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Find a hand-picked selection of books shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2019 and enjoy huge savings off RRP. We have fiction, non-fiction and children's books available in our range.

  • The House with Chicken Legs

    Sophie Anderson

    Product Code: HWE2
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Marinka dreams of a normal life, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...
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  • The Ice Monster

    David Walliams

    Product Code: ICEM
    Hardback 9 years +
    (3)
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    David Walliams' The Ice Monster won Children's Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and is an entirely roar-some read about a child who is determined to follow her dreams.

    Elsie is an orphan who lives on the streets of Victorian London. When she hears reports of a woolly mammoth (The Ice Monster of the title) being spotted at the North Pole, she makes it her mission to see for herself.

    A chance encounter later and Elsie is on the adventure of a lifetime - all the way from London to the heart of the Arctic... Will Elsie's dreams come true?

    Winner of the British Book Award Children's Fiction Book of the Year 2019
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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Heather Morris

    Product Code: BRYKH
    Paperback
    (2)
    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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  • Normal People

    Sally Rooney

    Product Code: BWTIK
    Paperback
    The British Book Awards Book of the Year, Sally Rooney's Normal People has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Published by Faber, the Conversations with Friends author brings readers a story that tackles politics, love and change with aplomb.

    Although Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in rural Ireland, they couldn't be more different. However, when they both earn places at Dublin's Trinity College, they form a close bond that lasts for a long time...

    This exquisite love story is all about how a person can change another person's life in so many ways and how difficult it is to talk about how we feel...
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  • Why Mummy Swears

    Gill Sims

    Product Code: BTMBM
    Paperback
    Peter and Jane creator Gill Sims returns with another colourful insight into motherhood with Why Mummy Swears.

    The summer holidays have started but Mummy is not going to get any rest - she has two bored moppets to attend to... Just booking sports camps, childcare and time off work has left her exhausted!

    Mummy's also found herself stuck organising the Christmas Fayre - and she's not receiving much help. Meeting her father's new glamorous and younger wife and spending time with her narcissistic mother is also winding her up the wall... No wonder she's cursing with the best of them!
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  • Still Me

    Jojo Moyes

    Product Code: BUGMT
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    Shortlisted for a National Book Award, Still Me is the third Lou Clark novel following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You from Jojo Moyes.

    Lou Clark knows too many things. She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.

    What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt.
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  • The Skylarks' War

    Hilary McKay

    Product Code: BWTHU
    Paperback 11 years +
    Hilary McKay's The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One. It is the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018.

    Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms closer.

    When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?
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  • Transcription

    Kate Atkinson

    Product Code: BUPPD
    Paperback
    Transcription is the number one Sunday Times bestseller from award-winning author Kate Atkinson. A work of rare depth and texture, it's a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy.

    In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be tedious and terrifying.

    But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realise that there is no action without consequence.
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  • Milkman

    Anna Burns

    Product Code: BTHMI
    Paperback
    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018, Milkman is an extraordinary tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.

    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 her 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.
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  • Children of Blood and Bone

    Tomi Adeyemi

    Product Code: BMJNA
    Paperback 13 years +
    The most anticipated fantasy of the year, soon to be a major motion pictureThey killed my mother.They took our magic.They tried to bury us. NOW WE RISE. Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zelie's Reaper mother summoning forth souls.But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. Zelie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orisha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.
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  • Our House

    Louise Candlish

    Product Code: BRVHY
    Paperback
    From the internationally acclaimed author, Louise Candlish. This disturbing yet addictive story would be enjoyed by fans of Jane Shemilt and Tammy Cohen.

    It's a bright morning in January and a family moves into a house in Trinity Avenue in the London Suburbs. But that house isn't for sale. And it belongs to someone else.

    Fiona Lawson sees strangers moving into her house and she is sure there must've been a mistake. She and her husband, Bram, had no intention of selling the house.

    When Bram and their children disappear, Fiona is left to deal with events spiraling out of control. She soon discovers the web of lies that her husband has created and how little they really know each other. But he isn't the only one hiding things...Some secrets are best kept to yourself.
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  • The Wife Between Us

    Greer Hendricks

    Product Code: BQMHR
    Paperback
    A New York Times top-ten bestseller. 'A fiendishly clever thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing.' - Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong. The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; a gripping thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.
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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

    Stuart Turton

    Product Code: BRYCT
    Paperback
    (3)
    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, which has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018.

    As fireworks explode during a night of celebration, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, Evelyn Hardcastle, is killed. But she won't die just once. The day will repeat itself over and over again until Aiden - a guest at the party - solves the murder. He must identify the killer to break the cycle, but he wakes up in the body of a different guest each time the day begins.

    No one knows why, but there's someone out there that is determined to prevent him from ever escaping the Blackheath party...
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  • The Woman in the Window

    A. J. Finn,AJ Finn

    Product Code: BQLIC
    Paperback
    The Woman in the Window is the number one Sunday Times bestseller from A.J. Finn.

