Radio 2 Book Club has announced its remaining featured titles for 2014
Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz – 3rd November
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult – 17th November
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault -1st December (read our review)
Better Off Dead by Tom Wood – 15th December.
All the titles featured on the Book Club have a sales spike (don’t buy , borrow from us!) Emma Healey’s début Elizabeth is Missing – featured in June -sold an extra 1,865 copies, a 52% weekly sales spike and has gone on to sell 13,057 copies to date.
The Book Club with Simon Mayo has featured 20 books, which have sold a combined 230,118 copies in print – value £2.3 million.
The Peculiar Life of the Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault – is a French Canadian novel which has had good reviews,”original, subtle and touching, telling the tragic and often comic routine of one man’s life and fate”.
It tells the story of a young postman in Montreal named Bilodo. Shy and unassuming, Bilodo spends his free time practising calligraphy, playing video games, and sitting in his customary seat at the local café.
He does have a secret however: he’s fond of intercepting the personal mail he’s supposed to be delivering, carefully opening it, and reading the contents before the intended recipients actually get it.
Through these letter opening activities, he discovers Ségolène, a beautiful schoolteacher and poet who lives in Guadeloupe. Poring over her letters, which usually consist of one carefully constructed haiku, he immediately falls in love with her.
A series of fatal events unfolds whereby Bilodo himself is able to carry on the correspondence …as he steps in to ensure the letters keep coming.