I have always loved Richard and Judy. When I was a child I watched them on This Morning and I loved the fact that they moved to their afternoon show at exactly the same time as I started my first job – meaning I could come home from work just in time to catch them!
When they started their book club I was very excited. I remember rushing out to buy two or three of their selections the moment the list was announced. It was a great way to start the New Year as I knew that at least one book would become my favourite of that year and several others would get close. Richard and Judy introduced me to The Time Traveller’s Wife, Cloud Atlas, Notes on a Scandal, Random Acts of Heroic Love and Mr. Pip – as well as many other wonderful books.
Unfortunately Richard and Judy left our TV screens a few years ago. I missed them, but was excited to learn that they planned to start an online book club. I hoped that I’d be able to recapture that book club feeling!
The eight books were announced in September :
I have now read them all and I was very disappointed.
Titles are linked to my review for each book.
The Wilding – Maria McCann
The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
Operation Mincemeat – Ben Macintyre
No and Me – Delphine de Vigan
The Crying Tree – Naseem Rakha
Sister – Rosamund Lupton
A Place of Secrets – Rachel Hore (DNF)
Waiting for Columbus – Thomas Trofimuk (DNF)
A few were enjoyable reads, but none will get close to being my favourite of the year. I won’t be recommending these books in 5 years time as I do with many of the original books from their TV show. These aren’t thought-provoking, special books. Just average, light reads.
I’m not sure I can blame Richard and Judy. They entered into an agreement with WH Smiths. A WH Smiths buying team then sent them 30 books to choose from. These probably are the best books from those 30, but they are a very different from the original, more literary, book club. I’m afraid that this selection has broken my trust with the Richard and Judy book club. I’ll be sticking with the TV Book Club whose books are chosen by Amanda Ross, the woman who used to choose Richard and Judy’s books.
If you’re missing the type of books that Richard and Judy used to choose then I highly recommend that you try:
Rupture by Simon Lelic
Room by Emma Donoghue
Bad Karma by David Safier
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
What do you think of the Richard and Judy Book Club this year?
Will you be reading their selections next year?