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The best contemporary novels are intelligent and eye-opening, and our contemporary fiction books present stories of modern lives and modern society. With our wide range of contemporary fiction books, you're sure to find a new favourite!

  • Black Friday

    Booker Prize Shortlist 2019 - 6 Books

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    A Booker Prize shortlist so strong the judges couldn't pick just one winner... Get your hands on the entire shortlist to see if you agree with the decision to give the award to Margaret Atwood's The Testaments and Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other.

    This year's shortlist features the winners The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, and Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other, a portrayal of identity amongst an interconnected group of black British women. Previous winning author Salman Rushdie's Quichotte was also shortlisted, as well as Lucy Ellmann's Ducks, Newburyport - a 1,000-page monologue about love, loss and the United States that is presented here in an exclusive hardback edition.

    Elif Shalak's 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World offers an emotional account of the power of friendship in our darkest times and Chigozie Obioma's An Orchestra of Minorities is a heartbreaking story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything in an attempt to win the woman he loves.

    The Booker Prize celebrates the best fiction novels written in the English language published over the past 12 months and once again we're excited to bring you all six books on the shortlist in keepsake hardback.
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    The Confession

    Jessie Burton

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    A powerful tale of secrets, storytelling and motherhood from the author of The Miniaturist.

    Jessie Burton's The Confession follows Elise Morceau as she falls under the spell of writer Constance Holden in Hampstead Heath in 1980. She follows Connie to LA but while she loves this exciting new world, Elise begins to flounder. When she overhears a conversation at a party, she makes an impulsive, life-changing decision.

    Three decades later and Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother who disappeared when she was just a baby. When Rose learns that the last person to see her was Connie, she decides to visit the now-reclusive novelist in search of answers...
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    Why Mummy Doesn't Give A ...

    Gill Sims

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    Gill Sims, the creator of Peter and Jane and bestselling author of Why Mummy Drinks, hilariously captures the trials and tribulations of all stages of parenthood in Why Mummy Doesn't Give a ****!

    With some fruity language and hearty cursing, she candidly and hilariously talks about the 'phases' and 'stages' of growing up and how children never seem to grow out of them - and how, if they do, another one comes along shortly after! From potty training to picky eating and refusals to nap to snarky back chat, she ponders when it will all end...

    Mummy has dreams of living in a quirky rural cottage with a big garden but life hasn't turned out the way she hoped. Her precious moppets are now teenagers and are communicating mainly in grunts while they Snapchat the night away...
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    Cassandra Parkin Collection - 3 Books

    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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    Matt Haig Collection - 3 Books

    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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    The High Mountains of Portugal

    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.
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    Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist - 6 Books

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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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    Akin

    Emma Donoghue

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    Room author Emma Donoghue's heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and family.

    Retired New York professor Noah's life is thrown into chaos when he is asked to look after his 11-year-old great-nephew, Michael. Although the pair have never met, Noah gets talked into taking Michael along on a trip to the French Riviera and soon they're arguing about everything from steak hache to screen time.

    But soon Michael is helping Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past and they start to form a bond - especially when they uncover all the risks their ancestors have taken to pave their way in life.

    This is a tender and psychological piece that you won't want to put down.
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    Louise Candlish Collection - 3 Books

    Louise Candlish

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    Our House author Louise Candlish writes gripping contemporary novels packed with twists and turns that will have you reading long into the night.

    The Disappearance of Emily Marr finds the title character finding herself at the centre of a media witch hunt when her affair with a married neighbour is made public; Other People's Secrets follows Ginny and Adam Trustlove as they head to Italy on holiday despite being torn apart by personal tragedy; and The Second Husband finds a new neighbour making Kate Easton and her two children's lives hell...

    Three expertly crafted tales of scandal, obsession and adultery that you won't want to put down.

    For fans of authors like: Clare Mackintosh, S.J. Watson, Maria Semple
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    Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel

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    Written by Hilary Mantel, one of Britain's finest writers, Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and was adapted into a hugely popular BBC drama starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis.

    Set during the Tudor period of 1500 to 1535, this expertly written novel follows Thomas Cromwell's rise to power and looks at how his influence spreads throughout politics.

    It features many famous characters from this time in history and shows how Tudor England was a tumultuous place full of passion and pain.
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    A Spark of Light

    Jodi Picoult

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    Small Great Things author Jodi Picoult returns with A Spark of Light - a poignant, important and contemporary tale that examines the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose...

