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21. 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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22. 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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23. Islander - Patrick Barkham

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The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. In this vividly observed book, Patrick Barkham explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in the British Isles. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.

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24. 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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25. 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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26. 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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27. 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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28. 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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29. 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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30. The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney

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We all do stupid things when we're kids. Ryan Cusack's grown up faster than most - being the oldest of six with a dead mum and an alcoholic dad will do that for you. And nobody says Ryan's stupid. Not even behind his back. It's the people around him who are the problem. The gangland boss using his dad as a 'cleaner'. The neighbour who says she's trying to help but maybe wants something more than that. The prostitute searching for the man she never knew she'd miss until he disappeared without trace one night . . .The only one on Ryan's side is his girlfriend Karine. If he blows that, he's all alone. But the truth is, you don't know your own strength till you need it.

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31. The Other Us - Fiona Harper

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Forty-something Maggie is facing some hard truths. Her only child has flown the nest for university and her marriage to Dan, is more than a little stale. When she spots an announcement on Facebook about a uni reunion, she can’t help wondering what happened to Jude Hanson. The same night Dan proposed, Jude asked Maggie to run away with him, and she starts to wonder how different her life might have been if she’d taken Jude up on his offer. One morning fantasising turns into reality. Maggie wakes up and discovers she’s back in 1992 and twenty-one again. But is she brave enough to choose the future she really wants?

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