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The UK’s biggest book club is back with an all new podcast hosted by television royalty; Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Each week, Richard and Judy will be discussing a brand-new book with its author, delving into the novel’s origins, themes, inspirations and much, much more. This is the perfect podcast for any book lover, and with each title available in your nearest WHSmith store as part of their exclusive Richard and Judy Book Club collection, it’s never been easier to join Britain’s ...
 
Superstar couple James Haskell and Chloe Madeley are today's modern agony aunts. Each week they will give their own unique perspective on what it's really like to be in a relationship - from bedroom antics, to PDA's, to life in a relationship during lockdown and beyond. Send us your questions, comments and stories on @CouplesQuarantinePod or cqquestions@jameshaskell.org for James and Chloe to answer. And don't be shy - send us your juiciest stories, your other half's most annoying habits or ...
 
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Malibu Rising is the first novel in the Early Summer 2022 Book Club. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid has written about the glamorous Riva siblings, professional surfers and models who live an enviable life in Malibu, but are all grappling with their own fears and secrets that will spill out at their annual summer party. The novel is set in 1983, often f…
 
Writing twins provides infinite possibilities to explore the human psyche. This week’s Book Club author LV Matthews has created two women who might look the same, but whose lives have taken incredibly different paths as a result of a cataclysmic shared experience in childhood. Her novel, The Twins, follows straight laced nanny Margot, and promiscuo…
 
The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman is the delightful title of this week’s Book Club read. A young hopeful comedian, 12 year old Norman, is at the centre of the story, and author Julietta Henderson joins Richard and Judy to chat about her own love of old-style British comedy. A fan of anything slightly quirky and eccentric, she also talks about he…
 
Film director, screenwriter, and novelist Tim Sullivan joins Richard and Judy to reminisce about the time they all spent together at Granada Television in the 1980s, as well as to talk through how his career as an author began by self-publishing his own books. His latest book The Patient, is the third DS Cross novel. The Push is this week’s Book Cl…
 
The Killing Kind, this week’s Book Club novel, is an intense, high-class legal thriller. At the centre is Ingrid, a criminal barrister, and a man who becomes obsessed with her. He harasses her, burns down her house, ruins her relationship, and ultimately resorts to murder too. Author Jane Casey joins Richard and Judy to talk about how helpful her c…
 
Is it possible we’re living in a simulation? And could humans ever re-grow limbs? These are questions Rick Edwards explores with Richard and Judy. Rick is co-host of the BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show and has a new science podcast coming soon called Eureka! This week’s Book Club author is Kristin Hannah; she joins the conversation to talk about he…
 
I Have Something To Tell you is the first novel in the Spring 2022 Book Club. High flying criminal defence lawyer Jessica Wells appears to have it all, but her career and family life are put at risk by a new client. Edward Blake has been accused of murdering his wife, and Jessica is the only one who believes he’s innocent. Author Susan Lewis joins …
 
Jimmy Akingbola chats to the team about Bel Air and Hayley speaks to Josh Hartnett and Leila Farzad about The Fear Index – both shows are available on Sky and NOW. Plus, reviews of This Is Going to Hurt on BBC One and Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America on BBC Two.By BBC Radio 5 live
 
Returning Book Club author Tana French has written The Searcher. Protagonist Cal is an ex-Chicago cop who’s moved to the west of Ireland to find some peace and quiet. However, he soon finds that even the most seemingly idyllic small towns have their secrets, and potential crimes that are worth looking in to... Richard, Judy, and Tana all share a lo…
 
A husband goes missing and the FBI are after him. All he leaves behind is a note to his wife Hannah: ‘protect her’. She knows he’s referring to his daughter – her step-daughter – Bailey. Together, the two women must uncover the truth about the man they thought they knew. This is the plot of Laura Dave’s new novel, The Last Thing He Told Me. Laura e…
 
Katie Thistleton joins the Must Watch team this week as Scott Bryan goes on holiday. Dan Ryan zooms in to chat about the third series of The Bay on ITV and Hayley speaks to M. Night Shyamalan about the new season of Servant on Apple TV. Plus, reviews of Hidden Assets on BBC Four and Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win on ITV.…
 
This week’s Book Club author transports us to Paris in 1939, and later to Montana in 1983. Janet Skeslien Charles has written The Paris Library, a novel about the thriving community of book lovers at the American Library in Paris as the Nazis invade. Janet joins Richard and Judy to discuss her own experiences of living in both Paris and Montana, an…
 
Known for her TV work, Vicky Pattison is also an author. She’s written The Secret to Happy, a book to help young women in particular quash their self-doubt. As well as exploring why they think laughter is one of the keys to happiness, Vicky and Richard compare notes on their I’m A Celebrity experiences. Richard, Judy, and Vicky are also joined by t…
 
A lawyer finds herself forced to defend a man accused of rape in this week’s Book Club read, False Witness. In doing so, a huge secret about her traumatic past threatens to resurface. Author Karin Slaughter joins Richard and Judy to discuss why she enjoys writing about mistakes made years ago coming back to haunt her protagonists. Karin is one of v…
 
Money influencer Gemma Bird is on a mission to make it clear that saving is cool. Having built a successful Instagram page, she’s now written a book called Money Mum Official: Save Yourself Happy, and joins Richard and Judy to share some of her best money saving tips, including using apps to find deals and having a ‘no spend’ day every week. This w…
 
The Must Watch team speak to David O’Doherty about ‘Along for the Ride’ on Channel 4. Plus, reviews of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! On ITV, The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime Video and season 2 of Tiger King on Netflix.By BBC Radio 5 live
 
The Last House on Needless Street is the final book in Richard and Judy’s Autumn Book Club collection. It’s the story of a murderer, a stolen child, and revenge. An unspeakable truth binds the family that live in the last house on Needless Street, but a new neighbour is intent on uncovering the truth. Award-winning author Catriona Ward joins Richar…
 
Reckless mistakes can lead to devastating consequences. Kieren Elliot is haunted by guilt from his past when he returns to the Tasmanian coastal town he used to call home in Jane Harper’s novel The Survivors. Jane tells Richard and Judy about going diving and talking to mental health charities as part of the research for this book. Mental health is…
 
It’s December 1939 in Berlin; a rigidly enforced blackout plunges the city into darkness every night and allows crime to thrive. Author Simon Scarrow’s novel Blackout follows Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke as he’s under pressure to solve a murder. Simon joins Richard and Judy to explain why blackouts were imposed, how hedonistic Weimar culture wa…
 
Paul O’Grady has written his first children’s book – Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang. Paul has taught his own pigs to sit, and used to answer the door with a bird on his head; he tells Richard and Judy about his love of animals, and how his own experiences inspired the animal characters in his book. This week’s Book Club read is The Burnin…
 
Sugar, this week’s Book Club read, was first published in the US two decades ago. Now available in the UK, its core themes of race relations, oppression, and abandonment are still just as relevant and vital today. Richard, Judy, and author Bernice L. McFadden explore prejudices towards sex workers, finding friendship in unlikely places, and how rac…
 
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