The Reading Agency (TRA) will work with the BBC Radio 2 Book Club next year in an attempt to get more people involved in reading.
The charity has set up a book selection panel made up of public library and Reading Agency staff from across the UK, with publishers invited to submit two fiction books from each imprint to TRA to be considered for inclusion in the book club.
From the submitted entries, the panel will choose 12 books, which will be reduced to six by a final BBC Radio 2 committee. These six books will make up the first choices for the club, with the chosen books given stickers in shops and libraries to mark them out.
Publisher have until 16th October to submit three copies of their chosen titles, which should appeal to a BBC Radio 2 audience, which as an even gender split and an average age of 51. The chosen books should be published in April, May or June, with the authors available for live interviews during that period.
Miranda McKearney, director of the Reading Agency said: "Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 Book Club has an extraordinary reach, and we’ll be profiling its featured titles on our Reading Groups for Everyone website to inspire groups to read along with the show. Combining the power of broadcast with real time reading group experiences in very different communities will be hugely powerful."
Simon Mayo, who hosts the weekday Drivetime show which features the book club, said: "It’s great to hear authors talking about their books on my show – it’s one of things I enjoy most. The chance…to introduce even more readers to Radio 2 Book Club recommendations seems like the perfect next step. We want even more people to enjoy these brilliant books."
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