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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
  • Dec 23 2021

    In 1982, Isabel Allende’s novel, The House of the Spirits, shot her to fame and acclaim as one of the world’s finest exponents of magic realism. She talks to Graham about that – her first novel - and her latest, Violeta, out in January – 40 years on. 

    Our clubbers discuss whether the book lifted their spirits, and I May Destroy You star, Weruche Opia, reveals why she loves voicing audio books so much. Plus, Sara Collins has some advice on the best books to fill a stocking. 

    We’d like to thank Audible Limited for the use of the extract from Descendants of the First by Reni K Amayo.

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    51 mins
  • Dec 16 2021

    When Three Women came out in 2019, it became a publishing sensation with its ground-breaking storytelling style and its frank exploration of female desire and the gender power-balance. Graham talks to its author, Lisa Taddeo, about how the book came about and finds out if it hit the spot for our clubbers. Alex Clark matches ‘three women’ with three men – fascinating male characters from fiction – and actress (and national treasure), Penelope Keith, reveals how she brings detective, Agatha Raisin, to life.

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    47 mins
  • Dec 9 2021

    Our book of the week is Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi’s brilliant debut novel that follows the descendants of two sisters from 18th century Ghana to millennial California. Yaa tells Graham about creating such an extraordinary journey and our clubbers discuss how they felt about undertaking it. Sara Collins highlights three other books that powerfully take on the topic of slavery and Booker Prize winner, Bernardine Evaristo, talks about speaking her truth in Manifesto.

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    46 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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