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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 7: Tracy Chevalier and Miles Jupp

    Dec 2 2021

    RC Sherriff is best-known for his play Journey’s End and his screenplays for The Dam Busters and Goodbye Mr Chips but our book this time is his novel, The Fortnight in September. Sherriff fan and novelist, Tracy Chevalier (The Girl With a Pearl Earring, A Single Thread) talks to Graham about this 1930s classic and the clubbers decide whether they would take it on their holidays. 

    Staying with temporal issues, Miles Jupp talks about voicing his novel, History, and Alex Clark recommends three books shaped by a specific time frame.

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    47 mins
  • Ep 6: Walter Mosley and Lemn Sissay

    Nov 25 2021

    Walter Mosley’s classic hard-boiled crime drama, Devil in a Blue Dress, is our book of the week. Graham talks to Walter about why 1948 Los Angeles still enthrals readers today and our clubbers get their gumshoes on and discuss whether it’s an open and shut case or a petty crime. 

    Poet Lemn Sissay talks about bringing to life TS Eliot’s Cats and his own extraordinary memoir, My Name Is Why, while Sara Collins sees the funny side with her three best humorous novels.

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    49 mins
  • Ep 5: Michelle Zauner and David Sedaris

    Nov 18 2021

    Crying in H Mart is Michelle Zauner’s New York Times best-selling memoir about the loss of her Korean mother and the discovery of her own Korean heritage. Michelle tells Graham about the writing of it while the clubbers debate how they felt about the reading of it. 

    Humourist David Sedaris talks about committing his latest of volume of diaries – A Carnival of Snackery – to sound, and Alex chimes with the zeitgeist with three books from Japan and Korea (Graham has still not seen Squid Game). 

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    45 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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