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BBC Radio 2 Book Club

Book of the Month

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

The Delaney family love one another dearly - it's just that sometimes they want to murder each other...

Joy Delaney and husband Stan have done well. Four wonderful grown-up children. A family business to envy. The golden years of retirement ahead of them.

So when Joy Delaney vanishes - no note, no calls, her bike missing - it's natural that tongues will wag.

How did Stan scratch his face? Why no answers from the police? And who was the stranger who entered and suddenly left their lives? What are they all hiding?

But for the Delaney children there is a much more terrifying question: did they ever know their parents at all?

Because the closer the family, the bigger the lie...

"This book started out as one thing and became quite another before turning on its head again, but what a book! I thought I was reading about a typical suburban family, all with their own problems, and then all of a sudden it turned into a potential murder investigation. I found I couldn't put it down, with the characters drawing me in and not knowing what to believe was the truth. It has the draw of a thriller yet underneath is essentially the story of a family who have misunderstood themselves and held onto secrets for too long. I really enjoyed this book largely because it wasn't what I was expecting and having never read Liane Moriarty before I am now going to go back and read all her others." Library Reviewer

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Apples Never Fall,

Liane Moriarty

The Book Club is now part of Steve Wright In The Afternoon, where Steve will interview the chosen authors each month, and also have brilliant guest stars on the show to talk about the books too.

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Steve has said about the Book Club: "Books have boomed in lockdown, with thousands of people rediscovering the joy of reading, so it's great news that the Radio 2 Book Club will move to afternoons where it will get the full bells and whistles Big Show treatment!"

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