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At Tales you will find a wide selection of fiction books, that will take you on adventures beyond our imagination; to visit magical kingdoms, historic scenes, romantic settings or simply take you on a journey into a different everyday life and teach you a thing or two about life and about yourself. Fiction literature makes you reflect upon life, yourself and others whether it is in the form of a historical novel, a romantic tale, a comic, a fantasy book or a collection of poems. You find them all here from the niches, and the classics to the fiction book best sellers. The only limit is your imagination.

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  • by Richard Osman
    £5.99 - 19.99

    'Such a beacon of pleasure' KATE ATKINSON'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' IAN RANKIN'A gripping read' SUNDAY TIMESTHE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMANIn a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?__________________________________WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' MARK BILLINGHAM'A great read, I really enjoyed it' GRAHAM NORTON'As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on - and hoping to meet them again soon' THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' HARLAN COBEN'Pure escapism' THE GUARDIAN, BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020'One of the most enjoyable books of the year' DAILY EXPRESS'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny' MARIAN KEYES'As gripping as it is funny' EVENING STANDARD'Funny, clever and achingly British' ADAM KAY'An exciting new talent in crime fiction' DAILY MAIL'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' VAL MCDERMID'Delight after delight from first page to last' RED MAGAZINE'I completely fell in love with it' SHARI LAPENA'This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' STEVE CAVANAGH'Charming, clever debut' STYLIST'I laughed my arse off' BELINDA BAUER'A witty and poignant tale' DAILY TELEGRAPH'Clever, clever plot' FIONA BARTON'An absolutely delightful read' PRIMA MAGAZINE'Utterly charming' SARAH PINBOROUGH'Funny and original' THE SUN'Properly funny and totally charming...steeped in Agatha Christie joy' ARAMINTA HALL'This is one of the most delightful novels of the year' DAILY MIRROR'A bundle of joy' JANE FALLON

  • by Maggie O'Farrell
    £7.49 - 18.99

    WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION - THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER'Richly sensuous... something special' The Sunday Times'A thing of shimmering wonder' David MitchellTWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE.A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever.Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London.Neither parent knows that Hamnet will not survive the week. Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright: a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

  • by Douglas Stuart
    £5.99 - 14.99

    Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020 A BBC Two Between the Covers 2021 Book Choice 'We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love.' The judges of the Booker Prize 'Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.' - Observer It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life.She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves.It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest. Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother's sense of snobbish propriety.The miners' children pick on him and adults condemn him as no' right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place. Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride.A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Edouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

  • by Matt Haig
    £8.99 - 14.49

    THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON A RICHARD & JUDY, BETWEEN THE COVERS AND GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICKWINNER OF THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD FOR FICTION'BEAUTIFUL' Jodi Picoult, 'UPLIFTING' i, 'BRILLIANT' Daily Mail, 'AMAZING' Joanna Cannon, 'ABSORBING' New York Times, 'THOUGHT-PROVOKING' IndependentNora's life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived.Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?

  • by Delia Owens
    £4.99 - 8.99

    Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

  • by Sarah Moss
    £0.99 - 12.99

    The devastating new novel from Sarah Moss, author of Womens Prize longlisted&i> Ghost Wall.&/i>

  • by Robert Galbraith
    £4.99 - 32.99

    TROUBLED BLOOD is the next thrilling instalment in the highly acclaimed, international bestselling series featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, written by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling.

  • by Madeline Miller
    £8.99

    WINNER OF THE ORANGE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTIONTHE INTERNATIONAL SENSATIONA SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Captivating' DONNA TARTT'I loved it' J K ROWLING'Ravishingly vivid' EMMA DONOGHUEGreece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear. 'A book I could not put down' ANN PATCHETT'An exciting, sexy, violent Superman version of The Iliad' GUARDIAN'Sexy, dangerous, mystical' BETTANY HUGHES.

  • - Sunday Times Bestseller
    by Brit Bennett
    £4.99 - 13.99

    'The Vanishing Half is an utterly mesmerising novel. It seduces with its literary flair, surprises with its breath-taking plot twists, delights with its psychological insights, and challenges us to consider the corrupting consequences of racism on different communities and individual lives. I absolutely loved this book' Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize 2019The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' story lines intersect?Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.Praise for Brit Bennett: 'A writer to watch' Washington Post 'Bennett allows her characters to follow their worst impulses, and she handles provocative issues with intelligence, empathy and dark humour' New York Times 'A beautifully written, sad and lingering book' Guardian on The Mothers

  • - A Novel
    by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    £6.98

    Includes a reading guide and topic and questions for discussion.

  • - The First Novel By Quentin Tarantino
    by Quentin Tarantino
    £10.49

    Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal - is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film. RICK DALTON - Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick's a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it?CLIFF BOOTH - Rick's stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he's the only one there who might have gotten away with murder .. . SHARON TATE - She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it.Sharon's salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. CHARLES MANSON - The ex-con's got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he's their spiritual leader, but he'd trade it all to be a rock 'n' roll star. HOLLYWOOD 1969 - YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE

  • by Bella Mackie
    £7.99 - 15.99

  • - The most heartbreaking novel you'll ever read
    by Colleen Hoover
    £8.99

    A bold, heart-wrenching story of love coming at the ultimate price from the beloved No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover.

