Just when we thought that paperback publication and the big reveal of the beautiful Waterstones special edition was enough excitement for The Essex Serpent, we're given even more cause the celebrate: Sarah Perry's bestselling novel has been chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club Summer 2017!

And the Serpent is in excellent company. Also on the list of eight are Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things, Maggie O’Farrell with her latest novel, This Must be The Place, Robert Harris with Conclave and Clare Mackintosh’s I See You. Other titles include: Trespasser by Tana French, Miss You by Kate Eberlen and The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena. 

Richard Madeley said that The Essex Serpent is “one of the most unusual and distinctively-voiced books either of us have read in a long time”, while Judy said 'I LOVED Cora'. Us too, Judy! Read their full statements.

Visit the WHSmith site for information about the Book Club, to read an extract from each of the books - and find out which books made Sarah Perry.