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Sharing stories is one of life's greatest pleasures and that is at the heart of this book club. Our choices are varied, our opinions sometimes very different, but a passion for a tale well told unites us all.

- Graham Norton

Episodes
  • Ep 10: Elif Batuman and Joanne Froggatt

    Jul 14 2021

    In the final episode of the series, our book of the week – The Idiot by Elif Batuman - evokes strong reactions from our Clubbers and Elif tells Graham, amongst other things, how she ended up running a school production of Chicken Little in Hungary when she was 18 and how everything can get lost in translation.

    Downton’s Joanne Froggatt talks about bringing to life Wuthering Heights and Sara Collins brings up the past when she talks historical novels.

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    49 mins
  • Ep 9: Albert French and Adam Buxton

    Jul 7 2021

    After a long search, Graham finally gets to talk to author Albert French about his extraordinary book, Billy.

    Our Clubbers reveal their reactions to this powerful tale of racism and injustice in the Deep South and uber podcaster, Adam Buxton, takes us on a Ramble to his Animal Farm. To add to these many journeys,Alex Clark takes us into ‘other worlds’.

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    49 mins
  • Ep 8: Sarah Waters on Elizabeth Taylor; Richard Osman and Marian Keyes

    Jun 30 2021

    Novelist Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith) gives us insight into our book of the week – Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – and its author, Elizabeth Taylor. Our clubbers debate the book and, in a special session recorded at the Hay Festival, Graham talks to lit superstars Richard Osman and Marian Keys about audio books and more. Plus, Sara Collins gets us caught up in family drama.

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    47 mins

Meet the co-presenters


Alex Clark
Alex is a journalist and broadcaster regularly seen in the pages of The Guardian, Observer and Times Literary Supplement and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book. She’s also a former Man Booker and Orwell Prize judge. She says, I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a young child, haunting the local library whenever I could. I vividly remember falling in love with books by a whole range of women novelists from George Eliot to Iris Murdoch to Toni Morrison to Jilly Cooper (Octavia! Imogen! Harriet!) when I was a teenager. I’ve never really looked back and one of my main occupations is building new bookshelves. Among my favourite current writers are Kazuo Ishiguro, Ali Smith, Maggie Nelson and Rachel Cusk. And I adore thrillers.

Sara Collins
Sara is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, winner of the 2019 Costa First Novel Award. She’s also a literary critic and broadcaster for a variety of outlets. She says, Since I was a tiny bookworm desperate to return one stack to the library and check out another, I’ve loved nothing more than reading books and talking about them, so this gig really is a dream come true. I fell in love with gothic novels as a teenager, which proved useful when, decades later, I wrote my own! Anything that holds itself out as a complicated psychological thriller, or has everyone talking about its 'unlikeable protagonist', is an automatic buy for me. But I balance this out through a healthy obsession with chick lit.

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