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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. The Murder Bag - Tony Parsons

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The explosive and gripping first crime novel from Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable.

A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

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5. Amy Snow - Tracy Rees

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Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits . . . if only she can unlock the secret.

A Richard and Judy Bestseller.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. Parrot and Olivier in America - Peter Carey

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Commonwealth Writers Prize Winner and Miles Franklin Award Winner.

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatised child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot is the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives are brought together by their travels in America.

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9. The English Monster - Lloyd Shepherd

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A Waterstone Autumn Book Club 2012 title.

London, 1811. The twisting streets of Wapping hold many an untold sin. Bounded by the Ratcliffe Highway to the north and the Dock to the south, shameful secrets are largely hidden by the noise of Trade.

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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor

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Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.

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15. Mr Toppit - Charles Elton

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read.

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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett

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Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future - together, and apart - as their love story takes on different incarnations, twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

A Richard and Judy Spring 2016 Book Club choice.

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20. I See You - Clare Mackintosh

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When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website; just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move these women make?

A Richard and Judy Summer 2017 book club choice.

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