Summer Reads

  • 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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  • 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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  • Liz Fenwick Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251165 - Liz Fenwick
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    Liz Fenwick is an exceptionally talented author who writes intelligent and emotional novels. All three of these stand-alone tales are set in the stunning surroundings of Cornwall and will make for brilliant summer reads.

    Under a Cornish Sky follows Demi as she desperately hopes her luck will change. She's lost her job and been dumped by her boyfriend so heads to her grandfather's cottage for a fresh start. Meanwhile, Victoria's husband has died suddenly and and after years of a loveless marriage and secret affairs, she's ready to embrace widowhood - especially as Boscawen, the gorgeous Cornish estate owned by her other half's family, is now rightfully hers. However, both women are in for a big shock...

    The Returning Tide is a glorious story of love, loss and families; and One Cornish Summer is a tale full of intrigue as two women come to terms with their pasts...

    For fans of Erica James, Rachel Hore, Carole Matthews

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  • Cassandra Parkin Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781787198043 - Cassandra Parkin
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    All based in Cornwall, these contemporary novels by Cassandra Parkin are full of family secrets, divided loyalties and secret love affairs. They can count the likes of A Song for Issy Bradley author Carys Bray and poet Jen Campbell among their fans.

    The Beach Hut is set during the autumn as Ava and Finn achieve their childhood dream of building an illegal beach hut. Meanwhile, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them...

    The Summer We All Ran Away finds a drunken teenager being rescued by an oddly assorted group of inhabitants in an abandoned yet beautiful house; and Lily's House finds Jen and her daughter reluctantly confronting the secrets of their past and present while clearing out Jen's mother's house.

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  • 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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    A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss is the first book in a quirky and charming new crime series set in 1950s Brighton.

    When Inspector Steine stops for an ice cream, there's a vicious battle taking place in the seaside city and pretty much every criminal is wiped out. With no criminals, crime or stress, Inspector Steine is really starting to enjoy life as a policeman... However, Sergeant Brunswick is adamant not every crook has disappeared.

    A new constable has also joined the force to investigate a series of burglaries. Then a vicious theatre critic is shot dead halfway through the opening night of a new play... Brighton might not be as safe as Steine hoped, after all!
  • The Man Who Didn't Call - Hardback - 9781509852734 - Rosie Walsh
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    Rosie Walsh's debut novel The Man Who Didn't Call is a charming summer read that finds a whirlwind romance ending in mysterious circumstances...

    Sarah and Eddie enjoy seven perfect days together and fall in love. She's so sure about that but then he leaves for a holiday and promises to call from the airport. This call never comes...

    Sarah's friends tell her to forget all about Eddie, but she knows they're wrong. There has to be a reason for his disappearance. But what if this reason is the one thing they didn't share? The truth...
  • The Vinyl Detective Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659676 - Andrew Cartmel
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    High Fidelity meets the Rivers of London in this cool, quirky and contemporary series from Andrew Cartmel. These pacy novels find a record collector's hunt for rare LPs leading to murder and mystery...

    Written in Dead Wax, the first book in the series, finds the unnamed protagonist (the Vinyl Detective) being offered a large sum of money by a mysterious woman to track down one of the rarest jazz records of all; The Run-Out Groove finds a mint copy of Valerian's (a great lost rock band of the '60s) final album being discovered and this in turn leads to an explanation of the fate of this group's singer...

    Victory Disc is an inventive story that has a record sparking interest in a mystery that harks back to the Second World War...

    For fans of authors like Ben Aaronovitch, Nick Hornby, Jasper Fforde

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Andrew Cartmel's The Vinyl Detective series.

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  • Dear Mrs Bird - Hardback - 9781509853892 - AJ Pearce
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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.
  • 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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    Santa Montefiore concludes her bestselling series with The Last Secret of the Deverills. Presented here in hardback, it's a fitting end with plenty of romance and drama to behold.

    It's 1939 and peace has flourished since the Great War ended. The Deverill family has gone through some huge changes and a new generation is waiting in the wings. Martha Wallace came over from America to find her birth mother in Dublin, but ended up falling for JP - and she's just found out her mother comes from the same area.

    Meanwhile Bridie Doyle, now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, is planning on making the castle she used to work in her home. Her husband, Cesare, has other ideas. As he starts to stray, their friends begin to wonder if he is really who he is claiming to be... Kitty has come to terms with where she is now but then the love of her life walks right back into it.
  • M.C. Beaton: The Six Sisters Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472126641 - M.C. Beaton
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    This collection brings together six stories about six sisters, all written by Book People favourite M.C. Beaton.

    Regency romance from a bygone era, these stories are very funny and are sure to appeal to the Agatha Raisin author's fans - although they are much lighter and very different to her crime writing.

    When Charles Armitage announces that his eldest daughter Minerva is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family; Mrs Armitage has one of her turns and Minerva's sisters all start to cry.

    As well as Minerva, this collection gives all the sisters a chance to shine - Annabelle passionately falls for Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester; Deidre wants to marry for love and nothing else; Diana loves to hunt while dressed as a man; and Frederica runs away from home when she has to follow her sisters in marrying magnificently.
  • The Survivors' Club Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349410166 - Mary Balogh
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    From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, this three-book collection will sweep readers away with the magic, mystery and romance of Regency England.

    Each story is mesmerising in its own right and introduces remarkable women who, following the loss of their husbands in battle, find love in the most unlikely of places, giving them the chance of a new beginning...

