Whiley takes on Radio 2 Book Club

Whiley takes on Radio 2 Book Club

The BBC Radio 2 Book Club will relaunch again with presenter Jo Whiley, with upcoming choices including Girl With A Pearl Earring and YA author Angie Thomas.

The station relaunched the club for a short period with Sara Cox in October after its previous incarnation with presenter Simon Mayo ended in April after eight years.

Now scheduling changes at the station will see Whiley taking on the book club for a slot running every fortnight on a Monday between 7pm and 9pm, from 21st January. The show will be overseen by BBC producer Anna Richards.

The first selection will be Claire Adam’s debut Golden Child (Faber), followed by Tracy Chevalier’s Girl With A Pearl Earring (HarperCollins) on 4th February marking the historical novel’s 20th anniversary. Thomas’ second novel On The Come Up (Walker Books) will be discussed on 18th February before cult classic The Catcher In The Rye (Penguin) by J D Salinger on 4th March with Ronan Hession’s Leonard & Hungry Paul (Bluemoose Books) scheduled for 18th March.

Whiley said: “I’m thrilled to be hosting the Radio 2 Book Club on my new show. As an avid reader, I’m excited to discover some new authors and revisit some classic novels, as well as hear what the Radio 2 listeners think about our selection.”

Mayo now runs the Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast, sponsored by W H Smith, and featuring guests such as Ben Macintyre, Alan Johnson and Mark Kermode.