As promised I'm trying to keep you updated on Nat's latest TV project "The TV Book Club". The show's team is currently working on its own homepage which will go public shortly. Even more importantly though the book list has just been revealed. Among the authors of the ten first titles chosen for the inaugural series of Channel 4's “The TV Book Club” are Sarah Waters, Nick Hornby and “The Wire” writer George Pelecanos.

The start show will feature Sarah Waters’ Man Booker-shortlisted "The Little Stranger"  with Hornby's "Juliet, Naked" and Pelecanos' "The Way Home" following, alongside more unsung titles such as Matthew Quick's "The Silver Linings Playbook" and Roma Tearne’s "Brixton Beach". The list is dominated by the big publishing houses, with two coming from Random, four from Hachette, and one each from Harper, Penguin, Macmillan and Bloomsbury.

The series of “The TV Book Show” which is currently planned for 10 parts is sponsored by opticians chain Specsavers and produced by Cactus TV, the team behind the Richard & Judy Book Club. It starts on More4 on Sunday 17th January, with repeats on daytime Channel 4 the consecutive day.

Cactus' Amanda Ross says: "We are only too aware of the overwhelming responsibility when choosing the shortlist. But I think this year our recommendations will encourage more people than ever to read along." Specsavers' Richard Holmes says: "Sponsorship of the "Crime Thriller Awards" in October opened a new chapter for us and so it seemed only natural to continue our relationship with Cactus TV and fund "The TV Book Club". I believe this great selection of titles will appeal to a wide variety of audiences".

For those who love to read beforehand what is to be discussed here are the titles in full with their respective publisher:

  • 17th January: The Little Stranger Sarah Waters (Little, Brown)
  • 24th January: Blacklands Belinda Bauer (Transworld)
  • 31st January: Sacered Hearts Sarah Dunant (Little, Brown)
  • 7th February: Juliet, Naked Nick Hornby (Penguin)
  • 14th February: Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese (Random House)
  • 21st February: The Rapture Liz Jensen (Bloomsbury)
  • 28th February: Brixton Beach Roma Tearne (HarperCollins)
  • 7th March: The Way Home George Pelecanos (Orion)
  • 14th March: Wedlock Wendy Moore (Orion)
  • 21st March: The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick (Macmillan)


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