    Sure to delight fans of the likes of Georgette Heyer and Amanda Quick, this set or romance books from Mary Balogh is witty, sensual, poignant and absolutely breathtaking.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Mary Balogh's Survivors' Club series.
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    Mario Giordano's Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord is a novel that will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Andrea Camilleri. It's a compelling mixture of the Inspector Montalbano crime cases and a A Man Called Ove.

    Auntie Poldi loves nothing more than solving a complex crime case and is alive to even the faintest whiff of wrong-going. When she hears about a series of coincidences - the water supply being cut off; a poisoned dog - she realises there has been some foul play and that she is now a target of the Mafia...

    She's actually been on their list since solving the murder of Valentino and now she's trying to find out exactly who is after her...
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858347 - Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
  • 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.
  • A Lesson in Love - Hardback - 9781444779356 - Gervase Phinn
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    Back with the fourth book in his funny and warm Little Village School series, bestselling author Gervase Phinn's A Lesson in Love brings readers back to Barton-in-the-Dale to rejoin some truly memorable characters.

    Everyone can see that Ashley and Emmet are made for each other, they just need to admit it to themselves. But while romance blossoms one side of the village, things are different for an angry young boy who struggles to believe in love following a tragedy. Meanwhile, an eccentric teacher joins the staff and a new vicar stirs up some trouble...

    Full of the gossip, love, laughter and friendship that makes the Little Village School series so enjoyable, A Lesson in Love is an endearing, warm-hearted and hilarious follow-up to The School Inspector Calls.
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    Fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Anatomy of a Scandal will find this psychological thriller from debut author Karen Hamilton utterly compelling. It's a twisted love story that will have you racing through the pages.

    Juliette is an intelligent and driven woman who finds herself falling in love with Nate. However, when they break up she decides to do anything to win him back - including becoming a flight attendant for his airline. Juliette knows they are meant to be and is willing to do anything to prove this.

    But true love hurts - and Juliette's obsession is going to bring about even more pain...
  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.
  • The High Mountains of Portugal - Hardback - 9781782119203 - Yann Martel
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    In his eagerly awaited new novel, Yann Martel - the author of bestselling Booker Prize winner Life of Pi - takes readers on a quest for a lost relic. It's a journey that begins in Africa in the 1600s and culminates in contemporary North America, via a trip to Portugal at the turn of the last century.

    Funny, tragic and sublime, this novel takes in the topics of faith, responsibility and finding the courage to face death. It is a book full of layers, surprises and exploration. Everything from love to suffering and faith to evolution is touched upon.

    A remarkable novel from a bestselling author that examines the spiritual and philosophical concerns that make people human. A must-read for any fans of contemporary fiction.
  • Andrea Camilleri Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858217 - Andrea Camilleri
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    This huge collection follows the first 10 investigations of the one and only Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Adapted into a popular television series, if you imagine Inspector Morse in Italy you will be halfway there! These books are fantastic for fans of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin.

    The Shape of the Water is the first ever book starring the wry detective and it follows him as he looks into the death of an engineer of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company. The coroner's verdict is the death was from natural causes - but Montalbano has other ideas...

    Honest and streetwise, Montalbano makes it his mission to uncover the truth, despite obstacles from the police, the judge and the bishop.

    This collection includes books 1-10 in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. Format: paperback
  • Gill Paul Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007966219 - Gill Paul
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    Gill Paul's novels are sweeping and evocative reads that span through the ages. This collection contains three stand-alone tales that will take your breath away.

    No Place for a Lady is a wartime drama that takes place in 1854. Dorothea Gray hasn't seen her little sister, Lucy, since she eloped and set sail for the Crimea. As the war worsens, Dorothea has to risk everything to find her sister - but what if she doesn't want to be found?

    The Affair will take you to Rome in 1961 as the cameras roll on Cleopatra and world finds itself transfixed by the love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. However, tensions are running high on the set and the crew are faced with all sorts of obstacles. The final book in the collection is Women and Children First, which hauntingly looks at how the tragedy of the Titanic affected its survivors in so many ways.

    These are enthralling stories of love and passion, set against important moments from history.
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    Compared to The Girl On the Train, The Book of You and Room, Holly Seddon's Try Not to Breathe is contemporary fiction at its finest. We expect it to be a front-runner come awards season and you can buy it today in beautiful hardback for a quite simply unbelievable Book People price.

    Focusing on a woman's search for the truth, it reveals how Alex is sinking and forcing herself into her one true love - drink. But when she is forced to write an article about a 15-year-old girl who is equally lost, Alex's life is turned upside down. Amy was attacked and left for dead in her park. Her attacker has never been found and since then she has drifted into a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead and not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.

    As Alex researches further into the life of Amy, she realises they grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music and flirted with the same boys... As she gets closer to discovering the truth about the attack, Alex's life is increasingly at risk from the same danger.
  • Kate Morton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858248 - Kate Morton
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    Kate Morton writes intelligent and thought-provoking fiction and this collection contains three of her best novels.

    The House at Riverton is both a thrilling mystery and a tender love story. Influenced by the likes of Atonement and Gosford Park, it finds events in the summer of 1924 and the winter of 1999 intertwining in almost unbelievable ways. In the middle of 1920s, a young port takes his life on the eve of a glittering society party. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again after this night. At the end of the 20th century, 98-year-old Grace Bradley, once a housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide and this opens all sorts of old wounds - including a terrible and shocking secret.

    The Secret Keeper is a heartbreaking story of mysteries and secrets that moves between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present day; and The Lake House is an enchanting book about a missing child, an abandoned house and an unsolved mystery...