Richard and Judy pick six for Spring

News - Bookselling Wednesday, 06 March 2019

WH Smith's Book Club back with set of titles for spring season, starting with latest Kate Mosse novel

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan launched their latest WH Smith Book Club list yesterday, with an all-female selection 'in celebration of International Women’s Day this week,' according to Smith's launch statement.

The spring book club opens with Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers (Mantle), the first of a new Languedoc quadrilogy revolving around the 16th century Wars of Religion in France.

Liane Moriarty returns to the Book Club with Nine Perfect Strangers (Penguin), a "terrific" and "fabulously funny" read according to Richard and Judy.

Heidi Perks’ Now You See Her (Cornerstone) joins the list, 'telling the story of the heart
stopping moment when Charlotte Reynolds loses four-year old Alice, her friend’s daughter.' Judy said: "The twist at the end of Now You See Her works well and neatly answers readers’ questions about what happened to Alice that sunny summer’s afternoon. But you won’t see it coming."

Christina Dalcher joins the Book Club with her debut novel Vox (HQ) - an "utterly gripping and terrifying tale" said Richard. Dalcher explores the idea that women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day, and not a syllable more.

Next in the Book Club is The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green (Quercus). "Most people have secrets and most of us (according to psychologists) take them with us to the grave. But not in Linda Green’s excellent and engrossing family mystery," said Richard.

The final title to feature in the spring Book Club is Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell (Bloomsbury). According to the statement from WH Smith: 'In her autobiographical story, Mitchell is unsparing – but never depressing – in her account of early-onset Alzheimers. Diagnosed at just aged 58, Wendy writes clearly and honestly about living with dementia and the harsh lessons that she has learnt along the way.'

The Book Club launches with a series of podcasts, and WH Smith is stocking exclusive special editions of the Book Club titles filled with bonus content, including book club discussion points, author Q&As and more recommended reads.

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