TV Book Club Summer Reads

The TV Book Club returned to Channel 4 on Sunday 26th June, with a new selection of Summer Reads.

The eight-week series is again presented by Jo Brand, Dave Spikey, Laila Rouass, Ade Edmondson and Meera Syal with Rory McGrath also joining the panel.

If you have missed the first couple of prgrammes, you can catch up on the Channel 4 website, where you will also features on the eight authors.

The eight titles to be discussed this series are:

When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to purchase an abandoned house in a rural hamlet in the south of France. As the beautiful Provence summer turns to autumn, Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house

16-year-old Amanda McCready has disappeared. Her anxious aunt contacts Patrick Kenzie to investigate. It is not the first time she has gone missing, as Patrick well knows – he was the investigator who worked on her case when she was kidnapped before, as a 4-year-old. But this is not a simple case of a runaway girl.

This novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters.

Set on Pine Island, this is the story of three teenagers – Lexi, Mia and her twin brother Zach. The twins meet Lexi on their first day of high school. Lexi finds a soul mate in Mia and falls in love with the gorgeous Zach. But life changes for them all on a fateful summer’s night following their graduation party.

12-year-old Minguillo, who has already contrived to lose one sibling, is listening to the birth-cries of his new sister Marcella, a threat to his inheritance. Minguillo’s jealousy will condemn his sister to a series of fates as a cripple, a madwoman and a nun. But Marcella is not quite the soft target Minguillo imagines.

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why

The Radleys are an everyday family who juggle dysfunctional lives. Except, as Peter and Helen Radley know, but their children have yet to find out, the Radleys happen to be a family of abstaining vampires. When one night Clara finds herself driven to commit a bloodthirsty act, her parents decide to explain a few things.

This isn’t an ordinary love story. But then Grace isn’t an ordinary girl. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace meets Daniel. He sees someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for. This is Grace’s story: her life, its betrayals and triumphs, the disappointment and loss, the taste of freedom.

You can reserve a copy of any (or all!) of the titles online, and collect from your nearest library.

TV Book Club success for Donoghue’s Room

Emma Donoghue’s bestseller Room has been voted Channel 4’s “TV Book Club”  best read of the series. The book was also longlisted for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The first half of the novel is set entirely within a 12-foot-square room, in which a young woman has spent her last seven years since being abducted aged 19. She now has a five-year-old boy, Jack, and it is with his voice that Donoghue tells their story.

The second most popular title was Daisy Goodwin’s My Last Duchess, and in third was Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna.

My Last Duchess is the story of Cora Cash, an American heiress who marries an English duke at the end of the nineteenth century. Tiger Hills is a lavish saga, set in the hills of southern India between 1878 and 1936, with a love triangle at its heart.

The full list of TV Book Club Titles is:

If you missed the series when it was broadcast, all the episodes are still available via the Channel 4 website.

All of the books are available from Leeds Libraries – you can reserve a copy via our online catalogue and collect it from your local library.

Welcome to the Leeds Reads blog

Welcome to the first post on Leeds Reads. We’ll be using this blog to share news and information about books, reading, events and activities in Leeds Libraries and beyond.

There’s a fair bit of coverage for books in the media at the moment.

Channel 4’s TV Book Club is up and running again, every Sunday at 7.30pm on More4. Jo Brand and guests discuss and review ten books from ‘new and emerging’ writers. All of the books are available in Leeds Libraries, and you can reserve a copy via our online catalogue.

Meanwhile, the BBC are inviting you to Free Your Imagination in 2011 with their ‘Year of Books’. Books on the BBC promises new drama productions on both TV and radio, discussion programmes, documentaries and film premiers. The season kicked off last week with Faulks on Fiction, a four part series in which author Sebsatian Faulks takes a personal look at the history of the British novel. You can find out more on the BBC website.

BBC2 will also be offering an evening of programmes devoted to World Book Night, which is now approaching fast. On the evening of  5th March 20,000 volunteer ‘book givers’ will hand out copies of their favourite book, chosen from a list of 25. We know that quite a few people in Leeds have been accepted as givers, so don’t be surprised if you’re out and about, and a complete stranger walks up to you and tries to hand a book to you!