The Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith

The Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith

By Richard And Judy

The UK’s biggest book club is back with an all new podcast hosted by television royalty; Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Each week, Richard and Judy will be discussing a brand-new book with its author, delving into the novel’s origins, themes, inspirations and much, much more. This is the perfect podcast for any book lover, and with each title available in your nearest WHSmith store as part of their exclusive Richard and Judy Book Club collection, it’s never been easier to join Britain’s biggest book club! Simply pop in to your local WHSmith or head to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire seasonal collection. Get reading and tune in each week as Richard and Judy take a deep-dive into a different, riveting title. So, grab a cuppa and join Richard and Judy on the sofa for this brand-new podcast, and welcome to the Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith! Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk

Episodes

Dr Alex George and Emma Donoghue

The Pull of the Stars is the last of the Early Summer Book Club reads. It tells the story of Nurse Julia Power as she helps deliver babies in an understaffed, overcrowded ward during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. Returning Book Club author Emma Donoghue joins Richard and Judy to discuss writing about the politics of childbirth, and why she likes writing novels set in confined spaces. Meanwhile, A&E and TV doctor Alex George has been working in a hospital throughout this century’s pandemic. Together, they all explore the differences – and many similarities – between the Spanish Flu and Covid-19. Alex also explains why he wrote his book Live Well Every Day, and why he feels it’s important that mental health sits on the school curriculum alongside maths and English. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.    
10/06/2142m 49s

Cara Hunter

A glamorous, charismatic, female Oxford University professor is accused of sexual assault by a young man on the rugby team. Who do you believe? Author Cara Hunter revives her much-loved character, DI Adam Fawley, to investigate in this week’s Book Club read, The Whole Truth. Cara cleverly uses a true crime podcast within the novel to help the reader uncover the truth; she tells Richard and Judy why she feels we’re all so gripped by true crime documentaries on TV and in audio. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount. Content warning: this episode contains frank conversation about sexual assault and harassment, themes that Cara’s book, The Whole Truth, deals with, so do take care while listening.
03/06/2132m 31s

Matson Taylor

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is this week’s Book Club novel. Set in the 1960s, it follows larger-than-life 16 year old Evie as she navigates following her dreams of leaving Yorkshire for the bright lights of London …not least to escape the clutches of her step mother, determined to keep her closer to home. Author Matson Taylor is a design historian – the material culture of specific decades is of particular interest to him, something that comes across particularly strongly in his novel as he immerses the reader in 1960s Yorkshire. Matson, Richard, and Judy discuss the music and icons of the ‘60s, and their own teenage hopes and dreams. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
27/05/2131m 15s

Anthony Horowitz

With this week’s Book Club read, Moonflower Murders, you almost get two books for the price of one. Author Anthony Horowitz has written an entire novel within a novel, the fictional novel playing a central role in helping to solve the main book’s murder! Anthony and his squeaky office chair join Richard and Judy from Suffolk to talk about writing the screenplays of his books, the importance of school libraries, and his new found love for Japanese murder mysteries. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
20/05/2134m 44s

Jo Nesbo

A sleepy Norwegian village is where this week’s Book Club novel is set. The Kingdom is a thriller following two brothers reunited after the more gregarious of the two left to travel the world; on his return, the dark truth about their family legacy begins to unravel.    Author Jo Nesbo is a bestselling crime novelist, but he’s also been a premier league football player, in a successful band, and in the military. He joins Richard and Judy from Oslo to discuss the popularity of Scandi Noir, the specific tensions that can arise between brothers, and how humour can get lost in translation.   Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
13/05/2132m 14s

Dawn French

Comedian Dawn French’s latest novel, Because of You, is of course warm and witty, but it’ll also make you cry. The book ultimately has a crime at its heart, and explores the intense pain and joy being a mother can bring. Dawn joins Richard and Judy to talk about why grieving mothers might steal babies, who her teenage crushes were, and the unexpected reason she started writing in the first place. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Early Summer Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
06/05/2134m 21s

Stephanie Wrobel

The final read in this year’s Spring Book Club is The Recovery of Rose Gold. It’s the debut novel of Stephanie Wrobel, who joins Richard and Judy from Arizona to talk through the mental health syndrome at the centre of her story – Munchausen by Proxy. For 18 years mother Patty made her daughter, Rose Gold, believe she was desperately ill; the book joins the pair as Patty is released from prison having served time for abusing Rose Gold. Richard, Judy, and Stephanie explore the nuances of this mother daughter relationship, as well as discussing similar real life cases. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount.
15/04/2128m 29s

