Barnett, Fuller and Ware on Richard and Judy spring list

Barnett, Fuller and Ware on Richard and Judy spring list

Debut novelists Laura Barnett, Claire Fuller and Ruth Ware have been chosen for the latest Richard & Judy Book Club promotion, exclusive to W H Smith.

Barnett's novel The Versions of Us (Weidenfeld & Nicholson), about a meeting between a man and woman with three possible, alternative outcomes, launches the spring list, which commences today (31st December).

The Desmond Elliott winner, Claire Fuller's Our Endless Numbered Days (Fig Tree), is also chosen for the list.

Barnett and Fuller appear on the Waterstones New Year Book Club list, released today (31st), too.

Also on the R&J list is Ruth Ware's debut crime novel In a Dark, Dark Wood (Vintage), and Debbie Howells' The Bones of You (Pan), her first traditionally published novel (she was previously self-published).

Rosamund Lupton's latest book The Quality of Silence (Piatkus) and Sarah Winman's A Year of Marvellous Ways (Tinder Press) mean the authors both feature for a second time, after appearing as 2011 Richard & Judy choices, Lupton with Sister and Winman with When God was a Rabbit.

Jenny Eclair's Moving (Sphere), and The Samaritan by US thriller writer Mason Cross (Orion) complete the selection.

Commenting on the spring list, Richard Madeley said: “As usual, we had great fun selecting the eight titles for this list and it is great to welcome back two previous Book Club authors from 2011. We also continue to be amazed by the hidden talent out there and we’re delighted to be able to support three debut authors in this selection.”

Meanwhile WH Smith has also announced that memoir Life After You by Lucie Brownlee (Virgin) is the winner of the readers’ vote for autumn 2015. Brownlee said: "To have been selected for the Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club in the first place is a real honour. But to be the reader's choice out of such an amazing selection of books is especially humbling, particularly for a memoir which came from a place of such darkness. I would like to thank everyone who voted for life after you, and all those who have contacted me with messages of love and support."

W H Smith said that the Book Club podcast series has had close to two million hits while the Book Club’s website has also amassed more than two million hits. The WH Smith Blog includes bonus content written by the authors on everything from the inspiration and research behind their books, together with extra content that didn’t make it into the published books.