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Every month we pick three show-stopping, day-eating, unputdownable books which we recommend to you with all of our bookselling muster. We guarantee, pick up one of these books, start reading and you'll never know what hit you.

Fiction book of the month

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

"I’ll come right out and say it. This is World War Two’s Birdsong.

As with Birdsong, the book is at its best during wartime, and thankfully a solid chunk of the novel is devoted to the POW camp. Here, Flanagan branches out and shows us the world from several perspectives, including the Japanese officers in charge, and it’s these snippets and character histories that really work.

And it’s not that all these guys are heroes: some are racist, selfish and intent on looking out only for themselves. It’s a real motley crew and the interplay between them is what makes each man come alive.

It’s interesting, too, to read from the Japanese officers’ viewpoints, for it would have been easy to portray them solely as brutal sadists. While some of the characters are, others are more complex and that’s refreshing to see."

Emily Martin, Bookseller at Preston

Non-Fiction book of the month

Flash Boys
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Michael Lewis
£9.99 Paperback

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

"Flash Boys is the fascinating [and frequently alarming] story of high-frequency trading, the practice by which big finance firms use cutting-edge computer technology to execute transactions ahead of ordinary investors and so make often massive risk-free profits at the expense of less tech-savvy competitors.

The process itself is of course far more complex than that but Michael Lewis breaks it all down so that the facts and danger of high-frequency trading become all too apparent.

Flash Boys is an astounding and incredibly disturbing book; Lewis closes his investigation in late 2013 and so the trading practices that he discusses are still current and the problems associated with them are still very real."

Erin Britton, Waterstones.com reviewer

Children's book of the month

Blown Away
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Rob Biddulph
£5.59 Paperback

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

Meet Penguin Blue! It's a windy day, and he has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites, from the sparkling new talent Rob Biddulph.


The test of a good picture book is not how good it is on first reading, but how enjoyable it is on its fiftieth. Blown Away more than delivers – its whimsical, madcap plot engages immediately and its rhythmic text drives the story along while the illustrations charm and thrill on every page. It is truly wonderful, and a very worthy winner.

Melissa Cox, Waterstones Head of Children’s Buying

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Rob Biddulph's 'Blown Away' wins the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Rob Biddulph's 'Blown Away' wins the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

We're fighting an unbelievable urge to make some sort of 'we were Blown Away' pun. We're strong. We can beat this.

Non-fiction Book of the Month - Flash Boys

Non-fiction Book of the Month - Flash Boys

Our non-fiction book of the month is Michael Lewis' headline-grabbing, game-changing international bestseller exposing the underworld of global finance.

Fiction Book of the Month: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Fiction Book of the Month: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Our fiction book of the month is Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan's beautifully written and yet harrowing story was the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize.