Tuesday, 5 August 2008

More summer reads for those days in the sun – Richard & Judy book Club choices

The Richard & Judy Book Club has chosen 8 books for its Summer Reads 2008:
The Outcast by Sadie Jones.
Set in the South of England in the 1950s, The Outcast is the story of a boy who becomes estranged from his family and environment after witnessing a terrible tragic accident.
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay.
A page turning thriller, in which, a teenaged girl wakes up one morning to discover her family have vanished without a trace. 25 years later, after a TV appeal, she begins to learn the truth behind their sudden disappearance.
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson.
A sweeping epic set in 1928. Three women are travelling to India - Rose is to going marry a man she barely knows, Tor is in search of a husband and Viva, their chaperone, is travelling back to the country where she was born and where she lost her parents.
Down River by John Hart.
A Chandleresque US thriller about Adam Chase, who has spent the last five years in New York trying to wipe out the memory of his family's rejection after he was accused but acquitted of murder. He returns home after receiving a call from an old friend to find that more murders have begun.
The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson.
A multi-generational story based around the extraordinary true story of Errol Flynn's arrival in 1940s Jamaica. The Pirate's Daughter follows Ida, a young girl who falls for Flynn's legendary charms. Through the eyes of Ida and her daughter, May, it also tells the story of their home, Jamaica before and after independence.
Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller.
Married to an older man and finding herself living in a retirement village in her fifties, Pippa Lee appears to be the perfect wife to her overbearing literary agent husband, but behind this front lies a troubled and varied past.
Addition by Toni Jordan.
Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19); the steps she takes each morning to the local café (920); the number of poppy seeds on her slice of orange cake. But her orderly numerical world is thrown into confusion when she meets a charming man in a supermarket.
The Resurrectionist by James Bradley.
A dark and compelling gothic thriller set in 1826, when Gabriel Swift arrives in London to study with Edwin Poll, greatest of the city's anatomists. But soon he finds himself drawn to his master's nemesis, Lucan, the most powerful of the city's resurrectionists and governor of its trade in stolen bodies.

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