Simon Mayo used to host an excellent book discussion and review strand as part of his afternoon show on Radio 5 Live, and we’re pleased that the book club concept has moved with him over to Radio 2.
The Radio 2 Book Club runs from 18.00 on Monday evenings, and each week features a different author in discussion with Mayo. Listeners are encouraged to get involved by reading the book, and sharing their thoughts via the show’s website.
If you don’t want to commit to reading the book choice every week, you can usually download a free copy of the first chapter to get an idea of what it is about, and how it is written. If you can’t listen live, the author interviews are available for download.
The choice of titles is varied, and in the past year has included novels, biographies and histories, poetry and children’s books. There is a Best of 2010 feature by poet Ian Macmillan on the website at the moment, if you want to get an idea of the scope of the programme.
The featured book for the next programme on 21st March is The Gallow’s Curse by Karen Maitland, author of Company of Liars and The Owl Killers.
Well worth a listen.