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The Graham Norton Book Club

By: Graham Norton
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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 1: Denise Mina and Maxine Peake
    May 12 2021

    For the Club’s first meeting, the book of the week is Denise Mina’s The Less Dead

    Graham talks to Denise herself about her brand of ‘tartan noir’ while our clubbers reveal their opinions after reading it. We go behind the mic to hear from actress Maxine Peake on bringing to life DH Lawrence’s classic, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    All this and plenty more including recommendations for the best suspense novels and picks from Amazon’s romance chart. 

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    46 mins
  • Ep 2: Zadie Smith and Juliet Stevenson
    May 19 2021

    For our second club gathering, the book of the week is Zadie Smith’s On Beauty

    Graham talks to Zadie about how her ‘turn of the century’ novel reads today and our clubbers decide if they’re impressed. 

    The mistress of the audio book, Juliet Stevenson, reveals the secrets of the art with her brand new recording of Pride and Prejudice. Plus, we discover what a gothic novel actually is and share some top picks from the Amazon’s family saga chart.

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    45 mins
  • Ep 3: Andrew O’Hagan and Stephen Mangan
    May 26 2021

    Our book of the week is Andrew O’Hagan’s Mayflies. Graham talks to Andrew about treading the fine line between autobiography and fiction and our clubbers discuss whether he managed to do it successfully. 

    Our famous voice is Stephen Mangan, who reveals how much his own children appreciated having him read them fairy stories using all his acting skills (hint – not very much). Plus, we dive into other people’s lives as Alex Clark shares her ‘three of the best’ memoirs.    

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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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