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The Guilty One wins R&J Book Club vote

Debut author Lisa Ballantyne has won the readers vote for the Richard and Judy autumn Book Club titles at WH Smith with her “emotionally intense” novel The Guilty One (Piatkus).

Readers voted online for their favourite of the chain store’s autumn Book Club reads, with The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Headline) coming a close second in the poll and The Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell (Orion) coming in third place.

When asked why he and Judy had come to choose The Guilty One, Richard Madeley said: “It is of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year, and a debut one at that.  By the end of the first chapter, we were completely hooked.”

Ballantyne said: “I was utterly delighted that The Guilty One was voted the winner of the 2012 Autumn Book Club. It was wonderful to have been chosen for the book club in the first place and to be listed among other such established authors.”

Richard and Judy’s new selection of titles for the Spring 2013 Book Club will be available in W H Smith stores nationwide from 31st December.