Curl Up With a Cuppa and a Good Book!

By Simply Books

By Simply Books

Here is our selection of gripping books to curl up with this winter.

The Abstainer


£8.99 £8.54

The Abstainer, by the acclaimed author of The North Water, is an epic story of revenge and obsession set in 1847 about two Irish immigrants in Manchester - a gripping, Dickensian tale. One of Andrew's top picks!

Mayflies: 'A stunning novel.' Graham Norton

Andrew O'Hagan

£9.99 £9.49

Andrew also recommends Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan, an unforgettable tale of male friendship, charting an epic night out in Manchester in 1986 and its tragic aftermath thirty years later.

Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Clare Chambers

£9.99 £9.49

In Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers, set in 1957, Jean Swinney is the editor of a local paper in the south-east suburbs of London. Unlucky in love and living with a difficult mother, her life is about to change when a young woman contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth... Sue loved this escapist, must-read!

Small Things Like These: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

Claire Keegan

£12.99 £12.34

Over Christmas Sue read the new book by Claire Keegan, the bestselling author of Foster. Small Things Like These is a tender, moving novel about Ireland's infamous Magdalene laundries - a short marvel!

Exit: The brilliantly funny new crime novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of SNAP

Belinda Bauer

£9.99 £9.49

Our crime pick is Exit by Belinder Bauer, a darkly comic mystery about the most unlikely murderer you'll ever have the good fortune to spend time with. Perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club, our crime book club absolutely loved it! 


Tayari Jones

£8.99 £8.54

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. A gripping and profound read - our women's book group found it fascinating.

The Offing: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

Benjamin Myers

£9.99 £9.49

One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village to make his way across the northern countryside until he meets Dulcie, an eccentric older woman with whom he forms an unlikely friendship.

The Dutch House: Nominated for the Women's Prize 2020

Ann Patchett

£9.99 £9.49

Everyone in our women's book group loved this book! Pretty amazing for us to have 100% agreement.

Miss Benson's Beetle: An uplifting story of female friendship against the odds

Rachel Joyce

£9.99 £9.49

Our women's book group also loved Rachel Joyce's latest book, a charming, quirky and uplifting novel about an unlikely friendship and a glorious adventure!

Mrs England: The captivating new Sunday Times bestseller from the author of The Familiars and The Foundling

Stacey Halls

£9.99 £9.49

Set in West Yorkshire in 1904, Mrs England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage - compelling, atmospheric, and haunting!

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