Book of the Month

By Hay Festival

By Hay Festival

Our monthly recommendation of new books we think hold particular resonance today...

Drift: A story of love, magic and the irresistible lure of the sea

Caryl Lewis

£14.99 £13.94

Our June 2022 Book of the Month is the debut English language novel from one of Wales' most accomplished writers.

Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales

£12.99 £12.08

Our Book of the Month for May 2022 is one very close to our hearts. Edited by a trio of former Hay Festival Writers at Work participants, Welsh (Plural) invites writers to consider the future of Wales and their place in it.


Fernanda Melchor

£10.99 £10.22

Our Book of the Month for April 2022 comes from one of our most thrilling new writers. Paradais explores the explosive fragility of Mexican society.

The Instant: Sunday Times Bestseller

Amy Liptrot

£14.99 £13.94

Our March 2022 Book of the Month is is an unapologetic look at the addictive power of love and lust from the author of the bestselling The Outrun.


James Joyce

£20.00 £18.60

Marking 100 years since its first publication, our February 2022 Book of the Month is James Joyce's Ulysses, now in a beautiful Clothbound Classics centenary edition.

Free Love: 'So real and humane and utterly transporting' - Meg Mason, author of Sorrow and Bliss

Tessa Hadley

£16.98 £15.79

Our January 2021 Book of the Month comes from Tessa Hadley, bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past. Free Love is a compulsive new novel about one woman's sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London.

Real Estate: Living Autobiography 3

Deborah Levy

£10.99 £10.22

After hundreds had their say, we're delighted to reveal our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2021 is... Real Estate by Deborah Levy.

Bewilderment: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

Richard Powers

£18.98 £17.65

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021, our Book of the Month for October Bewilderment is the latest novel from Richard Powers. His last book, The Overstory, was an international sensation, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Island of Missing Trees: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Elif Shafak

£14.99 £13.94

Our September 2021 Book of the Month sees prize-winning novelist prizewinning Elif Shafak bring us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal.

The Country of Others

Leila Slimani

£14.99 £13.94

Our Book of the Month for August 2021 sees novelist Leïla Slimani follow up her bestsellers Lullaby and Adele with a novel about a woman in an interracial marriage whose fierce desire for autonomy parallels her adopted country’s fight for independence.

The Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories of Mystery Illness

Suzanne O'Sullivan

£16.98 £15.79

Our July 2021 Book of the Month sees neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan explore 'psychosomatic illnesses', travelling the world collecting fascinating stories of culture-bound syndromes.

Y Bachgen, y Wahadden, y Llwynog a'r Ceffyl

Charlie Mackesy

£16.98 £15.79

Our November Book of the Month sees acclaimed poet and Hay Festival fellow Mererid Hopwood translate an extraordinary Welsh edition of Charlie Mackesy's bestselling The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, bringing its inspiring message to readers in Welsh for the first time.

Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything

Jordan Ellenberg

£20.00 £18.60

Our Book of the Month for June 2021 is from the Sunday Times bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong. Shape is a hugely entertaining exploration of the geometry that underlies our world, revealing the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face, from the spread of coronavirus to rise of machine learning.

China Room: The heartstopping and beautiful novel, longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

Sunjeev Sahota

£16.98 £15.79

Our May 2021 Book of the Month is Sunjeev Sahota's multigenerational novel of love, oppression, trauma and the pursuit of freedom, inspired in part by the author's own family history. China Room twines together the stories of a woman and a man separated by more than half a century but united by blood.

Male Tears

Benjamin Myers


Our Book of the Month for April 2021 is a debut collection of short stories from Benjamin Myers investigating modern masculinity in all its many and varied forms.

What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract

Minouche Shafik

£18.98 £17.65

Our March 2021 Book of the Month sees LSE director Minouche Shafik offer lucid and accessible new answers to age-old questions and equips every reader to understand and play their part in the urgent and necessary transformation ahead.

Light Perpetual: 'Heartbreaking . . . a boundlessly rich novel.' Telegraph

Francis Spufford

£16.98 £15.79

Our Book of the Month for February 2021 comes from the winner of the Costa First Novel Award, the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize with a novel of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting.

All the Young Men: How One Woman Risked It All To Care For The Dying

Ruth Coker Burks


Our January 2021 Book of the Month is the true story of a young, single mother who finds herself driven to the forefront of the AIDS crisis and who risks everything to give victims back their humanity.


Caleb Femi

£9.99 £9.29

Our Book of the Month for November 2020 sees Caleb Femi combine poetry and original photography to explore the trials, tribulations, dreams and joys of young Black boys in twenty-first century Peckham.

Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths

Natalie Haynes


Our October 2020 Book of the Month is a long overdue take on the Greek Myths, putting the women of those stories on equal footing with the menfolk.

Men Who Hate Women: From incels to pickup artists, the truth about extreme misogyny and how it affects us all


£16.98 £15.79

Our Book of the Month for September 2020 is an urgent and groundbreaking study that exposes the vast misogynist networks and communities online. It’s a deep dive into the worldwide extremism nobody talks about.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

£16.98 £15.79

Our August 2020 Book of the Month is the latest novel from Matt Haig, a poignant story about regret, hope and forgivenes

The Half-God of Rainfall

Inua Ellams

£10.00 £9.30

Our Book of the Month for July 2020 is an epic story and a lyrical exploration of pride, power and female revenge.


Maggie O'Farrell

£8.99 £8.36

Our June 2020 Book of the Month is a stunning new departure for Maggie O'Farrell's fiction, a lyrically written and emotionally devastating account of the Bard’s only son.

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