Richard & Judy (UK TV personalities) have had a Recommending Reading list of books since 2004.


Kate Mosse
Skilfully blending the lives of two women – separated by 800 years, yet united by a common destiny – Labyrinth is a time-slip adventure story steeped in the legends, secrets, atmosphere and history of the Cathars, Carcassonne and the Pyrenees.
** Winner of Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year!

The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
“A wonderful novel erupting with life… building to a perfect, heartbreaking end”
Daily Mail

The Farm
Richard Benson
A warm, funny, moving and unsentimental tale of one family and the English countryside.

The Conjuror’s Bird
Martin Davies
A mixture of detection, romance and history, The Conjuror’s Bird is a dazzling debut novel, spanning three centuries of secrets and surprises.

Arthur & George
Julian Barnes
With a mixture of detailed research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings to life not just this long-forgotten case, but the inner lives of these two very different men.

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Eva Rice
Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock ‘n’ roll era.

Andrew Smith
‘A fascinating book… Smith is certainly no techo-geek and he does not shy away from the more personal questions… The humour is underpinned by a sense of extreme danger’
The Mail on Sunday – Book of the Week

Geraldine Brooks
March explores the passions between a man and a woman, the tenderness of parent and child and the life-changing power of an ardently held belief.

Empress Orchid
Anchee Min
To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor’s wives.

The Lincoln Lawyer
Michael Connelly
They’re called Lincoln Lawyers: the bottom of the legal food chain, the criminal defence attorneys who operate out of the back of a Lincoln car, travelling between the courthouses of Los Angeles county to take whatever cases the system throws in their path.