Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 29 August 2013

TV Book Club and Richard & Judy 2013 book titles

I noticed this morning via twitter that the Autumn Book Club 2013 Richard and Judy WHSmith titles have been announced, and also that with the announcement of the shortlists for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards comes the news that there will be a six-part tv series, The Crime Thriller Club, which will include a crime thriller version of what was the TV Book Club.

Here are the books featured in the respective lists:

The Crime Thriller Book Club

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
Dare Me by Megan Abbott (Picador)
Bryant and May and the Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Pan Books)
City of Devils by Diana Bretherick (Orion)
The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor (Harper Collins)

The Richard and Judy WHSmith Autumn 2013 Book Club

The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell 
Heartbreak Hotel - Deborah Moggach
Never Coming Back - Tim Weaver
The Twins - Saskia Sarginson
The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
Snow White Must Die - Nele Neuhaus

I do like the sound of Snow White Must Die and it's nice to see a title that has been translated from German included in this book club list. The only title I've read so far on the R&J list is Maggie O'Farrell's novel. There's a couple on both lists that I'm interested to find out more about.

Anything here that is a must read for you, or that you have already read and loved?


  1. Some good looking titles for the Autumn.
    I have read Maggie O'Farrell.
    Have Liane Moriarty to read, and like her novels.


  2. Looking forward to learning more about the books on the Richard and Judy list even if I tend to disagree with their choices. Off the top of my head there is only one of the books featured by them that I can remember really liking ..... Star Of The Sea by Joseph O'Connor.

  3. Nice lists, Lindsay. Nice to know that Maggie O'Farrell's new book is featured in Richard and Judy's list. I would love to read that book.

  4. The only one I have read from this list is The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty - I gave it 4/5. Will need to check out the others.


  5. The R&J list has some interesting looking picks! I quite fancy Snow White Must Die just from the title. Thanks for sharing these :)


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