Non-fiction book club for Radio 2

Non-fiction book club for Radio 2

A new non-fiction book club on Claudia Winkleman's weekly BBC Radio 2 "Arts Show" is to launch this autumn, as part of The Reading Agency partnership with the station.

The book club follows on from the Radio 2 Book Club on Simon Mayo's show, and a children's writing competition called 500 Words which ran on Chris Evans' programme. 

Fact not Fiction, the new book club, will begin in October, highlighting six narrative non-fiction books published between October and December. The books will be discussed on air, with Winkleman interviewing each author. Submission and selections will be carried out in a similar way as the fiction book club, with publishers invited to submit one title per imprint, and a panel of library, Reading Agency and Radio 2 staff reading the submitted titles and choosing the final line-up. Biographies, autobiographies and sports books are not eligible for submission, as they are already covered across Radio 2 programming. 

Joe Haddow, producer of the Radio 2 Book Club said: "I’m thrilled that the Radio 2 Book Club will now feature some original and exciting non-fiction titles on the Arts Show, continuing Radio 2’s commitment to the arts and to literature."

Karen Brodie, head of publisher partnerships at the Reading Agency, said: "This new book club is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the most creative and compelling non-fiction. Expanding the successful programme with our BBC and library partners will inspire Radio 2 listeners to discover new and varied writing."

Publishers wishing to find out more about submission can contact