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Best books of 2014

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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01 Dec 2015

Beautiful and magical illustrated fable named Book of the Year

A bookcase gem by Anna Pollitt

01 Dec 2015

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“I turned this amazing triumph into tragedy” by Harriet Hall

30 Nov 2015

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27 Nov 2015

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25 Nov 2015

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A moment of calm among the shopping storm by Sejal Kapadia

25 Nov 2015

Judith Kerr’s new Mog book tops the adult best-seller charts

39 copies are being sold every minute

19 Nov 2015

Mobile library designed to look like a book is every readers' paradise

by Hayley Kadrou

18 Nov 2015

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