Seven debut authors feature on the 10-strong list of summer Richard and Judy Book Club reads at W H Smith, as the retailer launches a new Book Club website featuring exclusive content.
The seven debut novels are: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann (Picador); The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Simon & Schuster); This is How it Ends by Kathleen MacMahon (Sphere); The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Hodder); The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman (Black Swan); The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter (Penguin); and The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke (Harper).
The other three titles in the club, which will be promoted in W H stores throughout the summer period, are Close my Eyes by Sophie Mckenzie (Simon & Schuster); Natural Causes by James Oswald, the self-published e-book hit now published by Penguin; and The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Simon Mawer (Abacus).
This year the Summer Book Club will be supported by a new website whsmith.co.uk/richardandjudy, which contains exclusive content, reviews, sample chapters, archive material, competitions and a forum to exchange thoughts on the authors and books with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan themselves.
Jackie Wing, W H Smith books business unit director, said: “The added content that readers enjoy really sets this Book Club apart. The new website really is an impressive destination for book lovers, allowing them to engage with Richard and Judy directly, share their own thoughts and view unique content to create the UK’s biggest online book club.”
She added: “Richard and Judy have built a reputation for breaking debut authors with titles such as Sister, When God Was A Rabbit, The Snow Child, Secrets of the Tides and Before I Go to Sleep, and this summer we’re proud to be able to introduce readers to more first-time fiction writers than ever before.”
Judy Finnigan said she understood how daunting it was to be a debut novelist, as a recent debut novelist herself (with Eloise, Sphere). “So from the other side of the fence, I’m really excited to reveal this diverse list for the summer—rest assured every one of them is an absolute page-turner,” she said.