Fiction

Contemporary Fiction Books

  • 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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    Karen Swan
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    Karen Swan's frothy festive tales are always a huge hit with romantic fiction fans and this year's The Christmas Secret is no exception.

    The new novel from the author of Christmas Under the Stars is set on the island of Islay and follows Alex Hyde, an executive coach who believes she can change the way companies operate. Her waiting list is months long but she can't turn down a unorthodox and highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way just before Christmas...

    She finds herself heading off to help a whisky company in Scotland and ends up fascinated by their darkly charismatic CEO, Lochlan Farquhar. However, her usual methods are not working and she soon learns that nothing and no-one is as it first seemed...
  • Rachel Hore Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471166334 - Rachel Hore
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    Rachel Hore
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    Rachel Hore is a bestselling author whose books will appeal to fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop. This collection brings together three sweeping stories full of secrets, heartbreak and everlasting love.

    A Gathering Storm follows recently bereaved photographer Lucy Cardwell as she learns about an uncle she never knew. Intrigued, she visit her late father's childhood home and meets an old lady called Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell: it's one that harks back to the war and unveils a huge secret that changes everything she has ever known.

    A Place of Secrets finds Jude waking up from the same dream once again. She's a successful auctioneer but she's struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband. She's asked to value a collection of scientific instruments and manuscripts that once belonged to a lonely 18th century astronomer, but she soon realises there are links to the present in all these articles.

    The Memory Garden will transport you to Cornwall; a place where Mel Pentreath is trying to put her life back together after the death of her mother and the ending of a love affair. Mel and her landlord, Patrick Winteron, find some old paintings and as they investigate the identity of the painter, they find themselves drawn into a tale of illicit passion that really resonates.
  • Ali McNamara Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751570236 - Ali McNamara
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    Ali McNamara
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    These contemporary novels from Ali McNamara will leave you with a positive buzz - they're perfect summer reads!

    The Summer of Serendipity follows property seeker Serendipity Parker as she finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. She finds the perfect place, known locally as 'The Welcome House' but nobody knows who owns it. Can she find out who? The usually proud workaholic Serendipity also finds herself becoming more and more distracted by the attractive hotel manager, Finn...

    Letters from Lighthouse Cottage will transport you to the perfect English seaside town of Sandybridge. Home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fantastic fish and chip shop, it's also where Grace lives. She's enjoyed a high-flying career travelling the world and starting a family but now she's back in the seaside town and hanging out with her best friend from her teenage years. Why has she made a return?

    The Little Flower Shop follows Poppy Carmichael as she inherits her grandmother's flower shop and has to return to Cornwall - a place that holds far too many memories. As she struggles with running the more shabby-than-chic shop, she meets Jake - a gruff but gorgeous flower grower.
  • Santa Montefiore Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471147463 - Santa Montefiore
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    Santa Montefiore
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    Santa Montefiore is an author who specialises in evocative and thought-provoking tales of romance. This collection includes three of her finest novels.

    Enchanting from start to finish, these intelligent, sweeping stories are evocative and memorable. The Beekeeper's Daughter is a bestseller that focuses on two generations of the same family - a family that is rocked by tragedy; The Italian Matchmaker will transport you to the sun-drenched hills of the Amalfi coast and introduce you to Gianluca, a man who needs deeper purpose to his existence.

    Finally, there's Last Voyage of the Valentina, a story about how the murder of an eccentric aristocrat at the end of World War II touches the life of a hedonistic London girl two decades later.

    Ideal for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton, these novels are heartbreaking, poignant and very powerful.
  • Charity Norman Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781760632649 - Charity Norman
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    Charity Norman
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    Charity Norman writes contemporary fiction with a deliciously dark edge and we'd recommend all three titles in this collection for fans of Jodi Picoult and Joanna Trollope.

    See You in September is a fascinating read all about a woman called Cassy who heads to New Zealand for a short break before her best friend's wedding. She's just broken up with her boyfriend and accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. She finds herself falling for Justin, the farm's charismatic leader, and convinces herself she has to stay... This is a powerful story of family, faith and finding yourself.

    The Son in Law is an engrossing novel about a father who killed his wife and his desperation to see his children. Understandably, their grandparents have no intention of letting Joseph anywhere near them. The ensuing court case brings all kinds of memories and emotions to the surface; After the Fall is an original tale that finds tragedy hitting the McNamara family just after they move to New Zealand...

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  • Jane Green Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858262 - Jane Green
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    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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    Penny Vincenzi
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    Penny Vicenzi's A Question of Trust is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to fans of Santa Montefiore and Harriet Evans.

    Tom Knelston is a charismatic individual who has a passion for politics and reform. His wife shares his ideals and together they seem to be the perfect match. But then Tom meets an old childhood acquaintance. She's everything he stands against but he finds her irresistible...

    As Tom embarks on an affair with this married fashion model - despite them both knowing it will only end with people they care about getting hurt - he receives some shocking news. A child is ill and Tom must make a decision about his principles, his career and decide who he cares about most.
  • Kate Morton Collection - Collection - 9781509858248 - Kate Morton
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    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...
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    Jodi Picoult
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    Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.

    A routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies and there is no doubt as to who will be held responsible. It's the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child will never have imagined just how much this death will change their lives.

