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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 Madeline Miller
    £9.49 - 16.49

    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.

  • - Tiktok made me buy it! 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 Charlie Mackesy
    £14.49

    Discover the very special book that has captured the hearts of millions of readers all over the world. 'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard CurtisA book of hope for uncertain times. Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins? Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie's most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.

  • by Alice Oseman
    £10.49

    *Soon to be a live-action Netflix series!* Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fourth volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

  • - Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune
    by Frank Herbert
    £16.49 - 27.49

    Three of the greatest SF novels in the world in one bumper omnibus

  • by Douglas Stuart
    £9.49 - 12.99

    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 J. K. Rowling
    £8.99 - 109.49

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. There are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march.

  • by Frank Herbert
    £9.49

    Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender's Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's life-span to making intersteller travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe. When the Emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble House Harkonnen to House Atreides, the Harkonnens fight back, murdering Duke Leto Atreides.Paul, his son, and Lady Jessica, his concubine, flee into the desert. On the point of death, they are rescued by a band for Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, who control Arrakis' second great resource: the giant worms that burrow beneath the burning desert sands. In order to avenge his father and retake Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must earn the trust of the Fremen and lead a tiny army against the innumerable forces aligned against them.And his journey will change the universe.

  • by Sally Rooney
    £8.99 - 16.49

    It's a deeply political novel, just as it's also a novel about love and about how difficult it is to speak and how difficult it is to change.

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £8.99 - 73.49

    The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part.The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.

  • - from the internationally bestselling author of Normal People
    by Sally Rooney
    £8.99 - 14.49

  • - Boxed Set
    by J. R. R. Tolkien
    £17.99 - 109.49

    Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this three-volume boxed set of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, features striking black covers based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and three maps including a detailed map of Middle-earth.

  • by Richard Osman
    £8.99 - 16.49

    '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 J. K. Rowling
    £8.49 - 109.49

    Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last.

  • by J. K. Rowling
    £8.49 - 144.99

    Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harary can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense.

  • - The dystopian classic reimagined with cover art by Shepard Fairey
    by George Orwell
    £8.49

    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 Rupi Kaur
    £9.49 - 12.99

    From the Number One SundayTimes bestselling author of milk and honey and the sun and her flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

  • by Danielle Lori
    £17.49

  • by J. K. Rowling
    £8.49 - 109.49

    Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He lives a very unremarkable life. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose.

  • 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 J. R. R. Tolkien
    £27.49 - 73.49

    Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien's classic masterpiece, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring.

  • by Paulo Coelho
    £7.49 - 11.49

    A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.

  • - Read for pleasure at your level, expand your vocabulary and learn Danish the fun way!
    by Olly Richards
    £10.49

    Short Stories in Danish for Beginners is an unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for adult and young adult learners.

  • - The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel
    by Ken Follett
    £9.49 - 27.99

    The thrilling novel from the No.1 Internationally bestselling author Ken Follett. An epic, addictive historical masterpiece that begins in 997 CE and is set against the background of the medieval church and one man's ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning.

  • by Delia Owens
    £9.49

    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.

  • - Tiktok made me buy it!
    by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    £8.99

    From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

  • - The Greek Myths Retold
    by Stephen Fry
    £9.49 - 20.49

  • by Sumaya Amiri
    £18.99

  • by Rupi Kaur
    £9.49 - 12.99

    The New York Times bestselling poetry book. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose; deals with a different pain; heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere ifyou are just willing to look. Through her poetry and illustrations, Rupi Kaur engages with love, loss, trauma, healing, and femininity.

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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