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Watson joins 10 'unputdownables' for TV Book Club
01.01.70 | Lisa Campbell
"The TV Book Club" returns to More4 on Sunday 29th January with author S J Watson's Before I Go To Sleep the first of 10 "don't put me down" titles to be critiqued by the show's celebrity panel.
For the first time, viewers will be invited to interact with the show, funded by Specsavers, reading along with the books and sending in their own reviews.
The series launches with international bestseller Before I Go To Sleep, published by Transworld's Corgi; followed by The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (5th Feb, Granta); The Somnambulist (12th, Orion) by Essie Fox; Into The Darkest Corner (19th, Myriad) by Elizabeth Haynes; Rules of Civility (26th, Hodder) by Amor Towles; Girl, Reading (4th March, Little, Brown) by Katie Ward; The Report (11th, Granta) by Jessica Francis Kane; The Family Fang (18th, Picador) by Kevin Wilson; Half of The Human Race (25th, Vintage) by Anthony Quinn; and You Deserve Nothing (1st April, John Murray) by Alexander Maksik. The show's panel includes Meera Syal, Dave Spikey and Laila Rouass.
The titles were chosen by a panel headed by managing director of Cactus TV Amanda Ross, who produces the show. Of the 2012 shortlist, Ross said: "All the titles on this year's list will scream 'don't put me down' at the reader. Although all my choices are, as always very different in style and content, their common factor is that they are all really great reads and the viewers will be torn when the time comes for them to vote for their favourite to win the accolade Best Read at the end of the series."
This year, "The TV Book Club" will ask viewers to send in their reviews of each week's Best Read, and will play a selection of these reviews on the show for discussion by the presenters. Viewers can send their thoughts on the books to the show by video message, email, or letter. Written reviews and video reviews can be sent to email@example.com, and should include a contact telephone number.
The 10 shortlisted books for the next series of the TV Book Club are listed below:
Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson (Corgi/Transworld)
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Granta)
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox (Orion)
Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad)
Rules Of Civility by Amor Towles (Sceptre/Hodder)
Girl Reading by Katie Ward (Virago Little Brown)
The Report byJessica Francis Kane (Granta)
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson (Picador/Pan Macmillan)
Half Of The Human Race by Anthony Quinn (Vintage/Random House)
You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik (John Murray)