The choice of autumn books for Richard and Judy's Book Club has just been announced and it's gratifying to find that two of the eight books are among our selections. Whatever you may say about the sainted R&J - and plenty of book trade pundits have had their digs - they do seem to have the common touch in their selections. So, which are they? Well, we featured The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender in nb64 while Michelle Paver's Dark Matter is one of our featured titles in the next issue.
For the record the other R&J titles are:
The Black House by Peter May (Quercus)
Next of Kin by David Hosp (Picador)
The End of Everything by Megan Abbot (Picador)
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate)
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (Simon & Schuster)
Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall (HarperPress)
In other news, Waterstone's, the UK's biggest bookseller, is bringing its long-running three-for-two offer to an end report several broadsheets.
"The 296-store Waterstone's business is now said to be looking at introducing money-off deals for individual books from September, instead of the blanket three-for-two, either pricing campaign books at £5, or introducing a "staggered" (aka Fopped) offer for paperbacks at £3, £5 and £7."
In case you don't understand the 'Fopped' it's a reference to a music, dvd and book chain much beloved by your correspondent. Unfortunately, it over-reached itself and rapidly disappeared from the highstreet although a handful of branches were bought and relaunched by Waterstone's.