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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.

Read the 1st chapter of Where There’s a Will by Beth Corby

Read the 1st chapter of Where There’s a Will by Beth Corby

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Read the never before seen 1st chapter of Where There’s a Will by Beth Corby – THE fun, uplifting, romantic read for summer 2019!

Would you take the chance that could change everything?

After leaving university at the age of twenty-five with no idea what to do with her life, Hannah is stunned when she is left a mystery bequest by her rich, estranged great-uncle Donald.

But there’s a catch: before she can find out what she’s inherited, she must undertake a series of unknown tasks alongside Alec, Donald’s reluctant (but rather gorgeous) PA.

As the tasks progress and she and Alec grow closer, Hannah begins to think that Donald’s real gift might have more to do with love than money . . .

This funny, romantic and uplifting novel is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Cathy Hopkins and Anna Bell.

Read the 1st chapter by clicking on this link here.

Where There’s a Will is out in eBook on 30 May 2019. Pre-order it now.

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.

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

Your recipe for a Valentine’s Day feast!

Your recipe for a Valentine’s Day feast!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and here at Bookends HQ we’ve been busy playing Cupid…

Whether you’re planning to celebrate with a romantic date night with that special someone, or a Galentine’s evening in with your best friends, we’ve pulled together all the ingredients you need for a Valentine’s Day feast!

For a wonderfully light starter, why not try Saliha Mahmood Ahmed’s Qubooli Rice Salad from her gorgeously vibrant cookbook Khazana. This dish is fresh, punchy, and packed full of Indo-Persian flavours!

Next up, we love Gino D’Acampo’s Farfalle with Clams, Mussels and Purple-Sprouting Broccoli from his latest cookbook, Gino’s Italian Adriatic Escape. The perfect dish to impress that special someone, or equally lovely as a tasty dinner for friends.

And if you’re after a vegetarian alternative that’s still packed full of flavours and Adriatic charm, Gino’s Aubergine and Caciocavallo Cheese Bake is a wonderfully simple dish that’s nonetheless sure to impress.

It wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day menu without a serious serving of chocolately goodness, and The Brownie from Great British Bake Off contestant Liam CharlesLiam Charles Cheeky Treats delivers in a big way. The ultimate snack for a Valentine’s girls’ night in, or a sumptuous dessert to top off your romantic dinner, these brownies are sure to be a winner!

Our Top 5 Bookish Rom Coms to watch this Valentine’s Day…

Our Top 5 Bookish Rom Coms to watch this Valentine’s Day…

With Valentines Day looming, we’re feeling the love here at Team Bookends. And what is better than a bookish rom com to get you in the mood? Here are our top 5 picks for the ultimate Valentines movie marathon…

10 Things I Hate About You

This 90s classic is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – what could be more bookish?! We’re big fans of the Sylvia-Plath-reading Kat Stratford and her fiesty retorts to Heath Ledger’s moody and elusive Patrick Verona, and that scene where she reads the poem in English class… gets us every time!

You’ve Got Mail

If you haven’t seen this star studded rom com, you’re really missing out. It’s got the ultimate bookish meet-cute, with Tom Hanks’s character Joe Fox meeting Meg Ryan’s Kathleen Kelly in a bookshop (who here hasn’t fantasised about this?) Co-written and directed by Nora Ephron, master of the rom com, the witty back-and-forth is second only to the gorgeous bookshop that serves as much of the backdrop. We’re in book heaven.

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Clueless

Another book-based-on-a-film phenomenon is the fabulous Clueless – rewritten from Jane Austen’s Emma, the infamous Cher Horowitz is based on Austen’s eponymous heroine Emma Woodhouse, while her step brother Josh takes on the role of the charming Mr Knightley. And it’s not just the romance we’re swooning over – those matching checked outfits worn by Cher and Dionne are iconic to say the least…

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Bridget Jones

If you haven’t read Helen Fielding’s original book that inspired the film, it’s an absolute must! Super relatable and laugh-out-loud funny, Bridget is the ultimate anti-heroine.

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Notting Hill

For movie buffs and book lovers, a trip to Notting Hill to visit the bookshop (which is run by Hugh Grant’s character in the Richard Curtis classic) is essential. But fun fact: The Travel Bookshop never existed at 142 Portobello Road; this site was an antiques store and then a furniture store. It’s now a gift shop called Notting Hill (with a sign saying ‘The Travel Book Shop’ above). The real book shop that William’s was based on is around the corner at 13-15 Blenheim Crescent.

So there you go – the perfect Valentine’s weekend spent indulging in delightful bookish rom coms and dreaming of bookshops…