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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.

This week's Book Club recommendation

Edge of Eternity

Ken Follett

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"Edge of Eternity is a terrific read. The stories are gripping, the characters are young, hopeful and attractive to read about."

Jon says:

Edge of Eternity is a terrific read. I haven’t read Fall of Giants or Winter of the World, which are the first two parts of the trilogy that this book concludes, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the installment. The story – or stories (there are lots) – don’t relate to what happened in the earlier books, and they are so enjoyable that I didn’t worry that the characters’ relatives who are occasionally mentioned might have had another adventure in a earlier volume.

The trilogy follows four families (German, Russian, English, American and Welsh) through World War I, II and then in this book, the Cold War. It might sound a bit complicated, and there’s even a five-page cast of characters, but I didn’t think I needed it particularly. The characters are young (at the beginning), hopeful and attractive to read about.

Events start in 1961 and finish in 1989, but the 70s only start on page 750. So the final two decades are whistled through in 250 pages. This probably allows us to get more stuck into the 60s stories in a deeper and more satisfying way – it is the most interesting decade too.  I learned quite a lot about the history of the era too.

Finally, I should say that Edge of Eternity is a monster of a book. The paperback is 1003 pages long and weighs as much as a much as a T-Rex’s claw. In short it is the perfect novel to be read as an eBook. I’m now keen to read Vols. I and II.

Other Book Club Reads

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

Released: 2014

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"I loved this book… I like the way the characters and plot intertwine with each other in a realistic way and keep you gripped"

Matt says:

This is the first book I have read by Michael Robotham, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It centres around a character called Audie Palmer who escapes from prison after a ten year sentence on the day before he is supposed to be released.

He was part of a robbery that ended up with the deaths of four people, with Audie getting badly injured. The money was never recovered and, despite being beaten, threatened and badly hurt by other inmates, he never told anyone what happened to the several millions that were taken.

So why would someone who has only one day left to serve of their sentence escape the day before? It’s fast paced and the story twists and turns as it unravels Audie’s past and present, revealing a side to him that you end up being on.

I loved this book, and would have walked on by had it not been for someone recommending it to me. I like the way the characters and plot intertwine with each other in a realistic way and keep you gripped. It reminded me, in parts of the Shawshank Redemption with this as modern take on it.

Excellent read, don’t walk by like I nearly did!

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Rachel Joyce

Released: 2014

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"Beautifully written, moving and very funny with black humour throughout"

Sharon says:

Rachel Joyce wrote this book as a companion to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – it’s the story of Queenie Hennessy and the journey she starts as Harold Fry begins his.

As keen as I was to read it, I had reservations and really didn’t want to be disappointed – how could it possibly be as good as book one? Would Rachel Joyce’s words have the same effect on me all over again?

No need to worry – it’s brilliant – a gentle read, beautifully written, moving and very funny with black humour throughout mainly derived from the collection of characters in the hospice and their confused one-liners. If you haven’t read The Unlikely Pilgrimage… I’d definitely recommend that first, but either way you’re in for a treat.

The Fever

Megan Abbott

Released: 2014

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"With thrilling plot and brilliant characterisation, if you are looking for a novel that will keep you guessing right until the very end this is for you"

Fay says:

Think you had a tough time as a teenager? This novel will make you think again. It’s rare to find an author who can so brilliantly capture what it is to be a young adult. The crushes, the intense friendships and fraught family times – it’s all there.

But thrown into the mix is something truly unexpected which I for one was clueless about until the very end. Abbott has the ability to keep you guessing, while teasing you with just about enough information to capture your attention.

At times the book may feel a touch too much like a teen novel but any hints of that are quickly brushed up by the thrilling plot and brilliant characterisation.

If you are a fan of Gone Girl and are looking for a novel that will keep you guessing right until the very end, then this tale of teenage tribulations is for you.

 

Leaving Time

Jodi Picoult

Released: 2014

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"Readable, gripping and… a pretty good read"

Sharon says:

Oh, Jodi, Jodi, Jodi. I love your writing. I’ve read everything you’ve written and as soon as a new novel from you comes along it goes straight to the top of my reading list, but I’m afraid this one just didn’t quite do it for me. The story follows teenager, Jenna Metcalf as she searches for her mother, Alice, who disappeared the same night as a carer is trampled by an elephant at the refuge where she worked. Jenna was just three years old at the time.

I love elephants and I enjoy an emotional roller-coaster as well as a good twist at the end of a book, but this is just too much about the elephants and a big ask in terms of believability. It’s perfectly readable, gripping and if it had been written by anyone else, a pretty good read, it’s just not up to the high standard Jodi Picoult has set herself with the likes of Handle With Care, The Pact or Perfect Match. But I'm sure this won't put any dedicated fan, like me.

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Caroline Kepnes

Released: 2014

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"There's some humour in the mix of what is a fast paced book..."

Matt says:

I was recommended this book by a friend of mine, totally not the kind of thing I would have picked out, but it’s really good. It focusses around a guy, Jo, who is an obsessive stalker and it’s written from his point of view.

A chance meeting with a girl when she walks into the bookstore he works at results in him spying on her, hacking her emails and following her every move. He totally believes that he and the girl, Beck, should be together and it is the way he conveys this which is sometimes romantic, but in the main scary and totally obsessive.

I got the impression the character knew that he was not rational all the time, he adds a bit of humour into the mix and you end up with quite a fast paced book that, in parts, will remind you of how you felt when you first fell totally in love with someone…i.e….it can drive you crazy and do things you wouldn’t normally do.

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

Released: 2015

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"I had to read this book slowly to absorb the beautiful style in which it was written... It is the most unusual book I have ever read."

Vivien says:

I had to read this book slowly to absorb the beautiful style in which it was written. I loved the descriptive tales Marvellous Ways had to tell, happy, sad and unforgettable. It is the most unusual book I have ever read. The title alone had me intrigued! I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

The story is of a soldier returning from the Second World War, mourning the tragic loss of his sweetheart. Francis becomes close to a mysterious old woman of 89 who lives the life of a recluse. She lives in a Gypsy caravan, wears yellow oilskins and bathes in the sea. Marvellous nurses Francis back to health. Both characters are troubled by their past and form a loving relationship, enriching both lives.

The story is based in a hamlet on the Cornish coast. There are a few uninhabited cottages, a church and an old bake house. Peace, who was born in the village lovingly reopens the bake house and with each loaf she bakes she adds her special wishes. Eventually she finds her true love. Such wonderful description of all the characters in the story.

A truly charming and delightful novel with a surprise ending. I thoroughly recommend it.