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As the air turns crisp and the nights draw in, get ready to settle down with host Sara Cox for the next chapter of Between the Covers, the TV book club that’s all about the pleasure of reading - from fictional debuts to classic page turners and everything in between.

Each week Sara will open the door to four new famous guests, who will bring along their all-time favourite book and share what it means to them.

Sara Cox says: “I can’t wait to get stuck into six brilliant brand new titles and six treasures from the Booker backlist.

The books we’ve chosen this series I think are among the best we’ve ever had; superb writing that will entice and delight our viewers - plus of course oodles of other great reads courtesy of our superstar guests, who come clutching their favourite books to share with our awesome audience.”

The celebrity panellists keen to share their love of reading include Rob Delaney, Geri Halliwell-Horner, Nish Kumar, Sandi Toksvig, Richard Armitage, Ellie Taylor, Ade Edmondson, Kerry Godliman, Bill Paterson, Annie Macmanus, Chris McCausland, Alex Jones, Ben Miller. Andi Osho, Ed Byrne, Suzi Ruffell, Omari Douglas, Angela Barnes, Adam Kay, Anita Rani, Ahir Shah, Laura Smyth, Jo Brand and Miles Jupp.

As in previous series, each episode will feature two review sections: one spotlighting a newly published book, reflecting a mixture of styles and genres, the second a classic from The Booker Prize backlist.

The conversation continues on social media across the six-part series, and viewers will come away from every episode with exciting new reading lists to see them through the winter nights.

The six newly published books carefully selected for the series, in broadcast order, are:

  • The Seventh Son, by Sebastian Faulks

  • The Square of Sevens, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

  • Remember, Mr Sharma, by A.P. Firdaus

  • Falling Animals by Sheila Armstrong

  • Devil’s Breath, by Jill Johnson

  • The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou, by Eleni Kyriacou

The books from The Booker Prize backlist, in broadcast order, are:

  • The God Of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle

  • The Light of Day, by Graham Swift

  • My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

  • Any Human Heart, by William Boyd

  • Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler

Amanda Ross, co-founder and CEO of Cactus TV, says: “I am often asked how we find and select compelling books for the series, and the simple answer is we read them! Our job was especially tough this series because there have been so many amazing and original books published this season; consequently we were spoilt for choice, so I’m more confident than ever that we have something for everyone.

"Our six picks from the Booker Prize nomination backlist for this series have given us the excuse to read some truly brilliant books that I’m delighted to be able to spotlight for our audience. The celebrity guests’ selections are a joy! I can’t wait to see what our viewers think.”

Between the Covers gives BBC audiences across the UK the opportunity to take part in an inclusive book club inspiring new readers as well as avid bookaholics.

The 12 selected books featured in the series will be labelled with Between the Covers stickers in shops, libraries and online so that audiences can read and join the conversation on social media using #BetweenTheCovers.

Between the Covers (6 x 30) is commissioned by Alistair Pegg for BBC Arts and BBC Two. It is created and produced by Cactus TV. The Executive Producer is Amanda Ross and the Series Producer is Pollyanne Conway.


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