  • by Mark Watson
    £5.49 - 16.99

  • by George Orwell
    £3.99 - 8.99

    All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges . . . Animal Farm the history of a rebellion that went wrong is George Orwell s brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.

  • by V.E. Schwab
    £12.99

    A new signed limited edition, featuring new artwork selected by V.E. Schwab, exclusive jacket and special 'inked' coloured text. The definitive edition of this genre-defying tour de force.

  • by Stephanie Garber
    £12.99 - 14.49

    From the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Caraval series, the first book in a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after.

  • by Peter James
    £1.99 - 18.99

    A spine-tingling thriller of obsession from the number one bestselling author Peter James.

  • by Sophie Kinsella
    £8.99 - 18.99

    He's equally smitten, and after a whirlwind, intoxicating affair, they pledge their love without even knowing each other's real names.But when they return home, reality hits. As disaster follows disaster, it seems that while they love each other, they just can't love each other's lives.

  • - the Sunday Times bestselling World War II thriller
    by Robert Harris
    £8.99 - 16.49

  • by Karen Swan
    £3.99 - 12.99

    Another instantly addictive summer read from internationally bestselling author Karen Swan. Taking you from the high pressure of a London hospital to the lush beaches and ancient towns of Costa Rica.

  • - The life-affirming bestseller that will brighten your day
    by Fredrik Backman
    £4.99 - 8.99

    Perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine; Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things and Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove is one of the best-loved and most life-affirming novels of the decade. This multi-million-copy phenomenon is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step. 'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail 'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible . . .

  • - The instant Sunday Times bestseller
    by Ruth Jones
    £8.99 - 12.99

  • - The dystopian classic reimagined with cover art by Shepard Fairey
    by George Orwell
    £6.99

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities.

  • by Dilly Court
    £8.49 - 16.49

  • - The gripping Richard & Judy Summer psychological thriller
    by Gillian McAllister
    £8.49

  • by Phillipa Ashley
    £8.49

    Escape to the seaside with this gorgeous new series from the Sunday Times bestselling author - perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley and Heidi Swain.

  • - The must-read million copy bestseller
    by Christy Lefteri
    £7.99

  • - The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller
    by Marian Keyes
    £4.99 - 16.49

Fiction definition
Fiction is per definition set in a fictional story universe. It contains fictional characters with a fictional story line, but that does not mean that a fictional book necessarily should take place in magical kingdoms with supernatural creatures. In fiction we also find books inspired by real life - books that deal with real life problems and experiences but seen from a fictional point of view. Fiction can teach you a lot about empathy, because the main thing about a really good book is one’s ability to step into another person’s shoes and see the world from their point of view and feel the feelings they feel, whether they look like you or comes from different heredity and environment. By reading their story you get an understanding of why they act like they act and feel like they feel. At the same time the events make you reflect on your own life and in that case you could maybe learn something new about yourself and of life in general.  
Many classics is also part of the fiction genre, which might be the widest literary category there is. Fiction contains many genres. You can find both romance, fantasy, adventure, science fiction and fiction history books in our collection. 

Classics
Fiction literature contains some of the greatest classics of all time. A classic is defined by its universality. It speaks to you, whether it has been 100, 200 or even a 1000 years since the idea was put into paper, and the story came to life in the hands of an amazing and talented fiction writer. An example of that is the amazing stories by Jane Austen. One of our times most beloved fiction history books is the tale of Pride and Prejudice. The story follows Elizabeth - a strong, independent young woman - and her sisters in their attempt to act according to the norms, customs and ideals of women that were part of the 1800th hundred. The story is called Pride and Prejudice for a reason. The fiction history book deals with how people at the time often ‘judged a book by its cover’: power, prestige, wealth and beauty was sometimes more important than the person underneath it all even when it came to marriage. Jane Austen teaches us through her wonderful and humorous language that love is not always about looks, status and money, it is also a matter of the heart and mind. A message that still counts today. 

Fiction best sellers
At Tales you also find our times’ greatest fiction best sellers. The best seller list is a good place to start, if you cannot decide which book to begin with. A best seller is defined by its popularity and often good reviews. Follow other readers recommendations and start your fiction book journey with a best seller. 
A book that in recent years has enjoyed increased popularity is the science fiction novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The story takes place in a dystopian future not so far from our time. In that future the United States has been undertaken by a religious group, who has changed the society around, and most women do not have anything to say. Some are forced to live as handmaids, whose purpose is to deliver healthy children to the world. A world marked by atomic contamination, infertility and inequality. The book has recently gained its relevance, because of our times’ climate change and equality debates. The story also gets even more relevant with the spread of Covid-19 - an external, hostile power that forces us to stay isolated and avoid physical contact. The fiction book best seller comes in different versions with different covers. You can find The Handmaid’s Tale as both paperbacks, hardbacks and a special graphic novel edition. You also find the long awaited sequel The Testaments among our fiction best sellers.

Fiction books for teens
Fiction literature is for everybody and at Tales you can also find fiction books for teens. The stories often take place in adventurous surroundings taking your teens on magical adventures as in Harry Potter. Some of the recent years’ best sellers among teens take place in life-like surroundings and deal with difficult matters. They teach teens about love, life, but also illness and death - all important on your way of growing as a human being. 

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