BOOK OF THE WEEK – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 26th September 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
BOOK OF THE WEEK – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE RECORD-BREAKING, MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES 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’.
TOP THIRTY OF THE DAY
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
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Happiness is…seeing a successful author sell lots of books.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“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.
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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