Richard and Judy’s Autumn Reads

The Richard and Judy’s Book Club Autumn 2014 titles are here. A fantastic list of new bestsellers for Autumn 2014!  #LeedsReads top two picks already rated 5 star by our readers.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August CoverAntonia Hodgson -The Devil in the Marshalsea – London, 1727. Tom Hawkins falls from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell  of The Marshalsea debtor’s prison. A savage world, with simple rules: those with family or friends to lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none starve in squalor & disease. Try to escape, you suffer a gruesome fate. Tom has never been good at following rules & the recent murder of  debtor, Captain Roberts, brings further terror to the gaol. Rated 5 star by Leeds readers

Daughter CoverRowan Coleman – The Memory Book When time is running out every moment is precious…When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. How can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers? Rated 5 star already by Leeds readers

Sarah Hilary – Someone Else’s Skin – DI Marnie Rome is called to a woman’s refuge to take a witness statement, but walks in on an attempted murder. Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, she finds herself confronting her own demons. She, of all people, knows it can be those closest we should fear the most…

Andy Weir – The Martian – I’m stranded on Mars with no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.

Daisy Goodwin – The Fortune Hunter – 1875- Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires, every woman envies. Beautiful, athletic, intelligent, she has everything – except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, she comes to England to hunt. Looking for excitement, she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton. Ten years younger and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his.

Claire North – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.

Jane Shemilt – Daughter When a teenage girl goes missing her mother discovers she doesn’t know her daughter as well as she thought in this haunting debut novel. 

Rick Stein – Under a Mackerel Sky – “Dealing with his father’s suicide by heading for the outback, catching a freighter from New Zealand to New York, running a nightclub: Stein has plenty to talk about before he gets to fish restaurants in Padstow and becoming a fixture of food TV. His fine autobiography never shies away from that defining tragedy and how it rippled through his life, even revealing his sudden need, last summer, to swim to the Cornish cliffs where his dad died.” (Allan Jenkins and Gareth Grundy The Observer Food Monthly)