Welcome to the new Richard and Judy Christmas 2020 Book Club, featuring six new titles chosen by our favourite book-loving couple to get us reading, thinking and talking about exciting new stories. As usual, we will have everything you need to get the most out of the book club, including reviews by Richard and Judy! Get reading today and join in with the conversation online afterwards.

Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope

A fabulous inter-generational drama spot on with insights into the petty resentments, jealousies and sibling rivalry that exist in almost all families. Grandparents Gus and Monica have lived in Spain for 25 years; when Gus has a stroke and can’t run his vineyard alone, their three adult children must decide what to do about granny and grandpa... Read More

A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs

Reichs’s forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is the heroine of a long-running, addictive crime thriller series. This one is as gripping as always; a picture if a faceless corpse turns up on Tempe’s mobile phone, and we’re off into a dark world of internet conspiracy theories and their connection to disturbing child abduction cases. As clever as ever... Read More

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Bigamy: illegal, immoral - and irresistible to a writer. The contradictions, lies, deceptions and passions that swirl around bigamist marriages are wonderfully drawn in Tayari Jones’s sensational story about a man with two families, one fully out in the open and public, the other a total secret. But when the daughters of both marriages meet, everything changes... Read More

The Split by Sharon Bolton

Can we ever, truly, escape the secrets and horrors of our past? Felicity Lloyd certainly has a brave try – she travels to the icy fastness of the impossibly remote island of South Georgia to get away from her ex-husband Freddie, just out of prison for murder and determined to track her down. And so begins a lethal, freezing game of catch-me-if-you-can. Utterly gripping...Read More

Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Veronica McCreedy is what’s known as a ‘character’ – although if you called the 85-year-old that to her face she’d have you for breakfast. Spirited Veronica doesn’t suffer fools, but she is uncharacteristically uncertain when it comes to making her will and deciding who should inherit. As a distraction she travels to the Antarctic – solo - to look at penguins. And so, Veronica’s last and greatest adventure begins... Read More

Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor

This hugely entertaining book centres on the little-known relationship between Dracula author Bram Stoker and two of the most famous actors of the late-Victorian era, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Bram was a struggling writer who died never knowing how fabulously successful Dracula would become. Shadowplay is funny, clever, beautifully-written, and altogether fabulous.... Read More