Reading in the Desert

…a bookworm in Dubai

Richard & Judy Book Club

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Summer 2015

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
  • I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh
  • No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
  • Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
  • Us by David Nicholls

Spring 2015

  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 3 stars
  • A Colder War by Charles Cumming
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • Miss Carter’s War by Sheila Hancock
  • Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood
  • The Book of You by Claire Kendal
  • The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
  • The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

Autumn 2014

  • Daughter by Jane Shemilt
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  • The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary
  • The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman
  • The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
  • Under a Mackerel Sky by Rick Stein

Summer 2014

  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  • An Officer & a Spy by Robert Harris
  • The Lie by Helen Dunmore
  • Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge
  • Dear Thing by Julie Cohen
  • Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
  • Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty

Spring 2014

  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
  • A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Never List by Koethi Zan
  • Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Autumn 2013

  • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
  • The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
  • Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver
  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  • Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Summer 2013

  • Natural Causes by James Oswald 4 stars
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker 3 stars
  • The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter
  • The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
  • Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
  • The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke
  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Simon Mawer
  • This is How it Ends by Kathleen MacMahon
  • Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

Spring 2013

Autumn 2012

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 4 stars
  • Double Cross by Ben MacIntyre
  • Fault Line by Robert Goddard
  • The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
  • Between a Mother & her Child by Elizabeth Noble
  • The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
  • The Seamstress by Maria Duenas
  • Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Summer 2012

Spring 2012

  • Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson 3 stars
  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
  • Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft
  • A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood

Autumn 2011

Summer 2011

Spring 2011

  • Room by Emma Donoghue 4 stars
  • This Perfect World by Suzanne Bugler
  • The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Hothouse Flower by Lucinda Riley
  • You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Trespass by Rose Tremain
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Winter 2010

Summer 2009

  • Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes
  • Guernica by Dave Boling
  • Palace Council by Stephen L Carter
  • Mr Toppit by Charles Elton
  • The Great Lover by Jill Dawson
  • Mystery Man by Colin Bateman
  • The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller
  • The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee

Book Club 2009

  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill 3 stars
  • The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • The Bolter by Frances Osbourne
  • The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin
  • December by Elizabeth H Winthrop
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Summer 2008

  • The Outcast by Sadie Jones
  • No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  • East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
  • Down River by John Hart
  • The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
  • Addition by Toni Jordan
  • The Resurrectionist by James Bradley

Book Club 2008

  • A Quiet Belief in Angels by R J Ellory 4 stars
  • Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
  • The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
  • Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
  • Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  • The Visible World by Mark Slouka
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • Blood River by Tim Butcher
  • The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Summer 2007

  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Relentless by Simon Kernick
  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
  • Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon
  • The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
  • How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
  • The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson

Book Club 2007

  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Restless by William Boyd
  • This Book Will Save Your Life by A M Homes
  • The Girls by Lori Lansens
  • The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
  • Semi-Detached by Griff Rhys Jones
  • The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
  • Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Summer 2006

  • The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
  • The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne
  • The Island by Victoria Hislop
  • My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson
  • The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Book Club 2006

  • Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
  • The Farm by Richard Benson
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  • The Conjuror’s Bird by Martin Davies
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
  • Labyrinth by Kate Moss
  • The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
  • Moondust by Andrew Smith

Summer 2005

  • The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn
  • The Laments by Geroge Hagen
  • The Food of Love by Anthony Capella
  • Eve Green by Susan Fletcher
  • The Death & Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood
  • Good News Bad News by David Wolstencroft

Book Club 2005

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 4 stars
  • The Sixth Lamentation by William Broderick
  • Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson by Paula Byrne
  • The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright
  • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Feel: Robbie Williams by Chris Heath
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

Summer 2004

  • A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Want to Play? by P J Tracy
  • PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  • Liars & Saints by Maile Meloy
  • The Mermaids & the Drunks by Ben Richards
  • Hunting Unicorns by Bella Pollen

Book Club 2004

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  • Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
  • The Know by Martina Cole
  • White Mughals by William Dalrymple
  • Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  • Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
  • Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor
  • Toast by Nigel Slater
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