Nicholls and Hornby in R&J summer picks

Nicholls and Hornby in R&J summer picks

WH Smith has released its Richard and Judy Summer Book Club titles, featuring David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and Joel Dicker in the mix.
The eight titles feature two from publisher Orion - No Safe House by Linwood Barclay and Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye, while Nicholls’ Us (Hodder) and Hornby's Funny Girl (Penguin) also made the summer reads list.

Richard and Judy, who have been running the Book Club in conjunction with WH Smith since 2010, also picked The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (Maclehose Press), A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (Windmill Books), A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Sceptre) and I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere) to recommend to customers.

The titles will be in WHS stores across the country from today (7th May).

Sue Scholes, WHSmith fiction buyer, said: “Once again, we have a very strong list of recommendations ranging from best-selling authors to debut novelists - showing the breadth of talent that the Book Club champions.”

As reported in The Bookseller last week, Richard and Judy have extended their contract to run the Book Club with the retailer for four years until 2019.

Richard Madeley said: “Judy and I are thrilled that The Book Club will be continuing for another four years, giving us a chance to keep doing what we both love, reading and recommending fantastic titles for our devoted Book Club audience.” Judy added: “These eight summer reads really do show the breadth of literary talent we have, not just in the UK, but worldwide. Reading is such a passion of mine, not only do I enjoy finding debut authors and giving them a platform to showcase their work, it’s amazing to also celebrate talented authors we already know and love.”

Judy also added an “additional recommendation” of Amy Snow by debut author Tracy Rees, who won the couple’s inaugural Search for a Bestseller competition, which she said was a "must read."