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The Graham Norton Book Club (Series 2)

By: Graham Norton
Narrated 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: Val McDermid and Dave Grohl
    Oct 24 2021

    In the first of a brand-new series, Graham talks to best-selling ‘tartan noir’ doyenne, Val McDermid, about her latest novel, 1979 and our clubbers debate whether it was, in fact, a good year. 

    Plus, Nirvana and Foo Fighters rock legend, Dave Grohl, reveals how he created and voiced his memoir, The Storyteller. All this and plenty more including a glimpse behind the Booker prize curtain and an insiders-guide to what’s trending on the book charts.

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    47 mins
  • Ep 2: Margaret Atwood and Derren Brown
    Oct 27 2021

    The Book Club entertains literary royalty as Margaret Atwood tells Graham about her Booker-nominated story of murder and madness, Alias Grace, and the clubbers pass judgement on whether it stands up in court. Master illusionist, Derren Brown, reveals some of his ‘secrets’ and, inspired by Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Alex Clark guides us through three books who have staged impressive come-backs. All this plus which chart-toppers to watch.

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    48 mins
  • Ep 3: Naoise Dolan and Miriam Margolyes
    Nov 4 2021

    Our book of the week is Naoise Dolan’s smash hit debut, Exciting Times. Graham talks to her about creating this story of young, misguided love and our clubbers reveal if they’re excited about it or not. 

    National treasure and storyteller extraordinaire, Miram Margolyes, shares some ‘truths’ about her life and Sara Collins proves that size doesn’t matter (when it comes to books). 

    We’ve also got chart choices and plenty of other reviews and recommendations.

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    49 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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