Politics and chills make for thrillers

In another instalment of the Waterstones Book Club, bookseller Jo Graham presents more suggestions for a good read.

The Churchill Secret, by Jonathan Smith

1953 is synonymous in the British memory with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, but less well known is what happened in 10 Downing Street.

With Anthony Eden vying for power, Winston Churchill must maintain the confidence of his government, the press and the public.

After a diplomatic dinner, Churchill’s Italian dining companions are rushed out of the building and his doctor called.

The Prime Minister has had a stroke.

With the help of a devoted young nurse and his indomitable wife, Clementine, Churchill gradually recoups his health.

But will he be fit enough to represent Britain on the world stage?

This is a story about how we strive to overcome adversity, if you loved The King’s Speech, then this is one to try.

It is currently being adapted for a major ITV drama.

Her, by Harriet Lane

Two women; two different worlds.

Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent, entirely in control.

When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did, but what exactly does Nina want from her? And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

This is set to become one of the biggest thrillers of this year.

Literary fiction mixes with psychological thriller equals a highly seductive, chilling novel.