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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 biggest book club!

Simply pop in to your local WHSmith or head to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire seasonal collection. Get reading and tune in each week as Richard and Judy take a deep-dive into a different, riveting title.

So, grab a cuppa and join Richard and Judy on the sofa for this brand-new podcast, and welcome to the Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith!

Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk

The Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith Richard And Judy

    • Arts
    • 4.1 • 252 Ratings

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 biggest book club!

Simply pop in to your local WHSmith or head to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire seasonal collection. Get reading and tune in each week as Richard and Judy take a deep-dive into a different, riveting title.

So, grab a cuppa and join Richard and Judy on the sofa for this brand-new podcast, and welcome to the Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith!

Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk

    Jessamine Chan

    Jessamine Chan

    Are there any circumstances under which it’s ok to leave a young child alone? What should the punishment be? In Jessamine Chan’s The School For Good Mothers, such recklessness demands you spend time being re-educated as a parent by the state.
    Joining Richard and Judy, Jessamine tells the real life story that inspired her semi-dystopian novel, and they wonder whether parents are subject to more judgement now than ever before.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER22 for a 10% discount.

    • 28 min
    Nora Murphy

    Nora Murphy

    What is a woman to do when staying with her abusive husband is dangerous, but leaving could be worse? Leah and McKenna, both women with apparently perfect lives, have never met, but their home lives look incredibly similar in this week’s Book Club novel, The Favour.
    Debut author Nora Murphy joins Richard and Judy to talk about how her law degree informed the way she chose to cover intimate partner violence in her novel. They also explore how, although the book is dark and chilling, Nora has written with a compelling sense of cheer and adventure.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER22 for a 10% discount.

    • 22 min
    Jo Browning Wroe

    Jo Browning Wroe

    In October 1966, a landslide at a colliery spoil tip buried a school in Aberfan. In A Terrible Kindness, this real life event is the back drop for Jo Browning Wroe’s fictional story. 19 year old newly-qualified embalmer William is one of many who volunteer to attend the disaster, and the novel follows his life as it continues to unfold.
    Jo, who grew up in a crematorium in Birmingham, joins Richard and Judy to explain why undertaking is often a family business, and why the process of embalming is so important at disasters in particular.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER22 for a 10% discount.

    • 28 min
    Jacquie Bloese

    Jacquie Bloese

    Isolation is a key theme in this week’s Book Club novel, The French House. Set on the remote island of Guernsey during WWII, we meet a deaf Guernsey native, a woman trapped in a fearful marriage, and a German lieutenant whose isolated worlds will all collide, changing their lives forever.
    Author Jacquie Bloese joins Richard and Judy to talk about the parts of the book that are inspired by her own life, including the fact that she used to work at the real ‘French House’ in the title. They also discuss the ways in which the Nazi occupation of Guernsey was a microcosm of what could have happened had the mainland been occupied.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER22 for a 10% discount.

    • 23 min
    Harlan Coben

    Harlan Coben

    Thriller writer Harlan Coben joins Richard and Judy to talk about his new novel, The Match. A sequel to previous Book Club novel The Boy From The Woods, Harlan explains that the two books can be read in either order if you’d like to think of The Boy From The Woods as an origin story.
    Similarly, Harlan talks about how the joy of writing for him is that each reader will conjure up an entirely different world, so his characters exist in hundreds of thousands of iterations across the world. The Match is set in the New Jersey mountains, so Richard and Judy explore this wilderness through Harlan’s descriptions.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER22 for a 10% discount.

    • 28 min
    Robert Gold

    Robert Gold

    A terrible child murder is at the heart of the first novel in Richard and Judy’s Winter 2022 Book Club collection. Considering himself a ‘failed journalist’, author Robert Gold chose to write a protagonist who is an investigative journalist instead. In Twelve Secrets, Ben Harper’s job means he begins to uncover secrets about the murder of his brother when they were children.
    Joining Richard and Judy, Robert talks about his time as an intern at CNN in Washington DC during Clinton’s presidency, as well as the process of writing with James Patterson. They also trade stories about desperately hoping people would turn up to their book signings.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the Winter Book Club collection, and use the code WINTER22 for a 10% discount.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
252 Ratings

252 Ratings

Ezmarellda ,

Maybe read the books first

While I like listening to this podcast I’ve realised that spoilers are sometimes given without warning. I had already read one particular book they covered when they gave something away they really shouldn’t have, fortunately the story wasn’t spoiled for me, but I’m now much more wary. If I think they’re going too far I now stop listening.

55LNM ,

Inspiring.

As always your choices are thought provoking and diverse. The range of titles and authors are guaranteed to inspire one to read books you never thought might interest and get you out of a reading rut. Thank you for your well chosen titles and the fascinating thoughts and insights of your authors. Love it.

EnglishRose_11 ,

Book heaven

Love listening to this podcast, so great to get ideas when you’re stuck on what to read next. Richard & Judy have always given great interviews and this doesn’t disappoint.

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