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Thursday 18 December 2014

Richard and Judy in WH Smith deal

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley have a new deal with WH Smith
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley have a new deal with WH Smith

Richard and Judy have signed a five-year deal with WH Smith after their Book Club proved such a success for the firm - shifting around two million titles since its launch last year.

The husband and wife duo, who found their literary Midas touch during their Channel 4 series, will also work their magic on a further eight authors as their summer list was announced.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will also produce podcasts as part of their latest deal.

The couple began working with the retailer last September, keeping their Book Club alive, despite them no longer hosting a TV chat show.

Richard said of their latest selection: "Judy and I considered the combination of novels carefully to ensure we picked something for everyone this summer, and guarantee holiday-makers exceptionally good reads - and, my goodness, all eight summer book titles are fantastic."

"As well as introducing a further two debut novelists, we really have another great mix of titles, authors and genres.

"From historical dramas to thrillers, romance, suspense and drama, we've got everything you need for your summer reading.

"As always we've really enjoyed choosing them and we hope that everyone loves them as much as we do."

WH Smith will be launching the Summer Book Club list from tomorrow, focusing on a new book each fortnight, with instore discounts.

The new list includes When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman, The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly, The Confession Of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn, The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld, The Novel In The Viola by Natasha Solomons, The Return Of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller, Every Last One by Anna Quindlen and Summer Of The Bear by Bella Pollen.

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