Richard and Judy unveil this summer's top reads | The IndependentThe retailer will run two more book club promotions in the spring and summer, promoting a further eight books over sixteen weeks. Our first selection of recommended good reads should be in WHSmith stores in three to four months. The supermarket sector is once more awash with new arrivals, shock departures and reshuffles. Somewhere inside the Istanbul headquarters of Turkish Airlines there must be a very large wall. And on that wall are plastered random images of people and organisations that all have two things in common.
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This week the daytime television hosts will once more issue their verdict as they reveal their annual shortlist of summer reads, promising their audience a selection of "absolute crackers" from emerging authors. Six new books have made it, ranging from Jim Lynch's tale of cephalopod-fuelled celebrity to a Grecian love story by Victoria Hislop - wife of Private Eye editor Ian. Selected by an eclectic panel of judges, including the former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and "ladette" DJ Sara Cox, each book will be road-tested by a celebrity in a sun-drenched location. The TV presenter Abi Titmuss will put the first book, The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch, through its paces in Tunisia while other celebrity reviewers will be in the studio to talk through the choices. While Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have long been dismissed in higher literary circles as king and queen of the middlebrow, their impact on booksellers' bottom lines is undisputed. Inclusion in their celebrated Channel 4 book club rivals the award of a prestigious "highbrow" prize such as the Booker or the Orange, bringing sales surges of up to 3, per cent for some lucky titles. An interview with the model and I'm a Celebrity contestant Katie Price, also known as Jordan, ensured bumper sales for the year-old's second autobiography, A Whole New World.
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Welcome to the new Richard and Judy 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. The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley. An idyllic childhood; a beloved but doomed Spitfire pilot for a father; a beautiful family home nestling deep in the Suffolk countryside… Posy, now almost 70, has led a rich, privileged life.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Richard and Judy are quitting the daytime TV sofa after 21 years. But their exit is not just television's loss - the book world will also mourn the departure of a couple who changed Britons' reading habits. There's a certain thread running through a lot of novels that have sold well in the UK in the last few years. They share nothing so exact as a genre or type, but they have exotic titles, a powerful story and a literary bent.