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BBC Radio 2 Book Club

Book of the Month

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

What if your past hid a secret on which your own family's future depends?

What might you do to find it?

One night Jen watches helplessly as her teenage son kills a stranger. In seconds her world is torn apart. Why did this happen? Who is her son?

Falling deep into her family's past, Jen seeks answers - answers she hopes can somehow save her son...

"I was thoroughly absorbed in this book from the first chapter onwards, and the writer took me through the twists and turns with consummate story-telling and descriptive powers. The shock of the premise sucked me in, and I thoroughly enjoyed the misdirection throughout the chapters, and then the unfolding of the plot towards its conclusion. The characters were engaging throughout too. The use of the present tense throughout has irritated me in other novels, but it felt right here, adding to the feeling of immediacy and pace. Interesting characters, moral dilemmas, and questions galore. I gorged on this book, reading it in only a couple of sittings, which is a testament to the power of the book. A stunner." Library Reviewer

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time,

Gillian McAllister

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!"

The Reading Agency, along with a team of librarians across the UK, help the BBC to choose the Book Club titles each month. Hundreds of the best brand-new fiction titles are submitted to us each year and are then read by our expert library readers, who select their favourites. The best books are shared with the BBC, and they choose the final picks for the Book Club.

Find out more about the librarians, and why they love being part of the Book Club.

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