh book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series of archaeological mysteries.

    DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar...

    They're reminiscent of the letters that first led him to Ruth, who is currently working on a dig at a henge in Saltmarsh. When bones belonging to a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years previously are found, Ruth realises the past is reaching out for her and Nelson - and its grip is deadly...
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    Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries and toxic friendships, Lucy Foley's The Hunting Party is a riveting murder mystery that can count Sophie Hannah and Adele Parks amongst its fans.

    In a remote hunting lodge deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather round to celebrate the New Year. There's the beautiful one, the golden couple, the volatile one, the new parents, the quiet one, the city boy, the outsider and the victim.

    And then a murder occurs... This whodunnit is packed with intrigue and and suspense.
  • Peter James Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781407251196 - Peter James
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    This collection includes eight stand-alone supernatural stories from Detective Roy Grace author Peter James.

    Prophecy finds a group of drunk students playing with a Ouija board they find in a dark and damp cellar; Possession is the terrifying tale of a young man who will defy even death to get what he wants; and Dreamer follows a woman who has had nightmares for the past 25 years. They started the night before her parents died...

    For fans of authors like: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Karin Slaughter
  • Victoria Jenkins Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349132556 - Victoria Jenkins
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    This collection of page-turners includes three of Victoria Jenkins' addictive and gripping crime stories set in South Wales.

    Nobody's Child finds a body being found in an abandoned hospital. It's too burnt to be identified but Detective Alex King knows all too well that every victim has a family... She puts aside her own troubles to track down the killer, but soon realises this death might be the first of many.

    The First One to Die has Alex on the trail of a young woman who fell from a rooftop to her death; and The Girls in the Water follows Alex as she realises one of her own team on a murder case is in grave danger...

    For fans of authors like: Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver
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    This collection contains books 1-3 in Victoria Jenkins' Detective Alex King series.
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    Described as 'a clever thriller with masterful twists' by Karin Slaughter, The Wife Between Us authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl is a thrilling read about the deadly nature of obsession.

    Jessica Farris signs up for an anonymous psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, thinking it will be a case of answering a few questions, collecting her money and then leaving. But then the questions become more intense and invasive and she is told what to wear and how to act...

    Jessica starts to believe that Dr Shields knows all her secrets and realises she can't trust what is real in her life and what might be one of his manipulative experiments. She's caught up in a web of deceit and jealousy. Will she be able to untangle herself out of it?
  • Gavin Scott Collection  - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659706 - Gavin Scott
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    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles writer Gavin Scott's post-World War II murder mysteries starring Duncan Forrester are pacy and page-turning. We'd recommend them for fans of Frederick Forsyth, John Buchan and Jack Higgins.

    The Age of Treachery is set in 1946 and finds former Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. However, his peace is shattered when an unpopular Fellow is found dead. A don is suspected and arrested but Forrester is unsure the police have the right person. He soon finds himself on the hunt for a killer that involves lost Viking sagas and satanic rituals...

    The Age of Olympus finds Forrester's research on an Aegean island being interrupted by the murder of a British archaeologist and the outbreak of the Greek Civil War - and the worship of ancient gods may just provide a clue to the killer; and The Age of Exodus finds Britain's new Labour government struggling to cope with the break-up of the Empire in 1947 when a grisly murder takes place in the British museum and terrorists target the British foreign secretary...

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    Sonia Velton's debut novel Blackberry & Wild Rose is a compelling and intelligent piece of historical fiction that will delight fans of The Miniaturist and The Goldfinch.

    Set amongst the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields in the late 18th century, it follows Esther Thorel as she rescues Sara Kemp from working in a brothel. Sara is not convinced being a maid is much better than a hooker but could not turn down the chance to escape her grasping 'madam'...

    The two women go on to forge an uneasy relationship, with Sara despising how her mistress is blind to the hypocrisy of her household and Esther so self-obsessed that she only sees Sara as a charitable cause.

    Esther is a keen painter and has dreams that her husband will once weave these into reality. However, he's constantly putting her down and eventually she sets in motion events that will change the fate of the entire Thorel household; the price a piece of silk may prove more than either Esther or Sara is able to pay...
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    Lucy Diamond is the bestselling author of both The Secrets of Happiness and Summer at Shell Cottage and in her latest heart-warming novel, The House of New Beginnings, she tackles the subjects of love, loss and starting over.

    Number 11, Dukes Square may look like the other grand houses on the Brighton seafront and it most certainly has a place in the city's history, but it's also a building that plays host to a whole series of new beginnings - journalist Georgie followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but wants to carve out her own career. She loves the vibrant nature of the city, but is she going to get into trouble?

    Charlotte wants a new start after suffering a heartbreaking loss and wants to keep her head down, but her stylish elderly neighbour Margot is determined for this not to happen; and Rosa is looking to build her career as a sous chef. It's a gruelling and thankless career, but then she comes up against a stroppy teenager who inspires her to change her life choices.

    As the three tenants find each other, they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives together. It's a moving and uplifting read.
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    A.J. Pearce's debut novel Dear Mrs Bird is a funny and warming read that will take you back to London in 1940.

    Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life annoying for everyone. Emmy wants to become a Lady War Correspondent and seizes her chance when she spots a job advertisement. But after some crossed wires, she actually ends up typing letters for Henrietta Bird, the notorious agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

    Mrs Bird has very clear rules: letters containing any form of unpleasantness are to be binned immediately. Emmy starts off by dismissing the problems of lovelorn readers, but eventually the thought of desperate women's questions and pleas going unanswered is too much and she decides it's the right thing to secretly write back...

    Praised by the likes of John Boyne, Marian Keyes and Annie Barrows, this charming read will warm your heart. It's a tribute to the strength of female friendship, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter writing. The time it's set in also makes it a celebration of the incredible Blitz spirit.
  • Jane Green Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858262 - Jane Green
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    Jane Green is a bestselling author whose writing will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. This collection contains three contemporary tales that are just perfect for your summer reading.

    Summer Secrets is a gripping tale of recovery and redemption that spans across 16 years in the life of Cat Coombs. In 1998, she's a hard-partying journalist whose life is sent spiralling downwards when she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had. Fast-forward to 2014 and Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt and ends up in Nantucket, where the women she once called family still live. However, they are harbouring secrets of their own...

    Falling is a novel about finding a home and family where you least expect them; and Saving Grace is a compelling story of betrayal as Grace Chapman's perfect life is threatened by the arrival of Beth, her bestselling author Ted's new, passionate and younger assistant.
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    Set against the beautiful landscape of Italy, Santa Montefiore's The Temptation of Gracie is an enchanting and heart-warming novel about following your dreams and rediscovering love in the most unlikely of places.

    Gracie Burton cannot resist when she sees an advertisement for a week-long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Despite her family's reservations, she ploughs her life savings into the trip...
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    A special gift edition of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders - a masterful Poirot novel that has been adapted into a BBC drama starring John Malkovich and Rupert Grint to be shown over the festive period.

    Murder is a simple crime but in the hands of a maniac or a serial killer, it can become a very complicated business indeed. The whole country is in a state of panic and this is only serving to make the murderer even more confident.

    They've already killed Mrs Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill and Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. However, these deliberate clues are playing right into the hands of Hercule 'probably the greatest detective in the world' Poirot...
  • Maureen Lee Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781407251172
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    This collection contains eight powerful and compelling novels, all set in Liverpool, from acclaimed saga writer Maureen Lee. These stories are powerful, heartfelt and sure to leave you spellbound.

    Full of unforgettable characters, these rich stories contain everything from a journey to the past which includes a lost lover and secret child to a chance meeting with momentous repercussions.

    For fans of: Dilly Court, Lyn Andrews, Josephine Cox
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  • Kristin Hannah Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897261 - kristin hannah
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    This collection contains three stand-alone novels from Kristin Hannah, an author who writes beautiful page-turners packed with emotion. We'd recommend them for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jane Green and Diane Chamberlain.

    Night Road follows Lexi and Mia, two wildly different friends who have been inseparable since school. However, one moment on one night changes their relationship forever - hearts are broken, loyalties are challenged and hopes are dashed...

    Fly Away asks how do you hold yourself together when everything around you is falling apart; and The Nightingale is about two sisters, one of whom must be brave while the other should be afraid...

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    Jessica Fellowes returns with Bright Young Dead, the second in her Mitford Murders series of Golden Age-style crime novels inspired by real-life people and cases.

    The Bright Young Things - rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s who were media darlings - have entered the world of the Mitford sisters and are playing one of their favourite treasure hunts. However, this time it's ended in tragedy as the cruel but charismatic Adrian Curtis has been pushed to his death.

    The police quickly identify the killer but her colleague (and our heroine) Louisa Cannon - who has experience in the criminal field - believes Dulcie the maid is innocent and makes it her mission to clear the girl's name...
  • Matt Haig Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786894359 - Matt Haig
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    This collection brings together three of How to Stop Time and The Humans author Matt Haig's earlier novels. Matt is also a successful non-fiction and children's author and these witty contemporary stand-alone reads are full of important and timely messages.

    Matt's debut novel The Last Family in England finds a pet dog having to break the Labrador Pact in order to save a family from implosion; The Dead Fathers Club finds 11-year-old Philip Noble's recently deceased dad coming to visit him as a ghost and warning that he was actually killed by Uncle Alan; and The Possession of Mr Cave has the owner of an antiques shop's son being killed in gruesome circumstances. This affects how much he wants to protect his golden girl daughter...

    For fans of authors like Ian McEwan, Carys Bray, Rachel Joyce
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  • Fanny Blake Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251189 - Fanny Blake
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    Three stand-alone novels from Fanny Blake; an author who specialises in heartfelt and thought-provoking fiction inspired by family relationships and later-life love affairs.

    The Secrets Women Keep asks how well we know the ones we love when Rose receives a surprising text; Our Summer Together will have you smiling when Caro forms a bond with a younger man shortly after her husband walks out on her; and An Italian Summer is as story about friendship, family secrets and second chances, all set against the glamorous backdrop of southern Italy.

    For fans of authors like: Adele Parks, Penny Vicenzi, Marian Keyes

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