BBC Arts has announced the initial line-up and the six exciting new books chosen for series three of Between The Covers; a six-part series on BBC Two designed to bring the nation together by sharing the enjoyment of reading.
Sara Cox returns as host, and is joined in each episode by a panel of four famous guests to discuss a newly-published book which deserves to be put in the spotlight. The books are a carefully selected mix of genres that include something for everyone. Each guest also brings their own choice of book guaranteed to spark entertaining banter.
The line-up of celebrity panellists keen to share their love of reading includes Emilia Fox, David Harewood, Greg James, Sarah Kendall, Prue Leith, Dane Baptiste, Evanna Lynch, Ben Miller, Rob Rinder, Lou Sanders, Sharleen Spiteri, Iain Stirling and Fleur East.
The six newly-published books carefully selected for the series (in broadcast order) are:
Sorrow And Bliss by Meg Mason (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Coward by Jarred McGinnis (Canongate)
Still Life by Sarah Winman (Fourth Estate)
Ascension by Oliver Harris (Little, Brown)
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (Faber & Faber)
Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo (Virago)
The exact broadcast date, further celebrities and the additional six book club picks will be revealed soon.
Between The Covers gives BBC audiences nationwide the opportunity to take part in an inclusive book club inspiring new readers as well as avid bookaholics. The 12 selected books featured in the series will be labelled with Between The Covers stickers in shops, libraries and online so that audiences can read and join the conversation on social media using #BetweenTheCovers.
Sara Cox says: "I am absolutely delighted to get back Between The Covers with our passionate book-loving audience and some fabulous guests. Already I'm getting funny looks on public transport from laughing, gasping and sobbing as I bury myself in the magnificent books we've chosen for the third series. Get ready to reinforce your bookshelves and curl up with the cat as another pile of great books is coming your way!"