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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 Jibba Jabba Pods

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 14 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

    Bella Mackie and Gillian McAllister

    Bella Mackie and Gillian McAllister

    How far would you go to protect your family from a prison sentence? That’s the question Book Club author Gillian McAllister poses in her new novel That Night. She and Bella Mackie – author of How To Kill Your Family – join Richard and Judy to debate what might persuade them to seek revenge on behalf of a loved one, and how to convince a reader to root for a character who kills.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the new Summer Book Club collection, and use the code SUMMER10 for a 10% discount.

    • 30 min
    Robert Harris

    Robert Harris

    V2 is Robert Harris’ latest book; it’s the fifth of his novels that Richard and Judy have picked to be part of their Book Club. It follows Rudy, a German rocket scientist who has dreams of launching rockets to the moon, but is instead forced by the Nazis to develop the world’s first truly ballistic missile. Robert joins Richard and Judy to explore why the V2 is so historically significant, and what parallels can be drawn between World War II and the Coronavirus pandemic.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the new Summer Book Club collection, and use the code SUMMER10 for a 10% discount.

    • 33 min
    Dr Alex George and Emma Donoghue

    Dr Alex George and Emma Donoghue

    The Pull of the Stars is the last of the Early Summer Book Club reads. It tells the story of Nurse Julia Power as she helps deliver babies in an understaffed, overcrowded ward during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. Returning Book Club author Emma Donoghue joins Richard and Judy to discuss writing about the politics of childbirth, and why she likes writing novels set in confined spaces.
    Meanwhile, A&E and TV doctor Alex George has been working in a hospital throughout this century’s pandemic. Together, they all explore the differences – and many similarities – between the Spanish Flu and Covid-19. Alex also explains why he wrote his book Live Well Every Day, and why he feels it’s important that mental health sits on the school curriculum alongside maths and English.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
     
     

    • 42 min
    Cara Hunter

    Cara Hunter

    A glamorous, charismatic, female Oxford University professor is accused of sexual assault by a young man on the rugby team. Who do you believe? Author Cara Hunter revives her much-loved character, DI Adam Fawley, to investigate in this week’s Book Club read, The Whole Truth.
    Cara cleverly uses a true crime podcast within the novel to help the reader uncover the truth; she tells Richard and Judy why she feels we’re all so gripped by true crime documentaries on TV and in audio.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
    Content warning: this episode contains frank conversation about sexual assault and harassment, themes that Cara’s book, The Whole Truth, deals with, so do take care while listening.

    • 32 min
    Matson Taylor

    Matson Taylor

    The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is this week’s Book Club novel. Set in the 1960s, it follows larger-than-life 16 year old Evie as she navigates following her dreams of leaving Yorkshire for the bright lights of London …not least to escape the clutches of her step mother, determined to keep her closer to home.
    Author Matson Taylor is a design historian – the material culture of specific decades is of particular interest to him, something that comes across particularly strongly in his novel as he immerses the reader in 1960s Yorkshire. Matson, Richard, and Judy discuss the music and icons of the ‘60s, and their own teenage hopes and dreams.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.

    • 31 min
    Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz

    With this week’s Book Club read, Moonflower Murders, you almost get two books for the price of one. Author Anthony Horowitz has written an entire novel within a novel, the fictional novel playing a central role in helping to solve the main book’s murder!
    Anthony and his squeaky office chair join Richard and Judy from Suffolk to talk about writing the screenplays of his books, the importance of school libraries, and his new found love for Japanese murder mysteries.
    Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

abqfreq ,

Great Find!

I stumbled across this podcast and absolutely love it! Two of my favorite authors immediately caught my interest and can’t wait for more! Though American, I am truly a devout Anglophile especially regarding topics of books.

jkl5876 ,

Excellent

Love listening to this couple and their interviews with authors. A nice selection of books to choose from.

Chandler's Lost Pony ,

Excellent questions for authors

Great book suggestions

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