    Looking at the issues that both unite and divide us, this is a compelling novel all about prejudice and power.
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    Lars Mytting
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    Lars Mytting, the bestselling author of Norwegian Wood, turns his attention to fiction in The Sixteen Trees of the Somme. It's a globe-spanning tale about family secrets, betrayal and a love of wood.

    Edvard only has a distant memory of his mother and has never been told how his parents died. He does however know that the fate of Einar, his grandfather's brother, is central to untangling the mystery...

    When a beautifully crafted coffin is delivered to his taciturn grandfather on the remote mountain farmstead he grew up in, Edvard begins to suspect that Einar may not be dead after all. He then embarks on a long journey that he hopes will unlock his family's tragic secrets. It takes him from Norway to the Shetlands and then on to the battlefields of France.

    Edvard also learns of a startling inheritance... Translated by Paul Russell Garrett, this is a beautiful and moving novel about finding yourself.
  • Gerald Durrell Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858378 - Gerald Durrell
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    Gerald Durrell
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    This collection contains three witty reads from the inimitable Gerald Durrell, the bestselling author of My Family and Other Animals. You'll have been watching the story of his life on ITV's hit drama, The Durrells and now you can read some of his quirky thoughts on all kinds of subjects.

    Marrying off Mother and Other Stories is a wonderful collection of stories (some true, some not so true...) full of eccentric characters and absurd situations. Gerald talks about when he helped his mother try and find a new husband; and the acquisition of a strongly perfumed pig named Esmerelda...

    Beasts in my Belfry showcases Gerald's sharp eye for observing humour in any situation and has him explaining how from the age of 2, the only thing he ever wanted to do was study animals. It then goes on to become a charming account of his first job in 1945 as a student keeper at Whipsnade Zoo. He talks about the awesome animals he used to keep company - including a lion who was a dab hand at ventriloquism and a brown bear he used to enjoy singing duets with.

    Rosy is My Relative was Gerald's first novel and it focuses on a 30-year-old man who receives an unexpected inheritance - #500 and an elephant called Rosy who has a thirst for liquor... Gerald decided there's only one thing to do - he's going to give the elephant to the circus.
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    Joanna Trollope
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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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    Lucy Diamond
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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 to help you while away those winter blues.
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    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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    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.
  • Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945405 - Kathleen Tessaro
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    Kathleen Tessaro
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    Focusing on the world of fashion and the fashionable, this three-book collection from Kathleen Tessaro is just perfect for fans of contemporary romantic fiction.

    In Elegance, a woman chances upon a book written by a French fashion expert in a second-hand bookshop and starts to follow its advice - soon her life is transformed and she discovers a courage in her that she never thought was possible; while The Perfume Collector sees an inheritance turning a newly married woman's life upside down...

    The final book in the set, The Debutante, is about an old shoebox full of clues that will unravel the tale of the most famous debutante of her generation.

    Three stand-alone stories that are just full of elegance, class and sophistication.
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    Abi Oliver
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    George Baxter is perfectly comfortable and content in his life and has no problem with the predictable way things were going. But then Win, his wife of 26 years, dies.

    With his loyal dog Monty by his side, George throws himself into his work as an antiques dealer. His business resides right in the heart of his village and he gets to meet all sorts of characters. But then local widow Sylvia Newsome steps into his life and he begins to imagine a new future...

    However, there are more revelations to come and over the course of an English summer, George uncovers some startling mysteries from his past that may well affect his future.

    Abi Oliver's debut novel, A New Map of Love is a startling read that will lift your spirits and break your heart. Presented here in hardback, it's funny and tender and will appeal to those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
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    Clare Swatman
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    Zoe's husband has died and she's not sure where to turn. She and Ed had fumbled their way into adulthood, and although they were on different paths they were always heading in the same direction.

    Eventually after working in dead-end jobs and enduring chaotic house shares over the years, romance finally blossomed - but then the tragic accident happened. While cycling to work, Ed was knocked off his bike and dies. Zoe is left with no choice but to survive, but she's not yet ready to let go of her memories.

    As she reminisces about all their happy times, she decides she has to tell Ed everything she never got round to saying. At the same time, she wonders if there's a way she can get him back...

    Heartbreaking and poignant, Clare Swatman's debut novel Before You Go will leave you in tears and completely absorb you from the very first page.
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    Carys Bray
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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
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    Jackie Collins
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    The sadly missed author Jackie Collins' final book is full of the spark, sensation and sauciness that made her so beloved around the world. Focusing on the legendary Santangelo family, it's not long until scandal hits again...

    There's a vicious hit, a vengeful enemy, a drug-addled Colombian club owner and an Italian family obsessed with sex. And Lucky Santangelo has her hands full having to deal with it all.

    There are also plenty of problems in Lucky's own family: her teenage daughter Max is making a name for herself as a model in Europe, while son Bobby is being set up for a murder he didn't commit. Luckily, Lucky and husband Lennie have the nous to make sure the Santangelos always come out on top, no matter what the consequences.

    A mob story full of love, passion, revenge and plenty of shocks, this is gloriously addictive.
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    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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    Keggie Carew
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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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    Seni Glaister
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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.

    Our love of books is unsurpassed at the Book People so it's no surprise that our staff are passionate about writing, too. And now we're delighted to bring you the stunning hardback debut novel from our very own Seni Glaister - The Museum of Things Left Behind.

    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!