The Radleys

A Novel

The Radleys

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  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9781442338142 | 
  • December 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Radleys includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Matt Haig. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Meet the Radleys, a typical British family.  Peter works at a medical clinic while his wife, Helen, tends to the family home at 17 Orchard Lane.  Rowan and Clara, their children, are teenagers struggling with the highs and lows that adolescence brings.  The Radleys, however, have a dirty secret in their past, which comes to light when Clara finds herself standing over the body of a thirteen-year-old boy that she has murdered.  When a police investigation is launched to find out what happened to the boy, the household is set for disaster.  To make matters worse, Peter’s brother Will arrives and throws the house into turmoil as the Radleys grapple with the temptation that tasting blood brings.  Old secrets are unearthed, new obstacles appear and the Radleys must struggle to keep it all together.  

The Radleys is a stirring novel that explores the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, the cost of denying one’s identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlastin see more

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About the Author

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Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the bestselling author of several children’s books and novels, including The Radleys, winner of the ALA Alex Award. An alumnus of Hull University and Leeds, his work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. He lives in York with his wife, UK novelist Andrea Semple, and their two children.