Former Biteback m.d. Iain Dale is hosting a new weekly books podcast with radio station LBC, where he hosts the evening show between Monday and Thursday.
Called "Iain Dale's Book Club", the podcast is available on all podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts (iTunes) and Google Podcasts, with a new episode uploaded each Friday.
The podcast will showcase new books by both famous and little known authors, sometimes a single author and sometimes a panel or two or three, and will last between 45 and 60 minutes..First guests include Gina Miller, Amanda Prowse,, Sebastian Faulks, Alan Johnson and Max Hastings.
Also confirmed for the months ahead are a host of names including Gyles Brandreth, Andrew Roberts, Alastair Campbell, Frederick Forsyth, Ruth Davidson, Bernard Cornwell, Romesh Ranganathan and Kate Williams.
Dale, who as well as starting Biteback in 2009, founded the Westminster bookshop Politico's, said: “I'm really grateful to all the publishers who have supported this initiative and are helping us to get off the ground with a bang. Global Radio is putting a lot behind this and my aim is to build up a very large audience as soon as possible.
"I've researched the book podcast market and I was very surprised to see how few good ones there actually are. And there's also nothing like this at all. And if you're a publisher reading this, please do feel free to pitch authors to me. I won't be able to say yes to them all, and in all honesty I've said yes to far too many so far! There are so many great books coming out this autumn it's going to be difficult to squeeze them all in.”
Publishers can submit books for the podcast by sending an email to email@example.com or review copies to Iain Dale, LBC Radio, 30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA.
Dale left Biteback in May after 10 years with the publishing house, in order to concentrate on his broadcasting career.
Broadcaster Simon Mayo launched a fortnightly book club podcast, "Books of the Year", this summer, following the ending of his popular BBC Radio 2 Book Club in April.