    The Center for Women's Reproductive Health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice. It's a controversial site that has people demonstrating who believe the service it offers is no different to legalised murder every day. And now a lone, armed protestor has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage...

    Unravelling backwards, this compelling story reveals what has brought everyone involved to the Center - and how they've made people peel their truths and secrets away...
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    C.J. Box Collection - 3 Books

    C.J. Box

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    Joe Pickett is a game warden based in Wyoming who has an everyman quality you'll want to root for. He is happily married with a deep love for his wife and daughters and often makes mistakes, but is a good and honest man with no dark past to speak of. In these three novels by C.J. Box, he has to discover the truth behind a number of disturbing crime cases.

    Endangered finds Joe's 18-year-old-daughter running off with rodeo champion Dallas Cates and then suffering an accident. Joe thinks he knows who is responsible for this and is determined to find out the truth, no matter if it kills him...

    Stone Cold finds Joe being assigned to discover the truth about the owner of a ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming; and Breaking Point finds him investigating if his close friend Butch Robertson murdered two EPA employees. With his family crippled by debt and the land he'd bought to retire on declared a wetland by the EPA, all evidence seems to point that Butch did crack...

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    This collection contains books 16, 18 and 20 from C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series.
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    In a Free State

    V. S. Naipaul

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    The Man Booker Prize-winning novel of 1971, V.S. Naipaul's In a Free State is first the story of an Indian servant who becomes an American citizen in Washington, but still feels like an outsider. This is followed by an account of a disturbed Asian West Indian in London who is in jail for murder...

    This wide-ranging novel then moves to a fictional country in Africa where two English characters feel liberated, but they won't be safe for long and have to take a long drive to a safe compound...

    Expertly written and full of wonderful prose, this incredible novel ranks as one of V.S. Naipaul's greatest books and is full of thought-provoking moments of violence and rage.
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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    John Green

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    John Green, the author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, is one of the most popular voices in contemporary young adult fiction and The Fault in Our Stars became an instant classic.

    You will probably have been in tears watching the big-screen adaptation that starred Shailene Woodley and Ansel Engort as the devoted teenage lovers Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters and the book is just as heart-wrenching and poignant, but keeps a fine line in self-depreciating humour - especially from the wise-beyond-her-years Hazel.

    After meeting at a cancer support group, the cynical sufferer Hazel unexpectedly finds herself falling for the charms of Augustus and the novel follows the two as their relationship develops - taking in a romantic trip to Amsterdam in the process.

    Full of wit, sensitivity and observations about life and illness, this profound book will make readers of any age (especially teens) laugh and cry in equal measure.
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    An Unsuitable Match

    Joanna Trollope

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    Joanna Trollope's An Unsuitable Match is a wonderfully optimistic novel that expertly tackles a range of important subjects including love, family and second chances.

    Rose Woodrowe and Tyler Masson are head-over-heels in love, but after previous marriages their five grown-up children are not entirely happy about this... Her daughter Rose still remembers the pain of her parents divorce, while the twins Emmy and Nat don't trust Tyler. Tyler's children are equally unsure: Seth is too busy running his bakery in San Francisco to get to know Rose and Mallory is wrestling with some childhood issues.

    Rose and Tyler have to make a decision. Who should they listen to and who should they try to please and will they ever be truly happy if they spend all their time trying to please others?
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    Fanny Blake Collection - 3 Books

    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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    The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

    Anstey Harris

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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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    Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books

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    Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?

    Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.

    Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
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    The Other Half of Augusta Hope

    Joanna Glen

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    Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Universe Versus Alex Woods and The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton will fall for Joanna Glen's debut novel, The Other Half of Augusta Hope.

    Augusta Hope has always felt a little bit like an outcast. At the age of 6 she was memorising the dictionary; at 7 she took great joy in correcting her teachers; and at 8 she decided to spin a globe to choose her favourite country: Burundi.

    Augusta doesn't change even when she grows up... She has no interest in the gossip or the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and twin sister but when some tragic news upends her life, she's determined to find out where she belongs.

    Her journey of discovery takes her to the most unexpected places and you will love joining her as she learns life lessons and begins to appreciate the joys and pains of love, loss, family and fitting in...
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    Kristin Hannah Collection - 3 Books

    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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    Two Steps Forward

    Graeme Simsion

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    The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion and his wife Anne Buist tell the heart-warming and inspiring story of how two middle-aged misfits walked 2,000km along the pilgrims' way in Spain to find themselves - and perhaps something to cherish with each other in Two Steps Forward.

