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Sister Rosamund Lupton
The Crime caper
Crime fiction and suspense unfolds as Beatrice learns of the disappearance of her younger sister. Yet as she investigates, Beatrice realises she doesn’t know a lot about her sibling at all.
Room Emma Donoghue
The moving read
A gut-wrenchingly emotional tale narrated
by Jack, a five-year-old boy who has spent his entire life in an 11 sq ft room, a space he shares with his Ma and an unnerving
night-time visitor known as Old Nick.
White Heat MJ McGrath
The Adventure story
A beautifully written travel tome about expeditions in the Arctic. The serene environment is overshadowed by an unusual event while hunting ducks; soon the Inuits are entwined in a murder mystery.
One Day David Nicholls
The Romance that men will enjoy too
An intelligent, working-class Yorkshire lass meets a public school boy, triggering a lifelong connection. They drift in and out of each other’s lives, both struggling in their different ways, making for an extremely engrossing love story.
A Tiny Bit Marvellous Dawn French
The family drama
Meet the imperfect Battles family, who are lurching towards meltdown. Matriarch Mo has a face that frightens children, siblings Dora and Peter have rage issues and an uncanny obsession with Oscar Wilde, and their father is the cherry on the slightly strange cake.
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
The historic novel
This Booker Prize-winning novel, set in the 1500s, follows King Henry VIII as he teeters on the brink of civil war after attempting to annul his marriage. The tale is told through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, one of the King’s most trusted advisors.
Henry Holt and Co
Sunset Park Paul Auster
The Controversial topic
At the age of 28, Miles falls in love with a 17-year-old, which he correctly predicts won’t end well. When it doesn’t, he’s off to Brooklyn. From there, Auster takes us into a gallery of lives squatting in Sunset Park.
Henry Holt and Co
Super Sad True Love Story Gary Shteyngart
The Dystopian adventure
It’s the future and America has gone technology-mad. The planet is falling apart, the US has suffered economic collapse and its citizens are more dysfunctional than ever. But is love still possible in a world that has crashed and burned?
House Rules Jodi Picoult
The Human interest
Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wickedly funny, extraordinarily organised yet hopeless at reading social cues. Jacob has Asperger’s. He is locked in his own world, aware of everything outside and wanting to make a connection.
Straight Talk, No Chaser Steve Harvey
The Self-help Bestseller
Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into what men really think about the opposite sex. He claims to reveal what motivates men and offers tips on how women can use that knowledge to manipulate their relationships.