RHG, Hachette score three each in R&J summer club

RHG, Hachette score three each in R&J summer club

Three Random House Group titles have been picked for the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club, exclusive to WHS, which returns this month with an extra two titles.

The Fear Index by Robert Harris (Arrow); The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Vintage); and The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas (Bantam Press) are on the 10-strong list, which launches with Victoria Hislop’s The Thread (Headline Review).

One book will be launched each week in WHS stores nationwide and online from tomorrow (24th May), with extra bonus material in the back of the titles.

The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall, also Headline Review, is also in the promotion, plus third Hachette title Jubilee by Shelley Harris (Phoenix). A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale (Fourth Estate) and The Hypnotists by Lars Kepler (Blue Door) from HCUK, Tideline by Penny Hancock (S&S) and Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington (Picador) complete the list.

R&J will unite with the Reading Agency for the first time to help readers find a reading group local to them via their website www.richardandjudy.co.uk. WHS has launched a campaign offering book clubs 50% off when they purchase six or more copies of any of the R&J titles via www.whsmith.co.uk. A buy one get one for £1 promotion will also launch in high street stores across the country from tomorrow (24th may).

Live webchats with the 10 authors will take place each week via the Richard & Judy Facebook page, with R&J’s podcast series also to return.

Madeley said: “As the Book Club continues to grow, we want to be able to offer
readers more titles and exclusive bonus content to get their teeth into—particularly over
the summer, when we can all take a little more time out to read."

Rachel Russell, WHSmith books business unit director, said: “The Richard and Judy Book Club continues to be a huge success, and up and down the country people are continuing to follow their recommendations—and it is this, together with the exclusive bonus material in the back of the books, plus the additional digital content like the podcasts and web chats which continues to make the Book Club so appealing.”

According to the chain, over 4.5m copies of Richard and Judy WHSmith Book Club titles have been sold to date.