Caroline Bond’s THE DAY WE LEFT has been chosen for The BBC Radio 2 Book Club!

The next book to be featured on the Zoe Ball Radio 2 Book Club is THE DAY WE LEFT by Caroline Bond! Published on 2nd November, Caroline joins Zoe on the show on 7th November 2023.


The book was selected with the help of a panel of library staff from across the UK. Here are some of their comments:


“I loved this novel, the story was well written with great characters. I could relate heavily with the themes of the novel. Disability, being a lone parent and raising children. We don’t have many stories like this and I felt the author did a good job portraying this. It really shone a much needed light on many issues. I’m not sure how I felt about the ending but I think it seemed like the right ending. I would definitely recommend this to others.”


“I was gripped from the very first page of this book. It’s a compulsive and intriguing read. I found it very hard to put down, very much a ‘just one more chapter’ book. The way it was written piques your interest and your curiosity keeps you wanting to know what happens next. It felt like a thriller, a mystery novel but in a softer way. I found myself gasping aloud on more than one occasion. I found myself not wanting to finish the book around the last 50 pages – it took me a couple of extra days to finish it, as I didn’t want it to end – I was so attached to the characters. The characters are so well drawn, they felt real and seeing them evolve over the time jumps was fascinating. The three main characters – Beth, Oli and Joe, all had their own character arcs and developed in one way or another. They were three dimensional, flawed and raw. This is one of those books that I will be recommending to many people and that is the sign of a great book club book! I cannot praise this book enough. I loved it!”


The full length interview is available on BBC Sounds.