Three Days in Florence by Chrissie Manby

Three Days in Florence by Chrissie Manby

When a mini-break becomes make or break…

Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she’s thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil’s constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it’s not exactly the romantic break Kathy was hoping for.

But when a mix-up with her flights leaves Kathy stranded in the city, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay on alone.

What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun, as Kathy begins to question the choices that have led her here. With the help of the colourful Innocenti family, who offer Kathy a place to stay, she gradually begins to realise that there’s a much bigger world out there, if only she can be brave enough to explore it.

Could Italy hold the answers to her future happiness? Or is Kathy destined to return to her old life?

‘Manby’s novels are made for holidays’ Glamour

Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn by Kit Fielding

Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn by Kit Fielding

‘Kit Fielding’s debut is a triumph. A story told with brutal honesty, underpinned by humour, love, hope and the inestimable power of friendship.’ RUTH HOGAN, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

In every pub in every town unspoken stories lie beneath the surface.

Each week, six women meet at The Bluebell Inn. They form an unlikely and occasionally triumphant ladies darts team. They banter and jibe, they laugh. But their hidden stories of love and loss are what, in the end, will bind them.

There is Mary, full of it but cradling her dark secret; Lena – young and bold, she has made her choice; the cat woman who must return to the place of her birth before it’s too late. There’s Maggie, still laying out the place for her husband; and Pegs, the dark-eyed girl from the travellers’ site bringing her strangeness and first love. And Katy: unappreciated. Open to an offer.

They know little of each other’s lives. But here they gather and weave a delicate and sustaining connection that maybe they can rely on as the crossroads on their individual paths threaten to overwhelm.

With humanity and insight, Kit Fielding reveals the great love that lies at the heart of female friendship.

Raw, funny and devastating, all of life can be found at the Bluebell.

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

‘Sometimes a book comes along and it feels dusted with magic – Love, Unscripted is one of those books. Nostalgic, tender and achingly cool’ Josie Silver, author of One Day in December

‘A complete delight for film lovers (and lovers of love)’ Holly Bourne

Owen Nicholls’ Love, Unscripted follows film projectionist Nick as he tries to understand the difference between love on the silver screen and love in real life. Perfect for fans of romcoms, David Nicholls and Nick Hornby.

For film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does.

For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed… picture-perfect.

But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as the night they met.

Can love really be as it is in the movies?

Readers love Owen Nicholls . . .

‘A gorgeous romcom filled with movie references and Obama-era nostalgia’ Kate Davies, author of In At The Deep End

‘An astutely observed romantic comedy that had me shaking with laughter and sniffing away tears. Pure pleasure.’ Nev Pierce, Contributing Editor Empire Magazine

‘This is one of the best books I have ever read. If When Harry Met Sally and High Fidelity had a book baby, this would be it’ Emma Cooper, author of The Songs of Us

High Fidelity for the multiplex generation. Owen Nicholls makes it look easy but it’s a smart and funny book, laced with wisdom. A lovely, warm, engaging read.’ Richard Lumsden, author of The Six Loves of Billy Binns 

‘A properly funny, clever, bittersweet romcom’ Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For
‘One of the most realistic love stories I have read’ Michelle Elman, author of Am I Ugly?

Buy your copy here!

Poems to Fix a F**ked Up World – Various Poets

Poems to Fix a F**ked Up World – Various Poets

Short sharp shots of poetry to help you face the sh*t.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep looking up at the stars when the gutter we’re in seems so full of sh*t.
But isn’t that why we need poetry?

Oscar Wilde wrote some of his best poetry when he was in prison for ‘the love that dare not speak its name’.

Nelson Mandela held fast to his ‘unconquerable soul’ on Robben Island with the help of the words a poet wrote about his battle with tuberculosis a century before.

So maybe it’s not inconceivable that the words in this little book could help you put some of the sh*t in perspective, get all the important bits of your life – like sleep, work, food, travel, love and learning – in some kind of balance, so you can go back to star-gazing again . . .

Taking as its starting point the classic ‘wheel of balance’ life-coach model, this beautifully packaged collection of extracts and short poems gathers wisdom old and new in a perfect gift for anyone who needs comfort in this f**ked up world of ours.

‘This is not a poetry book as you know it, this is a life raft.’ Emerald Street on Poems for a World Gone to Sh*t.

Poems to Fix a F**ked Up World is available here.

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes

A mysterious letter from Spain. A surprising new beginning…

Fall in love this summer with Her Last Promise, a gripping, heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From No. 1 bestselling author Kathryn Hughes.

What real readers are saying about Her Last Promise

‘Hope rises from despair and new beginnings are forged in the most extraordinary and unexpected way. Kathryn Hughes delves deeply into the heart and soul of her characters, making them totally relatable…like friends you really care for. My addiction to this novel was total and uncompromising *****’

‘Wonderful! First book I have read by Kathryn Hughes and will now read her previous stories. I loved it *****’

‘Another great story from Kathryn Hughes *****’

‘As always, a lovely story by Kathryn Hughes *****’

‘I really enjoyed this book, especially the nostalgic 1970’s descriptions ****’

Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.

Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…

Buy your copy of Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes here