Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2018 Books


The Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2018 selection features eight new titles selected by the book-loving couple.

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans. Richard and Judy describe this book as a gorgeous family saga – “the perfect Summer read and one that will leave you warm and glowing”.

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly. This is a thriller that is creepy and unpredictable. Judy warns that this book “will have you suspecting everyone you think you can trust” and Richard praises Erin Kelly for crafting “characters you can identify with and believe in”.

Together by Julie Cohen. Julie Cohen turns the traditional love story on its head. Judy remarks how Together “will warm your heart as it did mine” and Richard describes it as “one of the most tender books either of us has read”.

The Midnight Line by Lee Child. Richard refers to Jack Reacher as “Lee Child’s fantastically readable creation” whilst Judy remarks that “many Reacher fans say that this latest story has an emotional depth that earlier ones don’t”.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a powerful and emotional novel about race, class and privilege. Judy describes it as a “beautifully written novel” and Richard summarises it as “a fascinating read about American family life in all its complexity”.

The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries is a sweeping, breathtaking story of love and betrayal. Richard observes how “Dinah Jeffries’ personal experience and impeccable research combine to give her books real authenticity and dramatic punch” whilst Judy “enjoyed the period atmosphere of this book and the sense of a vanished time”.

The Party by Elizabeth Day. This is a dark, suffocating and satirical choice which explores corruption and hypocrisy among the privileged classes. Judy describes The Party as a “dark, haunting story” and Richard praises Elizabeth’s “beautifully crafted writing”.

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner. This is the sequel to the Autumn 2016 pick “Missing”. Richard feels Persons Unknown is “a TV series just aching to be made” and Judy praises Steiner’s ability “to blend a classic police procedural storyline with absorbing human drama”.

All these titles are available at Wokingham Borough Libraries, pop into a branch to reserve a copy or visit the online catalogue here


Richard and Judy Book Club – Spring 2018


The Richard and Judy Spring 2018 Book Club features eight new titles. The list is compiled after going through a rigorous selection process, which Richard and Judy (alongside a group of book industry experts) read before settling on a final selection of books that they think you will love as much as they do.

Wokingham Borough Libraries stock all these titles (see below), which you can reserve online via the catalogue

In association with WH Smith, the Book Club has a website featuring Richard and Judy’s reviews, book club questions, exclusive interviews with the authors, plus at the end of the Spring Book Club you get a chance to vote for your favourite book from the eight choices.