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Love reading? And free books? Join in with Velvet’s Book Club, a collaboration with Cambridge bookstore Heffers, and you can enjoy both

“A real page turner - I couldn’t wait to return to it! It ticked all the boxes for me: a compelling plot although quite dark in places; brilliant characters you wanted to know more about. . . And I loved that it covered all the main emotions of friendship, love and tragedy. An impressive debut novel and a great ‘whodunit’ for any book club to discuss.” That’s how Velvet reader Julie Rivers described The Truants by Kate Weinberg, our debut Velvet Book Club pick - and, courtesy of Heffers, her review has won her a copy of this month’s pick, Grandmothers, the new novel from Salley Vickers, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Librarian.#

Salley Vickers Grandmothers Cover (42399373)
Salley Vickers Grandmothers Cover (42399373)

Billed as “heart-warming...a beautifully written and moving celebration of this love, too often unsung, that reaches out across the generations” by The Times, Grandmothers is the story of three very different women and their relationship with the younger generation: fiercely independent Nan, who leads a secret life as an award-winning poet when she is not teaching her grandson Billy how to lie; glamorous Blanche, deprived of the company of her beloved granddaughter Kitty by her hostile daughter-in-law, who finds solace in rebelliously taking to drink and shoplifting; and shy, bookish Minna who, in the safety of her shepherd's hut, shares with her surrogate granddaughter Rose her passion for reading. The outlook of all three women subtly alters when, through their encounters with each other, they discover that the past is always with us and that we go on learning and changing until the very end.

For a chance to see your review printed - and to win a copy of November’s Book Club choice - send it in by midnight, October 14. You can share via Instagram using #VelvetBookClub and tagging @velvetmag and @heffers_cambridge . Or, if you’re not a ’gram fan, email us at info@velvetmag.co.uk, titling your message Velvet Book Club. Good luck and good reading!

A little bit of small print: by sending us your reviews, you’re granting us permission to publish them. And prize books should be collected from the Heffers store, on the city’s Trinity Street.

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