    It's been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

    Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

    But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
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  • Tombland

    CJ Sansom

    Product Code: BXGOE
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    Tombland is the seventh novel in C. J. Sansom's number one bestselling Shardlake series. Summer, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . . The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn - a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother - which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake's former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding Edith's death, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England's second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry . . . Includes an Historical Essay from the author on Reimagining Kett's Rebellion.
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  • My Mum Tracy Beaker

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: BRYLD
    Hardback 9 years +
    (1)
    Tracy Beaker is back, and she's a mum now... Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever (even when Tracy shouts at her teachers). Tracy is fun and daring, but she also works hard to give Jess the family home she desperately wanted when growing up in the Dumping Ground. Their flat might be a bit mouldy but it's their happy home. But when Sean Godfrey -Tracy's rich new boyfriend - comes onto the scene, Jess is worried things are going to change. What if Sean wants to turn Jess's brilliant mum into a new person altogether? Sean's superstar mansion and fancy cars might have been Tracy's childhood dream, but maybe the Beakers' perfect home was right in front of them all along... My Mum Tracy Beaker is a fantastic new story, reuniting readers with a much-loved old friend. Just like old times, it's packed full of illustrations from Nick Sharratt throughout. Pre-order today and be one of the first to read Tracy's new story! Praise for Tracy Beaker: 'An appealing mix of events and reactions that are both entertaining and moving. A book that lingers in the mind long after it is put down.' (The Guardian) 'A breath of fresh air. It is entertaining yet tender but by no means sentimental when it confronts the need we all have for commitment in relationships, for trust, for love ... A real bonus is that the book genuinely celebrates the act of writing - and not by preaching, I promise.' (The School Librarian) `Jacqueline Wilson is hugely popular with 7- 10 year olds; she should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance.' (The Sunday Independent)
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  • Lullaby

    Leila Slimani

    Product Code: BQKBR
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    The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds. When Myriam, a brilliant lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband look for a nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family's chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint and hosts enviable birthday parties. But as the couple and their nanny become more and more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, until Myriam and Paul's idyllic domesticity is shattered . . .
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  • Macbeth

    Jo Nesbo

    Product Code: BRGVN
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    From the international number one bestselling author, Macbeth is the re-telling of the original Shakespeare play and is told as a dystopian thriller set in Fife during the 1970s.

    He's the best cop they've got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it's down to Inspector Macbeth and his team to sort out the mess. He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He's rewarded for his success: power, money, respect. They're all within reach.

    But a man like him won't get to the top. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it...
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  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

    Imogen Hermes Gowar

    Product Code: BTYEN
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    Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a spellbinding story of curiosity, love and obsession from the phenomenal Sunday Times bestseller, Imogen Hermes Gowar.

    One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his captains waiting eagerly on his doorstep. He has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock's marvel.

    Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society, where he meets Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he's ever laid eyes on. What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the legendary destructive power a mermaid is said to possess?
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  • Dear Mrs Bird

    AJ Pearce

    Product Code: BTMUN
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    Chosen as one of Richard and Judy's 2019 Book Club Picks, AJ Pearce's uplifting debut novel is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary lives.

    London, 1941. Despite the Luftwaffe making life annoying for everyone, Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay positive. Emmy has dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent but finds herself typing letters for Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend Magazine.

    Mrs Bird is very clear about what she wants: any letters containing unpleasantness must go into the bin! But as Emmy reads the many desperate pleas from women who can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides to write back in secret...
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  • In a House of Lies

    Ian Rankin

    Product Code: BSBBY
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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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  • Never Greener

    Ruth Jones

    Product Code: BOJAR
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    Gavin and Stacey and Stella actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones' debut novel Never Greener is a slice of contemporary fiction that sums up the dangers of trying to recapture the past while also failing to realise the beauty of what we have right now.

    Kate was just 22 when she embarked on a passionate affair with Callum, a married man, that ended in heartbreak. Seventeen years later and she's a successful actress living in London, happily married to Matt and doting mother to Tallulah.

    Callum is still with Belinda and they seem happy to spend the rest of their lives together up in Edinburgh. But then Callum and Kate meet once more. Should they risk everything to find out what might have been?
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  • Close to Home

    Cara Hunter

    Product Code: BLQAK
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    Praised by none other than Ian Rankin, Cara Hunter's Richard and Judy Book Club pick Close to Home is a powerful thriller about the search for a missing child.

    The first in a series of books starring DI Adam Fawley, it finds him leading the investigation to find 8-year-old Daisy Mason, a girl who disappeared without a trace from a family party. There's no clear evidence to suggest who took her, but DI Fawley is well aware that 9 times out of 10 an abduction is carried out by someone close to the child...
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