Two titles from publisher Black Swan are in WH Smith’s Richard & Judy Book Club to kick off 2014.
Longbourn by Jo Baker and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld, both published by Black Swan, make entries to the eight-strong Spring Book Club line up.
Also selected were Jodi Picoult’s latest work The Storyteller (Hodder), Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (Faber), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Penguin), The Never List by Koethi Zan (Vintage) and Rage Against the Dying by debut novelist Becky Masterman (Orion).
A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby (Short Books), an atmospheric crime novel set just after the Second World War, also makes the Book Club line up. Busby passed away before her book was published, but it was brought to publication by her husband, the BBC’s Economics Editor, Robert Peston.
Richard Madeley said: “If there’s one thing we’ve discovered in selecting titles for the Richard and Judy Book Club, it’s just how many talented writers really are out there. We’re delighted to reveal this diverse list to kick start the new year - rest assured every one of them is an absolute page-turner. You won’t be able to put them down.”
Judy added: “We’re thrilled with the latest eight titles we’ve chosen and there really is something for everyone, ranging from gripping thrillers to laugh-out-loud humour.”
Entries for Richard and Judy’s Search for a Bestseller competition which launched in August has now closed. The winning manuscript will be published by Quercus. WHS described the response to the competition as “excellent”. The shortlisted entries will be announced on 1st March 2014.