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1. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

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2. Every Last One - Anna Quindlen

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read 2011

Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. And the premonitions keep coming.

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3. You Deserve Nothing - Alexander Maksik

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A TV Book Club Best Reads of 2012 choice.

Set in an international high school in Paris, You Deserve Nothing is told in three voices.

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4. The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey

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Winner of the Specsavers International Author Book of the Year 2012.

A Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club 2012 Choice.

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees...

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5. The Guilty One - Lisa Ballantyne

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Selected for the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award Longlist.

Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy.

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6. Witness the Night - Kishwar Desai

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Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

In a small town in the heart of India, a young girl, barely alive, is found tied to a bed inside a townhouse where 13 people lie dead. The girl is alive, but only just. . .

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7. And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

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A Richard and Judy Summer read 2014

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father, Saboor, and stepmother in the village of Shadbagh. To Abdullah, Pari is everything. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father, having no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart.

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8. The Strangler Vine - M. J. Carter

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel.

Calcutta, 1837. The East India Company rules India, and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing. William Avery, a junior officer in the Company’s army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic Jeremiah Blake.

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9. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

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1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home.

A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

Winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year 2014.

Specsavers Book of the Year 2014

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10. Moving - Jenny Eclair

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Artist Edwina Spinner lives alone in a house that has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it. As Edwina takes the estate agent from room to room, she finds herself transported back to her life as a young mother. Back to her twins, Rowena and Charlie, and a stepson she cannot bring herself to mention by name. As the house reveals its secrets, Edwina is forced to confront her family's past, and a devastating betrayal that changed everything. But Edwina doesn't know the whole story. To discover the truth, she will have to face the one person she vowed never to see again.

A Richard and Judy Spring 2016 Book Club choice.

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11. Conclave - Robert Harris

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The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men, but they have ambition... and they have rivals. Over the following seventy-two hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

A Richard and Judy Summer 2017 book club choice.

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12. Mr Toppit - Charles Elton

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read.

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13. The Return Of Captain John Emmett - Elizabeth Speller

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read 2011

Captivating and elegant ... both a gripping mystery and an elegy for the tragedies of the Great War

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14. Djibouti LP - Elmore Leonard

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Shortlisted for the Crimefest Goldsboro Last Laugh Award 2012.

In a modern-day pirate story, ambitious documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier LeBo, a 72-year-old African American seafarer, get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa.

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15. A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012.

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16. The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Stedman

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A Richard and Judy Summer 2013 Book Club Choice.

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17. The Doll's House - Louise Phillips

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Winner of the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. His death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery. Now his daughter Clodagh, visits a hypnotherapist who uncovers memories of her father’s death. And other memories come to light - the death of her baby sister.

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18. Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse

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A Richard and Judy Summer Read 2014

Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home…

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19. This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year

A resonant new novel about a father's efforts to rescue his young daughters by the critically-acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home

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20. The Book of You - Claire Kendal

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A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal's debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.

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