Holly Miller

The Sight of You, a heartbreaking story that asks whether you’d want to know the fate of the people you love, is this week’s Book Club read. Author Holly Miller joins Richard and Judy to talk about learning the art of writing from professors, university course mates, and professional writing critics, and how a divisive dinner party conversation helped her come up with the premise of the book. Do you believe dreams can predict the future? Richard, Judy, and Holly all have their say. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount.  
08/04/2130m 26s

Clare Balding and Graham Moore

This week’s Book Club read is The Holdout. What happens when the jurors who found someone guilty of murder are brought back together for a Netflix series ten years later? Will they all remember the events in the same way? Will they all stand by the decision they made? Author Graham Moore joins Richard and Judy to explain how his own experience of being a juror on a murder trial influenced his desire to ask these questions. Broadcaster Clare Balding has also published a new book – Fall Off. Get Back On. Keep Going. – a non-fiction book looking at how to inspire and cultivate confidence in young children. Together, they all explore their own childhoods feeling like outsiders, and where their confidence in adulthood has come from. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount.  
01/04/2137m 33s

Camilla Thurlow and Matt Haig

Would you do anything differently if you had a second chance at life? That’s the central question posed in this week’s Book Club novel, The Midnight Library. Author Matt Haig joins Richard, Judy, and Love Islander Camilla Thurlow to chat about everything from bomb disposal and space exploration, to regrets and mental health recovery. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount. Content warning: this episode contains frank conversation about depression and suicide, themes that Matt’s book The Midnight Library deals with, so do take care while listening. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.
25/03/2139m 22s

JP Delaney

Playing Nice, a story following the parents of babies who were swapped at birth, is this week's Book Club read. Author JP Delaney joins Richard and Judy to talk about psychopathic characters, and when even the kindest of people have to stop 'playing nice'. Plus, how does an author come up with the pseudonym they want to write under? Writing under a pseudonym himself, JP explains... Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount.
18/03/2129m 33s

Louise Pentland and Jeanine Cummins

The UK's number one parenting vlogger, Louise Pentland, joins Richard and Judy to talk about her latest book - Mum Life - and how her own childhood has shaped who she is as a mum. American Dirt is this week's Book Club read. Author Jeanine Cummins explains what compelled her to write about the relationship between a mother and son fleeing to America to escape violence in their home of Acapulco, Mexico. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount.
11/03/2134m 54s

Giovanna Fletcher and Julie Ma

Julie Ma, author of Happy Families and winner of 2020’s Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition, joins Richard, Judy, and Queen of the Jungle Giovanna Fletcher to discuss family feuds, missing your kids, and the myth of the ‘perfect’ parent. They also wonder whether we’re all a bit too available on email, and perhaps we should go back to hand writing letters. Simply head online to whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Spring Book Club collection, and use the code SPRING10 for a 10% discount.
04/03/2128m 50s

Ollie Ollerton and Eve Chase

Ollie Ollerton of SAS Who Dares Wins fame is with Richard and Judy to reflect on how far he's come, from the Special Forces to broadcaster and novelist. The Glass House is this week's Book Club read, and author Eve Chase joins the conversation to discuss houses as sanctuaries and prisons, and the clarity that can come from a walk in a secluded forest. To browse the entire Richard and Judy Winter Book Club collection, simple head online to www.whsmith.co.uk, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
28/01/2133m 59s

Susie Dent and Peter Swanson

Countdown's Susie Dent joins Richard and Judy to share her love of words and teach them a few new ones such confelicity and ipsedixitism, in a little taster of her own podcast about words and language, Something Rhymes with Purple. Peter Swanson is this week's Book Club author, having written the brilliantly clever and great fun novel Rules For Perfect Murders. Together they discuss the differences between the English and American languages, what their Desert Island books would be, and how best to write a psychopathic character. To browse the entire Richard and Judy Winter Book Club collection, simply head online to www.whsmith.co.uk and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
21/01/2132m 49s

Anton du Beke and Louise Candlish

King of the ballroom Anton du Beke joins Richard and Judy to discuss his new novel, which is set in a grand hotel, as well as revealing if he feels the right person won Strictly… This week’s Book Club read is The Other Passenger, a thriller tackling jealousy and entitlement. Author Louise Candlish explains how she came up with the idea of having the action centre around the Thames Clipper. Simply head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Winter Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.  
14/01/2139m 52s

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd, author of The Memory Wood, joins Richard and Judy to explore the inspiration for the chess games, kidnappings, and country estates that feature in the novel. They also share their own memories about camping in woodlands and telling scary stories at night when they were kids. Simply head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Winter Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
07/01/2127m 21s

