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Monday 29 December 2014

Book club's eight holiday reads

TV Book Club presenter Jo Brand
TV Book Club presenter Jo Brand

The eight books which could make or break your holiday have been announced as the latest titles in The Summer Read, the seasonal spin off of the hugely popular TV Book Club.

This year's selection includes novels written by a Booker prize nominee and a former Reuters news reporter, among others.

Experts say each of the eight titles featured on the show could become a bestseller and catapult its author into the publishing stratosphere.

Since the initial broadcast of the TV Book Club in 2004 as part of the Richard and Judy show, many authors have gone on to achieve commercial and critical acclaim.

One of the TV Book Club's first ever novels - Cecilia Aherne's literary hit, PS, I Love You - became a film in 2007 starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, while Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee was released as a motion picture in America last year.

Authors Kate Mosse, Kate Riverton and Linwood Barclay have also seen their work adapted for the big screen.

Funded by Specsavers, the eight-part series, presented by Jo Brand and Dave Spikey , screens weekly on More4 on Sunday evenings from 27 June, with repeats on Channel 4 the following day.

The series begins with Mississippi writer Kathryn Stockett's The Help on June 27.

Then follows The Man Who Disappeared by former music teacher Clare Morrall, who was shortlisted for a Booker Prize with her debut novel Astonishing Squashes of Colour.

The series continues with The Legacy by Katherine Webb, The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse, and Stone's Fall by art historian and former reporter Iain Pears. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan, The Devil's Acre by Matthew Plamplin and Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf, from Iowa, complete the list.

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