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So Me – Graham Norton

Graham Norton, whose impish charm and quick wit has earned him a place in our hearts, looks back at his life so far. In his own words, SO ME is ‘a real romp through a journey from living in a cockroach-infested council flat in Hackney to buying Claudia Schiffer’s townhouse in Manhattan, from my mother dragging me to school to me dragging her to Sharon Stone’s house for New Year’s brunch’. From a not-so miserable Irish childhood to dropping out of Cork University and joining a commune of hippies in San Francisco, from his disastrous attempts at becoming a serious actor to the rise of his comedy career in London, this is a hilarious, insightful and moving account of a colourful life.

The List – Joanna Bolouri

A hilarious rom-com that will make you laugh out loud

The List. Ten things Phoebe’s always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. Faced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution: one year of pleasure, no strings attached. A bucket list for between the sheets, if you will. But factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe’s got her work cut out for her.

“Funniest read for a long time” – 5* Reader Review

The Gown – Jennifer Robson

The Gown is an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century – Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown – and the fascinating women who made it.

London, 1947: Besieged by a harsh winter, burdened by shortages and rationing, the people of post-war Britain are suffering despite their nation’s recent victory. For Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell, a glimmer of brightness comes in the form of their unlikely friendship and being chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honour: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved nan, who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

Bay of Secrets – Rosanna Ley

The #1 Kindle Bestseller returns with a gorgeous summer read about romance, family and the secrets we keep from those we love.

Spain, 1939

Following the wishes of her parents to keep her safe during the war, a young girl, Julia, enters a convent in Barcelona. Looking for a way to maintain her links to the outside world, she volunteers to help in a maternity clinic. But worrying adoption practices in the clinic force Sister Julia to decide how far she will go to help those placed in her care.

England, 2011

Six months after her parents’ shocking death, 34-year-old journalist and jazz enthusiast Ruby Rae has finally found the strength to pack away their possessions and sell the family home. But as she does so, she unearths a devastating secret that her parents, Vivien and Tom, had kept from her all her life.

‘Sun-soaked escapism’ – Best

The Ice Cream Girls – Dorothy Koomson

Serena and Poppy were teenagers when they were branded as the Ice Cream Girls.

When they were accused of murder, one of them was sent to prison while the other was set free.

Now, 20 years later, one of them is doing all she can to clear her name and the other is frantically trying to keep her secrets.

Got out hearts racing, our minds boggling and us page-turning like there’s no tomorrow’ Heat

‘An instantly involving psychological thriller’ Telegraph

The Lavender House – Hilary Boyd

Emotional, page-turning fiction from the author of #1 EBOOK BESTSELLER, THURSDAYS IN THE PARK.

Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy’s babysitting services, it seems Nancy’s fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has.

Then she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and wearer of cowboy boots, he should be completely unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a real spark.

But Nancy’s family don’t trust Jim one bit. They’re convinced he’ll break her heart, maybe run off with her money – he certainly distracts her from her family responsibilities.

Can she be brave enough to follow her heart? Or will she remain glued to her family’s side and walk away from one last chance for love?

‘Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life – and better than Trollope at jokes’ Daily Mail

The Life and Loves of a He Devil – Graham Norton

‘I defy anyone not to snort, howl and recoil’ The Sunday Times

‘Full of wicked asides, tart observations and sharp remarks that could only have originated in Graham Norton’s witty brain.’ Terry Wogan

Looking around the room I saw what life really was. It was made up of my passions. I saw my life reflected back at me. People I liked, people I loved, people I had shared half a century with. All the stories of my life were together in that one room and it made me very happy.

 Who wouldn’t want a friend like Graham Norton? A little bit naughty, full of frank advice, bursting with gossip about the world’s biggest stars – but most of all with an emphatic love of life and all its joys, big and small.

 Join him – glass of wine in hand, faithful doggy friend by your side – and delve in as he shares the loves of his life.

Our top Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day reading picks

Our top Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day reading picks

Whether it’s Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day you plan on celebrating this week, Bookends has you covered with this FAB selection of books. From celebrating the power of female friendships to classic tales of ‘meet-cutes’, leave it to us to find you your next romantic read…

The Sisterhood – Daisy Buchanan

For fans of Bryony Gordon and Dolly Alderton, The Sisterhood is an honest and hilarious book which celebrates the ways in which women connect with each other.

‘My five sisters are the only women I would ever kill for. And they are the only women I have ever wanted to kill.’

Imagine living between the pages of Pride And Prejudice, in the Bennett household. Now, imagine how the Bennett girls as they’d be in the 21st century – looking like the Kardashian sisters, but behaving like the Simpsons. This is the house Daisy Buchanan grew up in,

Daisy’s memoir The Sisterhood explores what it’s like to live as a modern woman by examining some examples close to home – her adored and infuriating sisters. There’s Beth, the rebellious contrarian; Grace, the overachiever with a dark sense of humour; Livvy, the tough girl who secretly cries during adverts; Maddy, essentially Descartes with a beehive; and Dotty, the joker obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race and bears.

In this tender, funny and unflinchingly honest account Daisy examines her relationship with her sisters and what it’s made up of – friendship, insecurity jokes, jealousy and above all, love – while celebrating the ways in which women connect with each other and finding the ways in which we’re all sisters under the skin.

Maybe This Time – Jill Mansell

Maybe This Time

Heartwarming and joyful – the brand new romantic comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING. An irresistible read for fans of Lucy Diamond and Katie Fforde.

‘Mansell has delivered another winner with this compelling, thoughtful, emotionally intelligent book about love, friendship and not giving up’ Daily Mail

Mimi isn’t looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie – although she can’t help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal’s in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life.

When they meet again four years later, it’s still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi’s busy fixing other people’s relationships.

It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them?

The F Word – Lily Pebbles

If there’s one piece of invaluable advice for women and girls of all ages, it is that there is nothing more important than creating and maintaining strong, positive and happy friendships with other women.

In a culture that largely pits women against each other, I want to celebrate female friendships… all strings attached!

If my 1998 diary is anything to go by, female friendships are incredibly complex and emotional but they’re the mini love stories that make us who we are. For many women, friends are our partners in crime through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. In The F Word I’ve set out to explore and celebrate the essence of female friendship at different life stages and in its many wild and wonderful forms.

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. The highlight of Peggy’s day is watching her neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim.

Peggy dreams of inviting the handsome widower – treasurer of the Residents’ Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village – to an intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.

But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn’t seen in five decades – the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine – sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

Can she channel her ‘inner Helen Mirren’ and find love and friendship in her twilight years?

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series of mysterious events.

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth forever.

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother’s debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.

As time runs out for Ren’s mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

Sweeping and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

The Prodigal Daughter by Prue Leith

Emotional family saga following the second generation of the Angelotti food dynasty, from household name Prue Leith. Perfect for fans of Penny Vincenzi and Barbara Taylor Bradford.

A new generation. It is 1968. Angelica Angelotti has grown up in her parents’ Italian restaurant. Now she is striking out on her own in Paris. There she falls in love with her charismatic but unpredictable cousin Mario.

A fresh challenge. Navigating a blossoming career, from the Savoy hotel to the world of television, alongside an increasingly toxic relationship proves impossible. The offer to run the pub on her family’s estate as a restaurant seems like the perfect escape. Chorlton has called her home…A brighter future. Soon she has a thriving business, and even the chance of a new love. But when Mario reappears, determined to win her back, will Angelica be able to hold on to everything she’s sacrificed so much for?

Exclusive Q&A with Sheila O’Flanagan

Exclusive Q&A with Sheila O’Flanagan

Sheila O’Flanagan is the award-winning author of The Hideaway and over twenty other titles, including the Sunday Times bestsellers What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife and If You Were Me. 

This Q&A is taken from The Hideaway. The full Q&A is only available in the paperback edition of The Hideaway, out on 7th March. Get your copy here.

What first inspired you to write this novel? And did the focus of the story change as you were writing it?

When I see news reports of certain events on TV I often wonder about the people in the background and what their stories might be. In this case, I imagined what it would be like to see or hear about someone who shouldn’t have been there, being caught up in a tragedy, especially when that person has a life that has been kept secret from you. I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted to write the story so the focus didn’t shift, but of course the characters always take on a life of their own as the novel develops.

The description of the setting is so beautiful and vivid, it’s no surprise that you mention in your acknowledgements that you have spent a lot of time in this area of Spain. Could you tell us more about your love of the area?

I first stayed in this area of Valencia nearly twenty-five years ago and I was struck by the colours of the countryside. On the one hand, the zone is quite dry. But the vividness of the orange, lemon and lime trees against the backdrop of the blue skies, the mountains and the sea are simply stunning. Although there are a lot of tourists and ex-pats living in the area, it still retains strong links to both its Moorish and Christian cultures and the (almost daily) summer fiestas are a part of that.

The Hideaway

Read the rest of the Q&A in the paperback edition of The Hideaway, out 7th March 2019.