Sophie Hannah

Richard and Judy are joined by Book Club author Sophie Hannah to discuss her new novel Haven’t They Grown, the merits of a solid plan when writing a mysterious thriller, and the undeniable draw of ghost stories at Christmas. They also find themselves reminiscing about being teenagers, with Judy admitting she was once reprimanded at school for ‘walking in an insolent manner’… Simply pop in to your local WHSmith, or head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Winter Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
24/12/2038m 49s

Peter James and Adele Parks

The first book in the Richard and Judy Winter Book Club is Just My Luck, by Adele Parks. They’re also joined by author Peter James, and together they all explore the excitement and mysticism of playing the lottery, how money can corrupt relationships, and immersing themselves in the real life stories that inform their novels. Plus, Richard and Peter share tales of the serendipity that brought them to meeting their wives, making them believe that life really can turn on a sixpence. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith, or head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire Winter Book Club collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
17/12/2037m 2s

Alex Jones, Lisa Jewell, and Sarah Vaughan

Richard and Judy are joined this episode by The One Show’s Alex Jones, Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs, and Sarah Vaughan, who wrote Anatomy of a Scandal, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Book Club’s partnership with WHSmith. Together they explore shared loves of Dolly Parton, atmospheric old houses, and courtroom dramas. Plus, Lisa and Sarah swap experiences of having their books optioned for TV. To browse the entire anniversary collection, head online to www.whsmith.co.uk , and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.  
26/11/2038m 34s

Annie Mac, David Nicholls, and Jessie Burton

Broadcaster and first-time author Annie Mac joins Richard and Judy to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Book Club’s partnership with WHSmith. This week’s Book Club authors are David Nicholls, author of Us, and Jessie Burton, who wrote The Miniaturist. Listen to find out all about Jessie’s research into the historical detail that’s so vivid in The Miniaturist, how Annie overcame the challenge of writing her first novel, and why being former actors has helped both David and Jessie to get into their characters’ heads as they’re writing. To browse the entire anniversary collection, head online to www.whsmith.co.uk , and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.  
19/11/2038m 38s

Emma Donoghue and Delia Owens

Richard and Judy are joined in this episode by Emma Donoghue, author of Room, and Delia Owens, who wrote Where The Crawdads Sing, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Book Club’s partnership with WHSmith. Room was made into an award-winning film starring Brie Larson in 2015, and Where The Crawdads Sing is currently in production, with actress Daisy Edgar-Jones recently cast as the lead. Both authors discuss their experience of helping turn their words into pictures, as well as comparing notes on tackling the theme of isolation in their novels. To browse the entire anniversary collection, head online to www.whsmith.co.uk , and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount. Trigger warning: this episode contains references to sexual assault.
12/11/2036m 35s

Richard Osman, Clare Mackintosh, and Alex Michaelides

Richard Osman joins Richard and Judy to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Book Club’s partnership with WHSmith. Together with Book Club authors Clare Mackintosh and Alex Michaelides they discuss how their personal lives inform their writing, the enduring popularity of murder mysteries, and coming up with a deliciously unexpected plot twist. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith, or head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire anniversary collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.
05/11/2039m 13s

Rob Rinder, Heather Morris, and Terry Hayes

Richard and Judy are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Book Club’s partnership with WHSmith, and are bringing back 12 of their all-time favourite Book Club titles with a ‘Best of the Richard and Judy Book Club’ collection. This week, TV’s Judge Rinder, and authors Heather Morris and Terry Hayes join them to talk about The Tattooist of Auschwitz and I Am Pilgrim. Together, they explore Rob’s personal connections with Heather’s book, rich Yiddish words, and how conspiracy theories really work. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith, or head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire anniversary collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.  
29/10/2034m 54s

Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan joins Richard and Judy to discuss ageing, big family secrets, and the time she and Clare Balding ended up having the same idea for a children’s book! Richard and Judy are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Book Club’s partnership with WHSmith, and are bringing back 12 of their all-time favourite Book Club titles with a ‘Best of the Richard and Judy Book Club’ collection. This week, they explore the moral conundrums in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith, or head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire anniversary collection, and use the code BOOKCLUB10 for a 10% discount.    
22/10/2030m 5s

The Book Club Is Back!

