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1. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

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2. Bed - David Whitehouse

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Winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2012.

Selected for the longlist of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2012.

Mal isn't like the other kids. He makes an impression on everyone he meets. So remarkable is his childhood that his family waits for the incredible things he seems born to do. Then one day he goes to bed, never to get out again.

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3. Tideline - Penny Hancock

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A Richard and Judy Summer Reads 2012 Selection.

One winter's afternoon, Sonia, 43, married and respectable, answers the door to fifteen-year-old Jez. He’s come to borrow some music. Sonia invites him in and soon decides that she isn't going to let him leave.

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4. The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

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A Richard and Judy Summer 2013 Book Club choice.

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5. The Carrier - Sophie Hannah

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WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2013

When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular?

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6. And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

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A Richard and Judy Summer read 2014

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

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7. How the Light Gets in - Louise Penny

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

In Three Pines, Chief Inspector Gamache investigates the disappearance of a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world, but now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except town eccentric Ruth Zardo.

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8. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

Rosemary’s just started college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life.

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9. A Colder War - Charles Cumming

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MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. The Secret Intelligence Service wants the incident investigated – quickly and quietly. Arriving in Istanbul to investigate, Thomas Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised. A traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the special relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East.

A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

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10. A Boy Made of Blocks - Keith Stewart

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Meet thirty-something dad, Alex. He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself. Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can't solve on his own. But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other... Can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Richard and Judy Spring 2017 book club choice.

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11. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017

A STORY OF LOVE AFTER DEATH

'A masterpiece' Zadie Smith

'Extraordinary' Daily Mail

'Breathtaking' Observer

'A tour de force' The Sunday Times

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War

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12. Can You Hear Me? - Elena Varvello

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1978. Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy. An unbearably hot summer like many others. Elia Furenti is sixteen, living an unremarkable life of moderate unhappiness, until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. But then everything starts to unravel. Elia's father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind. A young boy is murdered. And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods...

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13. Mr Toppit - Charles Elton

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read.

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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

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Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need, comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.

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18. An Officer and a Spy - Robert Harris

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Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year.

A Richard and Judy Summer Read 2014

Robert Harris returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.

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19. Eeny Meeny - M. J. Arlidge

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A Richard and Judy Summer read 2014

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a choice: kill or be killed.

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20. Natchez Burning - Greg Iles

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year.

The first in a trilogy from bestselling author Greg Iles that weaves crimes past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

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