We’ve nearly selected all the members of our first Book Group now- hello!- and before Christmas we sent each of them a welcome pack. However, each welcome pack was different, so here we reveal a bit about the titles that were included…
The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell
Jessica Cornwell’s The Serpent Papers is the hotly anticipated début which heralds the first in a trilogy. Featuring Anna Verco, a book hunter on a secret mission, we follow as she uncovers a mystery harking back hundreds of years…
A vividly rendered Barcelona provides the backdrop for a story of murders, secret messages and witches that reaches back to Medieval mysteries. A novel to get lost in!
Publication date: 29th January 2015
Twitter comments?: ‘Cannot wait to get stuck in!’ @CatWomanFran. We guarantee you will get stuck in- we missed meals and bus stops engrossed in this!
Alice and the Fly by James Rice
Greg is a shy, troubled, arachnaphobic teenager. Alice has red curls and a black eye, sunglasses and a sweet smile. Greg has never talked to Alice, but she smiled at him once, and he’s worried about her – worried that she’s started dating Goose, worried that her dad gave her that black eye.
Alice and the Fly is spellbinding début by an exceptional new young British talent, a book about phobias and obsessions, isolation and dark corners. It’s about families, friendships, and carefully preserved secrets. But above everything else it’s about love. Finding love – in any of its forms.
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Twitter comments?: ‘One of the best débuts I’ve read in a while!’ @CatWomanFran
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
Look up ‘Rabbit Hayes’ in the dictionary and you will probably find ‘inspirational’ in capitals.
It is at turns heartbreaking, hilarious and life-affirming, opening on the day that Rabbit, after a long battle with cancer, enters a hospice to die (hankies at the ready!). That having been said, we promise it will have you laughing through your tears. It’ll make you never take your friends, family, and above all love, for granted ever again.
Publication date: 1st January 2015
Twitter comments?: ‘A must read!’
(This will also be on Simon Mayo’s Book Club on Radio 2 – don’t say we don’t have good taste!)
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
We love Marian. Her books are funny, and clever, and touching, and always, always brilliantly written. The Woman Who Stole My Life is no different.
Our Lucia Rae says: Glorious and life-affirming, Marian’s novel is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That’s okay. She doesn’t really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart.
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Twitter comments?: ‘Brilliant!’ @bookswithacuppa
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
We all fell in love with Harold Fry, so this companion novel, featuring Queenie (who Harold sets off to walk to, of course!) was a huge treat for fans.
As Harold walks towards her and she awaits his arrival in her hospice, a new volunteer suggests that she writes her story. And tells everything. And so she does, confessing 20 year old secrets seeking atonement for the past. It’s a glorious story for fans of Harold and newcomers to Joyce’s writing (we enjoyed the debates on Twitter about whether you needed to have met Harold!).
Publication date: 9th October 2014
Twitter comments?: ‘One good thing about a cold is I’ve finished #RachelJoyce’s new novel in a day! Wonderful addition to the Harold Fry story.’ @CHMooreWriter
Us by David Nicholls
David Nicholls has produced another glorious book- this time, the story of the disintegration of a marriage, and a difficult father-son relationship. Okay, this doesn’t sound so glorious, but trust us on this one.
Douglas’ wife announces before they leave for a ‘grand tour’ of Europe with their son that on their return, she will be leaving him. And so he sets out to make this the most wonderful holiday ever- one that will make his son respect and love him, and his wife rediscover why she married him. Inevitably, things do not go as planned. But the joy of this book is in Nicholls reminding us that when life doesn’t go the way you expected, it’s not always the end of the world…
Publication date: 30th September 2014
Twitter comments?: ‘Another perfect novel.’
Which books did you get, book groupers?
And for those of you who aren’t members of our group- we’ve got five of special packs to give away! Win by telling us what your favourite book of 2014 was, and why. Tweet at us (@CBBookGroup), and we’ll pick 5 winners on Friday afternoon.
Good luck and happy reading!