The UK’s biggest book club, hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, is back! We're delighted to be celebrating the ten year anniversary of our partnership with WHSmith, so we’re bringing back 12 of our all-time favourite Book Club titles with a ‘Best of the Richard and Judy Book Club’ collection. The authors of these bestsellers can be found right here on this podcast alongside a whole host of celebrity friends. So go on, grab a cuppa and join us and our fellow keen readers for a chat. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith, or head online to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire anniversary collection.
19/10/201m 37s

Anna Hope - Expectation

Anna Hope returns to the Book Club for the second time, this year with her novel Expectation. Hannah, Cate and Lissa live together in East London, their worlds connected by activism, art, romance, and their high hopes for their futures. However, ten years on, their careers, marriages and friendships aren’t what they expected. Anna tells Richard and Judy why having a baby made her reassess what kind of books she wanted to write, and how she drew upon her own bizarre experiences of acting auditions to flesh out one of her characters. Head to your local WHSmith or www.whsmith.co.uk to buy your special edition copy of Expectation, and browse the entire seasonal Book Club collection. Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk
13/08/2025m 24s

Nicci French - The Lying Room

Married couple Nicci Gerrard and Sean French write together under the pseudonym Nicci French. They join Richard and Judy to discuss writing their latest novel The Lying Room. This book tells the story of a woman having an affair with her boss; on turning up at his house she finds him murdered. Afraid her family will discover her infidelity, she works to remove all traces of her presence from his home. Nicci and Sean explain how they alternate writing chapters, how writing together helps them explore subjects they wouldn’t alone, and why they have protagonist Neve cycle everywhere. Head to your local WHSmith or www.whsmith.co.uk to buy your special edition copy of The Lying Room, and browse the entire seasonal Book Club collection. Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk.
06/08/2024m 47s

Dawn O'Porter - So Lucky

Dawn O’Porter is this week’s featured author in the Richard and Judy Book Club. So Lucky is a bold, confident, and very funny book examining how social media can make women’s lives look far more perfect than they really are. Dawn discusses her own relationship with social media, why she’s so confident writing about sex, and how her friend’s experience of polycystic ovaries inspired one of the characters. Head to your local WHSmith or www.whsmith.co.uk to buy your special edition copy of So Lucky, and browse the entire seasonal Book Club collection. Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk
30/07/2026m 45s

Erin Kelly – We Know You Know

Erin Kelly returns to The Richard And Judy Book Club with her latest novel We Know You Know, a thriller set in and around a converted Victorian psychiatric hospital in Suffolk. Our heroine Marianne is a history of art lecturer, but the building itself is the true central character. Erin reveals what she learnt about the history of psychiatric medicine while doing research for this novel – her first foray into historical fiction – as well as how a friend’s Tinder date inspired the story. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith or head to www.whsmith.co.uk to buy your special edition copy of We Know You Know, and browse the entire seasonal Book Club collection. Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk    
23/07/2032m 8s

Jane Fallon - Queen Bee

Jane Fallon joins Richard and Judy in this week’s episode to discuss her return to the Book Club with her latest novel Queen Bee. The story follows residents of The Close, a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable 'Queen Bee'! In this exclusive interview, Jane shares with Richard and Judy how she came up with the ideas for a novel about neighbours, how her writing process has developed over time, and what it is that makes a ‘Queen Bee’. Head to whsmith.co.uk to buy your special edition copy of Queen Bee, or pop in to your local WHSmith to browse the entire seasonal Book Club collection. And join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk.
16/07/2029m 46s

Robert Harris - The Second Sleep

Robert Harris joins Richard and Judy to discuss his latest novel, The Second Sleep. It’s 1,468 years after the catastrophic collapse of our current civilization, and humankind has had to start again from ground zero. Robert explores why he feels the Church would almost certainly survive an apocalypse, shares his thoughts on the fragility of modern digital society and reveals how his experience writing historical novels has informed this story. Simply pop in to your local WHSmith or head to www.whsmith.co.uk to buy your special edition copy of The Second Sleep, and browse the entire seasonal Book Club collection. Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk    
09/07/2023m 22s

The Book Club returns!

The UK’s biggest book club is back with a new, improved podcast hosted by television royalty; Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.   Each week, Richard and Judy will be discussing a brand-new book with its author, delving into the novel’s origins, themes inspirations and much, much more.   And with each title available in your nearest WHSmith store as part of their exclusive Richard and Judy Book Club collection, it’s never been easier to join Britain’s biggest book club!   Simply pop in to your local WHSmith or head to www.whsmith.co.uk to browse the entire seasonal collection, get reading and tune in each week as Richard and Judy take a deep-dive into a different, riveting title.   So, grab a cuppa and join Richard and Judy on the sofa for this brand-new podcast, and welcome to the Richard and Judy Book Club, exclusive to WHSmith!   Oh – and join the conversation and let us know what Book Club novels you’ve been reading recently by emailing richardandjudypodcast@whsmith.co.uk
02/07/201m 5s
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