Richard and Judy Spring Book Club Picks

Elizabeth is Missing CoverThe new picks from #RichardandJudy are out! Read their reviews

Last year 853,000 copies of their Spring Picks were sold, worth £4.6m – they are one of the most popular book recommenders. All the titles are in stock, so borrow them from us.

The first four this year are debut novels:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – Waterstones Book of the Year

Miss Carter’s War by actress Sheila Hancock

The Book of You by Claire KendalThe murder bag

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Richard Madeley: “One of the cleverest mysteries either of us has read”.

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons –the first in a trilogy to feature DCS Wolfe

A Colder War by Charles Cumming – a spy novel

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood  The book of you

Judy Finnigan: “Richard and I always take great pleasure in choosing the final eight titles for each Book Club and continue to be amazed at the level of talent out there – we can assure you that this latest collection will not disappoint.”

Richard Madeley added: “The feedback we receive from readers is so encouraging and it’s our New Year’s resolution to contine to be able to offer more extra content for readers, through our podcast series and exclusive bonus material at the back of the books.”

 

 The Book Club podcast features exclusive content, sample chapters, news and reviews and archive material at www.whsmith.co.uk/richardandjudy

 

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)

Richard and Judy’s Summer Book Club titles are here!

The Lie

The new Richard and Judy list for summer

Helen Dunmore – The Lie 

It is 1920, and an orphaned and penniless young man returns to his native Cornwall after fighting in the First World War. Frederick, his best friend from childhood, died in the trenches and now his ghost torments Daniel nightly by appearing to him covered in mud. Daniel initially hangs on to his sanity after the horrors he had experienced. But ahead of him await the terrible consequences of a lie. This book is simply magnificent; an astounding achievement.

Eeny MeenyM J Arlidge – Eeeny Meeny

This debut novel is an electric no-holds-barred thriller. The heroine is D.I. Helen Grace, a policewoman haunted and flawed by her own traumatic past. She investigates a bizarre series of murders in which pairs of victims are abducted and imprisoned, forcing one of each couple to kill the other in order to survive and escape. Grace finds the link lies in her own past. This book is dark, creepy, vivid and enthralling

Julie Cohen – Dear Thing Dear Thing

The emotional complexities of infertility and infidelity are explored with warmth and sensitivity in this compelling story. Claire has the perfect life – she is beautiful, happily married, with a gorgeous home. But her contentment is marred by one tragedy – she can’t have a baby. Romily is Claire’s husband Ben’s best friend. She’s also secretly in love with him. When she offers to be a surrogate for the couple, complicated emotions swirl to the surface.

Before We MetLucie Whitehouse – Before we met

Hannah Reilly falls madly in love with the perfect man, marries him, and one day he doesn’t come home. She knows nothing about Mark’s family – he won’t talk about them. Gradually the secrets and lies about his past begin to emerge, with deadly consequences. This is a ‘marriage thriller’, as in the hugely popular Gone Girl. How much do we really know about the person we fall in love with? A fast, taut and terrific read

 

Sinead Moriarty – Mad about you Mad About You

Mad About You is a perfect light summer read. It follows Emma and James Hamilton’s life-changing journey from Dublin to London to start a new life with their young children. But soon, bizarre text messages from a stranger – and suggestive anonymous gifts – lead Emma to believe that someone is intent on driving her out of her home and her marriage. Fast paced, funny, and quirky.

And The Mountains EchoedKhalid Hosseini And the mountains echoed

Khaled Hosseini has done it again. Another stunner of a novel from the man who brought us The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. The story of Pari and her devoted brother Abdullah, their harsh but happy life in an isolated Afghan village, and what fate has in store for them, is beautifully, hauntingly written. A profoundly moving and deeply rewarding storym

 

I Am PilgrimTerry Hayes Iam Pilgrim

‘The only thriller you need to read this year’ says the sticker on our copy of this mould-breaking thriller, and it’s true. To read I Am Pilgrim is to go on an adventure, and by the time you reach the last page you won’t know if you are more exhausted or exhilarated. An international spy thriller right up there with the best.

anofficerandaspyrobertharrisRobert Harris – An Officer and a spy

Yet again Robert Harris takes a true-life historical sensation and twists it into a gripping novel. The infamous Dreyfus Affair divided turn-of-the-century France; the framing of distinguished Jewish Army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, on trumped-up charges of spying. He spent years imprisoned on notorious Devil’s Island before his name was finally cleared. Harris has us by the throat from page one.