Friday, December 28, 2007

Richard and Judy's Picks

Richard and Judy, who host Britain's answer to Oprah's Bookclub have announced their list of reads for 2008, thus conferring, if past years are anything to go by, great sales on the authors.

A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Random Acts of Heroic Love Danny Scheinmann
The Rose of Sebastopol Katharine McMahon
A Quiet Belief in Angels R J Ellory
Notes from an Exhibition Patrick Gale
Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris
The Visible World Mark Slouka
Mister Pip Lloyd Jones
Blood River Tim Butcher
The Welsh Girl Peter Ho Davies

Thoughts - I'm very happy to see Lloyd Jones and Peter Ho Davis on the list (yes, I still have to write about The Welsh Girl). Am kicking myself that I didn't buy a copy of Notes From an Exhibition and get Patrick Gale* to sign it when I was in Ubud - I really want to read it. Want to read the Joshua Ferris and Khaled Hosseini novels. I haven't heard of the others (she says shamefacedly) but if they are as strong as the rest of the list, they're worth a look.

Guilt - those books I wanted to read on Richard and Judy's 2007 list, I still haven't got round to, though they are sitting on my bookshelves! Really, I'm hopeless.

*Suitcase weight, cost and the bookseller not accepting credit cards at the festival forces tragically tough choices!

1 comment:

caving liz said...

Richard and Judy weren't on TV when I was back in London in Nov. Guess their show was having a break!