Hello Lume readers,
We’re pleased to celebrate the success of October by providing you with a helpful round-up of last month’s best books. This includes exciting new releases, our bestsellers, upcoming reads to keep your eye out for and a special author spotlight.
1. Irreplaceable by Louise Moir
In 2011 Louise Moir was faced with the sudden and catastrophic death of her husband. At the age of 41, after losing his job the previous year, Daniel took his own life, leaving behind Louise, their two young sons and his two daughters from a previous marriage.
This is Louise’s powerful and moving account of a journey into the unknown as she attempts to pick up the pieces, creating an absorbing story of love, discovery, courage and healing.
2. The Quiet Soldier by Adam Ballinger
At twenty-six, Adam Ballinger had a good degree, a fiancée, and a well-paid job. So what made him risk it all for the gruelling, year-long SAS selection course to try and win the toughest badge in the British Army?
Over the months of combat patrols, press-ups, punishing runs, the ordeals of hostile interrogation and much more, Ballinger learnt that who you think you are and what the Army wants you to be are two very different things. This vivid and often funny account of the varied characters who commit so much to training for the ‘misfits regiment’ is remarkable for its unromantic authenticity.
3. The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Donald S. Olson
Ghosts gay and straight, living and dead, haunt the pages of these stories, set in five different absorbing locales and time periods.
Spanning from Victorian England to Beverly Hills and featuring a host of captivating characters, this is the perfect collection of ghost stories and otherworldly tales to haunt you this Halloween.
4. Confessions of a City Girl by Barbara Stcherbatcheff
When City Girl first stepped into the Square Mile she had no idea of the fight for survival she would face over the next five years. But despite lap dancing clubs and million-dollar losses; divorce in the City and the worst recession since the 1930s, City Girl was still standing. She’d taken on the boys at their own game – and won.
Barbara Stcherbatcheff gives us the inside track on life in the financial capital of the world, telling us what really went wrong – and why girls are the only ones who can put it right.
5. Corkscrew by Peter Stafford-Bow
When Felix is expelled from school and cast out onto the street, he’s forced to make his own way in the cut-throat world of wine retail. Luckily, thanks to a positive mental attitude, he is soon forging a promising career, with his adventures taking him to the vineyards of Italy, South Africa, Bulgaria and Kent. However, his path to the summit is not without its obstacles…
Part thriller, part self-help manual, and part drinking companion, Corkscrew is a laugh-out-loud satirical novel that will keep the reader gripped to the last page.
1. An Archer’s Crusade by Griff Hosker
This rollicking medieval adventure sees our favourite archer, Gerald War Bow, back in battle, working once again for Lord Edward in a crusade to snuff out the last of the rebellions and help to turn the tide of the so-called ‘holy war’. But will he come out unscathed?
Packed with exhilarating action and historical detail, An Archer’s Crusade will delight fans of Giles Kristian and Matthew Harffy
2. The Tobacconist’s Wife by AnneMarie Brear
Dark secrets lurk behind the shop façade in this absorbing novel as Thea Goodson, trapped in a violent and unhappy marriage, sees no other option than to powder her bruises, force a smile and continue toiling in her husband’s tobacco shop to keep up appearances. That is, until a handsome stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
3. The Nilsen File by Douglas Bence & Brian McConnell
In the unlikely setting of the staid London suburbs of Cricklewood and Muswell Hill, police began in February 1983 to unearth a tangled mass of human bones. Some dated back years, many were unidentifiable, but all were victims of brutal killings on a systematic scale.
This is the first full account of this series of crimes, put together by two Daily Mirror journalists. Brutal, eccentric, unsettling, The Nilsen File: Re-Opened draws on a range of hitherto neglected material to add further insight and analysis into the inner workings of Dennis Nilsen the man.
4. The Tin Can Crucible by Christopher Davenport
In 1994, Christopher Davenport travels to Papua New Guinea to live with a group of subsistence farmers. Then, one day, the villagers kidnap, torture, and ultimately kill a local woman accused of sorcery. Devastated, Christopher writes this sweeping account of grief, empathy, and the complex mechanisms of humanity.
Colin Dunne is a leading journalist for papers such as the Daily Mail and is the author of bestselling thrillers.
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