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  • Summary

  • Have you always loved stories? Reading them, listening to them, talking about them? Then The Graham Norton Book Club is for you. 

    Graham chats to top authors, goes behind the mic with famous audiobook narrators and talks – and argues! – about the book of the week with his passionate band of virtual book clubbers. Plus, if you’re wondering what to read next, each edition is jam packed with ideas and recommendations from Graham and co-presenters, Alex Clark and Sara Collins. What are you waiting for? Come and join the club! 

    The Graham Norton Book Club is an Audible Original produced by So Television. Free for members. New episodes will arrive in your Library on a Thursday for 10 weeks. 

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Episodes
  • Ep 10: Elif Batuman and Joanne Froggatt

    Jul 14 2021

    In the final episode of the series, our book of the week – The Idiot by Elif Batuman - evokes strong reactions from our Clubbers and Elif tells Graham, amongst other things, how she ended up running a school production of Chicken Little in Hungary when she was 18 and how everything can get lost in translation.

    Downton’s Joanne Froggatt talks about bringing to life Wuthering Heights and Sara Collins brings up the past when she talks historical novels.

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    49 mins
  • Ep 9: Albert French and Adam Buxton

    Jul 7 2021

    After a long search, Graham finally gets to talk to author Albert French about his extraordinary book, Billy.

    Our Clubbers reveal their reactions to this powerful tale of racism and injustice in the Deep South and uber podcaster, Adam Buxton, takes us on a Ramble to his Animal Farm. To add to these many journeys,Alex Clark takes us into ‘other worlds’.

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    49 mins
  • Ep 8: Sarah Waters on Elizabeth Taylor; Richard Osman and Marian Keyes

    Jun 30 2021

    Novelist Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith) gives us insight into our book of the week – Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – and its author, Elizabeth Taylor. Our clubbers debate the book and, in a special session recorded at the Hay Festival, Graham talks to lit superstars Richard Osman and Marian Keys about audio books and more. Plus, Sara Collins gets us caught up in family drama.

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    47 mins

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Yay graham

Whether its his podcast or tv show, anything graham norton done is such a delight

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Tons of Fun For Readers

If you love to read and are always looking for more good book suggestions, this is a wonderful podcast. Graham is, as ever, charming AF and the guests are a delight. Not too highbrow and not too lowbrow, as Goldilocks would find, this podcast is just right.

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Perfect

I'm so happy Graham has started this podcast! I'm normally scribbling down all the books from the writers he interviews. This is great.

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Brilliant. Thank you

Just what we need in current times. I want to thank Denise Mina for being so open and sharing her personal stories as well which I strongly related to. Thank you Graham for letting her speak without interference. I will certainly be following along from Australia.

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Graham, the perfect interviewer.

With his wit, intelligence and interest in books, Graham is delivering a delightful podcast. He lets the authors and "book clubbers" shine, never talking over them and respecting differences of opinion. I hope this series continues beyond the 10 episodes mentioned. One big question though, he keeps mentioning that Audible has a list of the many books they mention in the podcast we can refer to, but I can't find it.

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Great content, useful and fun

I do love this podcast but I would have like a little more discussion of the various characters.

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Membership has its privileges

I am a fan of Graham Norton’s talk show, so I was eager to hear the banter with his book ‘clubbers.’ I was not disappointed.
Far from being dry academic discussions of contemporary literature, the panel offered books well known and obscure from all categories. Discussions were lively, funny, descriptive and well monitored by Norton with his expert conversational style.
The interviews were brief and witty but entertained provocative questions.
So, what book got me interested in reading? The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. What book am I currently recommending to people? David Gann’s Killers of the Flower Moon.
What I really want to say is, “More!”
I am so excited to start making selections from the list.

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  • LC
  • 07-04-21

Interesting and fun!

Great discussions of books and Graham adds thought provoking questions along with his usual quick wit to the conversation. Well worth a listen!

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Yay for books out of my comfort zone!

I am on the third episode and I am enjoying this. The books that have been chosen are not what I would choose on my own but I am not complaining. Exactly what I needed out of a book club conversationally speaking. I hope more episode are made.

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Love this Podcast

I love hearing about books and choosing which to add to my list. Adding authors as well.

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  • papapownall
  • 05-16-21

Lots of content to inspire any reader / listener

I have always loved books but never been a member of a book club mostly on the basis that I prefer to chose what to read rather than let someone else decide. Anyone who knows Graham Norton from his TV and Radio shows will know that he has a relaxed but chirpy style and in this podcast he talks to people about books. The first show was always going to be a but challenging as there is no reference point to discuss and instead the presenters Sara Collins and Alex Clarke who sounds a lot like Mel Giedroyc (well, to me anyway) talk in general about their favourite books.
The guest presenters are Denise Mina who talks about her own true crime book The Less Dead and Maxine Peake who talks about her experience narrating Lady Chatterly's Lover in 2011.
There is certainly plenty of content here and of course anything with Maxine Peake in is going to be great. This comes over more as a podcast about books than a book club however, it looks like this is going to be a series which is certainly worth following.

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  • Peter Buchanan
  • 05-25-21

underwhelming

I suspect this was driven by advertising execs at Audible rather than Graham Norton who gamely goes along with a weak formula and some dull folk discussing dull mainstream books. This is a 40+minute advert for talking books but without any spark or much insight. While it is (more than) convenient that all the books they mention are linked to the audible versions of said books from the Audible webpage, it does make you wonder if all this is scripted, and rehearsed and they are only allowed to mention talking books Audible want flogged.

If anyone from Audible is reading this: time you recorded some Raymond Carver short stories please. Unfortunately Graham won't be discussing those because they aren't available from Audible.

Top stars Maxine Peake and Juliet Stevenson fail to get this turkey off the ground. 2 episodes in and I won't be doing any more. Avoid, unless you are a fan of those specific books discussed or feel that Graham N reciting the alphabet meets your needs. In which case give this 5 stars. (sic: "A nice natter with friendls")

You can check the list of books before listening to an episode. Which saves time.

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  • 05-16-21

Interesting and entertaining

Audible got the right host for this. Graham is always funny and clever and is great at drawing people out, well he would be given his day job.

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  • Laura williams
  • 05-29-21

Great books, warm humour - perfect book club

I have so enjoyed the boom club and look forward to the next edition. Graham is warm, interesting, always funny and really insightful. I love that the recommendations are all listed for you to return to. As someone who is frequently guilty of indulging in the same genres, the book club has brought new books into my reading/listening list. I have so far read 4 novels recommended during the shows and it has opened up lots of new worlds and breadth to me. Love, love, love!

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  • Lyvendian
  • 05-17-21

Enjoyable weekly series, discover new gems!

I enjoy these episodes and as a fantasy addict it helps me find gems I would otherwise miss from other genres. Great stuff keep it up!

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  • Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow
  • 05-15-21

A nice natter with friendls

I’m a huge fan of Graham’s and would probably listen to him recite the alphabet, but that aside it’s a great little podcast. I like the fact that we have Graham’s input but also random readers from the general public. I look forward to listen regularly and discovering some new books xx

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  • James Marris
  • 05-27-21

Great Expectations

Wonderful format and personally found very entertaining. I wonder what the Audio equivalent of a page turner is? Especially enjoying the insights from the readers of the books and the author interviews. Seems very natural to me and delightfully lead by Graham. He really is amazing at getting the best from his guests. Thanks Audible, can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • midei lara
  • 05-22-21

Really good

Really interesting and full of interesting suggestions. You can find inspiration for your next reading

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  • miss ch munday
  • 05-14-21

Gordon and Alice are brilliant!

Audible fun fun fun. So thrilled Gordon and Alice are together finally talking all things book!

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  • spore dude
  • 05-31-21

Relatable

Really enjoying this book club, it is light and breezy and unpretentious. I like the fact that the book group members are diverse, the comments are thoughtful and genuine and there are some good recommendations for reading and listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

So disappointed

I was really excited to download Graham's book club but am really disappointed. It seems to be a mish mash of jumping around to different people and topics. The group only discuss the main book for a few minutes. This is not what I am looking for. I want a more in depth discussion and different people's viewpoints on the nominated book.

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  • Mae
  • 06-25-21

Loving this!

I am enjoying this series and now have a long list of titles to read based on these reviews, and of titles I would never have noticed of considered otherwise - including the additional audible genre lists they discuss. Love the Author interviews and the book clubbers. it's a brilliant mix and Graham delivers with his usual humour and interview style.
Will look forward to more in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-21

Great for walking & listening & chuckling along

This is an entertaining, insightful, light hearted book club...imbued with Graham Norton's cheery wit. I love to listen to this and have been inspired to look at different books and think about authors and reviews. I really love this series and I hope it continues ..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-21

A feel-good podcast

Just the ticket when you aren't in the mood for anything too heavy or that will require a lot of concentration. But still really interesting interviews with writers and audiobook narrators, and a fun book club group.

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  • Beverley
  • 07-10-21

Club Love

Love listening to the diverse group of members woven with Graham's magic. My must read list keeps growing which is always a wonderful treat to treasure.

More, more more please Sir!