BOOK OF THE WEEK – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

BOOK OF THE WEEK – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman BLOG 26th September 2021


BOOK OF THE WEEK – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking; 1st edition

Published on 16 Sept. 2021)

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241425425

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241425428

Massive sales during first week!

As new releases pepper the charts including 6 in the top 10, Richard Osman’s blockbuster sequel charged its way to the summit.

Richard Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice has bombarded into the UK Top 50 number 1 spot, selling an earth-scorching 114,202 copies in its first three days on sale. This makes it the seventh fastest selling novel since BookScan records began (BookScan was launched in January 2001) (excluding children’s novels and Lockdown weeks, though an honourable mention should go to Dan Brown’s first post-Da Vinci Code title, The Lost Symbol, which is both the fastest and the sixth fastest seller, in hardback and paperback format.

The Man Who Died Twice breezed past the first week sales of fellow blockbuster sequels Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments and Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light and indeed Dan Brown’s most recent title, 2017’s Origin, which sold only100,095copies upon launch.

A thing of joy’ KATE ATKINSON

‘I absolutely loved it. He’s not only done it again, but he’s done it even better’ PHILLIPA PERRY

‘The tonic we all need’ SHARI LAPENA



It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?



‘A thing of joy . . . Richard has a natural sense of humour.’ — Kate Atkinson

‘I absolutely loved it. He’s not only done it again, but he’s done it even better.’ — Phillipa Perry

‘The tonic we all need.’ — Shari Lapena

‘This slick sequel will leave you buzzing’ — The Times

‘Full of humour and heart, Osman delivers another must-read. I loved it.’ — Harlan Coben

‘Balm for the soul’ — Daily Express

‘Superbly entertaining’ — Guardian

‘Darkly funny, offbeat and deftly written’ — Irish Independent

‘Pure pleasure to read’ — Observer

‘It’s like reading ice cream… a pure pleasure.’ — Linwood Barclay

‘A hoot… it’s joyful’ — Irish Independent

‘An unalloyed pleasure’ — Sunday Express

‘He’s back and he’s better than ever! By turns moving, hilarious, and brilliantly suspenseful.’ — Jeffery Deaver

‘If you liked The Thursday Murder Club, you’re in for a treat, as this sequel is even better’ — Good Housekeeping

‘So entertaining it’s a crime.’ — Saga

‘The plot is impressive, the body count not too shabby, the wit, shining.’ — Sainsbury’s Magazine

‘I had to fight my boyfriend off when this book arrived’ — Prima

‘This is the most perfect Sunday afternoon read’ — Red

‘Beautiful prose, great characters and an intriguing plot’ — Candis

‘A joy’ — Women & Home

‘An entertaining and charming mystery’ — Essential Marbella Magazine

Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with characters you will want to see a LOT more of — Mark Billingham

Compelling. Mystery fans are going to be enthralled — Harlan Coben

Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny. I smiled a million times. This book will make a lot of people very, very happy — Marian Keyes

A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly — Val McDermid

Funny, clever and achingly British – what else would you expect from a book by Richard Osman? — Adam Kay

About the Author

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. His first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was a million-copy bestseller. Critics have already described The Man Who Died Twice as ‘his second novel’.



THE OFFICIAL UK TOP 30 Selling Books (Bokseller – BookScan) – 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2021

1              The Man Who Died Twice                                 by Richard Osman              Publisher: Viking

2              And Away…                                                          by Bob Mortimer                 Publisher: Simon & Schuster

3              The Thursday Murder Club                               by Richard Osman              Publisher: Penguin

4              Beautiful World, Where Are You                    by Sally Rooney                  Publisher: Faber & Faber

5              Together                                                                by Jamie Oliver                    Publisher: Michael Joseph

6              An Innocent Baby                                              by Cathy Glass                     Publisher: HarperCollins

7              This Much is True                                               by Miriam Margolyes         Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

8              Family Comforts                                                 by Rebecca Wilson              Publisher: DK

9              The Midnight Library                                         by Matt Haig                        Publisher: Canongate

10           Big Panda and Tiny Dragon                              by James Norbury               Publisher: Michael Joseph

11           Piranesi                                                                  by Susanna Clarke              Publisher: Bloomsbury

12           Turn a Blind Eye                                                 by Jeffrey Archer                 Publisher: Pan

13           Find You First                                                      by Linwood Barclay           Publisher: HQ

14           It Ends With Us                                                   by Colleen Hoover              Publisher: Simon & Schuster

15           Daughters of War                                                by Dinah Jefferies               Publisher: HarperCollins

16           One August Night                                                by Victoria Hislop               Publisher: Headline

17           Belonging                                                              by Alun Wyn Jones             Publisher:

18           Guinness World Records 2022         by Records, Guinness World   Publisher: Guinness World Records

19           The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy            Publisher: Ebury

20           The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo             by Taylor Jenkins Reid       Publisher: Simon & Schuster

21           A Beautiful Spy                                                   by Rachel Hore                    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

22           The Book of Two Ways                                     by Jodi Picoult                      Publisher: Hodder

23           The Family Man                                                  by Kimberley Chambers    Publisher: HarperCollins

24           Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook by Weissman, Joshua    Publisher: Alpha

25           Fit Foods and Fakeaways                                  by Courtney Black              Publisher: Thorsons

26           A Time for Mercy                                               by John Grisham                  Publisher: Hodder

27           The Wolf Den                                                      by Harper, Elodie                 Publisher: Apollo

28           A Slow Fire Burning                                           by Paula Hawkins               Publisher: Doubleday

29           Jane’s Patisserie                                                   by Jane Dunn                       Publisher: Ebury

30           The Evening and the Morning                           by Ken Follett                       Publisher: Pan

 REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou


Happiness is…seeing a successful author sell lots of books.


“My children won’t even eat chips because some clever so-and-so at school told them potato was a vegetable.” – Victoria Wood


Love is…letting his snoring become your lullaby.


A time to read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman…A time to read The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman.


26th September

1580 The Devonshire born seaman Francis Drake returned to Plymouth, in the Golden Hind, becoming the first British navigator to circumnavigate the earth. Drake plundered a few Spanish ships en-route to keep morale high!

1861 The first British Open Golf Championship began at Prestwick, Ayrshire.

1879 The world’s first railway dining car was introduced in Britain on the line between London and Leeds.

1955 Frozen Birdseye fish fingers first went on sale in Britain.

1973 Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time, cutting the previous record in half, and flying at an average speed of 954 mph.





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