Top 10 Reads This Season
DKDR 9 years +9 years +
Tweens who enjoy the sparklier side of life will love joining Nikki Maxwell and exploring her adorkable world with this collection of Dork Diaries books.
- RRP £69.90
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- Just £1.20 per book
Written by Rachel Renee Russell, these books are bestsellers all around the world and it's easy to see why. They are presented in a fun-filled diary format (complete with sketches and doodles) that gives children aged 9 and over the chance to find out exactly what Nikki is thinking as she enjoys and endures a number of misadventures.
Nikki's always been a total dork, but when she moves to a new school she feels it's the perfect time to leave her lame ways behind and enjoy a fresh start - but making friends and changing your ways is never that easy. Throughout the hilarious books, Nikki starts at her new school; dreams of becoming a pop star; and starts to learn about love...
MLPY 3 years +3 years +
My Little Pony is still very much a favourite with children all over the world and this eight-book collection is full of sparkling stories following the characters as they enjoy adventures in Equestria.
- RRP £39.92
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- Just £1.25 per book
These picture books follow Princess Cadance and her husband Shining Armor as they take a tour of the royal kingdom. Every day, they send a postcard to Twilight Sparkle to let her know just what they've seen in places including Ponyville, Canterlot and Cloudsdale.
They're perfect for little children (aged 3 plus) who are just starting to read by themselves.
Matt Haig, the bestselling author of The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive, returns to fiction with a compelling new novel all about love, loss and living in the moment.
- RRP £12.99
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Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret - he's older than you would think. Due to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries and has seen it all, from Elizabethan England to the Jazz Age in Paris.
Tiring of always having to change his identity, he finds the perfect cover as he starts work as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the students all about wars and witch hunts that he lived through without revealing that fact. But the past is starting to catch up with him - and he still has to completely avoid falling in love...
With its intriguing premise, this is a bittersweet read from a very talented and popular author that explains how sometimes it can take a lifetime to really learn how to live.
CF0135 7 years +7 years +
This is a very special edition of Enid Blyton's classic novel, Five on a Treasure Island. It includes a selection of beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Babette Cole.
- RRP £12.99
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A wonderful gift, this is the book that introduced Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog and it follows the gang as they search for treasure on a shipwreck off Kirrin Island. However, they're not alone...
This huge collection will take you back to the 16th century as it brings together the first three bestsellers in C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series.
- RRP £26.97
- Save £19.98
- Just £2.33 per book
Set in 1537, a time of revolution when England had seen its greatest changes since 1066, the trilogy starts with Dissolution. In this book, Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and has brought in new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Meanwhile, Thomas Cromwell has sent a team of commissioners to investigate the monasteries in an attempt to dissolve them. Dr Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer and long-term supporter of Reform, but when he's sent to investigate a horrific murder of one of Cromwell's team he begins to doubt everything he ever believed...
Dark Fire finds Shardlake trying to keep a low profile but this doesn't last long. He's soon sent to follow the trail of Greek Fire (the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies) across the whole of Tudor London; and Sovereign finds Shardlake investigating the murder of a York glazier who may well be connected to the royal family...
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016, Keggie Carew's Dadland is a story of war and grief, jealousy and madness and mischief and fierce love.
- RRP £16.99
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A poignant exploration of what becomes of us as we grow old, it is full of Keggie's memories of her rather unorthodox but charming father. As her father Tom begins to lose his memory, Keggie tries to unravel his story but finds out so many surprising secrets.
She learns that Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer and a law unto himself. He was also part of an elite SEO unit who was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerilla resistance in France, Burma and during the Second World War - and that was just the beginning...
Dadland takes in elements of peace and war and then follows a painful path into dementia. It's a heartbreaking, powerful and perfectly poignant true story about an extraordinary man.
BILB 5 years +5 years +
Billie B Brown is bright, funny and loveable - and stars in this superb series from Sally Rippin for early readers.
- RRP £39.90
- Save £31.91
- Just 80.00p per book
Billie is always on the go and has so much fun. She's a brave girl who enjoys playing soccer and is learning ballet, but she's also getting used to having a new baby brother. She's strong and feisty and always looking for a creative way to save the day.
Full of fun and friendship, these books are presented in a way that is appealing to early readers and you'll soon see why they are among Australia's bestselling children's books!
NSD2 11 years +11 years +
Alex Rider is making a comeback - and things are more explosive than ever before in Anthony Horowitz' latest book in the hugely popular series
- RRP £12.99
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Alex is still trying to piece his life back together after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even he can't fight the past - especially when it holds a deadly secret.
The sadly missed author Jackie Collins' final book is full of the spark, sensation and sauciness that made her so beloved around the world. Focusing on the legendary Santangelo family, it's not long until scandal hits again...
- RRP £20.00
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There's a vicious hit, a vengeful enemy, a drug-addled Colombian club owner and an Italian family obsessed with sex. And Lucky Santangelo has her hands full having to deal with it all.
There are also plenty of problems in Lucky's own family: her teenage daughter Max is making a name for herself as a model in Europe, while son Bobby is being set up for a murder he didn't commit. Luckily, Lucky and husband Lennie have the nous to make sure the Santangelos always come out on top, no matter what the consequences.
A mob story full of love, passion, revenge and plenty of shocks, this is gloriously addictive.
Highly acclaimed by Linwood Barclay, David Hewson's series focuses on Amsterdam detective Pieter Vos - a former policeman who's determined to uncover the truth about his 16-year-old daughter's disappearance.
- RRP £23.97
- Save £17.98
- Just £2.00 per book
The House of Dolls is the first book in the series and it follows Pieter as he leaves the police force following Anneliese's disappearance and starts a new life on a broken-down houseboat. He sees a doll's house in the Rijsksmuseum that somehow seems connected to the case and then he meets misfit trainee detective, Laura Bakker. She reveals the daughter of a very important local politician has gone missing in similar circumstances to Anneliese. This leads to an opportunity to explore the fate of his beloved daughter, so Pieter finds himself drawn back into the life of a detective - but dark secrets lurk behind every door...
The Wrong Girl finds Amsterdam in the midst of a terrorist attack that could be linked to the abduction of a Georgian prostitute's daughter; and Little Sister focuses on two sisters who were accused or murdering the lead singer of a world-famous pop band, due to believing he was responsible for their family's deaths.