Contemporary Fiction Books

  • 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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  • A Spark of Light - Hardback - 9781444788129 - 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...
  • Jeffrey Archer Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897315 - Jeffrey Archer
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    Written by bestselling author Jeffrey Archer, The Clifton Chronicles books follow the trials and tribulations of two very different families as they live through the key historical and political events of the 20th century.

    The epic saga begins with the birth of Harry Clifton in Bristol in 1919. Harry believes his father was a war hero but it takes 21 years for him to discover the truth about how he really died...

    Taking you from the end of the Great War through to the outbreak of the Second World War and the perils of post-war Britain through to the rise of the IRA, this is a sprawling, evocative and powerful piece of saga writing.

    This collection includes books 1-5 in Jeffrey Archer's bestselling The Clifton Chronicles series.

    For fans of authors like: Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, Bryce Courtenay.
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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...
  • 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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    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...
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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 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...
  • 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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    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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    Tenth of December author George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo won the Man Booker Prize in 2017. It focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the death of his 11-year-old son Willie at the dawn of the Civil War.

    Newspapers reported that Lincoln often returned to the crypt to hold his boy's body and from this historical template, Saunders has cultivated a story about familial love and loss that takes a supernatural twist: Willie Lincoln is trapped in a transitional realm (known in Tibetan tradition as the bardo) while all sorts of beasts try to take his soul...

    With voices ranging from the living to the dead and the historical to fictional, this humorous novel is completely exhilarating and asks how we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear will end?
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    Stacey Grant has lost her job and does not know what to do with herself. Used to living the high life as a senior partner at one of the top private equity firms in London, she struggles to accept the fact that she now has nothing to do except sit around at home with her dog and ailing mother while she waits for her husband to come home.

    However, she has her friends Beth, Melissa and Gaby to fall back on. She first met them at university and they've remained close ever since. Now career women, it soon emerges that they all have personal problems and Stacey's redundancy has forced a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret. Will this startling revelation cause friction in the friendship?

    A bittersweet and compelling read about the trials and tribulations of friendship and relationships, City of Friends is bestselling author Joanna Trollope's twentieth novel.
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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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    Penelope Lively's 1987 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Moon Tiger is a powerful account of loss and desire. It follows the beautiful, famous and independent Claudia Hampton as she suffers from a terminal illness - but she's determined to make the most of what life she has left...

    Harking back to her childhood following the First World War and through the Second, Claudia tells about all the people who shaped her life and those she loved and lost - from her brother Gordon to her untrustworthy lover Jasper and cool daughter Lisa. She also fondly recalls Tom, her one true love...

    Very evocative, complex and full of subtle moments, this is a poignant and perfect novel about the joys and fragility of life.
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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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    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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    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.
  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
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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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    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...