Richard&Judy's book club continues to draw readers, but booksellers need to capitalise more creatively

<p>In acquisition meetings across London, publishers will be turning to each other and asking: "This may be a literary masterpiece, but what's the sofa chat?" For this week they learned that the "sofa chat" test is the main criterion used by Amanda Ross, producer of "Richard&amp;Judy", when picking book club titles. Another is that the authors should be "nice people".</p><p>It's foolish to smirk at these sentiments. Ross knows her audience, and hunts for the best TV angles. The continued potency of R&J's book club should be saluted. While pretenders such as the BBC's "Page Turners" have com...

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