Contemporary Fiction Books

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!

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    Why Mummy Doesn't Give A ... (Hardback)

    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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    Emma Burstall Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Emma Burstall

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    A shocking turn of events sweeps the small community of picturesque Cornish village Tremarnock; a glamorous new couple arrive and make the village their home; and Londoner Bramble Challoner and her best friend are looking for adventure...

    Covering the lives, loves and secrets of a Cornish village, these three books are smartly written and sure to bring a smile to your face.

    For fans of authors like: Liz Fenwick, Penny Vincenzi, Jenny Colgan
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Emma Burstall's Tremarnock series
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    Louise Candlish Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    The Vinyl Detective Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    Jonathan Harvey Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Jonathan Harvey

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    All She Wants author Jonathan Harvey writes intelligent contemporary novels that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. This collection contains three powerful page-turners.

    The Secrets We Keep finds a woman's perfect life being turned inside out when her husband leaves for a pint of milk and never comes back; The Girl Who Just Disappeared follows Holly Smith as she tries to uncover the secrets of her past; and The History of Us reveals what happens in the past doesn't always stay in the past over the course of a 30-year friendship.

    For fans of authors like JoJo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, Marian Keyes.
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    The Other Half of Augusta Hope (Hardback)

    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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    The High Mountains of Portugal (Hardback)

    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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    Kristin Hannah Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    Kate Morton Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    Jeffrey Archer Collection - 5 Books (Collection)

    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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    Cassandra Parkin Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton (Hardback)

    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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    Matt Haig Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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 Perfect Girlfriend (Hardback)

    Karen Hamilton

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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...
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    Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books (Collection)

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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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    Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist - 6 Books (Collection)

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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)

    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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    The Fault in Our Stars (Paperback)

    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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    The Man Who Didn't Call (Hardback)

    Rosie Walsh

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    Rosie Walsh's debut novel The Man Who Didn't Call is a charming summer read that finds a whirlwind romance ending in mysterious circumstances...

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

    Sarah's friends tell her to forget all about Eddie, but she knows they're wrong. There has to be a reason for his disappearance. But what if this reason is the one thing they didn't share? The truth...
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    A Question of Trust (Hardback)

    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.
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    Wolf Hall (Paperback)

    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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    Fanny Blake Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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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    C.J. Box Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

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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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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.