Richard and Judy Book Club – Winter Reads

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Discover the new selection of reads from the Richard and Judy Book Club for Winter. All the books are available to reserve from Wokingham Borough Libraries or via the website www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve

9781408892718[1]Leo Stanhope. Avid chess player; assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend. But knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – and unable to cope with living a lie any longer, he fled his family home at just 15 and has been living as Leo: his secret known to only a few trusted people. But then Maria is found dead and Leo is accused of her murder. Desperate to find her killer and under suspicion from all those around him, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life.

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J Pearce9781509853922[1]

London, 1941. Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted. But the thought of these desperate women waiting for an answer at this most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back – after all, what harm could that possibly do?

Love, Iris by Elizabeth Noble

image[1]Gigi is a grandmother, Tess is pregnant for the first time. But when they meet, each one is coping with their own secret sadness. Tess is writing letters to her unborn baby with no one else to turn to, and Gigi has reached breaking point in her marriage. Little do they know how much they will come to mean to one another as both of their lives are turned upside-down.Their story is about love in all its forms: the love between a mother and her unborn child, between a grandmother and her granddaughter, between spouses and between friends. Tess and Gigi will find what they need most in the place they least expect, and learn to understand the future by unlocking the past.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh9780751564884[1]

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her loss ever since. Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie.

The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn

9780008234188[1]It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris9780008256395[1]

Jasper is not ordinary. In fact, he would say he is extraordinary. Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colourthe colour of murder. He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he’s scared that he can’t quite remember anything clearly. But where is Bee? Why hasn’t she come home yet? Jasper must uncover the truth about that night – including his own role in what happened.

 

 

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Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn 2018 Reads

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There is a new selection of reads from Richard and Judy for this Autumn. Why not cozy up with a cracking good read, all available to reserve from Wokingham libraries.

Choose from these 6 books…

9781784759438[1]Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

“A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life. These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.”

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

9781473660632[1]“People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green – family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother’s will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.”

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

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“20 years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels, which occurred 10 miles from her home in Red River county, Florida. Now, the accused is at the centre of a true crime documentary that is taking the world by storm – its one goal being the desire for the truth, to free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Sam is a viewer obsessed with the documentary, and starts to write to Dennis in prison. Soon she sets up a meeting and finds she has fallen for him. But how can she know for sure that he’s innocent?”

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris9781785763670[1]

“This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.”

 

 

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

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“Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken 19 lives. In the aftermath of the shooting, the close knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach’s father absents himself; his mother pursues a quest for justice – while Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing. Ultimately though, it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward as, sometimes, only a child can.”

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

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“‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes. A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.”

Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2018 Books

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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

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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 http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve/

In association with WH Smith, the Book Club has a website https://blogwhsmith.co.uk/richard-judy/ 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.