Take a Spring reading mini-break

21 February 2017

By The Window Seat

Spring is just around the corner, and for those of us who can’t get away to enjoy the warmer weather, there’s always a good book ready to transport you somewhere new. 

Plus scroll down for the chance to win all the books below as well as a lovely Window Seat beach bag!



Take a breather on the breezy Brighton seafront and relax with a story all about new beginnings.

The House of New Beginnings

Lucy Diamond

Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings.

For Georgie, Charlotte, and Rosa, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun when they find each other there.

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If you want to escape your hectic life and lose yourself amongst the hustle and bustle, London is the perfect setting.

City of Friends

Joanna Trollope

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known.

At least she has The Girls to fall back on. But they all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits…

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Home to a whole lot more than just The Beatles, read about how life changes for three Scouse friends

The History of Us

Jonathan Harvey

Liverpool 1985
Kathleen, Adam and Jocelyn are three teenage friends who bond over an unconventional nativity play. They all have ambitions, Adam wants to be a writer, Jocelyn wants to sing and Kathleen - well, she wants to be an embalmer.

London 2015
Kathleen is a borderline alcoholic, Adam is holding on to a shocking secret and Jocelyn is dead. Where did it all go wrong? How did having the world at their feet turn into having the weight of it on their shoulders?

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Let Mary Paulson-Ellis paint you a different picture of the Scottish capital with this inventive detective story.

The Other Mrs Walker

Mary Paulson-Ellis

An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the floor.

A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back in the city she thought she’d left behind. She soon finds herself a job at the Office for Lost People. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know, is just how entangled her own life will become in the death of one lonely stranger.

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Yorkshire Dales

Be travel back to 1930’s Yorkshire, with James Herriot's classic tales from his time as a country vet

If Only They Could Talk

James Herriot

To young James Herriot, fresh out of veterinary college, Yorkshire appears to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But even life in the sleepy village of Darrowby has its challenges: from his new colleagues, to herds of semi-feral cattle and gruff farmers with incomprehensible accents.

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Take a walk around Bath’s gorgeous Georgian architecture with a literary classic.

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

Broadly comedic and brilliantly postmodern in its lampooning of a genre, the Jane Austen classic Northanger Abbey tells the story of Catherine Morland, a naive young woman whose perceptions of the world around her are greatly influenced by the romantic gothic novels to which she is addicted.
When she moves to Bath she sees mystery and intrigue all around her, not least of all in Northanger Abbey itself, the home of General Tilney and his handsome son Henry, where Catherine suspects a sinister crime has occurred.

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Classic crime fans will love exploring the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ with Oxford’s grumpiest policeman.

Last Bus to Woodstock

Colin Dexter

The novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series, famously brought to life by John Thaw in the popular TV series.

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key.

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Take an enchanting and mysterious trip to the Cornish coast with the number one bestselling author of The House at Riverton.

The Lake House

Kate Morton

June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

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The Lake District

A mesmerizing voyage of self-discovery and love beginning in Beatrix Potter country.

The Shadow Sister

Lucinda Riley

Headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game - the rules of which are only known to others.

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Art, glamour, and family tragedy come together in this novel set amongst Paris’ cobbled streets.

The Paris Secret

Karen Swan

An apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades.

High-flying fine art agent Flora from London is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family's affairs - but just what is he hiding?

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Picturesque Vienna is painted in exquisite detail by Eva Ibbotson in this magical novel about the passions and tragedies behind daily life

Madensky Square

Eva Ibbotson

Susanna Weber's dress shop stands in the picturesque Madensky Square, a quiet little world of its own, nestled in the heart of glittering pre-war Vienna. As the winter of 1910 unfurls into spring, Susanna starts a journal about life in the Square, about the buildings and their colourful inhabitants.


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For the chance to win all of our Spring getaway books, simply fill in the form below. Scroll down for full terms and conditions. Best of luck!
To enter this Promotion you must be a resident of the United Kingdom and aged 18 years old or over at the time of entry. All entries must be received by 11:59pm on Friday 24 March 2017. 


Please read these terms and conditions carefully. By entering into this Holiday Reading Prize Draw (“Promotion”), you agree that you have read these terms and that you agree to them. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in your disqualification from the Promotion.
1. This Promotion is run by Pan Macmillan a trading division of Macmillan Publishers International Limited a company registered in England with registered number 02063302. Its registered office is at: Cromwell Place, Hampshire International Business Park, Lime Tree Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8YJ (“Promoter”).
2. To enter this Promotion you must be: (a) a resident of the United Kingdom or Eire; and (b) aged 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
3. This Promotion is not open to directors or employees (or members of their immediate families) of Promoter or any subsidiary of Promoter. Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants.
4. The Promotion is open for entries between 13:00 on Monday 27 February 2017 and 23:59 on Friday 24 March 2017.
5. No purchase is necessary to enter this Promotion and will not increase your chances of winning.
6. You can enter this Promotion in the following way: Completing the form provided at https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/the-window-seat/take-a-spring-reading-break
7. The number of entries that an eligible person can make is restricted to one per person.
8. Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid. No other form of entry is permitted. Please keep a copy of your entry as we will be unable to return entries or provide copies.  
9. The prize for the Promotion consists of the following:
Three winners will win one paperback copy of Mindfulness Moments, one hardback copy of The House of New Beginnings, one hardback copy of City of Friends, one paperback copy of The History of Us, one paperback copy of The Other Mrs Walker, one hardback copy of If Only They Could Talk, one hardback copy of Northhanger Abbey, one paperback copy of Last Bus to Woodstock, one paperback copy of Madensky Square, one paperback copy of The Paris Secret, one paperback copy of The Lake House and one paperback copy of The Shadow Sister, one Window Seat travel card holder and one Window Seat tote bag.
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12. The winner(s) of the Promotion shall be notified as follows: by email correspondence from Picador Books by within five [5] working days of the competition closing date.
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18. Promoter may at its sole discretion disqualify any entrant found to be tampering or interfering with the entry process or operation of the website, or to be acting in any manner deemed to be disruptive of or prejudicial to the operation or administration of the Promotion.
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City of Friends
The House of New Beginnings
The History of Us
The Other Mrs Walker
The Lake House
Northanger Abbey
Last Bus to Woodstock
If Only They Could Talk
The Shadow Sister
The Paris Secret
Madensky Square

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