Book of the month

Welcome to Book of the Month. Every month, we pick one book we love and share it with you. Get ready for amazing tales, can’t miss books and conversation – online and in real life.

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Our pick for May 2022’s Book Of The Month is the widely praised…

 Kalmann by Joachim B. Schmidt

A touching and very funny Nordic crime thriller with a difference. No gratuitous violence, no revenge porn. A tightly plotted suspense story based on a memorable character described with empathy, humour and psychological tact.


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You’re Booked

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An Interview With Joachim B. Schmidt

Meet Joachim B. Schmidt, author of our May Book of the Month

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Meet #TeamHIF and get some book recommendations at the same time!

Welcome Back to You’re Booked

Join us to talk all things bookish again!

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