Our favourite reads this winter
February is a month where everybody begins to feel the spring in their step return. You've battled through the long, cold and dark month of January and finally, extraordinarily slowly, you have made it into February, the shortest month of the year. To celebrate, and why shouldn't you, why not pick up a new book? Trust us; it's the best present you could get yourself or a loved one on the day-that-shall-not-be-named in February. We've rounded up some of our biggest February titles to give you some ideas.
Don’t Tell the Brides-to-be, Anna Bell
The author who brought you Don’t Tell the Boss and Don’t Tell the Groom, brings you the brand new instalment in her series: Don’t Tell the Brides-to-Be. Penny is back, and things are finally looking up.
The gambling is gone. Instead Penny has a new focus, her new business: Princess on a Shoestring, an all-inclusive service for brides-to-be looking to plan low budget, but beautiful weddings. Wedding planning, however, proves to be no piece of cake, but family rows and bridesmaid calamities prove to be the least of her problems; another planner is intent on taking her down, step by step, bride by bride.
Can Penny save her reputation before it’s too late?
This Valentine’s Day put down the lingerie and the over-priced sickly sweet chocolate and think outside the traditional heart-shaped box. Don’t Tell the Brides-To-Be is an inspiriting story with an abundance of fun that you’ll enjoy long after those rose petals have wilted.
The Lovers of Amherst, William Nicholson
William Nicholson’s CV reads like a who’s who of Hollywood stars and literary accolades. William is a British screenwriter who co-wrote the script for the film Gladiator and who also scripted Les Misérables and Mandela. His books are critically acclaimed and are often cited as cinematic examples of fiction.
His latest novel, The Lovers of Amherst is a beautifully written depiction of the life of the poet Emily Dickinson, and how her life influenced others.
The prose is elegant, fluid and believable, the context intelligent and thorough. The Lovers of Amherst introduces a sophisticated and alternate approach to the taboo and negativity surrounding marital affairs. This is one not to miss.
Stonebird, Mike Revell
Mike Revell’s touching and delicate debut novel, Stonebird has been gaining fans left, right and centre. Described by Fiona Noble from The Bookseller as ‘A really special debut, full of heart, hope and the power of storytelling’, it follows ten-year-old Liam who learns the importance of memory, what it is to lose, and how to grow up.
When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he’s thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn’t remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can’t. When Liam stumbles upon an old stone gargoyle in an abandoned church that isn’t your usual gargoyle he begins to think things can change, can they?
Mike Revell’s Stonebird both bewitches and teaches. Do you believe in the magic of stories? Stonebird is one destined to be loved by readers of all ages.
A Killing Winter, Tom Callaghan
‘My world is a hopeless, brutal place, a land peopled only by regrets and lost love.’
Set in Kyrgyz, with passages described in effortless vivid detail, so much so that you’ll be able to taste the ice on your tongue and the alcohol in the back of your throat, A Killing Winter is an unforgettable debut.
A woman has been brutally murdered, the snow is dyed red. When Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at the scene, all evidence points towards a ruthless serial killer. But when the victim’s father turns out to be a government minister, Borubaev has to solve the case not only quickly but also quietly, by any means possible. Until more bodies are found . . .
The deadly but beautifully written prose is so consuming, so alluring, that even the faint hearted and weak kneed will struggle to put it down. This is crime writing at its best.