Books  |  Sep 8, 2014

Archer, Hope & Greenwood, Mitchell, Moyes, Murakami, Tartt and Watson are all Sunday Times Bestsellers

Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What you Wish For, Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood’s Sweets Made Simple, David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Jojo MoyesThe One Plus One, Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep are all Sunday Times bestsellers this week. Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, is also a New York Times and Canadian bestseller.

At Number 1 on the Paperback Fiction list, and this week’s overall bestseller, Be Careful What You Wish For will keep you on the edge of your seat. Harry and Emma Clifton are rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian who has been involved in a fatal car accident. In London Jessica Clifton falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons and causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated.

Since publication The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel has been a Top Ten bestseller in the UK, USA and Canada; it is Number 3 in both The New York Times and Sunday Times Hardback Fiction list, and Number 10 in the Canadian charts. The Bone Clocks is the story of Holly Sykes whose life is repeatedly intersected by a slow-motion war between a cult of predatory soul-decanters and a band of vigilantes led by one Doctor Marinus. Holly begins as an unwitting pawn in this war – but may prove to be its decisive weapon.

Currently Number 7 on the Hardback Fiction Chart is Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. This novel marks a new direction in Murakami’s fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan. Narrated in the third person, the novel centers on a devastating emotional betrayal and its consequences. Tsukuru Tazaki travels back to meet his old friends to ask why they suddenly rebuffed him with no reason once he had returned from college. He learns that Shiro, the group’s most volatile and psychologically unstable member, was strangled to death in an unsolved murder six years ago. As the dark truth about Shiro reveals itself, Tsukuru must confront the simmering emotional undercurrents that the group had suppressed in order to reach their ideal of perfect friendship.

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, is the story of single-mother and perpetual optimist, Jess, her quirky, and brilliant daughter, Tanzie, and her typically teenage stepson Nicky. When Jess attempts to take the family to a math Olympiad to win the money for Tanzie’s schooling, their car breaks down minutes after leaving. But Ed, a man knows what it's like to be lonely, comes to Jess’ rescue.

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch remains a bestseller for another week and is currently Number 8 on the paperback fiction chart. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the dark art underworld.

After the recent release of the film adaptation, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson will be Number 4 on the Paperback Fiction chart, having originally been published in 2011. Before I Go to Sleep is the story of Christine, a forty-seven-year-old writer who, following a catastrophic accident in her mid-twenties, is incapable of forming and maintaining new memories for more than a day. Trapped in an existence in which she wakes every day believing herself to be single and with a whole lifetime of choice ahead of her she discovers instead that she lives with her husband, Ben, with most decisions already made. The story that emerges is to set in motion a terrifying voyage of discovery that will ultimately have startling consequences for her and all who love her, leading her to question whether the truth is sometimes better left forgotten.

Sweets Made Simple by Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood is Number 5 on the Hardback Non-fiction chart. Hope and Greenwood show how easy it is to make mouthwatering traditional and modern sweets, including English Butter Toffee, Leather Roll-ups, Fruit Lolly and Sherbet Dip, Popcorn and Peanut Butter Fudge, Gin and Tonic Truffles, Baked Pear Crisps, Salted Caramel Seashells and Black Forest Fudge. With plenty of advice on techniques, ingredients and equipment, Sweets Made Simple will encourage everyone to join in the joy of making sweets and indulge in quality homemade confectionery.