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Sainsbury's Book Club

Every month, we choose our favourite eBooks we’ve read over the past few weeks that we think you’ll like. To help you get the most out of our selections, we’ve gathered together a range of free samples, book trailers, author biographies and reading group discussion points.

We'd love you to contribute to the Book Club too, so if you like what you read, recommend it to others by reviewing the books on the list. Reviewing books is simple and satisfying, so get involved.

You can also find extra book club resources, including Q&As, author-penned articles, excerpts and videos on the Book Club section of our blog here.

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My Husband's Wife

Jane Corry

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"A complex and gritty tale of intertwining lives, with a tense undercurrent throughout..."

Felicity says:

Ed MacDonald has been found stabbed to death in his home. The book starts with the ending, but even without this up front revelation this is a complex and gritty tale of intertwining lives, with a tense undercurrent throughout.

The three main characters in this story have complex and detailed histories. We follow the story of newlyweds Ed and Lillie. She is defending her first big case as a criminal lawyer, a man accused of murdering his girlfriend. The interactions between Lillie and her chilling client are both tense and disturbing.

They offer to look after the little girl, Carla, from the flat below on Sunday's when her single mother has to work. These episodes provide a cheerful escape from the main story of the criminal case, and yet they set of a chain of events that are the basis of the later section of the book, as Carla, now grown up, returns to their lives, to opposing reactions from Ed and Lillie.

Not your standard thriller, it runs at a slightly slower pace due to the richness of detail, backstory and a really fascinating set of characters, but I found it impossible to predict the next few steps never mind the ultimate ending - despite knowing the conclusion from the very first page.

Other Book Club Reads

The House at Baker Street

Michelle Birkby

Released: 2016

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"I loved this book - plotting, characters, atmosphere and unique twist..."

Pete says:

The first book in a brand new series created by Michelle Birkby, The House at Baker Street is set in the times of the great Sherlock Holmes, and it really captures the feel and smell, of Victorian London!

The book starts with a case that Sherlock Holmes actually turns down, as the client, Laura Shirley, will not fully reveal the complete details of her case! This leads to it being secretly taken on by the housekeeper of 221b Baker Street, Mrs Hudson, and her best friend Mrs Watson! A real page-turner, this book really takes you back in time, to the dark days of Jack the Ripper.

The case builds up to the extent that our ladies are almost overwhelmed with the sheer human hatred and crimes of the instigator. I loved this book, mainly as it is written from the unique perspective of the two ladies taking over the classic detective roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, and it works a treat. Very dark in places, with lots of good plotting, and some very realistic characters, who you will want to see survive into the next book!

According to Yes

Dawn French

Released: 2015

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"Simply joyous! I became totally invested in the wild, hilarious journey of Dawn French’s heroine"

Sarah says:

Rosie Kitto is a kooky and gladsome primary school teacher from Cornwall looking for a new start. The Wilder-Binghams are a family of uptight New Yorkers sternly controlled by matriarch, Glenn. Where Rosie shouts an exuberant “YES!”, Glenn voices a firmly restrained “no”.

Rosie arrives with an ecstatic thump as governess to Glenn’s twin grandsons and little by little brings light into this dark family. But don’t be led into thinking this is a twee, sentimental tale. This is an ebullient romp which will have you clinging onto Rosie’s wildly flapping coat tails as she haphazardly careers along gradually transforming the lives of everyone in the family.

According to Yes is a funny, poignant, joyous story which touches on the many trials and tribulations of modern life with wit and warmth. A page-turning delight.

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Chris Cleave

Released: 2016

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"Absolutely stunning and completely believable"

Sharon says:

At its heart, this is a beautiful, gentle love story bubbling up through the devastation of London and Malta in World War Two. It is tender, heart-breaking, shocking and at times darkly funny. It absorbed me in the same way as Sarah Waters' The Night Watch and Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life – two of my favourite authors and books – also did.

It is absolutely stunning and completely believable - since finishing it I’ve learnt that it was loosely based on the author’s grandparents and their lives during the Second World War which explains why it felt quite so authentic.

I read an article in which Chris Cleave said that he hoped the readers of this book would find it immersive and that they would feel that they were really there. Bang on, on both counts, Mr Cleave and so much more.

The Reader on the 6.27

Ros Schwartz and Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Released: 2015

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"Lovely and French – in the sort of quirky, sweet way that made Amelie a hit."

Janine says:

The reader on the 6.27 is Guylain Vignolles, a man who lives a quiet, anonymous life, working at a book pulping factory and hardly mixing with others. He hates his job, but loves his commute on the 6.27 each morning. Sitting on the train he recites aloud from the pages of books he has saved from the pulping machine (a bit odd, I’ll grant you – but Guylain and the other passengers enjoy it).

Everything changes when he finds the diary of Julie on a pen-drive. Here is someone who is as lost and lonely as him. He also meets lots of larger-than-life characters that all touch and improve his life. Mostly, The Reader on the 6.27 is funny and shows us how books can improve everyone’s life.

The book is lovely and French – in a sort of quirky, sweet way that made Amelie a hit. Plus, despite being quirky it somehow manages to avoid being cheesy. I suppose my one reservation is that it’s a bit short – 208 pages, but they aren’t very long pages.

Reader, I Married Him

Tracy Chevalier

Released: 2016

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"A fine collection of stories and one which I would highly recommend to every lover of fiction"

Sean says:

In this collection of short stories, author Tracy Chevalier has gathered together twenty one female writers to mark Charlotte Bronte’s bicentenary each writing a short story inspired by one of the most famous lines in literature, “Reader, I married him” from Bronte’s literary masterpiece, Jane Eyre. And what a wonderful collection this makes. With a variety of themes, genres, plots, historical and modern day settings, written by some of the most talented writers of contemporary fiction, it is one of the best collections of short stories I have read for some time.

Some stories have a direct connection with Jane Eyre (Mr Rochester features in Reader, She Married Me and The Mirror imagines married life for Jane Eyre); some have a less direct connection (Dangerous Dog is about a fitness instructor teaching some teenage boys how to handle a pit bull by telling them the story of Jane Eyre); and for some stories the connection is a lot less obvious. But regardless of this and regardless of whether or not you are a fan of Jane Eyre, this is a fine collection of stories and one which I would highly recommend to every lover of fiction.”

The House at the Edge of the World

Julia Rochester

Released: 2015

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"Told with mordant humour, the author has an enjoyably fresh and distinctive voice"

Janine says:

The enthralling events of the book are set into motion by the death of John Venton who falls off a North Devon cliff while trying to relieve himself on a drunken walk back from the pub one night. 15 years later his now adult children are still haunted by this blackly comic, and somewhat mysterious, ending.

They return to their childhood home when their granddad becomes ill – and try and figure out more about their past and their father’s death. The story is told by daughter, Morwenna, who is somewhat prickly. I liked that quality, as it makes her feel more real.

Julia Rochester creates a vivid sense of Devon and the house in particular being at the edge of the world (as the title suggests). It is a place not quite of this world. One of the things I most enjoyed about the book was its mordant humour. The author has a fresh, distinctive and unusual voice that is really enjoyable.