There are four debut writers on Richard and Judy's Spring Book Club list, exclusive to W H Smith: Samuel Bjork, Hollie Overton, Joanna Cannon and Keith Stuart.
I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork (Corgi) is a Norway-set crime thriller as detectives look to solve the murder of a young girl found hanging from a tree; Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (Arrow) is a "tense" psychological thriller about a girl kept captive in a single room; The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (Borough Press) is a tale of secrets in suburbia in the 1970s; and A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart (Sphere) is a "beautiful, funny and heartwarming"story based on the author's life with his autistic son.
The debuts join Jessie Burton's second novel The Muse (Picador), Bryony Gordon's story of living with depression and OCD Mad Girl (Headline), and thrillers Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent (Penguin) and Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant (Mulholland).
Judy Finnigan said of the latest selection: "We are absolutely delighted with each and every one of the titles on this list for spring. We have both thoroughly enjoyed reading and selecting them and are thrilled we can showcase such a broad range of talent, launching debut novelists as well as welcoming back previous Book Club favourites." Jessie Burton's first novel The Miniaturist was also a Book Club selection.
Meanwhile Fiona Barton’s The Widow (Corgi) was announced as the winning title of the reader’s vote for the best of the Richard and Judy Autumn 2016 selection. Barton said she was "completely thrilled" by the win.
W H Smith provides Book Club podcasts which introduce the books and discuss the authors' writing processes, and offer exclusive editions of each book which include book club discussion points and author Q&As.