    This contemporary novel has already been earmarked for a film adaptation by Ellen DeGeneres' production company and follows occasional artist Zoe (from California) and Yorkshire engineer Martin as they end up in Cluny in central France. Zoe is grieving for her late husband while Martin is in the midst of a messy divorce. They both decide to clear their heads by following in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked for centuries from Cluny to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Will fate bring them together?

    Told in alternating chapters, this is a novel full of important physical, psychological and spiritual themes - including working out where you are going in life...
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    The English Patient

    Michael Ondaatje

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    The Golden Man Booker was set up to celebrate five decades of the Man Booker Prize. All 51 winning entries were considered by a selection of hand-picked judges who chose five winners from each decade. Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted the overall best Man Booker winner in a public vote.

    The Second World War is drawing to a close and the nurse, Hana, is tending to her sole remaining patient in an abandoned Italian villa. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged and haunted. The only clue to his identity is a copy of The Histories of Herodotus, that has been covered with handwritten notes about a tragic love affair.

    Adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas by director Anthony Mingella, this is a beautifully written and compelling piece of fiction.
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    Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books

    Diane Chamberlain

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    Three stand-alone novels from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author whose work interweaves various important themes. They will appeal to readers who enjoy the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dorothy Koomson and Adele Parks.

    Pretending to Dance focuses on Molly Arnette, a woman who is very good at keeping secrets. She's trying to adopt a baby with her husband but is very worried that her past may come back to haunt her and ruin both her chances of adoption and marriage. While growing up in North Carolina, Molly ran away from home following a horrific event that left her unable to trust anyone...

    Fire and Rain takes place in Valle Rosa, a small town in Southern California that is under destruction from deadly wildfires. When a handsome stranger calling himself Jeff Cabrio strolls into town claiming he'll be able to make it rain, he turns more than a few heads. Struggling journalist Carmen Perez thinks he might be the catalyst to revitalising her career, former Major League baseball pitcher Chris Garrett has the chance to come to terms with his career's demise and sculptress Mia Tanner unearths old wounds and new loves. All three of their lives soon become entwined and they all have to face up to the ghosts of their past.

    Secret Lives follows the disillusioned actress Eden Riley as she returns to her mother's childhood home in rural Virginia. She is full of questions about her mother, who died when she was very young and on her quest for answers, she forms a bond with Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. However, Ben has a number of demons and carries a secret that might threaten the new couple's happiness.

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    The Dark Flood Rises

    Margaret Drabble

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    Written by the great Margaret Drabble, The Dark Flood Rises is an engrossing novel all about mortality and what happens to us as we grow old. It covers all the existential questions with a dark sense of humour.

    Francesca Stubbs is the protagonist and she'll hold your hand as she takes a walk through death and old age. She invites you to join her with drinks with her dear friends, accompany her as she drops off sumptuous suppers for her ex-husband and visit her daughter. She also is in contact with her son in Tenerife, who is dealing with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend.

    From what constitutes a good death to understanding if we have lived well, it's a poignant and intelligent slice of literary fiction that is told with characteristic wit.
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Our stunning selection of contemporary fiction offers heart-pounding reads, uplifting stories and thought-provoking tales infused with important themes. Whatever your preferred genre, you’re guaranteed to find contemporary novels you’ll love in our diverse range.

Modern fiction masterpieces

Many of our contemporary fiction books will stay with you long after you turn the final page. They feature powerful and stimulating themes, including topics of life and death, self and meaning, illness and disability, happiness and upheaval, and overcoming the toughest challenges that life can throw at us. Both heart-rending and inspiring, you’re sure to be captivated by the riveting reads in our range of the best contemporary novels.

Light-hearted easy reading

If you’re looking for more fun and light-hearted novels, look no further. Our selection includes a plethora of more relaxed reads, featuring world travelling, dysfunctional families, romantic mishaps and lots of humour! These contemporary books portray modern life in a reflective yet hilarious light and are perfect for curling up with.

Heart-pounding thrillers

Our range of contemporary thrillers will have you hooked from first page to last. With white-knuckle narratives, compelling characters and menacing mysteries, you’re sure to be enthralled by our contemporary thriller books. Whatever your reading preferences, browse our range of contemporary fiction today to find your new modern fiction favourite.