The TV Book Club Summer Read Shortlist Announced

The TV Book Club Summer Read Shortlist Announced

TV Book Club starts on More4 on 26 June

The TV Book Club, which reaches 3.5 million people each series, is back, boasting a short list of authors who include a major motion picture writer and producer, Sweden’s top selling writer and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

The series, which remains the premier TV spot for booklovers, will commence on More4 from Sunday 26 June, with repeats on Channel 4. The eight selected titles in this Summer’s series will be reviewed on a weekly basis as part of the TV Book Club’s Summer Read strand, which recommends books perfect for holiday getaways.

New to this run are exclusive profile interviews with of some the world’s biggest authors including Philip Pullman, Ken Follett, Jackie Collins, Joanne Harris, Jilly Cooper and Jacqueline Wilson.

Funded by Specsavers the new series of the TV Book Club sees regular presenters Jo Brand, Dave Spikey, Laila Rouass, Ade Edmondson, and Meera Syal joined by Rory McGrath on the panel. Viewers are encouraged to read along as the group discuss one title per week, with contributions from local book clubs around the country. Last series picks all enjoyed success including ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue which the show catapulted to No1 for three consecutive weeks.

The chosen titles in the Summer series are:

Week One:     The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson (Orion)

Week Two: Moonlight Mile, Dennis Lehane (Abacus)

Week Three: A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan (Corsair)

Week Four: Night Road, Kristin Hannah (Pan)

Week Five: The Book Of Human Skin, Michelle Lovric (Bloomsbury)

Week Six:       The Hidden Child, Camilla Läckberg (HarperCollins)

Week Seven: The Radleys, Matt Haig (Canongate)

Week Eight:   Grace Williams Says It Loud, Emma Henderson (Sceptre)

Leading the selection committee for The TV Book Club is Amanda Ross, who first created the strand back in 2004; her eye for page turning appeal has seen her bring to prominence now popular authors including Kate Mosse, Victoria Hislop, Jodi Picoult, David Nicholls, Cecilia Ahern and Kate Morton. Her unrivalled influence in the publishing industry has seen her dubbed ‘The Most Powerful Person in Publishing.’

Of the 2011 TV Book Club, Amanda Ross remarks:

“The TV Book Club continues to turn our featured books into bestsellers because we trawl all the new books published to ensure we’re introducing our 3.5 million audience of book lovers to great quality books. They trust us, and certainly won’t be disappointed with this year’s Summer Reads. The shows reach will grow because this Summer’s TV Book Club will be supported by Specsavers advertising on Classic FM, in store Specsavers marketing and events, so it promises to be an exciting series.”

Specsavers will be running a 13 week sponsorship of the Nicolas Owen show (Saturday lunchtimes 12pm-3pm) on Classic FM with supporting airtime and online media as part of their campaign to promote reading and the TV Book Club.

Jocasta Hamilton, Deputy Publisher, Sceptre:

“The TV Book Club continues to act as a fantastic endorsement; a hallmark readers trust to deliver books that will both entertain and engage them. We’re delighted Emma Henderson’s Grace Williams Says It Loud has been selected and feel confident that it will continue the TV Book Club’s excellent tradition of introducing literary debuts to the widest possible audience.”

Specsavers marketing director, Richard Holmes says “Many people will find that the first time they notice a problem with their eyesight is when they are reading. So we are delighted to be supporting the Summer Read for the second year ,not only because we hope that it will encourage more people to get their sight checked but also to pick up a book and read. We’ll be encouraging all of our customers to start their own book clubs and read these great titles along with the show.”

In the last season of TV Book Club, over half a million copies of the 10 selected books were bought during the 11 weeks of the season run (January to March 2011). All books featured showed significant sales boosts with Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room'(Picador) selling nearly 213,000 copies over the 11-week period.

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For more information please contact Nicola Green [email protected] or 020 7361 7865.

For further information from Specsavers, please contact, Amanda Fry at Beattie Communications on tel: 020 7053 6005 / 07810 508367 or email: [email protected].

Notes to editors

About the shortlisted authors

Dennis Lehane is best known as the author behind Shutter Island, the psychological thriller adapted into a movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Boston born Lehane’s credits also include a stint as staff writer on hit series The Wire. Camilla Läckberg meanwhile has achieved critical acclaim for her crime novels, and has been hailed as Sweden’s best selling novelist. Kristin Hannah was formerly a practicing lawyer in Seattle before giving up to become a full time writer, and Jennifer Egan won the

distinguished Pulitzer Prize for A Visit From The Goon Squad, one of this year’s chosen books. Widely known for its championing of emerging literary talents, once again The TV Book Club features a debut novelist, Emma Henderson, with her book Grace Williams Says It Loud.

About the presenters:

Jo Brand is most famously a stand-up comedian, but has also authored three novels, Sorting out Billy, It’s Different for Girls and The More You Ignore Me. Her autobiography, Look Back in Hunger became an immediate best-seller. A pioneer of the alternative comedy scene, her TV work includes Jo Brand’s Hot Potatoes, Through the Cakehole and BBC 3 comedy Getting On, which has just been commissioned for a second series.

Dave Spikey is a multi-award winning comedian, writer and actor. He has worked with long term comedy partner Peter Kay since 1996, and the pair wrote and starred in cult TV show Phoenix Nights. Dave has been touring since 2003, and wrote his first book, He Took My Kidney Then Broke My Heart! this year, based on local news stories he found while on tour.

Laila Rouass is a British actress best known for her role as Amber Gates in the TV drama series Footballers Wives. She has starred in several other successful TV dramas including Primeval, Casualty, Hollyoaks, Meet the Magoons, Family Affairs and many others. She has also appeared in several films including The Four Feathers (2002) alongside Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson, and Apron Strings which was an independent New Zealand production which was selected for the Toronto Film Festival. In 2009, Laila Rouass competed in series seven of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. From February 2011, she has starred in medical drama Holby City.

Meera Syal was born on the 27th June 1961 and is an Indo-British comedienne, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of the UK’s best-known Indian personalities portraying Sanjeev’s grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. She was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List of 1997 and in 2003 was listed in The Observer as one of the fifty funniest acts in British comedy. Meera also starred in the eleventh series of Holby City as Consultant Tara Sodi and appeared in the fifth series of Doctor Who.

About Specsavers

Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director.

Specsavers has more than 1,340 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Australia. The group plans to continue its successful international expansion by opening stores in New Zealand. Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009.

Specsavers was voted Britain’s most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader’s Digest in 2009.

About Cactus TV

Cactus TV is a member of the ALL3MEDIA group and run by husband and wife team Simon and Amanda Ross. Cactus has been an influential player in book marketing since it created and ran the Richard & Judy show live from their studios. Cactus now runs Galaxy National Book Awards, ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards as well as Specsavers TV Book Club.