Shortlisted for this year's Romantic Novelists' Association romantic comedy prize, "A Date in Your Diary" is the second novel from Jules Stanbridge. Journalist Harriet "Harry" Peel feels she is being left behind in the race of life. Still reeling after the man the thought was the One broke her heart, she finds herself back on the hunt for the right man while her sisters and close friends are all moving away, getting married and having children. The imminent arrival of a young rival with fresh ideas at Life to Live, the magazine where she works, only threatens to make things worse.
In desperation she turns to internet dating in an effort to break out of her seemingly shrinking… Read more
"The Spanish Game" is the third novel by Charles Cumming, and the sequel to "A Spy by Nature". Ex-MI6 agent Alec Milius has spent the last six years in exile in Madrid after a failed operation against the CIA. But even as he tries to rebuild his life, working for a British-owned private bank and pursuing an adulterous affair with his boss's wife, he is drawn once again into the world of espionage he thought he had left behind. When Mikel Arenaza, a well-known Basque politician, disappears in mysterious circumstances, Milius takes it upon himself to investigate. But without the backing of any official agency, he is vulnerable: he is not the only one working on the case.
Shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal, "Gatty's Tale" is Kevin Crossley-Holland's follow-up to his highly successful Arthur trilogy. Set in 1203, it picks up where "King of the Middle March" ended. This time, however, the focus of attention switches to the eponymous Gatty, a strong-minded but resourceful and loyal field-girl from the manor of Caldicot on the Welsh Marches, who joins a party of pilgrims on a journey to the holy city of Jerusalem. On the way - amidst encounters with thieves, monks, brigands and knights - the pilgrims try to discover not just each other but also themselves.
The story is a slow-burner, to be sure: there is little plot to speak of, but rather a… Read more