This Summer’s Best Beach Reads – Grace Williams Says it Loud

The original TV Book Club is back, boasting a short list of authors who include a major motion picture writer and producer, Sweden’s top selling writer and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

The eight selected titles in this Summer’s series will be reviewed on a weekly basis as part of the TV Book Club’s Summer Read strand, which recommends books perfect for holiday getaways. New to this run are exclusive profile interviews with of some the world’s biggest authors including Philip Pullman, Ken Follett, Jackie Collins, Joanne Harris, Jilly Cooper and Jacqueline Wilson.

This week’s title is Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson airing on Sunday 14 August 2011

About the book

The doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace’s parents to put her away.

On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace, aged eleven, meets Daniel.

Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can type with his feet, sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for.

A deeply affecting, spirit-soaring story of love against the odds.

You can also catch last week’s title on repeat, The Radleys by Matt Haig airing on Saturday 13 AugustAbout the Book

The Hidden Child is a deeply satisfying, complex psychological thriller that takes place in contemporary Sweden but with a nail-biting back-story set during the Second World War. At its root is a terrible tragedy stemming from the darkest days of the Second World War, but the scourge of modern fascism, dysfunctional families, small-town hypocrisy, and psychological abuse all play their part in the unfolding drama. Camilla Lackberg’s extraordinary skill lies in producing a riveting, chilling, dramatic and very moving crime novel which has, at its core, genuine warmth and humour.

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why.

Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old?

Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painfulrevelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be…