Richard and Judy choose debuts for spring

Richard and Judy choose debuts for spring

Debut authors make up half of the latest WH Smith Richard and Judy Book Club titles, released this week.

Four of the eight Spring Book Club picks are first-time novels, and include Waterstones Book of the Year The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Pan Macmillan), Miss Carter’s War by actress Sheila Hancock (Bloomsbury), The Book of You by Claire Kendal (Harper) and Elizabeth is Missing (Penguin) by Emma Healey.

Of the eight titles, half have also been published by Penguin Random House; Tony Parsons' The Murder Bag (Arrow) –the first in a trilogy to feature DCS Wolfe - spy novel A Colder War by Charles Cumming (Arrow), The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin (Black Swan) and Elizabeth is Missing (Penguin), described by Richard Madeley as “one of the cleverest mysteries either of us has read”.

Also featured in the collection is Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood (Picador).

Judy Finnigan said: “Richard and I always take great pleasure in choosing the final eight titles for each Book Club and continue to be amazed at the level of talent out there – we can assure you that this latest collection will not disappoint.”

Madeley added: “The feedback we receive from readers is so encouraging and it’s our New Year’s resolution to contine to be able to offer more extra content for readers, through our podcast series and exclusive bonus material at the back of the books.”

The Book Club podcast is continuing this year and includes exclusive content, sample chapters, news and reviews and archive material at