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Best books of 2014

Best books of 2014

New reads for the New Year

This year promises to be a treat for bookshelves, with new offerings from old favourites David Mitchell, Sarah Waters and Jojo Moyes, and some brand new authors who look set for stardom. We can’t wait until autumn for Lena Dunham and Vivienne Westwood’s first books, and fiction-wise we’ve picked out some war-time tear-jerkers, nail-biting thrillers and cracking historical fiction, as well as two well-loved classics that are getting a makeover. Read on for the best books of 2014.

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  • Season to Taste by Natalie Young

    Season to Taste by Natalie …

    If you want to improve your culinary skills this… More details

  • The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

    The Night Guest by Fiona Mc…

    Widowed Ruth lives on the New South Wales coast,… More details

  • The Thing About December by Donal Ryan

    The Thing About December by…

    The Spinning Heart made Donal Ryan one of the… More details

  • The Lie by Helen Dunmore

    The Lie by Helen Dunmore

    With 2014 marking the 100-year anniversary of the… More details

  • Wake by Anna Hope

    Wake by Anna Hope

    Another compelling piece of fiction set just… More details

  • Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham

    Boxer Handsome by Anna Whit…

    Bobby has grown up in the boxing clubs of the… More details

  • How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis

    How to be a Heroine by Sama…

    Do you see yourself as a Cathy Earnshaw or a Jane… More details

  • Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

    Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

    Ernest Hemingway was famously married four times,… More details

  • Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

    Prayers for the Stolen by J…

    Set in the human-trafficking world of Mexico,… More details

  • The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

    The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

    Jenn and her husband Greg are holidaying in rural… More details

  • The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

    The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

    Daniel has long-since waved goodbye to his… More details

  • The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

    The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

    Single mother Jess Thomas has two jobs and two… More details

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

    We Are All Completely Besid…

    Rosemary used to have an older brother, Lowell,… More details

  • Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

    Northanger Abbey by Val McD…

    Crime writer Val McDermid has put her own twist… More details

  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

    Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

    Room author Emma Donoghue makes a return this… More details

  • All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

    All That Is Solid Melts Int…

    In 1986 in a Moscow apartment, a nine-year-old… More details

  • Half Bad by Sally Green

    Half Bad by Sally Green

    Tipped to be the next Twilight and Hunger Games,… More details

  • The Quick by Lauren Owen

    The Quick by Lauren Owen

    Another supernatural novel, The Quick is set in… More details

  • Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

    Astonish Me by Maggie Ships…

    We loved Maggie Shipstead’s first novel Seating… More details

  • A Curious Career by Lynn Barber

    A Curious Career by Lynn Ba…

    Lynn Barber is one of Britain’s most successful… More details

  • Fallout by Sadie Jones

    Fallout by Sadie Jones

    Luke, Paul and Paul’s girlfriend Leigh are… More details

  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

    Elizabeth is Missing by Emm…

    Maud, an ageing grandmother, is slowly losing her… More details

  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

    The Miniaturist by Jessie B…

    Described as ‘feminist golden-age fiction’,… More details

  • Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

    Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki A…

    Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is famous for his… More details

  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

    Not That Kind of Girl by Le…

    It’s the book we’ve all been waiting for.… More details

  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

    The Paying Guests by Sarah …

    Sarah Waters is best-known for writing… More details

  • Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

    Nora Webster by Colm Tóib…

    Nora Webster is the long-awaited sequel to Colm… More details

  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

    The Bone Clocks by David Mi…

    David Mitchell is famous for the futuristic,… More details

  • Hercule Poirot by Sophie Hannah

    Hercule Poirot by Sophie Ha…

    Our favourite moustached Belgian detective will… More details

  • Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly

    Vivienne Westwood by Vivien…

    Another first book from another iconic female,… More details

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