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Contemporary Fiction Books

  • Dadland

    Keggie Carew

    Product Code: CSCTC
    Hardback
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    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.

    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.
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  • Things We Have in Common

    Tasha Kavanagh

    Product Code: CAFNC
    Hardback
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    Praised by the likes of Sophie Hannah, Nathan Filer and the Independent, Tasha Kavanagh's Costa First Novel Award 2015-shortlisted debut novel Things We Have in Common is one that you will not want to put down.

    A black comedy thriller that comes across as a combination of Sue Townsend and Zoe Heller, it tells the story of Yasmin - a 15-year-old girl who would do anything not only to have a friend, but also to keep one... and what happens when she casts her eyes on her school's most popular girl, Alice Taylor.

    When a man begins to hang around Alice, Yasmin is adamant that he's going to 'steal' her away from him... but does he have secrets of his own?
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  • The Museum of Things Left Behind

    Seni Glaister

    Product Code: MTLB
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    `Sunny, charming, and as playful as Stella Gibbons or E.F. Benson, The Museum of Things Left Behind took me on holiday to the tiny imaginary country of Vallerosa, and returned me with the wonderful feeling of having spent time with an uplifting friend.' - Laline Paull, 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction-shortlisted author of The Bees.

    Seni Glaister's The Museum of Things Left Behind is an evocative book we're sure you will absorb yourself in...

    With its lush valleys and beautiful mountains, the European country of Vallerosa appears to be a dream destination. A place lost in time, the community does not bother with money but does have strong values that mean more than any politician's ideals. But underneath this positive exterior, the locals are beginning to grow cranky and disaffected... Meanwhile, some hostile Americans have cottoned on to the country's financial potential and are making plans of their own. Will an unlikely visitor prove to be the agent of change the country's been waiting for?

    A book about the world we live in today and the issues that affect us all - from politics to religion and economics to a good cup of tea - the light, witty and heart-warming tone will keep you hooked from the very first page, and have you pining for a trip to Vallerosa!
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  • Bring Up the Bodies

    Hilary Mantel

    Product Code: CBXOB
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    Winner of the Man Booker Prize The second book in Hilary Mantel's award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, with a stunning new cover design to celebrate the publication of the much anticipated The Mirror and the Light An astounding literary accomplishment, Bring Up the Bodies is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists. 'Our most brilliant English writer' Guardian Bring Up the Bodies unlocks the darkly glittering court of Henry VIII, where Thomas Cromwell is now chief minister. With Henry captivated by plain Jane Seymour and rumours of Anne Boleyn's faithlessness whispered by all, Cromwell knows what he must do to secure his position. But the bloody theatre of the queen's final days will leave no one unscathed. 'A great novel of dark and dirty passions, public and private. A truly great story' Financial Times 'In another league. This ongoing story of Henry VIII's right-hand man is the finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read' Sunday Telegraph
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  • Call of the Wild & White Fang

    Jack London

    Product Code: ATAQS
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    With an Introduction and Notes by Lionel Kelly, University of Reading. The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906) are world famous animal stories. Set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s, The Call of the Wild is about Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Stolen from his pampered life on a Californian estate and shipped to the Klondike to work as a sledge dog, he triumphs over his circumstances and becomes the leader of a wolf pack. The story records the 'decivilisation' of Buck as he answers 'the call of the wild', an inherent memory of primeval origins to which he instinctively responds. In contrast, White Fang relates the tale of a wolf born and bred in the wild which is civilised by the master he comes to trust and love. The brutal world of the Klondike miners and their dogs is brilliantly evoked and Jack London's rendering of the sentient life of Buck and White Fang as they confront their destiny is enthralling and convincing. The deeper resonance of these stories derives from the author's use of the myth of the hero who survives by strength and courage, a powerful myth that still appeals to our collective unconscious.
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  • The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Product Code: BLYES
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    Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the "roaring twenties", and a devastating expose of the "Jazz Age". Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.
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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

    Product Code: AAAQY
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    Told through the young eyes of Scout and Jem, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is rightly heralded as a classic of modern literature. A black man has been charged with the rape of a white girl and the young children's father, Atticus Finch, is the lawyer tasked with defending him. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is soon pricked by this one man's struggle for justice. These irrational attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 30s are expertly explored with exuberant humour, contributing to a story and characters, such as the neighbour Boo Radley, that are truly unforgettable.

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: AKWQK
    Paperback 9 years +
    As the Dark Lord's sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny . These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON .
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  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: AKWDL
    Paperback 9 years +
    The Order of the Phoenix finds Harry Potter furious that he's having to spend his summer at the Dursleys while Lord Voldemort is seemingly building an army...

    Eventually Harry is rescued from Privet Drive by members of the Order of the Phoenix (a secret society formed years ago to fight Voldemort) and realises he has friends in unlikely places...

    The fifth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is a huge and rich rad that opens up the Wizarding World like never before.
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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: AKWDK
    Paperback 9 years +
    The Deathly Hallows is the final book in J.K. Rowling's all-conquering Harry Potter series and it finds Harry facing a perilous journey to defeat the evil Lord Voldemort.

    Despite having lost so much already, Harry has to leave his loyal friends alone and find the strength to face a terrifying destiny on his own terms - but soon the whole school is gathering for the Battle of Hogwarts....
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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: AKWDJ
    Paperback 9 years +
    The Goblet of Fire is the fourth story in J.K. Rowling's magical Harry Potter series...

    The Dark Mark appears during the Quidditch World Cup and it becomes clear to the Wizarding World that Voldemort is getting stronger... Meanwhile, the students at Hogwarts are preparing for the Triwizard Tournament.

    It's dangerous and terrifying and Harry finds himself battling against Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum and Fleur Delacour for this 'honour'... This version features Jonny Duddle's magical new cover artwork.
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  • The Testaments

    Margaret Atwood

    Product Code: BZKSM
    Hardback
    Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2019. In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalised readers for decades.

    When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. `Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood

    `The literary event of the year.' Guardian

    'It's terrifying and exhilarating.' Peter Florence, chair of the Booker 2019 judges.

    The Testaments also appears in our Booker Prize 2019 Shortlist bundle along with the five other shortlisted novels. You can find this brilliant collection under product code NNBP. All six novels are presented in keepsake hardback format (Ducks, Newburyport an exclusive to The Book People).
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Atwood

    Product Code: BCJHX
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    The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic The Handmaid's Tale has turned heads and earned so many awards, not least for Elisabeth Moss' stunning performance in the lead role as Offred. Now is the ideal time to read the novel that inspired the series...

    Offred finds herself a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian site in what was the United States. She has been placed in the household of Commander Fred Waterford and has one function - to breed.

    If she refuses to do this horrific and degrading act, Offred will be hanged. But even this repressive and hideous state cannot eradicate hope... Offred remembers how life was before as she tries to find a way out.
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  • The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Product Code: AITXN
    Paperback 14 years +
    Here is a small fact - You are going to die 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some Important Information - This novel is narrated by Death. It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know - death will visit the book thief three times.
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  • Once Upon a River

    Diane Setterfield

    Product Code: CBWAP
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    'Infused with the spirit of Jane Eyre, Rebecca and The Woman in White' - Independent 'I was completely spellbound' - Ruth Hogan 'A delight...I devoured it' - Jo Baker 'Truly extraordinary' - Dinah Jeffries Some say the river drowned her...Some say it brought her back to life ____________________ On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to? An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield's bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. ____________________ "Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans) "Swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful. Give yourself a treat and read it!" (Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe)
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  • Milkman

    Anna Burns

    Product Code: BTHMI
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    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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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: ATAEU
    Hardback 9 years +
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    Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters - including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart - await inside this fully illustrated edition. With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart ...
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Atwood

    Product Code: AADAM
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    The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic The Handmaid's Tale has turned heads and earned so many awards, not least for Elisabeth Moss' stunning performance in the lead role as Offred. Now is the ideal time to read the novel that inspired the series...

    Offred finds herself a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian site in what was the United States. She has been placed in the household of Commander Fred Waterford and has one function - to breed.

    If she refuses to do this horrific and degrading act, Offred will be hanged. But even this repressive and hideous state cannot eradicate hope... Offred remembers how life was before as she tries to find a way out.
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  • Wonder

    RJ Palacio

    Product Code: AFSKU
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    'My name is August. I won't describe to you what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie's parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, "Wonder" is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
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  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    Mark Haddon

    Product Code: AACNB
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    A beautifully crafted and empathetic story, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is told through the eyes of Christopher, an autistic teenager, and is a fascinating tale of the boy?s amusing attempts to unravel the mystery death of his neighbour?s dog. A fascinating insight into what living with autism must be like, this intriguing novel sees Christopher battle with difficulties such as reading facial expressions and controlling his emotions, as he attempts to slowly and, at times clumsily, draw together the pieces. Mark Haddon's remarkable novel is a delightfully different read that will live with you for a long time.

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  • American Dirt

    Jeanine Cummins

    Product Code: CDDHI
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    'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett 'One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy' Stephen King FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE. Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'A Grapes of Wrath for our times' (Don Winslow) it is a story that will leave you utterly changed. Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.
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  • The Seven Sisters

    Lucinda Riley

    Product Code: BSJBD
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    Their future is written in the stars . . . Maia D'Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, 'Atlantis' - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began . . . Eighty years earlier, in the Belle Epoque of Rio, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio's father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela - passionate and longing to see the world - convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski's studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again. The Seven Sisters is a sweeping epic tale of love and loss - the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven books, based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation - Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
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  • Beartown

    Fredrik Backman

    Product Code: BNDEF
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    First Published in the UK as The Scandal AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Beartown tells of a terrible crime that fractures a town and all of the people in it. When a bad thing happens, who will have the courage to stand against everyone else? 'As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson.' The New York Times Book Review ________ 'Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there.' Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. A bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who'll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town's future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on?
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  • After You

    Jojo Moyes

    Product Code: AUHSH
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    Shortlisted for British Book Industry Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2016, After You is the stunning sequel to the worldwide phenomenon Me Before You.

    Lou Clark has lots of questions...Like how it is she ended up working in an airport bar. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did 18 months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What she doesn't know for certain is that something has to change.

    Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in.
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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.

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