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Between the Covers returns for a second series

BBC Two’s Between the Covers is back for a second series on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Starting on Monday 10 May, Between the Covers gives audiences everywhere the opportunity to take part in a nationwide TV book club.

Hosted by Sara Cox, each episode features two reviews; a big hitter book from the last year as well as a newly published book. Four celebrity guests will also each bring with them their favourite book of all time to share with the other guests.

Sara Cox says:

“I’m so thrilled the show is back – I can’t wait to welcome everyone to our TV book club again as we delve between the covers of some fantastic books with some of my most favourite, witty and wise people. You’ll need to clear a space on your bookshelf as we’re going to be recommending some absolute crackers.”

The reading list

Episode 1

  • Newly-published book: The Fine Art Of Invisible Detection by Robert Goddard
  • Big hitter: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Celebrity book club panel: Mel Giedroyc, Rick Edwards, Oti Mabuse and Griff Rhys-Jones

Find out more about the books featured in episode one.

Episode 2

  • Newly-published book: Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal
  • Big hitter: The Lying Life Of Adults by Elena Ferrante
  • Celebrity book club panel: Rachel Parris, Rick Stein, Vick Hope and Rob Delaney

Find out more about the books featured in episode two.

Episode 3

  • Newly-published book: Sixteen Horses by Greg Buchanan
  • Big hitter: The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  • Celebrity book club panel: David Baddiel, Katherine Ryan, Adjoa Andoh and Phil Davis

Find out more about the books featured in episode three.

Episode 4

  • Newly-published book: Another Life by Jodie Chapman
  • Big hitter: Agent Running In The Field by John le Carré
  • Celebrity book club panel: Don Warrington, Zoe Lyons, Hugh Dennis and Giovanna Fletcher

Find out more about the books featured in episode four.

Episode 5

  • Newly-published book: The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward
  • Big hitter: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Celebrity book club panel: Nish Kumar, Stacey Dooley, Robert Webb and Caitlin Moran

Find out more about the books featured in episode five.

Episode 6

  • Newly-published book: The Frequency Of Us by Keith Stuart
  • Big hitter: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • Celebrity book club panel: Ranvir Singh, Micky Flanagan, Sophie Willan and Reginald D Hunter

Find out more about the books featured in episode six.

Get involved

Each week, we’ll be sharing information about each of the featured books, so watch this space! You can also join in the conversation on social media using #BetweenTheCovers.

Between The Covers is the perfect activity for you reading group – you can all watch it and discuss the episode at your next group meeting. You might get inspiration for your next book choice! Why not use a WhatsApp group to chat about the show as it’s on?


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