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BBC Radio 2 Book Club

Book of the Month

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

When Tova Sullivan's husband died two years ago, she talked her way into a job mopping floors at Sowell Bay Aquarium. Keeping busy helps her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished.

Thirty and headlining for washed-up band Moth Sausage, Cameron Cassmore has some serious growing up to do. Then the discovery of an old class ring sends him on a mission to Sowell Bay to track down the father he's never known.

Marcellus, a 'prisoner' at the Aquarium, wouldn't lift one of his eight tentacles for his human captors until he forms a friendship with the cleaning lady. Keenly observant, but with time running out, Marcellus deduces that Cameron is a missing key to what happened the fateful night of Erik's disappearance.

Now Marcellus must use every trick his old, invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for Tova before it's too late...

"I defy anyone to read this book and not fall in love with Marcellus, the brilliant octopus who can't help but meddle in the lives of the human characters in the book. I so enjoy a book that is well-written, and deftly observed, but also just an enjoyable read, which had me smiling regularly. Something you could recommend to almost everyone you know - please read it!" Library Reviewer

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Remarkably Bright Creatures,

Shelby Van Pelt

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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