Read an exclusive extract from When You Read This by Mary Adkins

Read an exclusive extract from When You Read This by Mary Adkins

Read an extract from When You Read This
– the sparkling and heartfelt debut from Mary Adkins, out on the 7th of February.

Iris Massey is gone.
But she’s left something behind.

For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands.

But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three.


Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.

Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’s big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.

Funny and moving in equal measures, When You Read This is a sparkling debut about love, life, and all the emails you really wish you’d never sent.

Read an extract here.

When You Read This is out on the 7th February. Pre-order it now:

Read an extract from our Book of the Month, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

Read an extract from our Book of the Month, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

Read an extract from our Book of the Month, Anne Griffin’s poignant and heartwarming debut When All Is Said.

Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.

‘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.

Read an exclusive extract from this emotional and masterfully written debut.

And find out what our lovely reviewer panel, Friends of Bookends, had to say about the extraordinary tale of Maurice Hannigan.

When All Is Said is available to buy now:

Read an extract from The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley

Read an extract from The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley

Read an extract from Clare Pooley’s bravely honest and brilliantly comic account of how one mother gave up drinking and started living.

Clare Pooley is a Cambridge graduate and was a Managing Partner at one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies, and yet eighteen months ago she’d become an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling ‘Am I an alcoholic?’

In a desperate bid to turn her life around, she quit drinking and started a blog. She called it Mummy Was a Secret Drinker.

This book is the story of a year in Clare’s life: a year that started with her quitting booze having been drinking more than a bottle of wine every day. It sees her starting a hugely successful blog, then getting and beating breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze free and cancer free, two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. Sober Diaries is an upbeat, funny and positive look at how to live life to the full.

Interwoven within Clare’s own very personal and frank story is research and advice, and answers to questions like:

How do I know if I’m drinking too much?
How will I cope at parties?
What do I say to friends and family?
How do I cope with cravings?
Will I lose weight?
What if my partner still drinks?

Read an extract here.

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Real reader reviews:

‘This book has saved me.’ *****
‘It has been like a bible to me since giving up
alcohol.’ *****
‘It started a sober revolution for me.’ *****
‘Beautifully written, unsentimental, unflinching.’ *****
‘Clare has inspired me to radically rethink my
drinking.’ *****