Exclusive sneak-peak of The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan

Exclusive sneak-peak of The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan

What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie?

When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan’s world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves – and with no way of getting the answers she needs.

Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and orange groves – along with Pep, the local winemaker’s handsome son – begin to soothe her broken heart. But just when she begins to feel whole again, another bombshell drops.

Juno might have run away from her secrets, but the past isn’t finished with her…

There was a long queue at the car rental desk and I was at
the back of it.
I’d congratulated myself on being first off the plane and
thought I’d be first in line at the rental desk too, but I’d
forgotten there would be other flights into Alicante airport
and that those passengers might also be hiring cars. Now it
seemed that everyone who’d landed that evening was in the
queue ahead of me. And it was moving at a snail’s pace.

You can read the full exclusive extract of The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan here.

The Hideaway

The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan is out in paperback on 7th March. You can get it here.

Exclusive sneak-peak of The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

Exclusive sneak-peak of The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

The new novel by Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans will enchant her fans with this unputdownable and heart-breaking tale of a family ripped apart and the extraordinary house they called home. Harriet writes the most delicious, epic stories from the heart since Maeve Binchy and Kate Morton.

Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.

Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted TheGarden of Lost and Found, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them.

One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down…

When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers. For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or, in Juliet’s case, her own children’s happiness.

Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?

You can read an EXCLUSIVE sneak-peak extract from The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans here!

The Garden of Lost and Found is out in eBook and hardback on 18th April 2019. Pre-order here.

Where to holiday in January, February and March

Where to holiday in January, February and March

When the weather turns colder, and Christmas has passed, there’s nothing more alluring than a winter sun holiday to rejuvenate the spirits. Start the New Year with a new adventure, whether it be to a far-flung tropical paradise or somewhere closer to home and ignite the senses for travel for another year. Here we look at some of the best destinations for travel in January, February and March.

Best for Families

Everyone knows that the Canary Islands enjoy year-round sunshine, Tenerife makes a great winter-sun destination for the family and with just a four-hour flight time, it’s a great choice for the little ones, Ritz Carlton Abama  from, from £1145pp (Citadel deluxe room for 7 nights including flights and transfers) understated luxury and a purpose-built complex for families.  Further afield, this is an opportune time of year to visit Dubai, where temperatures are far below the searing heat of the summer and children can comfortably enjoy the many activities that the destination has to offer. The ultra-sophisticated One&Only Royal Mirage, from £2295pp (Palace Superior Deluxe room for 7 nights including flights and transfers) , has an excellent Kids Club as well as being an elegant choice for the adults.

Best for Couples

The British winter is the perfect time to visit the Maldives, where rainfall is at its lowest and the Indian Ocean is at its calmest, perfect for viewing the exotic marine life these islands are so well known for. The over-water, beach and tree-top villas at Amilla Fushi, from £3960pp, offer the perfect romantic escape and each has its own private pool. Travelling west, the Caribbean islands are also blessed with hot days and little rain during our winter months. St Lucia, with its lush natural beauty offers something for those seeking relaxation as well as adventure and those staying at the ultra-refined and uber-classy Cap Maison, from £2165pp (Garden View Room for 7 nights including flights and transfers) will appreciate the full romance of this destination.

Best for a Short Break

If you’re looking for a quick getaway to satisfy your thirst for travel then consider Marrakech, with its maze-like souks and backdrop of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. The impressive Mandarin Oriental, from £2095pp (Atlas Suite for 5 nights including flights and transfers), is just a 10-minute walk from the city’s famous Medina and a three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK. If you’re willing to travel further, then Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s favourite destinations for luxury long weekend. The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, from £1175pp (Superior King Room for 5 nights including flights and transfers), offers a classy and luxurious base for your action-packed few days.

Best for adventure

This could be a great time to consider a cruise, where every day brings a new port of call and your base is a luxury liner comparable with a the best five-star hotels. Celebrity Cruises’ South Pacific, Fiji & Tonga cruise, from £3,209pp visits some of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful and culturally-rich destinations.

With such a treasure-trove of destinations to choose from, be sure to speak to an expert to make the right choice for you. Contact our team of dedicated personal holiday consultants, who will ensure every detail is taken care of.

Guest post by Luxury Worldwide Collection

New Year, New You? – Bryony Gordon

New Year, New You? – Bryony Gordon

Bryony Gordon, author of Eat, Drink, Run talks about her feelings on ‘new year, new you’.

It’s January 1st, and all you can hear are companies and brands reminding you of a ‘new year, new you’. Which makes me want to gag. I mean, excuse me:  What was so wrong with the OLD you? For a long time during my twenties and thirties, I compared myself to others – and it only made me sad. I was tormented by thin, happy, healthy people. I would see joggers whizzing around the streets in the early morning as I returned home from a night out, the self -loathing seeping in to my bones as their sap seemed to rise. I never dreamt I was a runner. I (am) a dawdler, a loafer, and a smoker. Until one day, I decided enough was enough. I didn’t want to think about what I couldn’t do – I wanted to think about what I could do. And so began my journey to self-acceptance. Last year, I ran all 26 miles of the London Marathon – in my underwear. For the record, it was my second marathon. And this new year, I’d urge you to do the same. You don’t have to run a marathon in your knickers, obviously. But every time you find yourself thinking you need to be a new version of you, stop yourself. And remember: this new year, you just need to be fearlessly, unapologetically you.

12 tips from Bryony Gordon on how to be the best version of yourself in 2019:

  1. Eat: a piece of cake every now and then – BUT don’t punish yourself for days afterwards.
  2. Drink: a glass of wine if you feel like one. Just maybe not 5 or 6.   
  3. Run: just once this January, and see how it goes
  4. Be: fearlessly and unapologetically YOU. Do not compare yourself to the person sitting next to you at work
  5. Dance: to a Beyonce to a dance work-out. Ditch the spin class if it’s not working for you
  6. Enjoy: A few sober evenings at home each week 
  7. Walk: If you can’t make it to the end of the race, walk. The most important thing is getting there in the first place.
  8. Reward: You and a girlfriend to a weekend away every now and then. But watch out for the wagon …
  9. Wear: A new pair of fun leopard print leggings to the gym. Lycra needn’t be boring
  10. Sleep: before 11pm at least 2 times a week 
  11. Join: A gang of like-minded people to share your problems with
  12. Accept: Your body and your mind, and never be ashamed of it

Find out how to achieve these things through Bryony’s hilarious and brave new memoir Eat, Drink, Run

Eat, Drink, Run

‘A courageous account that will inspire us all – bloody brilliant’ Fearne Cotton

‘An honest and damn funny book about daring to dream, about chafing and Vaseline, and running through the pain. I raced through it without getting a stitch’ Matt Haig

‘The woman who made talking about your thinking not just acceptable but imperative’ Daily Telegraph

The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden | Friends of Bookends Reviews

The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden | Friends of Bookends Reviews

We asked our Friends of Bookends panel what they thought of The Six Loves of Billy Binns, the debut novel by Richard Lumsden. This is what they said . . .

Linda H.

The Six Loves of Billy Binns

I’m going to get one negative out of the way in my review of The Six Loves of Billy Binns. I found some of the language rather crude, especially when associated with Clem or referring to parts of the female anatomy, and as I am very broad minded I feel that might be an issue for some readers. That said, this particular lexicon is era appropriate and so I can see how it is used to convey the past. It just didn’t suit always my reader preferences.

That small negative aside, there is, in contrast, frequently quite a poetic turn of phrase that I did love, especially through the descriptions of setting or appearance so that I could picture things very vividly. References to nature in particular had a beautiful quality. I also thought the variety of sentence structure was very well constructed. Single sentence paragraphs exemplify the speed of some thoughts and memories perfectly, whilst occasional ellipsis conveys the difficulty Billy sometimes has in grasping his past. I especially liked the structure of the book, almost as a traditional five act play with its five parts, and the blurring of lines between Billy’s memories and his present situation gave a chimerical feeling which I felt went well with the way Billy has to reinvent himself at times in his life.

From a slightly shaky start I ended up really enjoying The Six Loves of Billy Binns. I was expecting more humour, but not as much pathos and at times I found Billy’s story quite heartbreaking, particularly with regard to Evie. I thought the way Richard Lumsden showed how fate intervenes and our paths follow a direction we neither ask for nor want at times, was sensitively presented so that although Billy does make mistakes, very often he had far more of my sympathy than disapprobation. The more I read, the more Billy became a believable, human and empathetic character. The loves he describes felt completely believable to me.

Reading The Six Loves of Billy Binns made me feel quite melancholic as a result of the poignancy behind Billy’s memories. I wanted so much more for him than he appeared to achieve and yet the ending of the book has an encouragingly uplifting quality in spite of all Billy’s experiences and frequent errors of judgement.

Richard Lumsden weaves social history into The Six Loves of Billy Binns very effectively. I really enjoyed the backdrop of the two world wars, the swinging sixties and so on. I thought the themes of race and gender, domestic violence, war and class structure all added to the layers so that historical times leapt from the page.

