Hachette dominates the Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club picks for 2012 announced by W H Smith, with four out of 10 titles on the list.
The promotion launches today (30th August) with the first pick promoted by the chain retailer being Orion's Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell. The other Hachette choices to come are The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Headline), The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (Orion) and The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne (Piatkus).
Penguin has two in this season’s line-up, Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble and The Seamstress by María Dueñas. Random House also has two, The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore (Hammer) and Fault Line by Robert Goddard (Corgi). The remaining titles are Bloomsbury's Double Cross by Ben Macintyre, and Simon & Schuster's The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani.
Finnegan said: “Our list of books this season is as strong as they’ve always been and to be able to release ten again after the success of the Summer Book Club is testimony to our authors. We hope readers are enjoying our selections as much as we have.”
W H Smith has also released a free app to boost the Autumn Book Club titles this year. Available from the App Store and Google Play, it allows customers to scan a Richard and Judy Book Club title by its book cover to find out more information about it. Once customers scan the book cover with the app, created by Aurasma using “augmented reality technology”, then Richard and Judy will appear on the screen of a smart phone or tablet, reviewing the title.
Rachel Russell, WH Smith books business unit director, said: “The incredible success of the Book Club is not only down to our fantastic authors but of course to the popularity and trust in Richard and Judy. We’ve seen how successful the podcast has been and to be able to bring Richard and Judy back to people’s screens via their new app is really exciting. We’re delighted that we can continue to bring readers genuinely different and added value to their reading experience.”