London, Dec 27 (ANI): A book written by Shadow chancellor George Osborne's wife has made it to the Book Club reads of 2009 unveiled by TV presenters Richard and Judy in their popular chat show.
The popular segment of the couple's chat show has become one of the most powerful endorsements in the literary world- guaranteeing commercial success to the authors.
The 2009 list includes George Osborne's wife Frances's book The Botler, revealing the scandalous life of her great-grandmother, the Edwardian socialite Idina Sackville.
'Samuel Johnson non-fiction award' winner 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher', the Victorian detective drama written by Kate Summerscale, former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph has also been shortlisted.
The Brutal Art, written by Jesse Kellerman, the son of thriller writers Faye and Jonathan Kellerman also made it to the 2009 list along with The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff.
Amanda Ross, who compiles the Book Club list, said that the 2009 line-up boasts a "wealth of talent".
"The public faith in the Book Club is overwhelming, and I take that very seriously," the Telegraph quoted Ross as saying.
"As consumer confidence dips with the credit crunch, we hope to help people not to waste their time or money. More than ever before, people will stick with what they know, and they know they can trust our recommendations," she added.
"Judy and I are always intrigued by each new list, we really enjoy reading along with the public. We're very proud of the Book Club and we're delighted it has made the transition with us to Watch," said Richard Madeley.
Richard and Judy will feature one book a week from Jan 21, leading up to a public vote to decide which of the titles will win the Best Read Award in April.
Book Club reads of 2009 are-
- The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman (Sphere)
- The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (Canongate)
- When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (Transworld)
- The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Transworld)
- The Botler by Frances Osborne (Little, Brown)
- Netherland by Joseph O'Neill (4th Estate)
- The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin (John Murray)
- December by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (Sceptre, Hodder)
-The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (Atlantic) (ANI)