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.

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David Nicholls

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"Sometimes I felt like I was not reading a book, but reading directly from Douglas' own head"

Clari says:

David Nicholls is a brilliant writer -- he is able to put into words thoughts, emotions, and reflections that many of us would struggle to identify, let alone write but he expresses all of these effortlessly. The story is told from the perspective of his main character, Douglas, written by Nicholls in such an honest unassuming manner that sometimes I felt like I was not reading a book but reading directly from Douglas' own head.

The storyline reads more like a biography rather than a novel -- the events in a man who went through the motions of life -- being a boy, then a single working man, then a boyfriend, then a husband, then a father, then a grieving father, then a father again, then an orphan, then a frustrated father, then a so-so husband, then an ex-husband.

It's a sad story but how events unfolded in their lives are so close to home, so honestly realistic that I found myself wishing the best for Douglas and for Connie -- that they will still manage to find happiness again have I known them in real life. A great read, especially if you are familiar with the artwork generously described in this novel.

Other Book Club Reads

Day Four

Sarah Lotz

Released: 2015

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"Vivid and descriptive - the reader gets a real sense of anxiety and fear"

Elisabetta says:

It’s not all fun, sun and happy times on The Beautiful Dreamer, a cruise ship sailing the Gulf of Mexico. After three uneventful days, the ship engines stop and all contact with the outside world ends. On top of that, a young woman is killed. The situation quickly escalates as passengers and crew soon find themselves fighting against a fast spreading contagious illness, weird noises, shadowy figures manifesting along the corridors, and eventually, each other (Lord of the Flies, anyone?).

The story is told in alternate chapters by different characters: a celebrity psychic, her assistant, a murderer, two suicidal elderly women, the ship's doctor, a blogger, and a couple of staff members so overloaded by work they always seem on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

The writing is very vivid and descriptive and the reader gets a real sense of anxiety and fear. I found the ending a bit elusive, but nonetheless ‘Day Four’ stands out as a solid page-turner. As a final note, I’d add that plain reality on a cruise ship can be even more disturbing than the creepiest fantasy: try and read A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again By David Foster Wallace and you’ll know why.

Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes

Released: 2014

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"A brilliantly written thriller that kept me hooked from start to finish..."

Richard says:

"Part crime novel, part horror story, Lauren Bewkes' Broken Monsters is a fantastic novel that's hard to pigeonhole. It's a brilliantly written thriller that kept me hooked from start to finish, without the all-too-frequent disappointment of seeing the "twist" coming a mile off.

"I loved the central characters – the dedicated Detective Versado, her unruly teenage daughter, and Jonno the ambitious vlogger – and the city of Detroit with its crumbling factories, graffiti and hipster art scene provides a perfect backdrop to this story of twisted artist turned serial killer.

"The internet and the way it impacts the way we live now plays a big part in the novel too. It feels bang up to date, exciting and fresh – a great read."

The Heroes’ Welcome

Louisa Young

Released: 2014

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"I loved this book..."

Sharon says:

"I read ‘My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You’ by Louisa Young when it was first published a few years ago; it blew me away and started my love affair with World War I based fiction. ‘The Heroes’ Welcome’ continues the story, featuring the same main characters.

Essentially it’s the story of two couples that return to a very different world after the war; two soldiers and their wives. One horrifically physically wounded and the other scarred internally, trying to get to grips with normal life. Louisa Young has a very distinctive writing style, subtly encouraging you to reread sentences to reinforce the meaning behind the words.

I loved this book almost as much as I did ‘My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You’ which I would definitely recommend reading before embarking on this one and to get the most out of this one."

A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson

Released: 2015

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"Trademark Atkinson - beautiful, but bleak..."

Sharon says:

"In ‘Life After Life’ Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century – again and again. This is Kate Atkinson’s companion volume, in which she turns her attention to Teddy, Ursula’s younger brother – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father and follows his progress through the twentieth century."

"I loved ‘Life After Life’ and couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book – the early parts are a little slow but the writing is trademark Atkinson and beautiful, if remarkably bleak at times. It doesn’t have the same ‘Groundhog Day’ like format but it does go back and forth in time in a way that can be confusing, especially if you’re trying to remember details from ‘Life After Life’. My advice is not to do that and just enjoy this book."

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Renée Knight

Released: 2015

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"Very cleverly structured and full of twists and turns and red herrings..."

Elisabetta says:

"There’s a captivating premise at the heart of Disclaimer: what if you are reading a book and it turns out that it’s somehow about you, and reveals a terrible secret from your past? This is what happens to Catherine, a much sought-after television documentary maker, happily married with Robert, a successful lawyer. They have a son, Nicholas, and they’ve recently moved house. The other main character is Stephen, a retired teacher and widower, who discovers something extremely upsetting about a traumatic past event that sheds a new light on what happened.

Any detail about the plot would give away spoilers, but the story is very cleverly structured and full of twists and turns and red herrings. The execution, however, let me down a little. I didn't feel sympathy for any of the characters; many of them just haven’t enough depth and lack consistency. The revelations unveiled halfway through the book, also, felt much more powerful than the final disclosure of the truth.

Finally, the pace could have been improved: especially in the second half, a stricter editorial intervention would have made the writing sleeker and more convincing. Nevertheless, it is a darkly intriguing and tautly plotted story, which I do recommend."

Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

Released: 2014

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"A thoroughly engrossing, often moving read..."

Kate says:

"This is not a book about zombies. In Station Eleven’s post-apocalyptic world, the only "walkers" are the dispossessed one percent who survived the Georgia flu pandemic twenty years earlier. Survivors' stories are cleverly interwoven with chapters on life in the pre-collapse world to create a web of connections, bringing to life a bunch of complicated, believable characters amidst the turmoil of civilisation's collapse.

I found it a thoroughly engrossing, often moving read. Post-collapse North America, a ravaged, overgrown place, is vividly detailed and packed with atmosphere. Station Eleven is just as much about life as we live it now, a snapshot of our world as science fiction for a future generation who find it astonishing that you could press a switch and turn darkness into light.

Shining through the themes of subjective memory, the nature of celebrity, religion and truth, is the fundamental importance of human contact, especially with those we love. In this haunting novel, Emily St. John Mandel has created a cinematic world of characters and images that I know will stay with me a long time."