I think The Six Loves of Billy Binns will polarise readers. I began not liking it at all and ended up thoroughly enjoying it and understanding why the early parts of the novel that made me so uncomfortable had to be there to give authenticity and integrity to the narrative. I think The Six Loves of Billy Binns needs to be read so that every individual reader can come to their own conclusion. Why not try it for yourself?

Francine P.

This is the debut novel of a well established, recognisable actor. Soon, I hope to be well established author, as this is an accomplished first effort. On first inspection , I thought this would be a fairly light, amusing read. What is found was surprisingly different. The settings between the present and the past, are startlingly different, which allows the reader to enter into the very core of the protagonist.

“It is a sensitive, poignant tale of an old man looking back on his long life, remembering mostly his regrets.”

The descriptions of the war scenes are as realistic as they are harrowing, reminiscence of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes. The author has really got under the skin of Billy Binns, painting vivid images of Billy’s life, and somewhat unreliable memory. In some aspects it is also similar to All that Been Said by Anne Griffin even down to the narrative been directed to the son, though Loves are the crucial subject matter and not Toasts. Missed opportunities figure largely in both. This,though, is an entirety original work resulting with highly emotional theme being handled with a deft hand. Billy’s recollections of his past experiences and people he has loved may be sketchy but they are well drawn and they have imprinted themselves on my mind, for a very long time to come. Narrative relating to Archie, his son are particularly heartbreaking. I thoroughly recommend this read.

Tim S.

A stunning and intensely moving fictional life story of the centenarian Billy Binns. It takes through the highs and lows, loves and loses of a life lived to the full, a real case of warts and all. His story is woven skilfully alongside his last stopping place, an old peoples homes set for closure and conversion into luxury flats. I found his picture of the first World War, high above the trenches in an observation balloon, particularly harrowing. It brought home the death and despair in a way only fiction can.

Returning home to London, injured and unloved, we learn how his love life soared and dipped, most painful of all losing his Evie through his infidelity when she was his ‘forever girl’ 

Billy gives is glimpses of ordinary life and times seen through his eyes – Walking up Lime Grove, four lads with long hair get out of a fancy car outside the BBC studio with a crowd of girls screaming at them.

The pace slackens as he moves towards death, the only question remaining is was Evie really his forever girl?

Angela N.

Have you ever been into a nursing home? Seeing all the little white heads nodding in their chairs in front of a blaring television, it’s easy to forget that they have lived interesting – and maybe even scandalous lives. The Six Loves of Billy Binns took all my casual stereotypes of elderly people and blasted them into pieces.

Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and currently resides in a nursing home in London. Inside his head however, he relives his life and relives the five people who left marks on his heart. Billy is born at the turn of the century and his story begins just before WW1. Billy signs up underage and proves himself to be quite the hero. No problem with that; a nice old man recounting his war stories. It’s when Billy moves on to his second love, his ‘forever girl’ Evie that my opinion of him began to change and I began to look at the elderly narrator Billy in a more critical light.

Richard Lumsden has created a very clever novel. I thought it was going to be relatively light-hearted and bitter-sweet. Yet what I was presented with was an old man who had made many mistakes and hurt many people. And yes, it made me look back at those sweet old people dozing in front of the TV and see them as the people they are: The complex, sometimes unpleasant people that we all are.

“If you’re looking for a good long read you can get your teeth into and that will run you through a gamut of emotions, then this is the book for you.”

Richard Lumsden’s heart-warming debut is out on 24th January 2019. Order here.

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.

‘Masterful storytelling’ Graham Norton

‘This is how you tell a story’ Cecelia Ahern

I’m here to remember – all that I have been and all that I will never be again.

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories – of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice – the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare.

Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.

Buy from Amazon here.

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Believe Me by JP Delaney

The sensational new psychological thriller from the internationally bestselling author of THE GIRL BEFORE

Claire Wright likes to play other people.

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.

When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . .  Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?

And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life . . .


See what everyone is saying about JP Delaney, the hottest new name in psychological thrillers:

‘DAZZLING’ – Lee Child

‘CREEPY’ – Heat

‘ADDICTIVE’ – Daily Express

‘DEVASTATING’ – Daily Mail

‘INGENIOUS’ – The New York Times

‘COMPULSIVE’ – Glamour Magazine

‘SEXY’ – Mail on Sunday

‘ENTHRALLING’ – Woman and Home

‘ORIGINAL’ – The Times

‘RIVETING’ – Lisa Gardner


Buy from Amazon here.