With National Storytelling Week in full swing, what better time to switch off and get lost in a new read?

To help you get started, Greenwich Shopping Park, off Bugsby’s Way in Charlton, shares this year’s top three reads from the Richard and Judy range, exclusive to WHSmith.

Gold by Chris Cleave

Last summer’s extraordinary Olympic dream has left many in an afterglow of wonder. How did those athletes do it? How did they summon almost superhuman strength, powering through agonising exhaustion to ultimate glory?

Gold by Christ Cleave is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It’s about what drives us to succeed, and what we choose to sacrifice for success. Chris Cleave has been with the cyclists in the Velodromes and his resulting novel is a heart-bursting tale of heroism.

Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson

Jasmine Nights is an exciting love story set during the Second World War.

News Shopper: Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson

Saba, a half-Turkish, half-Welsh teenager from Tiger Bay in Cardiff is a talented singer who joins ENSA, performing for the troops in Cairo and later Instanbul. Saba encounters spies as well as soldiers throughout this tale of decadence and destruction, of love and of danger.

Jasmine Nights is a marvellous adventure, full of exotic colour and fascinating characters.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry, a shy, retired office worker, finds himself walking the length of England in a pilgrimage to save an old friend.

News Shopper: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Without a map, rucksack, or even a plan, Harold’s motivation is just a simple faith in the importance of his odyssey. Described as ‘impossible to put down’, Rachel Joyce’s novel is charming and utterly uplifting.

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