Snow Blind – Richard Blanchard

Snow Blind – Richard Blanchard

The stag do. Three simple words which will send shivers down the spine of any groom (or their bride) to-be! This debut novel about a stag-party in the Alps is like a skiing holiday on the mountains themselves – exhilarating, fast-paced, full of twists and turns, smiles and hilarity. Once you get to the bottom of the slope, or finish this book, I'm sure you'll agree that “Snow Blind” is a memorable experience which you won’t forget in a hurry.

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The Undesirables – Dave Boling

The Undesirables – Dave Boling

If I ask you to picture a concentration camp, you’d probably think of Nazis, Auschwitz and gas chambers, wouldn’t you? But actually the concentration camp was a British invention – we came up with the format of imprisoning ‘undesirable’ people way back in 1900 during the Boer War. Set in one such camp this is a heartwarming and eye-opening tale of one girl’s struggle against the oppessors and how she copes as she comes of age.

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Norwegian by Night – Derek B. Miller

Norwegian by Night – Derek B. Miller

What do you get if you mix an adrenaline-filled getaway yarn with an incredibly dark Scandi-crime tale, whilst throwing in a loveable hero and mixing it up with some social commentary on the human condition and add a bit of history too? Answer? One hell of a great read.

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Jack of Spies – David Downing

Jack of Spies – David Downing

It’s 1913 and Europe is teetering on the brink of war. Germany is flexing its muscles and challenging the British Empire across the world. Only one man can help put a spanner in the works – step forward Boer War veteran Jack McColl. Your mission - spy for MI6 and try and prevent a global conflict.

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The Black Country – Alex Grecian

The Black Country – Alex Grecian

It’s 1890 and in the fictional English town of Blackhampton, strange things are afoot. Three people are reported missing, and Scotland Yard has sent two of its finest to investigate. Step forward Inspector Day and Sergeant Hammersmith...

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A Captain’s Duty – Richard Phillips

A Captain’s Duty – Richard Phillips

Being a fanatical fan of fiction, I don’t often read biographies or true stories (which is weird, seeing as I have a BA and MA in History) However, this modern-day tale of how one man stood up to a bunch of Somali Pirates after they hijacked his ship in 2009 had me hooked from the opening page. It’s so good, and so captivating that Hollywood called – with Tom Hanks playing the leading role.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

With the recent release of the new Bridget Jones book “Mad About the Boy”, which has stormed up the charts in recent days, I thought I’d get on board the Bridget bandwagon and start with the first diary... And you know what? I really enjoyed it!

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The Orphan Choir – Sophie Hannah

The Orphan Choir – Sophie Hannah

For me, a great ghost story needs to pass one test.... “When you read it in broad daylight, does it send a shiver up your spine?” If the answer is yes, I’ll give it a glowing review. If it’s no, you’re looking at a mediocre one at best. Sorry Sophie, your first foray into the supernatural arena gets a C – could do better.

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The Moment – Claire Dyer

The Moment – Claire Dyer

What would you do if you accidentally bumped into your first love, some 25 years after they broke your heart? Would you just ignore them and walk on, or would you go over say hi? After reading this wonderful, heart-wrenching and emotionally-powerful five-star book I seriously don’t know what I’d do.

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